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The wife and I will be in the Lake Ontario/Niagra Falls area October 21-25. Looking for ideas on places to go and things to see. We like scenery, good food and good wine. We are staying in B&B's on the Canadian side.

Any ideas will be appreciated!

Bob D
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You mean the Niagara-on-the-Lake area? It's nice wine country there. You'll find a large number of wineries you can visit. The village is nice but pretty small. You can always head to Niagara falls (15 minute drive) and check out the trashy stuff on the main strip or go to the casino. The casino is pretty nice.
 

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It's tough to go wrong at the wineries in the Niagara region! My wife and I live about 1.5 hours North of there and often make day trips down. I believe that there is a pamphlet entitled "The Ontario Wine Route" which lists most of them - I'll try digging through some stuff tomorrow to see if I have it handy.

I've found that some of the larger wineries are a little too impersonal for my tastes - ie, they tend to hire "guides" specifically for tours. I prefer some of the smaller wineries - you're more likely to be talking with the owners or workers - often out in the fields, providing a better education and some great views. Most wineries also seem to provide scenic areas to eat - meals vary in prices to a large degree though!

If your into theatre at all, hit Niagara-on-the-Lake - a quaint town with quite a few nice little theatres and restaurants. I've never been so late in the season, but I would think that the play-houses are still open.

I personally prefer the scenery as you move about 1/2 or so North from the border and run towards the Niagara Escarpment - it's a fairly narrow stretch of land between Lake Ontario and the escarpment, but there are a decent number of wineries - if I recall correctly the slight elevation in the land is better for the grapes in the fall - the cool air stays down close to the lake.

B&Bs are definitely the way to go - while I haven't stayed at many in Ontario, most in Canada are pretty nice; the wife and I tend to grab a couple of extra bottles of wine and chill out with the other guests (this does tend to work better out west in the Rockies then in Ontario, but it's worth a shot).

If you have anything specific in mind, just holler!

cheers,

Brendon
 
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