Weekend in Niagara Falls

In October, Andre and I decided to go on a little weekend trip. He had never been to Niagara Falls and it had been year since I was there, so we decided it was the perfect weekend escape. Another perk is that it is less than a 4 hour drive from the Greater Pittsburgh Area!

I decided to browse on Groupon Getaways before looking to book on my own. We snagged a great deal! Two nights at the  Four Points by Sheraton on the Canadian side for approximately $130 per night (with taxes). We chose the “Couples Package” that also included dining credits for Ruth’s Chris Steak House ($70/night), Outback Steakhouse (I believe it was $30 or $40/night), and IHOP (I want to say $20/night). All the restaurants were at the location. We also received $25/night casino credit at the adjoining Fallsview Casino and a winery pass! I can’t remember the exact amounts for some of the deals, but you get the idea.

At the Sheraton, the rooms were spacious and clean. We did not have a view of the Falls from our room, but you are able to get a room with one. The window beside the elevator had a beautiful view! We got there around dinnertime on Friday night. We ate at Ruth’s Chris on the first night. It was good, but even more expensive than the one in Hawaii, which I didn’t think was possible.

I didn’t have much planned for the trip. It was more for leisure and to get away. On Saturday morning, we walked around the Falls on the Canadian side and Clifton Hill. It was the perfect autumn day with temperatures in the high 50’s with gorgeous fall foliage. We stopped at the Fallsview Casino on the way back. We went there twice to redeem our credits. We won $26 total, which wasn’t bad considering we only used our credits and not any of our own money. Personally, I am not a casino person. I don’t like the thought of just throwing money away.

Lunch was superb at Queen Charlotte Tea Room. We had the special crab salad sandwiches and salads. We drank tasty vanilla chai tea. For dessert, we had sticky toffee pudding cake, which was to die for! They hold high tea, but need advanced notice. It is definitely on our to-do list for next time. A meal there is a must if you are visiting the Canadian side!

Quaintly Decorated

After a morning of walking and a big lunch, we went back to the hotel to relax for the afternoon for a bit. Around mid-afternoon, we left and went to go on the Whirlpool Aero Car. It was an easy drive from town to get there. I had never been on it, so I was excited! It takes you over the gorge and above the whirlpools. It had a spectacular view of the foliage.

For dinner, we got wings and drinks at Bull Market Niagara, which was conveniently right behind the hotel. The bartender was so friendly! The drinks were cheap and the wings were finger-licking good. If you want a laid back atmosphere with cheap eats, try it out!

For breakfast both mornings, we ate at IHOP using our dining credits. A good filling breakfast, but it was typical IHOP, so I don’t need to get into details.

Before heading home, we stopped at Niagara Falls State Park on the American side. I had never visited that side, so I was not sure what to expect. However, the views were phenomenal!! The first picture on this post is from that side, probably my favorite picture of the trip. You see the Falls in a whole new perspective. We parked very close by for only $5. It was kind of a lengthy walk around and back, but it is nicely paved and definitely worth it. We probably spent about 2 hours there.

Niagara Falls has something for everyone! Clifton Hill has more of the “fun” attractions, such as the wax museum, Skywheel, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. There is the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, and Great Gorge Adventure. We also saw a zipline across the river by the Falls. There are hiking and biking trails too. Andre and I cannot wait to visit again!! 🙂