Niagara Falls Tour, Part 1, A Podcast

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In case you didn’t know it, the Buffalo airport has a barbershop. Stay on the Canadian side, more on that later. 

We stayed at the DoubleTree Hilton which was on the river. Had a river-facing view as well as an awesome room, complete with hot-tub. Lunch was at the Niagara Falls location of the Anchor Bar, which wasn’t much better than their Main Street location in downtown. Again the wings were just ok, but the service was stellar.

Friday afternoon

Skylon Tower

  • The Revolving Dining Room rotates 360 degrees in one hour
  • You can see the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, The American Falls and the Bridal Veil  
  • Visibility from Observatory on a clear day is 80 miles (129 kms). 
  • Height of Tower above Niagara Falls gorge is 775 ft. 
  • We watched the weather move in on us. 



Niagara Falls American side Tour with Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

  • Maid of the Mist boat ride 
  • Niagara Whirlpool 
  • Niagara Falls State Park Cave of the Winds


Niagara Craft Brewery Tours – 4 stops and 6 hours in length. Pace yourself, this is day drinking with someone else driving. Dave was our tour guide, and he was amazing. 

Our first stop was  Sunnybrook Winery Canada’s first fruit winery. We sampled most of their Ironwood Ciders. They are expanding with an additional 10,000 sq. ft production facility.

Left with three bottles:

  • Blueberry
  • Cranberry
  • Chocolate

Dave gave us a free tour of Niagara On The Lake since we were ahead of schedule.

Second stop was Silversmith Brewing Company. Housed in a converted church it offered both beer and food.

Started with a flight and left with a bottle of their Mind’s IPA

Third stop was the Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery This is a new location and closer to the Canadian wine/beer trail. As you could imagine hockey themed.

Last stop was the Niagara College Teaching BreweryThe Niagara College Teaching Brewery is a practical learning environment for students in Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program located at the beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. The open-concept 1,500 sq. ft. micro-brewery facility—allowing students to brew their own craft beer on-campus—includes both a large scale system capable of producing 1,000 litres of beer and a smaller pilot system that allows students to brew one keg at a time. This is an ideal set-up for the creation of experimental brews and special beers for events that highlight the interaction between beer, food and wine.

Student offerings such as Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone and No Schwartz in the Brewery.

Dinner that night was at the Three Sisters Cafe’ inside the Seneca Casino.  Casinos depress me. Once you get away from the Buffalo New York hotels and the casino, Buffalo is run down.

Observations at the end of day two. Stay on the Canada side, repeat after me Stay on the Canada side. 

  • Can’t see much from the USA side
  • Parking is expensive and hard to find
  • Crossing the border adds 20 – 40 minutes to your trip

If we go back it’d be at the Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview & Spa. Close to restaurants but far away from the madness.

There you have it, safe travels and thanks for listening.

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