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Trip Report Fun Getaway in Niagara on the Lake

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My husband and I just returned from a quick 3-night getaway in Niagara on the Lake. It was our first time there, but certainly not our last - it was wonderful! I just wanted to post a brief report for anyone who may be interested.

The 4-hour drive from Cleveland went by quickly. We checked into our B&B, La Toscana di Carlotta, and were so happy to have chosen this property to stay at
It is a historic home, just steps away from Queen St., with many restaurants and nice shops. The B&B has 3 rooms, so the service is very personal. Our room, the Medici, was beautifully decorated in blue and yellow, and had a very nice bathroom with walk-in shower. The room also had a Keurig mini brewer with coffee and tea selections, as well as bottled water. There was a small community refrigerator right outside the rooms, with a sink and glassware for everyone to use if they needed. The other 2 rooms have a balcony, but ours did not. However, we felt it was very special, because it had lots of windows to let the light in, and it’s a bit set off from the other two. The room was also very quiet; I had the best night’s sleep in months here!

I could go on about how nice the rooms were, but what makes La Toscana even more special are the owners, Carlotta and Cash. They are the nicest, sweetest people you could ever meet. They have thought of everything in making their guests feel at home. The breakfast that Carlotta prepares each morning is amazing. Every time you think it’s finished, the food just keeps on coming: juice, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, assorted crostinis, eggs, dessert and cappuccino. Delicious!

We didn’t have a huge agenda for this trip, as we mostly were looking to relax. We did spend a nice couple hours one afternoon in the sitting area of the B&B just enjoying some wine, cheese and salami, and then chatting with Carlotta. We took a drive to Niagara Falls, which neither of us has seen since we were kids. It was nicer than I remembered, and we saw a double rainbow! We also took a winery tour at Reif Winery, which was wonderful. For $5 pp, you can take the tour and see the winemaking process, and taste 3 different wines. If you purchase a bottle of wine, they apply the $5 towards to purchase. We loved their wines, so we purchased several bottles to take home.

As far as restaurants, we ate often at The Irish Harp Pub right across the street from our B&B. We loved their menu and the service, so we ended up going back again and again! Great menu items to try are: black and tan onion rings, fish and chips, and the coconut shrimp appetizer with Thai chili sauce (which was my favorite!) For dessert, try the lemon curd cheesecake with raspberry and chocolate tartuffo. It was absolutely wonderful and worth every penny. We’re still talking about it!

We also ate lunch at the Olde Angel Inn, which was very good as well (french onion soup and potato skins.) However, we had a very unremarkable dinner at The Old Winery Restaurant on Niagara Stone Rd. It came well recommended, and maybe they were having an “off night”, but both the service and the food fell short.

We loved Niagara on the Lake, and will definitely return! In fact, we’re considering going back in December for my husband’s birthday to enjoy the warmth and coziness of the town in the winter.

Thanks for reading!

Websites:

www.latoscanadicarlotta.com
www.theirishharppub.com
www.angel-inn.com
www.reifwinery.com

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