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End of chemo celebration: Niagara Falls or Naigara-On-the -Lake?

End of chemo celebration: Niagara Falls or Naigara-On-the -Lake?

Old Apr 13th, 2002, 07:00 PM
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End of chemo celebration: Niagara Falls or Naigara-On-the -Lake?

In about 2 weeks I will be done with a year of chemo (for melanoma). My husband and I want to get away for 2 days or so to celebrate and we are currently thinking that it would be fun to see Niagara Falls (we've never been). Should we stay right by the falls, or in Niagara-on-the lake? And what accomodations are recommended (we'd prefer not to stay in a B&B-type situation, more anonymity is good).

Old Apr 13th, 2002, 07:25 PM
Brian Kilgore
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they are close enough together that you can see both while staying at a hotel in one. Niagara on the Lake is more sophisticated, Niagara Falls is more flashy.

If you prefer casinos to live theatre, pick NF. If you prefer live theatre to casinos, pick NotL.

Regardless, go take a ride on the Maid of the Mist.

Old Apr 13th, 2002, 07:26 PM
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If you pick NotL, most of the good hotels are part of www.vintageinns.com

Old Apr 14th, 2002, 04:53 AM
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The only advantage I can think of to staying closer to the Falls is that sometimes, depending on when you're going, it can be difficult to find parking. I hope you're feeling well and strong after your chemo (congratulations on finishing your treatments!), and perhaps you won't want to use up too much of that good energy walking from the parking lot to the Falls. It can be a bit of a hike. If you're staying at one of the bigger hotels near the Falls, you won't have that problem, and you can always drive along the Niagara Parkway to spend some time in NOTL, which is quieter and slower-paced - quite pleasant, really. Niagara Falls itself is a bit of a carnival atmosphere. Have a wonderful time.
Old Apr 14th, 2002, 06:00 AM
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My friends just stayed at a Days Inn(Brand New)$129.00 canadian.two nights,4breakfasts,2dinners right overlooking the falls.casino there close and restaurant downstairs.Congrats. on finishing.I guess you have to restore your energy now(been there,done that for ovarian)or I would suggest the fabulous biking -paved trail- along the river from Niagara to Niagara-on-the-Lake. You can walk a little bit of it or drive along and stop where you wish.Lots of Wineries give tours. Niagara-on-the Lake or any accomodation in B.and B.'s or Inns along the way are pretty and a real treat.$$$$ Niagara-on-the-Lake has lots of touristy shops and "the fort" to tour and also Shaw Theatre. I love the Pillar and Post or the other hotel right downtown but most are $$$ Happy Holiday.
Old Apr 16th, 2002, 08:10 AM
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I would always choose NOTL over Nia Falls, but I've seen NF so many times, maybe I'm jaded; I don't like the casino or the touristy (carnival) atmosphere. The Maid of the Mist IS definitely a must--prepare to get wet!

We've had good luck at the Keily Inn in NOTL (bigger than a B&B). It is part of the Upper Canada Hotels group.

Brian is right--the two places are close enough to stay in one and visit the other and the ride in between is beautiful, too! Maybe you'd enjoy the Butterfly Conservatory--it's on the way.

Old Apr 17th, 2002, 10:39 AM
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NOTL wins hands down! Stay there and drive along the scenic Niagara Parkway to visit the falls. As an earlier poster said, visit vintageinns.com for accommodations in NOTL. I would recommend the Pillar and Post if you are looking for a relaxing country inn type experience (think spacious gardens and a world class spa, not small and quaint) or the Prince of Wales for a more luxurious five star experience (they are only a few minutes apart). I've recently stayed in both and would glady go back.

Remember to visit some wineries too!

Enjoy and be well!
Old Apr 17th, 2002, 11:36 AM
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Don't know a thing about either side (I live on the prairies) but just wanted to wish you well and congratulations on your end of Chemo. I am sure it was tough but now is time to have some fun.

My Aunt died of Melanoma many years ago and I have had it. It is so good to hear from someone that is doing well.

Welcome to Canada. I hope you have a wonderful, stress free vacation. And good luck in the future.
Old Apr 18th, 2002, 06:34 PM
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You might want to check out the South Landing Inn in Queenston, which is between NOTL and The Falls. From the outside, it looks like a motel, but the rooms are gorgeous and comfortable country inn style. Some have fireplaces and/or jacuzzi's. The owners are delightful and the prices are moderate. From there, you can walk to the People Mover and ride that to The Falls, precluding parking (and paying for it) your car and walking once there. You need a People Mover pass to get from one place to another at the falls anyway. It's a lovely drive to NOTL, where accomodations tend to be expensive or not so private at the B&B's. I would recommend planning on at least four days - you won't want to leave.
Old Apr 18th, 2002, 06:38 PM
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Thanks to all of you for your advice! It turns out we have to delay our trip (work-related, not health related). Hopefully we'll reschedule soon and when we do, I know that all of your advice will be very useful!

Old Apr 20th, 2002, 08:39 AM
Palatine Hill B&B
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Congratulations on your courage and perseverance in going through the chemo treatments. If you do decide to come to the Niagara area, don't give up on a B&B. Since you need to delay your trip, our place is wonderfully quiet and secluded during the slow season.

Palatine Hill B&B caters to families with children, and are not too busy in the late fall, or early spring. The forested setting with birds and animals near your many windows and private garden door entrance are a delight to watch. Rates from $95. Cdn.(plus tax) per couple/night, include a full, hot breakfast.

We would love to host your stay. We discount for a long term mid-week stay and truly enjoy having youngsters. They are the ones that most enjoy our natural setting.

All the best, Elsa.
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