We stayed with Carolyn and Gary (and Brandy the Dog) for three nights in November of 2012. Our room was the "Prince of Wales" suite which was very large and very comfortable (we also peeked into the Queen Anne suite as well...yes, it was unoccupied...and it was equally beautiful). The king sized bed was VERY comfortable and my wife enjoyed the jacuzzi tub. There is also a Finnish dry sauna in this room and while we didn't use it, it would be nice to have that option for those so inclined. This room also has a small veranda which we didn't use (it was about 40 degrees at the time) but would be great for summer and early fall breakfasts which they will gladly deliver to your room if so desired. We prefer to interact with the "locals" at breakfast for advice on where to go, what to see and what to avoid.
The breakfasts were great and you won't find nicer hosts that Carolyn and Gary. They were incredibly accommodating and go out of their way to make your visit all about what you want to do. Their recommendations were on the money as far as dining and sightseeing options. We found that in addition to the Falls, which were awesome by the way, we made our way to Niagara on the Lake, about a fifteen to twenty minute (and gorgeous) drive north along the river toward Lake Ontario. We did a little wine tasting and enjoyed Peller perhaps the most. We also had lunch at the Riverbend Inn which was equally beautiful, and their food was great. In the small town of Niagara on the Lake, we had a few pints at the Irish Harp Pub. The consistent theme at these wineries/bars and Park Place was the customer service and genuine hospitality.
Being as it was the beginning of the Winter Season, the area around the Falls were gearing up with the Holiday decorations, and it was gorgeous. There is one particular area of Niagara Falls which was pretty much...how should I put it..."tacky" is a fairly accurate description...any place that has a Wax Museum tends to fall into that category...that entire area was virtually shut down due to the winter season and lack of tourists. But the Falls themselves are incredible. They are also lit up at night which added an entirely different dimension to them. In addition to the "Coney Island" district as described above, the Maid of the Mist boats were also shut down for the season, much to our disappointment.
We would highly recommend a stay with Carolyn and Gary. The home is gorgeous, they keep it spotless and we found the entire experience there to be very, very comfortable. If traveling to Niagara in the future we would no doubt stay there again, perhaps the highest praise one could give to a B&B.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and enjoy a blend of old world charm with contemporary comforts in this beautifully restored, Queen Anne Revival heritage estate. Two elegant in-house suites, plus a separate spacious, private Carriage House -Features: king beds, spa baths, full breakfasts from a menu enjoyed in the suite or by candlelight in the main dining room, and concierge assistance- self-directed wine tours with complimentary tastings- are part of the experience. Extra services can be ordered. ... more less
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