The Great One | NOTL

The first major stop on our trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario was to the Wayne Gretzky Estates. Way back when we planned this trip, this was something I knew we had to do. My boyfriend loves whiskey and I love wine, and heck, we both love hockey so what more could we ever ask for?

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*SPOILER ALERT* Not only is Mr. Gretzky great at hockey, but he makes a mean adult beverage!

The estate itself was so breathtakingly beautiful. It had a modern, yet rustic feel. The architecture was beautiful and the staff were friendly. On one side of the estate was the distillery and on the other was the winery. Also on site are two restaurants and a water feature that doubles as an ice rink come winter.

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We spent most of our visit on the distillery end. Inside there was a massive bar, clad with two bartenders ready to answer any questions or take any orders. What I most enjoyed about the distillery came right at the bar itself – they offered a flight of 3 samples for $10. You could choose from red cask whiskey, ice cask whiskey, 99 proof whiskey, cream whiskey [new item!], artisanal vidal, artisanal muscat, and artisanal rose [new item!].

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For our flight, we chose the red cask whiskey, the cream whiskey, and the artisanal rose. We didn’t regret our choices, because we ended up buying bottles of the red cask and the cream whiskeys to take home with us! And as an added perk, because you paid for the flight at the bar, they take $7 off at the cashwrap when you buy bottles to bring home!

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While we did not do a guided tour of the facility, it is something that we are definitely looking forward to doing in the future! xoxo.

Weekend Getaway | NOTL

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*SPOILER ALERT* I love Niagara-on-the-Lake!

This past weekend, I spent two days in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. For those of you who don’t know, it’s about 20 minutes away from Niagara Falls, New York. Yep, you read that right. You can be a whole different country and a whole different little town in legitimately 20 minutes. At least that’s how our luck had it.

We woke up bright and early Saturday morning expecting a mad rush crossing the US/Canadian border, but much to our surprise, there was not a soul in sight. We planned on being in NOTL about two hours after we left, accounting for [non-existent] bridge traffic, but we got there in legitimately 20 minutes. It was a dream.

We stayed at the Pillar and Post – a drop dead gorgeous hotel in the heart of wine country. The hotel itself had an elegant rustic feel with two pools, a spa, a gym, a hot springs, banquet halls, a restaurant, trolley tours, and free shuttle service around the town. Our room was accompanied by a queen size bed, a pull-out couch, a fireplace, a fridge, wine openers, and white fluffy robes, to name a few. We had everything we needed and more.

The aforementioned trolley tour was, I think, the highlight of our weekend. For $50, you got a guided tour of the town, rich with historic elements and architectural value. The tour guide, Margaret, was a trip – sweet but hilarious and extremely knowledgeable of the surrounding area. As if that was not enough, you stopped, and got tours at, two local wineries. More will be had about this later this week!

This week’s blog posts will be filled about great places to explore and great things to do, so buckle up, we’re headed for a wild ride! xoxo.