Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

The second leg of our road trip included driving to the in-laws house and then preparing for a quick trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. However, I do have to include one quick photo before I move on to Niagara Falls...I now present to you...Giant Jesus (or as I've been recently told Touchdown Jesus). Now, please don't take this wrong I love Jesus with my whole heart & he is my personal Lord & Savior...but I just couldn't resist posting a picture of the giant statue that we saw on the side of 1-75 outside of Cincinnati!

Now, on to the more important aspects of our trip. Hubby & I were in charge of lodging so we chose a boutique style hotel that looked fantastic online and was actually quite reasonably priced. We avoided staying at a hotel with a view of the falls because the rate was so outrageous! Here are a few pics from our hotel room, it was super modern & so fun! I'm certainly not a fan of modern decor in my home, but it's certainly fun to enjoy on vacation!

I loved the bathroom area! The shower was huge & had wall jets that were definitely nice after a long day of walking!
I loved all the dark wood accents & hardwood flooring!

After we arrived & dropped our bags, we immediately headed down to the falls. I really had no idea what we were getting in to, but let me just tell you the falls were incredible. It is such an unreal, fascinating natural site & these pictures really don't do it justice, but here you go!
The American Falls
American (on the left) & Niagara Falls (on the right)
Hubby & I
A picture from behind Niagara Falls...the drop off was just incredible!

A shot back towards the falls from behind--the bridge you can see is one of the bridges between Canada & the USA.

We didn't do Maid of the Mist, but we did the Journey to the Center which allowed you to walk in tunnels to get down closer to the falls & also to look out some portal holes from back behind the falls. We definitely got wet & please excuse the lovely yellow ponchos we are all wearing...they didn't give us a choice in color!
We headed back to the falls after dinner to see them all lit up...unfortunately only the American falls were fully lit, but they were beautiful nonetheless.

The next day Hubby & his dad played golf in the morning and my mother-in-law & I tried to find some good shopping and failed miserably. Oh well, it was probably good for me. After lunch we hopped in the car and headed up the road a bit to an adorable little town called Niagara on the Lake. We made a quick stop at a scenic overlook at The Whirlpool. Here's a close-up shot of the water churning many feet below us!
Niagara on the Lake was fantastic! It was so adorable and had some great little gift shops. Again, I failed to buy anything but I just loved looking at all the beautiful can they grow flowers in Canada! We also stopped at one of the many wineries on the way back into Niagara Falls and we purchased a wine that even I like (even if it is a dessert wine!). It's icewine and is made from frozen grapes, it's super sweet & just perfect for me!

Can you believe the size of those flower baskets? They were hanging everywhere!

Yes, Hubby wanted to take a picture with Bessie the cow.

...and then he convinced me to take a picture with the giant moose outside of the souvenir shop...
Hubby & I had a great time in Niagara Falls; however, we've seen it and there really isn't a good reason to go back once you've seen the falls & heard the roar they make falling. The rest of the town was honestly pretty run down and full of the typical tourist traps.


the future mrs Hinz said...

the picture by the moose cracks me up! he looks like he is in cheerleading pose! how funny!

Lindsey said...

Looks like a blast! The hotel is just gorgeous!

Megan said...

Looks so fun! I have been to Niagra Fall's before and it is just so beautiful!