I organized a girls trip to the Niagara wine country to celebrate the Civic Holiday weekend. Sidenote – Canada, please get better at holiday names. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming little town in the middle of the Canadian wine region – bet you didn’t know that was even a thing!
On Friday afternoon I scooped up Maggie from the airport and we drove around the lake to NOTL, as the locals call it. We stocked our cottage with groceries and ran out to explore while we waited for the rest of our friends to arrive.
Get ready for all the cuteness!
White picket fence, of course
This was the best, and Maggie couldn’t resist sneaking a peek.
Worth it – check out this garden!
Inexplicable working(!) phone booth on the sidewalk
Later that evening Diana, Stephanie, Diana, and Jules arrived, cameras were forgotten, and we all caught up over a few bottles of wine.
The next morning we took advantage of our backyard dining room for breakfast.
We made a frittata, kale salad, and bottomless mimosas.
We had to fuel up for our afternoon adventure – a vineyard tour by bike! Grape Escapes picked us up and took us to meet up with our bikes and group for the day.
Lucky us, our guides for the day were spin instructors. I quickly re-learned how to ride a bike – way easier than a tandem – and we pedaled to our first winery of the day.
We started with a lesson on why Niagara is such a great environment for wine and blah blah blah before getting to taste the goods.
Biking from winery to winery became easier and more hilarious as we went on…
All action shots courtesy of Maggie, who is actually capable of pedaling and taking pictures at the same time, among other cool tricks.
Our tour buddies just had to show off.
One of the best things about this tour was that we could buy wine at each vineyard and the company would follow in a truck to pick up our bottles to collect at the end. This also conveniently makes it easy to forget how much you’ve already purchased! After our tour we collapsed at the cottage with tons of food – luckily I’m friends with some talented chefs! Eventually our legs regained their strength and we decided to take a sunset stroll around town.
So close to the US!
Perfectly pink sky
Every other storefront in town is a gelato shop, but Gelato di Carlotta looked like the best one.
The next morning we were hoping to swing by Niagara Falls on our way out of town, but sadly a flat tire thwarted our plans. On the upside, I did get to introduce the girls to Canadian Tire! It was more fun than it sounds.
With this group, even a trip to the mechanic is an exciting adventure. We parted ways in the parking lot and Maggie and I drove back to Toronto, but not without a quick stop at the Falls. More on that next time!