Spring has settled in nicely, and, in gratitude, we exhale a contented sigh. Humans crave pleasure. Especially now! There’s a heightened aesthetic sensibility in the air as we slow down and savour intimate human connections and flirtatious conversations that sparkle and light up our neural pathways. Words that capture the essence of May include luscious, delicious, sensational, voluptuous and deep authenticity. It’s time to get down, get real and make heavenly dreams come true as sunshine and warmer temperatures seemingly turn life into gold.
Springtime beckons us to be childlike again and play our hearts out. And what better place than Niagara-on-the-Lake—the pleasure center for all time—to bring a sense of delicious into your life?
Indulge Your Senses
Perhaps, you have an eye for beautiful things that bring a wide smile to your face. Highlight your signature style with a couple of additions to your wardrobe—or home or office décor—from one of the charming boutiques along Queen Street or from the Outlet Collection at Niagara. Treasures also await at Old Town Antiques on Mary Street, Lakeshore Antiques & Treasures on Lakeshore Road, the Bartlett House of Antiques on Niagara Stone Road, the Vintage Mermaid barn also on Niagara Stone Road, and Antiques on Creek on Four Mile Creek Road.
Galleries and studios in and around town invite you to admire their artistic collections. The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre on Ricardo Street displays monthly exhibitions at the Joyner Gallery where well-known local and Ontario artists’ works of art are featured. While there, check out works by emerging and professional artists in the Walker Room. A short drive up the Niagara River Parkway takes you to the RiverBrink Art Museum where you can view exhibits as well as participate in workshops. Pottery enthusiasts are welcome to browse at Lakeside Pottery on Lakeshore Road, Queenston Pottery on York Road in St. David’s, or Bélisle Pottery on Four Mile Creek Road where you can also attend a class.
Recharge your batteries by sharing new experiences with old friends. Guided, chauffeur-driven wine, brewery and distillery tours and cycling tours are a great way to spend a sunny afternoon with pals. For something truly memorable, book a one-hour stroll with a friendly donkey companion through the vineyards at the Colaneri Estate Winery. Later, clink glasses in a toast to friendships at one of many indoor and outdoor dining venues throughout the area.
Add music to the mix. Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts has concerts planned for May and June. The Hare Winery continues to host international performers for the TD Niagara Jazz Fest: Twilight Jazz & Blues. The ever-popular Jackson-Triggs’ Summer Concert Series runs from June 9 to September 15. In July and August, Music Niagara celebrates its 25th season with a line-up of musicians from around the world. Local pubs, wineries and breweries regularly schedule live performances.
Make Fitness Fun
Tee up! Enjoy scenic views of Lake Ontario and historical forts at the nine-hole Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course, the oldest surviving golf club in continuous play in North America and ranked ninth best short course in the world outside of the USA. Need some practice first? Limber up at the Niagara Golf & Batting Cages on Eastchester.
Take in nature’s sights and sounds on horseback as you marvel at the seasonal richness of the Niagara Escarpment and wooded trails. Beyond simple enjoyment, riding develops balance and co-ordination and offers mental and emotional benefits for all ages.
How about yoga laced with laughter? A special encounter awaits you at Fox Den Goat Yoga where the focus is on fun and personal development. Book a goat yoga session or a Goats & Wine experience, which includes a flight of wine and time to cuddle, play and take photos of these darling dwarf goats.
Squeal with delight as you zipline at one of two Niagara locations. In Niagara Falls, WildPlay’s Zipline to the Falls takes you on a breathtaking ride as you glide down 670 metres (2,200 ft), soar past the American Falls and land at the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. At Thompson Point, the Whirlpool Adventure Course features three self-paced obstacle courses that include climbing, ziplining and jumping circuits.
Plan Your Stay
Why not inject a little romance into your plans? Book your stay at a charming bed and breakfast, villa, cottage or apartment. On your way, pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers at one of the many florists or roadside stands. Drop by the Chocolate Factory in St. David’s for a free tour and some tasty palate-pleasing delights to go with that special bottle of wine from your favourite winery.
There’s always something happening in Niagara-on-the-Lake:
June 9: White Effect Dinner
June 17: Strawberry Festival
June 24: Shaw Guild Garden Tour
June 24–25: Fort George in the Great War
July 1–3: Canada Day Fireworks; Artistry by the Lake
July 8: Cherry Festival
July 15-16: Battle of Fort George Re-enactment
August 12: Peach Festival
August 12: Sip, Savour & Stroll
August 23: Shades of Summer Dinner
August 19-20: Fife & Drum Muster & Soldiers’ Field Day