Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Trip to Niagara!

Hey there!  I'm finally back from a wonderful vacation with my Mom to Niagara Falls and Toronto!  We had a great time...

We started out on Friday driving up to Bath, NY where my Mom's cousin lives.  He lives on one of the Finger Lakes (I can't remember which one), and it was beautiful!  We stayed the night there and the next morning we drove into Niagara, which was about an hour away.  The drive was beautiful....very scenic and hilly!  When we got to the border of Canada and New York, I freaked out because I realized that I never changed my name on my passport!  I was OMG, they're not going to let me in...they'll think I'm a terrorist or something and I'll be black-listed...

I, thankfully, was wrong and the guy at the border never said a word about my name.  Phew!  So on we went, and found our hotel and settled in.  We got ready for dinner, ate at an amazing italian restaurant and then gambled a little in the casino!  I won $20 at one point...but lost it.  We only played with a little bit of money and since we didn't win anything, we left.  We then walked along the falls and that was really beautiful!  They shine lights on them at night, so it was very cool, but FULL of people so we left soon after. 



The next morning, we got up and went on the Maid of the Mist boat (they take you down into the Falls...right up next to them!) and that was very cool!  Definitely a highlight of the trip. 









We enjoyed our day and then went out to a nearby town called Niagara-on-the-Lake, where they have tons of wineries.  We hopped from winery to winery and loved it!  In the Niagara region, they have Ice Wine which is basically dessert wine.  When winter sets in, the grapes freeze, so when they juice them (or whatever its called) the flavor is very concentrated...making it taste like dessert wine.  I really liked it!  Very fruity and if you pour some champagne in with it, its amazing!  We then stumbled upon this cute little street where there were lots of stores and restaurants so we walked around there, and then drove around by the lake (Lake Erie). 





On our last full day there, we decided to drive to Toronto which was only about an hour and a half away and we went to Casa Loma first!  Casa Loma is a castle, and it was really cool!  We took a tour of the house with audio headsets and it was interesting to hear about all the different rooms/history.  I'm not a big history buff, nor am I really interested in museums but this I found interesting...mostly.  Probably because it was a castle....ok, for sure because it was a castle but whatever! :) Here are some pics of my future home...






I like Toronto!  To me, it seemed like a mix of Chicago and New York (atleast the downtown part).  It was right on the water like Chicago but had a New York feel to it.  We drove around a bit but decided not to get out and walk around, so we drove back towards Niagara Falls.  We ended up stopping in Niagara-on-the-Lake again and having dinner in that cute area we were in the night before.  It was perfect! 

Then today, we got up uber early, and drove back to Columbus (no problems with my passport on the way back over!)  It wasn't too bad of a drive back...shorter than the way up since we'd gone to my Mom's cousin's house.  We had lunch and then she flew back to Miami!  Great ending to a great trip!  Here are a few more pics from the vacay:


Don't mind my raccoon eyes from all the water that got on us on the boat...




My very mature mother wanted me to take this pic... :)


I will be busy catching up on all the blog reading I missed!  Have a great rest of the week!

5 comments:

Grace said...

wow - those waterfall shots are amazing! welcome back, hope you had the bestest time!

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

Great pictures Ash! Sounds like you and your mom had a fabulous time!!

Jess said...

This trip sounds wonderful! I really want to see those waterfalls and going to wineries is the best way to end a trip. Glad you had so much fun!

Amanda said...

Love the pics of your trip! It looks beautiful!

April of A. Liz Adventures said...

Such a perfect trip!

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