Niagara, beyond the falls
From the New York Post:
Fame can be a real pain. Take Niagara Falls, for instance. The stuff of legend. Even if you’ve never set foot on the Rainbow Bridge and gazed down on the majesty with your own eyes, you’ve probably got an opinion about the place. You probably think you know it. The tourist traps, the heart-shaped Jacuzzi tubs, a place trading on the faded glory of a time when people couldn’t get further away from home, faster.
Never mind, of course, that we are talking about one of the most impressive natural wonders of the West. Never mind that the falls themselves are merely the famous cherry sitting atop the tasty, tasty sundae that is the Niagara region.
Never mind that this region is one of the most desirable destinations in the Northeast. Really, it is: Sitting between two Great Lakes (Ontario and Erie), the Niagara boasts not one, but two great wine-producing regions (one among Canada’s best; the other a hidden New York State gem), world-class theater and music for months out of the year, plus outstanding little towns like Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lewiston, Youngstown, Queenston, with their great restaurants and cool places to stay.
Even still, to many people, the entire region remains some sort of retro-kitsch joke. Ha ha ha. Niagara Falls.
One one hand, that’s insane. On the other, who cares? Maybe it’s good that too many people’s minds won’t be changed. More room for the rest of us.