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Niagara’s wonderland: Icewine and frozen waterfalls

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From the National Post:

The outing: Head to the Niagara region for winery tours, the spectacular falls, a giant New Year’s Eve party or make a date for mid-January and the icewine harvest.

Why it will make your holiday sparkle: Wine and holiday spirit undoubtedly go together. So, what better way to enjoy a uniquely Canadian holiday than drinking icewine in the scenic Niagara Valley, the world’s largest producer of this sweet dessert wine?

Doubletree Niagara Falls Visited By Olympic Torch Relay

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Earlier this week I was sent this by the Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton:

The City of Niagara Falls was selected as one of only 200 host celebrations communities across Canada for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Torch Relay.

On Sunday, December 20, the Olympic Flame passed in front of the Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton, with hundreds of spectators cheering it on. The longest Olympic Torch Relay to take place in a single country began its route in Victoria, British Columbia. The Olympic Flame will travel by land, air and water during its 106 day journey.

The Niagara Falls celebration coincided with the Doubletree Holiday Staff Party and presented the opportunity for team members to have their photo taken with the torch after the relay, and to view the special Olympic fireworks display from the event room hosting the staff party. One of the two relay runners who were guests at the Doubletree, included Hilton HHonors Diamond VIP member, Denzil Croning.

Shown in the image is:
Denzil Croning, Torch Relay Runner and holding the torch – Anthony Orsini, General Manager Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls

Christmas Break Exclusive Rates at the Americana Waterpark Resort & Spa!

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Last Wednesday I received the latest email newsletter from the Americana Waterpark Resort.


To subscribe to the newsletter, click on the “Stay Informed with the Americana Newsletter” link on the left of the every page of the Americana Conference Resort & Spa web site.

Travelodge At the Falls News (20091221)

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On Monday I received the latest newsletter from the Niagara Clifton Group (the Travelodge, Fun House, Brick City, etc).

To sign up for the newsletter, click on the Join our FREE Email Mailing List link on the side of any of the pages at

Twitter updates for 2009-12-22

  • – This is the finished concrete foundation for whatever is being built behind the Niagara SkyWheel #
  • – The snow has been staying over the last few days, but apparently it's supposed to be warmer and rainy on Christma #

Truck crash at Fallsview Casino entrance


You may have heard about this on the news this morning. Apparently a truck that was trying to get away from the police crashed into the front doors of the Fallsview Casino.

I stopped by the casino and they are already well on their way to getting things cleaned up:

Daytripper: Niagara Falls, Ontario

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From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

From Rochester: About 90 miles.

Attraction: The Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario, running through Jan. 4, features holiday light displays, live concerts, fireworks and special events. The outdoor displays are lighted from 5 p.m. to midnight, including an “Enchantment of Disney” display.

Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse: Restaurant’s gauchos slice 12 kinds of Brazilian barbecue

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From the Buffalo News:

They have an awful lot of roast meat in Brazil. Or so it would seem if you visit Brasa, a traditional, newly opened Brazilian barbecue restaurant called a “churrascaria” in the luxe Hilton Hotel attached to the casino.

You can start training for the 2016 Olympics now.

A churrascaria serves meats cooked on vertical spits called rodizios, gaucho style. And in Brasa, as peppy Brazilian tapes play in the background, gaucho-clad servers move from table to table, stopping at those on which a green disc is displayed.

Then, using magnificent knives, they slice the meat off the rodizios as the diners watch in awe. At Brasa, there are 12 different kinds of meat to choose from, including poultry, beef, pork and lamb.

And should you need to take a rest — an entirely likely occurrence— you turn the disc on your table to red and the gauchos will stay away until you get a second wind or something.

Share the Gift of Love this Season with our 1-Night Winter Romance Package

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Last Wednesday I received the latest email newsletter from the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa.


You can subscribe to the newsletter by clicking on the Special Email Offers link on the side of the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa main page.

Season’s Greetings from Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

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Last Thursday I received the latest email newsletter from Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours.

You can sign up for their newsletter by entering your email address in the form at the bottom of the main page of the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours web site.

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