Springlicious showcases downtown improvements

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Springlicious struck again.

Thousands of people filled Queen Street over the weekend for the second annual Springlicious music, food, beer and wine festival, creating a showcase for new business that recently arrived.

“Myself, I didn’t know these places exist,” said Janice Ane, a Niagara Falls woman, who was seeing some of the newer downtown businesses for the first time because the festival brought her downtown.

Ane took in the musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday night. Crowds were bigger on Friday than Saturday, she said, but both nights people were out enjoying the festival.

Only 1 day left for the Hilton Niagara Fall High School Musical Package!

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This offer is over now, but I still wanted to post about it…

Last Friday I received the latest newsletter from the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview.

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To subscribe to the newsletter, fill out the form on the left-hand side of any page on the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview web site.

Helicopter’s tour above Niagara ‘totally rocked’

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From the Vancouver Courier:

Two teenagers, one day, one natural wonder of the world. With our vacation time running out in Toronto, our family makes a mad dash to Niagara Falls. Our plan is simple: get there early, stay late, see as much as we can.

Of course, “early” is a relative term with teenagers. It’s 10 a.m. when we wheel into the Rapidsview parking lot and hop the quick shuttle ride to the Falls’ Table Rock area. When the bus stops, our excitement bubbles over and we practically sprint to the guardrail.

Wow. In fact, big wow.

Jet boat reprieve

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Whirlpool Jets Boats could soon find itself again looking for temporary docking space in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Parks Canada has agreed to rent its dock at Navy Hall to the tour company until only June 15.

The jet-boat operator has been using the wooden wharf as a passenger pickup point since it was forced from the municipality’s Melville Street dock following a recent court ruling.

“It’s a temporary fix giving a tour operator some short-term relief, so they don’t have to close down their business immediately and cause disappointment to a lot of people who are coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake specifically for that,” said Bob Andrews, Parks Canada superintendent of Niagara historic sites.

Can the downtown do it again with Springlicious?

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Last year’s April Wine has evaporated, but the buzz lingered all year. It’s time now to see if the 2009 vintage of Springlicious has the same intoxicating effect last year’s event did.

A year ago, people fell in love with the downtown again -even if, in some cases, it was just a one-night stand. The first-ever Springlicious music and food festival last year gave people a reason to come downtown…

The question this year is, can lightning strike twice?

Will Springlicous, version 2.0, build on the goodwill last year’s event garnered?

Company plans three high-rises on Loretto property

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

One of the most historic sites in Niagara Falls could become one of the biggest hotel developments the city has ever seen.

Owners of the old Loretto Christian Life Centre want city council’s approval to put three high-rise towers on the 7.6-acre property now occupied by the 148-year-old school and its park-like grounds. The next-door neighbours, an order of Roman Catholic priests, however, say they’re concerned about the “immensity” of the project and what it would do to their “oasis.”

Romzap, a company co-owned by Tony Zappitelli, wants to build a 57-storey hotel and two other towers – one 42-storeys and a second at 32 storeys on land the Loretto Sisters, a Roman Catholic order of nuns, used to own. The site has a commanding view of the falls to the east, and the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre is being constructed on the other side of Stanley Avenue.

Vacation hits home on U.S. side of falls

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From Pittsburgh Live:

Vacations, it’s said, will be a casualty of the recession, a luxury easy to put off. But summer is a powerful incentive. People want to get somewhere else, if only for a day or two.

As it happens, Pittsburgh is well-situated for the economy getaway.

Within a half-day’s drive are destinations recreational, historical and marvelous, including one on everybody’s list of earthly wonders. Niagara Falls, of course.

Haven’t all the famous travelers of the past 200 years made it their business to get to the falls at least once in their lives?

Visiting Niagara Falls on a budget

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From World Village:

With the price of gas going up again this summer and the need to keep expenses down, you can create a vacation itinerary that ends up being a lot more fun than you might have imagined. Even if you did have more money to spend on a vacation it wouldn’t necessarily translate into having a better time, it’s how you spend each dime and dollar, stretching your dollars and putting them towards the priorities you and your travel companions want you won’t feel guilty for “cheaping” out on the other stuff, while still maintaining a quality vacation.

TRAVEL: No delays blamed on new border rules

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From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:

If you’re a U.S. citizen lacking the proper documentation for that return trip from Canada, don’t panic.

After all those warnings that you needed to be in full compliance by June 1 — when the new rules took effect — the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reminded motorists that they will be cut some slack at this point.

On Monday, when some drivers showed up at the border crossings to re-enter without the proper documents, they were issued small leaflets carrying the headline “NONCOMPLIANT.”

Clifton Hill Resort Update – June 2009

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On Wednesday I received the latest newsletter from the Clifton Hill Resort. Last month was the first newsletter where they mentioned Strike! Rock ‘n Bowl, but it wasn’t mentioned till later in the newsletter. This time it isn’t even mentioned at all.

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You can subscribe to the Clifton Hill Resort Update newsletter by visiting the Clifton Hill Newsletter page.

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