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    Stanley Avenue cracks CAA’s worst roads list

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    It’s not very good when one of the worst roads in Ontario is in such a major tourism destination…

    From Niagara This Week:

    This, according to CAA, which on Tuesday released the results of its 2013 Worst Roads List.

    This year, just one road in the region cracked the top 10, Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls, which landed the number 10 spot based on online voting. Last year, the road was named the fourth worst in the province overall, with Bunting Avenue in St. Catharines being named the second worst.

    Loretto Fallsview Centre Hotels & Condominiums

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    If you’ve been following the blog for a long time, or know what hotels have been approved (but not built), then you know that several years ago the Loretto Academy on Stanley Avenue was sold. There has been talk for years that a hotel complex was going to be build. I still think it is years away from happening (if ever). If you want to see past articles, you can search the blog for the word loretto.

    The other day someone sent me a link to a web page that was setup to promote the property and investment opportunities. I’m not sure when the page went live, but the it was last changed on November 12, 2012. If the project is ever started and completed, it will be very impressive!

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    Check out the site for yourself.

    Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls in Fall 2012

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    A few weeks ago my family went to stay at the Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls. We’ve stayed at the Doubletree a couple of times before (you can read my postings about our first visit and our second visit). Actually, the reason why we went was because my children see the hotel (you can see the Doubletree clearly as you drive down Stanley Ave) as we drive into Niagara Falls, and had been asking me when we could stay there again. If you’ve stayed at the hotel, this might seem a little odd. It isn’t a super kid-friendly hotel. However, it’s cozy, the views are great, and there is rarely anyone in the pool (when we’ve been there), so the kids love it.

    We checked in on a Thursday night and went swimming first. The pool is a salt-water pool, and it’s beautiful. The pool area has two tiers. The lower level is where you find the shallow end and the hot tub. These two areas are where my kids spent most of their time. They floated around the shallow end, tried to do handstands, and just generally had fun. Then every once in a while they’d go into the hot tub with my wife and me to “relax”. The upper level of the pool area is where you find a separate deeper pool where adults can swim laps. If we were there alone, I let my kids swim in there as well. The edge of the pool that is above the shallow end forms a small waterfall. The kids liked to look over and stand under it.

    After swimming we went to dinner at Buchanans. We started off with a couple of appetizers. We tried the stuffed mushroom caps and perogies. I thought both were great, but my kids devoured the perogies. For dinner I had an Angus ribeye steak; my wife had the California Chicken Salad, and my kids had things from the kids menu. We were all happy with our choices. My steak was amazing!

    After dinner we swam for a bit more. We were going to go to Clifton Hill and do some of the attractions, but my daughter was exhausted.

    As it got later, we were all back up in the room. We had a gorgeous room on the 18th floor. The view was spectacular (you can see some of the pictures below). We settled into our beds and fell asleep.

    We were up bright and early Friday morning and went back to Buchanans for breakfast. This was the first time we’d had their buffet. I love to eat, and the food at the buffet was high quality stuff! The orange juice was probably the best I’ve ever had. There were sausages, bacon, pancakes, French toast, cereal (the kids loved the little cereal boxes), fruit, muffins, and much more. My wife joked with the kids to eat up so we didn’t have to buy lunch.

    The buffet is generally around $16 for adults and less for children. It was busy the day we were there. There was some kind of a meeting in an adjoining room, and so the attendees came in for breakfast. During breakfast, there was a server that had a pink shirt on. My daughter had no idea who she was, but saw the pink shirt and said, “I like her!”

    After breakfast we went swimming for a while longer, and then headed back up to our room to pack. It was just a one-night stay, but we had a great time. At one point my daughter asked if we could live there!

    The hotel is beautiful, and the staff is great. I don’t really have much to complain about. You get what you pay for. The only thing that was a surprise was the charge for a local call when we checked out. I assumed all hotels offer free local calling, but apparently not. It was only a dollar, but I figured I’d let you know.

    As always, I’ve taken a bunch of pictures. You can see some of the thumbnails below. You can see the rest of the thumbnails and the full versions of all of the pictures in the Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls in Fall 2012 gallery. I’ve divided it into two sections. There are 24 pictures of pictures inside the hotel.

    There are also 15 pictures that show views from the hotel.

    Note: As of now there are now 3,650 images in 276 categories in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery

    I’ve also recorded a video. It is a minute long and shows the building from the outside, as well as the pool area. You can watch it on YouTube or view the video below.

    Note: As of now there are now 58 videos (with 598,522 video views) on the NiagaraFallsBlog YouTube Channel

    Star-packed New Year’s Eve lineup in Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s not about competition. It’s about complementing each other.

    With news this week Nelly Furtado and Hedley will headline the Niagara Parks Commission’s free New Year’s Eve concert at Queen Victoria Park, organizers at the city’s convention centre say it will go hand-in-hand with the Deadmau5 show at the Stanley Ave. facility.

    “Different styles of music, different crowds,” said Jeff Dixon, assistant general manager of the Scotiabank Convention Centre. “We all have our musical preferences and tastes. What this does is cement Niagara Falls as the true New Year’s Eve destination in Canada.”

    Museum secrets unveiled

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The exhibits for the most part are in place but there are still some finishing touches needed before the doors of a re-invented Niagara Falls History Museum swing open to the public for the first time on Saturday.

    “We moved in two months ago,” Niagara Falls Museums manager Clark Bernat said as he prepared to show off some of the features of the new facility last week. “We’re still working out some tweaks. We’ve got to get used to the place.”

    What “this place” is, is a dramatically different place than the one staff left more than a year ago.

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