Falling For Niagara
The natural wonder may seem like an old-fashioned honeymoon place, but it still provides a romantic and exciting getaway.
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Some of the best bass and walleye fishing around can be found in the waters of the Niagara area. Riverside Sport Fishing (160 S. Water St., Lewiston, 716-754-4101, niagarafish.com) guides excursions on Lake Erie ($320 for two). Or spend a peaceful day angling from a dock on the lower Niagara River at Joseph Davis State Park (4143 Lower River Road, Lewiston, 716-754-4596, nysparks.com).
You won’t find heart-shaped bathtubs, but you will find a totally romantic atmosphere at the upscale Barton Hill Hotel & Spa (100 Center St., Lewiston, 800-718-1812 bartonhillhotel.com). With its historic facade and feel, you would never know this posh property is a recent addition to Lewiston. All 78 guest rooms and suites are elegantly appointed, some with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and river views. Prices range from $200 to $360. Ask about custom spa packages for honeymooners.
Start your day on a sweet note with a big cinnamon bun or scone at Village Bake Shoppe (419 Center St., Lewiston, 716-754-2300, villagebakeshoppe.com), which supplies desserts to almost all of the area’s top restaurants. Among the bakery’s patrons is Carmelo’s Ristorante (425 Center St., Lewiston, 716-754-2311, carmelos-restaurant.com), which serves contemporary takes on the classics, including homemade gnocchi and lamb osso bucco ($16 to $22).
Vegetarians will appreciate the thoughtful preparations at Red Coach Inn (2 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, 716-282-1459, redcoach.com), an English country-style dining spot with garden seating and views of Niagara’s upper rapids. Non-vegetarians will be pleased with entrees such as sautéed Asian tiger shrimp. Lunch ranges from $6.95 to $12.95, dinner from $12.95 to $24.95.
If you want to add glitz to your getaway, Seneca Niagara Spa, Hotel and Casino (310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls, 877-873-6322, Seneca niagaracasino.com) has more than 4,000 slot machines, over 100 gaming tables, live entertainment, 600 rooms ($150 to $255), a full-service salon-spa and restaurants ranging from 24-hour buffets to fine dining. A great example of the latter is The Western Door: A Seneca Steakhouse, known for its bone-in 16-oz filet mignon ($46), signature Blue-Doo Child martini and elaborate house-made desserts.
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