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2chicks Canada ~ Having a Tea Party!

Niagara on the Lake is History come alive. But sometimes it’s just plain fun history. Like Alice In Wonderland kind of fun. Mad Hatter Tea Party kind of crazy.

This is a two-parter blog post. First the tea party, because we just couldn’t resist. Our next blog post on Niagara on the Lake, will be “History alive”. But isn’t that kind of the same thing? So we shall just begin at the beginning.

It all starts with the Shaw Festival and their play, Alice in Wonderland. Here is the link including dates and showtimes. This really is something you wouldn’t care to miss. Surely you’d better hurry and not be late…for a very important date! http://www.shawfest.com/playbill/alice-in-wonderland/

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The Shaw Festival across from Fort George. Everything old is new again.

Secondly, all in strictly proper timing, we’re sure, Beau Chapeau has the most felicitous of window dressings. You will be missing out if you don’t drop by for a look-see. And while looking you may just want to stop inside and find the very hat you’ve been looking for, from a by-gone era or not. https://beauchapeau.com/  (3 slide-show below. Click arrows if you’re still late)…

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See how that crazy Mad Hatter worked on his tea-potion to blend the old and new? What a guy! Gotta tip your hat to him. 😉

Lastly, nothing like a sample of the real deal. A real tea party, done up in Mad Hatter style. An homage to the Shaw and the Carroll, Alice and the Queen.

Let’s stroll down the Avenue to meet the Prince: Prince of Wales that is, the dreamy little Hotel hosting this gem of a party in their very own Tea Room.

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Step back into yesteryear and enter the upside down world of the Hatter. The Queen will be sure to greet you. The Queen of Hearts, that is.

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She will beguile you with her charms and entice you with the aroma of sugar and spice and everything nice.

For your pleasure, another quick slide-show, below, 4 photos.

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With a tower of tea sandwiches, pastries, buttery croissants and muffins set before you, who would not surely be happy? Mouth watering house made scones with devonshire cream and strawberry jam? Specialty teas? Served by a Queen? Oh my!
http://www.vintage-hotels.com/princeofwales/downloads/menus/pw-alice-wonderland-menu.pdf

All in all, if in Niagara on the Lake and you see a cute little rabbit dashing down a hole, we would suggest that you “begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end, then stop”.

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Niagara on the Lake ~ Wines

NIAGARA ON THE LAKE ~ WINE, WISDOM and WHIMSY

For a glass full of quaint and cozy, brimming with cordials and witticisms, whimsy and wine, classics and vistas, join us on our picture filled tour of a day in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.

The day started sunny with a ninety eight percent chance of fun. Things just point in that direction when you’re in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

We were staying at the gorgeous Queen’s Landing Hotel. http://www.vintage-hotels.com/queenslanding/?gclid=CjwKEAjw6_q5BRCOp-Hj-IfHwncSJABMtDai1QjHfO1abUPupU9f7gODs-ThCfYltcMCedoAdFu2hBoCJdTw_wcB

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It’s a good start when you look out the window and see the Niagara river’s waters glistening and the sailboats docked.

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We began with a day trip to close-at-hand wine country; Niagara-on-the-Lake is known for it’s wineries, and we wanted to weigh in on that. After-all, a 2chicks review is priceless…

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There are many wineries, large and small to choose from, and we started with one of Ontario’s  largest Wineries: Peller. This family owned winery offers daily tours and award winning wines.  http://www.winealign.com/wineries/26-peller-estates-winery. And https://www.peller.com/

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The vineyards are fresh and budding, ready to start this year’s crop of grapes.

Next door is the ‘new kid on the block’, Two Sister’s Vineyards. http://www.twosistersvineyards.com/site/home

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We appreciated the intimacy and attention.

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We tried several samples…

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And pleasing the effort turned out to be…

…before settling on a Cabernet Sauvignon, Ice Wine. Rich and full, but not overpowering on the sweet side. Special.

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This Chick and her Rooster will be saving it for a special occasion…

And like a very fine wine, this very fine view topped off our visit.

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After such royal treatment, we went back to our hotel. Unfortunately the Rooster had to fly the coop, but the 2chicks and a brother lazed around the lobby and the library at Queen’s landing, for a bit of whimsy and wisdom:

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Some statues just look smart.

 

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The plant and pot are delightful…dare we say, just ducky?

All kidding aside, elegant beauty is around every corner. We spent forever exploring…

 

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Learning something? Fabulous. In a charming setting? Glorious. Two siblings getting along? Priceless.

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Three strong naked guys supporting a bowl, yet still looking good? Definitely classic, if not a little amusing.

And there for our convenience, more wine, or a nibble at the Tiara Restaurant and their locally sourced (my favorite)and delicious food. Loved this cozy corner! http://www.vintage-hotels.com/queenslanding/dining.php

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Clue? Sir George in the library with the candlesticks…
For those in the know, this is Sir George Bernard Shaw. This renowned author and playwright is honored by the well-known Shaw Festival, permanently located in Niagara-on-the-Lake. http://www.shawfest.com/about-the-shaw/george-bernard-shaws-bio/ Many folks come just for the Festival, so be sure to take in a play during your stay.

It’s surprising just how much one can learn from actual books in libraries, statues, wooden ducks (or geese), wine-tasting, visiting wineries, historical plays or just fun plays (Alice in Wonderland is currently running). It’s also surprising how accommodating a Son/Brother can be… 😉

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Now that you’ve partaken in our NOTL adventure, perhaps you’ll be as informed and knowledgeable as THIS Chick…

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Don’t hang up. We’ll be back with more.

Round II, Niagara-on-the-Lake, coming soon…

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One Light ~ well, maybe two…

Only one small light to shine in the vast darkness that surrounds…

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The River Range Rear Lighthouse, lighting the way on the Niagara River in by-gone years. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. There are actually two lighthouses within close vicinity, one for the Niagara River and the other for Lake Ontario.

More Niagara-on-the-Lake photos and travel info to come. It’s only 18 miles from Niagara Falls with many treats and treasures.

From Niagara to Hamilton…a hop, skip and a jump along the escarpment way.

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Webster’s Falls, Ontario. (Just outside of Hamilton).

 

Early this fall we went to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, which is another city along the west end of Lake Ontario. It’s an hour’s drive from Niagara Falls. Although Hamilton has a reputation for it’s industry and the steel mills are visible on the drive along the QEW;  it is also well known for McMaster University. Most people don’t think of Hamilton as a tourist town, but you might just be surprised as to what it has to offer. So come explore with us.

 

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An old stone bridge above the Falls.

 

 

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Golden leaves framing the bridge and river.

 

 

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Another view of the Falls.

 

 

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An overlook, over the valley.

 

 

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A leaf laden trail, leading to Tews Falls.

 

 

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Looking above.

 

 

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Tews Falls.

 

 

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A closeup of the long fall down. These falls are nearly as tall as Niagara!

 

 

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A lovely older brick home near Webster’s Falls.

 

 

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Autumn shades reflect off a stately church building on the way to Webster’s.

 

 

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Fly fishing in the Grand River, by Caledonia, Ontario.

 

 

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Sunset on the Grand River, Caledonia, Ontario.

 

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Homestead House is a pleasant retreat in Mount Hope, ON, a stone’s throw from Hamilton. We enjoyed the country location right near the Hamilton Airport. The breakfasts were amazing, and the hosts most hospitable.  http://www.homesteadhousebb.ca/

 

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An elegant stairwell in Dundurn Castle, Hamilton.

 

 

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The elegant dining room at Dundurn.  http://www.hamilton.ca/CultureandRecreation/Arts_Culture_And_Museums/HamiltonCivicMuseums/Dundurn/Dundurn_Castle.htm

 

 

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Even the servants lived in “style” for that time period.

 

 

 

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The award winning La Piazza Allegra restaurant has the “magnifico” combination of food, atmosphere and a pleasant wait staff. they helped to make our anniversary dinner a most memorablemo” occasion,  http://www.lapiazza.ca/

 

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A cute little spot for lunch. Great noodles and bubble tea for a reasonable price. King St., Hamilton. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saigon-Asian-Restaurant/127566773948870

 

 

 

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Stonewall’s Restaurant and Live Music Venue. (Hamilton) Delicious Steaks and Salmon!  http://stonewallshamilton.com/about/  

and https://www.facebook.com/StonewallsEvents/photos

 

 

 

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Great live concert with Sarah Smith and her band.  http://www.sarahsmithmusic.com/

 

 

 

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A little known secret…there are gorgeous homes near the Mountain Access road, Queen St. Hamilton. You have to hunt a little… (Near the hospital).  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Street_(Hamilton,_Ontario)

 

 

 

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Another gorgeous home!

 

 

 

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The Art Gallery of Hamilton. And me. 😉

 

 

 

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I really enjoyed this little gem.

 

 

 

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Here is another secret. If you don’t care about the atmosphere but want a great tasting Shawarma or Falafel or Gyro or Kabob: Go to Bastoni’s!  http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g154990-d4975557-r209800859-Bastoni_s_Shawarma-Hamilton_Ontario.html

 

 

 

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Some of the fixings!

 

 

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From the Sherrie Robins art page on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/148651885175775/photos/a.827787097262247.1073741826.148651885175775/871527176221572/?type=1&theater

2chicks2go… Where?

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Welcome to our blog. We are the two chicks! Jennifer and Sherrie, Daughter and Mom. We live in Niagara Falls, NY.

During our travels, people always ask “where are you from?” and we say “we’re from Niagara Falls.” Inevitably. they know just where that is, with their only question being, “which side of the border?” because Niagara Falls is the “world’s most famous address.” And the second question is “living in a tourist area, where do YOU go for vacation?”

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So, we thought that we would answer those questions and more in the form of a blog. First of all, for those coming to visit our world famous attraction, we will happily give insider information, tips, and tell you what we like to do.

Secondly, for those of us that live in the Western New York area, you know we’re sitting on a treasure. Wouldn’t it be nice to have consolidated where-to information, schedules and reviews at your finger tips? We would also like to share our enjoyment of local fare, markets, restaurants, and the wine trail. Jennifer and Sherrie also enjoy cooking- we will contribute some recipes of the bountiful produce that Western New York has to offer here on our blog.

Living in such a centrally-located area, we have access to so much. World class events, dining, entertainment, hiking and scenery. For people that are visiting our area, they may not be aware of how this hub can lend to an exciting extended vacation and for locals to enjoy day trips. As anative born Canadian, Sherrie has a unique perspective of both sides of the border.

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That brings us to where we like to vacation. Sherrie has traveled extensively across most of North America, where as Jennifer has traveled abroad on several different occasions. We would also like to share some of these experiences with you.

So put on your yellow rain slicker, and lets get ready 2 go.

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