February is the month of love. Valentine’s Day. Romance at the falls.
They call Niagara Falls the Honeymoon City, but for the past three centuries, it’s been known as a beautiful getaway for couples of all ages.
Whatever you are looking for, it’s here. In duplicate or more, and all the while the water keeps pouring over those mighty cataracts.
When you’re talking towering structures, it all starts with the Skylon Tower (the one that looks like the CN Tower’s slightly smaller brother).
On a clear day, you can see 8,000 square miles of the Canadian and American landscapes.
But hey, you’ve come for a meal, right? You have options: There is the Summit Suite buffet dining room, which offers a casual setting to enjoy your double-sided buffet meal. It’s open year-round for lunch and dinner.
Or there is the Revolving Dining Room, which offers a more intimate setting. Its menu offers everything from fine, cuisine dining to kids’ choices and really great desserts, too.
Either way, the view is breathtaking.
In the same Fallsview neighbourhood is Milestones, the fine dining restaurant up high at the 31-storey Marriott at the Falls hotel.
On its menu, Milestones is committed to using the freshest ingredients, many grown right here in Niagara. In a contemporary setting, this restaurant is known for its good service.
And the ‘view of a lifetime’ continues at The Keg Overlooking the Falls, on the ninth floor of the Embassy Suites Hotel a short distance from the Horseshoe Falls.
Keg restaurants are known for their tasty, varied menus (try the French onion soup for starters, it’s great). All this, and a romantic view of possibly the world’s most famous waterfalls.
And all these venues are within easy walking distance of the waterfront.
At the end of the night, nothing is more romantic than sitting together and taking in the awe-inspiring view of Niagara Falls.
The waterfalls are bathed every night in all the colours of the rainbow, and many nights there are fireworks displays over the falls. Here are some of the top views, pardon the pun.
The Hilton Fallsview Hotel on Fallsview Boulevard offers views of both the American and Canadian falls with room options that include Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces or other romantic amenities.
And at 53 storeys, this is one of the tallest structures in the city – and that means there are a lot of rooms to choose from, each with their own unique view of the falls, the escarpment and the city all around.
Nearby, also on Fallsview Boulevard, the Embassy Suites is also prime ‘sleep with a view’ territory.
A full 36 storeys tall, you can see all around Niagara Falls clear to Buffalo or Toronto from here.
Inside it has a TGIFridays restaurant and is just down the street from the Niagara Fallsview Casino and resort – and some of the nicest rooms in the city for a full view of the falls, and a romantic night with your partner.
Also right around the corner from the casino in this neighbourhood of tall, tall buildings is the Marriott on the Falls hotel.
It’s a four-star luxury site very close to the American and Horseshoe Falls and well situated right in the fascinating Fallsview neighbourhood.
Inside are great restaurants, and here is an interesting fact – at 60 metres tall it is even taller than the falls themselves, which are about 57 metres tall.
It goes without saying, the view of those falls is great from the Marriott.
And the views don’t stop there. There is also the Ramada Fallsview by Wyndham hotel on Stanley Avenue, near the Fallsview district.
Also a short walk from the mighty falls, this hotel also offers views of the falls along with a long list of amenities that have proven popular with repeat visitors.
The rooms, restaurants and views are very good at all these hotels, but there is a big city out there just waiting to be explored.
Here are a few possibilities: For starters, the Avalon Ballroom at the casino continually books a great variety of acts. Upcoming shows include Conga, the music and dance celebration of all things Havana and Cuba, from Feb. 4-10.
Then Feb. 11 and 12, Josh Groban takes the stage, followed by Lifehouse on Feb. 13 and Richard Marx on Feb. 15.
It’s an intimate setting with about 1,500 seats in the plush theatre.
Or how about this – you came to Niagara Falls to make a little magic around Valentine’s Day, so how about some real magic?
Magician Edward Stone’s newest show, called Mind Trix, is booked at the Old Stone Inn boutique hotel on Fallsview Boulevard.
Stone has been dazzling audiences for years, and his performance is billed as an interactive experience full of deception and illusion. Intrigued yet?
Finally, how about a great meal at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, again on Fallsview Boulevard? The food is excellent as is the setting, and it also books special shows to entertain.
On Jan. 24, for example, there is An Evening with the Real Housewives featuring three of the celebrity TV housewives – Teresa Giudice, Margaret Josephs and Dorinda Medley, all dishing on their fascinating lives and talking about how fame has changed everything for them.
Gossipy? Sure, but fun.
As you can see, Niagara Falls is the hottest city in Canada to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your special other.