Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Length of Trip: Two half days and one night (October 2013)
Purpose of Trip: To see the falls, of course
Method of Transportation: Henry the Honda
Food: I didn’t do any advanced planning, so we just walked around and randomly ended up eating dinner at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. It was fine, although I was puzzled that there wasn’t actually any macaroni on the menu (how misleading!). For breakfast, we ended up at Starbucks, which is somewhere I rarely go. And twelve dollars later for one latte and one piece of pumpkin bread, I was reminded why I don’t go there very often. (Twelve dollars, really?! Oh my thrifty heart…)
Accommodations: We stayed at the Double Tree Fallsview by Hilton. Parking and taxes all in, it came to $175. I decided to really go all out and paid the extra $9 for a room with a view of the falls. I was impressed – it really did have a view of the falls. Well, it would have had a view of the falls if it wasn’t so foggy that we couldn’t see anything, but that wasn’t the hotel’s fault. There were even fireworks that we could have seen from our window, again, if it hadn’t been so darn foggy.
Highlights: The stereotypical “tourist” activities don’t usually appeal to me, but I really wanted to get up close to the falls and the Maid of the Mist seemed to be the best way. There’s not much going on in Niagara Falls other than the falls (to be honest, the place is kind of a dump), so if you’re going to bother to go, you might as well go all the way and take the boat that goes up close to the falls. And for-the-love-of-god put your camera away for a minute or two during the boat ride and just enjoy the power of the falls. Do it.