Saturday, August 7, 2010

Welcome to Niagara On the Lake

We’re in Niagara On The Lake, Ontario, at the Prince of Wales Hotel, a beautiful rambling collection of Victorian buildings that harken back to the turn of the 20th Century in a town that evokes more of New England than the Midwest. It’s quite a change from the midst-the-cornfields small-town feel of Stratford. It is a pretty place but crowded with day-trippers from Toronto, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and — Perrysburg and Miami.

Getting here was pretty easy; it took a little over three hours because of construction on the Queen Elizabeth Way at St. Catherine’s. As we drove in we passed a lot of vineyards and wineries. Michael J.W. Stickings at The Reaction gave me a list of some of better wines of the region. I will pass them on to my father, who is the true wine connoisseur among us, and I will pass on his opinions. I, of course, will only be the messenger.

I have time for a little web-browsing before heading out to dinner and the show.