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Jul 18, 2010 11:07 AM

Weekend in Niagara on the Lake

Hi there,

My parents, my sisters and I (the three of us are mid twenty-somethings) will be heading up to Niagara on the Lake for a weekend in a couple of weeks.

I've already done a bit of research and have booked dinner reservations at Stone Road Grill for Friday evening and Peller Estate Winery for Saturday night. For lunch on Saturday, I was thinking we could grab a quick lunch from Epicurean.

I have been unable to find much on the brunch front. Are there any nice spots in the area - preferably no further than a 15 minute drive from NOTL? Flexible on price and menu. I've read about Pie Plate but it seems a bit out of the way as we will be heading back to New York.

I have a list of about 8 - 10 wineries that we're interested in checking out. I've noticed that many of the wineries have "winery experiences" on their website - is it generally expected that one book winery visits in advance, or are you able to just drop by? Any recommended experiences in particular?

Lastly, are there any other unique non-wine sights/activities/experiences you would recommend? Any help or additional tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

The Pie Plate
1516 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

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  1. Are you staying in old town NOTL? Because the rural area is actually NOTL as well, and honestly, nothing is very far. Even from old town, pretty much all of the rural area and the other towns (Virgil, St. David's and Queenston) are within a 15 minute drive.

    The Pie Plate is a really cute, quirky spot with excellent pastries (both sweet and savoury) as well as a small, changing menu of tasty things like salads and pizzas. It's not so much a traditional brunch spot, so you won't find bacon and eggs on the menu. I do love it, though, and it's a fine choice for your brunch. It's 10 minutes or less from old town.

    Another option, closer to old town, is The Old Winery. They open at 11:30 and serve brunch on the weekend:

    A bit further afield from old town is the restaurant at Ravine Vineyard. It's near the exit from the QEW to NOTL, so may be convenient if you're headed out that way. They open at 10, and usually have a brunch-y special or two.

    And in terms of the winery tours, all of the ones I've ever done require reservations in advance.

    Old Winery
    2228 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

    The Pie Plate
    1516 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

    2 Replies
    1. re: TorontoJo

      Hmm! I'd like to try these places too! Thanks TJO

      1. re: TorontoJo

        Thanks! This is very helpful. We are staying in old town NOTL. Looking forward to it! :-)