The Niagarafied Weekend – Easter

I started my Easter a bit early.

First there was the amazing Niagara Chocolate Road Trip. Then I went to a couple of wineries in Twenty Valley for liquid Easter treats.

Boy, did I get treats. The Easter Bunny has been very good to me – and I hope he’s good to you too.

Easter weekend can be one that is already booked up for many people. There are lots of family events, dinners and celebrations with friends. But if you still need a couple of ideas for your Easter holiday, I’ve got a few for you.

Keep in mind, lots of places are closed on different days this weekend. So please call ahead, check websites or social media to make sure your intended destination is open.

I hope you all have a very special weekend, filled with wonderful people, food, chocolate, and of course, great Ontario wine!

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Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch is a popular way to celebrate on Easter Sunday. If you don’t have a reservation yet, please make sure to call before you go. Some places are sold out, but don’t assume that all places are sold out. Give the restaurant a call, and you just might find there is a table for you.

Some local options include:

The Vintage Hotels restaurants, which are always popular for Easter Brunch.

The Niagara Parks restaurants also have some yummy Easter Sunday offerings. What’s a bonus here is that their Elements on the Falls, Queenston Heights Restaurant, and Queen Victoria Place Restaurants are Feast ON certified. Feast ON is a program by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, recognizing places that showcase Ontario food and drink products. You can read more about the Feast ON program here. You get a delicious meal, and know that you are helping Ontario food and drink producers to boot.

The Yellow Pear is doing Easter Brunch on the Bench at Mike Weir Winery. I’m a huge fan of The Yellow Pear, and when you have their tasty food at a winery with a stunning view, you’re in for a treat.

OLiV Tasting Room and Restaurant has a Classic Brunch menu that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile – Lobster Scrambled Eggs, Moroccan Baked Eggs, and lots of other yummy things. They will be hosting Easter Brunch this Sunday, and I’m sure it will be a good one too.

This year, I’ll be at Zest Kitchen in Fonthill. Zest is a fabulous restaurant, and I’m looking forward to tasting their three course Easter Brunch. You can take a look at the menu here, and I think I’ll have trouble deciding what to have – everything looks so good! If this is where you end up this weekend, and you see me, please come say hi.

I’m sure there are lots more Easter Brunch options in Niagara, but this gives you a start. Your favourite restaurant may have something going on, so check with them too. Once again, make sure to call the restaurant to book a table.

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Wine

If you don’t want to hunt for Easter eggs, perhaps you can hunt for wine instead? Personally, I like to do both. Wine and chocolate are a match made in heaven.

Last Easter, I wrote two posts about My Niagara Easter Wine Hunt. The first post covers some wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the second is out in Twenty Valley. You can also devise your own Easter Wine Hunt, and if you do, I would love to hear about it.

Once again, the wineries vary in days they are open this weekend, and they may have shorter hours. Please call before you go. Most wineries have been tweeting about their weekend hours, so make sure you follow your favourites on Twitter to stay up to date on this info. Following them on Twitter is a good idea anyway. You’ll find out about special events, releases, and some are just a lot of fun to tweet with!

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Chocolate

Well, I just talked about chocolate at length in my Niagara Chocolate Road Trip. It was such a super fun post to do. If you need more Easter treats – and even if you don’t need more – these are the places to go. Make sure you leave some for me though, okay?

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Walking the Region

After all that feasting and chocolate you may feel you need to walk it off. Luckily, it looks like the weather is going to cooperate with us this weekend, so it should be a good one for a leisurely walk. I love exploring Niagara by foot, and I’m looking forward to doing that in the warmer months to come.

Recently, I posted about walking around St. Catharines, and earlier this fall I shared a morning walk in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Some other ambulatory options would be a stroll along the Welland Canal Parkway Trail, the Niagara Glen, or the Niagara River Recreation Trail. Walking by Niagara Falls would be a spectacular finale to Easter weekend. Your own favourite neighbourhood stroll is always a great option too.

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As for me, I plan to take it really easy. On Good Friday, I’ll totally be chilling with a big book and a glass or two of Ontario wine. Saturday, a good friend from Toronto is coming down and we will have the feast to end all feasts. After a good sleep-in, deliciousness will continue at Zest on Sunday, and then we’ll probably stroll around Fonthill.

Whatever you do, I hope it’s a wonderful, special weekend.

Happy Easter!