RIVERBEND INN - A ROMANTIC GETAWAY AMOUNG THE VINEYARDS
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
For much of my adult life Niagara-on-the-Lake has been the place for a perfect getaway. The region offers award-winning wineries, world-class dining, and vineyards as far as the eye can see. The setting is perfect for a weekend of romance with that special someone.
After a day of wine-tasting, or shopping the lovely village of Niagara-on-the-lake, head down a vine-lined driveway to Riverbend Inn. This Georgian mansion of towering columns has twenty-one uniquely designed guestrooms furnished in under-stated luxury and period furniture. The theme continues to public rooms where stunning chandeliers add a little sparkle to Georgian-style decor. All that indoor luxury is balanced by seventeen acres of gardens and vines, and a gazebo that holds the memories of many a happy wedding and many a romantic evening.
Voted 'One of the top 10 Hotels for Romance in Canada' by Traveler's Choice 2013, Riverbend knows romance. The Inn has been host to countless weddings for couples looking for a destination wedding with that vineyard ambiance. And for those not quite ready for marriage, surprise engagements are a common event. Antonetta Tremone - my host at Riverbend - told of surprises planned by romantic young men - usually nervous, and always head-over-heels in love. Antonetta knows how to make that romantic occasion go just right. Along with that sparkling ring, there's always champagne at just the right moment, the perfect music, and rose petals and romantic lighting in a stately room.
If your idea of a romantic getaway includes delicious fare, Riverbend Inn sets the scene in their CAA Four Diamond Award dining room. Guilt mirrors and chandeliers are a grand backdrop to wall-to-ceiling windows that frame acres and acres of vineyards. Savour a decadent breakfast of Banana Pain Perdu with Fresh Sliced Bananas & Pure Maple Syrup. Or start your evening at the antique bar with one of Riverbends own wines. Five grape varieties are grown on the property and produced by Klaus Reif of Reif Estates Winery including the sumptuous 2007 Gold Medal award winner - Riverbend Inn's 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Follow this with a sumptuous meal prepared by Executive Chef Len Rider. You'll appreciate the focus on simple, fresh ingredients, with what Chef describes as "delicious surprises".
Now, for the ultimate in romance, take your wine to the terrace, watch the sun set, and bask in the serenity of the vineyard with that special someone.
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