Come for olde world hospitality in Niagara-on-the-Lake
By Jane Stokes
(NC)—Lucky for us, Niagara-on-the-Lake really does cling to long-held traditions. A visit here is such a sumptuous step back in time.
The Victorian centre of town is a prim and pretty village with a wide main street – and where little brick cottages with front gates and gas lamps are historically preserved. It is indeed so much like a British countryside hamlet, the residents now play the perfect host to a summer-long, internationally acclaimed theatre festival, dedicated to Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw.
There are more than 180 properties of this kind in the region, as well as cottage rentals, and most are represented by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association.
Overnight experiences will range from post-modern to an authentic atmosphere of the 1800s. Each B&B features amenities one would expect from a top-tier hotel, but with personalized service. A typical stay generally excels in value-added courtesies, including personal attention on the finest details and insider tips on where to go and what to do. .
Donna Vieira, owner of the Globetrotters B&B/Gallery, and also the marketing chair for the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association, explains why this accommodation is so popular:
“To be a member of our association, the B&B and cottage owners must maintain high standards. Our guests check in as strangers and often leave as loyal friends who return every year. Return guests and referrals are very important to the business, so not only are you going to be treated well, but in the majority of instances, you are also going to experience an amazing breakfast. After all, we are surrounded by farmland and fruit orchards and we want visitors to experience all Niagara has to offer.”