With legendary natural beauty, it’s no wonder Niagara Falls has a storied reputation as the Honeymoon Capital of the World that dates all the way back to 1801, where couples came to gaze at the Falls — and at each other. Nowadays, though, there are even more ways to fall in love in Niagara Falls USA, with a bounty of romantic outings and activities designed to relax, reconnect and spark a little magic.
1. Wine and Wandering Niagara County
What’s more romantic than leisurely tasting your way through the Niagara Wine Trail USA? A private car service and driver to whisk you from vineyard to vineyard. Hire a limousine and hit the trail, stopping at charming, family-run wineries with award-winning reds and whites.
The Niagara Wine Trail, USA includes 22 wineries, tucked among the lush landscape near Lake Ontario. Taste the diverse selection of varietals — from Rieslings and Sauvignon Blanc to Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir, there are wines to impress every taste. As you amble through wine country, make time to browse farm markets and find fruit preserves, apple butter, honey and other locally made treats to take home.
Then stop for lunch at one of the charming cafes in the region, like Scripts in Lockport. The cozy cafe offers fresh specialty sandwiches and salads or go for one of their healthy quinoa bowls like the Avery, made with grilled seasonal veggies. (Pro-tip: Scripts has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, too.)
If you like beer, consider making a stop at New York Beer Project, also in Lockport. The brewery is open seven days a week and serves a rotating selection of brews, like the award-winning Lockport Lager, and the Niagara Snakebite — made with a mix of the brewery’s Gameday Belgian Wit and a semi-dry cider from fellow local craft beverage maker Blackbird Cider Works.
After a day of exploring the bucolic region, make a night of it. There are plenty of quaint bed and breakfasts near the vineyards or choose to stay even closer. Places like Freedom Run Winery offer plush accommodations on the property. Here, stay in the historic manor house — decked out in antique furnishings, cherry wood floors and a four-poster bed — located right in the middle of the 80-acre grounds. Sip your last glass of the day while taking in the surrounding vineyards.
2. Feast and Fireworks at the Falls
Start your date a little early, and head to the Observation Tower to marvel at the Falls, looking particularly magical lit from within. (They’re illuminated every evening, with special LED lights that come in a spectrum of changing hues.) Afterward, choose your adventure.
Either book a cooking class at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, located right in downtown Niagara Falls, and have hands-on fun learning how to make chocolate croissants or the perfect roast chicken. (Couples who learn to cook together have fun and always eat well!) Or book a table at Savor, the restaurant inside the institute, and have the pros and pros-in-training whip you up an unforgettable meal — like the brick oven-baked pizza with figs and prosciutto. After dinner, head back to the Falls to marvel at the fireworks show, happening on select nights over the winter.
Spend the night at the Red Coach Inn. The cozy and historic bed and breakfast is inspired by an English inn, and, situated just 500 yards from the Falls, lets you fall asleep to the soothing sound of rushing water. Wake to complimentary breakfast in the morning — the promise of crème brûlée French toast will make it much easier to get out of bed.
3. One Lucky Day
Make a whole day (and night) of it at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, situated within walking distance from the Falls. Kick off the day with a soothing couples’ massage or go all out and book the “Two of a Kind” treatment, which starts with a 30-minute private whirlpool dip and ends with Swedish massages and facials.
Spend a little time relaxing by the indoor pool before re-entering the world, and then check into your plush suite and get decked out for dinner and a show. Opt for one of the casino’s three signature restaurants — the steakhouse, sushi spot or fine dining Italian — and don’t forget to reserve tickets to one of the property’s rotating concerts or musicals, or a show at the onsite comedy club. Cap off the night with a visit to the blackjack table. Who knows? You might get lucky.