Niagara Falls: Romantic Weekend For One Please
I don't think anyone understands how much I love Niagara Falls. I mean, all summer I've been begging friends to go with me, and no one wanted to go. Like who doesn't want to go on a romantic weekend of wine tasting with their friend??? Sheesh. So in the spirit of enjoying life by my damn self, I bought a couples groupon deal for Niagara Falls. Yes you read that correctly, a couples deal.....but I'm going solo though.....lol
My coupon included a 1 night stay at Four Points by Sheraton hotel, a chocolate tour, and numerous coupons for food like IHop and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, as well as a $25 credit at the casino. How can you go wrong for all of that? Since I haven't been to Niagara Falls in years and I don't know when I'll find a bae to join me in the future, I went ahead and bought a ticket for the Hornblower boat ride (It's called the Maid of the Mist on the American side) and I bought a voucher for the ziplining at the Falls!!!! Like who can say they got to zipline over the water at the Falls?????? This actually sounds like a lot for a 24 hour period, but I got it done!
Since my flight got cancelled for Antigua and I already had some vacation time booked from work, I decided to take the 1.5 hour drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls for a romantic overnight trip. The way I see it, if you're single you gotta spoil yourself rotten, so when a potential partner does come along, they see the treatment that you are accustomed to, and realize that they'll have to step their game up to either meet you on your level, or treat you better than you treat yourself, right? Can I get an amen?
I got to Four Points at about 1:30pm in the afternoon. You have to pre book a timeslot for the ziplining, and I had mine booked for 2pm. I arrived early to the hotel even though check in wasn't until 4pm. Luckily for me, my room was ready. Actually (even though they saw me by my damn self), they went ahead and upgraded me to a room with a jacuzzi for free!!! Without me even asking. I'm not sure if it was possible to look any lonelier....single, on a couples groupon coupon, in a room with a jacuzzi. However.... I was in that jacuzzi at least 3 times within the 24 hours that I was there! This might be a little tmi, but ughhhh I forgot to pack my little battery operated friend (I really need to start making checklists before I travel!) Soooo the jets in the jacuzzi really weren't that bad!!! Hahaha.... Oh man, that really didn't help my case for not looking lonely!
My first stop was ziplining. I actually wasn't nervous at all. I got all my nerves out when I ziplined through the rainforest in Costa Rica. I did my big girl checking in advance; you know, check if there were any weight limitations. Luckily for me I was under, so I went ahead and bought my ticket on groupon. When you arrive, you have to check in as they insure that you've signed your waiver. What I did not know is that they weigh you when you get to the front of the line!!!!!! In front of everyone!
Yes, I get it. You're suspended in air and they want to make sure the cable that holds you up is stable...I get it. However I've been known to fudge a few numbers in my favour, and I totally would have gotten booked this time around. So pretty much, when you get to the front of the line before they give you your band which you need to zipline, you have to step on a scale. No one can see the number on the scale however except the person behind the desk. BUT, that person behind the desk is behind plexy glass, and speaks into a mic for you to hear. So even though no one can see your weight, if you are over the weight limitations, they're gonna have to tell you over the mic that you can't go. And everyone in the line can hear that! I don't know how I feel about that. I can't imagine the embarrassment of being told that I can't go on. I lingered around to see if anyone in line would get rejected, cause I wanted to see how sensitively they handled it, but everyone there made the cut.
The zipline was great. For some reason I thought it was over the water but it actually wasn't. It was right next to the water...so some trees would break your fall if the cable line actually broke. That's reassuring! I brought my gopro to record the whole thing, but when I got up there, my wrist strap didn't tighten enough, so they wouldn't allow me to use it. Safety first blah blah blah...... so I only have a few pics as proof!
I also checked out the Hornblower boat cruise. You practically go under the Falls. I would highly recommend it. While I was on the boat I saw people climbing the falls..... oooooh (adds that to bucketlist!)
Niagara Falls reminds me of a mini more innocent Vegas. There is so much to do and places to eat. Speaking of eat; another downfall of buying a couples groupon. You get multiple vouchers for great restaurants. However, my vouchers were for $70 off your bill, with the purchase of 2 entrees. Uggghhhhhh These vouchers just won't let this single girl be great! But what better way to drown your sorrows than at an All You Can Eat BBQ Buffet (I totally chose the wrong time to give up red meat.) Hmmmmmmm ribs.
I'd like to send a shout out to this restaurant that was next to my hotel. I really didn't know that people went so hard for breakfast. All you can eat breakfast? Is this a thing? Like how many eggs can you eat? Cause the cholesterol can kill you.....Just saying.
I think this is enough for now. Look out for Part 2 next week. I don't wanna overwhelm you guys with the details of my romantic getaway all in one post. Ha! Before I go though, I will say this. I hope this post inspired you to get out there and just do it. Whatever 'it' is. If I didn't pick up and take myself to Niagara Falls, I'd still be at home hoping and wishing that I would have gotten to go this past summer. I had the time of my life. Don't miss out on things that will bring you happiness because you're not in the relationship that you want to be in, or because you can't find people to do it with you. Just do it! I did!
Things You Should Know:
Bring a change of clothes, or make sure it's a hot day when you go on the HornBlower. You will get soaking wet. I did not know this, and walked around in soaking wet shoes and pants until I made it back to my hotel.
Shout out to my uber driver who decided to take me on a tour of Niagara Falls, so he could show me where he carved a rock forty years ago!! lol I swear these things only happen to me.