Part 2: Niagara Falls Romantic Getaway for One Please
If you didn't get a chance to read part 1 of my romantic getaway to Niagara Falls solo, you can go ahead and cop it here:
But please get a glass of wine first before reading. You'll need it to take in all the romance that I experienced. Ha! So in part 1, I told you guys all about my experience with zip lining by the falls, as well as the Hornblower Boat Cruise. I also should have mentioned that I finally got a chance to go on that huge ferris wheel in the heart of Niagara Falls.
I've driven past this ferris wheel many times over the years, and I've never had the opportunity to ride it (keep it clean pervs!) Anyways, as I was saying, since this was an 'all about me trip,' I was not gonna leave Niagara Falls without taking a spin. As per usual in the story of my life, it was mostly couples waiting to go on the ferris wheel, while I was waiting solo dolo.
So they're these little shells. So one person sits on one side of the bench, while another person sits on the other. Since I was by myself, all the weight was on one side of the shell, so it started to rock back and forth! Jesus keep me near the cross!!!! I don't think you guys understand how high this ferris wheel was. Ain't nobody have time for this rocking back and forth!!! So like a true idiot, I decided to try and even out my weight by putting my legs on the bench in front of me. But because I'm so short and have these short legs, I ended up totally stretched out inside this little shell. Like it looked like I was laying down across the shell. That's the only way my legs would reach! Needless to say, I didn't get to see the best views of the Falls somewhat lying down, but hey; I can mark the ferris wheel off my bucket list. My expert recommendation would be to find a friend to ride the ferris wheel with you!
If you're by the ferris wheel, there are tons of other places to check out like a dinosaur mini golf course right next to it, bowling alley, haunted houses, and soon to be open, a multi level go kart course. Just a warning, if you go in the off season like I did, places tend to close a little early.
Included in my couples groupon, was a $25 casino credit. Did I mention that Fallsview Casino is connected to Four Points hotel, so I didn't even have to walk outside.
First off, why were so many people in a casino at 10am??? Nobody works? Surely everyone inside the casino is not a tourist enjoying their groupon coupons. That had me taken a back for a bit. Anyways, I thought I'd try my luck at the .50 cent slot machines. I'm a badass and all, but those $1.00 machines were a trap. By the time you maximize your bet, your money is gone in seconds. So I channeled my inner Ethel, and stuck with the .50 cent machines. Just as a side note, my ass would be on a plane so quick and y'all would probably never hear from me again if I won the big jackpot! (Just being honest!) But alas, I came up as a big loser, so you guys are stuck with me .
After I checked out of the hotel, I headed to a chocolate tour before heading home. It was okay... Not exactly what I was expecting. They explained the history of the cocoa and how they've turned it into milk chocolate. Great...great.... but when do we get to stick our heads into the chocolate maker and lick the spoons? Like history is good and all... but where are the chocolate covered almonds????
As I was headed back to Toronto, I had to drive through Niagara on the Lake. I started to drive past all these beautiful estates. And I said to myself "Self.... you'd be doing a disservice to yourself if you drove past all this wine, and didn't stop in to taste some." I'm not sure what self help books you guys are reading, but the ones that I've read have always said to listen to that little voice inside. So I came across Chateau des Charmes Estates, and I said yes!
Mmmmmmmm wine. The scheduled wine tour wasn't for another 2 hours, so I decided to go to the wine tasting room and just try a few wines. Not to show off or anything (totally trying to show off here), but I did learn how to taste fine wine while I was in South Africa a few years ago. I know the precision that it takes to smell the wine, to roll the wine in the glass to see how rich and full body it is. Because this time I was solo, I didn't put on my production of smelling the wine. I'll save that for when I'm with my friends so I can be extra and totally piss them off. Ha!
What would wine tasting be without cheese? (Again, there are levels to my extraness.) I had to order the cheese platter to go along with my wine. I'm fancy. And remember, it's my romantic getaway, I deserve wine and cheese.
Finally I hit the road back to Toronto. But then I thought, 'You drove all the way to Niagara on the Lake and you're not even gonna stop at the outlet mall??' Ugghhhhhh I'm so weak. When I grow up, I'd like to grow a spine!
I swear I didn't do too much damage in the stores (Hides face in palms.) And again, just a reminder, I'm on a couples groupon by myself! I deserve these nice things.
That officially ended my romantic getaway for one. For anyone thinking that the falls, in Niagara Falls is the only highlight there, you're wrong. Look how many things I managed to squeeze in, within 24 hours. There were still a ton of things that I didn't get a chance to explore as well. Sometimes your bank account won't allow you to take lavish vacations to exotic places. But you don't always need to get on a plane to enjoy life. Niagara Falls is a great alternative, if you want to stay close to base, but yet feel like you're away.
Now a couples package solo might not be for everyone, but stretch yourself sometimes. Do something out of the norm. You just might like it.