We ended the two-week long holiday break from school by making a trip to Niagara Falls. We spent one night and two days in the luxiourously situated Sheraton on the Falls hotel, just a quick walk across the street from one of the world's most famous landmarks. As guests of the Canadian Niagara Hotel group, we were invited to stay and explore, and take advantage of the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, a 3-acre, 16-slide indoor water facility. Needless to say, the kids were thrilled (not that they look it in the photo below - but tween boys, they don’t really want their mom taking photos of them in front of other people - they just wanted to get in the water).
To be honest, water parks aren't really my cup of tea, but the nice hotel and glorious views certainly are. I curled up and read a book, while my three boys splashed their way through the giant wave pool and took advantage of the many intertwining slides during the afternoon of fun.
Because the weather was less than desirable, we opted to dine in the hotel: a very smart decision on our part. As you can see, Jackson had no trouble lapping up a slice of decadent chocolate cake while taking in the Falls, and I was pretty pleased to see meal options that allowed me to keep up with my new health goals while I was away from home.
Ever the comedian, Jackson spent his time post-water play taking advantage of the cozy nooks built into the hotel room. He filled wine glasses with water, "lit" the fire, and contemplated the meaning of life (just kidding - but when my sister saw this photo she remarked that all he was missing was a pipe to complete the look). However, I was more impressed with the view from the room, and the floor to ceiling windows that open, allowing you to enjoy both the fresh air and the sights.
Buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, crisp bacon and a large platter of fruit made up just a small portion of the breakfast buffet we enjoyed at the Fallsview Restaurant. For less than $7 per child, I was incredibly impressed with the selection, not to mention the nutritious options, available to families. Oh, and I would be completely remiss not to mention how polite, attentive, and pleasant the staff was. From the ladies at the front desk and the dining room servers, to the waterpark attendants and the valet parking drivers, everyone was incredibly kind and helpful.
The car ride is less than 90 minutes from Toronto, making it the perfect distance for an overnight getaway. After a week of sledding, tubing, and skating it was nice to have the boys contained and quiet in the car. Much to Rob's surprise I hauled a stack of cookbooks along with me to keep me entertained, but it was all for a good reason; between the car rides there and back again, I managed to plan out 100 new dinners to try this year. Yes, you read that right: 100 family-friendly dinners. But you'll have to stayed tuned for more information on that!
Although this trip was generously sponsored by Canadian Niagara Hotels, the opinions and language are all my own.