My bridal party and I drove over to St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake for my very low-key bachelorette weekend! Since I’m not one for a themed party, we decided instead that we would drive out to a small tourist town in Ontario, book something cute from Airbnb, check out new restaurants and hiking trails, and dig into a greasy box of fried chicken in our pyjamas while watching rom coms with face masks on. We did just that, and had a great time!
First on the list was a spot picked out by Aldrin, brunch and drinks at the Merchant Ale House. We explored the main strip after we ate, checking out cute little shops and cafés before we checked in to our tiny home. The tiny house that we had booked was in such a remote location that we had no wi-fi or phone connection, so we were (restfully) disconnected from our busy Toronto lives. Next on our agenda was a short hike, which Kenneth coordinated – we checked out the trail leading to Louth Falls, the beginning of which was actually just a 5 minute drive or so from our tiny home. It felt very secluded; we only met two people on the trails, so it was as if we had the entirety of the trail to ourselves on that warm afternoon. We followed the dry riverbed and took some very nice photos! Here’s a dark and moody favourite:
Chris chose Ma Chinese Cuisine for us to have dinner at, a very good restaurant to check out if you’re ever in the area, if a bit on the pricier side. Afterwards, we picked up a box of Popeyes chicken to go, and spent the rest of the evening in our jammies, rose gold face masks on our faces, snacking on deliciously greasy fried chicken and sipping on peach and/or limoncello wine, while watching Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. It truly was a good evening.
The next morning, we woke up early for coffee, French toast, and omelettes at Stage Coach Family Restaurant, and to check out the rest of Niagara-On-The-Lake’s main street. We did realize later that instead of having a sit-down meal, we should have café hopped for breakfast: a coffee here, a pastry there, a sticky Danish at the next one. Alas, we were too full to truly enjoy anything else other than a gelato at Il Gelato Di Carlotta. We had a bit of a wander at Lakeshore Antiques & Treasures, a wonderful maze of antique bits and bobs, and ended the day at Queen’s Royal Park, sitting in the shade on the shore. Did you know that you can see the CN Tower from NOTL? We were utterly charmed by that!
It was a nice treat to spend a weekend a few hours away from the city, with three of the people I love the most. I’m looking forward to planning the rest of my (very chill) wedding with their support. 🙂