Just prior to my surgery, mentioned in my last post, “Catching Up“, my family went on a mini weekend vacation to Niagara Falls. Originally we were thinking of doing a big vacation to California, but because I had no idea of how the recuperation would go and my husband’s work travel schedule, we had to nix it for now. So we settled on a long weekend over the July 4th holiday to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
Little did we know it was the 150th anniversary of Canada Day on July 1st and boy were we in for a huge surprise! We left from Michigan in the afternoon and made great time until we got close to the hotel; I swear it took us an additional 3 hours to go 5 miles! By the time we actually got to our hotel it was almost dark.
We stayed at Sheraton on the Falls, located at the heart of Clifton Hill. Our room was beautiful! We had a corner suite on the 4th floor overlooking the Falls with a small wrap-around veranda. Shortly after we got settled, the fireworks began over the Falls. It was magnificent! What a nice welcome and a great unexpected way to kick off our vacation!
I thought us Americans were crazy about our Independence Day Celebrations – but Holy Cow I hadn’t seen anything like this in the States. The crowds were akin to the New Years Eve Celebration in Times Square, New York City. Thank goodness the crowds dissipated after the evening and didn’t return for the rest of the vacation.
The next couple of days we ventured to the Falls, walked up and down Clifton Street, swam at the top of the hotel, ate lots of food and enjoyed a few cocktails. The short weekend was all we needed to take everything in. It was a nice little get away for the family to experience one of the natural wonders of the world!