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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore Canada’s Wine Country

Skip the kitsch by the falls and head instead to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where old-world charms meet pretty bike paths and a burgeoning wine scene.


1. Where to Stay

The Prince of Wales  

Relax in varnished Victorian splendor at the Prince of Wales (from $227), a turn-of-last-century landmark at the center of Niagara-on-the-Lake, where fresh-cut roses grace the pillow tops and frescoes of Queen Victoria stand guard over an indoor pool.

Enjoy a chilled Riesling in your bathrobe while staring at the stately grounds of Riverbend Inn and Vineyard (from $232), a Georgian mansion along the Niagara River Parkway. The inn’s guestrooms exude old-time elegance, with ornately carved fireplace mantles, original wood flooring, and framed renderings of sea battles.

For something decidedly more modern (iPod docks, free wi-fi, a complimentary DVD library), check into the Shaw Club (from $205). The hotel’s swish lounge is geared toward Toronto’s luxury-condo dwellers, who want the historic charm of Niagara-on-the-Lake without giving up their flat-screens.

May 16, 2007 issue of New York Magazine

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