A day trip to Niagara Falls

Remember back in May when JZ surprised me with the best birthday present ever? Well it was his birthday recently, so I gave myself the mission of creating an equally awesome day for him. I think I succeeded…

First there was breakfast in bed followed by a couples massage at Sanctuary Day Spa, since he’s always mentioning how he wants to go for a massage. It was a really elegant spa with a great ambiance and friendly staff, but I think our massages fell a bit short of our expectations. Still… any massage is better than no massage!

Sanctuary Day Spa Burlington

My next planned activity was a picnic – only I hadn’t planned exactly where to do it. JZ had the great idea to stop at Port Dalhousie, which was just a short detour off the highway on our way to Niagara Falls. Apparently this beach town is undergoing some construction right now, but it looks like it will be a cute place to spend the day when it’s done! We just went to a park by the beach to enjoy our picnic of baguette, meat, cheese, veggies and dip, and cantaloupe.

Picnic in the park

Afterwards we hit the road for our day trip to Niagara Falls. We started out with a walk along the Falls – it was jam packed with tourists so it wasn’t quite the relaxing stroll I had in mind! Also it was stinking hot out so we didn’t last long before we wanted to find somewhere indoors and/or shady to go.


We ended up walking up Clifton Hill, which is a street full of tourist stores, family-friendly restaurants, and activities like haunted houses and mini putt. But we opted for a break first and stopped at Antica Pizzeria for a drink. My glass of Megalomaniac Riesling was just the refreshing drink I needed.

Next on the agenda was Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, which we both thought looked pretty cool. We were both unimpressed though – it was pretty boring at times! Definitely not worth the $27 combined entrance fee. I did get to sit in the chair of the world’s tallest man though!

We headed to Casino Niagara afterwards – my first casino experience! Unfortunately my beginner’s luck did not kick in and we lost all the $20 that we gambled on the slots. I don’t get how people can lose so much money gambling. After losing that $20, I didn’t have any desire to gamble more!

At this point we left Niagara Falls and made the 10 minute drive to our dinner destination: Casa Mia Ristorante, which was recommended by a family friend who has worked in a few amazing restaurants himself.

We started with a complimentary straciatella soup, which was a chicken broth based soup with orzo and egg. It was good, but probably not something I would order on my own because I prefer Italian soups like minestrone with more textures and flavours. We were also given bread served with butter, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

Casa Mia Ristorante soup

For my starter I had the insalata della casa, which was mixed greens with cucumber, tomato, carrots, chickpeas, and fried potato sticks with a balsamic vinaigrette. I didn’t really love this salad because I found the balsamic in the dressing was much too strong and acidic. It would have been good with a different dressing and some more exciting flavours added in, such as cheese.

Casa Mia Ristorante salad

I loved my entree though! I had the ricotta ravioli with fresh tomato and basil sauce, and it was perfect! Perfect flavours, perfect softness, and perfect seasoning. I’m almost positive it was all handmade, although their website doesn’t say so.

Casa Mia Ristorante ravioli

The dessert menu looked good too, but we had some of my homemade Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream waiting for us at home, so we passed on the desserts and headed home. All in all a good day!

Have you ever been to Niagara Falls? What did you do there?

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12 Responses to A day trip to Niagara Falls

  1. Haven’t been to Niagara Falls in years! Funny enough C and I are watching a docu-series on America’s National Parks and how the idea of a National Park was created after seeing how Niagara Falls was basically destroyed by commercialism. Still a cool place to visit, but imagine if instead of Casinos, it was all hiking trails! Aw well, it’s the closest park we’ve got ;)

    • Chelsea

      Yeah it was fun, but it honestly reminded me of an amusement park there! It was so flashy and a bit ridiculous. Still a good time though!

  2. I love the falls!! Haven’t been in ages though so that needs to change :) My parents always took us to a bunch of places near there too including Niagara on the Lake, St. Catherine’s, and Port Dalhousie. Just need joe to get his passport so we can go and explore there again :)

  3. I went to Niagara Casino a few months back – I lost about $40 and then I gave up, lol. Although the first time I went to a casino, I won almost $300 – I wish I had that luck again!
    I adore the dress you’re wearing!

    • Chelsea

      Dannnng talk about beginner’s luck!

      Thanks – it’s an old one from Abercrombie HAHA! It’s the only piece of Abercrombie clothing I still own.

  4. Niagara Falls, other than the actual falls, can be kind of overrated. I do love Niagara on the Lake though, and they have a pretty cool butterfly conservatory nearby. Also check out the jet boat tours the next time you go. Now that’s a good time and a really great way to see the falls.

  5. ‘it was jam packed with tourists so it wasn’t quite the relaxing stroll I had in mind! ‘

    LOL. Oh Chelsea. Why would you think such a landmark would be a relaxing stroll? When I went there it was raining, thundering and it was like Noah’s bloody arc with tourists.

  6. You guys are SO CUTE! I love it. I wish you were my boyfriend.

  7. It looks like you had so much fun! I’ve never been to Niagara Falls but I keep telling the bf the next time we’re in Oakville we should go. Ps hello ravioli – those look amazing!

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