Travel Tour: An Insider’s Guide to Preservation Successes in Niagara-on-the-Lake – May 14-16, 2018

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“Niagara-on-the-Lake is a near perfect, preservation success story. This sleepy Canadian town was revitalized by taking advantage of its historic fabric. And the Shaw Festival and wineries have made it sustainable. Bravo!!”Larry Francer

Soon after crossing the border at Lewiston, NY, we’ll be driving down the Niagara Parkway and will be struck by the dramatic stone walls along the road. Taking a cue from the recurring theme at our recent Statewide Preservation Conference, I’ll ask, “Who will train the traditional trades’ workers to repair and rebuild these walls in the years to come?” Willowbank School of Restoration Arts is the answer! And we’ll be visiting their campus in Queenston on this trip included in our 80th Anniversary group of travel tours. Of course, a performance at the world famous Shaw Festival; a tour of the wonderful preservation work in NOTL; and plenty of that great wine & food will be included in this two night / three day bus trip. Our good friends and supporters, Lynn Masaro and Kevan O’Connor have invited us for an exclusive reception at their bed & breakfast, the Doctor’s House, and will be our insiders who will help make this tour a true local experience.

Services Included:

  • Roundtrip motorcoach from Rochester to NOTL
  • 3 days and 2 nights at the historic Pillar & Post Hotel and Spa
  • 6 Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners included.
  • Walking tour of Historic District
  • Wine and cheese Welcome Reception at The Doctor’s House B&B
  • Dinner at Bella Vita Ristaurante in one of the oldest buildings in the district
  • Pool and Spa activities at Pillar and Post
  • Certificate for Gelato di Carlotta
  • Special Surprise from our Preservation Colleagues
  • Lunch at Olde Angel Inn, oldest pub in Canada
  • Shaw Festival Theatre matinee performance
  • Tour and wine tasting at Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
  • Candlelight dinner in Ravine’s Barrel Cellar
  • Great Canadian Whiskey Tour and Butcher’s Board Charcuterie at Wayne Grezky Estates Winery and Distillery
  • Vino and Cocoa pairing at Peller Estates
  • Wine Country S’mores with Ice Wine Marshmellows at Peller Estates
  • Tour of Willowbank School of Preservation Arts in Queenston
  • Plenty of free time for shopping on famous Queen Street
  • Optional Activities
  • Ghost Walk
  • Visit to Silversmith Brewery in an adaptive reuse church
  • Additional Spa Services