Published: July 3rd 2010July 3rd 2010
Friendly help when we need it most
starting to rain and we need to change the tire. Thank you to Paul Chatson, Walas Funeral Home
Next stop is Niagara-on-the-Lakes, by way of Toronto. I mentioned the G8 and G20 Summits being conducted in Toronto at this time. Well, apparently as we were driving the bypass, there were some major riots going on in downtown Toronto. Once again we are very fortunate to take the road less travelled and stay on the peaceful side of the streets.
All roads are not without some challenges. As we drove towards Niagara, we had cars passing us, honking, and yelling that our wheel looked loose. We pulled over, and saw that the rim was bent; the tire tube developed a bubble, and the illusion of a wobble. We pull over to a funeral home, and they generously offer the use of their garage to change the tire. In less than an hour we are off and running again. Thank you Paul Chatson and Walas Funeral Home in Brighton Ontario!
Once we arrive in the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lakes we are amazed at how busy the town is, and how many vineyards there are to visit. Many close at 6:00 pm, and it is now around 5:00pm, and we don't have a hotel reservation yet. We go downtown and
stop at the Chamber of Commerce for help. They take care of everything, letting us know that it is a holiday weekend and no reservations to be found. And yet luck is always on our side, and we found one Bed & Breakfast next door to the only all organic vineyard in town.
We had a wonderful visit, and managed to squeeze in wine tastings at 5 vineyards! When you drive up in a 1930 Packard, people open their doors! Thank you to Neil Holden at Pillitteri Estates Winery for the excellent recommendations for dinner (and excellent wine)!
I highly recommend visiting these vineyards, and taste the wines we bought from each:
Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery
Pillitteri Estates Winery
Peller Estates Winery
We came away with some great wines that I am sure you would enjoy. And all vineyards ship to your door!
One that was noteworthy is Frogpond Farm- an all organic oecological wine!
There are more photos below