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Our guide to Niagara's wine country takes you to its finest tasting rooms, including Cave Spring Cellars. See chapter 8.
  • Detailed maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Barbara Ramsay Orr has been writing about world travel, food, wine, and culture for over 20 years and is still gob smacked by the beauty of her home turf. Her work has appeared in most of the major publications in Canada, in international publications, and online. She maintains a trio of blogs that document her encounters with food, with the world, and with the local scene in Niagara and has won awards for both her writing and her travel photography. While she appreciates the pleasures of a good hike or an energetic bike ride, they are still, basically, just good ways to work up an appetite.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Nice Guide March 26 2010
By RT - Published on
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If you are looking for a guide with a lot of photos, this is not for you. But if you want a guide that gives great tips on places to stay, eat, and see...this is that guide. Included is a lot of history of the area, especially the wine region, which I found interesting. There are nice maps of Niagara Falls, Ontario and the surrounding towns. There are suggested iteneraries for one, two, or three days trips. I found a lot of good money saving tips such as where to buy multi-attraction passes, and the fact that there are a lot of taxes added to restaurant bills (thats good information when you are expecting one price and its 25% higher due to the taxes!). I also appreciated that there were tips about attractions that were "overrated" so that I wont spend time or money on those places. We are going to visit this area in June and this is the book I intend to take, it has helped us make decisions on what to see and do during our time there.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Thanks Frommer's! #1 bestselling Travel Guide series in the USA Sept. 14 2010
By Thomas Seymour - Published on
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I thank myself for all the searching I did to find a book like this on This is probably the bestselling book devoted to Niagara Falls which is from a well-known travel guide series.

272 pages is without contradiction enough to satisfy me. Even though this book mostly covers the Canada side, that's where most of the tourists go to, not just because of the Horseshoe Falls, but also because of better hotels and more attractions.

As with all regularly updated Frommer's travel guides, it covers all the information necessary, both integral and interesting. These sections include:

Restaurants with their average meal price;

Information on the excessively high Niagara Falls (Canada side) restaurant tax, which many tourists don't realize until they feel the pinch on their wallets when they notice taxes usually add at least 15-20% to the subtotal, what to expect in a prime tourist area;

Tips on money-saving attraction passes, including the widely advertised Adventure Pass;

Maps which are easy to comprehend and are very useful;

History about the region, including the wine region; and

As with all modern-day Frommer's Travel guides, they give you the best of what to do in the region for those who have short trips. I find the one-, two-, and three-day itinerary suggestions very useful, especially because it's a common feature in Frommer's.

Of course all books have disadvantages. This book may not feature an abundant amount of photos, but I do not consider that a significant drawback.

Frommer's main competitor, Fodor's has a guide covering Niagara Falls, but unlike Frommer's, Fodor's does not offer a guide covering solely Niagara Falls. Fodor's tries to make more money by consolidating the two cities in the "Toronto" guide. Fodor's is not aware not all tourists visit exclusively Niagara Falls. Of course there are tourists which exclusively visit Toronto, but I would not recommend Fodor's if you're visiting Canada just for Niagara Falls.
Good luck and happy reading!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not What I Was Looking For, All About Canadian Side. Aug. 9 2013
By timothy godsil - Published on
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This book covers mostly Canadian side aspects, not much on the American side, but maybe all the good stuff is on the Canadian side,,, I will find out, going there next month,,, lots of good wine info, my wife likes that, getting most of my pretrip info from other websites.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not for single/business travelers June 12 2013
By Emily S - Published on
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I'm heading to a conference in Niagara Falls, NY later this month and bought this book to help me figure out how to spend my limited down time. This book is incredibly family/romance-centric. "You will want a picture of you and your family with the Falls behind you!" "I promise you'll have the most romantic cocktail of your life at this location." I appreciate books that point out family friendly attractions, but the tone is overkill here.

That could be a minor annoyance if the information contained in the book was more helpful. I've found it difficult to locate some key information (e.g. how to cross the border by foot). I keep ending up consulting wikitravel or google in lieu of this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
l have always relied on Frommers for all my traveling until the last few years. This was the worst one yet. July 14 2013
By gk - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was not your typical Frommers I had come to expect. It had almost no valuable information. I don't need to know hotels and restaurants. I can stop at any place and ask someone to recommend the best in those areas. Frommers used to tell all the sites and rate them as to which were best. This book stinks.

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