Niagara Falls - Part 1

April 19, 2017

Hello blog friends, I hope you are having a nice week.  While I was away on my blog break, we decided to take a mini vacation to Niagara Falls, New York.  

niagara falls @ Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Niagara Falls is such a beautiful place to visit and I'm happy we decided to go during off season.  The weather was cold, but there were no huge crowds to look at the falls.  

We took an early morning Amtrak train ride out of New York City, and we arrived at the Falls in the early evening.  The train ride was long but pleasant and we had wonderful views outside our train window.  The train also had wifi, plenty of leg room, bathrooms, and we were able to purchase snacks, sandwiches, and beverages.

Once we arrived at the Niagara Falls train stop, we took a short taxi ride to our hotel.  To read and learn more about Niagara Falls you can click HERE.

We stayed at the Wingate by Wyndam Hotel, on the New York side, and we were very pleased with our hotel, the room, and breakfast was also included with our stay.  

Below are a few photos of our stay at the Wingate hotel.  We even had a microwave oven in the room and were able to make coffee or tea.

1)  The Wingate Hotel                               2)  The Lobby
Wingate hotel - Julie's Creative Lifestyle
3)  The bedroom                                        4)  The Lobby

We arrived in the early evening on Friday March 17, 2017 - St. Patrick's Day!  ☘☘

We took a short walk to the Third Street Retreat restaurant for an Irish Dinner.

Third Street Retreat Restaurant - Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Here are a few photos of the restaurant.  We both had green beer with our meal, which was a first for me and very festive!  There I am in the bottom left photo, standing outside of the restaurant.  There was a lot of snow on the ground and I was so happy to be bundled up with my warm coat and Timberland boots.  

Restaurant in Niagara Falls - Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Here is a closeup of the green beer.  I think our waiter had a fun time making our drinks!

Green Beer - Julie's Creative Lifestyle

I decided to have a rueben sandwich which consisted of rye bread, thousand island dressing, corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut.  I also had a healthy house salad on the side.  Boy was my meal delicious!

Rueben Sandwich - Julie's Creative Lifestyle

My husband decide to have fish and chips, which I sampled.  It was the perfect choice for St. Patrick's Day!

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day - Julie's Creative Lifestyle

We then took about a 15 minute scenic walk to the falls.  Haha, we both really needed that walk after our great meal.  I will have for you soon the next part of our Niagara Falls trip.

Thanks everyone for visiting and I'm looking forward to sharing with you more of my trip!  😀

Read Part 2 of Niagara Falls HERE.

Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!

Thanks everyone and enjoy!



  1. I haven't been to Niagara Falls since I was a kid. It still looks like a fun place to visit. And now I'm hungry! ;)

  2. Sounds like such a great getaway! That's a place I want to visit too!

  3. We are heading to the Falls next week. There is always so much to see and do there. Have a lovely day.

  4. What a wonderful get-away. No driving - so you can see all the views.

    Sure looks cold .....


  5. It's been a long time since I've been to Niagara Falls. It is pretty close and I just never tire of seeing the Falls. The hotel and the restaurant look great!

  6. Sounds like a perfect little getaway, and even though it was cold, the pay off was no crowds!

    Enjoy your weekend Julie and I look forward to reading about the rest of your trip.


  7. Looks like a fun trip! I'm from that area, so I know how cold it gets. Western NY has some awesome food too! I can't wait to take my kids to the falls this summer!

  8. What a wonderful get away. Sounds like a perfect and fun time. The food looked pretty yummo too.

  9. Ahh, we've been to Niagara Falls several times. We have loved it there each time. It's amazing how lush and verdant the greenery is with all the moisture in the air. Love it just on the other side of the border too. Niagara on the Lake ♥

  10. What a lovely break Julie it looks like fun, I would love to see the Niagara falls. :) x

  11. We've been to the Falls many times, and it's always a fun visit. I've never been to the Falls in the winter though, probably because we never want to drive that far in poor weather. I would love to see the ice build-up around the water. Looks like you had a really relaxing train ride and a great room at your hotel. I never realized how long a trip it would be for you from NYC.

  12. Hi Julie, oh what a wonderful trip. I have never been there but my hubby has with work stuff. I hope to visit one day too. You sure had a beautiful room. So glad you had a nice break. Have a great weekend ahead. xo

  13. What a lovely room, Julie, equipped with so many conveniences! I haven't been to Niagara Falls NY, only on the Canadian side, many times. It's beautiful. Glad you enjoyed your stay and looking forward to reading part 2 of your trip!


  14. That sounds like a wonderful trip! Love that first picture!

  15. Hi Julie..
    I'm so glad that you had a lovely getaway! The falls are beautiful! I've always wanted to go there. Your pictures are wonderful. The food looks delicious and your motel sounds very nice. Best wishes for your week.

    Tamara xoxo

  16. Julie,
    Glad you enjoyed your trip. We went to Niagra Falls many years ago and stayed on the Canadian side. It was beautiful!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


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