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Behold, the spectacle of the great, rushing, gushing thaw. Snowdrifts high atop Pennsylvania and New York’s gorgeous mountain ranges have been giving way to the healing, cleansing power of rising temperatures and spring rain, baptizing the Empire State in freshness and feeding the always-thirsty Lake Erie in preparation for a long, steamy summer.
Embrace the sanctifying waters that embody our changing seasons with a road trip to Niagara. Besides the breathtaking falls, this area boasts some of the most scenic treasures of the state. You owe it to yourself to hop in your favorite vehicle, fill up the tank, and ride off to the place where falling water is transformed into dazzling and sensational beauty, rejuvenating both the senses and the spirit.
What could possibly be more apropos than making this Niagara Falls trek in a new Dodge Journey? This vehicle, the most affordable midsize crossover on the market, is the perfect chariot to take you safely across roads caked with sloppy mud on your way to Western New York and its reborn glory. With efficient power, serious safety and security features, state-of-the-art technology, seven models to choose from, and excellent warranty coverage, you will be in good—and good-looking—hands.
You would be remiss if you didn’t check out the Niagara Wine Trail. Featuring a different theme each month, replete with a distinctive signature wine glass, over a dozen of the area’s wineries participate in this event where you can taste local offerings.
There’s an abundance of places to stay in Niagara, but you can’t beat the views from the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel and Spa on the Canadian side, which seems to sit right at the edge of the immense and stunning falls themselves. Boasting a full-service spa, Starbucks, and the acclaimed Terrapin Grille Fallsview Restaurant, which features floor-to-ceiling windows framing astonishing views of the rushing waterfalls, you’d be hard-pressed to find better lodging.
For down-home meals and a festive atmosphere, check out the popular Gordie Harper’s Bazaar in nearby Newfane for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Right at the entrance, you will be greeted by bazaar treats available for purchase, such as local candies, jellies and syrups. A few steps further will bring you to the dessert case, with freshly baked turnovers, sticky buns, rugalach and cupcakes, oh my!
For breakfast, order the hearty omelets with a side of potatoes. For dinner or lunch, you can’t miss the rib-sticking pot roast or the complete turkey feast. Yum yum-yum yum-yum! Just looking for a steaming cup of Joe and something light? Go no further than the Orange Cat Coffee Company, located in Lewiston. Set yourself up at an outside table (weather permitting) and take in the charm of Center Street. Try a strong cup of organic, fresh-brewed roastmaster blend, and treat yourself to a vegan cookie or muffin. They also offer an ever-changing menu of soups, wraps and salads.
With a full belly and caffeine running through your bloodstream, strap on your hiking boots and trek the falls themselves, with a guided hike through the gorgeous winding trails entertaining you with historical folklore as well as its majestic beauty.
Could there possibly be a better way to welcome in the spring? No, no there couldn’t. Not at all.
To get in your Dodge Journey and to begin your own, call Brendan Miller at Atlantic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.