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Mini Vacay Close to Home

Every year for our wedding anniversary, the hubby and I make sure we get away. Even if it’s just for a night. I think there is something important about marking the occasion in a special way. We talk, reconnect, and remember the promise we made to each other. Hopeless romantics maybe ♥. But it’s a tradition I love and hope we never give up on.

This year there was a lot of uncertainty with Mr. SweetPea’s job situation come October, so we didn’t want to book anything incase he got laid off. (Good news is he didn’t!) So instead we did a little fall “camping”. Camping in quotations, because we actually borrowed my parents camper which is more like a cabin on wheels, and I don’t count that as real camping. 😛 What’s that new hipster term? Glamping? I’ll go with that. As long as I can sit by a fire, I’m a happy girl.

As I have mentioned before, we live really close to the border of USA/Canada. Only about a 15 minute drive to Niagara Falls. There’s a campsite just on the American side called Four Mile Creek State Park, that my family has been going to since I can remember. Many fond memories. But Mr. SweetPea had never been. He was missing out and we needed to remedy this.

The park itself isn’t that large. But it’s pretty and right along Lake Ontario (makes for some amazing sunsets, especially in the summer). The best thing is, once we crossed the border, it literally took us 10 minutes to get to the park. So you’re close to shopping (yay for American snacks!),  and yet it feels like a million miles away.

On the Saturday of our little long weekend, we took a drive to see Niagara Falls. Now, yes we have both seen it before, but only from the Canadian side. Is there a difference you ask? Surprisingly, yes! And even more of a shocker… I actually prefer the American side. It’s not that the view from Canada isn’t nice, because it really is. You get an amazing view of our Horseshoe Falls and you get to see both the American and Bridal Veil Falls. But, Niagara Falls Canada has, (in my humble opinion) tried to turn itself into a mini Vegas with tons of hotels, casinos, and tourist traps. It takes away from the beauty of the Falls themselves. On the American side, of course there are hotels and they have a casino as well, but it seemed more removed from the Falls. There were a lot of gardens and nature. And I could appreciate the awesomeness of the Falls more.

We got some great views when we did the Niagara Falls Observation Tower . Since it’s 282 feet tall, you see the Falls from above. It’s only $1 per person and well worth it. Afterwards, we followed the pedestrian paths that run along the Falls to the bridge that connects you to Goat Island. Sadly there were no goats lol. But you could get really close to the Bridal Veil Falls from that side. There was also a large statue of Nikola Tesla overlooking the Falls.

Overall, it was a lovely way to spend a sunny October day. And I would definitely visit that side again. Next time maybe when it’s warmer and we can enjoy going on the Maid of the Mist or doing the Cave of the Winds attraction.

Have you been to Niagara Falls? American side or Canadian side? What was you opinion of either?

“Niagara Falls is the hanging tongue on the face of the earth, drooling endlessly over it’s own beauty.” – Vinita Kinra

 

 

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