A Sherkston Shores Vacation – Part 4
In the first three articles in this series on Sherkston Shores I’ve talked about things you can do without leaving the resort or within 15 minutes of the resort. I’ve described the great amenities in the resort and discussed the amazing smallmouth bass fishing. I also told you about Old Fort Erie and some of the other attractions close to Sherkston. Now it’s time to head a little farther away with the first of two articles about Niagara-on-the-Lake.
I had been vacationing at Sherkston Shores for over 20 years before I ever knew about Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now I never make a trip to the Niagara region without making a stop there. I always plan on spending half a day there if I’m not going to tour any wineries or see a play; and a whole day if I am doing wineries or drama. Niagara-on-the-Lake is about a 45 minute drive from Sherkson but it’s worth every minute.
Unless you’re a student of wine, you probably don’t know that the Niagara region is home to many top quality wineries. Due to the perfect climate, Niagara’s specialty of the house is ice wine. Ice wine is made from grapes that are allowed to freeze on the vine. The pressing process removes the frozen water and yields a very concentrated juice that ferments into a very sweet wine. Because of the difficulty of producing ice wine, it can be very expensive.
If you’re interested in a winery tour, you have many choices. As you travel from Sherkston Shores to Niagara-on-the-Lake, much of your route will be on highway 55 (Niagara Stone Road). As you approach Niagara-on-the-Lake, you’ll pass several wineries including my favorite, Hillebrand Winery. Hellebrand has a restaurant that serves both lunch and dinner and a beautiful Wine and Cheese Garden that overlooks the vineyards. Winery tours and tastings cost $ 7.00 and are available throughout the day. Since Hillebrand accommodates over 200,000 visitors per year, i suggest you call ahead for reservations at 1-800-582-8412.
If you’d like to visit and taste at several wineries in one day, I’d suggest you take a guided wine tour. There are several tours available that will take you to three or four wineries for private tastings. Some will also include lunch or dinner stops either at a winery or at another fine restaurant. These wine tours start at about $ 60 Canadian and go up from there. These tours are worth it because you can enjoy the wine without having to get behind the wheel. You can find these wine tours by searching on the internet.
In part five of this series on Sherkston Shores, I’ll talk about the Shaw Festival and several other attractions that await you in Niagara-on-the-Lake. In parts six and beyond, I’ll take you to Niagara Falls and tell you about some ways to see the falls area that you might not know about. I’ll talk to you soon!
Alan Kassirer has been vacationing at Sherkston Shores for over 40 years. His family still owns a summer home there today.
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