Staycation: Rooftop Fireworks

Rooftop fireworks. Martinis. 24/7 kitchen. Modern. Views.

There’s a new staycation in town and it may not be where you would first think of one. It’s the Hyatt Place in Niagara Falls, NY and it’s perfectly located within steps of the Seneca Casino, Old Falls St., and the Canadian border.

We packed up for an overnight stay, dropped Chloe off with the grandparents, and rushed on up to the new Hyatt. Already impressed with its location, we were surprised again once we stepped inside and noticed the modern décor: large sphere lights, wood panel walls, a hand-drawn map of downtown Niagara Falls, and wood with metal detail tables that made us wonder if we could sneak one in to the car and take it home.

Greeted by smiling people, we found our room filled with a charcuterie board, fruits, chocolate-covered strawberries, and Prosecco. (Ooo, who are we right now?!) Our room overlooked the mist of the Falls and peered in to Canada. It made us reminisce of our old Clifton Hill days (amiright?!). We spent time at the bar downstairs, noshing on tacos, sliders, and cheesecake while having a breather to finally just be together again. That’s the point of a staycation for two, after all.

Every Saturday they have live music up on their rooftop that overlooks Niagara Falls State Park. Being a little rainy, it was moved to the lower level where people gathered to just chill and enjoy the music. 90s tunes while we had some drinks? Living our best live in our thirties. At 9:45pm, we went up to the rooftop to get cozy for the fireworks. Each Friday and Saturday night, fireworks roar over the Falls and the Hyatt rooftop is the perfect location to watch! The fire lit up the sky and with the city lights as the backdrop and a wave of new appreciation for this part of WNY rushed over us. Low-key, modern, fun…this was everything the Hyatt was bringing to this night.

We took advantage of the location and stopped by the Casino where we ran in to people we knew, had some drinks, danced in the aisles, downed some coffee, and basically broke even on what we spent at Blackjack. Beau is decent at it and I am like a little old lady hitting up the old-school penny slots. Heading back to the Hyatt, we were once again greeted by smiling faces who asked if we were hungry and if there was anything they could get us. Heck ya! A quesadilla and flatbread were ready in under 20 minutes and we relaxed back in our room, this time enjoying the lights across the way.

There we were, 1:30am and way past our bedtime. Parents night out. Oh, it’s a real thing and we thought our friends made it up. Nope. Somewhere between Planet of the Apes, chugging water, and the last flatbread- we fell asleep and slept in until 8am. Oh em gee, 8 fricken in the morning. Is that as late as our bodies would let us? We’ll take it.

Breakfast was light and fresh- French toast, greek yogurt and granola bar, eggs, juice, coffee…the hotel was bumpin’ and we were glad to see it filled with all types of people visiting the area. We got in a workout at the on-site gym and went for swim at the pool which made for a nice morning.

As we packed up, we said goodbye to the GM Stacey at the Hyatt who was so glad to hear our stay was above and beyond our expectations. The service we encountered was wonderful and the view from the roof was what changed our thoughts on having Niagara Falls as a staycation. While we missed Chloe, it was so awesome getting away together for a night and pretending we were boyfriend and girlfriend again. We all need that…us married folk, that is. Think outside the box…go somewhere you normally wouldn’t…uncover new adventures…eat a quesadilla in bed at 2am…reminisce…watch the fireworks from the rooftop. See what happens.

Hyatt Place Niagara Falls // 310 Rainbow Blvd. S Niagara Falls, NY 14303

716.285.5000 // Facebook page // Instagram

Location: minutes to the Seneca Casino, around the corner from Old Falls St., walking distance to Niagara Falls State Park, right at the Canadian border

Breakfast included, contemporary rooms, rooftop

Perfect for: staycations, telling your family and friends where to stay while visiting the falls, event space

Holiday Looks from the Fashion Outlets Of Niagara Falls

We have a secret: all of our great finds happen at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Seriously. Beau gets all of his workout gear from Puma, Chloe gets her fancy pants from Janie and Jack, and I get tons of business attire from J. Crew and Banana Republic. Just to name a few.

We teamed up with the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls- they dared us to find a holiday look without breaking our bank. BRING IT. We were so in. There are tons of stores that have incredible deals, especially in December- each day there is up to 75% off pricing and then on top of those deals you can find the holiday pricing too! It’s so easy to find a handful of different party looks…because you can’t be rockin’ the same outfit at every event.

Don’t believe us? That’s ok- this list here shows you all the deals happening in December. See for yourself. The best part of the Outlets is that they are not that far away. REPEAT: they’re dang close. When we lived in downtown Buffalo, it took us 20 minutes and in Orchard Park it takes us 35 minutes. It’s a nice drive with coffee in hand. Take the 190N for a pretty view of the water if you come from the south. And once you get there, you’ll have plenty of shops in and around the outlets plus a lot of options for refueling with food.

Bring the kiddos because Santa is visiting through 12/24 and the fur babies can hang out with him for photos through 12/21. Check here for details. Chloe held on pretty well for her first shot!

Ok ok, so on to our finds for our next casual holiday party!

Chloe: Janie and Jackhat, shorts, tights
Beau: J.Crew- sweater // Express- pants // Michael Kors- watch
Beau: Puma- sneakers // Chloe: Gap- sweatshirt
Chloe: Janie and Jack- hat, top, jacket
Lindsay: J. Crew- top, skirt // Express- earrings // Banana Republic- tights // bare + BEAUTY- bareMinerals lipstick

Check out the most updated list of stores at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. We think you’ll be surprised. Challenge yourself to check out some unique stores like Sarar for men’s suits, Beef Jerky Outlet for the carnivore in your family, Helly Hansen for outdoor ski wear, Le Creuset for cast iron cookware, Just Cozy has all the holiday leggings for Christmas morning, and DAVIDsTEA has the tea-lover needs. The online site has an easy-to-read map so you can plan out where to park (we like coming in through Saks) and which way you’re headed. Oh and our biggest must-do? You MUST check out the Donut Ninja, a little kiosk in the center of the mall. They’re fryin’ up donuts, they’re local, and we’re obsessed.

Thank you, Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, for always helping us find what we need! We’ll see you again real soon.

Let Me Entertain You: Canadian Friends Part II: Rainbow Bridge

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

We introduced you to our ideas for entertaining Canadian friends coming via the Peace Bridge a few weeks ago. Now, Part II gives you the best list for when your hockey lovers cross to the States on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, NY.

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

‘I’m passing through. Wanna meet for coffee? Lunch?’ (45mins-2hrs)

The Rainbow Bridge
The Rainbow Bridge
  • Murphy’s Cafe on 3rd 250 Rainbow Blvd. (corner of 3rd, in Jefferson Apts.) Niagara Falls, NY 14303 A hometown cafe serving up breakfast, lunch, and of course, coffee.
  • Michael’s 3011 Pine Ave. Niagara Falls, NY 14303 A classic Italian spot & a TripAdvisor 2013 winner.
  • Old Falls St. The up & coming hotspot is on Old Falls St. where you can check out live music, food trucks, outdoor movies, rent bikes, & hit up festivals. Follow them on Twitter to stay updated: @OldFallsTweet
  • Starbucks 300 3rd St. Niagara Falls, NY 14303 Tried, tested, & true- this Starbucks is located in the Sheraton at the Falls, if you feel like a frappucino.

‘Let’s spend the day together!’ (2-6hrs)

Wine on Third (photo: wineonthird.com)
Wine on Third (photo: wineonthird.com)
  • Niagara Falls This amazing site can never be viewed enough. Take your coffee or lunch here to enjoy the view.
  • Wine on Third 501 3rd St. Niagara Falls, NY 14303 This hotspot boasts everything from a robust wine list to small plates, entrees, an outside patio, live music, art & dessert. One of our favs in Niagara Falls! (drink responsibly; reserve for dinner; late hours)
  • The Aquarium of Niagara 701 Whirlpool St. Niagara Falls, NY 14301 Feed a seal, chill out watching the seahorse, or find Nemo.
  • Seneca Niagara Casino 310 4th St. Niagara Falls, NY 14303 Need we say more?
  • Top of the Falls Restaurant Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY View the Falls & grab a bite from a spectacular view (we suggest the outdoor patio! check website for hours & reservations)
  • Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls 1900 Military Rd. Niagara Falls, NY 14304 Find some deals, hit up favorite stores, stock up for the season, & start your Christmas shopping.
  • The Western Door 310 4th St. (inside Seneca Niagara Casino) Have a swanky dinner at the top steakhouse in the region. You won’t regret it.

‘I’m gonna be here all day!’ (6-24hrs)

Cave of the Winds
Cave of the Winds
  • Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls State Park, NY 14303 The ultimate way to experience the Falls. Get an up close, wet experience aboard the Mist and be amazed.
  • Cave of the Winds Niagara Falls State Park, NY Get even more up close & personal with this walk near the Falls where you will feel as if you’re in the rainforest. Did you know they tear down and then replace the wooden walkways every year due to weather conditions in winter?
  • Niagara Gorge Trail Niagara Falls State Park, NY Numerous trails are here along the gorge- take to it and walk along side a beautiful view of the river gorge. (proper shoes for these trails)