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

Father’s Day Gift Guide at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls

We love shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Beau gets a lot of his wardrobe there and we love that there are 200 shops to peruse through. So of course we were excited to team up with the Fashion Outlets again and go on the hunt to show you some really great Father’s Day gift ideas. The outlets always have every day prices that are up to 75% off- can’t beat that!

They’re not far at all- only a short drive from downtown Buffalo and are really accessible from anywhere in WNY. Here is what we found for gift ideas this Father’s Day at any budget:

Some things about Dads: they usually always need help in the fashion department, they never can have enough grilling tools, and sometimes you just need to get them beef jerky. Beau spotted a wall of jerky at the Beef Jerky Outlet and I had to pry him out the shop before buying the whole store.

Over at Puma they had a buy one get 1/2 off T-shirt sale which is perfect since Beau is the super athletic dad.

Michael Kors has everything for the traveling business guy from shiny watches and matching business travel bag for those on the go.

Raise your hand if your dad has old holey underwear. Yup. We found deals on boxers at Banana Republic that seems like it was too good to be true always fun colorful print.

With stores like J.A. Zwilling Henckels you can stock the shed and garage with grilling tools perfect just in time for the summer. Find all the fun Buffalo goodies at the BFLO shop where you can hook him up with a grilling apron, a Bills koozie, and a South Buffalo shot glass when he’s outside making those burgers. And just in time for Father’s Day Old Navy is opening Saturday, June 16. Doesn’t Dad need some new shorts??

It’s not just clothes at the Fashion Outlets! You can find a gift for literally anybody on your list especially dad Father’s Day. He might even be super proud of you that you saved a lot of money and found the deals without tapping him for some cash.

DETAILS:

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls / 1900 Military Rd. Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Directory List of Stores

*the list also shows what deals are going on at each store!

Waking Up in Lewiston: A Day Date

Part Two of our spontaneous getaway in Lewiston. Waking up and finding breakfast is always key when on vacation, spending a day off together, or re-exploring a local town.

But first, coffee.

 

orange cat coffee, lewiston
 

Our favorite coffee spot in Lewiston is Orange Cat Coffee, located on Center Street. Local, quaint, and the best Red Eye we have had in Niagara County. The beauty of Lewiston is you can walk from the river all the way to the end of the village without feeling exhausted. You can stroll from the Barton Hill Hotel to Orange Cat for a caffeine surge and walk the town, sit outside on their patio, or cozy up in their back room.

 

breakfast at mangia cafe, lewiston
 
We stopped by Mangia Cafe & Bakery, next to Orange Cat, for breakfast. It feels like a historic home with a diner-like feel and is a great stop to get together with your lovebird, family, or friends. Diving in, we ordered banana-walnut and strawberry pancakes, crisp bacon, and eggs. The place slowly packed in and with the sun shining in, we felt like we were on vacation in a peaceful New England town.

 

sgt. peppers, lewiston
 
Love hot sauce? Our favorite place to grab unique sauce is at Sgt. Pepper’s. As a small joint, Sgt. Pepper never fails us- and who doesn’t love naughty labels? The price tag also shows you heat level 1-10, so watch out! A family-run business that keeps it kickin’.

 

castellani art museum, lewiston
 
Since we were in Lewiston in its off-season, we made a quick little stop at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University. Open on Sundays from 1-5pm, Castellani boasts contemporary and folk art exhibits that is perfect for going solo or bringing the kids.

 

nemo
 
Not ready to go home, we ventured in to Niagara Falls to revisit the Aquarium of Niagara– somewhere we had no been since we were in elementary school. Don’t worry, we found Nemo.

Stopping by Niagara Falls State Park, we walked around Three Sisters Island and observed some changes happening near the falls that should be improving the area in the next couple of years. We truly hope the area will grow.

Not-so-far-away destinations can be the perfect weekend getaway. On a budget? Last minute? Take another look in your backyard to see what you can rediscover together.

 

niagara falls state park, ny
  
inside mangia
  
jaguar at the bistro, youngstown
 
 

 

Date Night Weekend Bash: 8/30-9/1

FRI. 8/30

Pat Benatar at Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside. Did you catch her at Lafayette Square in ’01? A couple summers ago at Artpark? She’s back to rock! Take the subway to get down there. It’s easier. And cooler.

Niagara Falls Blues Festival runs Fri-Sun. on Old Falls Street. Free! Live music, drinks, sunshine. Get out and sing the blues.

SAT. 8/31

Chicken Wing Festival at Coca-Cola Field, Sat.&Sun. It’s what we are known for! Wings! We dare you to ride the mechanical wing while you’re covered in blue cheese…$5 admission, $1/ticket for your wings, cash for beverages. Thank you, Osmosis Jones!

Beer, Bacon, and Boobs noon-6pm 5565 Main St. Williamsville 14221. Did you make it to the 1st one last year? If not, make sure you do this year to support the Breast Cancer Network of WNY. $30 presale, $40 at door. Craft beer and bring your $1s to check out all the different bacon!

SUN. 9/1

Yoga at Canalside, 10am. Bring your mat & water and go do some yoga together when the sun is shining on Canalside. Who is more flexible?

Silo City Paddle & Hike with BFLO Harbor Kayak from 11:30-2pm. Kayak & hike around the silos in the end-of-summer sun. Perfect end to your Labor Day weekend. Check their site for other times, too.

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)