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Grimsby / Niagara Region Guide

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Grimsby / Niagara Region Guide

Wineries / Distilleries / Breweries
There are FAR too many excellent wineries/breweries/distilleries within the area to list here, so we’ve only included our favorites. Note that quite a few of the businesses listed in the following section are also very good restaurants in their own right and worth a visit.
Award Winning Whisky Distillery. Not a whisky drinker? Their Double Barrel Reserve, or better yet - Confederation Oak! - might just change your mind…
Forty Creek Distillery
297 S Service Rd
Award Winning Whisky Distillery. Not a whisky drinker? Their Double Barrel Reserve, or better yet - Confederation Oak! - might just change your mind…
Icewine here is a HUGE win. Also home to a fantastic restaurant.
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Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery
5600 King St
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Icewine here is a HUGE win. Also home to a fantastic restaurant.
Bold Cab Franc’s and a surprisingly good Rosé.
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Fielding Estate Winery
4020 Locust Ln
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Bold Cab Franc’s and a surprisingly good Rosé.
A very nice Cab Franc and, like most wineries in the area, wonderful Rieslings.
London Born Wine Co.
3749 Walker Road
A very nice Cab Franc and, like most wineries in the area, wonderful Rieslings.
Specializes in Gin and bitters, although their Peach Schnapps is also worth mentioning.
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Dillon's Small Batch Distillers
4833 Tufford Rd
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Specializes in Gin and bitters, although their Peach Schnapps is also worth mentioning.
I’m particularly fond of their Gamay. In truth, it tops my list of wines most seasons.
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Malivoire Wine Company
4260 King St
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I’m particularly fond of their Gamay. In truth, it tops my list of wines most seasons.
Any of their Rieslings are superb – try the Dolomite version if you like minerality to your wine (I do!). Also, The Indian Summer Late Harvest is a dessert (not ice) wine that is also truly wonderful.
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Cave Spring Cellars
3836 Main St
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Any of their Rieslings are superb – try the Dolomite version if you like minerality to your wine (I do!). Also, The Indian Summer Late Harvest is a dessert (not ice) wine that is also truly wonderful.
They have a Syrah blend that is rather scrumptious.
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Tawse Winery
3955 Cherry Ave
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They have a Syrah blend that is rather scrumptious.
Wonderful Rieslings and a really interesting peach cider. Also, home to a FANTASTIC restaurant.
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Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
1366 York Rd
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Wonderful Rieslings and a really interesting peach cider. Also, home to a FANTASTIC restaurant.
Food scene
Like with the wineries, there are tonnes of fabulous restaurants about in our area. The following are some of our personal favorites – both casual and posh alike.
Special mention for a (primarily) take-out place that's close to the rental and very very good: the best Indian in the Region that I've had. The Indian Eggplant and Rogan Josh are our favorites and frequent our dinner table.
Indian Hut Restaurant
3 Mountain St
Special mention for a (primarily) take-out place that's close to the rental and very very good: the best Indian in the Region that I've had. The Indian Eggplant and Rogan Josh are our favorites and frequent our dinner table.
Traditional Italian meals with a proper wood-pizza oven. The food is good, the restaurant is cozy, and its nearby – what else can you ask for?
Cibo Restaurant Grimsby
16 Ontario Street
Traditional Italian meals with a proper wood-pizza oven. The food is good, the restaurant is cozy, and its nearby – what else can you ask for?
Casual-fine atmosphere serving wonderful charcuterie boards, salads, sharables, and flatbreads. But the real gem - their wine selection - loads of stuff you cant easily find elsewhere. Ask for a suggestion. You wont be disappointed.
The Olive Board Charcuterie & Wine Bar
376 Winston Road
Casual-fine atmosphere serving wonderful charcuterie boards, salads, sharables, and flatbreads. But the real gem - their wine selection - loads of stuff you cant easily find elsewhere. Ask for a suggestion. You wont be disappointed.
Adorable farm-to-table restaurant with an absolutely fantastic patio. They will also sometimes run fantastic themed dinners that should be taken advantage of if you can. Also a very quaint winery.
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The Good Earth Food and Wine Co.
4556 Lincoln Ave
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Adorable farm-to-table restaurant with an absolutely fantastic patio. They will also sometimes run fantastic themed dinners that should be taken advantage of if you can. Also a very quaint winery.
Another primarily take-out place. Family owned and specializing in authentic southern BBQ. The restaurant doesn’t look like much, but the BBQ is AMAZING.
Memphis Fire Barbeque Company
Another primarily take-out place. Family owned and specializing in authentic southern BBQ. The restaurant doesn’t look like much, but the BBQ is AMAZING.
An amazing little authentic Italian restaurant and grocerer with an adorable little patio of Grimsby;s main street. Pastas are made fresh in house. During the summer months they also often have a gelato cart out front for those looking for a cold treat.
Casa Toscana
16 Main St W
An amazing little authentic Italian restaurant and grocerer with an adorable little patio of Grimsby;s main street. Pastas are made fresh in house. During the summer months they also often have a gelato cart out front for those looking for a cold treat.
Associated with Tawse, this restaurant is one of my favorites in the area. If they are offering it, their tasting menu is superb. They also run a live music series on their gorgeous and (huge) patio during the summer months. The pizzas available on the patio are especially superb!
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The Restaurant at Redstone Winery
4245 King St
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Associated with Tawse, this restaurant is one of my favorites in the area. If they are offering it, their tasting menu is superb. They also run a live music series on their gorgeous and (huge) patio during the summer months. The pizzas available on the patio are especially superb!
One of the oldest and most prominent wineries in the region, Vineland Estates is on the pricier side of things, but well worth it if you enjoy god cuisine. If they are offering a sorbet made in-house – order it. You won’t be disappointed
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Vineland Estates Winery
3620 Moyer Rd
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One of the oldest and most prominent wineries in the region, Vineland Estates is on the pricier side of things, but well worth it if you enjoy god cuisine. If they are offering a sorbet made in-house – order it. You won’t be disappointed
A tiny little place tucked in along the edge of Vineland. This restaurant is cozy, casual, and delish: their pastas are not to be missed!
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Just Cooking Rustic Italian
3457 King St
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A tiny little place tucked in along the edge of Vineland. This restaurant is cozy, casual, and delish: their pastas are not to be missed!
While the restaurant offers a bit of a strange mix in terms of décor, the meals are well thought out and put together. My husband and I got engaged here (technically, at the associated Inn) and we’ve been back multiple times. I have never left feeling even the least bit disappointed and, as a side note, they do a truly fabulous brunch.
On the Twenty Restaurant
3836 Main Street
While the restaurant offers a bit of a strange mix in terms of décor, the meals are well thought out and put together. My husband and I got engaged here (technically, at the associated Inn) and we’ve been back multiple times. I have never left feeling even the least bit disappointed and, as a side note, they do a truly fabulous brunch.
Although I’ve mostly included Niagara-based restaurants on this list, Hamilton has a HUGE restaurant scene with some amazing places to visit. Among them is Berkley North which does tapas and oh, but do they ever do tapas. I’ve been here three now and am consistently looking for excuses to return.
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Berkeley North
31 King William St
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Although I’ve mostly included Niagara-based restaurants on this list, Hamilton has a HUGE restaurant scene with some amazing places to visit. Among them is Berkley North which does tapas and oh, but do they ever do tapas. I’ve been here three now and am consistently looking for excuses to return.
Winery featuring two seasonal restaurants: The Oven (summer) is an outdoor-based venue featuring seasonal items and specializing in wood-oven pizzas; The Small Barn (winter) is small, cozy, and beckons back to an older time. Both are small areas so a reservation might be a good thing.
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Honsberger Estate
4060 Jordan Rd
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Winery featuring two seasonal restaurants: The Oven (summer) is an outdoor-based venue featuring seasonal items and specializing in wood-oven pizzas; The Small Barn (winter) is small, cozy, and beckons back to an older time. Both are small areas so a reservation might be a good thing.
Sightseeing
historical ghost town from the early 19th century turned conservation area. The park features the Ball’s Falls conservation center, which contains permanent and temporary galleries as well as information on the area’s cultural and natural history, as well as the original Ball family home, an operating gristmill, a lime kiln, a restored church, a blacksmith shop, and a carriage shed. The conservation area also has a lovely little walking trail and, of course, 2 waterfalls.
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Ball's Falls Conservation Area
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historical ghost town from the early 19th century turned conservation area. The park features the Ball’s Falls conservation center, which contains permanent and temporary galleries as well as information on the area’s cultural and natural history, as well as the original Ball family home, an operating gristmill, a lime kiln, a restored church, a blacksmith shop, and a carriage shed. The conservation area also has a lovely little walking trail and, of course, 2 waterfalls.
Beautiful waterfall views of the deeply incised Forty Mile Creek gorge and home to a rather nice little hiking trail and some excellent viewpoints.
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Beamer Memorial Conservation Area
28 Quarry Rd
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Beautiful waterfall views of the deeply incised Forty Mile Creek gorge and home to a rather nice little hiking trail and some excellent viewpoints.
A fantastic geological feature of the escarpment consisting of a massive glacier-carved gorge which is home to a 33m ribbon waterfall and, lower down, a 5.5m classic waterfall. The lookout at the top offers spectacular view of Stoney Creek and Hamilton Harbour.
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Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area
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A fantastic geological feature of the escarpment consisting of a massive glacier-carved gorge which is home to a 33m ribbon waterfall and, lower down, a 5.5m classic waterfall. The lookout at the top offers spectacular view of Stoney Creek and Hamilton Harbour.
A lovely lakefront marina, campsite and park with 2 sandy beaches, sheltered fishing pond, restaurant, snack/ice-cream store, and BBQs that are available to use. There is a fee to enter the park, but it’s a beautiful spot to spend the day – especially with kids!
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Fifty Point Conservation Area
1479 Baseline Rd
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A lovely lakefront marina, campsite and park with 2 sandy beaches, sheltered fishing pond, restaurant, snack/ice-cream store, and BBQs that are available to use. There is a fee to enter the park, but it’s a beautiful spot to spend the day – especially with kids!
Occurs every Thursday, 3-7pm along Main street, between the end of May and Thanksgiving weekend. Local vendors and produce galore! Check online to confirm the location as the market is sometimes moved to beside the Peach King Arena / Grimsby City Hall (i.e., during Covid).
Grimsby Farmers' Market
36-42 Main St W
Occurs every Thursday, 3-7pm along Main street, between the end of May and Thanksgiving weekend. Local vendors and produce galore! Check online to confirm the location as the market is sometimes moved to beside the Peach King Arena / Grimsby City Hall (i.e., during Covid).
Historic home completed in 1798 by Colonel Robert Nelles. Originally a private residence, it was turned into a museum in 2016 and is now open to the public.
Nelles Manor Museum
126 Main St W
Historic home completed in 1798 by Colonel Robert Nelles. Originally a private residence, it was turned into a museum in 2016 and is now open to the public.
Home to the famous horseshoe falls of the same name and the tourist destination of Clifton Hill.
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Niagara Falls
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Home to the famous horseshoe falls of the same name and the tourist destination of Clifton Hill.
The Grimsby beach community was started in the 1850’s and, as the 'camp' became more permanent, cottages were built. Those cottages, known locally now as 'The Painted Ladies', and more generally as Victorian Gingerbread houses, are now year-round houses that are ornately decorated, colourfully painted (think vibrant blues, pinks and yellows) and meticulously maintained.
Grimsby Beach
The Grimsby beach community was started in the 1850’s and, as the 'camp' became more permanent, cottages were built. Those cottages, known locally now as 'The Painted Ladies', and more generally as Victorian Gingerbread houses, are now year-round houses that are ornately decorated, colourfully painted (think vibrant blues, pinks and yellows) and meticulously maintained.

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Most wineries and some of the most prominent restaurants
Weekends during the summer months can get very busy in the area and many places will book up a day or two (or more!) in advance. While there are lots of options and alternatives, if you have your heart set on a specific place on a specific day/time, make a reservation. This goes double during Covid as many places are not accepting walk-ins at all.