The Best Hidden Spots in Niagara-on-the-Lake

The hot spring pools at 100 Fountain Spa, one of the best hidden spots in Niagara on the Lake

Nestled in the heart of town, the best hidden spots in Niagara-on-the-Lake are tucked away in plain sight! Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat, a relaxing escape from reality, or just the best cup of tea this side of the Atlantic, we have you covered with incredible spots that are more than just Niagara’s secret favourites—they represent just a few of Ontario’s hidden gems.

The Outpost at The Gardens

The Outpost at The Gardens, a hidden gem in Niagara on the Lake

This cozy outdoor café tucked away in The Gardens at Pillar and Post is open year-round and serves delectable seasonal treats, often with a flavourful twist. They serve kid-friendly beverages like classic hot chocolate and non-alcoholic Apple Spritzer, but they save their truly special creations for the adults. Try our deliciously boozy takes on hot chocolate, such as our Mint Hot Chocolate with crème de menthe, or our Chocolate Caliente, featuring tequila and an assortment of secret spices. Premium snacks like House-Made Salted Caramel Popcorn are crowd-pleasers that everyone is sure to enjoy.

There’s always something interesting happening at The Gardens, and during the winter, there’s a lovely ice-skating rink that is open to the public. Bring your skates for an exhilarating glide through a winter wonderland!

Hot Spring Pool at 100 Fountain Spa

The hot spring pool at 100 Fountain Spa

With 13,000 square feet of state-of-the-art spa facilities, 100 Fountain Spa is your destination for relaxation in Niagara-on-the-Lake! Hidden away from the hustle and bustle inside Pillar and Post, 100 Fountain Spa offers much more than facials and massages: it is home to the luxurious experience that is our outdoor hot spring pool.

As a spa or hotel guest, you have access to the hot spring pool. Booking a treatment at the spa? Day Spa guests will have limited access to the indoor facilities for two hours prior to their appointment and one hour after their treatment ends. Or, if you prefer to spend the day relaxing in the pools, day facilities passes are available for purchase Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Passes for our facilities may be purchased for $75 per person or $35 with the purchase of a spa treatment under $100.

The Drawing Room

Finger foods served at The Drawing Room in Niagara on the Lake

Transport yourself to an era of sophistication and refinement when you visit The Drawing Room, nestled inside Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This elegant Victorian tearoom serves traditional afternoon tea, complete with premium organic teas, finger sandwiches, and house-made scones and pastries. There’s also a fantastic selection of regional sparkling and dessert wines to add an extra special touch to your afternoon tea experience.

Even when you’re on the go, this lovely hidden gem of Niagara offers takeout, with a Traditional Afternoon Tea Box, containing everything you need to bring the tearoom home.

Vintages Wine Bar

Vintages Wine Bar, a hidden gem in Niagara on the Lake located at Pillar and Post

Located inside Pillar and Post, Vintages Wine Bar is a hidden gem worth seeking out. Whether you want a full dining experience or simply a glass of fine wine after a long day, Vintages Wine Bar is a premium lounge experience you won’t soon forget.

Start your meal off right with our Crab Cakes, a tasty appetizer that’s as fresh as it is delicious. Savour favourites like Fish & Chips or the Classic Club Wrap, paired with frites or indulgent Caesar Salad. Don’t forget to check out our extensive wine list, with amazing vintages from both Niagara’s own vineyards and from exotic locales around the globe.

Discover Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Hidden Gems

At Vintage Hotels, glamourous accommodations are just one part of the amazing package we offer. Our restaurants and spas are unmatched, and we’re confident that we can prove it to you, all while delivering world-class service. Book with us today to discover all the incredible places in Niagara-on-the-Lake that are hiding in plain sight!

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