Things to Do Year-Round in the Niagara Benchlands

Couple Exploring the Niagara Benchlands by Bike

The Niagara Benchlands are a region of scenic beauty along the Niagara Escarpment where you can experience an abundance of lush green scenery, and there’s always plenty to see and do, no matter what time of year you plan your countryside escape. Located in the quaint village of Jordan, Inn On The Twenty is your destination for all the leisure and year-round adventure that the Niagara Benchlands have to offer while relaxing in the most beautiful accommodations available. 

Spring Blossoms in Jordan Village.

Spring in the Niagara Benchlands 

Watch the world come alive with #BlossomWatch in May, when thousands of peach, cherry, and nectarine blossoms bloom, a sign of spring. You can also take in the stunning cherry blossom trees that line the streets of Jordan Village – a stunning backdrop to a boutique open-air shopping experience. If you’re an avid golfer, there are three fantastic courses in the Benchlands to enjoy, complete with club houses to relax after a long day on the green. 

Summer in Jordan Village.

Summer in the Benchlands

Image courtesy of the Niagara Beachlands and Nataschia Wielink Photography 

Summer is an ideal time to visit the Benchlands! You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, and we want to help you get started. 

Cave Spring Vineyard wine tour.

Wine Tours in the Benchlands

Take part in four exclusive wine tasting experiences at carefully selected from the Niagara Benchlands’ best wineries! Though this tour is available year-round, the spring and summer is one of our favourite times to take part, as it’s often one of the best times to see the fruit of the vineyards ripening in the sun. This Signature Jordan Wine Tour visits four of the region’s top wineries, including:

  • Creekside Estate Winery
  • Foreign Affair Winery
  • Cave Spring Vineyard
  • Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

Tours depart daily from Inn On The Twenty and can be booked by calling 1-888-669-5566.

Golfing in Twenty Valley in the Summer.

Golfing in Twenty Valley

In the summer months, golf season is in full swing in the Niagara Benchlands! Enjoy lush greens and challenging courses at award winning golf courses like Twenty Valley Golf and Country Club and Rockway Vineyards Golf Course! When you’ve finished your round, reward yourself with a taste of a VQA wine in the clubhouse.

Jordan Harbour in the Summer.

More Summer Activities in The Benchlands

There is truly no shortage of things to do in The Benchlands during the summer months! Some more of the must-do activities include: 

  • Exploring the breathtaking natural beauty of the Benchlands and visit Ball’s Falls, Rockway Falls (just minutes from the Inn), and hike the Twenty Mile Valley trail
  • Visiting the Jordan Harbour for outdoor sports like kayaking, canoeing, and cycling
  • Shopping in the boutiques of the Jordan Village
  • Checking out the local breweries
  • Cycling through the vineyards and escarpment


Romantic Fall Dinning at the Inn On The Twenty Restaurant in Jordan Village.

Fall in the Benchlands

Dine Overlooking the Benchlands

Even as we move into cooler temperatures, there is still plenty to see and do in the Benchlands. Enjoy a sunset dinner at Inn On The Twenty Restaurant, where fantastic regional wines and gourmet cuisine meet.   

Looking for a more relaxed atmosphere but with the sophistication of upscale dining? Try Jordan House Tavern, where we serve up elevated pub food, pizza and live music regularly. Then, grab one of our Fall Harvest cocktails and take in the cozy ambience.   

Visit Spa On The Twenty in the winter.

Escape the Cool Weather at the Spa

Escape the chill by booking a treatment with Spa On The Twenty. As winter approaches, our skin and body often need a little extra TLC, and we’re happy to oblige. Our treatments include facials, massage therapy, manicure and pedicure, as well as body scrubs and wraps to keep you looking and feeling your best.   

Hiking in the Niagara Benchlands in Fall at Louth Falls

Fall Hiking in the Benchlands

Image courtesy of Mark Harris –

One of the best ways to fully experience the beauty of the Benchlands is by exploring its more natural side! Balls Falls, located less than 10 minutes from Inn On The Twenty is a breathtaking conservation area with trails leading to the waterfall itself. The trails weave through the Niagara Escarpment, providing views of the falls both above and below. When you’re done hiking, you can learn local history, including the story of the Ball’s brothers and how they used the area for their milling operations in the 19th century. 

Winter vines in the Niagara Benchlands.

Winter in the Benchlands

The cooler months are an incredible time to visit the Benchlands, not only for the beautiful scenery, but for the harvest of the region’s gold, also known as Icewine! 

Icewine served at the Icewine Festival in the Niagara Benchlands.

Icewine Festival

For a unique Niagara experience, consider a romantic winter visit to wine country and explore the Icewine Festival. This regional festival is a highly anticipated annual event that celebrates the Icewine harvest throughout the Niagara Region. Taste and savour the Niagara Benchlands best Icewines with a discovery pass and at Niagara Icewine Festival events.

Book Your Escape to the Niagara Benchlands

Let us become your home away from home as you explore the Niagara Benchlands (and all we have to offer) to your heart’s content. Whether it’s fine dining, a luxurious spa retreat, a lively hike, or just good, old-fashioned fun you’re after, there’s something for everyone in the Benchlands. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you build a getaway that will keep you coming back for years to come. 

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