Niagara-on-the-lake sometime in the New Year. We don't really want to stay in a hotel and I've heard that sometimes Bed and Breakfast places have too many rules like when to eat breakfast. Is there something simple out there where we can both enjoy ourselves?

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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: I'm planning a trip to Niagara-on-the-lake sometime in the New Year. We don't really want to stay in a hotel and I've heard that sometimes Bed and Breakfast places have too many rules like when to eat breakfast. Is there something simple out there where we can both enjoy ourselves?

A: The above type of accommodations you mentioned both have positive and negative aspects. Perhaps, you might like to consider a cottage rental. These self-catering premises mean you cook and clean house but at least you eat when you like and lounge about as long as you wish. In the Niagara area, I came across a few cottage rentals that might be of interest.

Here's a quick list:
www.aah-some-cottages.com provides a private two-bedroom cottage with four-piece bathroom, garden and deck area. Currently, there is a holiday Internet special, "Book a week and get the last night free." For more details call 1-866-306-7007 or 905-468-7007.

Want to feel like a kid again? Located in the heart of the old town, there is a cottage rental facility dubbed, "A Doll House Cottage." For rates and reservations, call 1-866-842-2203 or 905-468-1058. For a snapshot view, log onto www.adollhouse.ca where there is a picture gallery available.

Then there's a cozy retreat that not only purports to be "cute as a button" but it is actually called, "Cute As A Button." Nestled among pines, this renovated cottage has three-bedrooms and all the accoutrements to satisfy modern day living with TV, stereo, DVD and VCR players. For availability and rates, there is a neat online color-coded calendar. Red indicates booked dates while grey means available dates.

You can visit www.cuteasabuttoncottage.com for pictures and more details about the property or you call toll-free 1-866-863-3303 or dial (905) 468-1299.

For more travel info on historic Niagara-on-the-lake, visit the Niagara-On-The-Lake Chamber of Commerce online at www.niagaraonthelake.com or phone them at (905) 468-1950.

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