By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: For our upcoming anniversary, I'm planning on a weekend getaway for my wife. We both work and need to be in the office on Monday morning. Do you know of any packages?

A: In the sleepy, dreamy hamlet of historic Niagara-on-the-lake, couples, honeymooners and yes, even married couples celebrating special anniversaries have been known to walk hand in hand as they stroll along the Victorian houses and view quaint boutiques. Perhaps it is autumn with its palette of sun drenched sienna and ochre leaves and the crisp lake breezes that add to the majesty of such a place. Whichever, you can toast to the wine gods amidst the lush vineyards or step back in time to the host of inns that are situated in turn-of-the-century properties.

One package that came across my desk perfect for couples and those on the quest for weekend getaways is fittingly named the "Heritage Treasures in Wine Country." Part of the Journeys of Discovery program, this romantic escape will have you and your wife tour Jackson-Triggs winery, dine like a king and queen in the Tiara Dining Room at Queen's Landing Inn, step inside one of the Grande Dames of Niagara known as the Willowbank, a sumptuous architectural piece styled in Greek Revival or leaf through documents and books -- some dating back to the 1600s - part of the Weir Collection housed in Riverbank.

At night, rest your head in one of the Vintage Inns properties. Since this is a popular package known to sell out quickly, phone ahead to ensure the hotels are honoring the specials. To make reservations for the Heritage Treasures in Wine Country call 1.888.669.5566. For brochures and full package details on Journeys of Discovery, call 1.800.ONTARIO.


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