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By Antoinette and Brian, owner/manager
Last updated: 2016-04-02 19:16:54

Hi there,

Antoinette and Brian here, we are the new owners of the new Orchard View Bed and Breakfast, formerly known as Victorian Charm Bed and Breakfast.

It's a new and exciting adventure for us, both running a bed and breakfast as well as relocating to Niagara Falls. Built in 1899, the house has retained some heritage features both inside and out.

In our former life, both our backgrounds and interests lie in historical building preservation and conservation given our penchant for buying old houses, former fire stations, and former churches to rehab (all true!).

When not in reno mode, we are also interested in organic gardening, reading, music, bicycling, skiing, playing tennis, travelling, nature walks, and attending live events.

Our style is casual, colourful and fun with the odd bit of quirky in our living spaces. We look forward to meeting both new and returning visitors to our bed and breakfast.



By Antoinette Rodighiero, owner/manager
Last updated: 2016-01-06 12:27:23

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights begins Saturday, November 21st with Opening Ceremonies in Queen Victoria Park along the Niagara Parkway from 6pm to 8pm! We will kick off our season in grand style with a stage in the round in the middle of the park providing attendees with beautiful panoramic views!

The incredible entertainment show that will be performed at the opening ceremony of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2015 will captivate everyone with fascinating performances, spectacular costumes and astounding music.

The highlight of the night, the CHROMATIQUE show will immerse the audience into a vibrant world of colour, light and sound. The innovative and unconventional performances radiate fun, energy and excitement. Combining art, music and technology, CHROMATIQUE is an entertainment phenomenon full of surprises and spectacular effects. Another dynamic performance of the night is a humourous number by the ensemble of dancing Tin Soldiers that brings the traditional festive spirit with its joy and cheer. Smiles are guaranteed - no one has ever resisted Tin Soldiers’ charm!

Picking up the winter holiday spirit, the mysterious LED Danza embodies grace and power of the light. The journey of the light that brings hope and happiness is told by the sublime beauty of this captivating dance.

Created and produced by Creativiva Inc., this breathtaking theatrical show celebrates the start of the winter holiday season in Niagara Falls and will create an unforgettable experience for anyone who sees it.

For those who miss the 6 p.m. show we will do it all again at 7 p.m. complete with fireworks but without the flip the switch. After all once we have all the lights on we don’t want to shut them off again so soon.

Related Link: http://www.wfol.com



By Antoinette Rodighiero, owner/manager
Last updated: 2016-01-06 12:28:52

Experience the Beauty of Niagara Falls Up-Close
Aboard Hornblower Niagara Cruises
Hornblower Niagara Cruises (HNC) has officially kickedoff its second season of operations, providing an up-close and exhilarating experience and view of Niagara. Take part in Falls illumination and fireworks boat tours, with voyages to the Falls departing every 15 minutes throughout the day. You can purchase a Niagara Falls Adventure Pass product: Nature, Classic or Adventure Plus, from Orchard View Bed and Breakfast, to experience the very best in NPC attractions and to reserve your trip on this breathtaking boat tour.

Related Link: http://www.hornblowerniagaracruises.com



By Antoinette Rodighiero, owner/manager
Last updated: 2016-01-06 12:29:53

Niagara Glen Nature Centre – 3050 Niagara Parkway
Free Guided Hiking Tours: at 11 a.m. in season.
Guided hiking tours will depart from the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, taking visitors on a search for rare and unique spring blooms, birds and other wildlife found within the magnificent Niagara Glen. Tours require proper footwear suitable for rugged terrain.

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse – 7145 Niagara Parkway
Open Daily 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission $5 Adults/$3.75 Children 6-12
Annual Hydrangea Display

The Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse is also currently featuring its annual Hydrangea Display. Hanging baskets, some over five feet wide, overflowing with colourful Hydrangeas, as well as forced Foxglove and Delphinium are also part of the spectacular display of blues, pinks, and white.

Related Link: http://www.niagaraparks.com



By Antoinette Rodighiero, owner/manager
Last updated: 2016-01-06 12:30:12

Free things to do in and around Niagara:

The Niagara Peninsula is nestled between the south shore of Lake Ontario and the north shore of Lake Erie. It boasts freshwater swimming, marinas, fruit farms, wineries, the Niagara Escarpment, parks and conservation areas great for hiking and biking.

Did we also mention that it is home to world famous Niagara Falls! Exploring the parks and lakes in Niagara are beautiful and can be all seen and enjoyed for free. It’s no wonder there are so many things to do here in Niagara, but did you know there are many free things to do in Niagara Falls and the entire Niagara Region?

Related Link: http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/plan/free-things-to-do



By Antoinette Rodighiero, owner/manager
Last updated: 2016-01-06 12:31:21

The Cycling in Ontario / Le vélo en Ontario Guide

In 2015, this 24-page publication features over 50 day-trip and overnight cycling itineraries suited for either recreational or experienced cyclists, or mountain bikers. Recognizing the economic impacts and tourism potential of cycling events in Ontario (see our 2014 Ontario Cycling Event Tourism Impact Study). We've added cycling event listings at the back of the guide. You can also put your bike on the train!
No need to bring your bike! Guests can rent a brand new bike for $15.00 per 24 hrs in Niagara Falls! Ask Anne-Marie's special deal!
We have 300 kms of safe trails, most paved. From Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, 56 kms. no traffic, along the Welland Canal. Peace and nature at its best!

Related Link: http://www.OntarioByBike.ca/2015



By Antoinette Rodighiero, owner/manager
Last updated: 2016-01-06 12:33:35

Chase away those cold Winter blues!

Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-lake bound? Don't forget the AARP, CAA, AAA, and seniors discount at Orchard Bed and Breakfast! Typical room rate $160.00 less 20%=$ $128.00 and includes a gourmet breakfast!

Related Link: http://www.orchardviewbb.com/reservations.html



By Antoinette Rodighiero, owner/manager
Last updated: 2016-01-06 12:37:56

Orchard Bed and Breakfast is A TRIPADVISOR GREENLEADER.
We successfully achieved Gold level in the Trip Advisor Green Leaders Program, special recognition for our green practices:
Drying bed sheets in the sun, using home-made natural cleaning products, cooking breakfast with non-processed foods, unbleached flour and sugar, no preservatives, and fruit and vegetables organically grown in our garden. The list goes on to keep our guests healthy and leading an active lifestyle.


By Antoinette Rodighiero, owner/manager
Last updated: 2016-01-06 12:39:45

Since full service operations of the WEGO system commenced in August 2012, over 2 million passenger trips have been provided to visitors wishing to experience all that Niagara Parks and Niagara Falls has to offer as a premier tourism destination. More importantly, given the enhanced accessibility this new system provides, WEGO was able to accommodate and assist over 1,865 individuals using wheelchairs and over 460 visitors using scooters. WEGO also has the ability to transport bicycles, and in its first year, has helped transport more than 415 cyclists to sites within the tourism community.
No need to drive and spend hours to find an expensive parking place! The WEGO bus stop is only a 5 minute walk from Orchard View Bed and Breakfast.

Related Link: http://www.niagaraparks.com


Gift Certificate

By Antoinette Rodighiero, owner/manager
Last updated: 2016-01-06 12:48:43
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GIFT CERTIFICATES from Orchard View Bed and Breakfast, are a great idea for gifts any time of year! Custom-made they can be given for birthdays, anniversaries, engagement, weddings and shower gifts, rewards for employees, retirement. We will mail or email them to you or to the gift recipient, and include a map of Niagara Falls, activities suggestions, flyers, breakfast menu, etc. They do not expire. We can add flowers, a welcome food tray and wine, a birthday cake, dinner reservations, wine tour, golf and anything else you choose!
Call Antoinette and Brian now 1-877-794-6758 or email your request or orchardviewbb@cogeco.ca.

Related Link: http://www.orchardviewbb.com

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