Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for a lot of things – picturesque scenery, a charming British manner. But the town is best known for its ice wine, a dessert wine made from grapes that have been allowed to freeze on the vine.
The Niagara Icewine Festival takes place every January (hey, that’s now!). Guests at the Riverbend Inn and Vineyard can and should check it out, but if you can’t make it across the border so quickly, fear not: ice wine is readily available everywhere.
And you know what? It’s Monday, so how about a little ice wine cocktail recipe courtesy of Food and Wine.
Photo courtesy of Food and Wine magazine
Ice Wine Martini
- 10 large seedless green grapes, plus 2 halved grapes for garnish
- 2 ounces ice wine
- 2 ounces vodka, preferably Ciroc
In a blender, puree the 10 whole grapes with the ice wine and vodka. Pour the puree through a tea strainer into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain again into a large chilled martini glass and garnish with the grape halves.
Whether you live in the Northeast like us or make it a point to skate a perfect figure 8 at Rockefeller Center every holiday season (may we suggest staying at Ink48, a Kimpton Hotel, if it’s the latter?) it’s hard to survive the winter without a decent pair of gloves. It’s also hard to navigate a city without a trusty touchscreen device. Luckily, tech gloves make it easy to bundle up while mapping out directions to, say, that one bar that serves a rocky road ice cream-flavored cocktail (we’re looking at you, Death & Company).
Here are a few of our favorite tech gloves:
Photos courtesy of Kate Spade, ModCloth and Nordstrom
Counter-clockwise from left:
Kate Spade Touch Tech Bow Gloves $78
ModCloth Tech Me With You Gloves $30
The North Face E-Tip Gloves for Men $45
Nordstrom Ruffle Tech Gloves $38
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As we (im)patiently wait for snowflakes to fall, we’ve started dreaming about what we will do this winter. Skiing, ice skating and hot cocoa sipping, of course, but we’re also adding a sleigh ride to the list—there’s no better place to sing, “Jingle Bells”—after writing about the Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont.
Photos courtesy of Mountain Top Inn and Resort
The Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center, located in a renovated horse stable, offers horse drawn sleigh rides from 9:00AM to 5:00PM on Wednesdays through Sundays. If, however, you want to walk (not ride) in a winter wonderland, you can also try your hand at cross-country skiing. The center provides about 38 miles of trails.
As the first snowflakes of the season fell (albeit very lightly) in Boston, our thoughts turned to snow-filled days spent on the slopes—or, for some us, drinking cocoa by the fireplace. And there, of course, is nothing better to go with white-capped mountains than a charming ski town. With all of this in mind, two hotels caught our eye this week as ideal spots to ski and play: The Hotel Madeline Telluride in Colorado and the Silverado Lodge in Park City, Utah.
Photo courtesy of Silverado Lodge
Ski season begins in most places right around Thanksgiving this year, so now is the perfect time to plan a winter escape.