Niagara Falls (NY) Bike Ride April or May 2013

I am gonna take a shot in the dark about this one, if anyone is interested.

I was thinking about doing this in the spring (maybe late April/beginning May). I found a great deal from groupon for the Four Points Sheraton Niagra Falls, NY (U.S. side), it gives a bottle of wine, appetizer and a $30 casino voucher per night. A Sun-Wed check-in is $69 per night, a Th-Sat check-in is $89 per night, either way both are a great deal. We would need to drink the wine and eat appetizer at the restaurant.
You can either get a king bed or two queen beds in a room. You would have to book thru the hotel for dates but purchase via groupon. I love groupon I always purchase through them.

You would need to bring your PASSPORT (required) if you want to do things on the Canada side. There is a park with a 35 mile trail (56 km) and can bike it, it's a paved trail in the park (Niagara River Recreation Trail). http://www.niagaraparks.com/nature-trails/niagara-river-recreation-trail.html

More bike info/map: http://www.gobiking.ca/niagara-loop/map.html

Pictures: http://www.gobiking.ca/niagara-loop/index.html#map

http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/niagara-river-recreation-trail

It's a 6.5 - 7 hour car drive more or less, or you could plane it to the Buffalo/Niagra International Airport. If you drive you could cart your own bike or we can find a place to rent bikes.

There are blackout dates to the hotel, which are:
•Not valid 1/17-1/20, 1/25-1/28, 2/15-2/18, 3/1-3/3, 3/14-17, 4/25-4/28
•Must book by 2/24/13 or promo value expires
•Valid for travel 1/1/13-5/4/13

***If you know about groupon it only gives you a certain amount of time to buy the deal...so right now it is 5 days left. AND 300 unknown ppl have already bought this deal.***

What do you think? If people get the two queens we can share and split the cost. We would just have to arrange days. I am thinking at least 3 nights if not 4. Write all your thoughts on this.

**Border info: http://www.niagaraparks.com/plan/local-customs.html

Casino info: http://www.senecaniagaracasino.com/

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  • Brenda

    Have fun and good luck at the casino :D

    1 · May 2, 2013

    • Brenda

      hey kim

      May 3, 2013

    • Brenda

      when you get back I need to ask you a few questions on where to stay and fun things to do in Canada. I want so badly to go this summer and bike ;) maybe even hit the Casino...lol.... but the bike trail is calling my name... so hopefully when you get back and you have some time you can fill me in ... have fun . so sad I cant be with you guys.. ugh

      May 3, 2013

  • Kim

    This is great, I just won $57 from a free $25 casino play credit they gave me :)

    May 2, 2013

    • Brenda

      wow .... thats great!!! have fun all

      May 2, 2013

    • Kim

      Omg, its great here, biked about 18 miles, biked goat island a couple of times and then Canada, saw the sights, going back to casino to win more lol

      May 2, 2013

  • Kim

    People who have no interest in this need not rsvp a 'no', just ignore it.

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    would stay at a small inn or B@B

    April 25, 2013

    • Kim

      A small inn or B&B would cost you alot more at that time of year, this is $89 a night and with someone else it would be half the $$.

      April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    too far

    April 25, 2013

  • Brenda

    Sorry unable to attend

    April 15, 2013

  • Debra

    I've never been there before and like to bike so it's seems a great trip. It will depend on the date.

    March 28, 2013

  • Cyndi

    I'm very interested.

    March 27, 2013

  • Kim

    As this is a month away please update your rsvp if you are not going. I got a room with 2 queen beds so the other bed is available, I don't snore and don't have a criminal record... LOL.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I rode this trail last May, from Niagara Falls to Queenston north, and from Niagara Falls south just a few miles. A very beautiful trip, I recommend it. A fair amount of street/sidewalk riding in Niagara Falls before you get to the trail north and south. There's a BIG hill after Queenston where the Niagara Falls highlands end and go down to the plain to Fort George. That would be a fun challenge next time. I think it's pretty flat going south to Erie. You might want to try airbnb.com for relatively cheap lodging. This one for example, $56/night: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/907...­

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Kathleen

    So I missed the Groupon date but might still want to go...is this trip still on??

    February 26, 2013

    • Kim

      YES trip is still on.

      March 7, 2013

  • Brenda

    i wish I could go.. cant get the time off from work but I hope to see the photo's from your trip. I am hoping to do this in the summer although it may be by myself but please keep us posted on the photos ")

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • Kim

    Finally firmed up the dates. If people do decide to join, included in my package I get a free appetizer and bottle of wine everynight at the restaurant so at least we can coordinate eating together. Please coordinate your own hotel dates/stays.

    February 15, 2013

  • Ann

    This sounds great - hope to catch the next one.

    January 28, 2013

  • Jo

    Carpooling, Roomsharing, #nights, only 1 going???
    I think 2 nights is plenty, but not sure.

    January 7, 2013

  • Kim

    1 more day to purchase
    http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga...­

    January 6, 2013

  • Cyndi

    I'm very interested in the Concept of doing this although I don't want to purchase the Groupon because I'm not 100. There is a Hostel in the area. I've organized a few biking meetups at Hostels and it's worked out quite good.

    1 · January 6, 2013

    • Kim

      I will post dates when I book with hotel. These are groupon rates you have to purchase in advance, so I don't know how much it will cost in May.

      January 6, 2013

    • Kim

      Cyndi, you look very professional on that bike LOL, we are a casual biking group...no racing here LOL. The most I have done is 22 mls but there is a nice loop at the park.

      January 6, 2013

  • Cyndi

    I'm very interested.

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK about the location. I have no idea where everybody lives. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction re: this Sunday's bike ride. I just signed up for meetup a few weeks ago. I haven't been on any events yet, but I'm overwhelmed with all of the e-mails I have been getting. Do you know offhand the name of Greg's group? They ride in Arlington the 1st & 3d Sundays, I think, but I'm not sure how to reach Greg.

    January 2, 2013

    • Kim

      ok? Does that mean you are or are NOT coming to Panera tomorrow night? It seems like me and you are the only ones going because no one else repsonded, and I don't want to drive almost an hour away if you are not going to come and I'm the only one. Just to let ypu know it is going to be hard to meet the whole group of members cause as you are aware now they can cancel at any time and you won't see anyone really until you take the chance and go to a ride. So let me know what you want to do about tomorrow. I might purchase the deal myself cause it a great deal and I like to to take off on mini trips alot...I'm just a little explorer LOL.

      January 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kim. I think I'll pass on tomorrow night. I've got a friend leaving town soon that I want to see and I need to get more info. about time off from work before I'd know for sure whether or not I could take this trip.

      January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kim - I found the e-mail about Greg's bike ride on Sunday and sent him a message. Thanks.

    1 · January 2, 2013

  • Kim

    Have all of you or any of you used Groupon before?

    January 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have a question related to this SUnday'[s bike ride in Arlington, but I'm not sure how to post it separate from this conversation. What is the condition of the bike path? I rode my road bike on ice and snow for the first time the other day (had forgotten about the possibility cuz the streets were dry), and had a few scares. Luckily, I never wiped out, but I had a few close calls. I am looking forward to Sunday's bike ride, but don't want to go if the pavement is iced over. Not sure if they plow it or not. Can anyone shed some light on the subject?

      January 2, 2013

    • Kim

      Janet, you have to ask Greg about this, that is not my ride, I am a whimp in the cold so would never schedule something below 55 degrees LOL, I tried riding once at 45/50* and will never do it again. Click on that meetup and post on there.

      January 2, 2013

  • Kim

    Do people wanna get together this Friday night to discuss? Meet at Panera or Scoreboard in Woburn or something around 7pm for dinner. It would be better of there was a place with wifi tho so I can use my laptop.

    January 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I may be able to make it. I love Panera; don't know Scoreboard. There is also a Panera in Chelmsford (much closer for me, since I live here, so if that location works for people, so much the better for me.

      January 2, 2013

    • Kim

      I am trying to make it a mid point for ppl to be fair, I live in Dedham area so Chelmsford would be a bit far.

      January 2, 2013

  • Siobhan

    I am interested in this adventure.

    January 2, 2013

  • Brenda

    i have never used this but willing to look into this :)

    January 2, 2013

  • Kim

    Where does everybody live? Maybe we can get together this week and discuss?

    January 2, 2013

  • Laura

    I grew up in Cleveland, which is about a 3 hour drive to Niagara Falls. The weather there, is about the same as the weather here, no matter the time of year. "Just sayin!" I can't make this ride, due to a wedding around that time.

    January 2, 2013

  • Kim

    This is why I want to make it late as possible like May so its better weather. If you drive you can go at your own pace and we would all keep in touch via cell phone. Me? I would drive the 7 hrs and stop for gas, pee, etc. The hotel is the 4 Points Sheraton only and no water view unfortunately but for the price I personally don't care cause would be out for the day. The Falls is 3.5 miles (about 1 block) from the hotel. I am thinking 4 nights, you could make your stay shorter if you want/booking is up to you. Know your vacation schedule and how much time you have.

    Example booking 3 nights: If you book on a Wed. you have to purchase one groupon for $69 plus 2 nights for $89 (Th nite and Fri nite), if going all weekend Th-Sat then pay for $89 for each weekend night. http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga...­

    January 2, 2013

  • Debra

    I've never been there before and like to bike so it's seems a great trip. It will depend on the date.

    January 2, 2013

  • Brenda

    I would love to try this.. I love to bike but not sure if my car will make it that far :{

    January 2, 2013

  • Jo

    Expressing interest--need to know final plan.

    January 2, 2013

  • Sue S.

    I don't know if I could get the time off from work (depending on the date); however, I would be interested.

    January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just checked out the website. Trail sounds beautiful - natural scenergy plus history are a wonderful combo. Too bad many of the historical markers have been removed. The Marriott hosts views of the Falls from all rooms; the Sheraton does not. I wonder if the rooms at the groupon rates have the views. I'm guessing not. I've never used groupon before, but my sister swears by it. I'd want to go as late as possible, to increase likelihood of no snow and earn more time off from work. Also would want to know refund policy of hotel. I'm guessing there is none with groupon, but I don't know about that. This trip sounds exciting. I'd just want to get more info. on it.

    January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might be interested. Especially for that price.

    January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I always stay at Marriotts, but that's a pretty good price. If I went, I'd want to make the stay long enough to merit the drive. Three nights wouldn't be long enough. A Wed. check in would be best - to minimize the number of days taken off from work while getting the better rate. Would we be doing the 35 miles at once? I did about that much a week or so ago on a whim, but don't normally bike that long. I never stopped except for one quick pit stop, so I'm sure it would be fine. I have a road bike. I'm sure the trail is nice. I'll have to look at the link. Haven't been to Niagara Falls since I was little, so I would love to revisit the Falls and check out the Canadian side. My only other concern (aside from the time off from work and the length of the drive) would be the weather. If there is snow or ice on the trail - how would I be able to ride it with my bike? Great idea. Would like to hear what others think.

    January 2, 2013

  • Kim

    We would have to get together to discuss dates and try to reserve all together for the hotel to reserve rooms, which won't be so difficult.

    January 2, 2013

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