When you’re driving down the road and encounter a giant pink elephant, you turn around and go back for a closer look.
At least that’s what I did while traveling through New York’s wine country along Lake Erie last month.
Meet Ella the Elephant.
She’s the mascot of 21 Brix Winery near Portland. They placed her here to help visitors spot their entrance. For a while they painted her different colors, changing her look with the seasons. They eventually settled on this eye catching Pepto Bismal pink which has inspired a series of wines named in her honor.
I know little about grapes or wineries as I’m not a drinker but I do know about roadside attractions and this one is awesome. Learn more about 21 Brix at their website and know that this region boasts a plethora of wineries for your enjoyment.
Pretty, isn’t it? I took this picture of Niagara Falls years ago. I was there with my husband at the time and we had a lovely long weekend being tourists in a very touristy town. We went home and split up three months later.
Fast forward a little more than a decade. I went back to Niagara Falls with a guy I had been dating for several years and expected to someday marry. We had a fantastic visit, went home and three months later – we split up.
Seriously, friends, you can’t make this stuff up.
I’m not a superstitious person but I have to say – if I ever find someone to love again, I’m not going with them to Niagara Falls. I’m getting too old to keep losing mates.
However, if you’re looking for a fun little long weekend, Niagara is a great place to be. Just remember, if you wish to visit the Canada side (which is the best, you have to do it) you’ll need a passport. Your best bet is to actually stay on the Canada side. There’s more to do and great hotel rates. The last time, I stayed in a room with a falls view and it was a sight to behold, especially at night when the falls are lit up.
I have no idea why I felt compelled to tell you this story but maybe you’ll find it interesting. I’m sure it won’t happen to you especially considering that Niagara has long been a destination for honeymoons and lovers’ getaways. So, go. Have fun. Take pictures and let me know how it all works out for you!