As early as 200 years ago, newly-wed couples would sometimes decide to make their honeymoon a time when they visited some of the grand wonders of the world of which they had only read about. These could be natural wonders or wonders created by the ingenuity of the human mind. One of the great natural wonders which continues to draw people is the Niagara Falls.
At one stage Niagara Falls was nicknamed the 'Honeymoon Capital of the World'. It is suggested that apart from the beautiful sight, the falling waters generate negative ions, which create natural endorphins and serve as an aphrodisiac to make people fall in love.
The waterfalls make up an international border between the United States and Canada and are part of both countries. The United States part of the waterfall is in New York State. The Canadian section is part of Ontario. Falls known as the American Falls are located on the American side, and the falls on the Canadian side are known as Horseshoe Falls.
As early as 1801 Theodosia Burr the daughter of Aaron Burr, later to be the 3rd Vice President of the United States of America, chose the Niagara Falls for her honeymoon. A few years later, Jerome Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, took his bride, Elizabeth Patterson a rich heiress, to the Ontario side of Niagara Falls.
The best known honeymoon, of course, is that taken by Marilyn Monroe in the film, ‘Niagara’. The honeymoon is all about a wife planning with her lover to kill her husband. Nothing turns out as she hopes, but lovers were not deterred by her unfortunate end and continued to visit Niagara on their honeymoon.
The contemporary Niagara Falls includes wedding chapels overlooking the falls as well as hotels that promise vibrating beds and heart-shaped tubs. No longer the popular honeymoon destination that it used to be for almost 200 years, Niagara Falls continues to be one of the great sights to see.
For those who are not into wedding chapels or vibrating beds, there is the possibility of hiking among the natural wonders, visiting some great botanical gardens nearby or checking out the ice wine vineyard. Unlike ordinary wine which is dependent on ripe grapes, ice wine is made out of frozen grapes. Legend has it that ice wine was discovered by a German winemaker who was away from his vineyard when his grapes were ready to be picked. Finding, on his return, vines dangling with frozen grapes, he decided to make the best of a bad situation, and processed them in the normal way. The result was the ice wines which are used as dessert wines.
Representing this style of wines is the Inniskillin Winery, which is within driving distance of Niagara Falls. Perhaps one of the memories of your visit to Niagara Falls could be couple of bottles of ice wine picked up at the Winery.
'Honeymoon! A Sizzle or a Fizzle'