The Other Side To Niagara Falls & Western New York
The majestic Niagara Falls isn’t the only sight to see in the city of Niagara Falls, and summer isn’t the only time to visit. Visit Niagara Falls, NY/Western New York during autumn and take in the changing colors, and views surrounding the roaring waters.
Though the Falls are incredible and are a must see, consider visiting other areas and sites nearby as well. There are plenty of other excursions to take, that will lead you to unique destinations – some of which, you can only see in the Niagara region.
Leisurely Autumn Hikes
With Niagara Falls, comes a beautiful escarpment and even more gorgeous trails to hike. These hiking trails hug the escarpment slopes leading into the river, giving visitors an exhilarating, self-guided experience. Various trails are scattered around the Niagara Falls area, and have lots to offer in terms of adventure, views and photo opportunities.
Walk through relatively-flat, but slightly rocky paths which are generally kid and family-friendly or hike your way through escalating stairs and boulders. Either trail you take ends in a breathtaking view of the gorge, river and whirlpool.
The beauty of Western New York between mid-September and November, is the way you can still enjoy the outdoors in the chilly weather and all the possible activities which come naturally with our location and climate. The lower, yet bearable temperatures allow you participate in physical activities such as walks and hikes, without having to break a sweat. The brisk air actually feel nice. With these hiking trails, you can adore nature and admire the changing of colors and falling leaves, and take in the autumn air.
Nearby Niagara Hiking Trails
Not only does Quality Hotel & Suites provide a great place to stay nearby – but they have great recommendations on where to hike. Read more about hiking trails from Quality Hotel & Suites.
Other Fall-Worthy Outdoor Activities
Niagara Wine Trail: Wineries & Vineyards
The wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail also boast amazing views, especially during the Fall. Visit vineyards which span across acres, and enjoy the colorful and rustic scenery. Each winery in the Niagara region has cozy indoor accommodations to accompany their gorgeous outdoor vineyard views. Relax in warmth while you taste local and seasonal wine and cider, and speak to the wine makers and connoisseurs themselves.
Smokin Joes recommends Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards to fulfill your seasonal dose of Fall festivities. Here you can try wine, cider, locally brewed beers, and get your homemade baked goods and Fall favorites. The farm and vineyard is also family-friendly, with plenty of space and activities for all to enjoy. And not to forget, the farm is in the midst of gorgeous foliage so you can still admire the autumn atmosphere on the property.
Capturing WNY's Beautiful Fall Foliage
Be sure to follow The Fall Foliage report by www.iloveny.com to plan your trips accordingly!
2016 Fashion Trends: Boho Chic and Festival Fashion
The Spring and Summer trends circling around today are known to be boho, boho-chic, and now often considered “festival wear”. Boho, or boho-chic is a Bohemian-inspired style that incorporates colorful themes and details, presenting free-spirited and peaceful attributes. The newly coined term of festival wear, stems from the concert and music festivals hosted throughout the warmer seasons. The spring into summer seasons, are now also known as “festival season”, for this reason. At these events, you’ll often see festival goers donning apparel very similar to boho-style.
The clothing usually associated with the boho and festival clothing collaboration, is often seen as vibrant colored shirts and blouses to match the spring/summer weather and vibe. You will also see muted hues, paired with neutral tones and pops of print for statement making.
Native Inspired Looks
Overlooked, but very similar is Native-inspired fashion. Native-inspired clothing can also portray the pops of color and print, and intricate detailing that you’ll see a lot today. The colors used are slightly bolder, and utilize stronger contrasts between color combinations. However, the stitched or embroidered designs are usually pretty similar.
Fringe and Suede: Adding Dimension and Texture
Other than the similarities in color usage and design, what has also been popular recently are fringe and tassel accents, and suede textures. Each being apparent in all Boho, Festival and Native inspired fashion pieces.
Each look represents a spirited and delighted character. The apparel is typically light weight and flowy, cool, comfortable and relaxed!
We Choose Shoes: Minnetonka Sandals and Moccasins
This season, Smokin Joes is loving what Minnetonka Moccasins is bringing to the shoe racks. Minnetonka moccasin and sandal styles are trendy, and not only do they provide all-day lasting comfort, but the looks transition well from day to night.
This sandal is simple slip-on, but with a unique cut out design. The additional foot strap gives this shoe a different look than many other sandals, but still resembles a classic t-strap. Smokin Joes has the women’s sandal available in both black and taupe - neutral colors (like we spoke about above), making it easy to pair with most outfits.
The sole is cushioned with suede. The straps are also suede, and delicately designed with raised stitching on one, and colorful detailing on the other. This sandal checks off a lot of features on the trending list: suede, colorful detailing, and its light weight and comfortable!
A few bangles and a stunning colorful piece such as this Smokin Joes Jewelry Yellow Gold Art Deco Coral Ring, and you have your boho-chic accessories down.
The Minnetonka Men’s Camp Moccasin is designed for sophistication with a sense of comfort. The look is handmade from suede, smooth leather, and accented with rawhide lace. Resembling a boat shoe of sorts, the classic tan and minimalist design pairs nicely with shorts, jeans or even slacks.
Dark denim. The Men’s Levi’s 514 Jeans in either black or overhaul blue would go great with these mocs. The jeans sit low on the waist, and are straight leg and have a relaxed fit. The straight leg down to the ankle makes a perfect cut for your Minnetonkas. Depending on your shirt, you can make this look casual or dressed up for night.
The Minnetonka booties keep your little one’s feet warm, and cute. The suede and fringe trends are combined for this baby look. The booties are made out of soft suede leather, and it slips on and off with an easy Velcro back flap.
Sk^n^ clothing has unique Native-inspired designs for babywear. Smokin Joes stocks a number of designs, and in various colors – including those bright and vibrant colors perfect for spring and summer.
Pendleton apparel is made with 100% pure virgin wool, which has many benefits, including maximized warmth. Pendleton specializes in utilizing superior virgin wool fabrics for their apparel, outerwear, blankets, footwear, and more. Pure virgin wool has the advantages of elasticity, for a breathable fit and maintaining body warmth, and still looks great! Wool is a natural insulator, so it will keep you cozy when the weather is cold, yet cool even when it’s warm. The elasticity of wool also allows clothing to be wrinkle-resistant, and hold its shape throughout consistent wear. The resilience in wool, along with its low static and hairy-surface actual repels dirt, making it easy to maintain and keep clean!Read More