By Lauren Kmec
Windsor
Canada
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Located just across the Detroit River from Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, is the southernmost city in Canada. Like Detroit, Windsor is best known for its automotive industry, but it is also a hotbed of bluegrass music. This city has a favorable climate for growing grapes, hops, and barley; thus, wineries and brew houses are abundant across the Windsor landscape.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to consider Windsor for your next vacation. With its close proximity to the United States, getting here is a breeze. Though the city has its own airport, the Windsor Airport (YQG), most travelers opt to fly into the more heavily trafficked Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), located ~40 kilometers away in Romulus, Michigan. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to book your flight with EscapeWizard.com and take advantage of our competitive rates. Need a place to stay? Follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to peruse our varied selection of hotels.

Once you have arrived, EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting some of Windsor’s interesting historic sites. Start with Willistead Manor, a historic 36-room mansion built in the early 1900s as a home for Edward Chandler Walker, son of the famous distiller Hiram Walker. The home’s 16th century Tudor-Jacobean style architecture is a sight to behold, as are the Paul Martin Gardens adjacent to the house. Today, the elegant home is managed by the Windsor Department of Parks and Recreation and is a popular site for weddings and a variety of other special events.

EscapeWizard.com also suggests visiting the Duff-Baby House, the oldest building in Windsor, constructed in 1798 by Alexander Duff as a fur trading post. In 1807, the building was acquired by military leader Jacques Baby, who converted it to a headquarters for U.S. General Harrison until it was badly damaged during the War of 1812. Eventually, the structure was renovated and became the personal residence of Baby in 1816. Today, the Duff-Baby House is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Foundation.

EscapeWizard.com encourages visitors to experience Windsor’s abundant natural beauty at Coventry Gardens, a 10-acre expanse along the Detroit River. The garden’s lovely trees and flowers make it a perfect place for quiet relaxation. The main highlight of Coventry Gardens is the Charlie Brooks Memorial Peace Fountain, which is lifted by crane onto the Detroit River every summer and pumps 12,000 gallons of water more than 70 feet into the air every minute. Be sure to catch one of the spectacular water shows, which run more or less continuously each day from May to October. The 20-minute-long shows are a delight for the senses, with different combinations of water sprays and ~150 colored lights.

If you have little ones along for the ride, EscapeWizard.com can recommend some exciting destinations that are fun for the whole family. Canada South Science City is a fascinating interactive science center with more than 100 hands-on exhibits, a theater, and a computer science learning lab. We also encourage you to check out Windsor Water World, a water park with four pools and an indoor water slide. The facility is directly linked to a fitness and community center.

Culture seekers will no doubt enjoy a show at the Chrysler Theatre, located in the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts in downtown Windsor. With a seating capacity of ~1200, the Chrysler offers a huge variety of performances, ranging from plays and concerts to stand-up comedy and children’s specials.

Last but most definitely not least, EscapeWizard.com strongly encourages tourists to visit the John Freeman Walls Historic Site and Underground Railroad Museum, located a short 25 minutes away in Puce, Ontario. John “Freeman” Walls and his wife Jane made the perilous journey from North Carolina to this very site on the Underground Railroad in the mid 19th century. The site contains the homestead of the Walls family, the family cemetery, a Peace Chapel built to honor Rosa Parks, and a museum operated by the descendants of John Freeman Walls.

Though it may not immediately spring to mind as an ideal vacation spot, Windsor offers a wide variety of attractions, from significant historic sites to cultural centers to captivating natural wonders. Book your trip today with EscapeWizard.com and get ready to embrace the underappreciated beauty of Windsor.
Hotels in Windsor
By Courtney Singer
Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel
277 Riverside Drive West, Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada is an industrious town located along the United States border, directly across from Michigan.  Located on the banks of the river running through Ontario, Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel (formally the Hilton Windsor) is perfectly situated for both beauty and convenience.  The hotel can be easily accessed by way of the Ambassador Bridge, Detroit Windsor Tunnel, and the area’s major highways. 

All rooms at Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel have a lovely riverfront view, as well as the adjacent gardens and fitness trail.  Additionally for the swankier set, deluxe panoramic view rooms are available for an extra fee.  High-speed Internet is accessible from every room, and each berth is swathed in Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel Serenity® Bedding Collection.

If missing a work-out makes you anxious, don’t stress.  The Windsor offers the new Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel Fitness by Precor®, which includes cardio equipment equipped with flat screen TV’s.  If the very idea of exercise makes you sweat, the Park Terrace Lounge is the perfect place to kick back and relax.

Interconnected to the St. Clair Center for the Arts, the Windsor is an excellent venue for a business conference or wedding.  Also, Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel is under 10 minutes away from most of the major arenas and sporting venues.  If you represent a sports organization looking for a place to stay, Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel offers exclusive group rates for teams.  Options for the package can include things like breakfast or complimentary upgrades for coaches.

Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel is located only 5 blocks away from the Caesars Windsor casino.  Offering a variety of table games, the Caesars are the spot for the casual or serious gambler.  Walk over and enjoy an evening of poker, slots, or blackjack.  A free shuttle runs between Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel and the Ceasars Windsor, and can be picked up outside Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel lobby.
   
Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel is an exceptional establishment offering top-notch accommodations.  EscapeWizard.com wants you to have the best travel experience possible, and knows you will enjoy your stay at Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel.  To make a reservation now, go to (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).