No visit to Lincoln is complete without a stop in Vineland!
Niagara is a beautiful place to call home.
With 12 municipalities where there are still real estate bargains to be had, our region offers benefits by the bushelful.
From serene agricultural lands; to small-town feel; to world-class services and entertainment – you can’t go wrong choosing Niagara as your home base.
The staff at McGarr Realty Corp. would like to take a specific look at the benefits of living in Vineland.
You don’t hear much about Vineland, and its sister communities that make up the municipality of Lincoln. These include Beamsville, Campden, Jordan Station and Vineland Station, in addition to Vineland. You can’t really discuss Vineland and its attributes, either, without mentioning the rest of Lincoln, too.
For an authentic small-town feel and an abundance of agriculture, coupled with the old-world beauty of Niagara’s wine country and access to world-class services, the towns and villages of Lincoln have much to offer both visitors and residents.
Situated on the south shore of Lake Ontario and easily accessible via the Queen Elizabeth Way from both the Greater Toronto Area and the U.S. border, Lincoln’s communities are made up of agricultural lands; tender fruit producers; winery estates; quiet residential areas; local shopping attractions; historical sites and natural attractions.
It may seem quiet, but in Vineland and the surrounding communities, there’s lots to do.
First off, Lincoln communities like Vineland are well known for their tender fruit production. Just passing through? If it’s strawberry, cherry, raspberry, apricot, plum, peach or apple season, you can probably find local fruit at any number of roadside stands, along with in-season fresh-market produce.
Visitors are well-accommodated in charming bed and breakfast establishments, or in any of the area’s quaint inns. Stay a while, and find out what Vineland is all about!
Just a few of Lincoln’s attractions include the following:
- Cycling, hiking and nature: Rural-area cycling trails are abundant in Lincoln. Explore the area’s on- and off-road walking trails; multi-use trails along with trails that connect to local, regional, provincial and national trail systems, like the Bruce Trail. Walking trails are popular at any of the area’s Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority-run conservation sites, like Ball’s Falls, Jordan Harbour, Cave Springs and Mountainview conservation areas. Bicycle touring of wine country is encouraged, too. To view a map of Lincoln’s Trails and Bikeways System, click HERE. To view a map of local conservation areas, click HERE. For information on Niagara’s wine country, Niagara escarpment and Twenty Valley area, click HERE.
- Local shopping: Lincoln’s small towns have lovely opportunities for antique and curio hunters. The Village of Jordan, for example, features antique and curio shops, art galleries, fine dining and more. Soak up a little history and something delicious with a visit to the Twenty Valley Tea House and Gift Shop, or to Jordan Station’s Upper Canada Cheese Company.
In Vineland itself, visit wineries where gift shops sell local wines and wine products, and make sure to stop in to garden markets like The Watering Can for flowers, garden products and delicious pastries.
- Flea market fun: Love the challenge of a flea market for unique shopping? Visit the Antique & Flea Market, Thursday through Sunday, at Prudhomme’s Landing, Lincoln. This is Niagara’s only lakefront antique and flea market, with vendors both indoors and outdoors. Visit their Facebook page by entering @prudhommesantiques in the Facebook search box.
- Festivals and events: Vineland and the surrounding areas are probably best known for their Thanksgiving weekend craft show. That isn’t to say other, seasonal festivals don’t take place; they most certainly do. But the autumn festival is likely the most well-known; it’s hosted on the Twenty Valley Public School grounds, and a portion of the funds go to maintaining the school. Craft stalls are set up on the school grounds, the main street, Victoria Avenue, and at the Ball's Falls Conservation Area. This festival also extends into the ballpark in neighbouring town of Jordan. It’s big!
- Heritage and History: The Jordan Historical Museum takes visitors back to early Pennsylvania Mennonite settlers and Edwardian school days. Visit S.S. No. 4 for a peek at school days long past, and the log home of the German Pennsylvania Mennonite Fry family for a glimpse of rural, agricultural life from the 1830s. Bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery; hike the Waterfront Trail; drop into the Village of Jordan and browse the shops. Don’t forget to visit the museum’s Heritage Gift Shop, famous for its local history-themed gifts and delicious fudge.
- Ontario Wine Country: We really can’t say enough good things about this part of Niagara and its beautiful wineries. According to the website for Ontario Wine Country for the Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Valley bench, it’s the escarpment itself that is responsible for the microclimate that supports grape-growing in this part of Ontario. The Twenty Valley area - Lincoln - boasts a burgeoning wine industry and a charming, accompanying culinary scene. Even if you are just visiting, Lincoln’s wineries are well worth the tour (and, of course, the taste!). For more information, visit Ontario Wine Country’s website HERE.
Locals love this part of Niagara for its tender fruit, wineries and niche agricultural production. The rapidly expanding tourism industry creates jobs, keeps visitors coming back and supports local small businesses, of which Lincoln has many.
There is much to recommend Vineland and the rest of Lincoln for its quiet residential living; awesome regional and municipal services; access to post-secondary education and a true sense of community.
To find out more about what’s happening in Lincoln, visit the website for The Twenty Valley Tourism Association, HERE.
Are you ready to make your move to Lincoln? Give McGarr Realty a call at 905-468-9229 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, or 905-687-9229 in St. Catharines. Send us a message via our contact page, HERE.
Let’s tour Lincoln together, and catch the Vineland vibe!