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Wineries & Waterfront, What Else Do You Need?

You don’t have to say too much about the Lincoln area as its main features are some of the most coveted and enjoyable offerings of any towns in Ontario: wineries and waterfront. Inside, it’s the amazing communities of Jordan, Beamsville, and the aptly-named Vineland.

Town of Lincoln was a large farming area when I was growing up, with tons of land, large property lots, and it also runs all along the Lake Ontario waterfront. Homes along the water here have outstanding panoramic views, and many even grow their own vineyards. The village in Jordan is more inland but as you move towards the lake, you’ll find Jordan Harbour – an inlet where people love to kayak, paddleboard and canoe with pretty homes surrounding to look at and gorgeous sunsets over the lake to take in. Beamsville has more of a city feel on the interior, but farm lands, vineyards and lakefront homes surround the many interior amenities.

Jordan Station is an adorable little village in between the lake shore and the vineyards. Here you will find the Jordan Historical Museum, which has been updated since the days when I worked there and did tours of the historic old schoolhouse dressed as a Mennonite. It sits on the quaint mid-town main street which also hosts the annual Icewine Festival in its square – drink icewine in the great winter outdoors while warming yourself by firepits & watching wine barrel rolling competitions. Just down the road, an old school was converted into the uber-cool Bench Brewery, with some amazing food and beer, and bordering Twenty Valley and “The Bench” area. Some world-class wines are made here that are native to the conditions created by the border of the Escarpment and Lake on either side. Make sure you drive along King Street (Regional Road 81) on a sunny weekend and stop at the wineries along the way to sample them!

When you do, you will hit the town of Beamsville. This town’s vibe can be summed up in one annual summer event: Graze the Bench. This is a touring wine festival, where you travel across the many wineries on bus and by foot, walking through vineyards, to get a glass of one of those amazing Beamsville wines paired with a gourmet dish & entertained by a different band with a different sound at each one.

Finally, Vineland is one of Niagara’s most coveted towns for retirees: with a sprawling, well-run Heritage Village in its centre, and surrounded by farms and beautiful old homes, it is also a favourite of families. In summer you will find a massive outdoor Craft Show along the main strip of Victoria Avenue, and if you drive up the hill and turn around, you’ll get one of the most stunning views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline you can see in the Niagara Region. Homes in Lincoln range from townhomes and condos for retirees to large homes on fruit-treed lots, and from lakeview estates to fully functioning farms, so here you have a wide range of opportunities to create a Niagara home.

To find out more about what it’s like to live in Niagara, I’m happy to chat and even meet you for a coffee at one of my favourite local coffee shops! Just click here and send me a “hello”.

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