Niagara-on-the-Lake, otherwise known as “NOTL” to locals, is the perfect weekend escape for city-dwelling wine-lovers, with sprawling vineyards down every concession road for kilometres on end. But the famed region has more to offer.From bustling breweries to custom-made wood-fire pizza to high tea there’s another side of Niagara-on-the-Lake waiting to be explored.Have a pint of craft beer at The Exchange BreweryIf you find yourself on Queen Street, NOTL’s main strip with shops and restaurants, stop into The Exchange. It’s a noteworthy new-ish brewery that offers delicious staples like a New England IPA and a Peppercorn Rye Saison as well as unique rotating taps like a Thai basil brew and an apricot wheat. The Exchange welcomes visitors and locals alike hosting monthly events like beer mixology classes, a comedy night called Humour & Hops, sushi-making classes, trivia night and more. Pull up a stool and sit downstairs at the wood or grab a seat on the second floor — in the summer months there’s a cozy rooftop patio to enjoy.Get your legs moving on the Escarpment trailYou don’t have to be a pro to enjoy biking along the Escarpment trails. Both expert and novice cyclist will enjoy the paved trails that weave from NOTL all the way to neighbouring Queenstown and beyond. Bring your own wheels or rent a set in town. There are several bike tour operators, too, some offering wine-and-bike packages for those who can’t imagine visiting the region without sampling a glass or two. View this post on Instagram Happy as a clam… if clams rode bikes through vineyards at sunset, anyway. We’ve been having an amazing time exploring the Niagara region, my parents new ’hood. Last September, when we loaded up the van and pulled away from my childhood home (in a little town called Stouffville), I cried. I sobbed ugly, unstoppable tears all the way to Barrie for about an hour and 10 minutes because I just knew I’d never go back to that house. Fast forward to today, and I can’t stop smiling as we bike, run and drink our way around Niagara. This glorious wine region seems even more homey than Stouffville did, which is probably the universe gently reminding me that home is a feeling, not a place. A post shared by Lisa & Coleman • Travel Couple (@lietco) on Jul 25, 2018 at 11:46am PDTGrab a slice of fresh ‘zaHigh-end eateries are aplenty in the region, but if you’re looking for something a little more lax, grab a pie at Pieza Pizza & Vino. The colourfully-decorated trattoria serves made-to-order wood-fired pizza that’ll make you question whether you’re in fact still in Ontario or have somehow been transported to Naples, Italy. Spend an afternoon at the theatreAside from wine, Niagara-on-the-Lake is also known for its active theatre scene — and for good reason. It’s home to seasoned talent that make the Shaw Festival a must-do for culture aficionados. April through December, 13 plays take over three stages in town and there’s a genre for every taste. Feel like a Royal at afternoon tea McFarland House is one of the oldest homesteads in all of Southern Ontario and offers afternoon tea seatings during the late spring and into the summer months. Period-appropriate ingredients are used in all menu items, including the savoury scones and sweet desserts. Staff are dressed the part in period clothing, too, and it’s easy to imagine what life may have been like two centuries ago. McFarland House opens May 11 for the 2019 season.