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Niagara-on-the-Lake's Shaw Festival Is About to Begin

The perfect sign of spring is the start of NOTL's Shaw Festival Theatre. The 2014 festival is full of memorable characters, dazzling performances and great food.


Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/27/2014 -- Proving to be the perfect all-in-one tourist destination, Ontario’s wine-country is once again gearing up for the picturesque Niagara-on-the-lake Shaw Festival next week. April marks the opening of the festival, which is hailed as one of North America's biggest and longest running theatre ensembles.

Last year, the Shaw Festival recorded a total of 270,580 attendees, with almost 30% coming from United States. The theatre house can currently accommodate up to 1,600 people in all four of their theatres.

"We are so happy to see the festival growing. People are traveling far and wide to come and enjoy the wonderful acting. This event is truly the perfect balance of theatre, great food and fine wine,” said Jackie Maxwell, artistic director of Shaw Festival.

This year, the festival is set to officially begin on April 4th, with the opening act being Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man. The number of tourists is expected to be particularly high during the first few weeks, which could also mean higher demand for Shaw Festival accommodations.

The peak demand usually extends up to the last few days of summer, while Shaw Theatre runs up to October this year. Aside from the theatre shows, people also rush to Niagara-on-the-lake to enjoy its beautiful scenery and romantic vineyard and winery tours and tasting. It really is a perfect weekend getaway destination.

"People are just so eager to get away after the long winter months. They want to see something with history, that’s also colorful and full of culture. This is really what our wonderful town offers," said Lorianne Graham, a resident of Niagara-on-the-lake.

Graham also went on to recommend her neighbors newly restored century home as the best place to stay in Niagara-on-the-lake. “It’s owned by a lovely couple and named after the wife, Abigail,” Graham said. “I would recommend staying in a place like this, you have the house all to yourself!”

NOTL is known for their beautiful accommodations right in the heart of the town. “This really one major piece of why the area is so popular for weekend getaways. We’re so glad to host the festival here,” said Maxwell.

For a larger group of visitors, B&B's or cottage houses are the most recommended. www.Abigail-House.com Cottage, for instance, can house one to two families, and is conveniently located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-lake.