Hornblower VS Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls

img_4949“Goodman Giants, when you go to Niagara Falls make sure you take a ride on Maid of the Mist!” We appreciate the many that gave us this advice. We followed this advice and had a great time.

Hornblower is a young whippersnapper organization that started in the 1980s as an organization (We think they tell us so we know that they have a track record) and leaving the Canadian side of Niagara Falls since 2014. It is easy to pick out Hornblower folk because they wear pink jackets provided by the company.

It is easy to tell those riding the Maid of the Mist because they are wearing blue shirts provided as part of their tour package – or so the distinction seemed. Maid of the Mist started as a passenger company taking travelers across the river from New York to Canada in 1846 and found that business to be in trouble in 1848 when there was a bridge built spanning the the Maid’s route. In 1848 Maid of the Mist pivoted and started charging tourists for a close look of the face and base of Niagara Falls, departing from New York. No passport is checked or required though participants enter Canada for part of the adventure. Research does not easily note when Maid of the Mist branded its tourists in Smurf looking blue shirts.

Pink jackets by Hornblower and blue shirts by Maid of the Mist became the battle of Canada VS United States. Gotta give it to the geniuses at Maid of the Mist – Look at how we have blue shirts with pink jackets over them! No worries of pink jacket envy for Maid of the Misters. Surely the bright future of pink taking over the waterways that Hornblower saw came too quickly when they saw they were no longer differentiated.

Goodman Giants road the boat with a great guide and rated the activity:

6.0 Goodmans

All 6 liked it!6 Goodmans agree “Take Maid of the Mist” or “Take Hornblower”

Pink is the new black, or so say the youngest three Giants. Truly we recommend that you take the tour that works for your departure destination.


With good choices all can wear rose colored glasses.

Hornblower     VS     Maid of the Mist



Cave of the Winds – Niagara Falls, New York


Our American guide for the day picked us up on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls and rather quickly took us back State side to the the Cave of the Winds. The guide, who we were happy to be paying given his skill of entertaining child Giants, assured us that Cave of the Winds was much better than the Canada side experience of Journey Behind the Falls. We have chosen to believe him that we booked the right experience as proven by the great time we had.

Cave of the Winds at Niagara Falls rating:

6.0 Goodmans

Great time had by all Goodmans!


For some reason this reminds us of Goonies!

Got about as wet as if they went…                         …over the Falls!

Goodman Giants raving fans know that the water category is really about drinking water quality. This adventure deserves an honorable mention in the water section – we assure you that Giants consumed much Niagara Falls water.

Anchor Bar – Buffalo, New York

img_4909The place that brought the Buffalo Wing to the world…

Here we met our good friends the Nelsons. As residents of Randolph, NY, they recommended this place as us as a must-try. How could Goodman Giants pass up on going to the restaurant that created the Buffalo Chicken Wing?  No worries that only 3 of the 6 Goodmans actually eat chicken wings….

A great time catching up was had by all. The Nelsons would be a delight to spend time with even if we were eating prison food. We weren’t, just saying that we caught up with them for them, not for the food.

We came, we tried, we rated:

3.5 Goodmans

3.5 Goodmans

We believe this to be a positive for Anchor Bar with so many non-wing consumers. We tried the pizza, fried zucchini, and of course… lots and lots of Buffalo wings.



Geneva on the Lake – Geneva, New York

img_4910We stayed at Geneva on the Lake. The room was expensive ($633.33 per night) for a 2-bedroom, 1 bath, and a living room. The room clearly had not been remodeled since 1980’s. Dated furniture, old carpet, and technology from before 4 Goodman Giants in the end was a better option than 3 rooms for our group of 6. Such a large space with a bathroom was a surprise, and a bit of a challenge for the six of us. The bathroom was the size you would expect on a cruise ship.

Breakfast was included in the rate. It was a nice brunch on Sunday, October 8th. Even though this was an “unofficial” Camp Goodman, Tacoma tried a new food! He experimented with a bagel with cream cheese and lox. He thought that it was strawberry cream cheese, the way the lox were mixed in, he chooses to say it was trying a new food!

We came, we stayed, we rated:

3.0 Goodmans

Only 3 Goodmans

Funny story, though, that the hotel had not part in… We were playing croquet (since we don’t know how to play bocce ball), and we felt a light drop or two. One of us looked up and said, “It’s going to rain.” It immediately started pouring! We had no idea we had such power in our words.

October 6 – 8, 2017 GenevaOnTheLake.com