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Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: A five-hour drive northeast, including border-crossing at the scenic Thousand Islands. The scoop: Canada’s national capital has been a major commercial post since its founding as a fur-and-lumber town — the name Ottawa derives from an Algonquian word meaning “to trade.” These days shopping is still a draw, especially around the holidays. Even on snowy days, …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

As all the backcountry campers plodded past us, my husband and I should have known something was different in the Allegheny National Forest. I’d never seen as many trekkers loaded down with gear for multiple days in the woods. There we were, a pair of urban-dwelling tent-and-car campers not prepared for much more than a couple hours’ hike. And that was before we got lost a…

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As all the backcountry campers plodded past us, my husband and I should have known something was different in the Allegheny National Forest. I’d never seen as many trekkers loaded down with gear for multiple days in the woods. There we were, a pair of urban-dwelling tent-and-car campers not prepared for much more than a couple hours’ hike. And that was before we got lost a…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

For a moment during his show near Carnegie Mellon University, comedian Trevor Noah got serious. "Pittsburgh," he said. "This place looks like a movie set!" He spoke directly to what I’d been thinking on my visit there: with its scenic yellow bridges leading to a revived downtown, and its stately old buildings growing new life, this fellow Rust Belt city is looking sharp…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

An hour southeast of Buffalo along Highway 20A where Western New York’s flatlands yield to dramatic sweeps and valleys, you come to a building that’s stop-the-car handsome. Near Silver Lake in Perry, it’s gray stone with rustic board-and-batten siding and a long balcony near the top. The place looks like a chalet. Swap out the rolling Dansville Valley behind it for snowy m…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Somewhere between Ohio State University’s brick-and-stone buildings and downtown Columbus’ mid-rise offices, the neighborhood turns more inviting. Metal arches curve overhead, well-designed shops appeal, and the patios look jammed. This is High Street, centerline of the Short North Arts District that’s been polished up from rough-edged to sophisticated in the past decade. …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

“Gastropub?” my father asked, mystified. “Boy. That sounds like a dive bar that will leave you with an intestinal problem.” I was trying to explain the food trend that would soon be taking me to Cleveland. Never mind that at that very moment, my dad and I were drinking Belgian beer and eating steamy mussel pots in a gastropub: the former Blue Monk, in Buffalo’s Elmwood …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Barbara hadn’t climbed on a bike in 20 years, and she decided to ride one again in a city of 4 million. Our fellow Montreal first-timer was a sturdy older Brit, and adventurous; she’d once walked 13 miles out from San Francisco just for dinner at a Guardian-recommended restaurant. But weaving through Montreal’s traffic on two wheels during our bicycle tour seemed dodgier. …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

“Four thousand degrees, and they didn’t even make me sign a waiver!” my mind hollered. I was staring at a jet of flame shooting out from the steel table in front of me. At the Corning Museum of Glass, I was going to dip hot glass rods into fire. I’d never done anything like it before. We were operating solely on trust and dark safety goggles. Still, if the 10-year-old n…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Crumbling brick streets, a park along train tracks, a parade of stylish people. In New York City, they all converge in one place now: the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Opened in May and designed by famed architect Renzo Piano, the $422 million museum makes the fashionable meatpacking district more worth a visit than ever. The art, for starters, is striking. The ol…