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Lynn Freehill-Maye


Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

The locale: A five-hour drive southeast through the Finger Lakes and Catskills to the western Hudson Valley. The scoop: Many New York state residents know it principally as the college-town home of SUNY New Paltz. A definite university vibe suffuses the town of 14,000, where peace signs, rainbow flags, used bookstores, live music and patio beer gardens abound. Expect to…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

A five-hour drive southeast brings you to the western edge of the Catskills. Like so many of its Hudson Valley counterparts, Saugerties was situated perfectly for industry—the waters of the Catskill escarpment reach the Hudson River here. When the first Dutch settlers reached the area around 1651, they quickly set up shop—the name Saugerties is believed to come from the…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

The locale A six-hour drive southeast to New York City’s northernmost borough The scoop Perhaps the most underrated NYC borough, the Bronx encapsulates real-deal New York—in its diversity of residents, hidden treasures and solid bargains. Savvy travelers know, for instance, that although you could pay high prices for Italian cuisine and ambiance in Manhattan’s heavily t…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

The locale A five-and-a-half-hour drive southeast through the Catskills and to the Hudson Valley, north of New York City. The scoop For centuries, the mill town of Matteawan and the fishing village-turned-port of Fishkill Landing sat together at a scenic bend in the Hudson River, backed by Mount Beacon and other tall, forested peaks. In 1913 — after a “Let’s Pull Togeth…

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

Pulling up to Detroit’s famous Second Baptist Church, I vaguely expected an old-fashioned steeple and creaky wooden sanctuary. Michigan’s oldest black church had been established in 1836, after all. I wanted to read its plaque, which boasted that the church was founded by 13 former slaves (though left unsaid that it was for years a last stop on the Underground Railroad). …

Buffalo Magazine: Out & About

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, th…

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…