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Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: An Ohio tourist town that hugs Lake Erie, Sandusky is an easy four-hour drive from Buffalo. The scoop: Occupying 22 miles along the lake, Sandusky is primarily known for Cedar Point Amusement Park (Roller Coaster Capital of the World!) and Sports Force Park, which hosts youth travel teams playing baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse tournaments. However, …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

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The locale A quicker-than-expected 40-minute trip, crossing the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. Be sure your path takes you along the Niagara Parkway at least once, so you can catch the sights of this scenic Canadian drive dotted with stately homes and vineyards as it follows the Niagara River. The scoop Set into the crook where Lake Ontario meets the Niagara River, Niagara-…

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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…

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The locale: Approximately two hours and 20 minutes down the I-90 East. The scoop: Trumansburg in the Finger Lakes region is home to beautiful parks, attractions, restaurants and shops minutes from the Seneca and Cayuga Lake wineries. It’s a quaint, often-overlooked town that has everything from a brewery doubling as a pastry shop to a six-story treehouse, plus countless…

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The locale A city of almost 12,000 about 2.25 hours southeast of Buffalo. The scoop Synonymous with glass making, the “Crystal City” has long reaped the benefits of being home to Corning Inc. Locals readily acknowledge the company’s substantial impact, rebuilding downtown after Hurricane Agnes flooding in 1972 and championing other local businesses. That helps explain w…

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The locale About an hour and 20 minutes from the city. The scoop If your experience with Ellicottville has been limited to the beer-fueled carousing of Fall Festival (or, conversely, a day of skiing), it’s time to try the in-between. Over the past decade, committed business owners and a robust Chamber of Commerce have helped make this ski town a true four-season destina…

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The locale About 22 miles west of Buffalo, this Lake Erie city is home to roughly 18,500 — but packs in more than 200,000 for its annual Canal Days Festival (Aug. 3-6, 2018). The scoop Called Port by locals, this city sits at the southern end of the Welland Canal, with the perks you’d expect of a waterside community in good weather, including the Port Promenade for walk…

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The locale A three-hour drive northwest through Ontario’s farm country to the shores of Lake Huron in Canada. The scoop Centuries ago, the undulating hills off the endlessly beautiful Lake Huron coastline were cultivated by the Attawandaron Indians, who grew beans, tobacco, corn and squash. Come summer, they were the only tribe in what is now Canada to go naked. The fer…

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The locale A community of 30,000 about three hours east of Buffalo. The scoop Ithaca is a unique, non-touristy destination where you can walk or drive in and out among the community’s multiple personalities that embrace individuality, the arts, education and the outdoors. On one hand, it is a city, gritty and nuanced, with head-shaking traffic flow and some of the steep…

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The locale A community of 4,200, about 7 hours east. The scoop Mystic is a major tourist destination known for its seaport, Maritime Museum, aquarium, restored ships and art galleries. Although there’s plenty to do off-season, summer and spring require at least a days-long stay to enjoy all that, plus shopping, river cruises, water sports, outdoor adventures and the Den…

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The locale Around a two-hour drive from Buffalo. The scoop Confession: I’m not much of a casino person. I like blackjack, but I like risking my hard-earned money even less…and the latter usually wins out. So when I got a chance to visit the brand new del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, N.Y. — about 5 miles from Seneca Falls, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region…

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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…

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The locale A Lake Ontario port city of 17,600, 3-plus hours east on I-90. The scoop This college town has a bit in common with The Queen City ­­— lots of snow. Although it’s been roughed up somewhat over the decades, Oswego has interesting architecture scattered about the sprawling community, including the Norman-style public library and the Richardson-Bates House Museu…

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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…