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Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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: Travel

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…

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, th…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale A former coal-mining borough of 4,600, about 5 hours to the southeast. The scoop This vibrantly painted Victorian town attracts an eclectic vacation crowd of outdoor adventurists, history buffs, shoppers and sports enthusiasts drawn by its namesake’s tomb. Olympic legend and NFL founder Jim Thorpe was buried here, 1,300 miles from his native Oklahoma, because…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale A community of 540, about 5.5 hours east on I-90. The scoop If you like driving across New York State, you’ll never lack for small towns to explore. Over the last decade, this Greene County village has been focused on drawing tourists, even dubbing itself “The Painted Village in the Sky,” after a grant enabled an artist to change the face of downtown by paint…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale Historic town famous for its carbonated mineral springs and home to the oldest thoroughbred horse racing track in the United States. About 4 -1/2 hours east on I-90. The scoop Each summer, the rich and famous gather in Saratoga Springs for six weeks of thoroughbred racing (this year: July 21 — Sept. 4). It’s the oldest “meet” in the country (including the Ken…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: With about 650 year-round residents, it’s a little over two hours southeast of Buffalo. The scoop: Nicknamed the Wine Village and the Cradle of Aviation, Hammondsport makes many travelers’ bucket lists because it’s the personification of quaint, with an authentic village square and accommodations that make it the perfect home base for visiting scores of area…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: Sometimes called “the Dale,” the hamlet is about an hour south of Buffalo, tucked alongside Cassadaga Lake in Chautauqua County. The scoop: The spiritualist community welcomes (for a $15-per-person gate fee) both the curious and the true believers to this quaint Victorian enclave that’s been home to mediums since the late 1800s. Lily Dale’s season runs from …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: A community of 1,800, about 4 hours east on I-90. The scoop: If ever a village were synonymous with its main attraction, it’s Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Several businesses and attractions play off the brand — Cooperstown Bat Company, Doubleday Field, Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, 7th Inning Stretch Memorabilia Shop. But this co…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: A 2-hour drive east on I-90. The scoop: One of Syracuse’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Armory Square is home to cozy cafes, notable restaurants and charming shops. Boasting plenty of character via its historic buildings, the neighborhood always held high importance due to its vicinity to railroads and the Erie Canal. There’s a lot to do, buy and taste in…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: This tiny Schoharie County village (pop. 558) is almost four hours east of Buffalo, so plan to explore nearby Catskill, Cobleskill, Cooperstown and Herkimer, too. The scoop: There’s nothing like a drive into Central New York’s small towns to realize how easily we overlook pockets of history, commerce and cuisine like Sharon Springs. A late fall trip will pro…