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Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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: Travel

Every spring break, Buffalonians flock to Siesta Key in droves. With Sarasota County being voted the top shoreline in the U.S. and 5th in the world by TripAdvisor, it’s no surprise this beach captures the attention of sun-starved locals. So I decided to ask an expert (a.k.a. my dad) if he’d consider going to other waterfront destinations. “With sand this soft and waters…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto’s first mayor, was a humbug when it came to Christmas. The Scottish-born newspaper editor and politician would dock his employees a day’s pay for taking the holiday off. Hogmanay, a Scottish New Year’s Eve feast, was his celebration of choice, complete with bagpipes, shortbread, haggis and whisky. Boy, have things changed since 1834—nowad…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: About 5 1/2 hours away in southeastern Pennsylvania. The scoop: Hershey, Pa. is the epicenter of Hershey’s Chocolate, founded by Milton S. Hershey. What better way to celebrate the holidays than in a place that’s for kids (and kids at heart), and includes a holiday Kiss or two? It’s a trip for both families and adults. Where to eat The Circular Dining Room…

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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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Petite, pleasant, and all of 90 years old, MaryLou Fisher sits nestled in a floral channel-back chair, awaiting customers in her equally diminutive antique shop. Hers has been a life of happenstance, flexibility and entrepreneurship. Some of the details unfolded when my husband and I made a three-day trip to Laurel Highlands, a bounteous 250-square-mile region in the Alle…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

I almost decided not to write this story of our recent trip to Kennebunkport, Maine. One of the criteria was that it be a place within an eight-hour drive of our readership area. “No way,” I thought, “can that be done. Legally.” Thank you Google Maps for confirming that from my driveway to Kennebunkport, Maine, it is exactly a seven-hour and 59-minute drive. No lie. …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Do you...check your phone every few minutes? Scroll Facebook for hours? Fall asleep clutching your iPad? We could go on, but you get the idea. Digital addiction is a thing, and now one hotel is addressing it. The Marriott Renaissance in Pittsburgh might not have a cure for your addiction, but has something fun that can point you in the right direction: A Digital Detox G…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Now that construction on the main highway (the Gardiner) into Toronto is complete, it’s entirely feasible to be door-to-door, Buffalo to Toronto, in an hour and 20 minutes. I open with this because it negates any excuse not to visit there more often, even for just a day trip. Especially because there are countless things to do and ways to theme a day, or even better, a …

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The #Buffalove from the travel pages of world-renowned publications keeps coming. In a year in which the New York Times (on three separate occasions) and the Sunday Times of London have lauded Buffalo as a travel destination, another big name has joined the list: The Wall Street Journal. In a piece posted over the weekend with the headline "Escape to Buffalo: A Skept…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Back-to-school mode means you’ve probably already looked at the calendar for upcoming long weekends and vacations. We suggest a learning trip to Gettysburg. We know. Getting kids excited about something “educational” is tough. But hang with us on this. We like Gettysburg for a few reasons: 1. Some argue this was the battle for the soul of the country. In short, a bi…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Hiking during any season is an excellent way to unplug, clear your mind and decompress. But you don’t need to go to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon or Yosemite to experience awe-inspiring beauty. Here are some of the most striking parks in Western and Central New York — all punctuated by dramatic waterfalls, and all within a 3-hour drive or less. Chittenango Falls Chit…