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Buffalo Magazine: Travel

If you’re the kind of traveler who likes to change course on a second’s notice and otherwise play your adventure by ear, tour groups may not be for you. But if you enjoy meeting people and want to avoid the hassles of making reservations, paying at every stop, booking flights, or driving in strange places, they are a great option. You can find trips just about anywhere:…

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 first tip-off to what was ahead was the closed wrought-iron gates, where visitors announce themselves to gain entry to the 1,500 acre estate. The second was the young greeter, waiting for us outside with a jaunty wave as we completed the mile-long approach to the Big House. This wasn’t going to be an ordinary resort experience. Not that we thought it would be.…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

My brother and his wife had probably lived in Kentucky for 10 years before I decided to make what friends warned could be a 10-hour, white-knuckle drive from the Finger Lakes, negotiating big-city traffic outside Cleveland and Cincinnati. (Yikes, nobody had mentioned Columbus!) It was early November, and while I lamented missing the lushest of the greenery that comes to…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Culinary travel is hitting big. Just like visitors can’t come to Buffalo without trying beef on weck with a side of wings, there are regional specialties (Baltimore crabs, Maine lobster) you must try “when in Rome.” Beyond local cuisine, true foodies also hunt down local markets. Here are some options in nearby cities that will inspire you to bring home a trunk load of tre…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale An hour-and-45-minute drive east on I-90. A city of over 13,000 residents, Geneva embraces a dual personality that sets it apart from other Finger Lakes communities. It’s “uniquely urban,” as marketers like to say, and picturesque and rural. The scoop For decades, the main tourism draws here were downtown’s art deco Smith Opera House, lake trout fishing and t…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

New Orleans might not be the first place that comes to mind for a family vacation, but if you’re looking for something different, add it to your list. Last April, we visited during Easter break with my sister and cousin’s families (kids ages 10, 12, 15, 17) for a change of pace from a Florida routine. New Orleans has a vibe all its own. While it might have a reputati…

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

When you hear “Cancun,” you may picture college students flocking for spring break. Or maybe you imagine a quiet resort beach, with nothing to do but relax to the sound of the waves. Or maybe you see ancient Mayan ruins, someone grabbing a street taco or a group of friends going on an adventure to an underground lake. The truth is that Cancun is all of those things and …

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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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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: 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: Wellness

I know nothing about solo travel. OK, I take that back. I do know experience is the best teacher, and I have a long way to go. This became evident when I joined a Facebook group, The Solo Female Traveler Network, and my newsfeed ballooned with posts about places I’ve never been and, in some cases, places I’d never heard of. My solo travel has been totally domestic: r…