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Buffalo Magazine: Discover

Let’s be frank: hot dogs in Buffalo are better than hot dogs anywhere else. And if you’re a Buffalonian by birth, there’s a good chance you vividly recall the first time you ate a hot dog outside of Western New York. Mine was a street vendor dog in downtown Toronto during a family vacation in the mid-1980s. My young mind reeled as I bit into a dog that seemed like, well…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

Western New Yorkers are a loyal bunch, and we love tradition. For many, there are 12 days each August that smack of tradition: Erie County Fair days. This summer marks the 178th year for the nation’s third largest county fair, which takes place August 9-20. “The Fair spans multiple generations,” says Fair Marketing Manager Marty Biniasz. “People come for many reasons – …

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

Learning a little something about our region’s past is a great way to understand why living (or visiting) here is so awesome. You’re a local? Don’t wait for company. Take yourself on a tour. Family fun Bring your family to tour Darwin D. Martin’s Parkside neighborhood home designed by architecture titan Frank Lloyd Wright. New this summer are special tours created just f…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

Stunning lakefront views and an inventive seafood menu. Life-size Jenga and a sponge candy stout. A three-course, family-style meal on a moonlit rooftop. A rich Cabernet and a beloved film under the stars. Take your pick — or choose all four. These experiences — and many more — await when you dine out this summer in Western New York. Dinner and a movie Bacchus Wine Bar &…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

Even following a mild Western New York winter like this last one, locals yearn for the days when colder temps are replaced with temperate breezes. It’s an annual flipping of the switch, and it’s one that keeps most residents outside — for as much as they can schedule. Two of those outdoor activities, formerly reserved for indoors: movies and live music. Luckily, the reg…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

I knew I was officially a homeowner when I received a gas grill for my birthday. And for the nearly 10 years that have followed, grilling at home has been a favorite pastime. Admittedly, however, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to my hot dogs: Sahlen’s and middle-of-the-road condiments. OK, I’m boring. Two local food experts who are not boring, however, are Donnie Bu…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

Summer is almost here, which means you really should have started cozying up to that friend with the lake house months ago. But if you haven’t — and don’t have the means to purchase your own waterfront property — well, better luck next summer. Or better yet, why not rent a lakeside getaway? New online marketplaces like Airbnb have made short-term rentals more accessible…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

With the success of Canalside, it’s no surprise the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) is dedicated to seeing another long-dormant waterfront area see its resurgence – the Outer Harbor. “The success we have experienced at Canalside can now be taken to the Outer Harbor where we have the natural beauty of the Great Lakes. We needed to capitalize on that and…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

Glowing windows seemingly made from thousands of jewels. Intricately carved marble robes, crowns of thorns, faces of angels. Gilded paintings so detailed one could gaze for hours and not see everything. Cavernous domes and arched ceilings spanning the space between heaven and earth. You don’t have to go to Europe to see some truly breathtaking spiritual spaces — there a…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

So this is the summer you’ve finally decided to dive head-first into Buffalo’s growing beer scene. Good for you. There’s a lot to enjoy, but in many instances, the selection can be intimidating. Ordering a beer used to be similar to the movies — you’d yell out for a “beer,” and the bartender would give you a simple brew. Those days are gone, and have been replaced by dr…

Buffalo Magazine: Discover

Sure, you should keep your annual tradition of camping at Letchworth or riding the roller coasters at Darien Lake, but why not try something new, too? We’ve made it easy — start checking these off your bucket list! 1. Hit the rodeo If you think you have to go out West to experience the thrills and action of a live rodeo, you are mistaken. Western New York is home to the …