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As all the backcountry campers plodded past us, my husband and I should have known something was different in the Allegheny National Forest. I’d never seen as many trekkers loaded down with gear for multiple days in the woods. There we were, a pair of urban-dwelling tent-and-car campers not prepared for much more than a couple hours’ hike. And that was before we got lost a…

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, becau…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

For a moment during his show near Carnegie Mellon University, comedian Trevor Noah got serious. "Pittsburgh," he said. "This place looks like a movie set!" He spoke directly to what I’d been thinking on my visit there: with its scenic yellow bridges leading to a revived downtown, and its stately old buildings growing new life, this fellow Rust Belt city is looking sharp…

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 pai…

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 K…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

An hour southeast of Buffalo along Highway 20A where Western New York’s flatlands yield to dramatic sweeps and valleys, you come to a building that’s stop-the-car handsome. Near Silver Lake in Perry, it’s gray stone with rustic board-and-batten siding and a long balcony near the top. The place looks like a chalet. Swap out the rolling Dansville Valley behind it for snowy m…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

If you love food — eating it, cooking it and tasting it, right where it’s grown — a trip to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, may be your perfect getaway. “The CIA is the Harvard of cooking schools,” explained Kenneth Jones, a student chef from East Aurora. It’s also a gastronomical mecca for people who love to dine and an outlet for hom…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Season after season, theater-goers make the trip up to the Stratford Festival in Ontario to get their dose of Shakespeare and other theatrical fare, but increasingly, food has been taking center stage. Our writer lifts the curtain on the local culinary scene in Stratford. The play’s the thing,” said Hamlet, who could have been speaking of Stratford, the city of 31,000 n…

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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

For home tour enthusiasts, the Bellevue Avenue mansions of Newport, Rhode Island are a must-do trip. We visited last July but will return this summer because we needed more time to explore the wonderful city. Technically located on Aquidneck Island, the city has a rich history. Founded in the mid-1600s, Newport played important roles in the Revolutionary War before it b…

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There’s no better time to begin planning your trip to Southern Ontario. With the U.S. dollar still strong, and a region that offers so much in terms of activities, food and accommodations, it’s a great time to explore and visit for a day, a weekend — or even longer. Here’s the nitty-gritty on just some of the possibilities across the river. Shaw Festival For an excur…

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: 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…

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For many families, the Orlando experience is a rite of passage. Disney is the dominant force, including its 43 square miles of theme parks, water parks, golf courses and resorts. But Orlando as a destination has become an entire playground of family fun, with attractions like Universal Orlando Resort catching up to Disney in popularity. Our family has visited Orlando in…