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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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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: 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

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Vacation minutes are precious, especially when you’re seeking a salubrious escape from cold, gray skies and the unpleasantries of polar vortices. Travelers don’t want to waste any time on exhausting airport layovers, chasing lost luggage, rushing to catch connecting flights or missing them altogether when bad weather cripples a stopover city. To save time and avoid some…

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Just 222 steps from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store, is the Silent Night Chapel, where nothing is for sale. Away from the hurly-burly of holiday commerce, the peaceful chapel in Frankenmuth, Mich., is a replica of the original church in Oberndorf, Austria, where “Silent Night” was composed in 1818. The lyrics to “Silent Night” are pos…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Many visitors have a story about a bear encounter during a national park vacation. In my family’s travels, we’ve had a couple of them. Our first bear sighting came during a hike in Yosemite National Park in California. My son was in charge of making lunch, so he spread a walloping gob of peanut butter on our PB&Js. I stuffed them in my backpack and we set out across…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: This Madison County village sits on the shore of 4-mile-long Cazenovia Lake, 2.75 hours east of Buffalo. The scoop: Called Caz by locals, this affluent lake town is what one shop clerk called the “less-crowded cousin of Skaneateles.” There’s plenty of open space to enjoy lake views and water activities. Caz is best known for the small liberal arts college of…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: Just south of Albany, a 4.75-hour drive east on I-90. The scoop: Now home to 6,700 people, Hudson was once the country’s 24th largest city. Formerly a whaling port that became notorious for gambling and prostitution until the 1950s, it’s been reinventing itself as an antiques Mecca, with 70-some shops, ranging from the dig-around-for-a-deal Devil in the Wood…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Somewhere between Ohio State University’s brick-and-stone buildings and downtown Columbus’ mid-rise offices, the neighborhood turns more inviting. Metal arches curve overhead, well-designed shops appeal, and the patios look jammed. This is High Street, centerline of the Short North Arts District that’s been polished up from rough-edged to sophisticated in the past decade. …

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

America’s favorite city. One of the top places to see in 2016. A top 10 food city in America. These are the accolades that Travel + Leisure, CNN and National Geographic, respectively, have showered upon Buffalo recently — and they’re just the beginning. Over the past few years, writers from USA Today, The New York Times, popular travel media and newspapers nationwide ha…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

Looking at Buffalo’s cultural offerings as a whole can be overwhelming. Depending on the season, options range from rock concerts to touring Broadway productions to outdoor performances of Shakespeare. Galleries range from bastions for local, contemporary artists to those hosting the modern works of Jackson Pollock. Orchestras perform blocks away from jazz quartets; han…