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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…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Buffalo resident Su Hadden gets ready for work on Monday by hopping on a plane bound for New York City. It’s been Hadden’s routine since 2002, when she began working at the Manhattan headquarters of the Episcopal Church as the operations manager and executive assistant to the COO in the Presiding Bishop’s office. She flies into LaGuardia early Monday and flies back to B…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: A 1.5-hour drive from downtown Buffalo. The scoop: Even if you’ve already visited this destination, it’s hard to imagine not going back for more of Mayville’s restaurant fare, Bemus Point’s shops, the Chautauqua Institution’s programs and the inviting waters of Chautauqua Lake. The area’s busiest time is the nine summer weeks when the Chautauqua Institution …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The gracious ladies standing watch on The Battery of Charleston harbor are a tough breed. For more than 300 hundred years, many of these stately mansions have withstood hurricanes, torrential rains, earthquakes, tidal flooding, fires and wars. From White Point Gardens on East Battery Street, townsfolk watched the first Confederate shots of the Civil War fired on nearby For…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

The stars are just so much brighter out there. On a clear night in the Boston Hills, far from the constant glow and convulsion of city life, guests at Jo P.’s country retreat sink into a hammock strung between trees and gaze up at the sky, dazzled by the distant incandescent bodies radiating against the silky black canvas. “We’ve had some people come from New York Ci…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

A massive blizzard blasts the East Coast, blanketing airports, train stations, bus depots and highways with two feet of snow. Thousands are stranded as planes, trains and buses are halted by shelter-in-place orders. Weary passengers queue in long lines at ticket counters. Airline call centers are constantly busy and travel sites are jammed with anxious inquiries. Folks …