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Petite, pleasant, and all of 90 years old, MaryLou Fisher sits nestled in a floral channel-back chair, awaiting customers in her equally diminutive antique shop. Hers has been a life of happenstance, flexibility and entrepreneurship. Some of the details unfolded when my husband and I made a three-day trip to Laurel Highlands, a bounteous 250-square-mile region in the Alle…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

I almost decided not to write this story of our recent trip to Kennebunkport, Maine. One of the criteria was that it be a place within an eight-hour drive of our readership area. “No way,” I thought, “can that be done. Legally.” Thank you Google Maps for confirming that from my driveway to Kennebunkport, Maine, it is exactly a seven-hour and 59-minute drive. No lie. …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Do you...check your phone every few minutes? Scroll Facebook for hours? Fall asleep clutching your iPad? We could go on, but you get the idea. Digital addiction is a thing, and now one hotel is addressing it. The Marriott Renaissance in Pittsburgh might not have a cure for your addiction, but has something fun that can point you in the right direction: A Digital Detox G…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale A city of almost 12,000 about 2.25 hours southeast of Buffalo. The scoop Synonymous with glass making, the “Crystal City” has long reaped the benefits of being home to Corning Inc. Locals readily acknowledge the company’s substantial impact, rebuilding downtown after Hurricane Agnes flooding in 1972 and championing other local businesses. That helps explain w…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Now that construction on the main highway (the Gardiner) into Toronto is complete, it’s entirely feasible to be door-to-door, Buffalo to Toronto, in an hour and 20 minutes. I open with this because it negates any excuse not to visit there more often, even for just a day trip. Especially because there are countless things to do and ways to theme a day, or even better, a …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Back-to-school mode means you’ve probably already looked at the calendar for upcoming long weekends and vacations. We suggest a learning trip to Gettysburg. We know. Getting kids excited about something “educational” is tough. But hang with us on this. We like Gettysburg for a few reasons: 1. Some argue this was the battle for the soul of the country. In short, a bi…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale About an hour and 20 minutes from the city. The scoop If your experience with Ellicottville has been limited to the beer-fueled carousing of Fall Festival (or, conversely, a day of skiing), it’s time to try the in-between. Over the past decade, committed business owners and a robust Chamber of Commerce have helped make this ski town a true four-season destina…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale About 22 miles west of Buffalo, this Lake Erie city is home to roughly 18,500 — but packs in more than 200,000 for its annual Canal Days Festival (Aug. 3-6, 2018). The scoop Called Port by locals, this city sits at the southern end of the Welland Canal, with the perks you’d expect of a waterside community in good weather, including the Port Promenade for walk…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Hiking during any season is an excellent way to unplug, clear your mind and decompress. But you don’t need to go to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon or Yosemite to experience awe-inspiring beauty. Here are some of the most striking parks in Western and Central New York — all punctuated by dramatic waterfalls, and all within a 3-hour drive or less. Chittenango Falls Chit…

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…