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The locale: An Ohio tourist town that hugs Lake Erie, Sandusky is an easy four-hour drive from Buffalo. The scoop: Occupying 22 miles along the lake, Sandusky is primarily known for Cedar Point Amusement Park (Roller Coaster Capital of the World!) and Sports Force Park, which hosts youth travel teams playing baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse tournaments. However, …

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It’s hard to believe a year has passed since I visited Roanoke, Virginia for the first time. My husband, Fred, and I headed south last Mother’s Day weekend for my cousin’s wedding. With a population of almost 100,000, Roanoke is the cultural and commercial center of southwest Virginia, about an 8.5-hour drive from here. It was a perfect time to see the Blue Ridge Mounta…

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As the mother of a boy who loved construction equipment in his pre-K days, I can’t imagine an amusement park with more kid appeal than Diggerland USA. Equally unimaginable is a more challenging amusement park than the grown-up section, Diggerland USA XL. West Berlin, New Jersey, is home to the only such theme park in the country, and after I came across it online a year…

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A five-hour drive southeast brings you to the western edge of the Catskills. Like so many of its Hudson Valley counterparts, Saugerties was situated perfectly for industry—the waters of the Catskill escarpment reach the Hudson River here. When the first Dutch settlers reached the area around 1651, they quickly set up shop—the name Saugerties is believed to come from the…

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Growing up on the fringe of Buffalo’s media market meant hearing the names of people and places that helped define the city in the ’60s and ’70s: Chippewa Street, Shane Brother Shane, Rocketship 7, and, of course, Bethlehem Steel. Too young to associate “Bethlehem” with anything beyond the Christmas story, it was years before I realized what it was, and even longer befo…

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As we enter the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, our daughter’s eyes light up as she takes in the bright colors and delightful characters. Around the corner, the museum’s first room, lifted straight from the pages of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” is full of yellows, purples, blues and greens—and shelves of Seuss books, classics and obscure titles alike. Our 2-year-old grabs “Hop …

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There’s not a ton to do in Skaneateles—at least in winter, anyway—but quality trumps quantity in the case of this small town on the Finger Lakes. If you’re looking for a low-key, easy-to-get-to destination with New England charm, good shopping, great eating and some little luxuries, Skaneateles is a great option. In summer, lake access opens up a full range of activities f…

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The locale A quicker-than-expected 40-minute trip, crossing the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. Be sure your path takes you along the Niagara Parkway at least once, so you can catch the sights of this scenic Canadian drive dotted with stately homes and vineyards as it follows the Niagara River. The scoop Set into the crook where Lake Ontario meets the Niagara River, Niagara-…

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A few weeks before ski season reached full throttle, my niece, daughter-in-law and I decided to explore southwest Vermont. As we drove from one small town to the next, the brownish Green Mountains loomed on either side, with snowy rivulets occasionally snaking down the inviting slopes. Something about this view made the drive cozy, as though we were cocooned inside some…

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The locale A six-hour drive southeast to New York City’s northernmost borough The scoop Perhaps the most underrated NYC borough, the Bronx encapsulates real-deal New York—in its diversity of residents, hidden treasures and solid bargains. Savvy travelers know, for instance, that although you could pay high prices for Italian cuisine and ambiance in Manhattan’s heavily t…

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Every spring break, Buffalonians flock to Siesta Key in droves. With Sarasota County being voted the top shoreline in the U.S. and 5th in the world by TripAdvisor, it’s no surprise this beach captures the attention of sun-starved locals. So I decided to ask an expert (a.k.a. my dad) if he’d consider going to other waterfront destinations. “With sand this soft and waters…

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William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto’s first mayor, was a humbug when it came to Christmas. The Scottish-born newspaper editor and politician would dock his employees a day’s pay for taking the holiday off. Hogmanay, a Scottish New Year’s Eve feast, was his celebration of choice, complete with bagpipes, shortbread, haggis and whisky. Boy, have things changed since 1834—nowad…

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The locale: About 5 1/2 hours away in southeastern Pennsylvania. The scoop: Hershey, Pa. is the epicenter of Hershey’s Chocolate, founded by Milton S. Hershey. What better way to celebrate the holidays than in a place that’s for kids (and kids at heart), and includes a holiday Kiss or two? It’s a trip for both families and adults. Where to eat The Circular Dining Room…

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The locale: Approximately two hours and 20 minutes down the I-90 East. The scoop: Trumansburg in the Finger Lakes region is home to beautiful parks, attractions, restaurants and shops minutes from the Seneca and Cayuga Lake wineries. It’s a quaint, often-overlooked town that has everything from a brewery doubling as a pastry shop to a six-story treehouse, plus countless…