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We love the idea of staycations for this time of year—it’s the opportunity to enjoy the place where you live from a different viewpoint, and maybe, just maybe, relax a little. Staycations can also serve multiple purposes, whether you want a break from holiday season prep with a side of festive, a shopping-intensive weekend or a quiet, romantic New Year’s Eve without the…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

When the husband and I both found ourselves facing down a milestone birthday this past year, thoughts naturally turned to how we’d mark our joint passage from 59 to 60. While grateful to be here to kvetch about it, on some level we found the occasion that little bit daunting. For despite how many well-meaning friends assure 60 is the new 40, there’s no denying once you’re …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Take I-90 east and you’ll be in this Capital District city of 50,000 people in just under four-and-a-half hours. Lay of the land While this tri-college town provides all the reason you need to head east, it’s sometimes overshadowed by its neighbors: bustling Albany and upscale Saratoga Springs. That’s a shame because Troy’s architecture, history, food, art and music scen…

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Located just off the I-90 north of Boston, it’s an easy seven- to eight-hour drive (depending on traffic on the Massachusetts stretch). Lay of the land Set along the north coast of Massachusetts, Salem is full of history and year-round interest—but especially in the fall when the whole city turns into a Halloween destination. The city’s Haunted Happenings Festival takes …

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We were slated to close on our first-ever house in a week, and then move into it mere days later. This would culminate a whirlwind two months that sped by in a blur, and I didn’t want our we’re-finally-homeowners moment to get lost in the haze of crazed excitement and stress my husband and I were stuck in. We needed a breather. A perspective reset so we could properly a…

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Head east about five hours to the Glens Falls and Queensbury area for the annual Adirondack Balloon Festival. Lay of the land The Adirondacks area is the largest protected space in the United States. The mountains feature over 3,000 lakes and 1,200 miles of river. Glens Falls and Queensbury sit between Saratoga Springs to the south and the town of Lake George within A…

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced its first batch of galas and special presentations at the end of July, and the roster featured major filmmakers and international starpower. Here are 10 standouts: “Dolemite Is My Name” Eddie Murphy starring as comedian and Blaxploitation icon Rudy Ray Moore, aka Dolemite? This could be one of autumn’s most enticing films…

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In the sports world, September means regular season football. For kids, it’s the dreaded start of the school year. For autumn-mad millennials, it’s a time for pumpkin spice-flavored everything. And for cinema lovers, it’s film festival season. In rapid succession, Hollywood and world cinema descend upon Venice (in late August and early September), Telluride and, of cour…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: A quick three-hour drive south of Buffalo, via only two major highways, will deliver you to the fellow blue-collar Rust Belt city of Pittsburgh. Lay of the land: Bridges and hillsides, two of this city’s charms, will welcome you. The City of Bridges has 446 total, which tracks for a region founded where three rivers meet. And there will no doubt be times on …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

When I think about the big life choices I’ve made, moving to Boston in 2007 emerges as one of the best. It fulfilled a lifelong dream for this native New Englander. I walked to Fenway Park and ran along the Charles River. I reveled in the city’s history, culture and energy for six months…and then moved out of Boston. Why? I discovered Cambridge and Somerville. Just o…

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A getaway doesn’t have to involve boarding a plane to jet halfway across the world—and neither does staying in a storied spot. Top-notch style and rich history await at these hotels and bed and breakfasts, all less than a three-hour drive away. The Broadview Hotel, Toronto The historic Broadview Hotel, built in the late 1800s, was restored to a charming 58-room bouti…

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The locale: A five-hour drive southeast through the Finger Lakes and Catskills to the western Hudson Valley. The scoop: Many New York state residents know it principally as the college-town home of SUNY New Paltz. A definite university vibe suffuses the town of 14,000, where peace signs, rainbow flags, used bookstores, live music and patio beer gardens abound. Expect to…

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On the first warm and sunny day of spring, I drove 50 miles south of the city on Interstate 90 in search of some answers. It so happens that where I was headed, the Lily Dale Assembly in the Village of Cassadaga, specializes in that very thing. As the world’s largest center for spiritualism, a religion based in part on the belief that the dead can communicate with the l…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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, …