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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…

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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…

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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. …

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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…

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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…

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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 …