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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…