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Looking at Buffalo’s cultural offerings as a whole can be overwhelming. Depending on the season, options range from rock concerts to touring Broadway productions to outdoor performances of Shakespeare. Galleries range from bastions for local, contemporary artists to those hosting the modern works of Jackson Pollock. Orchestras perform blocks away from jazz quartets; han…

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Buffalo resident Su Hadden gets ready for work on Monday by hopping on a plane bound for New York City. It’s been Hadden’s routine since 2002, when she began working at the Manhattan headquarters of the Episcopal Church as the operations manager and executive assistant to the COO in the Presiding Bishop’s office. She flies into LaGuardia early Monday and flies back to B…

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The locale A 1.5-hour drive from downtown Buffalo. The scoop Even if you’ve already visited this destination, it’s hard to imagine not going back for more of Mayville’s restaurant fare, Bemus Point’s shops, the Chautauqua Institution’s programs and the inviting waters of Chautauqua Lake. The area’s busiest time is the nine summer weeks when the Chautauqua Institution ho…

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The gracious ladies standing watch on The Battery of Charleston harbor are a tough breed. For more than 300 hundred years, many of these stately mansions have withstood hurricanes, torrential rains, earthquakes, tidal flooding, fires and wars. From White Point Gardens on East Battery Street, townsfolk watched the first Confederate shots of the Civil War fired on nearby For…

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The stars are just so much brighter out there. On a clear night in the Boston Hills, far from the constant glow and convulsion of city life, guests at Jo P.’s country retreat sink into a hammock strung between trees and gaze up at the sky, dazzled by the distant incandescent bodies radiating against the silky black canvas. “We’ve had some people come from New York Ci…

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A massive blizzard blasts the East Coast, blanketing airports, train stations, bus depots and highways with two feet of snow. Thousands are stranded as planes, trains and buses are halted by shelter-in-place orders. Weary passengers queue in long lines at ticket counters. Airline call centers are constantly busy and travel sites are jammed with anxious inquiries. Folks …

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The locale A 90-minute drive west on I-90. The scoop To the Iroquois who named it, Canandaigua means “The Chosen Spot,” and it’s easy to imagine Native Americans drawing that conclusion based on the area’s natural beauty. But with the Outlet Trail, City Pier, Kershaw Park, Bristol Mountain Ski Resort and a bevy of other attractions adding to the mix over the decades, it…

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“Gastropub?” my father asked, mystified. “Boy. That sounds like a dive bar that will leave you with an intestinal problem.” I was trying to explain the food trend that would soon be taking me to Cleveland. Never mind that at that very moment, my dad and I were drinking Belgian beer and eating steamy mussel pots in a gastropub: the former Blue Monk, in Buffalo’s Elmwood …

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The locale A 3.5- to 4-hour drive east, near the Canadian border. The scoop Call it “A” Bay, Alex Bay, or Alexandria Bay, this pint-sized community along the St. Lawrence River packs the Thousand Islands experience into 1.5 square miles (more than half of it water). Some people delight in its dense warren of commercial streets packed with restaurants, pubs and shops. Bu…

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While Buffalo boasts countless excellent restaurants (old and new), culinary adventures also await north of the border. Here’s a short list that includes notable eateries in Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Fort Erie, Ridgeway and Crystal Beach Greater Fort Erie has colorful history that includes a pivotal role in the War of 1812 and as a vital stop for …

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If you’ve been thinking about visiting our neighbor to the north for a little R&R, now’s the time — Canada hasn’t been this good a deal for American visitors in a long time. The rapid slide in oil prices has seen the value of the “loonie” (Canada’s dollar) drop dramatically. So now one U.S. dollar equals about $1.35 Canadian,* which means your money will go much furthe…

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When the last dancer has stepped off the floor at Vinyl Night Club and the final pint has been poured at J.D. Oxford’s Pub, Rochester millennials look for the ultimate late night food. And what fills the bill — and their stomachs — is a local culinary specialty: the “garbage plate.” But these piled-high plates are not just for hungry 20-somethings; they’re just as popul…

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Barbara hadn’t climbed on a bike in 20 years, and she decided to ride one again in a city of 4 million. Our fellow Montreal first-timer was a sturdy older Brit, and adventurous; she’d once walked 13 miles out from San Francisco just for dinner at a Guardian-recommended restaurant. But weaving through Montreal’s traffic on two wheels during our bicycle tour seemed dodgier. …

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The locale On the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, a 2.25-hour drive from Buffalo, The scoop Not to be confused with East Aurora, the tiny town of Aurora, N.Y. is than a square mile in size and home to fewer than 350 residents year-round. Bookended north to south by Wells College and Mackenzie-Childs, you might overlook its gems in favor of the stunning Cayuga Lake scenery…

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There may be no better bargain than travel to Washington, D.C.  Filled with museums, galleries and memorials – most of which are free – it’s an accessible and educational getaway, especially for enthusiasts of American history, art and science. And at a 7- to 8-hour drive from Buffalo (or a flight of less than an hour), getting there is easy and affordable. While the te…