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Buffalo Magazine: Travel

“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 …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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 …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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. …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

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…

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On a snowless evening, the Spirit of Christmas Past rustles in the stillness of a restored village green. It flickers in the candlelight filtering through wavy glass windows in historic homes. It glistens in the elegant crystal chandeliers and polished brass fixtures of the Governor’s Palace. This is Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg. Today, the one-time capital of …

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“Four thousand degrees, and they didn’t even make me sign a waiver!” my mind hollered. I was staring at a jet of flame shooting out from the steel table in front of me. At the Corning Museum of Glass, I was going to dip hot glass rods into fire. I’d never done anything like it before. We were operating solely on trust and dark safety goggles. Still, if the 10-year-old n…

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Early fall is a gastronome’s delight. And in Canada’s Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) region, the wine is flowing, too. Grape harvest is in full swing. Chefs can barely keep up with the profusion of fruits and vegetables still coming out. The favorable exchange rate makes it even more enticing. Now’s a great time to take a trip to wine and dine. If you’ve never visited (o…

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Crumbling brick streets, a park along train tracks, a parade of stylish people. In New York City, they all converge in one place now: the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Opened in May and designed by famed architect Renzo Piano, the $422 million museum makes the fashionable meatpacking district more worth a visit than ever. The art, for starters, is striking. The ol…

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One of American literature’s most beloved tales of RV travel is John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley: In Search of America. In this 1960 travelogue, the Nobel Prize-winning author and his poodle, Charley, take a road trip in a truck camper around the United States that included a stop in Niagara Falls. In one chapter, he describes neighbors looking over his RV: “I s…

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I’ve always considered WNY summers to be the least enticing time to go away on vacation. We wait all year for warm weather — why leave now? Hard as it may be to admit, there is more to life than our Western New York summer. And a long weekend close to home makes for a great getaway without forfeiting too much of it. Fortunately, there are easy destinations within a shor…

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Sure, you can check out Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wineries on your own. But when you take a specialized tour, it becomes more of an education. Of course, choosing the right tour is the key. “When we opened in 2005 there were only a handful of wine tour companies in the area, and none were offering professional, educational wine tours,” said Niagara Vintage Wine Tours co-…