When most travelers think of New York the first thing that comes to mind is New York City, and the same for those that have never visited the state they have a vision of yellow taxis and skyscrapers. But there is so much more and on the Canadian border in western New York is the Queen City of the great lakes, Buffalo. The downtown water front overlooks lake Erie and as you travel north you get to view the rapid current of the mighty Niagara and then you will “fall” in love with the breathtaking view of Niagara Falls.
I will give you fair warning, choose the month of your visit carefully. If you’re a lover of snow most likely will not be disappointed between November and March. Also, remember the lake effect will cause the wind chill temperature to feel much colder than it is.
Early in the 20th century Buffalo was a robust city of millionaires, a port city of the great lakes and the Erie Canal, with grain elevators and steel mills overlooking the great lake Erie. If you are savvy in your knowledge of architecture you will recognize the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and H.H. Richardson. Buffalo’s park system was inspired by Frederick Law Olmsted.
There’s a lot happening in Buffalo today as the canal side development downtown and the addition of the Naval park has the city back in the spotlight. At some parts of the waterside you an literally see another country. our neighbor to the north Canada.
Now for the best of Buffalo….the food….Oh my gosh..I have so many favorite restaurants so I’ll just list a few:
Anchor Bar…the home of the Buffalo wings (Main St. downtown)
Sanatora’s pizza (several locations)
Fazio’s Italian restaurant (Niagara Street-Riverside)
Niagara Cafe ,Niagara Street downtown-Puerto Rican food, the best chicken dish ever
And don’t leave without a peanut donut from Paula’s…..Happy travels…
I had the opportunity to live in Seattle in the late 1970’s, which sends me back to the pacific northwest to visit friends and family.
August is my favorite time of year to visit because you’re likely to see the sunshine and the temperature stays around the 70º mark.
Seattle just has it all. The mountains, oceanside, fishing, hunting, booming economy, great transportation system with ferry rides, great hotels, a big airport, freeways, shopping, Starbucks, fish markets, and restaurants. There is artwork displayed just about anywhere that shows off the personality of this city. All of this is enjoyed by a growing population of easy going folks….
I put this close the top of my list of favorite USA cities….
I have a snow story to share with all of you. I moved away from my home in Buffalo, New York many years ago. My Mom and Dad would visit me in Savannah Georgia in the winter and I would visit them in New York during the summer, all of us chasing after the perfect 70 degree weather.
I changed the routine up a bit one February when my Dad called and asked to speak with my youngest son. This was not out of the ordinary for him to call during football season since they always talked about their favorite team “The Buffalo Bills”, but the season was over.
My curiosity over this Sunday night called came to an end when my youngest
son looked over to me and said ” Grandpa wants us to come up this week because they have a lot of snow”. I jumped into the conversation and my Dad said ” the kids have to get to know snow”.
Two days later along with my two sons I was on a windy cold flight to Buffalo. The landing was so turbulent the passengers applauded the flight crew when we parked at the gate of the terminal.
My Dad was in his usual waiting area with hands full of coats, scarves, gloves and boots that my sisters gathered up for all of us to wear.
Dad and the boys had a great week sledding, ice fishing, skating and fun things kids do in the snow. I stayed inside with my feet on the floor registers trying to stay warm.
My Dad passed away soon after this visit but I’ve never really felt like he left us because there are so many memories like this one.
When I see snow photos I can’t help to think that even when the snow melts the “snow prints” will leave big impressions.
Happy Thanksgiving friends……eat more than one piece of pie
I never pass up the opportunity to get off the Pennsylvania turnpike and take any of the rolling highways through Lancaster, Berks and York county on the east side of the state.
I have stopped my vehicle at the look out points to take a moment of silence to reflect on the beauty I was surrounded by.
We often identify the state of Pennsylvania by the large cities of Pittsburg and Philadelphia that also have some of the best baked breads and “cheesesteak” sandwiches in the world but in between there is a mountain of beauty.
The life of the Amish community is amazing to watch, and encouraged me to pass on my own family traditions to my children and grandchildren. We certainly can use some simplicity in our complicated fast paced world.
The locally owned restaurants feature home cooking with fresh ingredients and the farmers markets are more than a treat and they sell lots of treats!!!
That’s not exactly how the trip was planned back in April, but the unexpected came up and instead of cancelling our week in Portland Oregon we just rerouted our trip back home to the event in Pensacola.
The typically rainy day in October worked well for me as long as I had my umbrella, and if I do it again I will wear rubber shoes because my feet did get wet.
Lunch at Jake’s Grill was fantastic with a cozy atmosphere and easy location to the rail system. Our booth added privacy and the service was very good.
After lunch we walked around the city even with the rain because most businesses had awnings to slip under, I just had to make a stop at Blue Star to try the Blueberry bourbon basil donut, and I’ll confess I ate two. http://www.bluestardonuts.com
The seasonal change is apparent beautiful colors everywhere…Fall in Love with Portland
Some days you just can’t resist getting out of the house to enjoy the pleasant 70 degree temperature and clear blue sky. That day for me was November 1st in beautiful Savannah Georgia. Travelers on the I 95 can easily get to the Historic area by hopping on the I 16 (GA exit 99) going east. It will end in downtown Savannah and anything you look at from that point on to the river will be a treat.
There are several restaurants and shops to keep you busy, or test your balancing skills walking along the streets of ballast stones that were brought over on the ships to fill with cotton.