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Buffalo Revisited

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There are a lot more reasons to shuffle off to Buffalo besides seeking out the best chicken wings—though those are here, too. Here are the seven best reasons to visit Buffalo now.

Darwin D. Martin House

Thanks to the University of Buffalo’s purchase of Buffalo businessman Darwin D. Martin’s house in 1966, one of the masterpieces of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright remains intact. Now almost completely restored, visitors can tour this classic Prairie-style house, considered by Wright scholars as one of the best examples in existence.

Architectural Walking Tours

Maps are available online from Visit Buffalo and self-guided tours include the ornate City Hall—the scene of Friday night art openings. Upon completion of the tour, pop into one of several new and notable restaurants, including Seabar, which specializes in seafood and sushi with a contemporary twist.

Canalside

This expanding riverfront revival project now hosts several restaurants, pubs and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park—perfect for military history buffs and kids who love crawling all over WWII warships. Thursday nights feature free concerts while sailing excursions abound. Nearby, check out the Times Beach Nature Preserve, which is perfect for a sunset stroll or a bike or kayak excursion in the shadow of the historic grain silos.

Albright Knox Gallery

With a greater emphasis on contemporary art and shows that include young Canadian artists, this modern art museum is governed by the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, one of the oldest public arts institutions in the U.S.

Party Neighbourhoods

Hit Little Italy’s Hertle Avenue strip for lively café patios and bargain boutique shopping. Elmwood is a great place to chat with locals over coffee, shop and go out for dinner. The Allentown strip features art galleries and energetic pubs, while just to the north, foodies should check out The Left Bank‘s patio for updated Italian classics.

Delaware Park

Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead of NYC’s Central Park fame, visitors can row boats on the lake or hike and bike the numerous trails. There’s even a golf course on site, but real golfers head to Amherst to play Glen Oak—the Robert Trent Jones track with bargain green fees.

Travel Planner

Bonus Tip: If you’re driving from southern Ontario, call 1-800-715-6722 to compare border crossing times. Also, book your accommodations early to score a budget Airbnb room in a Victorian House near the desirable Elmwood area.

 

Albany, New York

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A must see on The Empire State Plaza,”The Egg” is Albany’s pride and joy. A two theater performing arts center and the beacon that greets visitors to downtown Albany, The Egg is almost as much fun outside as it is in.

Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. One of the oldest American cities, Albany celebrates its 400th birthday in 2014.  Within a two block radius you will find fascinating architecture, from the classical New York State Capitol completed in 1899, to the early 60’s modernism of The Empire State Plaza.

Empire Plaza
Empire Plaza

The Empire State Plaza, then Governor Rockefeller’s controversial urban design,  features reflecting pools to mirror the surrounding four towers, The New York State Museum and various sculptures. Rumour has it the towers were mistaken for New York World Trade towers on Sept 11, 2001. Regardless, a photographers delight.

New York State Museum
New York State Museum

The New York State Museum features a diverse collection ranging from local artifacts such as the “rocket car” to a working early 20th century carousel to a show of contemporary Caribbean and Latin American art.

AIbany Institute of History and Art
AIbany Institute of History and Art

Housed in a beautiful building, the Albany Institute of History and Art appeals to all with traveling shows of American Impressionists,contemporary “iceberg” paintings and a mummy room with real specimens to delight the kids.

 

Washington Park
Washington Park

Washington Park, Albany’s answer to Central Park,  serves as a meeting place for various seasonal festivals. In 1998, The American Association of Architects named Washington Park as one of the nation’s 100 most important parks.

Capital Hills, Albany’s favorite golf course is packed on Sunday mornings as duffers of all abilities try to avoid the old trees and numerous sand bunkers that protect the greens.

Capital Hills Golf Course
Capital Hills Golf Course

Since 2000, Capital Hills Golf Course has played host to the Credit Union Challenge, a tournament for pro women golfers on the Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s developmental tour.

 

 

Travel Planner:

Where to Eat:  Jack’s – A favorite of politicians for decades, Jack’s serious wood paneling, professional service and tin ceilings speak volumes of landmark deal makings.

  • Jack’s Oyster House 42 State St. Albany, NY
  •  518-465-8854

Where to Stay: 74 State

  • 74 State St, Albany, NY
  • 518-434-7410

For more info: New York State Tourism