Known primarily just as the entrance to the U.S. for traveling Canadians, the town of Buffalo now has plenty of options for the wandering weekend warrior.
If you are looking for places to visit in Buffalo while you are there, we’d recommend starting in the Allentown District. The Allentown district of the city highlights the historical prevalence of the upstate New York metropolis. Allentown is primarily known for the arts, starting with its plethora of art galleries, its antique stores and unique coffee shops, all of which combine to make it one of the most eclectic parts of Buffalo. Every summer, the Allentown Art Festival draws large crowds.
Buffalo’s Babeville is also worth a look as well. It is described as a unique multi-arts venue in a formerly-abandoned church. The church was resurrected by musician and Buffalo native Ani DiFranco. Home to DiFranco’s independent record label (Righteous Babe Records), Babeville features concert and art galleries, a film screening room and a grotto bar.
Other options to consider include the Darwin D. Martin House Complex where you can see Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings restored to their original 1907 glory. The nearby parks system was constructed by architect Frederick Law Olmsted who also conceptualized New York’s famous Central Park.
There are also some scenic towns around Buffalo that are equally as rich in cultural history. The village of East Aurora is a 25-minute drive from Buffalo’s downtown core. The Roycroft Inn (40 S Grove St., East Aurora NY) on the Roycroft Campus is an important community from the early 20th century American Arts and Crafts movement. The Copper Shop Gallery (31 S Grove St, East Aurora NY) is where you will find pottery, art, and different home furnishings for sale. Before leaving East Aurora, a visit to Vidler’s 5 & 10 (is a must as the general store offers a sense of nostalgia and a nod to yesteryear unlike anywhere else you will find.