Posted March 22, 2010 by Amy Westervelt
Most architecture buffs know that Buffalo is a great place to see the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Once inspired by Wright, you can explore other aspects of Buffalo's art and design scene by walking through nearby Delaware Park, planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, and then head to the theater district for dinner.
Darwin D. Martin House Complex: If you see just one of Wright's houses while in town, it should probably be the Darwin D. Martin. Considered the greatest example of Wright's "Prairie" style, the stunning complex comprises five separate structures sporting 394 art glass windows. In 2009, a new visitor's center designed by well-known Japanese architect Toshiko Mori was completed. A one-hour tour costs $15.
Handmade in Buffalo: If you're looking for artisan goods that are uniquely Buffalo, look no further than Handmade in Buffalo, a cluster of six shops offering genuine craftsman goods. Take home a one-of-kind piece of furniture from Thomas Stender Designs or a hand-built serving bowl fired at Cone Five Pottery. Or, go window-shopping (literally) at Glass Roots Stained Glass Studio. Whether you're looking for a souvenir for yourself or as a gift, these artists offer nationally renowned goods that represent the city as much as Wright's architecture.
Rue Franklin: Not too far away, the Rue Franklin, located near Buffalo's theater district, is the sort of place arts enthusiasts may enjoy. Fresh ingredients highlight a seasonal modern French menu that includes everything from a light filet of sole with lobster sauce and rice pilaf to a perfectly cooked filet mignon with red wine shallot sauce and potatoes Anna. The prix-fixe, three-course meal served Tuesdays through Thursdays is a fantastic deal at $28 to $32 a person. In the summertime, opt for an outdoor table in the garden for optimal charm and romance.
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(Photo: Courtesy Buffalo Niagara CVB and Biff Heinrich)
Posted June 5, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Welcoming visitors like a breath of fresh wine-scented air, Niagara-on-the-Lake sits among rolling vineyards just a few miles from the neon lights and kitschy entertainment of Niagara Falls. This English-influenced town—with nods to British royalty on street and hotel names—is maturing into a proper getaway for wine, theater, and food. Come experience the finer things in life.
Peller Estates: Peller Estates turns its tasting room into a classroom, and helps everyone become a valedictorian when it comes to wine. If you've ever wondered whether to serve a Cabernet or a Chardonnay, or which glass to serve which wine in, then the interactive Wine Experiences may be the answer. Classes covering subjects from entertaining to food pairings start at $15 CAD (about $13.50 U.S. dollars; see XE.com for current exchange rates). Tours of the wine-making facilities cost $10 CAD.
Shaw Café & Wine Bar: Bacchus would feel right at home in this European-style cafe in the heart of the town center. Guests are encouraged to sample regional wines from the extensive menu, while grabbing a gourmet bite to eat. Be sure to say hello to playwright George Bernard Shaw, the cafe's namesake, whose statue welcomes visitors on the patio out front. If the meal prices seem a bit too steep, then take in the Old-World ambiance with just a dessert—such as the Toblerone Cheesecake for $7.95 CAD—and a glass of wine.
Britaly Bed and Breakfast: Finding a place to curl up after a day of wine tasting may sound simple, but very few places exude the homey atmosphere, and price, of this three-bedroom B&B. Hosts Graham Hall, Aldo Petronelli, and Rufus the Lab treat guests like royalty. Visitors are instantly drawn to the impressive back garden, where they can relax by the pond. The cozy bedrooms, decorated to capture the spirit of England, Canada, and Italy, come en suite or with a private bathroom just steps away. Prices start at $110 CAD during high season, and include a homemade breakfast fit for a king. Note that weekend stays require a two-night minimum.
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(Photo: Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar)