Way Upstate, Wedding Weekend

July 4, 2007 at 2:43 pm 2 comments

Sooooo, many of you are staying at the S. hotel on a certain upcoming weekend. This is a great place to stay, since you can walk to many attractions. The first I will recommend is what will surely be a rockin’ fun wedding. But if you’re coming early, or staying late . . .

Now, let’s start with food (of course!). The S. itself has a nice restaurant, but a little stuffy. More variety exists on Park Ave. Just one block away. Bistros, coffee shops, sidewalk dining.

My favorites:

Hogan’s Hideaway
– Casual, family friendly, great food, outdoor seating, really quick walk

Jine’s Restaurant – Same, a little further, also on Park Ave

Magnolia Cafe – Also on park, same. Yum.

Cibon – wine, cheese & panini – euro scene

Park Avenue Pub – finer dining.

Something to keep in mind: Starting Saturday morning, all of Park Ave. will be closed for the Park Avenue Festival. (This website will also show you stores and boutiques in the area). This is a mecca of arts & crafts (or farts and craps as we called it at camp). Kettle corn, fried dough, lemonade and all of those other summer delicacies I can’t wait to get my hands on. There are bands, crowds, and usually at least one weird guy carrying a boa constrictor around his neck. Hey, why not? Go! Enjoy!

Snake Guy

The best gift shop ever, Parkleigh, is right next to Hogans.

WHAT TO DO:

Kids. If you have kids, you MUST go to the Strong Museum of Play. It is world class and wonderful. It’s about a mile and a half from your hotel and a must-do.

Well, the other museum is really close to you too. You’ll be there for a special event, but if you haven’t had enough, the RMSC is great fun.

PS: We’ll be conversing over cocktails with this big fella:

Mastadon

George Eastman House – kinda like touring a Newport mansion, but with a great photography museum attached. GE was the founder of Eastman Kodak, a philanthropist, and very very eccentric. Also in walking distance.

The Charlotte boardwalk and pier is a great place to experience Lake Ontario. There’s a carousel, Abbott’s ice cream, and lots of great cheeseburger/onion ring joints. It’s great for kids or a romantic date!

Also, Dan said to include info about our fave downtown eatery: Dinosaur Barbecue. It’s a honky tonk biker bar with lines (but they move quickly, grab a drink!), great service, and the best barbecue and sides ever! They aren’t the anchor bar in Buffalo (most authentic wings ever) but they are close.

OK, if you have any niche requests, I’d love to help, so comment! I can do water parks and wine tours if you’re willing to drive an hour south. Or, head for Niagara Falls, less than 2 hours West. You can have it all upstate, except skiing, you’ll have to wait a month!

(Sorry A, still no wedding stories, but I hope this is at least heading in the right direction).

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