Girls Weekend Getaway

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Hotel @ The Lafayette

Some say diamonds are forever, but we say a girlfriend getaway is. There’s something about calling up your girlfriends on a whim and getting out of dodge for the weekend. It’s about time you pamper yourself with a little shopping in Buffalo. Let the primping ritual begin with Buffalo’s best boutiques, shops, spas, restaurants and hotspots.

Put your Feet Up

When looking for the perfect hotel, favorites include the timeless elegance of the Hotel @ The Lafayette and the Mansion on Delaware Avenue. The Embassy Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites are centrally located right by the entertainment district. For more of a bed and breakfast vibe with the girls, book a few unique rooms at The Honu House located right in the heart of the Elmwood Village.

Let the Shopping Begin

It’s time to conquer the sales, commit to the ultimate handbag and let the shopping commence! The Walden Galleria is a two-floor shopping destination filled with stores likes Coach, Urban Outfitters, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s. Other popular malls include the Boulevard Mall in Amherst, McKinley Mall in Hamburg and the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence. For outlet shopping head to The Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, which recently expanded with 50 new stores. From Barbour to Burberry, we’ve got bargain fever.

When looking for more neighborhood shopping, head to a number of cool neighborhoods like the Elmwood Village for a Williamsburg vibe, Hertel Avenue for a Park Slope vibe, East Aurora for a Fort Green vibe, and Williamsville for a Prospect Park vibe. With new stores always popping up, these shopping districts have a seemingly endless supply of amazing stores.

Food Porn

There’s no denying that Buffalo has amazing food. We’re definitely a foodie town! Some hot new restaurants to try (and they have amazing bars) include Buffalo Proper and The Black Sheep.

Let Your Hair Down

Buffalo’s bar scene is blowing up from new breweries – Resurgence, Flying Bison, and Hydraulic Hearth, to bars known for their craft cocktails – Buffalo Proper, Ballyhoo, Oshun, (716) Food and Sport and Vera.

Culture Jamming

Continuing a wonderful weekend, one must always take in the local culture. Listen to the sounds of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall, enjoy a historic landmark like Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House Complex, or head to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for some Warhol inspiration.

The Queen City is the perfect spot for a girlfriend getaway! Grab the girls and start planning.

— Erin Habes