Long before Interstate 90 shuttled motorists from Albany to Buffalo, New York State Route 5 was a main east-west highway. To drive it from downtown Buffalo eastward is to see the city transition into the suburbs and countryside within an hour’s time.
Small town America really takes hold after proceeding east of Transit Road into the town of Clarence. You’ll find the Red Mill Inn Restaurant, which has operated out of a 19th century farmhouse for over 50 years, and the Asa Ransom House, which offers everything from afternoon tea and supper to overnight accommodations in a quaint 1800s inn. There are even ruins of Asa Ransom’s grist mill at the rear of the property.
Keep heading out Route 5 for another vintage experience – Sunday morning shopping at Antique World, where you’re sure to discover rare gems and quirky finds. Nearby are the grounds for the Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival, a family favorite for its weekend carnivals, cider and ample pumpkin selection each autumn.
Proceed into Akron and Corfu for two more classic road trip experiences. Just a short jaunt from Route 5 is Akron Falls County Park, a hidden gem in Erie County with a hiking trail to a waterfall that’s especially spectacular each spring. And a good last stop is Kutter’s Cheese Factory and outlet store, which has been making cheese for over 90 years – nearly 70 of which have been in the same Corfu location.