Buffalo 101

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Buffalo and its surrounding towns and villages are comprised of nearly one million people, each with his and her own story to tell. Visit Buffalo Niagara asked some of our friends and neighbors exactly what they love about living here. Which restaurants are their favorites? Where do they go to watch a sunset? What are their favorite hiking trails? Who has the best wings? Can you share some of Buffalo’s best kept secrets? Where do you take out-of-town visitors? The answers to these questions and many more, as well as some unexpected advice are all part of Buffalo 101, our new Insider’s Guide to all things Buffalo.

Where else in the world can you sit and enjoy a drink amongst grain silos while zipliners race overhead? Nowhere but Buffalo! Local fashion icon, Erin Habes, explains how Buffalo RiverWorks has reawakened a former industrial site into a year-round urban playground. Buffalo is a city full of impressive architecture. Olivia McCarthy of Explore Buffalo explains how Buffalo is an architectural master class.
“Wow, this is Buffalo?”
Jeff Ware, owner of Resurgence Brewing Company, perfectly evokes the reactions of out-of-towners discovering Buffalo for the first time.
As the horticulturist for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House and with the most fitting name, Nellie Gardner, speaks to how garden culture, from Garden Walk Buffalo to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, has shaped Buffalo into the city it is today.
It’s an experience not found anywhere else! This weekend, get out on the water and paddle your way through the man-made canyon that is Elevator Alley – one of the world’s largest collections of grain elevators and silos. Thanks to Kevin and Christian from SUP ERIE Adventures for putting the experience into words! For more than 75 years, the deliciously sweet aroma of freshly toasted Cheerios has floated from the General Mills factory to lucky noses across our city.
Already home to 20+ professional theater companies, Buffalo’s reputation as a center for the arts continues to grow. Kate LoConti Alcocer from the Irish Classical Theatre Co. shares her tips on Buffalo’s theater scene. Traverse the waters of Lake Erie and the Niagara and Buffalo rivers by boat around sunset, and you’ll be treated to a paddle illuminated by one of Buffalo’s breathtaking sunsets. City planner Chris Hawley describes the experience.
Art can be found everywhere in Buffalo! Alma Carrillo of Buffalo Arts Studio looks at how the city, from grain silos to former factories, has become a canvas for artists of all kinds. Sure you know Buffalo for the classic eats like wings and beef on weck. But Steve and Ellen Gedra of The Black Sheep explain why Buffalo’s most creative chefs have cooked up a unique, evolving culinary scene that’s just begging to be discovered.
What is it that makes people fall in love with Buffalo? Some might call it magic. Artist Edreys Wajed explains the city’s charm. If you haven’t discovered what makes Sportsmens Tavern such a revered music destination, stop in any day of the week, catch a show and take it all in. Local author/writer Michael Farrell explains…
Set in the idyllic village of East Aurora, Carolcade is the quintessential Christmas event. Step back into another era and join in for an evening of caroling, holiday cheer and merrymaking. Diverse, global, soulful or just straight up delicious, there’s no shortage of good eating to be done in Buffalo.
Juneteenth of Buffalo Festival board member Ras Jomo Okono offers some hometown tips that’ll fill your belly right.

 

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