Xanthe

Xanthe (Xan for short, pronounced “Zan”) visited Graycliff with her mom, Jeannette, part of the family’s ongoing “Adventure Club” series of day trips emanating from their Irondequoit, New York home, a suburb of Rochester. “I’m Adventure Club president,” Jeannette says, “I collect travel brochures from local attractions to visit later – that should make the people who create the publications happy. I lump destinations together geographically for our trips.” The pair explains that Graycliff had been in the family travel hopper for quite a while; they decided that it was finally time to visit the restored, lakeside residence and its grounds. “In Rochester, we have the (Edward E.) Boynton House, also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but it’s privately owned,” says Xan. “We were curious to tour this home. We love Buffalo — it feels like a big city with the architecture downtown and the light rail. Plus, there’s so much history here.” And they were impressed: they especially liked the interior furnishings and artwork. Xan, who’s off to study Political Science at University at Albany, is interested in another trip to Buffalo focusing on Buffalo’s presidential connections. On this jaunt, the two had also been to the Marilla Country Store and East Aurora, where they purchased “mainly penny candy” at Vidler’s. In the Graycliff gift shop the two found souvenirs that their family collects: mugs, and magnets – their bag was teeming with purchases.