Amherst is a popular place to stay overnight, as its variety of hotels are convenient to the airport, downtown Buffalo and a host of the region’s premier sports facilities. Whether you’re looking for a great place to grab dinner after day two of a hockey tournament at the Northtown Center or a little day time entertainment, we’ve got you covered with 10 ideas of places to eat and things to do in Buffalo’s largest suburb.
Elmo’s Bar and Restaurant, 2349 Millersport Highway, Getzville.
The trip to the Buffalo Niagara region wouldn’t be complete without wings. Locals claim that Elmo’s has the BEST wings in the Northtowns. Roll your sleeves up for this one.
Amherst Pizza & Ale House, 55 Crosspoint Highway, Amherst.
If you’re here for a tournament in the Northtowns, it’s almost safe to assume it involves an ice sport. After the game, head over to Amherst Pizza and Ale House to catch the second period of the Sabres game with a cold beer and a beef on weck.
My Tomato Pie, 3085 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville.
This isn’t your average pie; it’s a pizza pie! Enjoy grandma’s Italian cooking even when you’re on the road. My Tomato Pie has a variety of homemade pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and more. This locally-owned restaurant is a great place to refuel throughout the tournament.
Sweet Jenny’s, 5732 Main St., Williamsville
Celebrate the win with dessert from Sweet Jenny’s. This delightful local shop is the perfect place to treat the family. Since 1985, this Williamsville favorite has been making homemade desserts and serving ice cream, gelato, low-fat yogurts, and candy galore! Sweet Jenny’s is transitioning its operations into the old Williamsville Water Mill behind their store at 60 Spring St.
Moor Pat, 78 E. Spring St., Williamsville.
Parents/Coaches… kick back, relax, and take in Moor Pat. Known as “Williamsville’s Best Spot for Craft Beers,” the impressive bar promises not to disappoint. There’s more Moor to Pat, though they also feature artisan sausages from Spar’s European Sausages Shop.
Shop & Play
Lasertron, 5101 N. Bailey Ave. Amherst.
We’ll say this one’s for the kids, but honestly, no matter what age you are, it’s hard not to love Lasertron. Strap on your power vest and get ready to dodge through 9,200 square feet of the most intense game of laser tag you’ll ever play.
Pinot’s Palette, 9570 E. Transit Rd., East Amherst.
Unleash your inner Picasso! Pinot’s Palette hosts 2-3 hour public classes where you can paint your own masterpiece for a fraction of the cost of that fancy piece you saw in your favorite art gallery. Oh yeah, you can also bring your favorite artsy beverages (beer, wine, pop) to really get the creative juices flowing.
Tony Walker & Co., 5110 Main St., Williamsville
Labels and love. Tony Walker & Co. is the place to snag the hottest brands and trends. From UGG and North Face to Alex & Ani and Ray Ban, Marc Jacobs and Vineyard Vines, this shop has got it all.
Excuria Salon and Spa, 5725 Main St., Williamsville
A weekend trip to the ice rink or soccer fields doesn’t mean you can’t be pampered. Treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon at Excuria Salon and Spa where the staff here is sure to set you into vacation mode. For some serious relaxation, try the Village Half Day Retreat… heaven and a box of chocolates.
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst.
Step back in time to see how earlier generations of Western New Yorkers lived. The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village features a blacksmith shop, school house, barbershop and more that are over 100 years old, as well as a museum with replicas of the Erie Canal, a speakeasy and a 50’s diner.