Sunday, September 7, 2014

Barn Quilts of LeRoy tour today

Today my daughter and I took a trip to Leroy in Genesee County to see the barn quilts for an article I am putting together for the Buffalo News travel section. There are almost 100 barn quilts (made out of wood) displayed in and around LeRoy. We saw quite a few, but weren't able to get to them all. My article will probably be published sometime in October.

Coincidentally, there was an article by another writer in today's Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester) about the quilt trail, so there were a number of other people also driving around looking at the quilts. Here is a link to that article:

To find out more about the barn quilts see

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fun at the chicken wing festival

We had a fun time today eating wings and watching the national chicken wing eating competition at the National Buffalo Wing Festival.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Read about the Salt Sanctuary and Maple Weekend in current issue of Longweekends Magazine

Check out my latest articles in the Fall/Winter issue of Longweekends Magazine

The Salt Sanctuary in Binghamton, NY the perfect spot for a girl's getaway:

Maple Weekend, which takes place in March:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Day trip to Olean and Ellicottville

We decided to take an end of summer day trip and to do some research for an upcoming article. We headed down to Rock City Park in Olean, which was a lot of fun. We had lunch at Sprague's Maple Farm in Portville, stopped by the Cutco Visitor's Center, then headed to Ellicottville to Holiday Valley to go on the Mountain Coaster. Dinner was at the Ellicottville Brewing Company. A fun but tiring day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Anniversary getaway trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake


My husband and I celebrated our anniversary this past weekend by taking a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario. We crossed over the Peace Bridge, then took a side trip to the small town of Ridgeway (part of Fort Erie) which has quite a few shops and restaurants. We then visited a few wineries. We stayed at the Prince of Wales hotel (a very nice property) and enjoyed dinner in their dining room. The next day we browsed the shops, enjoyed the annual peach festival, and saw a play at the Shaw Festival. We had dinner in Niagara Falls on the way home.

Fun day at the Erie County Fair

My husband, youngest son, daughter, and I spent the afternoon and evening at the Erie County Fair. It was a bit cool today, but that's ok, better than too hot. The kids enjoyed going on rides, we had a blooming onion, walked around and saw a lot of exhibits, watched the pig races, saw the tiger show, and enjoyed Chiavetta's chicken for dinner. The fair runs until Sunday.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Girls Getaway to Pennsylvania

Although this blog focuses mainly on western New York I'd like to tell you about a fun trip my daughter and I took last week when my husband and youngest son were at scout camp. We took a drive down to the outlet mall in Grove City, Pennsylvania, about a three hour trip from Buffalo. There are a lot of nice shops in this mall and there's no sales tax on shoes and clothing in Pennsylvania!

We also made a side trip to Sharon, Pennsylvania to Reyers, the world's largest shoe store. I found the perfect shoes and purse to wear to a wedding I went to this past weekend. We also stopped at Millcreeek Mall in Erie, which also has some nice shops that we don't have in Buffalo, including Charming Charlie's, which has jewelry and accessories.

We also enjoyed some restaurants not found in Buffalo, including Chick fil A, Kings, and Eat 'n Park.