Travel Classics East 2015
May 28-31, 2015 in Tarrytown, New York
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Buffalo & Niagara
May 25-28 or June 1-4
Buffalo: If you haven't seen Buffalo lately, you haven't seen Buffalo. This classic American city is undergoing a 21st century renaissance that includes over $1 billion in redevelopment, a revitalized waterfront and neighborhoods, burgeoning craft beer scene and new attractions, restaurants and hotels. That's in addition to the classic American architecture (including several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings), world-renowned art scene and eponymous chicken wings that have always put our city on the map.
Niagara USA: Before visiting our neighbors to the east, don't miss seeing a Wonder of the World, up close and personal - Niagara Falls. Dine with us at the Culinary Institute; see our friends at the Aquarium of Niagara; tour a 300-year old French castle. Looking for adventure? Ride through Class V rapids on a jet boat. We'll sample Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream, with flavors like Frozen Hot Chocolate, Harvest Apple and Loganberry. There's also world class fishing, 800 farms and many dining experiences to enjoy. Visit Niagara USA and get a taste of why we are a destination on so many bucket lists.
Lodging TBD - Possibility - the Hotel @ The Lafayette
A boutique property dating back to the early 19th century that was restored to its original grandeur in 2011.
12:30 p.m. Lunch TBD
2 p.m. - 4:30 Tour of Buffalo's Waterfront
Stops will include HarborCenter, a $170 million complex featuring two NHL regulation ice rinks, a two story sports bar and a 200-room Marriott hotel, as well as Canalside, Buffalo's emerging waterfront district that attracted 1 million visitors in 2014 and RiverWorks, a mixed use project that includes a roller derby rink, concert venue and restaurant; a brewery is located in a former grain silo.
4:30 p.m. Buffalo River History Tour
Come travel along the waterway that made Buffalo one of the biggest and richest cities in the world while you... gaze up at the magnificent structures that drove its growth. Hear the stories of Buffalo's scoopers - residents and immigrants alike - who worked the docks and mills, feeding the nation and the city's "Gilded" economy. Join us for one of Buffalo's most unique cultural experiences - it is one that you won't soon forget!
6 p.m. Dinner TBD
8 p.m. Live music at Sportsmen's Tavern
Theodore Roosevelt National Inaugural Historical Site
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
East Aurora, Graycliff and more
9 a.m. Breakfast TBD
Morning - Head to East Aurora to learn more about the Roycroft Campus and Arts and Crafts Movement, a century after founder Elbert Hubbard's untimely death on the Lusitania in 1915.
10 a.m. - The Roycroft Campus in East Aurora is the best preserved and most complete complex of buildings remaining in the United States of the "guilds" that evolved as centers of craftsmanship and philosophy during the late 19th century. The Campus, designated a National Historic Landmark district (NHL) in 1986, contains nine of the original 14 structures including the Inn, the Chapel, the Print Shop, the Furniture Shop, and the Copper Shop. So come visit and discover the rebirth of the Roycroft Campus as if Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters never left.
11 a.m. - Tour of Vidlers 5 & 10
A classic, sprawling, family owned five and dime for over 80 years.
12 p.m. - Lunch at Elm Street Bakery
1:30 p.m. - Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff estate
The summer home that Wright designed for the Martin family on the shores of Lake Erie.
3:30 p.m. - Tour the Theodore Roosevelt National Inaugural Historical Site, the only museum located outside a current or former capital dedicated to the swearing in of a U.S. President on that site.
4:30 p.m. - A whirlwind tour of Buffalo's burgeoning microbrewery scene
7:30 p.m. - A later dinner in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood, Cantina Loco or La Tee Da.
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - Depart for Niagara Falls
Spend the morning on the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds.
12:30 Lunch - TBD
2 - 5 p.m. - Tour Buffalo's Museum District
Albright-Knox Art Gallery:
An outstanding center of modern and contemporary art, the Albright-Knox collection belongs among the world's top international surveys of 20th century painting and sculpture.
The Burchfield-Penney Art Center:
A museum dedicated to the art and culture of Western New York, including the world's largest collection of works by Charles E. Burchfield. Exhibitions and programs include art and design from the Buffalo Niagara region, historic and contemporary.
The Buffalo History Museum:
The NBC workspace of Buffalo Native Tim Russert, the moderator of the Sunday morning talk show, moved to the Buffalo History Museum in October.
6:30 p.m. - Dinner in the Elmwood Village TBD
10 a.m. - Tour the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum:
See the Frank Lloyd Wright filling station at the Buffalo Transportation Museum. First designed by Wright in 1927, this station was finally brought to reality by museum owner James Sandoro in June 2014. It's also home to an impressive collection of Buffalo-made automobiles.
11:30 a.m. - Tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House
Constructed between 1903 and 1905 as the home of Darwin and Isabelle Martin, the Martin House exemplifies Frank Lloyd Wright's "Prairie House" ideal and ranks as one of his finest residential works. Tours at the Martin House underscore how Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural genius is illustrated in timeless themes evident in his remarkable design: family, friendship, the meaning of home, and the American spirit as told through the story of Darwin D. Martin's patronage of America's greatest architect. A $50 million restoration of the complex will wrap up in 2016.
1 p.m. Lunch TBD
Depart for the Travel Classics conference or home.