Buffalo: A summer art escape
The one-year-old Burchfield Penney Art Center is a must-see in Buffalo.
By Jessie Pascoe
Buffalo, once an industrial city, might not appear to be that arty. But recent developments, like the newly opened Burchfield Penney Art Center, are slowly changing peoples perception.
This summer, experience Buffalos artistic offerings outdoors at the citys many festivals. Theyre ideal places to shop for original art, and Buffalos summer art festivals also provide much-needed cardio after indulging in Western New Yorks gluttonous delights.
Allentown Art Festival
It just wouldnt be summer in Buffalo without the annual Allentown Art Festival. Held in Allentowna pseudo-East Village nabethe AAF draws thousands of visitors to what is considered the largest and oldest art festival in the country. Expect to find everything from watercolor paintings to jewelry and pottery to stain-glass fixtures. June 13-14; allentownartfestival.org.Buffalo Infringement Festival
Satiate your inner avant-garde artist at the Infringement Festival. For one week, Allentown kicks into creative-high drive with local cabaret, comics, dance, puppet shows, media art displays and some self-promoted miscellaneous insurrectionists. July 23-August 2; infringementbuffalo.org
Elmwood Festival of the Arts
Over 170 artisans and craftspeople are set to participate this year, as the Elmwood Festival celebrates its 10 anniversary. It may be smaller than the Allentown Art Festival, but art aficionados will delight in the 16 artistic mediums represented. August 29-30; elmwoodartfest.org
Burchfield Penney Art Center
A summer trip wouldnt be complete without a visit to the year-old Burchfield Penney Museumeven if it is indoors. The spot in Western New York for art from the 19th century onwards, the museum houses a permanent collection of the areas most talented, from the watercolors of Charles Burchfield to the photographs of Cindy Sherman.
Forget what you think you know about buffalo wings. Until youve had them in Buffalo, you havent truly tasted them. The recipe might have been invented at Buffalos Anchor bar, but locals call out Duffs Famous Wings as the spot to sample some near-perfection. 3651 Sheridan Drive, 716-834-6234
Charlie the Butcher
Another culinary curiosity of Western New York, the beef on weck has been busting belts for over a century. The reason? Imagine a salty caraway seed-dusted Kaiser roll filled with roast beef, pickles, horseradish and soaked with beef jus and youll understand that the beef on weck is not for the carb conscious. Throw caution to the wind and grab one to go. 1065 Wehrle Dr., 716-633-8330; charliethebutcher.com
Buffalos blessed with architectural gems, from grand Victorian homes to Art Deco railroads. Experience history at the Mansion on Delaware Avenue. Restored to its Second Empire glory, this 28-room luxury hotel attracts guests from across the U.S. with personal butler services, shoe-shines and complimentary evening cocktails. Room rates average $195, with suites going for $375 414 Delaware Ave., 716-886-3300; mansionondelaware.com
Know Before You Go
Spare yourself eight hours on a train and book a flight. Round trip flights
go for under $160 round-trip on JetBlue and other airlines. You'll arrive in an
hour and a half and be able to hop on-board the frequent express bus service
from the airport to downtown.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) offers an All Zone
Weekend Pass for $7. Purchase one at the airport and start enjoying
unlimited rail/bus rides as soon as you arrive. Nfta.com