Hotel at a Glance: Lofts on Pearl
The Lofts on Pearl is a boutique hotel set in downtown Buffalo. Built in 1878 and now fully restored, the red-brick building features upscale yet homey suites within walking distance of numerous pubs, restaurants, and theaters.
- One- and two-bedroom suites have fireplaces, private baths, and fully equipped kitchens.
- Next-door neighbor: At Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, you can feast on casual favorites such as pizza and wings while quaffing signature amber ales and oatmeal stouts.
- Have breakfast at Brawler’s Back Alley Deli (also next door), which serves build-your-own omelets, belgian waffles, and steak-and-egg sandwiches.
- Distance to Niagara Falls: about 20 miles
Buffalo, New York: Chicken-Wing Capital with Rich Railroad History
Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York, but it’s second to none when it comes to its namesake buffalo wings. Though the pioneering restaurant’s identity is subject to debate, there’s no doubt about Buffalo’s status as the capital of wingdom. To sample the city’s most famous export, head to the Anchor Bar or Duff’s Famous Wings.
Buffalo was once one of the biggest railroad hubs in the country and has several museums dedicated to celebrating those glory days. Visit the Iron Island Museum to get a feel for how the railroad shaped the city. History buffs will also want to check out the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, also known as the Buffalo History Museum. Housed in a neoclassical building along Scajaquada Creek, it has exhibits on the War of 1812, the Erie Canal, and the Pan-American Exposition held on the museum grounds in 1901.
Buffalo is famous for its snowy winters. The Flurrious! snow festival in January features snow golfing and igloo-building events, while the Buffalo Winterfest and Powder Keg Festival in February boasts ice sculptures and dogsled races. When it warms up, you can enjoy outdoor spaces such as Delaware Park—the urban green space was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and contains the Buffalo Zoo—or make the half-hour drive to Niagara Falls.