A cultural gem in the heart of Buffalo

Elwood Avenue offers a lively restaurant scene for people watching.

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator in August 2014

If fiery wings and frigid winters are the first things that come to mind when you think of Buffalo, it may be time to reconsider this "city of good neighbours" in western New York.

Buffalo boosts 32 unique neighbourhoods, ranging from Allentown to Wilert Park. Among the most vibrant is Elmwood Village in central Buffalo, named one of the "10 Great Neighbourhoods in America" by the American Planning Association.

On a recent getaway, my husband and I skipped the famous Buffalo wings in favour of a cultural weekend fling in the Village area, complete with musical theatre, trips to art galleries and a tour of local architectural gems.

We also wore down our heels during an hours-long shopping stroll along the two-mile Elmwood "strip" that makes up the heart of the Village - more than 300 specialty shops, coffee houses, restaurants and bars give it a vibrant buzz and are a testament to the revitalization of the area over the past decade.

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