Girlfriends get the royal treatment in Buffalo
Published in Visit Buffalo Niagara in July 2015
You know it's going to be a great girlfriend getaway when your weekend starts with an eager-to-please butler jogging out to your car to unload your bags even before you've popped the trunk.
"James" (yes, that's really his name) is one of a half dozen butlers on staff at the elegant 28-room Mansion on Delaware in downtown Buffalo that dates back to 1869.
The butlers are happy to drive you around town, pour you a complimentary drink in the drawing room at cocktail hour - even run you a hot bath in your whirlpool tub. Their white glove treatment sets the stage for a couple of days of being spoiled rotten in Buffalo.
I've visited Buffalo from Hamilton, Ontario, a couple of times in the last year - once last summer with my husband to visit the Albright-Knox Gallery and Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and then again for a quick Christmas getaway with the whole family.
The city was starting to grow on me and I was keen to show my pal Donna around town. She hadn't been to Buffalo in over a decade. "Things have changed," I promised her. The butlers are just the first promising sign of what will prove to be a wonderfully indulgent weekend.