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Trip Report: Buffalo Road Trip

I’ve been reflecting back on our Buffalo road trip, especially since I’m already in another city. I’m currently in Alexandria, VA at the Hotel Monaco for the CLIC Conference and while this trip has also been wonderful, I’m missing the family and new sights I got to see in Buffalo! It was such an great trip (with some unexpected awesomeness) so let’s get going with the pretty 🙂 

sky road trip

The sky was pretty inspiring as we made our way out of North Carolina. Since we had to leave after Andrew got off work, we were pretty late getting out the door. Thanks to that we got to stay at the Holiday Inn in Washington, DC! I hadn’t stayed here before but it was a pretty cute place with very comfy beds (or at least my exhausted self thought they were amazing). For the price I found and the location I was VERY happy. The next morning it seemed the skies were a little less excited about the day though.

washington dc

DC was a little dour – maybe it was sad for us to leave? I know I was! This was the view out our hotel window which just reiterates how great the location was! We actually walked down to the Bean & Bite for breakfast and it was DELICIOUS. Seriously, if you’re in DC please go because yum. If you eat meat get the breakfast sandwich on a bun with both sausage and bacon. It was seriously amazing.

We got on the road and as we got a bit more north the skies once again sided with us! While I don’t normally talk this much about skies you’ll have to forgive me – there’s not much else to pay attention to when you’re driving for two days.

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After we finally arrived in New York, rather than visiting family first we went around downtown Buffalo and discovered the canal area! This place was not this nice when I lived here (that I know of) so it was really exciting to see how much the area has grown up. It’s great that Buffalo is experiencing a revitalization. There are so many towns that could be great but no one wants to take the time to save them! Thankfully, some of my favorite cities are being carefully taken care of so I can eventually take my loved ones to visit if they haven’t been 🙂

buffalo ny canal building commercial slip

liberty hound buffalo ny

FYI If you’re in this area please go to The Liberty Hound and pick me up a t-shirt. They were all sold out when I was there! The food here was amazing and sitting on the dock while the breeze was soft and the sun was out was soul-cleansing. I really enjoyed eating here and apparently the Sonnet beer is great – according to Andrew, anyway. Also, I’ve totally decided that their mermaid will be one of my next tattoos! If I get more that is 😉

pearl street buffalo ny

Next up was the Naval Museum! The museum entrance fee (~$10 when we went) included entrance to the ships, a submarine, and planes! We only did a little bit of exploring but it was SO much fun.

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buffalo ny canal building

And then it was time to head from downtown to visit with family and get ready for our reception the next day. I HAD to get a few more shots of the city though. There were amazing lines running through the downtown areas!

buffalo ny canal building

Our reception at Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises was SO GREAT! I got to spend time with family that I haven’t seen in years and Andrew got to meet all of them as well. It was a day filled with love and laughter and the most important thing – YUMMY FOOD. The venue did a stand-out job with our menu that was creole/cajun food. I didn’t get too many photos while I was there but I did get this quick snap of the garden area off the patio where our reception was. And I had to get some shots of some of my ADORABLE cousins! How cute are they??

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The next day Andrew & I headed back towards North Carolina but first we had to make a stop.

Niagara Falls!!

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buffalo ny graffiti

In closing, please accept some possibly teenage-angst graffiti from downtown Buffalo! After leaving Niagara Falls, We drove back and stayed overnight at the Morrison-Clark Inn, as you all know 😉 This trip was absolutely amazing and I am so excited to go back and visit my family again soon – hopefully sooner than 2 years from now. Sometimes we have those trips that we aren’t super excited about (possibly due to the 2 day drive) but end up being absolutely wonderful. I am so grateful that this trip happened to be one of them.

Wishing you curvy lines and canals,


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