It took 20-30 minutes to get anywhere we wanted to go in Buffalo. That came in handy when we arrived hungry on Friday morning after our overnight flight. We got our rental car and the first thing I did was check to see if there was a Cracker Barrel in town. We don't have them in California so when we travel we are always on the look out to eat there. We were in luck!! There was a Cracker Barrel 20 minutes from the airport. We devoured the best Pancakes ever in the history of Pancakes and then it took us about 20 minutes to get to Embassy Suites. Our hotel room was one of the biggest I've ever had. The standard size room was about the size of a one bedroom apartment but by that time the thing I was most interested in was the giant super comfortable King Size bed and a nap.
When in Buffalo you go to Niagara Falls because it is there and who knows when you will ever make it back. It took us 30 minutes to get there from downtown Buffalo. We saw signs pointing us to it but it was still really hard to believe that we were anywhere near a gigantic set of waterfalls. As we got a little bit closer we could see what looked kind of like smoke rising in the air. As you get closer you can tell that it's mist from the falls and then you can hear them roaring.
Cave of the Winds. When I saw people coming back looking like they had taken a shower with their clothes on I wasn't so sure I wanted to do it. Your ticket comes with a wearable trash bag, cheap little sandals and a plastic shopping bag to put your shoes and socks in. An elevator takes you down and then once you walk through the tunnel you are at the falls.
|Checking out the Canada side|
When in Buffalo you also have to eat Buffalo Wings unless you are like me and you don't eat wings at all. We walked over to Anchor Bar which is known as the home of the original Buffalo chicken wings. Buffalo is kind of dead. It was Friday night downtown but the streets were mostly empty. There were a few restaurants open but most of the shops were shut down for the night. There was no fun vibe to be seen at all on our walk over there but once we got inside the place was packed and full of energy. There was a live band and the food was good.
We walked to a place nearby for breakfast on Saturday and then spent a few hours at the Buffalo Museum of Science mainly to see the Mummies of The World Exhibition. MJ has an uncle in Buffalo so after that we stopped and had a visit with him and then went in search of a restaurant that we'd seen on Driver's Dine in and Drives. You'd have to be specifically looking for Mulberry's or else I'm not sure that you'd ever find it because it's located on a random corner in the middle of a residential area. Without reservations we were going to have to wait 1 1/2 hours but we lucky enough to find two seats at the bar. This place has such a homey atmosphere and the best lasagna I've ever had. I wasn't that hungry so we were splitting everything anyways which was good because that thing was huge. We met the owner and he was so friendly. Then we got to chatting with this kind older couple at the bar who are regulars. They bought us drinks because they were so excited that we came all the way from San Diego to visit their town.
We had a scary moment in the wee hours of Sunday morning. It was probably around 2 or 3am. I woke up with this weird feeling that someone was in our room. I kept still and listened. I heard a rustling sound. "I think someone is in our room," I whispered to MJ waking him up but almost not really believing it myself. We both listened and then heard the unmistakable sound of motion. My heart was in my throat as MJ got out of bed and went into the outer living area and I heard him say, "What are you doing in here?" The guy was drunk and he was sitting on the couch on his phone. He started going on about what room is this and he thought this was his room. MJ said, "You're in the wrong room." He kept trying to explain himself so he said it again and then the guy finally left. I was horrified. How did someone get in our room? That's when MJ noticed that the door doesn't shut all the way on it's own. You have to actually push it closed so that explains how he got in. It was the weirdest scariest thing! That could have gone a totally different way because you just never know but I'm glad it didn't.
We got up early on Sunday and ate breakfast at the hotel which is one of the best free hotel breakfast's I've ever experienced. It was not your standard cheapo continental breakfast. They also have a guest happy hour every night and unfortunately we only made it once. You might be wondering why we went to Buffalo in the first place. The main event and the reason for our visit was the Buffalo Bills home opener against the Miami Dolphins. MJ is a longtime fan of the Bills and has always wanted to see them play in their home arena. I'm not a football fan but I was down to go as long as it was the first home game because I'm not sure I could survive the cold of Buffalo anytime beyond that. We really lucked out and the weather was sunny, clear and in the high 60's for most of the day.
Buffalo is a hard core football town and Buffalo Bills fans are die hard. The night before in the hotel jacuzzi we ran into another couple that had flown in from California. We went to the Bills Store at the stadium Saturday morning and the place was already packed with people getting their gear for the game. We waited in line for almost 30 minutes to buy MJ's jersey. He has three now. Their fans are crazy and unlike any fans that I've ever seen. It was like being at a frat party. The parking lot was packed and people were already drunk by the time we got there at 10:30ish. There were people tossing footballs and loud blaring music everywhere. We saw keg stands, people dancing on cars and peeing in bushes. There was craziness everywhere you looked. We don't have fans like that where we live. It was fun to see a real football town in action and MJ loved being at a game where he wasn't the only one rooting for his team. We sat on a grassy bank to watch the shenanigans and were offered beers by a group of guys sitting next to us.
|You can't see it but I'm wearing a Bills shirt that MJ bought for me so I would fit in|
It was a really long day. We went straight from the hotel to the game which started at 1pm. We were at the stadium all day. Right after the game we went straight to the airport where we ran into other Bills fans in their jersey's on their way back home. We ate dinner there while we waited for our flight to New York City. If we were going to Buffalo we figured we might as well go there too.
So now you have some ideas of what to do should you ever find yourself in Buffalo. Not that it will likely ever happen. I can't guarantee that a sweet old couple will buy you drinks at Mulberry's but the lasagna is worth the visit.
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