Shuffle off to Buffalo? Honeymoon at Niagara Falls?

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Shuffle off to Buffalo? Honeymoon at Niagara Falls?

Postby Futura Girl » Sun Sep 27, 2009 2:52 pm

Anybody ever shuffle off to Buffalo?
Honeymoon at Niagara Falls?

Inquiring minds want to know... where to go and what to see there?

Do any of the little roadside cabin motels that Marilyn Monroe skulked around in Alfred Hitchcock's Niagara still exist? Can you still request songs at the bell tower?

What are the other day trips from Northeast New York that might please Lotta Living folks?


I'll go home and get my panties,
You go home and get your scanties,
And away we'll go.
Mm mm mm...
Off we're gonna shuffle,
Shuffle off to Buffalo.

To Niag'ra in a sleeper,
There's no honeymoon that's cheaper,
And the train goes slow.
Ooh ooh ooh!
Off, we're gonna shuffle,
Shuffle off to Buffalo.
I'm gonna keep on the run... I'm gonna have me some fun if it costs me my very last dime.
If I wind up broke up, well, I'll always remember that I had a swingin' time

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Postby sky » Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:43 pm

Bring your raincoat and galoshes; it gets very misty there:
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That's a photo from my son's trip there last year. He was visiting some natives, and they took him to a tourist spot nearby called White Meadow Farms. ( http://www.whitemeadowsfarms.com/ ) It looks kind of cheesy, but good cheese and fun.

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It sounds like your route will also go through Hamilton, so you might also check this thread:
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=14919

And chances are that when you find Toronto, that the Lone Ranger won't be far away. Hi-ho Silver!

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Postby classic form » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:27 am

I'd recommend staying on the Canadian side...better views but more touristy. Of course you will have to ride the Maid of the Mist and take the under the falls self guided tour. There is a nice old fort on the american side on the lake. There are jet boat rides down river that look like fun but have never been able to talk my wife into doing. There is also a cable gondola type "ride" that takes you over the gorge that my wife has never been able to talk me into doing.
Not sure about the old motels with views...I highly doubt it as there are all the big players taking up the real estate with views. I've stayed in some of the larger hotels that have beautiful views (expecially at night) and also some smaller motels that are up the hill down river that are a short enjoyable walk to the falls.
I haven't explored much of the American side but there is a nice park there, Goat Island I think its called that you can get some great views in.
If you are driving up from Buffalo I'd try to approach from the Canadian side as the build up to the falls is a bit better if I remember correctly...slow moving river, gaining in speed as you get closer, sound of the falls getting louder and louder, mist starting to hit your windsheild until...wham, falls.
I love it at the falls, tourists and all and have made special trips there several times in my life (about 5 hours away) and have driven through many more times on my way to Rochester.
I'm sure some locals will be giving much better insight than I have and am looking forward to the replies here:)
Love the falls, you will come away from this trippin.

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Postby classic form » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:33 am

Forgot about Buffalo...lots of FLLW there. A little east of there in a small town (forget the name) is Roycroft that is great to see.

If you get upstate the Finger Lakes region is great as well.

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Postby ch » Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:25 am

Don't forget the Skylon Tower (with it's obligatory revolving restaurant on top). Food is expensive and so-so but hey, it revolves!

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Postby wwilber » Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:14 am

Forgot about Buffalo...lots of FLLW there


We checked out the Darwin Martin complex in Buffalo when we visited last fall. They were working on restoring the roof at the time.

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Also, they were just breaking ground on this new pavillion which is now completed:

http://www.darwinmartinhouse.org/history/vc.html

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Postby sky » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:44 am

Enjoy bagels and locks at the Erie Canal!

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Postby Futura Girl » Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:47 pm

we need an emoticon for a rimshot!!!
I'm gonna keep on the run... I'm gonna have me some fun if it costs me my very last dime.

If I wind up broke up, well, I'll always remember that I had a swingin' time

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Postby nichols » Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:37 pm

We honeymooned at Niagara Falls and stayed on the Canadian side in a hotel used in the movie Niagara with Marilyn Monroe.. What was it called? Hmm.. It had become a chain place but had some original character. Here it is! The Brock Plaza. http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel ... istory.php and the boat ride is fantastic http://www.maidofthemist.com/en/ and we saw the flower clock thing, which was great too http://www.niagaraparks.com/garden/floralclock.php and Oh yeah! Dinner theater! http://www.ohcanadaeh.com/ Roycroft was great and the amazing candy store Parkside in Buffalo http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=14903 and one of the most memorable things in New York was the Fisher Price toy museum, but ARGH! http://www.toytownusa.com/ looks like it's gone. The whirlpool cable car http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6cJk1HciN4 and boat ride was one thing we skipped... http://www.whirlpooljet.com/ Whew! We enjoyed the trip tremendously.

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Postby Futura Girl » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:12 pm

nix - can i assume then that the small cabin motel from the movie Niagara is long gone then? if anyone could find it - you would...
I'm gonna keep on the run... I'm gonna have me some fun if it costs me my very last dime.

If I wind up broke up, well, I'll always remember that I had a swingin' time


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