We do short stints to Buffalo at least once a year, and this one was last minute, but proved to be necessary and a good excuse to do some shopping! The purpose of the trip was to have a legal document notarized for my fiancé to get a new birth certificate, but the trip was also convenient for shopping [primarily for tools and shop gadgets for him]. I’ve included a few of my TripAdvisor reviews on the meals and hotel below too.
Since the primary reason for the trip was to have a piece of paper notarized (he’s American if you didn’t know, hence having to visit the states for a signature), we crossed the border and went straight for the notary at the UPS store, which is a pretty convenient option. However, we had some difficulty due to California’s “special wording” and the notary refused to sign and directed us to City Hall for help. After a bit of a run around, we spoke the clerk there who verified that any notary could sign the document and only had to go up two floors to find another notary willing to sign. Primary mission accomplished (and we got to see City Hall too, which is an old Art Deco building!).
We had a quick lunch at Ted’s Hot Dogs (which was just ok) and then headed over to The Home Depot, seeking out items that are only available in America or are actually cheaper, even with the exchange rate. The late afternoon was spent exploring Hobby Lobby - my new favorite store for DIY ideas (Michael's Craft Store is comparable in Canada, but with higher prices), and Bed Bath & Beyond. This was actually the first time we didn’t go to the Walden Galleria (though we were tempted to dine at the Cheesecake Factory).
We booked a 3-star hotel in the Cheektowaga area for just under $100 CAD total on Hotwire, which included Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast. The Days Inn proved to be a decent place to lay your head for a night and close to the airport/shopping, and the food at the Landing Bar & Grill was quite tasty once it arrived (there was a storm that evening, so every guest in the building was trying to dine on-site).
The next day we headed over to Rockler, a different Home Depot and Harbor Freight Tools (my fiancé’s favourite store) to finish up our shopping spree. Out final stop in Cheektowaga was at Zhang’s Buffet for lunch, which delivered outstanding food options for the price!
And that’s it folks – a short, one day getaway across the border to the ‘Land of Freedom’ (with a $4 toll to get back in to Canada...).
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