Youngstown , NY , United States

Getting There:  The property is a manageable, if long, day's drive from Chicago, the Eastern Seaboard, Virginia, central North Carolina and most of Eastern Canada.  If one is flying, the property is about 40 minutes from the Buffalo-Niagara Falls International Airport with its rental car counters about 100 yards from baggage claim.  It's one of the easiest airports in America to get in and out of.

Local Attractions:  There is an incredible number of things to do in the area, from cultural and historical to sports and recreation.  Here are just a few, all within a half-hour drive:

  • Niagara Falls - One of the seven natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls is just 10 miles away.  If you've never seen it, you must.  It is incredible and there are plenty of things to do there, foremost among them the "Maid of the Mist" boat ride that takes you to the very mouth of the Falls. Also lots of hiking trails in the gorge.  Go to www.niagarafallslive.com and www.niagarafallsfrontier.com for more information.
  • Artpark - A wonderful park and arts facility just 3 miles away.  All summer long they host concerts by rock and pop artists and daytime arts activities for families.  There are hiking trails, fishing docks and picnic sites.  Go to www.artpark.net for more information and a schedule of events.
  • Old Fort Niagara - More than 300 years old, Old Fort Niagara figured prominently in the colonial wars and the War of 1812.  It's a wonderful place to visit, even for adults, and there are several live re-enactments during the summer.  Go to www.oldfortniagara.org for ore information.
  • Casinos - There are two large nearby casinos, both in Niagara Falls; the Seneca Niagara Casino on the U.S. side and the Fallsview Casino across the border.  In addition to gambling and restaurants they showcase big-name entertainment on a regular basis.
  • Villages of Lewiston and Youngstown - Our house is almost exactly in between two small villages -- Lewiston and Youngstown. Each are less than 3 miles away. Lewiston is the larger of the two and was voted one of the top 10 small towns in America in an on-line poll by USA Today and Rand McNally.  Charming and historical, it sports a large supermarket, several good restaurants and has two big festivals in August -- the Art Festival (2nd weekend in August) and the Lewiston Jazz Festival (last weekend in August), along with weekly concerts in the Gazebo on its main steet.  Lewiston was the final stop on the Underground Railroad. Go to www.villageoflewiston.net for more information.  Smaller, Youngstown also has a market and a couple of restaurants, as well as a great farm market and its own weekly outdoor concert.
  • Jet Boat Ride - This is one of the top 5 adventure rides in America, shooting through the Niagara River's class 5 rapids.  A must-do attraction with departures from both Lewiston and Youngstown.  Go to www.niagarajet.com or www.whirlpooljet.com for more information.
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake - Across the border (and right across the river) is the beautiful town of Niagara on the Lake, the prettiest town in the Province of Ontario.  Lots of good restaurants and cute shops, it is also home to the Shaw Festival, a major Canadian theatre festival and the 2nd largest repertory theatre company in North America.  Go to www.niagaraonthelake.com and www.shawfest.com for more information.
  • Southern Ontario Wineries - Surrounding Niagara on the Lake are numerous estate wineries.  Southern Ontario has a particular micro-climate making it a prime wine-growing region.  Many of the wineries have tours, tastings and great restaurants.  Go to www.winecountryontario.ca for more information.
  • Buffalo - Last, but not least, is the city of Buffalo, NY, with dozens of excellent restaurants (including many that will satisfy the palates of even the most sophisticated diners), numerous outdoor concerts, festivals and theater during the summer months and beautiful old homes and historic buildings to tour.  Go to www.visitbuffaloniagara.com for more information.

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