You’ll wipe the phrase, “Nothing surprises me anymore,” from your repertoire after a visit to Buffalo, New York. Everything about the walkable, public art-filled, waterfront downtown will delight and astonish you.
Stereotypes long held about a cold, industrial city tourists pass on their way to Niagara Falls or Canada are debunked upon arrival to the 205-room Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter. The property is outfitted in the brand’s new design elements and adjacent to the 19,070-seat KeyBank Center, which is only a short walk from the 110,000-sq.-ft. Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center. In front of the hotel, you’ll stroll by a quaint community garden on your way to play free lawn and table games or sit in colorful Adirondack chairs under two Silent Poets, a public art display overlooking the Erie Canal. Groups will find quirky wonders like these sprinkled throughout town.
“Faith-based events are important to our city, and we work hard to address the needs of those organizations,” says Dionne Williamson, who handles the religious market for Visit Buffalo Niagara. Planners agree. While meetings business is booming in Buffalo thanks to CVB efforts, the fortuitous influx of millennials moving back into the city—reanimating its neighborhoods and reinventing the turn-of-the-century architecture for a second go-round—is definitely helping its cause.