Feel the Love in Buffalo

By Stephanie Davis Smith, March 7, 2017

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.

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