“Where Friends Come Together..”

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{hard hat ready!}

Last week I was able to take a tour of the Curtiss Hotel which sits on the corner of Franklin and Huron in Downtown Buffalo. Built in 1912 the hotel is being renovated and should be open in September. Taking this tour was pretty cool, the operators of this property {Mark Croce and his team} are offering free valet parking, smart cars for guests to use while they are in town {for free!}, a rooftop bar {OMG, the views are amazing!}, indoor and outdoor hot springs, coffee service, a 24 hour fitness center {for anyone to use or have a membership to} and a revolving bar and Chez Ami restaurant. Pricing will range from $190-$400 depending on room choice.

Being in a construction zone and seeing the work in progress was pretty cool. I liked it even more, when Conner said it is a place where anyone can go, you don’t just have to be a hotel guest to be able to dine at the restaurant or grab a drink at one of the bars. Below are some pictures from the tour. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product in the Fall!

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{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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{view of the Curtiss Hotel from the outside}

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{main entrance off of Franklin}

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{inside of the reception area}

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{views from the revolving bar}

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{K. Sweet}

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{views from up on what will be the rooftop bar}

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{these windows are amazing}

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{6th floor views}

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{basement views – Danger}

Friday Finds!

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Celebrating the first full day of Summer with Make Music Day at Wilkeson Pointe!

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A good crowd came out for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Annual Report meeting at Larkinville on Wednesday morning. Larkinville is one of the prettiest places to be in the summer

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A behind the scenes tour of the Curtis Hotel was quite fun! The beautiful walls from the original building are stunning. This place is going to be a pretty cool place to go in the Fall

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Rooftop views in downtown Buffalo got me smiling from ear to ear

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I love this!

Flag Day – A tradition that started in Buffalo

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{Flag Day}

Today I’m writing about a tradition that started in Buffalo, Flag Day.

Back in 1891, Sarah Hinson a school teacher, born and raised in Buffalo, NY began the tradition of a formal ceremony of saluting and honoring the flag on the anniversary of the day that the Continental Congress accepted the design of the American flag.

In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson declared Flag Day an official Holiday. Sarah Hinson is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery marked with a flagpole flying the American Flag, and that is a fun fact for the day.

From Wikipedia, “The flag of the United States is one of the nation’s most widely recognized symbols. Throughout the world the flag has been used in public discourse to refer to the United States, not only as a nation, state, government, and set of policies, but also as a set of ideals”

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Dancing with Wolves

 

13434682_10154302908852372_5390534124490270658_n[2] Friday evening myself and Pro Zoo Board Officers attended the Buffalo Zoo’s Catillion. This years theme was Dancing with Wolves. The Catillion is the Buffalo Zoo’s Black Tie Gala put on by the Buffalo Zoological Society’s Board of Directors. The evening was quite nice, the drinks and food were good and the laughs and entertainment post program were even better.

I haven’t attended a Zoo event that I wasn’t volunteering or working at in a long time, so it was really nice to be back on the other side for one night. The Buffalo Zoo is one of the best places in town, if you ask me. To be able to support it and help raise awareness about the animals and their mission are why I volunteer there . Below are some pictures of the fun night out.

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{Dancing}

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{Group Shot}

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Friday Finds

Its been a crazy few weeks and my blog has taken a backseat to other things going on in my life. Since I had a few minutes though I thought I would share some of my finds from this past week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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{This yummy Loganberry One Roq vodka drink was the perfect ending to a busy event day. The company was even better!}

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{On my way to Tifft Nature Preserve I found one of my new hang out spots this summer at the Outer Harbor}

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{Driving behind one of my favorite businesses in town. Their homemade bread is so good}

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{One of my favorite days of the summer, this year was event better because I got to see a good friend who is touring with the headliner. Seeing my friends successes makes me happy.}

Fun at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor – Architects of Air

IMG_8912Its Memorial Day weekend and with everyone thinking of their plans – BBQ’s, yard work, etc. one fun thing to do is spend a few hours or the whole day at the Outer Harbor. It’ opening weekend and there is much to do! Grab a bite to eat and drink at the Consumer Beverages “The Pointe” beer garden, rent kayaks from the Longboard Paddle Co. Water rentals aren’t your thing? grab a bike from are bike rental stand and hit up the beautiful trails along the water.

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Or stop by the Architects of Air – a luminarium that uses sunlight to create beautiful colors inside an inflatable exhibit. This traveling art piece has come from Nottingham, England and travels the world. It will be at Wilkeson Pointe thru Monday so if you have a morning, afternoon or evening free come check out all the new and exciting things taking place at the Outer Harbor!

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See a couple of my photos inside the luminarium below:

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Enjoying the New, Old First Ward Tavern

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It was 1934 when Adolf’s Old First Ward Tavern opened. Since then a lot of changes have taken place specifically over the last 2 years. Mike Burns and his team have renovated the bar and the new patio is open with live music on Saturday nights. Now they are working on a food menu option so customers can enjoy some high quality basic food {like a Guinness Sandwich} when they are at the bar. Born in South Buffalo, Mike is working with local groups in the neighborhood so everyone can work together.

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The Old First Ward Tavern offers 45 different bottles of beer and they have expanded their liquor selection based on customer demand. Mike loves the small business and running a business the best that he can – at the end of the day he just likes when people have a good time and wants his customers to have fun.

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Having never been to the Old First Ward Tavern, in my opinion Mike has done something great. The live music that was going on when I was there was great. The bar is beautiful and spotless and the beer is ice cold! Make sure to put them on your list of places to go for a drink for Memorial Day weekend or this summer.

-B

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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