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Niagara Pkwy part 1
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Inside in winter
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Power Vista
WNY Waterfalls
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Lockport Cave
Amish traditions
Day Trips Rock
Country Barn Quilt
Halloween in WNY
Fest of Lights
Chautauqua Holiday
NYC by Train
Chautauqua Wine Trail
Mayville Ice Castle
Outdoor winter fun
Chautauqua Institution
Farm Markets
Recharge at Chautauqua
Niagara Wine Trail
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Chautauqua County
Lewiston Jazz Fest
Buffalo Waterfront
Pumpkin Fun
Chau Wine Trail LEL
Fall Road Trips
Off season getaways
Free attractions
Winter Fun
Spring Break
Winery Train
St Lawrence Seaway
Seaway Trail Journey
Welland Canal LEL
Fall Festivals
Scenic Fall Drives
Holiday Hollow
Shopping in NYC
Holiday Shopping Corning
Buffalo has Wright
Buffalo Religious Art
Ten must see getaways
Chautauqua and Erie
Welland Murals
The Tonawandas
Ten Hidden Places
Wing Festival
Presque Isle
Lewisburg PA
Victorian Christmas
Chocolate Trail
Fun with Grandkids
George Eastman House
National Historic Landmar
Thing for Wings
Olcott Beach
Little League Museum
Rock City
Glass Blowing
Queenston ON
Lawn Fetes
Chautauqua Co Bicentennia
Shaw Festival
Chautauqua County 2
Olcott Carousel
10 Hidden Gems
Olcott Beach 2
Hot Dog Spots
Enjoy Presque Isle
One Tank Trips
Belhurst Castle
Shop in Lewiston
Cuba Cheese Museum
Pumpkinville 2
Snowshoe 2
Spooky Treats
Walkable Shopping
Norman Rockwell Museum
Fatima Shrine Lights
Christmas Lights
Albright Knox
Darwin Martin
Maple Weekend
Divine Mercy Shrine
Erie Canal
Cape Cod
Cobblestone Trail 2
8 Great Fall Road Trips
Little Known Places
Buy Local
Made in America Store
Great Lakes Seaway Trail
Lovely Gardens
WNY Festivals
Erie PA Waterfront
Grape Discovery Center
Salt Sanctuary
Holiday Hollow 2
Historic Hull House
Buffalo Religious Arts Ce
Mall Madness
One day holiday getaways
New York City by train
Cabin Fever
Niagara on the Lake
Elmira 150th Anniversary
Carousels of WNY
Ontario Beach Park
Lockport Locks
USA Bird Supply Blog Arch
Backroads and Byways of U

Articles by Christine A. Smyczynski

Since 1998, author Christine A. Smyczynski has had hundreds of articles published in numerous local, regional and national publications, including The Buffalo News and Western New York Family Magazine. Here are some of her travel related articles in order of publication.




February 2006
Celebrate Black History Month (WNY Family Feb. 2006)
Slip Away to the Bristol Hills and Naples, NY (WNY Family Magazine)
Olean: Small Town Charm in Cattaraugus County's Largest City (WNY Family Magazine)
A February Festival that's as cool as Ice (The Buffalo News, Feb. 12, 2006)
Resort to a mid winter getaway (The Buffalo News, February 5, 2006)
Art and History Help Cure Cabin Fever (The Buffalo News, February 26, 2006)

March 2006
Museums Take Flight in WNY (The Buffalo News, March 19, 2006)
Take a Hike on WNY Trails (The Buffalo News, March 26, 2006)

May 2006
Watching the Ships come in on the Welland Canal (The Buffalo News, May 7, 2006)

June 2006
A Grand Dame of a Hotel celebrates 125 Years (The Buffalo News June 11, 2006)

July 2006
Relaxation is the Point at Chautauqua Lake Village (Bemus Point) (The Buffalo News, July 16, 2006)


August 2006
Following the Cobblestone Trail to History (The Buffalo News August 13, 2006)

September 2006
The Prettiest Sunday Afternoon Drive in the World-Niagara Pkwy (Part 1, The Buffalo News, September 10, 2006)
Plenty of Stops along the Niagara Pkwy (Part 2, The Buffalo News, September 17, 2006)
Rock Formations are a Sight to behold (The Buffalo News, September 24, 2006)

October 2006
Health and Relaxation Spring from Victorian Village (Clifton Springs) (The Buffalo News, October 29, 2006)

November 2006
Exploring WNY's Amish Community (The Buffalo News, November 5, 2006)

January 2007
Nature Springs to Life During Winter (The Buffalo News, January 21, 2007)

February 2007
Enjoy a Whine Free Getaway at Wine & Chocolate Weekend (Western New York Family, February 2007)
Winter Wonderland-Niagara Falls in Winter (Democrat & Chronicle February 11, 2007)
Outdoor Activities Celebrate WNY's Winter Fun (February 11, 2007)
Going Inside for Some Cool Winter Fun (The Buffalo News, February 18, 2007)


April 2007
A Step Back in Time at Old Fort Niagara (Democrat & Chronicle, April 1, 2007)
Power Play-Power Vista (Democrat & Chronicle, April 22, 2007)
Western New York Waterfalls are a Spectacular Sight (The Buffalo News April 29, 2007)

May 2007
Corning: More than Glass (The Buffalo News, May 13, 2007)

June 2007
Dads and Cars: A Perfect Match (Western New York Family, June 2007)
Drawing Families- Artpark (Democrat & Chronicle June 24, 2007)

July 2007
Hershey: The Sweetest Place on Earth (Western New York Family, July 2007)
Exploring Native American History & Culture (The Buffalo News, July 1, 2007)
Picturesque Views, charming Towns line the Lake Ontario Shore (The Buffalo News, July 22, 2007)

August 2007
Underground History (Lockport Cave)(Democrat & Chronicle, August 5, 2007)
Gardens, Mansion Give a Glimpse of the Past (Sonnenberg Gardens)(The Buffalo News, August 19, 2007)
According to Tradition (Amish)(Democrat & Chronicle, August 19, 2007)

September 2007
Day Trips that Rock (Democrat & Chronicle, September 3, 2007)

October 2007
A Spin Down the Country Barn Quilt Trail (The Buffalo News, October 14, 2007)
Halloween Activities in WNY (Western New York Family, October 2007)

November 2007
Cascading Lights-Niagara Falls Festival of Lights (Democrat & Chronicle November 11, 2007)
Take a Break and Enjoy the Season-Chautauqua County Holiday events (The Buffalo News, November 25, 2007)
Train Ride to the Big City is a Great Time With Girls (New York City by Train) (The Buffalo News, November 25, 2007)

January 2008
Chautauqua Wine Trail (Buffalo News, January 27, 2008)
Icing on the Lake- Mayville Ice Castle (The Democrat & Chronicle, January 27, 2008)

February 2008
Winter Wonderland: 40 Places to enjoy outdoor fun (Western New York Family February, 2008)

April/May 2008
Chautauqua Institution (Lake Erie Living, April/May 2008)
Farm Fresh Markets (Western New York Family, May 2008)
Recharge at Chautauqua (Democrat & Chronicle, May 15,2008)
Niagara Wine Trail (Buffalo News, May 18, 2008)

July/August 2008
Cruising along with the family (local boat rides) (Buffalo News, July 6, 2008)
Lakes Erie & Ontario offer great sand, shells (Buffalo News, July 13, 2008)
Get away from it all in Chautauqua County (Subaru Drive, Summer 2008)
Lewiston hosts Jazz and arts festivals (Democrat & Chronicle, August 3, 2008)
Lighting the Wine Trail (Hammondsport) (Democrat & Chroncile, August 17, 2008)


September 2008
Buffalo waterfront (Democrat & Chronicle, September 2008)

October/November 2008
It's the season for pumpkin flavored fun (Buffalo News, October 5, 2008)
The Color Purple- Chautauqua WineTrail (Lake Erie Living Oct./Nov. 2008)
Fall Road Trips (Lake Erie Living, Oct./Nov. 2008)

January 2009
Off season getaways (Buffalo News, January 4, 2009)

February 2009
Free Attractions (Buffalo News Gusto, February 6, 2009)

Winter Fun (WNY Family February 2009)



April 2009
Spend spring break close to home (Buffalo News 4/5/09)
Taughannock trails and falls offer family fun (Buffalo News 4/19/09)

June 2009
Winery Train (Democrat & Chronicle 6/21/09)
Explore the legacy of a historic shipping route - St. Lawrence Seaway 50th anniversary (Buffalo News 6/21/09)
Special places along the Seaway Trail (Seaway Trail Journey Magazine 2009-10)



July 2009
Watching your ship come on on the Welland Canal (Lake Erie Living June/July2009)
Enjoy the thrills of kid-friendly Sandusky, OH (Buffalo News 7/5/09)



August 2009
Adventurers in our Lake Erie neighbor- Cleveland (Buffalo News 8/30/09)


September 2009
Fabulous Fall Festivals (WNY Family, September 2009)

October 2009

Scenic Fall Drives (WNY Family October 2009)

Holiday Hollow (Democrat & Chronicle October 2009)

Shopping in New York City (The Buffalo News, October 2009)



November 2009

Holiday Shopping in Corning (The Buffalo News, November 2009)

Buffalo has the Wright Stuff (Erie Life November 2009)



January 2010

Enjoy the Winter Wonderland by Snowshoeing (The Buffalo News, January 10, 2010)



February 2010

Family Friendly Toronto (Democrat & Chronicle, February 7, 2010)



March 2010

A Tour of Twain's Summer Home (Elmira) (The Buffalo News March 21, 2010)



April 2010

Preserving Buffalo's Religious Legacy (National Catholic Register April 25, 2010)



May 2010

Ten Must See Getaways (Thrive, May/June 2010)



June 2010

Chautauqua County and Erie PA (Ohio Magazine June 2010)

Murals HIghlight a Visit to Welland (Buffalo News, June 27, 2010)



July 2010

The Tonawandas (Democrat & Chronicle July 11th 2010)



August 2010

Ten Hidden Places in WNY (AAA online, August 2010)

National Buffalo Wing Festival (Democrat & Chronicle August 29, 2010)



September 2010

Presque Isle State Park (Democrat & Chronicle September 2010)



October 2010

Marblehead Lighthouse (Buffalo News, October 17, 2010)

Lewisburg PA (The Buffalo News, October 17, 2010)



December 2010

Victorian Christmas (Forever Young)



January 2011

Corning Chocolate Trail (Buffalo News, January 30, 2011)



February 2011

Where to take the grandkids for fun (Forever Young)



Spring 2011

George Eastman House (AAA Member Connection)



April 2011

National Historic Landmarks- Discover WNY's Rich History (Buffalo News, April 3, 2011)



Spring/Summer 2011 Longweekends

Thing for Wings

A day at the beach - Olcott

Little League Museum

Rock City



May 2011

Have a Glass Blowing blast (Corning) (Democrat & Chronicle May 15, 2011)

Park offers scenery, history lessons (Queenston ON) (Buffalo News, May 15, 2011)



June 2011

Summer Lawn Fetes (Forever Young)

Birthday blowout is blast from the past (Chautauqua Co Bicentennial) (Buffalo News June 19, 2011)

Shaw Festival (Democrat & Chronicle June 25, 2011)

Step back in time in Chautauqua County (Buffalo Magazine, June 25, 2011)



Summer 2011 (AAA Member Connection)

Olcott Beach Carousel Park

10 Hidden Gems in WNY



Summer 2011 (Discover WNY Buffalo News Special Section)


Olcott Beach


Legendary Hot Dog Spots



July 2011

Village charm, wineries, and more, (Westfield) (Buffalo News, July 10, 2011)

Canandaigua: The Choosen Place (WNY Family Magazine)

Enjoy Erie's Presque Isle (WNY Family Magazine)



August 2011

His & Her One Tank Trips (Forever Young)



Autumn 2011 (AAA Member Connection)

Then & Now Belhurst Castle

Shopping and eating in Lewiston



September 2011

Grab a slice of history in Allegany County (Cuba Cheese Museum) (Buffalo News September 9, 2011)



Fall/Winter 2011 Longweekends

Gourds Galore (Pumpkinville)

Snow much to see (Snowshoeing at Beaver Meadow)



October 2011

October Spooky Treats (Forever Young)



November 2011

Walkable Shopping Districts (Forever Young)

Rockwell Museum is highlight of Stockbridge visit (Buffalo News, November 6, 2011)

Fatima Shrine Lights: Festival of Lights highlights true meaning of Christmas (National Catholic Register, November 20, 2011)

Christmas Lights (Democrat & Chronicle)



Winter 2011 (AAA Member Connection)

Albright Knox Art Gallery



Spring 2012 (AAA Member Connection)

Darwin Martin House



March 2012

Maple Weekend (Forever Young)



April 2012

Jesus I trust in You: Marian shrine in the Berkshires focuses on Divine Mercy (National Catholic Register, April 8, 2012)

Ports of Call beckon with cruises, shops, and more (Erie Canal) (Buffalo News, April 29, 2012)



July 2012

A Gateway to Rochester (Forever Young)

Cape Cod: Lighthouses, museums, seafood and so much more (WNY Family Magazine)

See the landmarks and enjoy the markets (Cobblestone Trail) (Buffalo News, July 15, 2012)



October 2012

8 Great Fall Road Trips (WNY Family Magazine)



November 2012

There's always more to explore: Little Known Places in WNY (Buffalo News, November 4, 2012)

Buy Local, It's craft show time (Forever Young)



February 2013

Made in America Store (Lake Erie Living)


Spring/Summer 2013 (Longweekends)

Vidlers 5 & 10


May 2013

Great Lakes Seaway Trail ( Buffalo News, May 19,2013)


June 2013

Enjoy our Region's Lovely Gardens (Forever Young)

WNY Festivals: Then & Now (Forever Young)

Erie PA Waterfront (Buffalo News, June 30, 2013)


August 2013

Grape Discovery Center (Buffalo News, August 18,2013)


September 2013

Salt Sanctuary (Buffalo News, September 23, 2013)


Fall/Winter 2013 (Longweekends)

Holiday Hollow 


November 2013

Historic Hull House (Forever Young)

Buffalo Religious Arts Center (Forever Young)

Mall Madness (WNY Family)

One day holiday getaways (WNY Family)


January 2014

New York City by train (Forever Young)

Cabin Fever (January 5, 2014)


February 2014

Niagara on the Lake: The perfect Romantic Getaway (Forever Young)






The following articles will be posted online later in 2016 or early 2017

April 2014

Elmira : A southertier city soaring after 150 years (Buffalo News April 13, 2014)


May 2014

Carousels of Western New York (WNY Family) 


Spring/ Summer 2014 (Longweekends)

Summer Sands: Ontario Beach Park 

Cruising along the Canal (Lockport Locks)


June 2014 

Canandaigua: Perfect choice for a summer getaway (Buffalo News June 29, 2014)


July 2014

Visitors will find plenty to do in canalside villages (Pittsford and Fairport) (Buffalo News July 27, 2014)


August 2014

Visit North Tonawanda: a quaint community along the Erie Canal (Forever Young)


September 2014      

Discover the village of Williamsville (Forever Young)                      


October 2014 Enjoy a fall day to WNY's southerntier (Olean & Ellicottville) (WNY Family)

A smaller, less crowded version of Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ridgeway, ON) (Buffalo News, October 12, 2014) 

Quilts commemorate Leroy's bicentennial (Buffalo News, October 26, 2014)


Fall/Winter  2014 (Longweekends)   

Maple Weekend                     

Salt Sanctuary


November 2014

The perfect place for a girls getaway (Grove City, PA) (Buffalo News, October 9, 2014)


December 2014

Lewiston: the perfect day trip destination (Buffalo News, December 7, 2014)

Indoor waterparks are a perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day (Buffalo News, December 21, 2014)


January 2015

Where have all the flowers gone, not that far from here (indoor gardens) (Buffalo News, January 11, 2015)

Take flight to museums that specialize in aviation history (Buffalo News, January 18, 2015)

March 2015

As the snow piles up  museums offer some relief (Buffalo News, March 1, 2015)

John Disciullo Hometown Game show host connectswith community(Forever Young)


April 2015   

Your ticket for cheap fun  (Gusto Buffalo News, April 2-9/15  )

Historic Lockport (Forever Young)


May 2015       

Preserving Memories: Chuck Eckert/Mary Money  (Forever Young)


Spring/Summer 2015      

Carousels of Binghamton  (Longweekends)


August 2015  

Canandaigua: The chosen spot in the Finger Lakes (Forever Young)

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Canada's most beautiful town (Forever Young)

35 years after honeymoon looking for change (1000 Islands) (Buffalo News, August 30, 2015)


September 2015

Singing to our Lady: Profile of Fr. Bill  Quinlivan  (National Catholic Register, September, 1, 2015)

Living it up in Lewisburg, PA  (Forever Young)


October 2015 

Picturesque waterfront village is far cry from big city (Port Credit, ON) (Buffalo News, October 4, 2015)

See what’s new at the ever changing glass museum (CMOG) (Buffalo News, October 11, 2015)


Nov 2015       

Another man’s treasure: Up cycling brings new life to old furniture (Forever Young)

New museum focuses on Finger Lakes Boating Heritage (Buffalo News, November 8, 2015)


Fall/winter 2015  (Longweekends)   

Ice at Canalside

Winter Festival of lights


December 2015       

Why pay for education when you can get it free   (WNY Family)

Inspirational beauty of Buffalo churches   (Forever Young)