After the holiday season, we are often left with a long and dreary winter ahead of us. The falling snow that we were so grateful for on Christmas Day now seems daunting. With a brand new calendar for the New Year, all too often January engagements are sparse, with nothing on the agenda to look forward to. I can’t help but feeling a bit blue at the start of January. Over the past couple of weeks, I find myself resenting the cold weather, but also feeling nostalgia for the time spent with friends and family over the holidays.
Throughout the winter season, I’ve decided to make more of an effort towards embracing the cold weather through making time for the great outdoors, adding some adventure, and marking dates on the calendar so that there are events on the horizon to look forward to. In this process, I’ve created a new feature to the blog titled A Vintage Weekend, which will be shared on Fanciful Impressions every second month.
It’s so important to get out of the routine every once in a while and get a change of scenery. For me, it’s capturing those vintage moments in a new part of town, a new city or venue. Recently, I went on a weekend day trip to Buffalo, New York. It was a sunny winter’s day and it was great to spend time exploring a town rich with history. Here are some highlights:
The Grindhaus Café located in Allentown is a rustic venue to escape the cold weather. You can enjoy a hot cup of apple cider and one of their delicious vegan dishes seated at one of their vintage dining tables. The vibe at this coffee spot is friendly, calm and cozy.
One of my favorite things to do in new cities is check out the town’s history by capturing its architecture and landscape. Going through the town’s theatre district felt like a time warp back to the turn of the twentieth century when the city of Buffalo was booming.
The design of this 1920s candy store was beautiful and felt exactly like an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Though I didn’t try a float at their ice cream stand, I did manage to pick up some of their chocolate truffles!