Driving from Rochester to Buffalo, New York takes almost an hour and 15 minutes, and it can get pretty boring at times. But there’s no point in staying behind the wheel that long since there are a lot of nice places to visit while traveling. Here are our four favorite picks:
1. Holland Land Office Museum, Batavia
Named after the place where its Dutch investors came from, Batavia is the only city in Genesee County. It is also the home of this unique museum where you’ll learn about the history of this city, which was founded in 1801 by Joseph Ellicott of the Holland Land Company.
Located at 131 West Main Street, the museum was built in 1810 and houses a lot of Civil War artifacts. There’s a gibbet on display that was used to execute people in the 1800s. You can also explore the Pioneer Kitchen where you’ll see how people lived in the past. Butter churns, bed warmers, sewing machines, and other items used in the pioneer days are other attractions.
History buffs and curious visitors can drop by Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The suggested donation is $1 for children or students, $2 for adults, and $5 for families.
2. Oak Orchard Creek, Carlton
If you love nature and fishing, this is the place for you. The creek is located at the border of Genesee and Orleans counties. It is fed by Lake Ontario and attracts a lot of locals and tourists who love fishing. Guides are around to help you catch trout, or you can go paddling on the creek under the Three Bridges if you want to soak in the scenery.
Besides trout, the creek serves as home to kingfishers, herons, snapping turtles, and dragonflies. You’ll also be entranced by the breathtaking water lilies floating there. If you plan to stay longer, there’s a fisherman’s inn nearby and cottages that you can rent for a week. For tired and weary travelers who are just passing through, Oak Orchard Creek is a breath of fresh air.
3. Kutter’s Cheese, Corfu
This may sound cheesy, but are you fond of cheese? If you answered “yes,” you must visit this popular landmark in Corfu. Founded in 1923 by German immigrant Leo Cutter, this factory outlet store transferred there in 1947 and has been selling high-quality cheeses to its many patrons.
The site is a cheese lover’s paradise since you can have your fill of Cheddar, Muenster, Colby, Edam, Gouda, Havarti, and processed cheese that have been the store’s mainstays for over 50 years. You’ll find a superb selection of Kutter’s or Yancey’s cheese that can also be purchased on their website. There are some great curds, dips, and cottage cheese for your eating pleasure as well.
Since it partnered with Hunt County Vineyards in 1997, the outlet now offers wine and regularly conducts wine tastings. Interested? Kutter’s Cheese is open Monday to Friday (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), Saturday (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), and Sunday (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
4. Kozy Kabin, Corfu
Do you have a sweet tooth? Head off to this roadside attraction that’s been around since 1870. It’s open daily so you can purchase raw honey, pure maple syrup, gifts, and other sweet treats.
For those planning their forthcoming baby shower, corporate party, or wedding, they can brighten up their events with honey and maple syrup party favors. Customers will be glad to know that the store uses natural, eco-friendly, and recyclable products.
Goods can be ordered online, if you like, but orders for pick up is by appointment. Whatever catches your fancy, you’re assured of great products at low prices.
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