Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Our Staycation and Vacation

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. We have been on a stay cation for the past 9 days. It was our way of taking some time for us and just doing whatever we felt like each day. So we did some things here at home and we did some traveling around our area. I figured after living here for 7 years we might as well get to know our own area. We live in a very small town about 30 minutes from Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

We have done many things in Niagara Falls but not so much anywhere else. We have gone to the see the Falls many, many times. We go there for the Aquarium, to do the Maid of the Mist, and to outlet shop. So we didn't visit there this week but we will be in about a month.

So we took a trip for a couple of days to explore the Amish Trail which is south of us in the mountains of Cattaraugus County. It fascinates us how these people still live the way our ancestors did. They live simply, do all their own work which is anything from barn raising, producing products to sell, to gardening and tending their livestock which provides all of their own food and to share with the community.

So many homes had signs in front telling you if they were open or closed for business. They sell their wares from their little shops at their homes. Exploring for these places was like a treasure hunt. These shops are never open on Sunday and a lot of them seem to close on Wednesdays too.

They sell everything from quilts, rugs, furniture, sheds(our shed in our backyard was custom made by the Amish), playhouses, chairs, cabinets and so much more, all handmade. 

And of course, we had to buy some of their homemade baked goods, jams and candy to bring home. 

We ate at a few restaurants that are well known in the area. One of them was Racers in South Dayton. We had delicious hamburgers and their own hand cut French Fries were outstanding. We also ate at:
The Mustard Seed. We had the best reuben sandwiches and homemade French onion soup which is our favorite. The place was quaint and it seems the locals love it which tells me the food is always so good.

We stayed at Cherry Creek Inn which I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a bed and breakfast in that area. It is an old house well kept up and our room and en suite were lovely. We ate many of our meals in the house but their breakfasts were to die for. We also enjoyed one of the teas and a walk around the grounds. Most lunches, tours and the teas have to be reserved in advance.

We are definitely going back there because we couldn't see everything that we wanted to in just a few days. 

Before we went the end of last week, we did some major overhauling in my basement pantry. Since we have been eating out of it, the shelves are low. That is a good thing because we noticed that some of the plastic shelves are starting to crack. The weight of the cans is taking their toll on them. So I reorganized things so that the weight is spread out across the shelves. The cracked shelf is now holding lightweight Splenda and teas. We also added a metal origami shelving unit. Hubby took measurements and is on the hunt to design a room with gorilla or metal shelves that can withstand the weight. This is the time of the year that I am on the hunt for rock bottom prices to stock for next winter so the sooner he gets the new shelving the less we will have to move over. Hubby is really into making my pantry exactly what I want it to be instead of something that we just threw quickly together when we moved here.

I have been reorganizing all of the stuff in the other parts of the basement also. Many trips were made to the hardware store to get on sale storage tubs. Hopefully it will all be finished in the next week or two. 

So are any of you planning on exploring your own area of the world this summer? 


  1. Hi AD, this is Chris. Your trip sounds like so much fun. We have never been to Amish country. This summer hubby and I are going to Las Vegas for a few days to see our son speak at a convention for his professional organization. It is not necessarily my first choice in a place to go, but we are going to take the Hoover Dam tour while we are out there. And, we will be able to say we have been there... LOL! It is also a trip to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Enjoy Las Vegas! We went just once and once was enough. We are not gambling people. But we did enjoy the penny and nickel slots and watching Hubby play blackjack and win. But enjoy the scenery and the hotels. Anyone can enjoy how spectacular the lobbies are. Congrats on 35 year and have fun.

  2. This sounds like a great staycation!