Brrrrrrr. Like most of the country, we’ve been dealing with some ridiculously cold days, and that’s prevented us from getting out and enjoying the winter as much as we’d like to. Next year, I hope, we’ll be out and about, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, all winter long. But this year, we’ve just tried to get some outdoor family fun time in whenever we could, and not worried about it if we were stuck inside.
A couple of weeks ago we decided to have a little family day in East Aurora. It’s a cute town south of Buffalo, with a pretty main street and plenty of eclectic shops and restaurants. We decided that the weather was nice enough to venture out, so we headed down for lunch and a short walk down the main drag. And since it was convenient to them, we invited the in-laws to tag along.
We started with lunch at Elm Street Bakery. As I mentioned in my previous post about the Buffalo dining scene, we had heard that they made wood-fired pizza and we’ve been on the hunt for a replacement to Pizzeria Paradiso, our favorite joint in Old Town Alexandria. I’ve been trying to avoid gluten, since I’ve noticed that my headaches and tummy distress are much reduced when I eat gluten-free, but I make exceptions (and willingly accept the consequences) for wood-fired pizza. The pizza was delicious and I definitely think we’ll be back to sample their granola, soups, salads and gluten-full breads. (The in-laws stuck with soups, salads and sandwiches while we enjoyed our pizza.)
After lunch, we headed out for a walk down the main street. Before we even got there, we encountered a little used bookshop (aptly named “The Bookworm”) and clearly we had to look in.
They had an especially good children’s section. I didn’t buy anything this time, but will definitely be back. After the bookstore, we took a stroll down the main street (unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t seem to like the picture I snapped of the main street looking all pretty in the snow, but you can check it out on Instagram, here, along with a few other shots I took that day). The boys and Peanut ducked into the five-and-dime while the ladies made for the yarn shop (I needed darning needles, a circular needle, and some buttons – I found them all and successfully resisted buying any yarn).
Such a fun day in East Aurora! We’ll definitely be back, many times, I’m sure. (Next time we go, I’ll try to get more pictures for ya – darn technical difficulties.)
What’s your favorite day trip to take with family?