Feb. 2-3 2017
There was a time when I was hockey obsessed, To look at me and know me now...that would be a shocker. I hate the cold, can barely stay on skates without my ankles hurting, and haven't watched a hockey game or even have a clue about who is looking at potential Stanley Cup winnings, but yes...there was a time many many moons ago when HOCKEY was my life. (I just did a photo search for a picture and couldn't locate one.)
I was a BIG Ranger fan at 12 years old. I was also married (in my little girl dreams) to one particular hockey player #9 NY Ranger and former Olympic gold Metal winner Rob McClanahan. I had scrapbooks of News paper clippings, pictures taken off the tv (yeah it was a little different back then, you couldn't google a name an a dozen or so pictures pop up.) Game days were long awaited and I was always right there in front of the tv ready to watch.
After all that obsession, I never once watched a live Rangers game.....until my hubby made that bucket list opportunity happen for me this past week.
Okay, so it wasn't at Madison Square Gardens, but it was The NY Rangers after all and of course would mean a road trip! Buffalo here we come!
Mark set the whole trip up. He got a hotel room and had the trip planned! It turned out to be AMAZING!
Mark had made reservations for the evening at the Westin hotel. (picture taken from the Internet.)
REVIEW HERE: All I can say about this hotel is WONDERFUL!!!! I am not making a plug and generally I don't put in reviews but this place deserves five plus stars. This hotel had the most friendly and accommodating staff. The service was incredible, the place was beautiful, The beds were super comfy! A++++ on accommodation. Not only was the staff wonderful, they offered a shuttle to the game and our driver Garrett offered us insider tips and actually came out to find us in the crowd once the game ended to get us back to the hotel. Incredible!!!! If I ever stay in Buffalo again....I will definitely stay here! Loved it! (picture of the fireplace in the lounge)
Once we settled in and had a plan in mind Mark and I decided to seek out the famous Anchor Bar. Claim to fame....The home to the original Buffalo Wing! We decided to walk as our car was in the lot and would stay there all night. ($18- max at self park or $25- in the valet with multiple come and go access.) We decided to walk and save the $7-. Just in case you are not aware...Buffalo is COLD in February. Very Very Very COLD...and when that wind cuts through you its like knife!!! BUT we took the mile plus walk in an attempt to view the city.
Of course we had to get some wings. We also ordered some more "zero calorie" items as well. (Don't you know there is no calories on vacation.) Good thing we walked and had made it to the gym earlier.
Originally we were told there was not a shuttle available for the game that evening, so Mark and I had discussed possibly walking and maybe taking a cab back. After our previous walk...the idea of walking was not high on our list...We approached the hotel desk and inquired about a cab, it was then that we were told they could offer a shuttle. Horay!!! Yahooo! Love it!! We were also told about the bar called 716 adjacent to the area and we recommended for pre game meals and cocktails.
Garrett our shuttle driver dropped us off right in front of the 716 and we were soon having drinks and anticipating the game.
Garrett had told us of the "secret" entrance to the arena. Second floor, through the parking garage. BAM! we were in and heading to our seats.
I can't begin to tell you how excited I was. This was my team!!! I was so ready to watch these players for real on the ice right before my eyes....
THE NY RANGERS WON!!!!!!!!
Mark and I made our way out of the arena...with about 1,000 others and made out way back to the 716 bar, where we had planned to met with our shuttle. Thing is the roads were all blocked off by the police...Oh no! How would Garrett get to us? We called and were told he was already down in the area waiting for us. They had him call us and we wandered towards where he reported he was parked. He actually was walking towards us as we approached the area. WOW what service. It took us a bit to get back to the hotel but it was all so worth every second.
I had the most incredible time!!! Thank you Mark!!! What an amazing husband I have been blessed with! I could not have had the day/evening go better.
We made our way back to our room ready to fall into the sheets. I attempted the tv and it would not turn on. We tried everything and then I called down to the front desk. They couldn't figure it out either. We went to bed with no worries Our day was so amazing...nothing could get me down. TV was not a needed lull to assist us in sleep this evening we were both out in moments.
We were told we would be compensated for the tv incident and we were graciously!!! FREE breakfast awaited us. Oh BTW....the Westin gym is OUT OF THIS WORLD.... If you plan to stay bring your workout garb!!! It beats all gyms (Except the Cruise ship) I've ever seen at a hotel.
Mark and I enjoyed the most YUMMY breakfast before checking out!!! And it was FREE!!!! Hollar!
Filled up and ready to go...we got back on the road heading towards Central NY. I had hoped to stop at the lake for a quick visit, but there was no road access to the canal strip....and it was totally to cold to walk around in the area. Instead we took the highway and waved to the cold lake from above.
I have to admit I didn't have a whole lot of expectations for our mini-vacation to Buffalo NY, but I sure did have an amazing time! I think I might come back someday. Maybe in the summer!!! TTFN Buffalo!