Hitting the pavement for a wild and wooly getaway, Buffalo-style—On the Road to Buffaloha by Michael Morgulis.

Okay, so when you hear that phrase, you probably see images of Steve McQueen in your mind—there goes the king of cool, busting out of a Nazi POW camp, Jim Garner and Chuck Bronson in tow ... But not all great escapes have to be about running (or riding) for your life. This month, Spree finds some getaways that are truly, well, great—for the soul, the body, and the mind. Let us be your guide for explorations of Iceland and Ohio, Mexico and West Virginia, Paris and Northampton. What do these disparate locations have in common? They’re all glorious options for a trip that will renew your spirit of adventure. Time to get out and enjoy the world beyond WNY for a while. Take your time—we’ll be here to greet you when you return.

Wild, wonderful West Virginia
By Jeffrey Levine
Northampton, MA
bright lights, little city

Story and photos by Nancy J. Parisi
A visit to Mars—and Pittsburgh
By Elizabeth Licata
Golfing, etc.: “The Kingdom” of
Northeast Ohio

Story and photos by
Ronald S. Montesano

Iceland an island of extreme beauty
Story, photos, and drawings
by Alberto Rey

Impossibly romantic
Playa Escondida

By Donna Evans-Deyermond
Euro holidays: four days on the fly
Story and photos by Nancy J. Parisi

Q&A: Donna Fernandes, president, Buffalo Zoo
By Christopher Schobert; photos by kc kratt
Cool stuff:
Burlesque for beginners, or, embracing the pole

By Christopher Schobert
Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert
Spree insider: A good Harvest, and great dining
By Mary Georger

Art Preview: Drawings get their due
By Elizabeth Licata
Music: The genius of John Corigliano
By Jeffrey Levine
Theater: No Doubt about it, the future is bright
By Darwin McPherson
Books: Gary Zebrun’s Lonely Lackawanna tale
By Christopher Schobert
Plus: Michael Ludwig makes his mark with the BPO.

Style: Eyewear trends
By Catherine Berlin
Beauty: Ugly Betty and friends
By Catherine Berlin
Gadget Planet: Mo gadgets, mo problems
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin
Vanity Wars
By “Ambrose” and “Faith”

A review of Verbena; making fall flavorful with veggies; South African wines make a comeback; bargain dining at Manhattan Pizza (in Buffalo); beyond dessert pie; searching for good pudding; a Williamsville pubcrawl; and the month in galas.
By Lisa Brown, Ron Ehmke, Joe George, Jessica Keltz, Vicki G. Marshall, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Kevin Purdy, and Margaret M. Toohey.

Take One:
A very fine Verbena

By Alan Bedenko
Wine: Pariahs no more:
South African wine rebounds

By Mark Criden

Editor’s letter, deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Index of advertisers
Who was there
Bflo Days:
Learning To Crawl
By Ron Ehmke