Celebrate Valentine’s In Style at These Restaurants

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, now’s the time to start thinking about making dinner reservations for you and your special someone to celebrate this romantic day. Let’s take a look at a few of the top picks around the region with help from Step Out Buffalo.

Coco Bistro and Bar

Coco Bistro and Bar is located on Main Street in Allentown and offers both a dark and romantic atmosphere and absolutely divine fare. We would recommend getting a steamer pot of mussels and pomme frites to enjoy. They come in a variety of flavors and they’re reasonably priced! The staff is friendly and warm, too, and this is a wonderful French taste and feel – perfect for a holiday about love.

Valentine's DateTrattoria Aroma

If Italian food is more your style, this Tuscan feeling restaurant is perfect for you. They have a great selection of Italian wine and a selection of scrumptious pastas made all in house. They also have a great rabbit pasta dish for those adventurous eaters. This quaint place is located on Bryant Street in the scenic Elmwood Village.


If you prefer seafood, there is no better place in Buffalo than SEAbar on Ellicott Street. They have a focus on sushi, and even offer a taste of Buffalo – a beef on weck sushi roll. There are other non-seafood items, too, like ramen and short ribs, which means there is something for everyone at SEAbar. This small and cozy restaurant offers a perfect quaint, not crowded feel, and is a lovely choice for your date this Valentine’s Day!

Black & Blue Steak and Crab

If your date loves seafood, but you prefer meat, Black and Blue is a great compromise. Located in Amherst, Black and Blue offers a variety of different meat and seafood selections and sides and, of course, the favorite surf and turf dinner – who wouldn’t enjoy that? This is a wonderful high-end, upscale dining choice, and offers an atmosphere and menu variety to match.

Ristorante Lombardo

This restaurant also has a strong Italian influence, but is easy to get to at its location on Hertel in North Buffalo. We would recommend the wood-roasted figs appetizer to start, served with prosciutto and a nice smoky flavor. The veal rib chop is a savory main course, as well, served with a fresh cherry mostarda, which gives a great flavor to your palate.

Of course, there’s always the option of having a romantic home-cooked meal by candlelight this year, and at your home at Town Hall Terrace, you’ll have all the space you need to make a truly romantic evening. Our fully furnished and spacious kitchens offer all the space you need to make a wonderful meal, and every unit offers a dining area where you and your loved one can share a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. To learn more about making your home in our community, give us a call today at 716-773-2788.

Take to the Ice and Enjoy the Winter Season

It’s not truly the winter until you’ve made a trip to the ice rink!

Whether you’re a beginner or an ice skating pro, there’s nothing quite like spending the afternoon on a pair of ice skates with the family to signal that winter has arrived. Here are some of our favorite places in the Western New York area for ice-skating this season!

Step Out BuffaloIce Skating has laid out the best spots in the Buffalo area for ice-skating. There are both indoor and outdoor options, so a too-cold or too-snowy day won’t keep you out of your skates!

For a true wintry experience, head to The Ice at Canalside, located in downtown Buffalo. This outdoor rink in the surging canal district is the perfect spot for skating, especially if there’s snow in the forecast. There are also other fun winter events available, too, like ice bikes, curling, pond hockey and more. This is a great spot to spend the day with the family!

Rotary Rink, also located downtown, is another good option for outdoor skating. With the city lights illuminating the skyline, you’ll feel like you’re in the center of everything. Stop by some of Buffalo’s best restaurants and shops after your skate.

If the weather’s too bad to skate outside but you still want to hit the ice, check out The Northtown Center in Amherst. This indoor rink is perfect for first-time skaters, and skate rentals are only $3 per pair for town residents.

For an indoor option that’s also located in Downtown Buffalo, head to the HarborCenter. This is a great destination for you and the family, with lots of activities to do including ice-skate. Skate rentals are also $3, and children younger than 7 can participate in open skating for just $1.25.

Whether you’re looking for a new home for just yourself, or for you and your family, we have what you need, located in the best part of the Buffalo area. Check out the available Town Hall Terrace patio homes, apartments or townhouses. Learn about some of our many amenities, and apply for tenancy today!

Snowmobile Near Home on Grand Island

Now that winter is here, so are the numerous outdoor activities that many of us participate in throughout the season. Now if you’re a downhill skier or snowboarder, you might have to head south of Town Hall Terrace to do that. However, if snowmobiling is your thing, then your fun is almost literally right around the corner.

Snowmobile Grand Island Snowmobile Club has numerous trails you can head out and ride on to get your snowmobiling fix. They will be opening six trails very soon, so be sure to check the group’s website regularly for any updates on trail conditions and the status of opening.

What’s great about the trails they offer is that many of them are very close to Town Hall Terrace. This means when you’re ready to ride, you won’t have to make a long drive just to get the trails. You can hop in your car and be there within a few minutes, leaving you with more time to ride.

Now, if you are on more of the adventurous side and want to explore more of Grand Island than what is near Town Hall Terrace, Grand Island Snowmobile Club has got you covered. They have roughly 17 miles of trails that run in a circuit around the whole island. So whether you’re new to the island and want to explore or are looking for a change of scenery, the Grand Island snowmobile trails offer you plenty of options.

If you’re going to ride with friends, chances are most of you are going to be tired once you’re done riding. Instead of just sending them home, invite your riding partners back to your home at Town Hall Terrace. With spacious apartments, townhomes and patio homes, you’ll have plenty of room to host your guests and let them warm back up and enjoy a break before heading back home after a day of riding on the trails.

Town Hall Terrace also offers a range of amenities for residents to enjoy in all seasons, including a fitness center, clubhouse lounge and a dog park for your four-legged family members. With numerous local attractions and activities available in the area of just a short drive away, living here offers the best of country club living with suburban convenience. To learn more about our available rentals or to take a tour of our homes, call us today at 716-773-2788!

Ring in 2017 at Great WNY Events

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for something to do right here in Western New York, there’s no shortage of options for ringing in 2017. Let’s look at some of the great options just a short drive away from Town Hall Terrace in Grand Island.

New Year's EveStatler City Ice Ball

The Statler City is located on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo, and is a popular destination for extravagant weddings and events. On New Year’s Eve, the Statler is holding its sixth annual Ice Ball featuring live music, food that will dance upon your taste buds and five hours of open bar. The bands featured in this event cross a number of genres and there’s something for everyone! There are also plenty of local hotels to choose from within a short walk of Statler City, so you can ring in the new year and not have to worry about catching a cab home.

New Year’s Eve at Big Ditch Brewing Company

Located in downtown Buffalo, Big Ditch Brewing Company has definitely made a name for itself. It has a diverse beer selection and there’s something for everyone. Big Ditch is throwing a New Year’s Eve party this year which features beers from their excellent craft brewed selection, as well as a DJ and great food. You can even view the ball drop and fireworks at the Electric Tower from the party! Tickets are $65 a person and can be purchased online.

New Year’s Eve Party at Resurgence Brewing Co.

Resurgence Brewing has been a local sensation since they opened. This year they have decided to have an elegant New Year’s Eve gathering in their tap room from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. They will have food catered by Ru’s Pierogi and BreadHive, and tickets include an open bar with a champagne toast and special beer release! They will even have special keepsake photos and other activities throughout the night. It’s a gathering you will not want to miss! Tickets are $100 per person and available online now.

Ring in the New Year with a new energy and positive vibe – and perhaps a new residence. Town Hall Terrace offers a small, tightknit community that has great energy and a great location, with convenient access to and from Niagara Falls, downtown Buffalo and destinations throughout Western New York. Are you interested in finding an apartment, townhouse or patio home to rent? Call us today at 716-773-2788 to schedule a tour and to learn more about our available units!

Christmas Is Coming: Where to Find Your Tree in WNY

Christmas Tree Christmas is coming, and, that means it is time to decide where you and your family will go to pick your Christmas tree this year. Here in Western New York, there are plenty of farms where you can shop for a tree. Let’s take a look at three of the closest options for tenants here at Town Hall Terrace.

Treetop Acres

Located in Niagara County, Treetop Acres has been growing Christmas trees on a compact 23-acre tree farm for 34 years. With 3,000 trees to choose from, including both fir and spruce trees, you can decide how much time you would like to spend hunting for the perfect Christmas tree. Take advantage of the choose-and-cut service and bring your tree back to your car on a sled, or have the friendly staff at Treetop Acres cut the tree for you. In addition to providing a traditional experience to guests, Treetop Acres also provides machine shaking to eliminate loose needles and a baling machine to wrap netting around your tree for an easier ride home.

Jurek Plantations

Looking for a holiday outing the whole family can enjoy? Visit Jurek Plantations for a family-friendly tree-shopping adventure. At Jurek Plantations, you can select from a wide variety of trees from balsam firs to Austrian pines to Colorado blue spruces. Choose to cut your own Christmas tree or buy a pre-cut tree. Plus, be sure to bring the kids to enjoy a weekend tractor ride and visit Santa while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa.

Akron Acres

At Akron Acres, you will experience more than Christmas tree shopping. Take a horse-drawn hayride to cut down your tree from the selection of Fraser, balsam, Canaan and concolor firs or buy one of the pre-cut trees available. After you find the perfect tree, stick around for some holiday shopping at the country store, sip on some hot cocoa and visit with Santa. You will also have the opportunity to visit the animals on the farm. Once you visit Akron Acres, it is sure to become a holiday tradition.

Bring your Christmas tree back home to Town Hall Terrace and deck the halls with festive holiday joy. For families looking for a quiet retreat only a short drive from Buffalo, Niagara Falls and other destinations throughout Western New York, Town Hall Terrace offers beautifully kept rental townhomes, patio homes and apartments that are comfortable and convenient during the holidays – and throughout the entire year. Call us at 716-773-2788 today to schedule a tour and to learn more about our currently available inventory.

Tips for Hosting Guests During the Holidays

Hosting the whole family and all of your friends for a meal during the holidays can be stressful. You need to clean, make sure you have enough chairs and table space, and manage an oven schedule that will deliver each delicious dish to the table perfectly hot and on time for holiday dinner. Needless to say, we could all use a little hosting help this time of year! Town Hall Terrace is here to give you a few tips for making hosting guests during the holidays a stress-free breeze.

Hosting Family at the HolidaysPlan Ahead

HGTV’s best tip for hosting the holidays smoothly and seamlessly is to make a list and plan ahead! That might seem like a fairly basic tip, but mentally thinking through things and having an actually written out schedule are two different things. If you want to really be thankful this holiday season, put your schedule together in advance and keep checking it to see what needs to be prepped or baked next. Plus, by organizing your cooking and baking schedule, you can also run through your dishes and make sure you don’t forget any of the important ingredients!


Another way to cut down on stress is to cook whatever you can ahead of time. If you’re serving crudité and spinach dip, for example, prep the dip and chop the veggies a day or two in advance. If your gravy recipe calls for four hours of stove simmering, whip that up ahead of time. And when it comes to pies, they keep really well in the fridge for a few days, so get those baked before the day of the festivities and enjoy your sweet dessert without the need for not-so-sweet stress.

Ditch the Fancy Cocktails

Real Simple also suggests that you stick to premade punches and bottles of wine when it comes to the drinks. Serving cocktails can be a fun way to celebrate the day with your friends, but when suddenly you’re trying to make craft cocktails for a dozen people in your kitchen as you juggle pots, pans, serving trays and everything else, it suddenly might not be so fun. Keep it simple and stress-free with simple punches and premade options.

If you realize this holiday season that your home is just too small to host everyone for the holidays, check out Town Hall Terrace’s available apartments and townhouses. Our open-concept floor plans and spacious living areas will make having friends or family over for the holidays more fun and less stressful. Find out more about our currently available units by giving us a call at 716-773-2788.

Hockey Is Coming Up Fast!

Hockey season is fast approaching across North America. Currently, the World Cup of Hockey is in full swing, but the NHL preseason starts early next week.

Professional Hockey SeasonHere in Western New York, everyone is anxiously awaiting the start for the Sabres. It’s a perfect time to start getting organized and prepared for the fall. So dust off your Jack Eichel jersey, put that magnetic team logo back on your car, and get ready for the new hockey season.

There are various things you can do to get ready for hockey season. To start, it’s time to get out all of your gear. Jerseys, floormats, wall art or anything else Sabres-centric that you own – it’s finally time to clean it off and proudly display it.

Next, make sure you can watch the game before puck drop. No one wants to be channel-surfing only to find out they don’t have the game. If you’re entertaining guests, make sure you leave yourself ample preparation time, too, so that during breaks in the game play you can refill your plate or get a fresh drink.

Last, while we always want our neighbors to get along, prepare yourself for the upcoming rivalries. If you’ve got neighbors who are fans of the Leafs or like to cheer for the Bruins, prepare to put down the swords – at least on the nights the teams aren’t playing one another.

As the season gets started for the Sabres – the first preseason game is less than a week away! – if it’s approaching moving season for you, be sure to check out Town Hall Terrace. Our available apartments and townhouses offer a peaceful, quiet and convenient place to live, and is just 20 to 30 minutes from the Key Bank Center.

To learn more about current openings, give us a call today at 716-773-2788. You can also apply for tenancy online 24/7 and one of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible.

And, of course – Let’s Go Buffalo!

Five Tips for Your Season Opening Party

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Buffalo Bills will be playing in the season opener Sept. 11. Instead of just going to a bar to watch the game, if you live at Town Hall Terrace you could host a season starter party that’s sure to have everyone raving. Here are five ways you could celebrate the start of the 2016 season in one of our townhomes, patio homes or apartments.

Host at Your Place

To start, there’s no place like home! Instead of going to a party or bar, bring the party to you. Invite a bunch of friends over to your spacious apartment or townhome at Town Hall Terrace and cheer the Bills on to victory from the luxury of your own place.

Football KickoffHave a Day of Sports

Do you and your friends love to play sports as much as you like watching? Before kickoff, head outside to Town Hall Terrace’s basketball and tennis courts and play a match or two. It could also be a great way to let off some steam after the game if they lose.

Watch with Residents

Bills fans are everywhere in Western New York, including many of the neighbors at Town Hall Terrace. So this year, gather a group of friends and neighbors to root for the team together. It’s not only fun but it’s a great way to strengthen your connections in the community here.

Party at the Picnic Pavilion

Not able to tailgate? No problem! Get a group together and have a cookout before the game at our picnic pavilion! You can grill up some hamburgers and hot dogs and make sure everyone is fed and ready to cheer the Bills on come kickoff.

Watch at the Clubhouse Lounge

If you have decided to have a party at your apartment but it’s not looking like everyone is going to fit, transfer the party to the clubhouse lounge. With a ton of room and huge flat-screen television, residents can reserve the lounge to host a kickoff party or other game-day viewing celebration with all your fellow Bills fanatics.

Town Hall Terrace in Grand Island has apartments, townhomes and patio homes for rent. With a variety of great amenities and located a short drive from destinations in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and the greater region, make Town Hall Terrace your next home. For more information, feel free to call us today at 716-773-2788!

County Fair Season Is Upon Us!

County Fairs“The fair is coming to town!” These words spark indescribable excitement for residents in Erie and Niagara counties, especially as the opening days of each county fair draws near. We hope you’re ready for these county fairs to hit your part of town!

175th Niagara County Fair in Lockport

From Aug. 3-7, take in all the sights, smells and sounds that the Niagara County Fair has to offer. You and your family can have fun together and make memories as you enjoy the food, fun and entertainment that is coming to the Niagara County Fairgrounds. Enjoy family-friendly games, delicious food, 4H animals, a parrot show, comedy shows and much more.

With a parade planned Saturday, Aug. 6, meat auctions, live music, midway rides and games and so much more, you can’t miss the great fair’s 175th year! Check out the full schedule on the Niagara County Fair’s website and plan your trip.

177th Erie County Fair in Hamburg

What will you be doing Aug. 10-21? Hopefully you will be going to the Erie County Fair! As the third largest county fair in the country, there’s always something new to see, do and taste. Known for attracting thousands of both new and retuning fair-goers, the Erie County Fair always delivers a memorable and family-friendly experience.

What can you expect? Rides for both children and adults, one-of-a-kind food creations, carnival entertainments, concerts in the grandstand – including Hunter Hayes and Lee Brice – animal shows and displays and so much more. It’s one of the greatest times of the summer, and it certainly should not be missed. There are always new games to play, new rides to try, new food to taste and new sights to see!

For more information on admission prices, parking and hours, visit the Erie County Fair’s website.

Living on Grand Island makes it easy to get to the county fairs so that you can take in all the sights and activities. If you’re looking to move to Grand Island, check out the available apartments, townhouses and patio homes at Town Hall Terrace. We’re a conveniently close to both fairgrounds and many other great amenities in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and all throughout Western New York. To learn more about our currently available units, call us today at 716-773-2788.

History of Grand Island

Grand Island HistoryFor Western New Yorkers and outside travelers who are looking or who have looked for a great place to set roots, Grand Island has always been a sought-after location. Friendly folks, great schools, close community and plenty of recreational activities are just a few of what makes Grand Island so desirable. These are just a few of the amenities of the Grand Island we are familiar with today, but have you ever looked into the history of how Grand Island became what it is today?

Grand Island has a very unique history. It starts nearly four centuries ago in 1651, when the war against the peaceful Neutre Nation, which occupied Grand Island, lost its battle against the fiery Seneca of the Iroquois. The remaining Neutre became part of the Iroquois League, which by 1655 dominated most of Western New York, including Grand Island, says IsledeGrande.com.

The island was mainly used as a hunting preserve, and no permanent villages were posted on the island. Later, an Indian burying ground was placed where Beaver Island State Park sits. This landmark spot served as the final resting place for deceased members of the Indian tribes.

Almost immediately following the French and Indian war, control of Grand Island changed again, as British forced gained control of the island. Following the Revolutionary War, Britain maintained control of Fort Niagara until 1796, after which the Iroquois again claimed their rights to the islands in the Niagara River. In an effort to make peace and gain control of the islands, the state of New York negotiated the purchase of Grand Island along with the other islands in the river from the Iroquois Nation for $1,000 in 1815. The treaty signed at the time also specified that the Iroquois were to receive $500 every year in perpetuity, a payment still upheld to this and to this day in June, according to Buffalo Architecture and History.

A group known as the Squatters then moved onto the island in 1817, occupying and building upon the land. These settlers quickly became branded as nuisances by the people of Buffalo due to their cutting, logging and shipping of white oak wood from Grand Island. A prominent Buffalo doctor wrote the governor asking for his help in evicting the Squatters out of fear of their disrupting the “peace of this vicinity.” Though legislative action, the governor moved quickly, and a bill passed in April 1819 gave permission to the Niagara County Sheriff to remove them by his discretion. The Squatters were all driven from the island in December of that year, with all families moving to Canada except one – the Pendleton Clarkes, who moved to current-day Pendleton.

A generation later, starting in 1849, farmers moved onto the land and began developing it for crop planting. Due to the water source, natural soil and the weather conditions, the island saw an abundance of crop growth. While the island was growing, no bridge had been built. Bridge discussions trace back as far as 1819, and advocates came close to securing one in 1894 when legislation was introduced to permit the building of a bridge. These efforts eventually fell flat, and it took more than a century for Grand Island to get connected to the mainland, with the completion of the first two bridges at the north and south of the island in 1935.

To this day, Grand Island continues to grow and flourish, offering its residents a unique place to live. Grand Island offers so much more than just a rich history, however, and at Town Hall Terrace, you’ll find plenty of conveniences and amenities that make your life comfortable and relaxing. If you are looking for a maintenance-free lifestyle on Western New York’s wonderful island community of Grand Island, call Town Hall Terrace today at 716-773-2788.