shopstjourney.jpgGreat Lakes Seaway Trail, NY-PA  -  As the year-end holiday frenzy begins, shoppers can find unique artisanal and mainstream buying experiences along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway that parallels the freshwater shoreline in New York and Pennsylvania. The top 11 shopping destinations suggested by tourism representatives of the 518-mile-long byway follow, moving from west to east along the route that includes the Erie PA Bayfront, Niagara Falls, Rochester and the 1000 Islands. Great Lakes Seaway Trail PENNSYLVANIA: ERIE PA New stores among the more than 150 shops, restaurants and plazas of the Millcreek Mall at Erie, PA, include ULTA Beauty, Tilly's, Jess' Choice, and Widget Kidz Zone. A bonus of shopping along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in Pennsylvania is no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Ask about the Millcreek Mall Exclusive Guest Rewards Card that allows travelers, visitors and tourists to enjoy discounts at several of the mall stores. Learn more at Great Lakes Seaway Trail WESTFIELD NY Spend Saturdays-only, 9am-5pm now through December 21, at Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market in rural Chautauqua County between Sherman and Westfield, NY. The Market features dozens of vendors known for their crafts, artwork, woodwork, imported gifts, specialty supplies, collectibles, foodstuffs, candy, coffee, handmade clothing, home décor, and eclectic gift assortment. The Market is also open Black Friday, November 22; Great Lakes Seaway Trail ALLENTOWN-BUFFALO NY Elmwood Village is a two-mile avenue stretch through an award-winning neighborhood of Buffalo, NY. With four distinctly-charactered sections, the avenue includes the artsy Allentown neighborhood and Buffalo's Museum District. The shopping experience includes the hippest urban independently-owned boutiques, trendy cafes, upscale dining, chocolatiers, art galleries and eclectic shops. Learn more at Great Lakes Seaway Trail: NIAGARA FRONTIER The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Niagara Frontier region offers shoppers everything from the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls to the lovely village of Lewiston dotted with a fine array of shops and eateries decked out for the holiday season. Just minutes from the famed Niagara Falls, Fashion Outlets, at 1900 Military Road, is home to more than 150 top designer brand name stores ( Nearby, at 28 Old Falls Street, shoppers find culinary-themed books at Barnes & Noble at the Culinary Institute of Niagara Falls ( Great Lakes Seaway Trail: ALBION, NY For the art lovers on your list, visit Marti's on Main, 229 North Main Street to be exact, in Albion, NY, a European-style art gallery featuring One River: 2 Coasts, 3 Generations, 4 Photographers, 5 Artists, 6 Decades: an exhibit by the Fleckenstein family, plus other Artists of the Oak works. The participants of the Orleans County Art Trail include gallery owner Kim Martillotta, who credits the Great Lakes with influencing her surrealistic assemblage art. Learn more in Kim's blog at Great Lakes Seaway Trail: ROCHESTER, NY Looking for Made in America gifts? Try the New York-made selection of everything from art to zithers at Simply New York at 4364 Culver Road, Rochester/Irondequoit, NY. The mix of products includes box kites, dinnerware, Highland Lilac soap, regional books, pottery, housewares, alpaca fiber goods, sandals, toys, and gourmet food items ( Great Lakes Seaway Trail: WAYNE COUNTY, NY For a free 2013 Wayne County Holiday Guide, call 1-800-527-6510 or go online to The guide suggests visiting the Artisan's Loft, Pultneyville; The Emporium Village, Ontario; Heluva Good Country Cheese Store, Sodus; Kitchen's Country Market, North Rose; Lukacs Pottery Studio, Sodus Point; Mackenzie's, Palmyra; JD Wine Cellars at Long Acre Farms, Macedon; Young Sommer Winery, Williamson; and Thorpe Vineyard on Chimney Heights Boulevard near Lake Ontario. Stop to eat at The Franklin House Tavern in Sodus Point or Orbaker's Drive-In in Williamson. Great Lakes Seaway Trail: FAIR HAVEN, NY South Shore Artisans on Main Street in Fair Haven offers a fabulous collection of art in all mediums from oils and pastels to jewelry, candles, graphics, woodturning, fabric arts, ceramics, baskets and stained glass. A harpist will be making beautiful music at the gallery during the December 14 Jingle Around Town holiday event. Learn more at Great Lakes Seaway Trail: OSWEGO, NY Canal Commons in downtown Oswego, NY, offers a variety of shops with everything from spices, coffees, and other culinary delights to a candymaker, women's boutique, and Lakeside Artisans gallery. Learn more at Great Lakes Seaway Trail:  WATERTOWN, NY The Hilton Garden Inn Serious Shoppers Only Package is for glamour gift and bargain hunters. The package includes $40 in gift cards, a coupon book, eco-tote, cocktails, dinner, and breakfast. This hotel has the only hot tub in town and a pool for relaxing. For more details, call the hotel directly at 315-788-1234. Great Lakes Seaway Trail: CHEEL ARENA, POTSDAM, NY For a one weekend shopping spree, follow the Great Lakes Seaway Trail into St. Lawrence County and then head east toward the Adirondack Mountains to attend the December 13-14 Craft, Food & Wine Show at Cheel Arena at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Nearly 120 booths offer maple products, mini-quilts, goat milk soap, cedar furniture, rag dolls, decoys, art on conks, wine, cheeses, candies and more. Last year's event drew 5,000 visitors. Find more information at The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is not only a great place to shop for the holidays, but for year-round travel. Find tourism themes, itineraries, maps and more at or call 315-646-1000 x204 for a free travel magazine. -30-


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