I'm sure you've all got this trip well orchestrated, but if you end up having a little free time and want to explore some of the area south / west of Buffalo, you owe it to yourselves to motor on down to Ripley and have a slice of homemade pie at Meeder's (19 East Main Street).
I've only been there once (tonight) and now kick myself for not having tried it sooner. It's been in operation since 1960 and really seems to be classic roadfood. We had a burger (me) and a classic BLT (Jill) with homemade macaroni salad and potato salad, respectively. Good, home-cooked food (I saw plenty of plates heaped with home-cooked meat, potatoes of all kinds, and veggies out on the floor.
The sign outside says 'World Famous Pies', which of course I questioned a little since the population of Ripley (village) can't be more than a few hundred people. Well, Jill tried to reserve a piece of cherry pie--too late. So she had strawberry-rhubarb and I tried their custard pie. Can you say real pie? With real pie crusts? OMG, they were fantastic! Maybe the sign is right; maybe they really are world famous pies!
In any event, the hardwoods are already starting to turn color already; seems early this year. The fields are lush and the harvest is a-happening. On a beautiful day like today was, a drive out in grape/wine country (many wineries along the lake) and a stop at Meeder's might be just the ticket!