You’ve Purchased Your John Deere. Now What?
Many are surprised to learn that the vast majority of our customers are not local to our Western New York area. Green Ridge Restorations is located in the “Garden Spot of New York State” – a/k/a Eden, NY.
For all of our customers, we’ve put together this helpful local guide with some destinations to check out so that you can make the most of your trip…enjoy!
Make the Journey to Western NY Memorable
You work hard in life. Now that you’ve found the restored John Deere you’ve been searching for, why not make it a journey to remember?
Enjoy fantastic sightseeing and some much deserved time just for you! And, Buffalo LOVES sports and recreation…if you do too, why not plan your trip so you can attend a game?
We’re conveniently located just 3 miles from the Eden-Angola Thruway Exit 57A, which makes an easy route when you’re picking up your John Deere – and easy access to some awesome destination areas.
Whatever your interests, Western New York has something for you. There’s snow much more to Buffalo and the Western New York area than dodging snowflakes!
Classic Architecture, Car Museum, Naval Park, Waterfront Sights & More
Of course, nearly everyone knows the honeymoon capital of the world, Niagara Falls. That’s only 38 miles away from Green Ridge Restorations.
But that’s just the beginning.
The City of Buffalo is a mere 18 minutes from Green Ridge Restorations. Did you know at the turn of the century, Buffalo thrived in elegance – and had the most millionaires, per capita, of any city in America?
Buffalo City Hall is a local state and national landmark, an elegant example of Art Deco construction. Each day from 12-1 PM, free tours are given.
Buffalo City Hall is just one outstanding example of Buffalo’s fine architecture. Check out the rest of the Buffalo area’s classic sites.
If you love vintage John Deere’s, you may also enjoy bits and pieces of war history and antique cars. The Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park is rich with military history, home of decommissioned US Naval vessels USS Little Rock, USS The Sullivans, and the submarine USS Croaker. There are also smaller vessels and aircraft on display, and it’s all just 30 minutes from Green Ridge.
No matter what time of year you visit, Western New York offers something for everyone. If you’re picking up your John Deere in August, you’ll find the Eden Corn Festival in full swing. Shortly after that, the Erie County Fair gets underway, the third largest county fair in the nation.
Bet Ya Didn’t Know The Western New York Area Has…
Here’s a baker’s dozen to check out near Green Ridge Restorations:
2- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House
3- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate, Derby, NY (just 8 minutes from Green Ridge)
4- Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
5- Canalside, public waterfront area with plenty of activities
6- Tifft Nature Preserve – 264 acres of restored habitat dedicated to conservation
7- Historic grain elevators, a glimpse to the past when Buffalo ruled the waterways
8- Albright-Knox Art Gallery, from Monet to Picasso, enjoy the history of art
9- Larkin Square, opened in 2012, it’s at the center of Larkinville, the site of the former Larkin Soap Company warehouse buildings
10- Buffalo River History Tours – discover the rich history of the Erie Canal and so much more…
11- Eden Kazoo Factory – established in 1916, the only metal kazoo factory in the United States
12- Our Lady of Victory National Shrine, the vision of Father Baker, featuring a 165’ tall copper dome
13- Don’t forget about Buffalo Sports & Recreation! Everything you need to know is right here.
If architecture is what you love, here’s a great resource from our local Buffalo News highlighting some of Western New York’s stunning architectural treasures.
Before you settle in for the night, you need good food, right?! You’ve come to the right place:
“Buffalo, without a doubt, I think, is one of the great eating cities.”
That’s what Michael Stern, a founder of roadfood.com, had to say about our area in a New York Times article. And he isn’t kidding.
Whether you love the classic pizza and wings, or you’re craving some seasonal farm fresh culinary delights, here’s a tantalizing list to get you started:
- Closest to home, the Top Eateries Near Eden, NY
- Best Restaurants in Buffalo
- Eat & Drink in Buffalo
- Food & Drink Events in Buffalo, NY (shows events by month)
- Best Restaurants in Chautauqua County, NY
- Where to Eat in Cattaraugus County, NY
Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Just 20 minutes from Green Ridge is Aunt Millie’s in Irving – voted in 2018 by Western New Yorkers as having “Buffalo’s Best Pie”. Stop by this local favorite and you just might be taking a slice or two from WNY back home with you (that is, if it doesn’t get eaten before then!).
Join us for Western New York’s best seasonal events…
If you’re visiting in early August, be sure to join in on the fun: every year since 1964, Eden has hosted the Eden Corn Festival, a 4-day event that has become one of the largest, longest-running festivals in the Western New York area. The Eden Corn Festival attracts over 100,000 visitors each year – we hope you might be one of them this year!
Just after the Eden Corn Festival, the Western New York area enjoys one of its most well-known events: the Erie County Fair. This is no small event – according to 2014 stats, the Erie County Fair is the largest fair in New York and the third largest county fair in the entire US. Over 1 million fairgoers attend each year. See what’s happening on the Erie County Fair Facebook page here.
More Ideas for Visiting WNY
And for farm enthusiasts, 2020 marks the 10th year of the WNY Farm Show, an annual event that combines our local farming population with the services needed for daily operations. Vendors include feed, seed, and equipment dealers, farm service providers, and non-for-profits that specialize in agriculture education, promotion, and advancement. In 2019, the Farm Show takes place Jan 31-Feb 02.
No matter what the season or your interests, the Western New York area has plenty to offer. From the bustling pace and lively nightlife of the city of Buffalo to the quiet mornings spent in solitude with nature in God’s country, we like to think of our area of New York State as a hidden gem.
Here are some quick ideas to help you plan your visit.
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Now that you’ve toured our beautiful area, your sights are set on home…
As you exit our long driveway with your John Deere in tow…we know how much you’re looking forward to returning home.
With you is a member of our John Deere family. Its former owner enjoyed its craftsmanship, its durability. We know you, too, look forward to years of dedicated use, whether lawn mowing, or maybe even a little tilling or plowing.
Others sit patiently waiting in our busy shop, looking forward to the day when they, too, are restored to their original might and power, to create a family tradition in a newly “adopted” home.
And we hope you’ve taken something else with you, too.
As you journey back to your own home, we hope you’ll take with you a little bit of our country hospitality and a peek at our beautiful slice of heaven. Eden is known as the “Garden Spot” of New York, home to some of the more fertile soils in the state.
Each spring the barren fields spring forth with a lush, new crop of fresh offerings. The quiet stillness of winter transforms into fresh, thick greenery, and fields boast acres upon acres of corn, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes and a myriad of other delights. Farm families here go way back, and their love of the land goes as deep as roots of towering old trees.
And if you peek inside some old barns, you’ll see antique John Deere farm tractors that have seen their better days – and now rest as a new generation takes over.
So from our beloved little slice of heaven – to yours – we send along our thanks to you for purchasing from Green Ridge Restorations. And who knows? Maybe someday you’ll visit us again to add another classic John Deere to your “family”!
Buffalo, NY History & Fun Facts
In 1902, Willis Carrier (born in Angola, NY) invented the world’s first modern air conditioning system. On a foggy train, he was struck with an idea, giving rise to an invention which would become the key building block for modern air conditioning.
Thanks in large part to its proximity to the powerful Niagara Falls, Buffalo became the first US city to have widespread street lights in the late 1800s. Thus, its nickname “The City of Light.”
Buffalo once boasted more millionaires per capita than any other city. Delaware Ave. became known as “Millionaires Row” and you can check out the incredible architecture here.
In the early 1840s, the world’s first steam-powered grain elevator was built in Buffalo, NY. This invention enabled Buffalo to stay on top of the fast growth of US agricultural production in the 1840s and beyond.
Buffalo, NY averages over 90 inches of snow each year. In comparison, the US average annual snowfall is just about 25 inches. As you might have guessed, it doesn’t top 90 degrees very often.
According to the NWS, overall Buffalo enjoys the sunniest and driest summers of any major city in the Northeast. And, thanks to the nearby Great Lakes, the climate has a maritime feel.
Visit the Garden Spot of New York State
Green Ridge Restorations LLC is conveniently located just minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 57A in Eden, NY, part of the Buffalo Southtowns region.
Neighboring municipalities include: Hamburg, Orchard Park, West Seneca, East Aurora, Elma, Evans, Derby, Angola, Boston, Colden, North Collins, Collins, Brant and Irving. Situated in Erie County, NY, Green Ridge is a short drive to nearby Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.
We’re only a few hours away from Erie, PA and close to Rochester, NY; some of our visitors even enjoy traveling over the Canadian border to Toronto for an entertaining weekend visit. If the country is what you crave, slow down along Amish Trail.
All aboard! If you love trains, be sure to check out the Buffalo Cattaraugus and Jamestown Scenic Railway (BC&J). Journey into the past with steam engine and diesel engine train rides. In the Spring and Fall, passenger excursions are available; specialty excursions are also offered for rail fans.
See if we have the John Deere lawn and garden tractor you’re looking for, or contact us today with your questions.