Directions to DML HQ:
(N42° 30' 18", W79° 7' 41")
How to get to 836 King Road, Forestville, NY 14062:
You can click on any map to bring up the full sized version. (You'll probably
have to, in fact, the small ones are pretty much unreadable.) Each pic zooms in a bit more.
I assume just about everyone will be coming via the NYS thruway. If
you're not, and you'd like some help with the directions, let me know
and I'll help you to get here if I can. :-)
- Here's some info which
may help you out if you are NOT coming via the NYS thruway:
Your best bet will probably be to head into Fredonia, then go
east on Route 20. King road will be off to the right a ways down
the road. I believe you'll go through 3 stop signs; my house is
on the left, between Dennison Road and Hanover Road (the intersection of
King and Hanover is labeled as "Smith Mills" on some maps).
- For those who WILL be coming via the thruway:
You'll want the "Silver Creek" exit; its exit 58,
I believe. If you're heading west on the thruway, the exit is
right after a 20-30 foot statue of an American Indian, on your right hand side.
(Its an advertisement for a gas station on the reservation.) If you're
heading east, and you see the indian on your left hand side,
you've gone too far. :-) For those of you heading east, the Silver Creek
exit is the next exit after the Fredonia exit. (Westfield, Fredonia, Silver
As you go through the tollboth, and you'll see routes 5 and 20 in front
of you; you'll want to go left on them, so you'll need to cross the bridge and
go 'round the cloverleaf. You'll go by a Burger King on the left. At
the very first traffic light (Alleghany Road), turn left. (You'll
go between Tom's Restauraunt and Norm's Garage.)
Stay on this road until it ends. You'll see a small cemetary in front of
you. Turn left. The very next road is King Road. (Right after you go
over a bridge.) There is a small general store on the corner. You'll want
to turn right onto King. As you come up King road, you'll be going up
and down small hills, but you'll be climbing in general. Soon, the
road will level out, and you'll go around a left hand curve. As you
straighten out, there will be vinyards on both sides, and you'll go
down a hill. (You'll want to start slowing down.) When you get to the
bottom of the hill, there will be a house on your left and
another house on your right. Drive past them, and mine is the very next
house on your right. You'll see some open fields and a few ponds, along
with a very hard to miss white barn with red trim and a red roof. My
house is white with red shutters, and there is another pole barn (all
white) just beyond the house.
Pull into the first driveway, the one between the house and the white/red barn. (There are 3 driveways; another one is right in front of the house, and the third (dirt) is beyond the all white barn).
PS: If you're coming from Canada, you'll want to come across the Peace
Bridge, then get on the I-190 and take that to the I-90 (NYS Thruway).
What most folks choose to do is to stay right on the property. There is
plenty of room to set up tents and park RVs.
There are also several couches in the shop building,
and a few folks usually claim one of those for the night, or throw an air
mattress and sleeping bag on the floor. There is a full bath (with shower)
available 24hrs in the shop building.
If you would prefer an actual hotel to camping out in my back yard, here are
You can reserve a room right on the internet at
http://www.choicehotels.com, but only one hotel in the area shows up for some reason. (Forestville isn't found by their search engine, but you can search for hotels near Fredonia, NY or Dunkirk, NY) If you reserve on-line, I think they give you a 10% discount.
Looking in the local phone book, here are a few more:
Comfort Inn: 716-672-4450 (this is the one at www.choicehotels.com)
Days Inn: 716-673-1351 (or 1-800-329-7466)
The Vineyard: 716-366-4400 (or 1-800-DUNKIRK)
If you want to go upscale, there is also the Four Points Hotel Sheraton: 366-8350
Except for the Sheraton, all of the hotels above are right off the thruway exit, within yards of each other. The Sheraton is on the shore of Lake Erie, maybe 5 miles north of the exit. If/when you make a reservation at any of the above, I'd be happy to let you know exactly where it is, how to get there, and how to get to my house from there. All of the above hotels are about 15 minutes away.
Another alternative is a bed and breakfast which is located less than 2 miles
away. Although I don't know very much about it, from what I have seen, the rates
are actually cheaper than the local hotels, and it is certainly closer! They have
3-4 rooms. For more information or to set up reservations, check out their web site at: