Buffalo in summer is the best place to escape to. Very moderate weather and a lot of things to see including the Mighty Niagara Falls. It is just 20 minutes away. Cost of accommodation is relatively cheap on either side of the border. Toronto is under 2 hr distance from Buffalo. If you want to see Snow there is no other place better than Buffalo. Corning Glass museum is under 3 hrs and strong toy museum is 1 hr away from buffalo.