My very comfortable and nicely decorated guest room in my North Buffalo home welcomes you! My home is about 6 miles from downtown Buffalo, very close to the suburbs of Tonawanda & Amherst, and 16 miles from Niagara Falls, NY, USA. Unlike some Airbnb places, I only rent one bedroom so my house is quiet, you won't be disturbed by other guests, and you won't have to share a bathroom with other guests. I also serve a full hot breakfast on weekends & a light help-yourself breakfast on weekdays.
Welcome to my home! I and my partner Tom look forward to welcoming you as our guest. My home is very comfortable, clean, and well-cared for. Your bright & pleasant guest room is tastefully decorated in a style inspired by Ikea but done by me: I painted the walls, the ceiling, and the trim, and I sewed the wall hangings and matching bed skirt. I take pride in providing a comfortable, safe, and aesthetically pleasing room for women travelers.
The guest room where you'll stay is about 11' x 11' in size. It is furnished with a nice double bed with a good mattress (a bit softer than firm); two pillows (one is a standard pillow; the other is a foam neck-support pillow); a comfortable upholstered chair; a small bookshelf with a variety of books & magazines for your reading pleasure; a desk and desk chair; and a full-length mirror. The bed has a down comforter for colder nights, a three-speed ceiling fan over the bed for hotter nights, & room-darkening blinds on the window. There is also a basket of shampoo, soap, hand lotion, etc., in case you forgot something. The guest room is right across the hall from the main bathroom which you will share with us, and there is a night light in the bathroom.
I provide all bedding (clean sheets & blankets) and fresh towels, of course. Please be sure to SLEEP BETWEEN the sheets, NOT on top of the green bedspread. I also provide small washcloths in case you need to remove make-up. acne products, or other facial products. Please do not use the large, orchid guest towel or orchid washcloth for such products.
There's a luggage rack in the room so you won't have to put your suitcase on the floor. Because the bedroom walls were recently re-done and the room was recently painted, I ask that you do not lean luggage or any other items against the walls.
Free wireless wifi is available.
Please note: My house is not air-conditioned.
You will share the lovely second-floor bathroom with us. This bathroom was fully remodeled in 2017. Please keep your showers to five minutes maximum because too much steam can crack the walls.
There is also a small half-bathroom on the first floor.
Please be aware that the guest room and main (full) bathroom with the shower are on the second floor of my house. There are five stairs from the entrance of my house to the first floor, and then a full set of stairs (15 steps) from my first floor to the second floor.
Normally, I will not enter your room while you are out. However, I reserve the right to enter your room if you leave the house but forget to turn off the lights, forget to turn off the ceiling fan, or forget to close the windows in the event of rain.
I live in North Buffalo, at the edge of the city of Buffalo (about 6 miles from downtown Buffalo) & just three short blocks from the suburb of Tonawanda. My house is also within 2-4 miles of the suburbs of Kenmore, Snyder, and Amherst and just 16 miles from Niagara Falls, New York. Buffalo is a college town. My house is in walking distance of the University at Buffalo (south campus) & within 3-5 miles of Buffalo State College, Canisius College, Daemen College, & Medaille College.
My house is a great location if you're a visiting professor, attending a conference or event at an area college, or visiting a son or daughter attending one of our colleges. For an excellent overview of Buffalo, view the video "bestdesignedcity" on line.
My house is 3/4 of a mile (about 1 km) from Buffalo's subway ("Metro") and a four-minute walk from the closest bus stop (at Kenmore & Montrose Avenues). I live about 7 miles from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. For details about Buffalo's public transportation system, look for "Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority" ("NFTA") on-line. It costs $2 for one ride on the bus or subway, $1 for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and $5 for an all-day pass.
If you arrive by car, you will be able park on the street (free parking, including overnight). Parking in my driveway is not permitted.
My neighborhood offers an eclectic mix of city living. Within walking distance to my house are inexpensive restaurants like Amy’s Place, Sato Ramen, Golcha Indian Food, JJ's Cafe, Epicurus (Greek food), and Wendy's, as well as more upscale dining like The Steer and Shango Wine Bar, which features New Orleans food & occasional live music. An authentic restored 1950s diner, the Lake Effect Diner, is also in walking distance of my house (about 1 mile). My house is also close to the extensive "Rails to Trails" bike path that starts in my neighborhood and extends through the suburbs of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.
If you arrive without a car, these places are in easy walking distance of my house (less than 1 mile): a large grocery store (Tops); 2 drugstores - Walgreen’s & CVS; several pizzerias; an inexpensive taco place (Mighty Taco, locally owned); the ever-popular Tim Horton’s coffee shop; the beautifully restored Parkside Candy (an old-fashioned soda fountain and candy shop); and a public library. I live less than a half-mile from the suburb of Tonawanda & my house is also within 3 miles of many suburban conveniences & restaurants, including the Boulevard Mall.
If you are coming to Western New York primarily to visit Niagara Falls, be aware that I live in Buffalo, which is 16 miles from Niagara Falls, NY. If you have a car, it is easy to get to the Falls. However, if you arrive by bus or train, please plan to arrive at the BUFFALO train station (on Exchange Street, in downtown Buffalo) or the BUFFALO bus station - NOT Niagara Falls.
If you arrive by bus, you will get off the bus at the bus station in downtown Buffalo, on Ellicott Street. Walk up to Main Street (just 2 blocks) and take the Metro (subway) to my house. Exit at the last stop - University Station - which is 3/4 of a mile from my house. If you arrive after dark or in bad weather, I MAY be able to pick you up at University Station (the last stop on the subway) so you don't have to walk. Be aware that on Sundays & holidays, the metro and bus schedules are more limited.
My house is also 1 hour from beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake (in Ontario, Canada) & about 90 minutes from the vibrant city of Toronto, Ontario, in Canada.
I have been active in two other home-stay travel organizations for over 25 years, so I've had considerable experience hosting guests in my home. I enjoy meeting travelers.
Your guest room has a large basket full of tourist information about Buffalo, Niagara Falls, & Western New York. I invite you to look through it - you'll be surprised at how much there is to do and see in Western New York! - and you can help yourself to any tourist brochures. I can also lend you a Buffalo-area street map, if you don't have a GPS.
One of the most frequent mistakes that tourists make is coming to Western New York only to see Niagara Falls. Do some research about Buffalo and stay an extra day or two so you can explore our beautiful architecture, tour homes designed by the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, stroll our waterfront ("Canalside"), enjoy our excellent art museums, tour our important historical sites, see top-notch live theater (Buffalo has about 20 live theater companies!), take some of the many fine guided walking tours, and enjoy our world-class Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
And here's another reason to visit Buffalo in the summer: there is at least one garden walk every weekend from last June through early August! Look up "Garden Walk Buffalo"and "Visit Buffalo Niagara" on the web.
Coffee (regular and decaf) and tea are available, upon request while you're our guest. If you book at least 72 hours in advance, I will try to accommodate any special food requests.
Our home is LGBTQ-friendly.
Note: I usually turn off my computer by 10:00 pm ET. Requests sent to me after 10:00 pm ET won't be responded to until the next day - and during the week when I'm at work, I can't respond until after I get home from work, usually after 6:00 pm.
My North Buffalo neighborhood offers the best of both worlds - the character, diversity, & interest of city living and proximity to public transportation, yet very close driving distance to most suburban conveniences.
FUN FACTS ABOUT BUFFALO:
- Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York State.
- Buffalo’s park system was designed by landscaper architect Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York City’s Central Park.
- The grain elevator was invented in Buffalo.
- Actress Christine Baranski is from Buffalo, NY.
- Aretha Franklin lived in Buffalo for a few years as a child, when her father was a pastor here.
- Playwright A. R. Gurney was from Buffalo.
- TV journalist Tim Russert was from Buffalo, NY.
- President Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated in Buffalo.
- Buffalo has the largest garden walk in the United States (the last weekend in July).
- Actor Jesse Martin is from Buffalo.
- Buffalo has the second-largest free Shakespeare in the Park festival in the United States.
- Singer Rick James was from Buffalo and is buried in Buffalo.
- President Millard Fillmore is also buried in Buffalo.
- The air conditioner was invented in Buffalo.
- Mark Twain lived in Buffalo for several years.
- CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer is from Buffalo.
- Singer Ani DeFranco is from Buffalo.
- Buffalo has the largest Dyngus Day celebration (the day after Easter) in the US.
- Poet Lucille Clifton was from Buffalo.
- The 1980 movie "Hide in Plain Sight" with James Caan was filmed in Buffalo.
- The Turkey Trot, held on Thanksgiving morning, is the oldest continually running race in the US.
- President William McKinley was assassinated in Buffalo.
- Baseball great Warren Spahn was from Buffalo.
- Buffalo dentist Alfred Southwick invented the electric chair.
- Choreographer Michael Bennett was from Buffalo.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in Buffalo as a child.
- The 1982 movie "Best Friends" with Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn was filmed in Buffalo.
- Handcrafted Kittinger furniture was made in Buffalo.
- The first day care center in the US was founded in Buffalo.
- Novelist Joyce Carol Oates was from Lockport, NY, just 20 miles from Buffalo.
- The heart pacemaker was invented in Buffalo.
- The 1984 movie "The Natural" with Robert Redford and Glenn Close was filmed in Buffalo.
- Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles is from Buffalo.
- General Mills cereals are made in Buffalo. You can often smell Cheerios on our waterfront!
- Harold Arlen, composer of the musical score for The Wizard of Oz, was from Buffalo.
- The automatic windshield wiper was invented by Buffalonian John Roffo Oishei.
- Novelist Taylor Caldwell was from Buffalo.
- Buffalo’s magnet school program that implemented court-ordered desegregation was one of the first in the US.
Buffalo, NY, United States