Located in the heart of Historic Elmwood Village, you are within walking distance of a variety of eateries, museums and art galleries. You are on a major bus route, with easy access to Niagara Falls, Amtrak and the Peace Bridge.
Enjoy the comfort of your pillow-top queen bed and room to spread out. Built in closet for hanging clothes and bedside dresser offer the comforts of home.
IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU AS OUR GUESTS
Please take the time to read the following information which should answer most of the questions we have received from previous guests.
We're glad you stopped by, and we hope you'll enjoy the quiet comfort of this place we call home.
BOOKING FOR TWO AND NEEDING SEPARATE ROOMS?
Our prices for the first room are based on double occupancy. If there are two in your party - and you need separate rooms - simply make a reservation for "3" guests which will automatically book two rooms and add a modest $35.00 for the additional room per night.
ABOUT YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE ELMWOOD VILLAGE
You are staying in the home originally built for Dr. George Allan Rowe in 1898. Two newly-remodeled, airconditioned private second-floor bedrooms, queen-sized beds in each, with spotless shared bath directly opposite your room; a convenient half-bath on the main level, and liberal run-of-the-house, including kitchen and laundry. You and your party will be our only guests in the house, and you'll have your own keys to your rooms and the house. Come and go as you please! Children and infants welcome.
Free high-speed wifi gives you access to your email, Netflix account and hulu for access to television, or enjoy digital television in the sun room. Light, self-serve continental breakfast (cereals, coffee, teas, toast, milk, etc.) available. Encourage Scott to make you a fresh loaf of banana bread.
Comfortable living room, formal dining room, sun-room / library and garden with BBQ facilities / fire pit and patio seating for six.
PARKING ON WEST UTICA STREET
As with most Victorian homes in Elmwood Village, all parking is on-street. (Don't worry; you'll find a spot! We always do - and always close to home, too.) From November 15th to April 1st there is no overnight parking on West Utica from 1:30am - 7:00am to make way for snow plowing. (Don't worry; there is ample parking on Ashland and Norwood - two cross streets on either end of out block.)
We prefer you arrive around 3:00pm. Please request an earlier or later arrival if you expect to arrive in Buffalo outside of these times. If you realize you are running late, please call us so we know when to expect you.
POLITE REQUEST FROM BLANE AND SCOTT
We welcome your email enquiries. Please give us as much detail as you feel is necessary for us to assist you in making a good decision. Until you make and we accept a reservation, neither your direct contact information or ours is available to either party. Because airbnb provides for direct email communication, please help us to be efficient by responding to our replies in a timely manner. Even if you've changed your mind - or if your plans have changed - thanks for letting us know.
Please enjoy the run of the house!
Interaction with Guests
We are sociable and enjoy sharing a glass of wine with you around the outdoor fireplace in the Summer, or next to the open-face fireplace in our upstairs siting room.
A BIT ABOUT THE ELMWOOD VILLAGE
Elmwood Village is one of Buffalo’s top shopping and entertainment districts. Bordered by the city’s museum district on one end (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center), and Allentown on the other (heart of a lively GLBT nightlife), Elmwood Avenue (two blocks East from our home) features a host of boutiques, cozy coffee shops, bars, art galleries and restaurants - all within walking distance of the house.
EATING OUT IN THE ELMWOOD VILLAGE
A short walk takes you to THE PLACE - the local pub - with traditional pub fare including a delicious fish-fry ($8 - 15.00). Across the way you'll find VERA PIZZERIA which offers traditional cocktails mixed to perfection, and gourmet pizza (try the Fennel Taleggio) and fresh fish, poultry and meat options in a hipster atmosphere ($11 - 30:00). ACROPOLIS features Greek and Mediterranean specialties ($5 - 15.00). The BLUE MONK is Buffalo's first European-style gastropub offering gourmet Belgian-style pub fare such as pommes frites, authentic Québec-style poutine and beer-steamed mussels ($10-15). CASA-DI-PIZZA is a popular neighborhood pizzeria and Italian restaurant ($5-15). The THIRSTY BUFFALO is one of Elmwood Avenue's most popular bars serving inexpensive pub grub ($5-15). CECELIA'S offers Italian food and martinis in the heart of the Elmwood Village. Summers are wonderful, as the patio is typically jammed ($20-30). SOLÉ offers South American cuisine: delicious guacamole is prepared tableside, and they also serve tapas-style appetizers and some of Buffalo's best cocktails at their full bar ($15-40).
GETTING AROUND BUFFALO
Check out hopstop or waze for transportation options. We're on a major bus-route with easy transfers to Niagara Falls, light-rail, Greyhound, Amtrak (Exchange Place Station) and Buffalo Niagara International airport.
The Buffalo Metro Rail Station on the corner of Main and West Utica Streets is a ten-minute walk (or a quick bus ride) giving you access to the University at Buffalo South Campus, Buffalo Zoo, Delaware Park, Canisius College, Medaille College, the Anchor Bar (birthplace of the original Buffalo Wings), Allentown, Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo Theater District, the Buffalo Convention Center, Coca Cola Field (home to the Buffalo Bisons), First Niagara Center (home to the Buffalo Sabres), the Consulate General of Canada in Buffalo, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Waterfront. Current Metro Rail / Bus one-way fare is $2.00 (Seniors travel for $1.00). A Day-Pass is a bargain at $5.00 (Seniors travel for $2.50).
The #20 Bus runs along Elmwood Avenue and gets you to downtown Buffalo - a mere 2 mile trip - giving you access to Buffalo City Hall, the Electric Tower, Ellicott Square Building, Guaranty Building, the Old Post Office, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Coca-cola Field and Shea's Performing Arts Center.
GETTING TO NIAGARA FALLS BY BUS
The bus is cash-only, accepting dollar bills and coins. A Day-Pass will get you to the Falls and back for $5.00. The 1 hour and 25 minute ride gives you a chance to see the local sites (including Grand Island). Catch the #12 Bus across the street from the house; transfer to the #40 which takes you to the Falls. Take your passport if you intend to walk across the Rainbow Bridge to view the Falls from the Canadian side and be prepared to pay the 50 cent cash toll to reenter the USA.
ENJOYING CANADA DURING YOUR STAY
Bring your Passport! We're right on the Canadian border with close access to 28 wineries (including Inniskillin, Marynissen, and Reif Estate) Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Toronto. Consider extending your stay for a wonderful day-trip to Canada. The Niagara Falls are a twenty-minute car drive away; Toronto a mere hour and a half's drive. The Peace Bridge border crossing to Canada is minutes away and easy to get to. Take advantage of the Duty-Free shopping on both sides of the international border.
Other Things to Note
With all there is to do and see, most guests wish they had booked an additional day or two. Why not consider staying two or three nights as you make you plans?
Please make yourself completely at home! Your comfort is our our primary concern.
We choose not to smoke; thank you for not smoking in our home. Smokers are welcome to use the verandah or the patio.
We don't have any pets in our home, but enjoy feeding and watching the squirrels and local and migratory birds who visit the feeders right outside the sunroom windows. We regret that we are unable to accomodate your pet.
FOOD IN THE BEDROOMS
Thank you for not eating or cooking any meals in your bedroom. Please make yourself comfortable in the dining room or sun room when enjoying your take-out or home-cooked meals.
FIREPLACES AND BARBEQUE
Thank you for asking for our assistance before using the fireplaces or the BBQ.
PROTECT OUR 116 YEAR-OLD PLUMBING
Thank you for not flushing anything but the toilet paper we provide down the toilets. You're staying in a 116 year-old home; please be gentle on her - and her aging pipes! Please place sanitary napkins, wet-wipes, cotton-balls, etc. in the sanitary bin provided next to the toilets.
LAUNDRY AND KITCHEN
You are welcome to use the laundry and kitchen facilities. Please ask for an introduction to the washer before using it.
Thank you for helping keep our home clean and replacing or reimbursing us for items you consume during your stay beyond your light continental breakfast.
While we are not a full-service B&B, you're welcome to help yourself to cereal, coffee, tea, toast and milk in the morning. We don't mind you finding what you need in the kitchen. Most items are where you would expect them to be. No need to wash dishes; please pop them in the dishwasher.
We're sociable and enjoy sharing meals, making BBQ, sitting around the outdoor fireplace and enjoying a bottle of wine together if you like.
Please ask us for what you need!
Blane and Scott were warm, accommodating hosts with a great house and a very comfortable bed. Their place is in the best part of Buffalo. Staying with them is a no-brainer.
I have never used airbnb before and was a little apprehensive. Blane was very hospitable and his beautiful house was immaculate. Great experience!
We had an absolutely wonderful time at this Airbnb. Blane and Scott were beyond accommodating. Their home is absolutely stunning, clean, and welcoming. We felt as though we were at a hotel, but instantly felt comfortable and had a great time sharing some stories with the owners. We would definitely recommend this Airbnb to our closest friends. Thanks for a wonderful stay!
I had a wonderful time staying with Blane and Scott. I could not have asked for more welcoming and hospitable hosts. Their home is magnificent. The room was extremely comfortable and each night I had a fantastic sleep. I was in Buffalo to sit an exam and although this was a stressful time for me, Blane and Scott made me feel like I was in a home from home which was the perfect preparation for my exam. The location of the house was excellent, close to the vibrant Elmwood Avenue and a very short bus/taxi journey from downtown Buffalo. I could not have wished for a better experience and I would strongly recommend Blane and Scott to anyone.
The view in the photo, complete with fire, is what greeted me when I arrived on a cold snowy night. The house is beautiful, and Scott was very welcoming. The bed and linens were quite comfortable, and I stayed warm all night despite sub-zero temperatures outside. Highly recommend.
Blane and Scott have a lovely home, very clean. Blane met us upon our arrival, gave us a tour of the home and made us feel right at home. Their house is conveniently located and within walking distance of local restruants.
For our second trip to Buffalo, we couldn’t have chosen a more perfect place to stay. Out of downtown and the more traditional tourist areas, we were able to more deeply experience the city of Buffalo with this location. We took a quick three-mile walk and were able to explore Buffalo’s majestic parkways and eclectic Elmwood Village neighborhood. The neighborhood is beautiful, and you can spend hours walking around looking at the grand houses along the parkways. It’s incredibly close to plenty of restaurants and bars on Buffalo’s north side. To top it off, Blane and Scott were amazing hosts. In the evenings, we would sit by the fire with a glass of wine and enjoy fantastic conversation. In the mornings, we enjoyed coffee in the sunroom overlooking the backyard area, which was freshly covered in snow. We will definitely be staying here again!
Hello! We are Blane (on the left) and Scott. Welcome to our 1898 Victorian. You'll learn a lot more about the house, Elmwood Village, transportation options, places to dine and sights to see by clicking on the "Description" tab on the home page.
We're sociable and enjoy spending time with our guests if they wish. In the Summer we love to BBQ in the back garden, and we hardly ever let the fire in the upstairs sitting room go out in the winter.
Scott, a native of California, is a web-content manager for the Episcopal Church in Manhattan working out of our home in Buffalo.
Blane, a native of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) is an Anglican Monastic and Episcopal Priest.
Please know you are most welcome in our home - there is no need to request permission to book your stay with us. Please click on the "Calendar" tab above the photos to see if your dates are available. If they are, feel free to secure your room by clicking on the "Book It" button.
And finally a polite request: if you're making an enquiry and we pre-approve your stay, please let us know if you've either changed your mind or if your plans have changed freeing up your room for other guests.
Looking forward to hosting you!