My very comfortable and attractive guest room in a large house in North Buffalo welcomes you! It is about 6 miles from downtown Buffalo, very close to the suburbs of Tonawanda & Amherst, and 16 miles from Niagara Falls, NY, USA.
Welcome to my home! I look forward to having you as my guest. My home is very comfortable, clean, and well-cared for. Your 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 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 shared bathroom.
I provide all bedding (clean sheets & blankets) and fresh towels, of course. There's a luggage rack in the room so you don't have to put your suitcase on the floor. Because the room was recently painted, I do ask that you do not lean any luggage or other items against the walls. Free wireless is available for your use. Please note: My house is not air-conditioned.
You will share the one bathroom in the house with me. The bathroom walls are drywall, not tile, so showers can only be five minutes or less (longer showers create too much steam, which cracks the walls). Please note: My bathroom will be totally remodeled in late September 2017.
Please be aware that the guest room and bathroom are on the second floor of my house. There are five stairs from the entrance of my house to my first floor, and a full set of stairs (15 steps) from my first floor to the second floor.
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, but you can get an all-day pass for $5.
If you arrive by car, you may park on the street (free parking) or possibly in my driveway. (We'll discuss driveway access after you arrive because situations can change. For example, in the winter, despite my diligent efforts to clear my driveway, sometimes there is simply too much ice or snow to park in my narrow driveway.)
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. A great restored 1950s diner, the Lake Effect Diner, is also in walking distance of my house (about 1 mile).
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; Wendy’s; an inexpensive taco place (Mighty Taco, locally owned); the ever-popular Tim Horton’s coffee 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 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) & 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 very much 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 common mistakes that tourists make is that they come only here 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 famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, stroll our waterfront ("Canalside"), enjoy our wonderful art museums, tour our important historical sites, see top-notch live theater (Bufalo has about 20 live theater companies!), take some of the many fine guided walking tours, and enjoy our world-class Philharmonic Orchestra.
And here's another reason to visit Buffalo in the summer: there is at least one garden walk every weekend! Look up "Garden Walk Buffalo"and "Visit Buffalo Niagara" on the web.
Coffee (regular or decaf) and tea are available, upon request when you're here. If you book at least 72 hours in advance, I will try to accommodate any special food requests.
Be aware that I usually turn off my computer by 10:00 pm. Requests sent to me after 10:00 pm 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 at 6:00 pm.
The living room, the eating area & when weather permits, the back deck & front porch. Be aware that this is my home - it's not a hotel! If you arrive after 9:00 pm, kindly be very quiet when you arrive so you don't disturb my good neighbors.
I don't allow guests in my home when I'm not at home. When my calendar is open, that means I am planning to be home most (but possibly not all) of the time on that day. Be aware that I work full-time, outside the home. When you write to me in your initial message, I will let you know if I have other plans to be out at all during your stay.
Also, once I lock the house for the night at 11:00 pm when I go to bed, guests won't be able to come and go (remember: this is a private home, not a hotel where entrance doors may be unlocked around the clock). I once had a guest who decided to go out at 5:00 am but didn't tell me. When she opened the door, she set off my alarm system! This startled her, it frightened me, and it woke my next-door neighbor who was also concerned. I and my good neighbor lost sleep (and we don't want that to happen again).
If you need to come in later than 11:00 pm, my house would not be a suitable accommodation for you.
Also, only registered guests may come into my house.
Interaction with guests
I enjoy chatting with my guests and getting acquainted with them. I also like to travel so it can be interesting to share travel stories. However, if you prefer quiet rather than interaction, just let me know. I'm happy to respect guests' desire for quiet.
Other things to note
If you stay at my house on a Saturday night, be aware that you will need to check out by 9:00 am sharp on Sunday. But I'm still very happy to prepare a full breakfast for you, at 8:00 am, before you leave.
Breakfast is usually homemade pancakes or eggs, if you prefer - or both. Cold cereal, hot oatmeal, & whole wheat toast are also options. I'm happy to serve you a nice breakfast. If you'd like breakfast, I'm grateful if you can let me know what you'd like before you arrive, so I can be sure I have all the ingredients.
I prefer guests who can book at last two or three days in advance of their stay. This gives me adequate time to prepare your room.
In my home, quiet is important. The bedrooms in my house are close together. Because I work full-time, I ask guests to be considerate & very quiet after 10:30 pm.
To maintain cleanliness, all food and beverages must be eaten at the kitchen table, on the first floor. Food and beverages are not allowed in the bedroom or the bathroom.
One shower per day is permitted; showers can be no longer than 5 minutes long.
I would ask that you remove your shoes when you enter my house. Also, my hardwood floors were recently refinished so I would ask you not to wheel or drag a suitcase on the floors (including the floor of the guest room). Rather than carry a large, heavy suitcase up the stairs to the guest room, my guests have found it easier to bring only a small suitcase or overnight bag into the house.
You may arrive after I get home from work, any time between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm. If I have an evening commitment and will get home later than 6:00 pm, I'll let you know in our initial communication (I'm seldom out later than 10:30 pm).
If you're a partier, a heavy drinker, or a smoker, I'm afraid my house is not for you. (Smoking is not permitted in my house or anywhere on my property, including outside.)
Before sending me a request, it would be great if you could take the time to describe yourself in your profile. Knowing a little about you (for example, where are you from? What brings you to the Buffalo area? What do you plan to do while you are here? What are your interests? What sort of work do you do? ) can help me be a better host.
I don't allow pets.
A few times a year, I dog-sit for my daughter's Boston terrier. When her dog will be in my house, I always indicate that on my calendar. In my initial communication, I'll also ask you if you're OK around a dog. Be sure to respond!
I'm an active 66-year old woman working as an educator at a university but looking forward to retiring in a few years. I love to travel and hope to do more after I retire. I have two wonderful adult children who are on their own.
I'm a very respectful guest. I'm very neat, clean, and quiet, and I leave any space just as I found it. I generally to go to bed about 10:30 -11:00 pm and I'm up & ready to go about 7:30 am. I sleep best when it is very quiet and in a dark room.
I'm also a very hospitable and friendly host. I provide a very comfortable guest room, complete with a large basket of information about Buffalo & Western New York. I've lived in Buffalo all my life so I know the area pretty well and I am happy to offer plenty of suggestions. I love Buffalo because there is so much to do, especially cultural events! I always tell visitors coming to Niagara Falls to plan at least another day or two in their stay because there is lots to do and see just 16 miles away in Buffalo.
I occasionally volunteer for the local Visitors' Bureau, which gives me an opportunity to learn even more about Western New York. In addition to my job, I also run an all-volunteer nonprofit - Global African Village - which I co-founded in 2007. We do humanitarian work in a rural area in eastern Uganda. I'm also a published author.
I enjoy meeting people & hearing their interesting travels stories. I hope you'll stay with me and tell me about your travels!