I just returned from an extraordinary getaway, a gift from my daughter for two nights at Elizabeth House Bed and Breakfast in Niagara Falls, New York.
What a charming time I had! My hosts Debbie and Perry have provided a unique experience for their guests who come from far and near to see Niagara Falls and its environs. The guest book in my room listed visitors from London, Denmark, Germany, Australia, France, Italy, California, Vancouver and many other foreign and domestic areas.
Debbie explained to me tales of the exquisite furnishings that reside in this charming homestead. She and Perry visit estate sales to find the unique pieces which grace their home. They search for pieces from the late 18th century and early 19th century. I was particularly enthralled with the life-sized suit of armor which stands guard on the landing leading to the sleeping areas on the second floor. On the first floor, a huge white pine dining table sits in the oversized parlor and is surrounded by small chatting areas of soft chairs and tables, where guests can read, relax and visit. Debbie explained that she plans to turn this huge room next season into a café serving simple lunches of soup, salad and sandwiches.
A separate dining room features two elongated tables where visitors are treated to a magnificent breakfast made by Debbie and served by Perry. The place settings and silverware are unique and from a different era. The morning paper was next to my place setting if I chose to read it. The busy season had ended and it was in the middle of the week, so I was the only guest. On my first morning there, I began my breakfast by being served orange juice in a carafe and freshly made coffee. Perry then brought in some delicious Italian bread and butter for me to munch on. Next, I was treated to a compote containing fresh strawberries, red raspberries, and blackberries with a dollop of Greek yogurt and sprinkled with granola. This was followed by a delicious omelet with mushrooms, spinach, cheese and I don’t know what else. I could not finish such a huge breakfast. I told Debbie that I usually have only oatmeal for breakfast, so on the second morning, I was served the fruit compote and exceptionally good oatmeal. It was more than enough.
Since there were no other guests to chat with, Debbie kept me company at breakfast with tales of their business venture and the people they meet in the process. It takes a lot of work to put together the experience this couple provides, and I applaud them for their efforts.
Of course, Elizabeth House is within walking distance from the Falls which I have visited many times before. It is also close to the Seneca Niagara Casino, which I took advantage of, and walked away with an extra fifty dollars in my pocket.
Niagara Falls has been hampered for many years by the political infighting that exists there. The recent election has allowed the voters to change that picture, so the citizens are confident that the poverty that exists in this area will be remedied by new construction and innovative ideas designed to entertain the visitors who now have little more than the beauty of the Falls to draw them in.
I loved my mini-vacation at the Elizabeth House and hope to go again next year to enjoy a profoundly different experience than what I am used to having.