Whenever someone asks me where they should stay when they come to Buffalo, I always make sure that I mention the Elmwood Village Inn (Honu House) as one of my top faves. I still can’t believe the number of people that I talk to that have no idea that there is a bed and breakfast on Elmwood Avenue. Well, actually it’s not a true bed and breakfast, though owner Karen Powell has been known to accommodate her guests in any way that she can. And I don’t think the breakfast element of the formula is as necessary since a walk out of the front door in either direction will prove sufficient when searching out a myriad breakfast, lunch and dinner destinations. The inn does feature a second floor kitchenette and Karen provides a Continental breakfast for those who don’t have time to explore the neighborhood eateries.
Boy was I surprised when I saw my neighbor, Chip Sullivan, painting the front of this place. The inn has been transformed (almost overnight) into a vibrant icon of the block. The previous color was a grayish-white… not bad, but nowhere nearly as impressive as what can be seen now. Talk about a transformation – the colorful details really pop. Finally the outside pays homage to the inside. What? You haven’t seen the inside? Alright, then you can check it out here. Don’t forget to add this inn to your own list of urban guest residences. You can tell your out-of-town visitors to look for the colorful inn near the historic Lafayette Church.
Elmwood Village Inn
203 St. James Place
Buffalo, NY 14222
*House custom color work and color consultation by Jamie Forton | 716-885-2235