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How to Plan One-Tank Trips in Western, NY

February 8, 2018 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

one-tank trips in Western, NY

There are times when you just need to take a break from the big city and get away from it all. With the cost of gas and plane tickets, though, it sometimes seems like traveling just isn’t in the budget. However, if you live in Western NY, there are plenty of places you can go without having you fill your car up. Mark Clarence, NY, as your destination for one-tank trips in Western, NY!

Are you looking for more great things to do in Clarence during one-tank trips in Western, NY? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed our favorite local shops, attractions, and museums in town. There’s no better resource for local recommendations than a bed and breakfast! Plan your stay with Asa Ransom House in no time at all with our free Vacation Guide!

The Secret to Planning One-Tank Trips in Western NY

There are so many great little towns in the Western NY. We may be biased, but we happen to think the best of them all is our town of Clarence. Located in Erie County, Clarence is less than 40 minutes away from Buffalo, making our town the perfect place to go when looking for an escape. Whether you’re searching for romantic getaways from Buffalo, NY, or you have another reason to need an overnight trip from the city, Asa Ransom House is the perfect destination.

Tour Clarence, NY

Go Antiquing

There are plenty of great things to do in Clarence, NY! Discover your next favorite piece of decor at one of the fantastic antique shops in town. The Indoor and Outdoor Flea Market is one of the biggest indoor markets in town and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Another great option is the Premier Antique Center, which is filled with high-end antiques from over 70 vendors. This mall is open six days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Finally, the Clarence Hollow Antique Mall consists of over 40 vendors stretched over 13,000 square feet. Whether you’re looking for something in particular or you’re waiting for something to catch your eye, you’re sure to find something here!

Take a Hike Through Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area

Sometimes, you just have to get back to nature. Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area is a wet lowland that features a marsh, open water, grassy fields, and a swamp. During the warmer months, visitors and locals like to walk the boardwalk and keep an eye out for the many species of animals that call this land their home. You might see everything from herons to white-tailed deer! The hiking trail that winds through the area is accessible, as well is the viewing platform.

Stay with Asa Ransom House

There is no better destination during your own-tank trips to Western NY than Asa Ransom House! Our quiet bed and breakfast will give you the peace you need to relax fully. Be sure to book a table at our onsite restaurant and enjoy a delicious, hearty meal!

Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.

How to Plan the Best Romantic Getaways from Rochester, NY

January 19, 2018 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

How to Plan the Best Romantic Getaways from Rochester, NY

Are you planning an intimate vacation but don’t want to travel too far from Rochester? We’ve got the perfect destination. For romantic getaways from Rochester, NY, visit Asa Ransom House. We are in Clarence, NY, which is just an hour’s drive away. Our romantic bed and breakfast is the perfect place to start a quiet weekend with your loved one. Find out everything you need to know to plan a quick getaway!

If you’re looking for even more suggestions for things to do during romantic getaways from Rochester, NY, download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed our favorite shops, historic sites, museums, and hiking trails in Erie County, NY. Spend less time planning your trip to Clarence and more time enjoying it with our free Vacation Guide.

How to Plan Romantic Getaways from Rochester, NY

Book a Table at a Fine Dining Restaurant

Is there anything more romantic than a quiet meal with your loved one? We certainly don’t think so! Asa Ransom House’s on-site restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious dinner just steps from your romantic room. Aside from the scrumptious selection of food, we also offer two wonderful dining specials that are sure to make a great night.

The first special is our Dinner and a Show package. It includes an evening meal at Asa Ransom House followed by a performance by the Lancaster Opera House. Advance purchase is required for each of these specials so plan and book quickly!

The second dining special is perfect for a couple on a budget. Enjoy an exquisite three-course dinner which includes a soup of the day, a mixed green salad, and your choice of entree. This deal is available from Tuesday to Friday Sunday from just $49.95 per couple!

Add on the Perfect Specials

There’s no better place to get those special little touches than Asa Ransom House! We are happy to work with you to add romantic touches to your reservation. Consider adding on chocolate-covered strawberries or wine waiting for you in your room. We also offer a romantic getaway special, which includes a four-course dinner and a full country breakfast in the morning.

Find the Perfect Accommodations

The most important part of planning romantic getaways from Rochester, NY, is finding the perfect accommodations! Luckily, Asa Ransom House offers stunning rooms for the traveling couple.

Consider booking Blue Willow, our gorgeous junior suite which is decorated in blue and white tones. This room features a queen-size canopy bed, a fireplace, a bathroom with a heated towel bar, and an open sitting room. You’ll love the wonderful view of the summer gardens from the balcony.

Another great option is the Country Garden Suite. This room features a four-poster bed and a Whirlpool for two, a private bathroom, and French doors which lead to the herb garden and sitting area. Snuggle in the love seat by the fire and library corner or enjoy lounging in the robes provided.

Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.

2 of the Best Dinner and Hotel Packages in the Buffalo, NY Area

January 4, 2018 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

Dinner and Hotel Packages in Buffalo, NYJust in time for Valentine’s Day, enjoy dinner and a fantastic night of relaxation in the best hotel in the Buffalo region! Asa Ransom House features gorgeous guest rooms, a romantic atmosphere, an incredible onsite restaurant, and stunning grounds to explore. Enjoy the best dinner and hotel packages in Buffalo, NY, at Asa Ransom House!

Are you looking for more great things to during your romantic stay? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed our favorite museums, historic sites, and shops in Upstate New York. No matter your interests, there’s something for you to do and see in the Buffalo area. Make the most of our your stay with our Vacation Guide!

Enjoy the Best Dinner and Hotel Packages in the Buffalo, NY Area

Stay at Asa Ransom House

When it comes to your Western New York vacation, a stay at Asa Ransom House combines the best of both worlds! You’ll be just 15 minutes away from Buffalo, with all of its wonderful theaters, museums, and other romantic things to do! Or you can go on the ultimate Niagara Falls road trip, just a 45-minute drive from our country inn. With just a short drive, you can experience the most popular and romantic attractions in Upstate and Western New York.

In the evening, return to the peace and serenity of Asa Ransom House. After exploring these densely populated areas, you’ll love spending a quiet night in one of our gorgeous guest rooms. Each of the cozy accommodations within our historic bed and breakfast are furnished with antiques and period reproductions. Choose from each of these uniquely decorated lodgings to find the one that is perfect for you and your loved one!

Indulge in a Dinner Package

A stay at Asa Ransom House isn’t complete without a delicious meal at our on-site restaurant! We offer two fantastic dining specials, each of which is perfect for an intimate evening with your loved one.

Our first dining package is our “Dinner for Two” special. You and a guest are invited to our special promotion, available Tuesday through Friday and Sunday. Enjoy a three-course dinner at Asa Ransom House. This meal includes our “soup of the day,” a delicious salad, and the choice of one of our scrumptious entrees. From hearty chicken pot pie to expertly prepared German Sauerbraten Roast, we have plenty of fantastic options. Enhance the romance by requesting a window or fireside table.

Our second dining package is our Dinner Theater special. Available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, this package includes dinner at Asa Ransom House and a ticket to a performance at the Lancaster Opera House. With this unique package, you’ll have your special date night planned in no time.

Stay at Asa Ransom House

No matter how you choose to spend your vacation, be sure to choose from the best dinner and hotel packages near Buffalo, NY! Our country bed and breakfast combines the charm of a historic inn with the fine dining of an upscale hotel. Enjoy our complimentary three-course country breakfast, served hot every morning. There’s no better way to start (and end) your day than at Asa Ransom House!

Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.

Clarence Historical Museum & Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit

November 23, 2017 by asaransom

Clarence Historical Museum & Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit

Part of the Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit at
the Clarence Historical Museum

The original Holland Land purchase from Robert Morris was 3,250,000 acres including the area west of the Genesse River, north to Lake Ontario, West to Lake Erie, and south to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Before Robert Morris, a Philadelphia Banker and signer of the Declaration of Independence, could give Holland Land Co. title to their purchase, it was necessary to first obtain title from the Indians. At the Treaty of Big Tree in 1791, the Indian exchanged their rights to the land in return for $100,000 and 200,000 acres to be retained and used for reservations.

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Two of the Best Fall Festivals in Buffalo, NY

September 22, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

Who doesn’t love a festival? There’s nothing better than a group of people coming together in celebration. Fall brings plenty of great festivals in the area, from Clarence to Buffalo. From events celebrating Buffalo’s most famous food to a festival all about German culture, there’s plenty to do at these great fall festivals in Buffalo, NY!

Looking for more great fall festivals in the Buffalo, NY, region? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed great annual celebrations in the Buffalo and Clarence region, from Christmas tree lightings to pumpkin festivals. You’ll also find suggestions for fun museums, historic sites, and art galleries to visit during your stay at Asa Ransom House. Spend less time researching your trip and more time enjoying it by using our free Vacation Guide!

Our Favorite Fall Festivals in Buffalo, NY

National Buffalo Wing Festival

Celebrate Buffalo’s most famous food at the National Buffalo Wing Festival! Every year in early September, tens of thousands of visitors flock to Buffalo to “wing it!” Since its inception in 2000, this festival has served over four million (yes, that’s right: million) of wings to its many festival-goers. Aside from sampling some truly incredible food, you can participate in a wing eating contest, a sauce cook-off, and a trivia game. You can even try your hand at bobbing for wings! There’s also plenty of live music, vendors, restaurants, and shops to enjoy. So make sure to bring your appetite (and a few napkins) to enjoy the Buffalo Wing Festival!

Buffalo German Fest

While you’re in town for the National Buffalo Wing Festival, stop by Buffalo German Fest! It takes place around the same time every year (the first weekend of September) and celebrates the history of German heritage found in the Greater Buffalo-Niagara region. The festival is all about “Gemütlichkeit”, which simply means being in the right place at the right time with the right people. Isn’t that what a festival is all about? Inside the festival, you’ll find a wine bar serving (what else?) German wines, plenty of great restaurants and vendors serving authentic German goods, and awesome dance and musical performances by local groups.

Stay at Asa Ransom House

After you’ve enjoyed these great fall festivals in Buffalo, NY, return to the rustic comfort of Asa Ransom House. Our gorgeous mansion is the perfect place to rest after a busy day. From our comfortable beds to our delicious menu of food, you’ll feel right at home while staying with us. Two of our rooms are even pet-friendly, so you won’t have to leave anyone at home during your vacation. Consider staying in Pine Grove, one of our pet-friendly options. It features antique iron and brass twin beds that can be combined into a king, as well as a corner fireplace and private bath. It’s the only accommodation with a front porch of its own on the main floor. Check our availability and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.

Everything You Need to Know About Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm

August 4, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm

Are you looking for a family friendly attraction that’s full of Autumn fun? Visit Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm during your stay at Asa Ransom House this fall! Ride the haunted hayride, explore the corn maze, visit the petting zoo, and pick out your favorite pumpkin. This great attraction is located in Wheatfield, NY, just a 40-minute drive from Asa Ransom House.

Looking for more family friendly attractions, just like Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm? Download our free Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll find our recommendations for fun annual events, great restaurants, and (of course) plenty of wholesome fun! Planning your trip to upstate New York is easy with our Vacation Guide.

Explore Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm

Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm is open from late September through October from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On the nights that feature the Haunted Hayride, the hours are extended.

Visit the Petting Zoo

Goats, cows, and horses, oh my! During your visit to Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm, you’ll definitely want to stop by the petting zoo. There are plenty of barnyard animals just waiting for your visit! Make sure to take some hand sanitizer or wipes with you, just in case.

Take a Haunted Hayride

The bravest among us will love the Haunted Hayride! Check the schedule before you embark if you plan on taking the hayride as it only runs once or twice a week. The hayrides begin at dusk and run every 15 minutes. Anyone aged 16 or younger must be accompanied by at least one adult to ride the hayride. Tickets for the hayride are $8 for adults and $6 for children 13 or younger. Remember to bring cash with you! Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm does not accept debit or credit cards or checks.

If you’d rather not take the haunted route, Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm also offers daily daytime hayrides. It’s a great way to get a tour of the farm!

Family Fun is Waiting For You

As if a hayride and petting zoo weren’t enough, Wheatfield also offers a dedicated play area for the little ones and a mini corn maze along with the pumpkin, gourds, and squash fields. Make sure you try some of the delicious apple cider! Wheatfield also hosts birthday parties. It’s sure to make for an unforgettable time!

Stay at Asa Ransom House

After you’re done exploring Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm, return to the calm, cozy surroundings of Asa Ransom House. Our charming Clarence, NY bed and breakfast is only 15 minutes from Buffalo and 28 miles from Niagara Falls. Aside from our beautiful accommodations, amazing specials and packages, and friendly staff, we feature an in-house restaurant that serves up delicious food. Enjoy the guest breakfast, which features three courses of freshly made treats. You’ll be given a choice of entree, such a quiche, apple oat cake, or egg and cheese souffle, as well as fresh fruit and assorted muffins and pastries.

For dinner, return to Asa Ransom House for a delicious meal. The evening meal is offered every Sunday and Tuesday through Friday. Choose from our seasonal menu, which features classic French and American cuisine. From our soup of the day to our homemade desserts, dinner at Asa Ransom House is always a treat.

Check our availability and book your room today! We look forward to having you.

Lancaster Opera House Theater, Dinner at the Asa Ransom House

July 28, 2017 by asaransom

Lancaster Opera HouseDinner at the Asa Ransom House and Theater at the Lancaster Opera House, a winning combination. The Lancaster Opera House Theater is a reminder of an early American tradition, unusual to combine a music hall with a town’s main governmental building. Designed by George J. Metzger in 1897, renovated in 1981, the Lancaster Opera House is one of only a few such Town Halls still open.

9 to 5 The Musical Sept.8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24

Dracula  October 6,7,8,13,14,15

South Pacific November 10,11,12,17,18,19

It’s A Wounder Life December 1,2,3,8,9,10

The Night Before Christmas December 15,16,17

The Diary of Anne Frank  February 9,10,11,16,17,18

We Gotta BINGO  March 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18

The Poar of the Greasepaint  April 6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22

Rounding Third May 11,12,13,18,19,20

Annie  June 8,9,10,15,16

To review the performances, visit The Lancaster Opera House is located 9 miles from Asa Ransom with convenient and free parking.

To receive good seating and avoid sell outs, we suggest reserving early.

Thursday, Friday, Sunday nights are $49 per person and include a four course dinner and Theater ticket. Saturdays include a five-course dinner, $59 per person. *Musicals and Concerts are an additional $5 or $10 for increased ticket price. Tax and Gratuity not included.

The Asa Ransom House Dinner Theater menu on Thursday Friday and Sunday includes Soup of the Day, Salad, Homemade Muffins & Rolls, with a Choice of Entrees. Entrees including Raspberry Chicken, Stuffed Sole, Roast Turkey, Jefferson Beef, Boneless Breast of Duck, Classic German Sauerbraten Roast, Prime Rib. Dinner is topped off with a Dessert Sampler and Beverage.  Dinner and Theater, a great combination, hope to see you soon!

Directions: Right turn out of Asa Ransom for 1/4 mile to Right turn on Ransom Road, travel approximately  3 miles to Walden Ave.  Right turn on to Walden for approximately 4 miles to Central Ave., left on Central Ave. 1 mile to Theater. Parking on left just before Theater. Travel time about 15 -20 minutes.


Garden Walk Buffalo

May 4, 2017 by asaransom

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24th Garden Walk Buffalo features over 350 gardens July 29  – 30 (rain or shine)  If you enjoy visiting other people’s garden, revel in whimsical and creative ideas, want to learn more about flowers, water gardens, rock gardens, espaliers, native plans and more – then the free, self-guided annual Garden Walk Buffalo is for you.

An interesting and informative article by Nancy Cardillo in The Buffalo News DISCOVER magazine, provides all what you need to know. The Route: Nearly three square miles, from Buffalo History Museum to Canalside and from the Peace Bridge to Main Street, with 400+ private and public gardens.

Get a Map: Send a $10 donation before June 15, and Great Walk Buffalo will mail you a comprehensive map. Or, pick one up for free at sponsor locations beginning in early July or at headquarters during GWB weekend. Every garden is listed, along with location, highlights, restrictions and more. The three GWB headquarters are marked, as are the shuttle bus routes and stops. Watch the website ( for map availability, as well.

 Where to Start: There is no set router – where you choose to start depends on what you want to see, how much time you have and how much walking you want to do.

Where to Park: There are designated GWB parking areas (labeled on the map) plus on-street parking and five free shuttle buses that operate between the three GWB headquarters.

Highlights: The gardens on Garden Walk Buffalo include everything from outdoor kitchens to koi ponds to waterfalls to murals and sculptures, hellstrips and espaliers – even one urban putting green – all of which are indicated on the map. Participating gardens are clearly marked with a Garden Walk sign at the home.

Rest Stops: Three official Garden Walk headquarters: Buffalo seminary (205 Bidwell Pkwy); Evergreen Health Services (206 South Elmwood) and the Richmond-Summer Senior Center (337 Summer St., corner of Richmond), provide rest, bathrooms, water and Garden Walk gift items. Still have questions? Visit

Making a beautiful impact  Garden Walk has become a signature summer event in Buffalo the last weekend of July every summer, many of whom are from out of town, “said Ed Healy, vice president of marketing for Visit Buffalo Niagara. “Garden Walk has played a significant role in helping remake Buffalo’s image. With its gorgeous gardens, distinctive homes, tree-lined streets and warm and welcoming homeowners, Garden Walk embodies everything that is special and distinctive about our city.”   

A welcoming start and finish to your day is the relaxing Asa Ransom House Country Inn. With ten rooms and dining facilities (and a flower and herb garden), book a room with a porch or balcony to relax after a busy day viewing dozens of Buffalo great gardens. View the Inn at    




Here Are Some of the Best Wineries in Niagara Falls, NY

February 21, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

The amazing Western New York region is a destination filled with surprises around every corner! If you’re vacationing in the peace and serenity of this scenic area, you’ll probably be impressed by the vast amount of amazing attractions and activities found here. One quality that makes Western New York so special is its abundance of incredible vineyards. If you love wine tasting, then exploring the Niagara Falls area and its many wineries is the perfect activity for you. Learn everything you need to know about visiting the numerous wineries in Niagara Falls, NY, and add them to your vacation itinerary today.

5 of the Best Wineries in Niagara Falls, NY, to Visit During Your New York Getaway

1. Long Cliff Winery

Located in the picturesque setting of Sanborn, NY, the Long Cliff Vineyard and Winery offers tastings, tours, and a variety of other events like dinners, book club meetings, and trivia nights. You will love spending time in this gorgeous environment, sipping wines and enjoying fantastic entertainment!

2. Black Willow Winery

The beautiful Black Willow Winery in Burt, NY, is favorite spot on the Niagara Falls wineries map for many reasons! In addition to their deluxe wines, they also create delicious mead and artisan oils and vinegars here.

3. A Gust of Sun Winery and Vineyard

With two tasting rooms in Spencerport and Ransomville, NY, A Gust of Sun Winery and Vineyard is a must-see attraction! Both of their locations provide magnificent grounds where you can take a stroll or have a picnic while you enjoy their wine.

4. Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

A hidden gem on the Niagara Falls wineries map, the Arrowhead Spring Vineyards is a wonderful place to visit. They use effective and sustainable techniques to create some of the finest wine you’ve ever tasted. Come out to their scenic spot in Lockport, NY, to spend an afternoon sampling wines in their delightful tasting room!

5. Lake Ontario Winery and Vineyards

Found in Hilton, NY, this attraction has so much to offer! In addition to their tasting room and vineyards, the Lake Ontario Winery and Vineyards also contains a cider mill, brewery, distillery, and much more. You can shop their products or even take a wine or beer making class!

If you’re interested in taking a deluxe wine tour of this area, be sure to check out the Niagara Wine Trail events that are coming up!

Stay in the Finest Accommodations While You’re Visiting the Wineries in Niagara Falls, NY!
You’ll want to come back to some comfy accommodations after you’ve spent a wonderful day enjoying the many things to do in Western NY. Treat yourself to a stay in a cozy and peaceful environment when you book with us at the Asa Ransom House in Clarence, NY. Our beautiful, historic bed and breakfast is located on scenic grounds, just minutes away from all the attractions of the nearby areas of Buffalo and Niagara. In addition to our comfortable rooms, you’ll also love our outstanding amenities, which include fireplaces, private baths, pet-friendly accommodations, and a full country breakfast in the morning. We can’t wait to have you visit our charming property full of historic artifacts and lovely surprises, so don’t hesitate a moment longer! Check our availability and book your stay at the Asa Ransom House today!

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Annual Events in Western NY

February 16, 2017 by Asa Ransom House Country Inn

It’s no secret that the great state of New York is home to some of the best annual events; they draw countless visitors and locals alike every year to participate in the wonderful festivities. These events are all unique and one-of-a-kind, each offering something special to the local community. Some of the best celebrations around are the annual events in Western NY. These festivities celebrate everything from local cuisine to joyous holidays! Discover some of the best events in Western NY happening this year and start making your travel plans to the Northeast today.

6 of the Best Annual Events in Western NY

1. Western NY Winter Train and Toy Show: February

All train enthusiasts need to hop aboard this amazing annual event! Held in the fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY, the Western NY Winter Train and Toy Show features train-related activities and entertainment for all ages.

2. Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade: March

One of the longest running parades in the entire country, Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one not to be missed! For over 75 years, this annual parade has been delighting the local community with their festive floats, fun music, and many other activities.

3. Buffalo Wine Festival: April

Wine tasting, shopping, and good food are just a few things you can enjoy at the annual Buffalo Wine Festival held every spring! There will be all kinds of entertainment held here, so get your tickets as soon as possible- they sell out fast.

4. Cherry Blossom Festival: April-May

For those of you who love the spring season, the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival is the one for you! This fun, week-long festival celebrates the arrival of spring through music, cocktail parties, walking garden tours, and much more.

5. Taste of Buffalo: July

This is the largest two-day food festival in the entire country, so you know it’s bound to be a good time! Wander through the many vendor booths of the Taste of Buffalo to try samples from over 6 wineries and 55 restaurants- your taste buds will thank you.

6. Niagara County Peach Festival: September

For almost 60 years, this fantastic festival has drawn countless visitors of all ages to participate in the fun. The Niagara County Peach Festival includes carnival rides, delicious food, countless vendors, entertaining shows, a parade, and much more. Make your travel plans to NY today!

Come Stay in the Finest Accommodations in Western NY!

No vacation is complete without booking a room in some wonderful accommodations. Immerse yourself in a cozy and peaceful environment when you stay with us at the Asa Ransom House in Clarence, NY. Our beautiful, historic bed and breakfast is located on scenic grounds, just minutes away from all the attractions of the nearby areas of Buffalo and Niagara. In addition to our comfortable rooms, you’ll also love our outstanding amenities, which include fireplaces, private baths, pet-friendly accommodations, and a full country breakfast in the morning. We can’t wait to have you visit our charming property full of historic artifacts and lovely surprises, so don’t hesitate a moment longer! Check our availability and book your stay at the Asa Ransom House today!

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Attractions and Special Events

January 16, 2017 by asaransom

Enjoy Western New York any season of the year. You can easily fill up a week or more with all there is to see and do around the inns central location. From special exhibits at art galleries to riding a bicycle on the ice, there is something for everyone in the Clarence and Buffalo area.

The Arts:

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Now through February 19, 2017, visitors can explore Picasso: The Artist and His Models. The second installment of the “Transformations in Modern Art” exhibition series features paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from the gallery as well as select pieces from European and other American museums.
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center: Boasting the largest collection of works by watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield, the center also features more than 800 artists linked to Western New York. Docent-led tours are available every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm; tours are free with museum admission.
  • Shea’s Performing Arts Center: Get your tickets now for upcoming performances including Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (winner of the 2014 Tony!).


  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site: Roosevelt took the oath of office in Ansley Wilcox’s home in Buffalo after the assassination of President William McKinley. Step back to 1901 and learn how it all happened on a guided tour of the home.
  • Old Fort Niagara: What was life really like for soldiers? Visit during the winter months to truly understand some of the hardships of these brave men. Open year-round, visitors can explore original buildings and view musket demonstrations. Make special plans to visit on February 4 to witness a battle in the woods; snowshoes are available on a first-come first-served basis.


  • Buffalo City Hall: One of the largest city halls in the country, the imposing structure features murals depicting the history and industry of the area. Venture up to the Observation Tour for spectacular views of the waterfront.


  • Niagara Wine Trail: Avoid the summer crowds by visiting one of the 21 nearby wineries during the winter months. Fewer people means more attention to your questions and thoughts. Sample up to three wines paired with chocolate at your choice of 10 wineries during the two Be Mine with Wine February weekends. Your sweetheart will thank you for the thoughtful gift of this experience.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Ice Bikes of Buffalo: Forget trying to balance on ice skates. Instead explore the ice with ease (and stability) as you pedal along on a bicycle made for the ice. Be the first of your friends to try this new experience.


A Western New York Inn’s Holiday Season

December 16, 2016 by asaransom

Asa Ransom House’s Holiday suggestions:

There’s nothing quite like a winter bed and breakfast getaway to spark a sense of nostalgia and overwhelming joy. Waking up to a warm breakfast waiting for you can make you feel like you are visiting grandma’s house again. The holiday lights in the small town of Clarence, NY, will bring a smile to your face as you remember the magic of Christmas. Make the Asa Ransom House your winter holiday headquarters and explore all that the region has to offer.

Start or finish your holiday shopping in the “Hollow.” Stuff stocking with fresh fudge from the Clarence Country Store. Purchase a gift for a friend (or perhaps for yourself) at Hen House Antiques or Antique World & 3 Old Dogs. Since many shops are within walking distance of the inn, guests that want to experience a true winter wonderland can zip up their coats and pull on their boots for a shopping adventure. (Driving is also an option.)

Antique World & Flea Market, Clarence NY


3 Old Dogs Antiques, Clarence NY

Hen House Antiques, Clarence NY

December 1-December 18, 2016 – Shows at the Lancaster Opera House. Tickle your funny bone with the irreverent Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical or join in the interactive fun of The Night Before Christmas. Check the website for show dates and pricing:

November 25, 2016-January 8, 2017 – Holiday Displays at the Botanical Gardens in Buffalo, NY. Explore the vibrant colors and playful arrangements of Poinsettias: Expect the Unexpected. Appease your inner child at the Garden Railway Exhibit designed by the Botanical Gardens and the Western New York Garden Railway Society.

December 31, 2016 – New Year’s Eve is an evening for indulgence (resolution diets don’t start until January 1). The inn features 5 course dinners on Saturdays. The holiday happens to fall on a Saturday this year; don’t miss out on this special, celebratory event.

November 19, 2016-January 31, 2017 – Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights. It’s easy to see why 1.5 million people venture to this Canadian event each year. Walk or drive along the eight-kilometer stretch of dazzling light displays. If you would rather avoid the crowds, you can always stay on the Niagara Falls, NY, side and enjoy the natural beauty of the falls.

The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst, NY, is open year-round. Truly imagine life during winter in the 19th century while touring historical homes, a blacksmith shop, a barbershop, and a Lutheran church. Just picture how beautiful your photographs will look with a snowy background.

With all the excitement in December, it can be easy to forget that the biggest holiday for lovebirds is right around the corner. Book a special Valentine’s retreat. The inn’s onsite restaurant boasts a romantic fireplace and a seasonal menu featuring organic herbs right from the garden.

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

June 17, 2016 by asaransom

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

Summer is full of cook-outs, enjoying the beautiful weather with friends and family, vacationing, and celebrating the multitude of freedoms that we are blessed with here in the United States of America. It is also a great time to celebrate and remember those who brought us these great freedoms. There were many sacrifices and major historical events that occurred to bring us to this beautiful summer.

I encourage you to to remember these sacrifices by visiting the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park located in the marina at the Waterfront at Canalside. The park is open every day from 10 am-5 pm April until October. It proudly boasts being ranked #4 on Trip Advisor’s list of ‘Best Things to do in Buffalo.

The Park features three different naval vessels: USS The Sullivans Destroyer, USS Croaker Submarine, and the USS Little Rock, guided missile cruiser. The Destroyer is named after five heroic siblings: George, Francis (‘Frank’), Joseph (‘Joe’), Madison (‘Matt’), and Albert (‘Al’) Sullivan from Waterloo, Iowa, who served on the USS Junea (CL-52) during World War II. The siblings agreed to serve for the US Navy on the promise that they would all serve together. In fact their family motto was: “We stick Together”. On November 13, 1942 the USS Junea was sunk. Thus in the Battle of Solomon Islands all five brothers lost their lives. The Solomon brothers are the first group to ever have a US Naval Vessel named after them.

USS The Sullivans 537 displayed at the Park is the second of the two ships named after them and exemplifies the largest and significant class of U.S. destroyers utilized in World War II. This particular vessel earned nine battle stars for service, rescued many a survivor from planes and ships that went down during war. She served in: Philippines, Carolines, Marshalls, Mariannas, Korean War, and the Cuban Blockade.

The second vessel is a submarine that is identified in the National Registry of Historic Places. The USS Croaker is 311 feet long and weighs 1,525 tons. She launched on December 19, 1943 to fight against the Japanese in World War II and was not decommissioned until December 20, 1971. During her service she earned 3 battle stars and claimed eleven enemy vessels.

  The third vessel at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is the USS Little Rock. This cruiser is well worth the tour. She is the only guided missile cruiser on display in the United States. She is also the sole survivor of the Cleveland class. The USS Little Rock was the first ship to bare the name of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is an impressive 610 feet long and weighs 10,670 tons.

 Along with these three vessels, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park also displays military aircrafts, tanks, and World War II artifacts in their history exhibits. Admission is only $10 for adults (17 years of age and older), $6 for seniors and children (5 years and younger). Please visit: for more details.

The Naval Park is located about thirty minutes from the Asa Ransom House, a 10-room Country Inn in Clarence. Some rooms have porch or balcony, all have private baths, most with fireplace. Dinner is served daily except Monday’s. Please view the rooms, menu and Inn at

Clarence Center NY ‘Gems’ to Visit

March 3, 2016 by asaransom

The Perfect Gift in the J. Eshelman bldg in Clarence, NY

The Perfect Gift in Clarence, NY

Clarence Center NY, founded 1829, offers some historic ‘Gems’ to visit, and is only 5 miles from the Asa Ransom House. These gems include: The Perfect Gift & Boutique, Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe, The Hen House ll Le Poulaller, and Gertie’s Restaurant, among others.

The Perfect Gift, located in the most impressive 1872 Eshelman Building, is listed on the National Historic Register, and was once considered the tallest building of its kind outside of the city of Buffalo. The building at three stories high, has always been a general store in some capacity, and today is home to a unique gift shop and boutique, the Perfect Gift. Some historic factors of interest is the flooring and much of the woodwork in the building is original from 1872, and the push latter system is a replica of what once existed here. The building bricks were made by the Eshelman family – burnt in their own brick oven kiln. Deborah, the Perfect Gifts proprietor, offers a vast variety of items and unique gifts, which can be viewed at

The Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe, kiddie corner across the street from the Eshelman building, features fresh-baked goods, locally crafted beers, fine wine selection, and a menu including vegan and gluten-free food. Breakfast and lunch are served daily, with dinner offered Tuesday through Saturday. Tuesday features an open mike night, Friday and Saturday featuring live music from 8 to 11, often with some talented local artists.  Multi award winner of the Taste of Buffalo, winner of the Clarence “Silver Spoon” award and best entrée award. We have enjoyed their good food and very relaxing atmosphere and personable staff. For hours and menu visit:

An unusual storage chest at Hen House Antiques in Clarence, NY

Hen House Antiques

The Hen House ll Le Poulailler at 5961 Goodrich road, just a few steps done the street, features unique gifts, antiques, art and furniture. Linda (a Gem herself) offers different vintage items that will match with any decor. Some of our treasures here at Asa Ransom House and at home have come from Linda’s unique shop. Be sure to ask if you can’t find that perfect match, she may have it hidden at her other location on Salt Road in Clarence. For a good idea of Linda’s treasures see the multiple pictures at HenHouseAntiques Clarence NY

Gertie’s restaurant is next to the Perfect Gift, and offers modern comfort food from her fine scratch kitchen with dining  offered both inside and on the patio. Gertie’s has an impressive menu that can be viewed at  This restaurant is very popular, so reservations are recommended.

Guests here at the 1853 historic Asa Ransom House, after visiting shops here in Clarence Hollow, often enjoy a second afternoon visiting the Clarence Center NY ‘Gems’, all are within a block of each other. Upon leaving Clarence Center, we recommend stopping at the Clarence Arboretum with its 57 variety of native trees, a lake and many benches. Upon returning to the Asa Ransom House, one enjoys dinner and a relaxing evening and rest-bit from the days adventures. We love helping guests in their search for interesting adventures here in Western New York.  Visit us at  for menu, rooms and frequent specials. Hope you all have a special day!

Sincerely, Innkeeper Bob




Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10

August 19, 2015 by asaransom

Vidler's 5 & Dime

“I can’t believe how big this store is!” We hear this every day from happily surprised customers about Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10. A great place for the entire family with 2 levels occupying 4 connected 19th century buildings. From nostalgic candy, novelty toys and kitchen gadgets to the newest items for the recreational shopper. Distinctive shops feature crafts, jewelry, candles and seasonal décor.

Take a trip down memory lane as you walk on original wooden floors, eat a 10 cent bag of popcorn. Hear the delighted laughter of kids taking a 10 cent ride on Sandy, the mechanical horse.

History – It all started in 1939. Today the third generation of the Vidler family manages the store which has become a local landmark and destination point for shoppers near and far. The 5 & 10 is easily recognized by the red and white awning, gingerbread trim, hand painted, gold leaf sign, and the colossal “Vidler on the Roof”. Inside you see the original wooden floors, big open counters (the same ones that Grandma… and Great Grandma browsed) and a store chock full of every kind of merchandise imaginable from lace doilies to music cd’s.

Half the Fun of Vidler’s is just wandering around and discovering all the nooks and crannies. Candy – See the incredible selection of old-time favorites such as Necco wafers, Sky Bars, Mallo Cups, Super Daddies, Satellite Wafers, Crystal Beach Suckers, French Chew, wax bottles , rock candy and a variety of chocolates.

Gifts & Jewelry – 3 enticing rooms that flow into each other with a wounderful selection of jewelry, distinctive gifts and home accents. Party novelties for all occasions with paper products, streamers and table displays. Bows, ribbon, greeting cards, wrapping paper… unique women’s clothing, handbags and scarves… wine and cocktail accessories… bridal and baby… you can browse till you find that perfect gift!

Toys – For kids from ages 8 to 80. Experience shopping the way it use to be in a good ole’ five and dime! Select from traditional, ageless toys that children have always loved: yo-yo’s, slide whistles, wooden pop guns, kazoos and other musical instruments; puzzles, rubber bugs and plush animals of every kind; paper dolls, models, coloring books and a large selection of board games, kaleidoscopes, marbles and balsawood gliders. Both kids and kids-at-heart love our toy section.

Housewares – Too much to list! This fabulous department is well-known for the endless collection of gadgets, gee-gaws, widgets and thing-a-ma jigs! Cookie cutters in every shape you can think of, and some you haven’t. From toaster tongs & strawberry hullers to wooden spatulas and cake decorating supplies.

Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10, is located at 676-697 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052 716-652-0481  Web: Open 7 days a week.

Vidler’s is a 30 minute drive directly south of the Asa Ransom House Country Inn, a good central location for visiting the Niagara Wine Trail, Erie Canal Cruses, Antique World, Niagara Falls among many other popular attractions.  The Asa Ransom House is a 10 room historic village Inn built in 1853, with 1975 and 1993 additions. Most rooms have a fireplace, some with porch or balcony, serving a full country breakfast. Dinner is available daily except Monday, Tea available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Rooms can be viewed at . We look forward to your visit!

Vidler’s and Asa Ransom, two gems not to miss!


Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

January 9, 2015 by asaransom

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

Visiting the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum is taking a step back in time. The collection of historic automobiles, bicycles, Pierce-Arrow memorabilia and documents is unlike any other in the world.

Here you will find a selection of some of the most compelling pieces and their stories with a focus and emphasis placed on Pierce-Arrow, E.R. Thomas Motor Car Company and other Buffalo-made automobiles and their accomplishments.

A 1903 Pierce Stanhope at The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

The 1903 Pierce Stanhope

1903 Pierce Stanhope
The 1903 Pierce Stanhope followed the Motorette and was built on light frame tubing and featured a folding top. The four-passenger automobile included two hidden folding seats in front and had two forward speeds as well as a reverse gear.
The George N, Pierce Company produced 50 Stanhopes in 1903, and sold them each for $1,000.
The Stanhope, one of the earliest Pierce models, helped pave the way for later, larger models like the Arrow and Great Arrow.


A 1909 Thomas Flyer 6-40 Flyabout at The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

The 1909 Thomas Flyer 6-40 Flyabout

The 1909 Thomas Flayer 6-40 Flyabout
Edwin Thomas (1850-1936) began in the transportation industry by selling gasoline propulsion gear for bicycles in 1896. Thomas manufactured automobiles at the Thomas Motor Company Factory at 1200 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY. The building still stands today and serves as the headquarters for Rich Products.
In 1908, a Thomas Flyer 6-40 Flyabout, beat out six competing cars from three other nations in the 22,000 mile, New York to Paris Race. What began on 11:15 AM, February 12, 1908, in Times Square, turned into a marathon that lasted 169 days, with the Thomas Flyer taking the historic checkered flag.

The Buffalo Filling Station by Frank Lloyd Wright

In 1927, world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd designed a unique fuel filling station and intended to place it on the corner of Michigan and Cherry Street, but was never built. In 2002, initial planning began to construct the filling station as a one-of-a-kind installation housed in a glass enclosure attached to the main hall at the Pierce-Arrow Buffalo Transportation Museum. The architecture was truly ahead of its time and features a second story observation room. The room was complete with a fireplace, restrooms, a copper roof, two 40 foot poles (Wright called them “totems”) and an overhead, gravity-fed gas distribution system for fuelling cars.

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum is much more than an area attraction, it’s a destination, thanks to the museum’s impressive collection and Buffalo’s wealth of Automobile and transportation history.

For current hours:   Tours: reservations are required for a guided tour. Call 716-853-0084 to check availability.

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum is just 18 miles from the Asa Ransom House in Clarence, New York. The Inn awaits visitors to one of its 10 inviting fireplace of porch guest rooms. Full country breakfast included, dinner is also available every day except Monday. View Rooms and menu at

We look forward to your visit. Bob Lenz – Innkeeper

Spectacular Niagara Falls

November 21, 2014 by asaransom

Niagara FallsSpectacular Niagara Falls are exciting all seasons. Summer, the busiest, bright sunshine and Niagara’s mist make rainbows regular sights. In the Winter, cold temperatures transform Niagara’s mist into a crystallized blanket that covers the trees, rocks, and buildings, transforming the area into a winter wonderland.

The falls are separated into three cataracts separated by islands. Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side is the widest. Bridal Veil, the middle and smallest, and the American Falls, the highest. Excellent views of the river and falls are available from several vantage points. Each night the falls are illuminated for 2.5 to 3.5 hours after dusk.

One of the most popular attractions, Maid of the Mist boats pass directly in front of the falls and enter the Horseshoe Basin. Trips depart daily beginning at 9:00 Memorial Day through about mid October.

Goat Island, in the Niagara River, separates the Canadian and American Falls, offers spectacular views from the edge of both falls. Niagara Adventure Theater, in the visitors center presents “Niagara: Legends of Adventure,” a 30-minute film telling the story of legends, explorers and daredevils.

Cave of the Winds Trip  on Goat Island, take an elevator ride down 175 feet to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. After donning a souvenir raincoat and footwear, visitors are guided to the Hurricane Deck, just 20 feet from the roaring Bridal Falls, where a good dousing can be expected. This guided walking your will allow you to feel and experience the power of Niagara Falls just feet from the pounding waters.

Aquarium of Niagara has more than 1500 aquatic animals ranging from the Great Lakes to the coral reefs and is home to a large collection of Great Lakes fish. Open year round, daily from 9:00 am.

Prospect Point Observation Tower, next to the American Falls in Prospect Point, is a 260-foot structure that rises above the cliffs. Stairs lead from the tower to the Crow’s Nest, an observation area beside the falls. Four elevators descend into the gorge, permitting access to the base of the falls and Maid of the Mist boats, which board near the landing.

Spectacular Niagara Falls, is located 28 miles from the Asa Ransom House, with an easy express drive to the falls. Guest select Asa Ransom because of its central location to Western New York’s many attractions, business and schools. The ten-room Inn has been serving the traveling public for dinner and lodging for 39 years. Featured in Select Registry’s Distinguished Inns of North America and awarded 3 diamonds by the AAA. View the Asa Ransom House at


Explore Historic Clarence Hollow

September 24, 2014 by asaransom

Founded in 1808, Clarence Hollow is the oldest town in Erie County NY. (Founded 4 years before Buffalo, NY.) Historic Clarence Hollow is the gateway to Western New York and Niagara Falls from the east, off I90 between exits 48A coming from the east, and 49 from the west and south. So come and explore and meet the friendly folk of Historic Clarence Hollow.

Throughout the town there is over 200 years of history to discovering architecture and lore, unique one-of-a-kind shops as well as mall shopping, a bevy of home-owned restaurant both fine and casual, and a bed and breakfast.

The list of event and attractions include:  Farmers’ Market in Clarence Hollow every Saturday morning June through October. Antique World and Flea Market, NY’s Largest Indoor/Outdoor market, open year round 11am to 5pm, closed Wednesday features Expo Center Co-Op, Premier Antique Center, WNY Antique Center, 3 Old Dogs Antiques and Clarence Antique Mall.  The Great Pumpkin Festival and Scarecrow Festival in September and October. Clarence Hollow free Summer Orchestra Concerts in July and August. Clarence Biking and Hiking Trails, between Clarence Hollow and Akron NY, and Akron and Clarence Center offer, about 18 miles of trails. Clarence Historical Museum, tour the original workshop where Clarence resident and inventor Wilson Greatbatch invented the implantable cardiac pacemaker. Tillman Road Wildlife Sanctuary Management Area, a self-guided nature walk, where deer, Canada geese, ducks, herons, and hawks are residents.  Escarpment Sanctuary – a trail off Greiner Rd. provides a short walk into the town’s geologic past. The Onondaga Escarpment-  was the edge of an ancient lake. The cliff is 50-70 feet high and is composed of layers of limestone and dolomite .

Clarence Hollow is only about 30-35 minutes from Niagara Falls, 30 minutes to Lockport and the Erie Canal, where one can take a cruise through the only double lock on the entire Erie Canal.   Nearby one can visit over 20 wineries featuring many national award winning wines. Clarence Hollow is the home for over 39 years of the Asa Ransom House B&B Country Inn featuring many of the award winning wines in their dining room. Tour the Asa Ransom at


Letchworth State Park ‘Grand Canyon of the East’

August 29, 2014 by asaransom

Letchworth State Park 'Grand Canyon of the East'Letchworth State Park, referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East.  14,350 acres of scenic magnificence along the Genesee River, steep-walled gorge with three major waterfalls, one of which is 107 feet high. Each year the river cuts deeper into the dramatic cliffs, some of which approach 600 feet in height.

A multi-faceted park, Letchworth offers opportunities for a wide variety of interest. Millions of years of geological history can be observed in the rock formations exposed by erosion. The region’s rich heritage of the Seneca Indians is well-documented in the park with displays, a restored Seneca Council House and the grave of Mary Jemison.

Letchworth offers many leisure time pursuits. Cabins and campsites, swimming pool, picnic areas, museum, Glen Iris Inn, and restaurant (great for lunch). In addition there are many fishing areas, an inviting multi-use trail network , whitewater rafting, kayaking, special events and festivals and guided walks and tours. Winter activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing and guided ski hikes, and snowmobiling.

History in the Park.
1.  In 1859, Mr. William Pryor Letchworth first purchased the Glen Iris Inn and surrounding 1000 acres. Over the next fifty years, Mr. Letchworth would develop the Glen Iris and ground into the picturesque setting that is now the centerpiece of Letchworth State Park. In 1907, Mr. Letchworth deeded his estate to the State of New York.
2. The William Pryor Letchworth Museum houses a collection relating to the Indian and pioneer history of the Genesee Valley as well as archeological and natural history displays. The museum itself was built in 1912 to expand the original Museum which was built in 1898.

Letchworth State Park is about an hour and 15 minutes South-East from Clarence and the Asa Ransom House Country Inn through beautiful rolling hills and farm country. Entrances are located at Mount Morris, Perry, Castile, Portageville. For more information on the Park , 585-493-3600 or visit .  Information on Asa Ransom House 800-841-2340 or


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House

August 13, 2014 by asaransom

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin HouseFrank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, a six structure complex, located in the historic Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo N.Y. The multi-structure estate (1903-05) that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Darwin D. Martin, is a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. It is widely considered one of Wright’s finest Prairie houses.

The Darwin Martin House Tour will introduce visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative design concepts that defined his Prairie-style ideal. A certified docent will lead guests through the primary rooms of the main Martin House, the pergola, conservatory, and exterior spaces, and the pioneering methods of construction. Explore the home’s beauty described as a “domestic symphony,” which includes prime examples of Wright-designed furniture, art glass, and light fixtures.

Two-hour and One-Hour Tours of the Darwin Martin House are available, with the one-hour tour  wheelchair accessible. Reservations are strongly recommended due to the limited space on each guided tour.

In 1927, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a unique fuel filling station and intended to place it on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cherry Street in Buffalo. The station was never built. But the Filling Station was built in 2013, one-of-a-kind installation housed in a glass enclosure attached to the main hall at the Pierce-Arrow Buffalo Transportation Museum. This exhibit compliments the automobile, motorcycles and bicycles on display.

Discover Graycliff, the summer home of Darwin Martin and his family, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926. The Estate consists of the Isabelle R. Martin House with a garden wall connecting to the Foster House (the servant’s quarters and garage). Other features that highlight the Estate include a terrace, esplanade, sunken gardens, a fountain and pond, plus a beautiful view of Lake Erie. Graycliff is located in Derby NY, south-west of Buffalo, with guided tours available year round by reservation.  Graycliff:

The Darwin Martin House and related sites have been highly recommended by guests staying at the 10 room Asa Ransom House Country Inn. Guests find the Inns location convenient for the many attractions and historic sites throughout Western New York.


Getaway Package

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

wilson3With the stress of a busy work schedule, we offer you the opportunity to escape and relax. Look forward to your refreshing getaway or romantic retreat in one of our ten inviting accommodations, nine with fireplaces, six with a porch or balcony. Arrive early and enjoy the Library with its fireplace, puzzles, checkers and many rare books or enjoy a walk through the Hollow.

The Getaway Package for two:
A Four-course dinner, One Night’s Lodging and Full Breakfast for two.

Getaway Package Rates:
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
MAP: Modified American Plan: dinner, lodging and full breakfast
Saturday MAP includes a 5-course gourmet dinner

Room Sun – Friday B&B Sat B&B Sun – Friday MAP Sat MAP
Joseph Ellicott $135 $169 $210 $239
Rebecca Hamlin $149 $190 $220 $250
Portia Ransom $149 $190 $220 $250
Wilson Greatbatch $169 $210 $240 $270
Pine Grove $149 $190 $220 $250
Millstream $169 $210 $240 $270
Blue Willow $185 $225 $255 $285
Renaissance $185 $225 $255 $285
Abigail’s Garden $198 $235 $275 $295
Country Garden Suite $198 $235 $275 $295

Rates are based on double occupancy.
For each additional guest, there is a $35 B&B charge.
No charge will be assessed for crib-size children.
Taxes and gratuities are not included.
Rates are subject to change on holidays and selected dates.

Golf at the Links

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

golfEnjoy 18 holes of golf at The Links at Ivy Ridge, then relax with dinner, an overnight stay, and a full breakfast at the Inn.

Special packages from $199 single or $279 double.

The Links at Ivy Ridge

Marvelous March and April

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

Stay one evening (B&B rate) and receive a complimentary night. Breakfast included one morning, dinner required in the restaurant one evening, not to be combined with the MAP plan.  Advanced reservations required, availability limited.

Select Registry New York Bed and Breakfast

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

Asa Ransom is proud to be a member of the Distinguished Inns of North America, your guide to more than 400 of the finest Country Inns, luxury B&Bs, and unique hotels in North America. Each property is inspected for quality assurance and meets exceptional high standards.

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Pride of New York at Asa Ransom House

February 27, 2014 by asaransom

Asa Ransom House is proud to be a part of Pride of New York. The program is all about locally grown and processed foods, award winning wines, and beautiful plants. Locally produced foods not only taste great, but they also support the local economy and help keep New York green. When you see the Pride of New York emblem, you’ll know the products are regional specialties.

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