Have a relaxing weekend at the Asa Ransom House in Clarence
Innkeeper, Bob Lenz decided to open his own bed and breakfast after working in the restaurant business for several years. He loved the location of the Asa Ransom House, which had been a privately owned home and had asked the former owners to sell it to him.
They agreed to sell, under one condition. They still wanted to live on the property. Their wish was granted and Lenz had built them a house behind the inn, which can be seen within the view of the second floor back porch.
Now, 36 years later, the inn has 10 total rooms for guests to stay in, a large dining room, kitchen, library, gift shop and small dining room. Running the inn alongside Lenz is his daughter Abigail.
Originally, there were only four guest rooms total, all located on the second floor and two dining rooms. Lenz added an entire wing to the building adding five more guest rooms. He then took away the casual dining room making it into a large guest suite with a jet tub, seating area and fireplace. The suite also has access to the garden where you’ll often find the chef picking his own herbs to cook with.
There is a smaller dining area where showers and small parties can be held as well. Weddings have taken place in the front gazebo and in the library in front of the fireplace. The maximum guests for these occasions are 40 people due to limited space.
The inn is often heavily booked by people from all different places. Lenz often finds that locals come to stay for a weekend to “get away from the kids” or for a romantic weekend together. He’s even had guests come from as far as Germany, Australia and England.
“I encourage people to stay for at least two days,” Lenz said.
He says this because if you book for one night, he doesn’t believe you’ll even have time to relax. You’ll check in, stay for the night and get up in the morning and have to check out. If guests stay for at least two nights, it gives them an entire day to enjoy fort themselves.
You’ll find maps, brochures and information on several local attractions right in the main entrance of the inn. This is to help guests from other areas decide what they would like to do for the day.
“There are so many attractions in Western New York,” said Lenz. “It’s enjoyable helping them find what they’re looking for.”
Lenz also added that he has bikes available and has had many of his guests enjoy the bike path.
The inn’s menu changes seasonally and there are often dinner specials. For those looking for a relaxing dinner, reservations are highly recommended. Although you don’t have to be a guest in the inn to eat in the dining room, you still must recognize that it is a fine dining area and appropriate attire is required. The Asa Ransom House also offers an afternoon tea on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and reservations are also highly recommended for that as well.