It's like a mini-tourist attraction in itself.
The Room and Amenities
The hosts have dubbed it (or the entire home) The Poetics or Space. Imagine a curio or antique shop packed with objects that probably have interesting stories behind them. The whole house is like that. Be sure to look under your feet too, because even the rugs are uncommon. The bed is an orange leather psychiatry couch. There is a full kitchen and bath of nostalgic charm with sundries to live there for a while if you so choose. View out the large front window across the bay is quite beautiful. particularly at sunset, which you can also do on the front porch.
The House and Garden
It's an older house, renovated with a uniqueness that makes it stand out among the neighbors. It's situated on a hill overlooking the bay with historic red brick buildings to the left and the modern convention center to the right. Great location. Street parking is plentiful and convenient. What I found most striking is the garden which actually surrounds the house front to back. A mini-botanical garden worth lingering around. There are the usual flowers and rare trees but what stood out for me that many would overlook are plants that you can step on covering the concrete driveway cracks and walkways which, instead of costly repairs, the owners have artistically and tastefully did a botanical workaround - is that brilliant or what. They showed how some of the carefully chosen plants act as erosion protection.
Former professors and currently artists. And their profession and eccentric flair is shown in the way their home is decorated. Their car has a quirky plastic-wooden cladding. They even have a bicycle that is tandem AND recumbent - never seen anything like that. They're easy to have a conversation with, friendly and helpful wherever possible. I was there when a biker festival was going on downtown (which by the way is a pleasant walk a few blocks away) where we went together in the evening. They pointed out many aspects of the city someone from out of town would have not realized, told some interesting stories and we finished the great conversation at the downtown Starbucks while the evening street festivities were underway.
An unconventional place that is as interesting as are the hosts. It's like staying in a funky accommodations in Chelsea or other trendy art district that many large cities have. Quite unique in quaint little Erie. Do I recommend? Most definitely! It's a mini-tourist attraction.