Buffalo bed and breakfast, Oscar's


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Responsible tourism: Buffalo bed and breakfast, Oscar's


Oscar's Bed and Breakfast was originally built as a home around 1880. In the early 1990's it was converted to a commercial use building, compromising the integrity of this historic home. We have renewed this building back to its original intention as a home; thoughtfully renovating it in keeping with its original stylistic significance and using local resources; including furnishings purchased from local vintage shops.

We use wind energy as one of our energy sources and being so close to Niagara Falls we also use this renewable resource. The lighting fixtures use LED bulbs. We recycle our plastics, metals and papers.

Our location is within walking distance to popular neighborhoods with locally owned shops and restaurants; guests at Oscars can easily walk to many of their destinations. The subway is a block and a half away. A Citywide bike facility master plan and complete streets initiative makes for environmentally compatible transportation. There are bicycle lanes on our street.


We rely heavily on local farmers and food suppliers for our culinary products; chicken and eggs from a local organic supplier, summers we have a fruit share that provides most of our household needs, a bread share that provides a range of products including assortments of breads, bagels, and granola; and a cheese share provided by local farmers. Summers are spent in the fields and orchards of the Niagara Frontier picking fruits for the homemade jams we serve at our bed and breakfast.

Whether conducting work on our home or developing branding materials and websites, we seek out vendors within the city, not the suburbs, to hire. We have a strong commitment to contributing to the re-invigoration of our city. Our efforts to contribute to the renaissance taking place in our city extends to opening our home to community organizations for meetings and fundraising events which have included historical architecture docent training sessions, tours for the Buffalo and Niagara Tourism Bureau, and a reception for a local gallery owner.

We have spent a great deal of time researching the history of our 1880 house, its inhabitants, and the neighborhood in which we live. While preserving and celebrating the history of our home we are also highlighting the rich, contemporary, cultural and artistic environment that reflects the character of our city. We display over 30 works of art by local, contemporary artists living and working in Western New York. We also provide our guests with extensive listings and advice about all the museums, galleries, concert venues, walking architectural tours, the Garden Walk (2nd largest in the nation), and great restaurants in close proximity to our home.

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