Warm breezes. Water slapping the reef. Sailboat bobbing. Stress level dropping.
Seagulls soaring. Water shimmering. Pebbles beneath my feet.
Surely this isn’t just around the corner, in western New York? It sounds like a southern paradise! But no, it’s a western New York oasis, by the name of Barcelona Beach. Hubby & I went to a charming B & B there, Barcelona Lakeside Bed & Breakfast.
I love the old charm of the house, with little nooks of cozy seating. All of the views turn your attention toward the waters of Lake Erie and its mesmerizing lull. I could imagine an old sea captain living there, right across from the harbor.
We did a lot of walking… to the beach, to sit on benches on the pier, and to wander around the lighthouse. Coming back to the Inn was like returning home. There, we were greeted with warm cookies, and took a turn in the hammock, and the swing. I just could not get over the breathtaking view!
Innkeepers Rodger and Lesley Hazen were friendly hosts and very knowledgeable about the area. Their stories added appeal to the entire experience. In fact, I’m interested in the winter B & B activities, just to experience the sleigh ride and hot cocoa!
We had the option for the Beach Package, and were blessed with a sunny day. A wagon was packed with sandwiches, fresh fruit, beach chairs, umbrella and towels. And we set out for our excursion. The water stretched out before us, and for a time, we had our own private cove.
After awhile, we wandered back to the Inn. Rodger started a fire in the fire pit, where other lodgers were catching up after the events of their day.
The B & B is a short jaunt from Westfield and Dunkirk, both offering shops and restaurants. (Map) Saturday morning we enjoyed a sampling of country fare, as Westfield had a Farmers’ Market downtown, with artists also displaying their crafts.
Our room was dressed out in a nautical theme, making the beach experience even more tangible. When others checked out of the front two rooms, we peeked into large suites facing the pier. Comfortably decorated with daily fresh towels and Lake Erie at your doorstep, who would ever want to go home?
Thank you, Rodger and Lesley for the scrumptious breakfasts on the back patio and the warm welcome in your home. We left refreshed!