While heading for Buffalo may not make $$ sense, the allure of shopping for a far wider variety of products and the absence of tax on clothes and less tax on other items and multiple discounts that often pop up at check out makes the trip to Erie, PA, about 90 minutes further, appealing.
We have stayed in 3 hotels in the Erie PA, Peach Tree/I-90 intersect, the center of gravity it would seem for Erie PA. Forget the Super 8, and LaQuinta. Saturday and Sunday we were at the Hampton Erie South. It was the nicest of the three, the least expensive, offered a senior’s discount under age 65, has a beautiful solarium pool and better than typical, self-serve hotel hot breakfast.
For the first time, we took a trip to downtown Erie. Sadly, if you like, say downtown Niagara Falls, you’ll like Erie’s downtown. However, in the summer season it should be a very pleasant lakeside urban setting.
The experience reminded me of the CN Tower dining.
Eating out while shopping? We have not found anything special under the category of “Smart Money”. Applebys. Cracklebarrel. Paneries. I was intrigued by the thought of being surrounded by fast automobiles so we did lunch at Quaker Steak and Lube. The experience reminded me of the CN Tower dining. You go for the view not the food. We ran out of time to do lunch at the “Shake and Steak” my love of Milkshakes had been drawing me to, so I grabbed one as we left at the drive through. The order kiosk stated $2.29 for the smallest size but it was happy hour. The total was $1.15 for a good milkshake complete with whipped cream topped with a cherry. Welcome to the USA.