Bustling with community events and local businesses, Elmwood Avenue is the perfect place to begin exploring the Urban Resort. Linger at open-air cafes or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood. Peruse farmers’ markets and local boutiques before stepping into a historic pub for a drink. The tree-lined streetscape is home to a thriving culinary scene and known by many as the shopping center of downtown Buffalo. The Elmwood Village bestows a sense of whimsy, charm, and electricity to Hotel Henry’s Urban Resort neighborhood.
Anchored by cultural destinations like the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo History Museum, and Delaware Park, the Elmwood Village has long been one of Buffalo’s most vibrant shopping and cultural centers. Elmwood evolves and changes with the city, leaving even the most seasoned Buffalo travelers wondering where to start.
Stop by the Elmwood Village Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning in the summer for Buffalo’s producer-only market, where each vendor grows or produces everything they sell. Open every Saturday from mid-May through the end of November, enjoy fresh, locally grown products, entertainment, tastings, and more! The market is open from 8 am to 1 pm at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway.
Some mornings you pop out of bed with a pep in your step, sometimes you hit snooze five too many times. No judgments here. Start your day with coffee and breakfast at 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry. Try Henry’s house roast or a properly prepared espresso drink alongside a house-baked cinnamon roll or breakfast sandwich.
Just down the street are two Buffalo breakfast staples: Caffe Aroma and SPoT Coffee. Caffe Aroma is Buffalo’s longest running locally owned coffee shop, with excellent espresso and vegan options. A WNY chain, SPoT Coffee offers the perfect “coffee house” atmosphere with espresso, tea, blender drinks, and bites for any time of day.
Be prepared to sweat, and sweat a lot. Based on the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga system, Power Yoga Buffalo offers swift-flowing practice, heated spaces, and one of the toughest workouts in the neighborhood. This energetic, powerful style builds in flow with laughter and playfulness, leaving you renewed and refreshed. Find an extensive class list with options throughout the day. Book your class here.
Elmwood Avenue has long been branded the indie shopping center of Buffalo. With an eclectic mix of locally owned boutiques, visitors can expect a wide array of shopping experiences. Elmwood makes it easy to shop local with a stop and style for everyone.
Half & Half Boutique offers a modern take on shopping in Buffalo, perfectly mixing trending elements and classic style. Find clean white lines, bold pops of color, modern touches, and a hint of whimsy. Shop a mix of women’s and men’s clothing,
accessories, home goods, and more.
Fern & Arrow is a bright, white, refreshing boutique. Shop a carefully curated selection of contemporary, minimalist goods for men and women. Fern & Arrow is ideal for a clean, effortless retail experience in the heart of the Elmwood Village.
Elmwood’s modern home shop, Ró embraces a concept of calm living through functional design. With a curated selection of Danish inspired and reclaimed furniture, you’ll find a fresh take on modern home goods. Browse a variety of stunning collections featuring white ash furniture, porcelain dishware, and hand-dyed textiles. Ró’s products are stunning, ethically crafted, and built to last.
Perfect for beer buffs, Coles is just steps from your guest room. This Queen City staple has been a neighborhood favorite for over eighty years with a classic Buffalo menu and extensive beer list. If you’re new to WNY, try a beef on weck or grab an order of chicken wings with a flight of local beers. Cole’s balances a pub vibe and comfortable dining atmosphere perfectly with a nostalgic, hometown feel.
Looking for a more contemporary setting? 100 Acres offers New American cuisine in a variety of distinct spaces, all nestled within the footprint of a National Historic Landmark. Originally asylum offices and public rooms, the spaces of 100 Acres now offer comfortable atmospheres for any diner. Enjoy communal spaces, modern bars, casual, and upscale dining spaces with a selectively
sourced, ingredient-focused menu.
Think simple, fresh, locally sourced food, properly prepared and elevated. Named after Frederick Law Olmsted’s innovative use of space throughout grounds surrounding Hotel Henry, 100 Acres is a proud nod to the hyper-local agricultural history of the campus. This concept extends to the 100 Acres kitchen garden, right outside the restuarant, where Chef pulls herbs and produce.
GRAB A NIGHTCAP
Nothing calls for a bedtime cocktail like a full day in the Elmwood Village. Try Henry’s signature Hobbs (named for Henry Hobson Richardson, the buildings’ architect), with vodka, elderflower, lemon, ginger, and thyme. Take the elevator home to your guest room and rest up for another day in the Urban Resort Neighborhood!