Here's another in my unofficial Favorite Benedictine Local Haunts series: the Lighthouse Inn and Restaurant. Located exactly 3 miles from us, on East Lake Road, it is a kind of throwback of a motel. Although its rooms have mini refrigs, Internet access, etc. it looks like something from the 1960s or 70s.
When our bedroom halls were being renovated a few years ago the Lighthouse was our savior. Many of our guests and oblates were put up there because our guest wing was used by the sisters. The accommodations were fine, the rates were unbelievably low and access to the restaurant was a definite plus. It is open only for breakfast and lunch, with delicious food and a regular clientele.
Remembering the old business axiom about location, location is one of its primary pluses--as it's situated right on the border of the GE plant--without much eatery competition nearby. You can always see a few GE workers in there for morning coffee or a quick lunch--ditto for overnight visitors who prefer the quiet and access to the Lake and nearby golf course over staying downtown.
The Inn's "lighthouse." One of Erie's three real lighthouses is just two miles down the road, on Lighthouse St. of course