In November 1995, Susan and husband Manny began renovating the 1896 mansion for their private residence. The couple raised their two daughters in the home until both left for college, moving on to points South in search of warmer climate. With a solid background in pharmaceutical sales and direct patient care, Susan "jumped the corporate ship" and used her entrepreneurial spirit to open several retail gift stores in the suburbs of Rochester. With many successful years under her belt and a large "empty nest" - Susan decided that their home just might be the perfect location to open a bed and breakfast. With the help of long time friend and Designer; Donna Ehmann (of Donna Ehmann Interiors), the home was completely renovated, repainted and restored using the original architectural plans for the home - with the addition of all new ensuite bathrooms. There was nothing left untouched!
"The Inn opened in early 2000 and hasn't slowed down yet!" states Susan, who is also actively involved in her local travel industry associations (The Empire State B&B Association, Greater Rochester Visitors Association) and is a founding member of The Greater Rochester Bed and Breakfast Association. Susan's interests include antiquing, reading, theater, art, home décor and gardening.
Always a warm and gregarious host and an excellent cook, Susan's husband Manny loves entertaining, antiquing, reading, sports, wine and travel; and enjoys watching the financial aspect associated with the Inn. Manny graduated from Bryant College in Providence, RI with a B.A. in Business Administration, becoming a Certified Public Accountant. He has traveled the world extensively with Xerox Corporation for the past 30+ years in corporate finance.
The Inn has enjoyed much media attention over the years. The Inn was honored when ILoveInns and American Historic Inns prestigious awarded us with one of the "Top 10 Most Romantic Inns" of North America", and has been selected as a Select Registry Inn.
One of the best decisions that I have made was to hire this young women. Seven years and going strong! Our Innkeeper, Heather Ingianni has come up through the ranks - bringing her talents, enthusiasm and whimsical ways to the Inn. Heather has a knack for making people feel right at home, and makes it her job to anticipate guest's needs before they even know it.
With her entrepreneureal sensibilities, Heather studied at MCC here in Rochester, then was off to Brevard College in North Carolina - where she graduated with a BA in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Leadership - and organized she is! Thank you Heather, for all that you do!
The second best decision has to be these pups! Now fully grown, Fidel and Havana have joined the Edward Harris House family and are anxious to meet you all! Fidel is a (19 lbs of charm.) Havanese and Havana is a (7 lbs of love) Maltese. Both were chosen for their temperament as friendly Inn dogs, and are hypo-allergenic breeds. (The dogs are never allowed in guest rooms).