Originally built in 1922 as a social club for local executives, the Sunset Inn is located on cliffs overlooking Lake Erie with a full view of Erie’s glorious sunsets! Countless party guests since then have enjoyed the splashes of reds, pinks, and oranges as the sun sets over the lake in the evening. Afternoon guests are treated to views of Lake Erie as well as the landscape of Sunset Inn’s 3-acre estate. Thousands of couples from all over the country have celebrated their marriages with us by the Sunset Inn’s fireplace, on the deck, or in the romantic gazebo surrounded by lush greenery.
Michael & Paula Barrett, Owners/Operators
Michael Barrett, owner and operator of the Sunset Inn since 1987, prides himself on the personal and undivided attention he gives to each client and each event. Whether it is a large wedding, an intimate anniversary party, a shower, a professional business meeting, a luncheon, or a celebration banquet, everyone who comes to celebrate at The Sunset Inn Erie is always a most honored guest.
An Erie native, Michael has a long and varied career in the hospitality field. His career started with Stouffers in San Francisco then advanced to managing food and beverage facilities for Newark International and Tampa International airports. Following his return to Erie, he owned and operated several franchises and independent restaurants including The Dry Dock, The Pasta Factory, and Barrett’s restaurant.
Michael also taught hotel and restaurant management at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA and Sandhill’s Community College in Pinehurst, NC. He is a certified Food Management Professional (FMP), and is very active in the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association - where he served as President in 2001 and Chairman of the Board in 2002. He continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Michael's wife, Paula, is a retired University professor who helps with specialized services at the Inn when needed. Coincidently, her parents held their wedding reception at the Sunset Inn in 1947. Paula and Michael were delighted to host a 50th wedding anniversary party for them at the Sunset Inn in 1997.
For more information about us or to schedule your own personalized event, call The Sunset Inn at 814-452-3915.