About Our Owners and Staff

The new owners of the Lake Ontario Motel & Inn, located near Niagara Falls, NY, are Brad and Paige May. Both are members of the Newfane Business Association and proud members of the local community. When not at the inn, Brad is the sales manager for a precision component manufacturer, and Paige is a part-time dental hygienist. The couple purchased the landmark motel near the Niagara River in July of 2018 from Paige’s parents, Jan and Phil Toenniessen. Paige grew up living next door to this wonderful property and enjoys keeping this business in their family.

Jan & Phil Toenniessen, Owners of Lake Ontario Motel & Inn

The previous owners of Lake Ontario Motel & Inn, Jan and Phil Toenniessen, have lived in Niagara County their entire lives. They have been incredibly involved in tourism and the birth and growth of the world-class salmon and trout fishing in Lake Ontario.

Phil is a Great Lakes Coast Guard Captain and was one of the first to operate a charter fishing business out of the port of Olcott, NY. Phil and his son, Scott, entertained clients from around the world for 17 years before retiring from the charter business. Phil served on the Board of Directors of the Niagara County Charter Fishing Association and Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association. (LOTSA). He also served as treasurer for this organization and was the editor of the LOTSA news for several years. Phil is also retired from General Motors.

Jan has also been an active member of LOTSA, publishing the organization’s news for several years. She has served on the Niagara County Tourism Board and the Town of Newfane Tourism Committee, even chairing the committee for several years.

The Toenniessen’s have three children and nine grandchildren, and the family home is next door to the motel. They are proud the inn has stayed in the family and is now owned by their daughter Paige, and her husband, Brad.

About Lake Ontario Motel & Inn

The Lake Ontario Motel and Inn has been serving the local community for over 30 years. With its proximity to major waterways in Western New York, we are a respected and sought-after destination for those interested in Niagara River fishing, and because our motel is near 18 Mile Creek, anglers enjoy staying with us while in the area. Our reputation as a preferred fishing motel near Niagara Falls, NY makes us a top choice among outdoorsmen.

We enjoy welcoming vacationers, families, business travelers, and anyone exploring our beautiful region of New York state to stay with us while in the area. We love serving our guests while they enjoy our quiet, peaceful setting and cozy, comfortable inn.