Gazing at the snow-covered hills and piney woodlands of Ellicottville, it’s hard to believe you’re still in New York state. With an Aspen-like ambience, this snowy haven grants the perfect holiday getaway. Situated in western New York, Ellicottville promises downhill adrenaline rushes for skiers, while the less audacious can enjoy more tranquil locales. The central village is a rural microcosm, centered on tourism and thriving from small businesses. This little-known vacation destination gives a unique small-town vibe and leaves no visitor disappointed.
Though lacking in Rocky Mountain altitude, Holiday Valley is a first-rate ski resort with moderate pricing. Due to the resort’s proximity to Lake Erie, snowfall is plentiful, while snowmaking is minimal. The powdered slopes are well-groomed and overlook a boundless wilderness. Modern and well-kept lodges provide warm refuge and sustenance for the weary skier. The resort’s 58 trails compensate for skiers of all ages and skill levels. Even the most seasoned skier will be satisfied with this wintry hideaway. Find formal pricing and information on the official website.
Chautauqua Lake Snowmobiling
Just outside of Ellicottville lie hundreds of miles of groomed terrain, which carve through thick forests. Explore the far-reaching Cattaraugus counties’ landscape by snowmobile, guided or alone. Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Services provide top-notch Polaris rentals and guided tours. This high-speed adventure provides a breathtaking way to appreciate New York’s natural beauty.
Ellicottville Brewing Company
Stepping into this staple restaurant, your senses are rushed. With home brewed beer and an eclectic menu of American eats, this venue makes for the perfect evening out. In addition to the restaurant, guests are encouraged to take a tour of the brewery.
Silver Fox Restaurant & Steakhouse
Silver Fox offers a more formal atmosphere. With a comprehensive wine selection, choice steak, and fresh fish, this outlet is not to be overlooked. [See full list of dining recommendations here]
Shopping in E’ville
Vacationing to Ellicottville gives the excuse to spend some time and money shopping. Stop by Red Door Ski Shop, distinguished by its red awning and door, and browse through their selection of top-of-the-line winter wear. Looking for souvenirs and rustic memorabilia? Visit the Ellicottville Country Store & Antiques. From ski shops to antique stores, to boutiques and galleries, you can find everything that you need and everything that you don’t.
Where to Stay and When to Go
Tourist season for the winter months begins early December and lasts until late March. For accomodation, Ellicottville’s prized hotel, the Wingate by Wyndham, offers four-star rooms and service, complementary meals, indoor Jacuzzi and pool, and gym access. Aside from hotel lodging, private cottage rentals in Ellicottville are commonplace, and grant the coziest of settings. Though pricey, escaping to a warm retreat, nestled in the forests of New York is incomparable.