Ellicottville is a village in the Southern Tier of New York. It is famous for its ski resorts, Holiday Valley and HoliMont, the former recently ranked the number 4 ski resort in the Eastern United States.
US 219 runs north from I-86, as well as south from Buffalo. Additionally, New York state route 242 runs into the village. The closest airport is in Buffalo, as well as the closest Amtrak station. However, driving to Buffalo is not hard at all- US 219 will run into I-190 North, placing you right in the middle of downtown Buffalo.
Within the village of Ellicottville (downtown), one does not need a car, as the village is very compact and everybody walks. Everything you want to see or do is on or near Washington Street, the main thoroughfare. However, if you are going from town to the ski resorts, you will need a car. Holiday Valley is located about a mile from the village on US 219, and HoliMont is on NY 242 before you enter the village.
Nannen Arboretum, 28 Parkside Drive (716) 699-2377. The 8 acre site, open year round, is a sanctuary for hundreds of trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, herbs and nature walks. It also includes a Japanese meditation garden, a pond with a fish, and 2 wonderful locations for wedding ceremonies and outdoor educational events at the Chapman Nature Sanctuary and the Northrup Nature Hall. Admission is free; donations are greatfully accepted.
Skiing and snowboarding are what a vast majority of visitors to Ellicottville come to do. The two ski resorts are:
Holiday Valley, Holiday Valley Road, ☎ 716-699-2345, . Rated the number 4 resort in the east by readers of SKI magazine , this is the larger of the two resorts, and has full snowmaking capabilities to stay operational throughout the winter. In the summer, "the valley" boasts an 18 hole golf course. Holiday Valley also includes the Holiday Valley Tubing Co., for snow tubing.edit
HoliMont, 6291 NY Route 242, ☎ 716-699-2320, . Open to the public Monday through Friday, in order to ski here on the weekends, you must be a member. This is the largest privately owned ski club in North America. For weekend skiing, head over to Holiday Valley.edit
Besides the ski resorts, there are many other things to do in Ellicottville:
In the fall, check out the Nightmare Hay Rides, and in the summer check out the Ellicottville Rodeo. Both are located at 6319 Sommerville Valley Rd, outside the village.
Ellicottville Village Park, Just off Maples Rd behind the Legion, (716) 699-2240. Fully equipped park with picnic shelter, tennis, soccer, baseball, inline skating, washroom and changing facilities.
If you are going to buy a snowboard or skis, WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON. Prices are typically $200-$300 lower than what they would be at the beginning and during the ski season. Typically, prices go down in mid-march, which means you can still get a couple of weeks in before the resorts close.
Funky Washington Street has a surprisingly huge selection for a small village- Check out some of the shops:
Alexandra, 10 Washington Street (716) 699-5621. Eclectic collection of jewelry, gifts, pottery, books, cards, stationary, party ware and toys for all ages. Create an atmosphere with An array of scented candles, incense and aromatic bath and beauty treatments.
Betsy's Consignments, 34 Washington St (716) 699-6131. One of the most unique stores. Patterned after Aspen's best consignment shop. Betsy's has high-end items for men, women and children. Open 10-5pm M-S,12-5pm Sun.
Bruce Candles of Ellicottville, 12 Monroe St (716) 699-6077. They specialize in finely made, handcrafted candles and candle accessories. They can also custom-make candles, and refill empty candle jars.
Earth Arts, 24 Washington St (716) 699-2169. Fine crafts, original art, sculptures, objects of interest and amusement. This is a must-see for all in Ellicottville.
Gado-Gado, 18 Monroe St (716) 699-2128. Unique Women’s & Children’s Clothing · Handpainted Textiles · Accessories · Antiques · Silver & Beaded Jewelry · Handcrafted Candles and Lighting · Unusual Home Furnishings · Incense · World Music
Gone Wild Creations, 25 Washington St (716) 699-2200. Custom-made furniture.
Pathway Books, 14 Washington St (716) 699-2433. Excellent local used bookstore.
Watson's Chocolates, 20 Washington St (716)699-2805
A Touch of Ellicottville, 30 Washington St (716) 699-5385. The one-stop shop for Ellicottville souvenirs, including T-shirts, bumper stickers, and a toy store in the back.
Because Ellicottville is known as the "Aspen of the East", you can bet there are many ski and snowboard-specific shops. Check out:
The Boardroom, 6113 RT 219 S (next to Holiday Valley) (716) 699-5620. The place to go for a snowboard in Ellicottville, as well as the only snowboard-specific shop. Right next to Holiday Valley. Very good service.
Greg Dekdebrun's Ski & Snowboard,20 Washington St (716) 699-2754.
Mud, Sweat n' Gears Ski and Snowboard, 21 Washington St (716) 699-8300. A shop and social gathering place in downtown Ellicottville.
Red Door Ski Shop, 11 Washington St (716) 699-2026
The City Garage, 5 Monroe St (716) 699-2054. This is a ski-specific shop
Apres, 23 Washington Street (716) 699-8848. A ski, casual and sportswear boutique for all seasons. Browse through the assortment of jewelry, accessories, unique gifts, books and a lot more.
Coolings Ice Cream Cafe, 10a Washington St (716) 699-8860. A quaint coffee and ice cream shop.
Ellicottville Brewing Company, 28 Monroe St (716) 699-2537. The Ellicottville Brewing Company is a micro-brewery of fabulous craft beers with a tremendous american cuisine menu. European style beer garden. No reservations accepted.
Double Diamond, 26 Monroe St. (716) 699-8890. Great food & beer- Come here to play pool and socialize.
Gin Mill, 20 Washington St (716) 699-2530.
All of the above places have great food and should not be overlooked by families with children for a late-afternoon lunch or dinner.
Adams Corner B&B, 24 Washington St (716) 699-5643. Four bedroom bed & breakfast located just two blocks from the quaint village of Ellicottville. Offers you a choice of room types, simplicity or luxury. All rooms have TV's small refrigerator. Simplicity rooms each have double bed and share a bath. Luxury rooms, over garage, with private entrance, each have queen bed, whirlpool tub for two, bath with shower, and deck. They share a kitchenette. No pets, no children, double occupancy only.
Black Dog Lodge B&B, 7975 Route 219 (716) 699-6900. Five minutes north of Ellicottville on Rte. 219. A country getaway, located on a beautiful hillside, invites visitors to coutry beauty and relaxation at its finest. The grounds surrounding the lodge feature a lovely stocked trout pond with paddle boats, wooded trails on over 60 secluded acres, for a romantic walk, a hearty summer hike or a winter snowshoeing trek. Each guest room is comple with fireplace, ensuite baths and Jacuzzi style tubs, and all the amenities expected in a fine country lodge.
Jefferson Inn B&B, 3 N. Jefferson St (800) 577-8451. In Ellicottville, the only bed & breakfast not on a highway is located behind the Town Hall, were one would walk to the restaurants and shops. Click on the website for availability, pictures, and description of the many amenities. Chose either the romantic B&B or the efficiency units for families with pets or young children. AAA approved.
Edelweiss Lodge, 27 Jefferson St (716) 699-2734 In Ellicottville, located in the center of the Village- walking distance to all shops and restaurants. 3/4 miles to Holiday Valley. Rooms, chalets. Pool summer and winter. Four tennis courts. Complimentary continental breakfast.
The Inn at Holiday Valley, On-site at Holiday Valley. (716) 699-2336. A comfortably elegant Inn, on the golf course & ski slopes. Indoor/outdoor year round pool, spa, sauna & exercise room. Complimentary continental breakfast. Ski & golf packages available. On site meeting rooms.
The Finger Lakes region of New York state is about a 2 hour drive to the east, and is the largest wine producing region in the US outside of California.
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