Winter in the Enchanted Mountains is a great time, whether you prefer the snowy outdoors or enjoy the comfy indoors! The start of November means the start of enjoying our indoor museums, galleries and stage productions, as well as discovering our unique local artisans and shops. The start of December typically means the start of shredding through the snow either on your skis, board, snowshoes or snowmobile. The Enchanted Mountains are Naturally Yours to enjoy!
Explore the Amish Trail for unique hand crafted items including furniture, quilts, jams, jellies, candies, iron works, toys and more. For your FREE map and brochure, call 1-800-331-0543. Other great shopping can be found in the Village of Ellicottville, with eclectic stores lining the streets, all within walking distance from each other. After shopping dine at one of their fabulous restaurants.
Theater performances are just heating up and you can see various shows at Olean Community Theater, Olean Theater Workshop or the Ray Evans Seneca Theatre. Visit Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, a world class museum, located on the campus of St. Bonaventure University. The museum is free, open to the public and in addition to its vast and changing exhibits, hosts performances throughout the year.
Try your luck at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino where you can choose your favorite slot or table game. Continually updating, they offer the most current slot machines surrounded by artwork from the Seneca Nation Artists. Spend the night for one of their exciting performances at the Events Center.
There is always time for a great weekend getaway at Allegany State Park. Consider renting a cabin or several cabins in the same trail with your family. You can hike, ride a bike, enjoy the lake (fishing/boating) and picnic. If the weather turns cold, try XC Skiing or capture the beauty of nature via photography. Options for the cabins range from full scale kitchens and bathrooms to old fashioned rustic-style.
Winter means hitting the slopes! Take advantage of the lower ticket prices before the season starts at Holiday Valley and Holimont. The Mountain Coaster at Holiday Valley is open year round in any kind of weather. Try the thrilling ride down the hills and through the woods, as you zigzag and spiral your way to the bottom! If there is plenty of snow and you’re not a skier, tubing at Holiday Valley Tubing Co is a perfect way to take in the fun of winter.
Perhaps one of the most exhilarating activities of winter is snowmobiling. Dash through the snow on almost 450-miles of trails throughout the Enchanted Mountains. Call 1-800-331-0543 for this year's map of the trails (including those in Allegany State Park). The guide can assist with rentals and snowmobile-friendly service.
Hike, snowshoe or cross country ski on our trails outside of the Park. The Pat McGee Trail, a 12 mile multi-use trail, connects Salamanca and Cattaraugus and the Allegheny River Valley Trail travels around Allegany and Olean. Pfeiffer Nature Center offers 9 miles of trails. They provide nature-related programs, walks, snowshoeing and fun for the entire family all year long.
Plan ahead for some fun in the Enchanted Mountains of Western NY. Contact 1-800-331-0543, or visit www.EnchantedMountains.com for more information.