When you think of winter coming, it may send shivers throughout! However, here in the Enchanted Mountains of Western NY, we enjoy winter, all its beauty and the opportunities for FUN!
There is always time for a great weekend getaway at Allegany State Park. No matter what the winter brings, the Park will be full of adventures, outdoor activities and family togetherness. Consider renting a cabin or several cabins in the same trail with your family for one of the upcoming Holidays. This is a great way to celebrate together; preparing meals, going on hikes, and exploring the great outdoors as a family. You can hike, bike ride, enjoy the lake (fishing/boating) and picnic. If the weather turns cold fast, you can try XC Skiing, build forts together or capture the beauty of nature via photography. Options for the cabins range from full scale kitchens and bathrooms to ol' fashion rustic style.
Winter means hitting the slopes! Plan ahead and take advantage of the lower ticket prices before the season starts at Holiday Valley and Holimont. A winter wonderland, Ellicottville also offers exquisite dining, eclectic shopping, and fun night life. The Mountain Coaster is open whether there is snow or not, so plan on trying this thrilling ride down the side of one of the hills, as you zigzag and spiral your way all the way to the bottom. Plenty of snow but not a skier? There is tubing at Holiday Valley Tubing Co., scenic nature walks through the Nannen Arboretum or even indoor fun with bowling at Tim ‘n Bonnie’s.
Perhaps one of the most exhilarating activities of winter is snowmobiling. Dash through the snow on almost 400 miles of trails throughout! Discover warmth from the small towns of Randolph, Delevan, Gowanda, and Cattaraugus, who all welcome snowmobilers. You are never too far away from gas, food or a break to warm up. Bring your own or rent one for the day or week. Call 1-800-331-0543 for this year's map of the trails (including those in Allegany State Park) and information on rentals and snowmobile friendly services.
Explore the Amish Trail for unique holiday gifts or something for yourself. Venture from Amish home to home finding quality 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.
For your indoor pleasure, make it a point to visit our museums, galleries and stage productions. Theater performances are just heating up and you can see fun and exciting plays like "Murder on the Nile" or "Spoon River Project". Theater performances are available through Olean Community Theater, Olean Theater Workshop or the newly renovated Ray Evans Seneca Theatre featuring movies, plays and musicals. You can 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 Seneca Nation Artists. The Events Center brings world class entertainment to the stage with comedians, musicians and holiday performances. The accommodations are luxurious, comfortable and reasonably priced. A night away at the Resort and Spa is romantic, relaxing and renewing. Hike, snowshoe or Cross country ski on our trails. The Pat McGee Trail, a 12 mile multi-use trail that connects Salamanca and Cattaraugus or the Allegheny River Valley Trail which travels around Allegany and Olean. Visit Pfeiffer Nature Center where you can take a nature walk on over 9 miles of trails, learn to snowshoe, or attend a program to explore the natural beauty of our area.
So plan ahead for some snow day fun or take in the last days of warmer area in the Enchanted Mountains of Western NY. Contact us at 1-800-331-0543, or visit our website www.EnchantedMountains.com for more information.