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Road Trip: Ellicottville

The locale

About an hour and 20 minutes from the city.

The scoop

If your experience with Ellicottville has been limited to the beer-fueled carousing of Fall Festival (or, conversely, a day of skiing), it’s time to try the in-between. Over the past decade, committed business owners and a robust Chamber of Commerce have helped make this ski town a true four-season destination, with music festivals, food events and adventure weekends filling the calendar.

Spruce Lake paddle board | Road Trip: Ellicottville | Buffalo Magazine

Now’s a great time to head down, with plenty of options to plot out a weekend: at least a dozen restaurants and (always-lively) bars lie within a two-block radius, plus quirky shops and outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, ropes courses and ziplining at Sky High Adventure Park — not to mention late-season golf and horseback riding.

Where to stay

Tamarack Club, 6447 Holiday Valley Road. Options include hotel-style rooms plus one, two and three-bedroom condos at this resort, with amenities like kitchenettes and balconies overlooking the serene tree-lined slopes of Holiday Valley ski resort. Hit it at peak leaf-peeping season for breathtaking views. Also on site: a spa, indoor pool and John Harvard restaurant and bar (with room service). Mountain bikes are also available for rent, and trails begin right at the resort.

Condos, townhouses and chalets: If you’re looking for space to fit the whole family, more than 200 privately-owned condos, townhouses and chalets are available for rent through Holiday Valley — most are close to the slopes. Or for luxury townhouses right in the village, check out EllicottVillas, one of the area’s newer developments.


Dina's | Road Trip: Ellicottville | Buffalo Magazine

Dina’s, 15 Washington St. It’s rare to find a restaurant that produces breakfasts as memorable as its dinners; Dina’s is it. Open daily at 7 a.m., Dina’s does omelettes and kicked-up egg dishes like Heuvos Rancheros and burrito bombs. At dinner you can get everything from gourmet pizzas to fish, pasta and steak dishes, with presentations that reflect its cowboy-sophisticate vibe.

Katy’s, 10 Washington St. Get the breakfast sandwich. Everything at Katy’s is good, but the sandwich is big and beautiful and mouthwateringly good…and at just $5.75, it could easily cost twice as much. Katy’s has a second location a few miles away on Route 219 – that’s where the locals go, including pilots who fly into the small Great Valley airport across the street.


The Purple Doorknob | Road Trip: Ellicottville | Buffalo Magazine

The Purple Doorknob, 9 Monroe Ave. Novelty socks are still on-trend, and this place is the ultimate in selection. Hundreds of quirky, clever and otherwise fun pairs line two levels from floor-to-ceiling in this tidy little boutique.

Kazoo II, 21 Washington St. From jewelry to folk art to home decor, books and more, this large, well-curated shop is worth checking out.
Daff, 17 Washington St. Think high-end turquoise, Pendleton blankets, gorgeous cowboy boots, and Patagonia, and you’ll have a good feel for this drool-worthy Southwestern-inspired store.

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