About an hour and 20 minutes from the city.
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.
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, 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, 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.