By Jann Wiswall
Ellicottville is a destination area for a lot of reasons. Visitors take advantage of its ski resorts, snowmobile and cross-country trails, shopping, dining, art and more at all times of year.
With so many activities to tire you out, there also is a wide selection of inns, motels and hotels with comfy rooms of many shapes and sizes to settle into for a relaxing night’s rest. Whether you’re looking for a place to just crash or want a little or a lot of luxury, Ellicottville has something for everyone at every price point. Be sure to ask about mid-week specials and other discounts.
Inns and B&Bs
For those seeking a smaller, more intimate stay in Ellicottville, several B&B’s and inns are available to choose from.
The Black Dog Lodge, just five and a half miles north of the village on Route 219, offers four guest rooms (for two people) and two efficiency rooms with kitchens (for up to six guests). Guest rooms offer lavish linens, fireplaces, en suite baths with Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, robes and many other amenities. The efficiencies are perfect for families with children under 14. The Lodge is set amid beautiful grounds with a stocked trout pond and wooded trails on more than 50 acres. Call (716) 699-6900 or visit www.blackdoglodge.com.
The Edelweiss Lodge is located in the heart of Ellicottville and is just minutes from Holiday Valley and HoliMont. The lodge sits on two acres of prime real estate with many different options including private rooms, suites and chalets. There’s also a covered fire pit on the property for warming hands or marshmallows, a pool, tennis courts and other summer amenities. Call (716) 699-2734 or visit edelweissskilodge.com.
The Ilex Inn is an “elegant country inn and couples retreat” located just a few blocks from the village of Ellicottville. The inn offers six luxurious, romantic guest rooms with their own full baths, as well as an adjoining cottage with mini-kitchen. Along with custom décor and period antiques, rooms feature fireplaces, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and cable television. The inn’s amenities include a year-round backyard hot tub, pool, patio, common sitting rooms and lounges, and a dining room where breakfast is served each day. Call (716) 699-2002 or visit www.ilexinn.com.
Located in the center of the village, The Jefferson Inn is a charming 1800’s Victorian inn with beautifully furnished rooms and “incredibly comfortable beds and mattresses.” There are four lovely bedrooms and one luxury suite in the main house, plus two efficiency suites with kitchens for families with young children or pets. Guest rooms have private baths, robes, access to the outdoor hot tub and many other amenities. Breakfast is included for all main house guests. Call (716) 699-5869 or visit www.thejeffersoninn.com.
Just across the road from Holiday Valley, you’ll find the Sugar Pine Lodge, an intimate Bavarian-style lodge that offers private, luxurious suites. Each ofthe five beautifully decorated queen suites with private baths, fireplaces and all the modern amenities you need have private entrances. Sumptuous breakfasts are prepared by the lodge’s private chef, who, with advance notice, can also prepare private dinners. Call (716) 699-2912 or visit www.sugarpinelodge.com.
For families, larger groups or those looking for accommodations with all the benefits of a home, renting a condominium for a few days, weeks or the season is a great option.
EllicottVillas offers spacious, luxury vacation condominiums with rustic modern décor, eco-friendly features, and designer-appointed furnishings and details. Units have two master suites and an additional bedroom with bath, fully equipped kitchens, plenty of living and relaxing space, fireplaces, wet bars, garages and more. Call (716) 699-6600.
Located on the Wall slope at Holiday Valley, SnowPine Village offers ski-in, ski-out convenience. All properties at SnowPine Village are privately owned; most are rented through Holiday Valley Rental Management. The units are available year round and can be rented by the night, weekend, week or longer. Condominiums with one, two or three bedrooms, plus several townhouse units, are available. Call (716) 699-2912 or visit www.snowpinevillage.com.
Hotels and Motels
For those looking for a more traditional hotel experience, the Ellicottville area has a nice range of options with different levels of amenities.
Just off I-86 at exit 20, Holiday Inn Express at 779 Broad St. in Salamanca may be a cost-effective and convenient option for families or for those who plan to combine skiing in Ellicottville with a visit to the Seneca Allegany Casino. With 65 guest rooms, this newly built Holiday Inn Express offers an indoor pool, fitness room, in-room coffee makers and complimentary continental breakfast. Call (716) 945-7600 or visit www.holidayinnsalamanca.com.
The Inn at Holiday Valley was named Snow Country magazine’s top hotel in the Ski Area Design Awards and is noted for its comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff. The inn offers 95 guest rooms and seven suites. Located at the base of the Sunrise quad chairlift, guests can take advantage of ski-in, ski-out access, a heated indoor-outdoor pool, a hot tub and sauna, a lobby bar, a fitness room and complimentary continental breakfast. Plus, there’s a free shuttle to Holiday Valley’s base lodges. Call (716) 699-2345 or visit www.holidayvalley.com.
Tamarack Club is Holiday Valley’s four-star, slope-side condominium/hotel. Rental units range from standard hotel rooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums and accommodate from 2-10 people. The location is ideal — Tamarack is steps away from the Holiday Valley Lodge and the Mardi Gras, Cindy’s and Creekside chairlifts. Guests have access to the indoor-outdoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, fitness room, parking garage, shuttle service, room service from John Harvard’s Brew House and much more. Call (716) 699-7000 or visit www.holidayvalley.com.
The Telemark Motel is 129 steps from Holiday Valley’s Sunrise chair! That means you can stay at the Telemark and then walk right over to the lifts. The property offers you “just what you need: a comfortable stay at affordable prices.” Telemark offers double or king bed rooms, a two-bedroom suite and an A-frame suite. Call (716) 699-4193 or visit www.telemarkmotel.com.
At the Wingate by Wyndham located in the midst of Ellicottville’s shops, bars and restaurants, guests are offered well-appointed rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, microwaves and refrigerators, along with a free breakfast buffet and a free newspaper. In addition, the property includes an indoor pool, fitness room, whirlpool, free parking, business services and handicap-accessible guest rooms. Call (716) 699-6000 or visit www.ellicottvillewingateinn.com.
Of course, there are many other wonderful rental options in Ellicottville during ski season that include apartments, private homes, condominiums and townhomes. If the above properties are booked for your preferred dates, if you’re looking for a seasonal home to rent or you have something else in mind, please call:
Holiday Valley Rental Management, which handles more than 250 properties, including condos/townhouses at Alpine Meadows, Fox Ridge, SnowPine Village, Pine Tree Village, Wildflower, area chalets and nearby country and village homes. (716) 699-2000. www.holidayvalley.com.
ERA Team VP Vacation Rentals, which manages rentals of private homes, townhomes, apartments and many other properties throughout the area. (716) 699-4800. www.myteamvp.com.