Spring has officially arrived in Ellicottville as the Holiday Valley golf course has opened and preparations for many other summer attractions soon to open are underway.
A visit in the “Green Season” gives visitors a chance to get out of the city and relax in the fresh air and uncrowded hills around Ellicottville.
Visitors can golf the Double Black Diamond Course with 18 challenging and scenic holes; climb at Sky High Adventure Park opening May 3; zip down the mountain on the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster opening May 17; cool off and relax at the pools, Cabana Bar and Game Deck opening May 25; and mountain bike and hike the trails at the resort and in the state forest.
There’s so much to do at Holiday Valley and in the surrounding area. The walkable village is chock full of eclectic shopping, dining and fun. The Gazebo Series in the town square provides weekly summer musical entertainment for the whole family.
Spruce Lake at the top of Holiday Valley is a moderate hike up from Sky High Adventure Park. Guided standup Paddleboarding kayaking and fly fishing are offered at Spruce Lake on weekends through Adventure Bound on the Fly.
There are 35-plus miles of mountain bike cross country singletrack in the state forest adjacent to Holiday Valley that has been rated “Epic” by IMBA. Holiday Valley has a fleet of non-motorized and e-bikes for rent to use on a one-mile moderate uphill and two-mile downhill flow trail. The road biking on the rolling terrain and quiet country roads surrounding Ellicottville is fun and challenging.
Ellicottville Oasis Spa located inside Holiday Valley’s Tamarack Club offers a selection of massages, body wraps, facials and nail care.
Several festivals and events are planned for Ellicottville and Holiday Valley throughout the summer, starting with the Happy Half Marathon on May 15.
Holiday Valley’s eighth annual Mudslide Obstacle Trail Run on June 15th is muddy fun for the whole family.
The Ellicottville Paddlefest on June 22 and 23 kicks off the summer paddling season at Spruce Lake.
The Summer Music Festival from July 5-7 presents Don Felder, formerly of Eagles, live on stage at the base of the slopes on Saturday night and the Buffalo Philharmonic and a grand fireworks show on Sunday night.
July 26-28 is the Jazz and Blues Weekend and August 10 and 11 is the popular Taste of Ellicottville.
When the grass is green and the skies are blue, there is so much in Ellicottville to see and do!