SmartphonesBy Victoria Detmering 

Welcome to Ellicottville, let the adventure begin! You’re only a click away from navigating new adventures. To help make your decision easier, why not use one of the dozens of apps available on your smartphone?

Do you have an adventurous spirit? More into shopping? Of course there’s an app for that!

Want to learn more about beer and wine tasting? Ready to settle down with family and friends at one of our great restaurants but not sure which one to choose? A simple app will solve that problem for you.

To make your stay in Ellicottville more enjoyable and fun filled, there are numerous smartphone apps to help you navigate this adventure town. And they’re all free!

If you want to spend most of your vacation outdoors, look no further. The No. 1 hiking app, MapMyHike, is available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry. I advise anyone that loves running, biking or walking on trails to download this. It uses your phone’s GPS to log and track your hikes. You can even build an online hiking journal. The app picks finds your current location and gives you a list of trails in your area. It automatically syncs to your Twitter and Facebook and will also show you where your hiking companions are on the map. It even records your duration, speed and elevation.

When winter kicks in and we have more snow than we know what to do with, head over to Holiday Valley or HoliMont. Just don’t forget to download AllSnow before you go. The No. 1 ski and tracking app is available on iPhone and Android. With AllSnow, you can instantly access snow conditions, offline trail maps and powder alerts. You can even track your course. Before heading out, make sure to check out local Ellicottville ski and board shops for all of your winter sporting needs.

If it’s good food you’re looking for, look no further! Ellicottville has an array of restaurants in varying price ranges for everyone to enjoy. Since many of you will be visiting during our most popular weekends, download the app Yelp to get an idea of the kind of food they serve, before even heading out! With Yelp, you can search for restaurants nearest you and narrow your search by prices and patron reviews. Use the app to make your reservation before heading out. Yelp is available for iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry.

What if you’re in the mood to try a few different craft beers? Head over to the Ellicottville Brewery Company or any of Ellicottville’s fine bars for a refreshing beverage. I’ve included an app for those beer enthusiasts that still want to learn about our local brews or sample different types of beer. BrewGene is the app for you and it’s available for iPhone and Android. You can rate and tag what beers you have been drinking, set your own beer preferences, and the app will suggest different kinds according to your taste. Finally, you can use the beer finder to locate places in your area that carry that certain beer. And of course you can share your activity — this app is linked to Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

Are you more of a wine aficionado? If so, head over to the Winery of Ellicottville where you can taste over a dozen different wines. Don’t be intimidated by the variety of choices. Just download HelloVino and you will sound like a pro. This app is literally your personal wine assistant and is available through iPhone and Android. You can scan a picture of the label of the wine to get the ratings, food pairings and notes. You can even keep track of all your wine purchases. It also syncs to your location so it can assist you in finding wine shops nearby.

Have your heart set on some great shopping? With over 20 stores to choose from, it’s hard not to find something for everyone here including great fall fashions, handcrafted jewelry, home accents, holistic massages, aromatherapy, ski and boarding gear, and health supplements. Remember to Google or better yet, head over to the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce for a village map and store directory.

Don’t forget to check in with Foursquare and/or Facebook. You never know which friends you may run into while you’re here!

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