By Eva Potter
If you’ve never been to Ellicottville, now is the perfect time to explore this charming village and surrounding area over a long wintery weekend or week-long vacation. Even those who live in nearby towns and cities make Ellicottville an overnight destination, because there are so many fun things for people of all ages to enjoy, day and night. Come for the shopping, dining, music and nightlife, art scene, ski resorts, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing and so much more.
And there’s nothing more satisfying and ah-producing than falling into a comfy and cozy bed for the night. Around here, beds come in all sizes and are found in many interesting locations. Whether you choose an inn, luxury suite, bed & breakfast, motel or cabin, your stay is sure to be memorable.
Before you make a reservation, take a moment and read about all the options you can enjoy as a family, group of friends or honeymooners.
Hotels and Motels
For those who prefer the traditional experience and services of a hotel or motel, a variety of options are available.
The Inn at Holiday Valley has received accolades from Snow Country magazine for design and boasts of a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere while offering 95 guest rooms and seven suites. The Inn is located at the base of Sunrise quad chairlift with ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes. Amenities include a heated indoor-outdoor pool, a hot tub and sauna, a lobby bar, a fitness room and complimentary continental breakfast. The free shuttle to Holiday Valley’s base lodges makes getting around simple and easy. 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. Only steps to the Holiday Valley Lodge and several chairlifts, the location couldn’t be more convenient. 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.
Only 129 steps from Holiday Valley’s Sunrise chair, the Telemark Motel offers views of the slopes and is within walking distance to several great restaurants. The motel offers double or king beds at “affordable prices,” or you can book a two-bedroom or A-frame suite. Call (716) 699-4193 or visit www.telemarkmotel.com.
The Wingate by Wyndham, located in the heart of the village, is surrounded by Ellicottville’s shops, bars and restaurants, and offers guests well-appointed rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, microwaves and refrigerators, along with a free breakfast buffet and a free newspaper. And now you can even order room service from the new Armor Inn across the street. 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.
Holiday Inn Express, conveniently located off I-86 in Salamanca, is a convenient and reasonably priced option for families who might be planning to combine skiing and boarding in Ellicottville with a visit to the Seneca Allegany Casino. The hotel offers an indoor pool, fitness room, in-room coffee makers and complimentary continental breakfast. Call (716) 945-7600 or visit www.holidayinnsalamanca.com.
For a unique experience, pamper yourself in one of the many deluxe rooms at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino. Upscale amenities in every room include a pillow-top bed, oversized shower, flat screen TV, internet access and more! Five dining options, like a steak house, buffet, fine Italian cuisine, a 24-hour café and snack bar, take good care of your taste buds. Call 1-888-913-3377 or visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com.
Inns and B&Bs
For a more intimate stay in a smaller setting, choose from one of Ellicottville’s B&B’s and inns.
The Ilex Inn is an “elegant country inn and couples retreat” located just a few blocks from the center of the village. 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. 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.
The Edelweiss Lodge is located in the heart of Ellicottville, only steps from shopping and dining, and just minutes from Holiday Valley and HoliMont. Situated on 2 acres, the recently renovated lodge offers private rooms, apartments and chalets. There’s also a covered fire pit on the property, along with summer amenities like a pool and tennis courts. Call (716) 699-2734 or visit www.edelweissskilodge.com
Located in the center of the village, The Jefferson Inn is a charming 1800s Victorian inn with beautifully furnished rooms and “incredibly comfortable beds and mattresses.” Inside the main house, you will find four cozy bedrooms and one luxury suite. There are also two efficiency suites with kitchens for families with young children and/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, richly appointed suites. The five custom decorated queen suites include private baths, fireplaces and all the modern amenities, plus private entrances. Sumptuous breakfasts are prepared by the lodge’s private chef who prepares gourmet breakfasts and, with advance notice, can prepare private dinners. Call (716) 699-2912 or visit www.sugarpinelodge.com.
Who says you can’t camp in the winter? The Woods at Bear Creek is the area’s newest “glamping” (glamour camping) resort, only 15 minutes from Ellicottville. The four-season resort offers one-of-a-kind camping in deluxe tents and luxury cabins. Cabins include heat, air conditioning and flat screen TVs with satellite service. Enjoy the beautiful 20-acre lake for swimming, fishing or paddle boating, or take advantage of the heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, 13 miles of hiking trails, and a 1,400-foot zip line in warmer months. Hutch’s on the Lake, the resort’s restaurant, is open to the public and offers indoor and outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit www.thewoodsatbearcreek.com.
For families, larger groups or those looking for accommodations with all the benefits of 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 and 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.
Prefer a private apartment, home, condo or townhome and would like a little guidance? Look no further than the professional and experienced rental agents working for the excellent management agencies in the area.
Holiday Valley Rental Management, handles more than 250 properties, including condos/townhouses at Alpine Meadows, Fox Ridge, SnowPine Village, Pinetree Village, Wildflower, area chalets and nearby country and village homes. Call (716) 699-2000 or visit www.holidayvalley.com.
ERA Team VP Vacation Rentals manages rentals of private homes, townhomes, apartments and many other properties throughout the area. Call (716) 699-4800 or visit www.myteamvp.com.