By Jennie Acklin
If you’re looking for a warm and friendly place with to stay during your visit to Ellicottville, look no further than the Inn at Holiday Valley, located at the entrance to Holiday Valley Ski Resort and near the base of the Sunrise quad chairlift.
Not too long ago, the Inn was named Snow Country magazine’s top hotel in the Ski Area Design Awards category, but this cozy Inn doesn’t rest on its laurels and always strives to improve customer comfort.
The Inn was last remodeled in 2006-2007, and it is currently in the midst of an interior remodeling project, which was always part of the master plan.
Sees to Every Design Detail
General Manager Katie DiDonato knows most every detail of the Inn. She has been working at Holiday Valley resort for over 18 years and became the inn’s general manager in 2007. She remembers the last remodeling project at the inn, and this time, it is all under her supervision — down to every last detail.
The inn features 95 rooms and seven suites with jetted tubs, fireplaces and mini fridges. Ski-in, ski-out access, a heated indoor-outdoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, cedar sauna, a lending library and board game cupboard, 24-hour fitness room, private ski lockers, gorgeous views of the slopes and a complimentary continental breakfast make staying at the Inn at Holiday Valley effortless.
For the current project, DiDonato has been working with Lee Stranberg and his son Adam, of Design & Supply, who have been involved with all of Holiday Valley’s interior design projects from the very start.
During your next stay, you can look forward to fresh interior carpeting and fabrics in warm and inviting lodge-style colors, which have shifted away from traditional burgundies and hunter greens.
Currently, new carpeting is being installed in one-third of the inn. The remaining carpeting will be completely replaced over the next three years.
To shine a light on their cozy guestrooms, lampshades have been updated to complement the lodge feel.
To give the inn that retro look, new archival black and white photo prints are being hung in guestrooms to reflect the early days of skiing at Holiday Valley in the 1960s.
DiDonato has been working with Holiday Valley’s marketing director, Jane Eshbaugh, to access the resort’s photo archives. Together, they have selected tasteful images of the Valley’s early years. DiDonato explained that the people depicted in these cool photos are the real founders of the resort — people like Edna and Doc Northrup, Karl Fancher and many others.
In addition to interior improvements, summertime projects included the replacement of old Adirondack chairs with new ones built by local Amish carpenters, who are known for their fine artisanship. Poolside lounge cushions and umbrellas were replaced inside and out. To update walkways, new pavers were also installed Dr. Green Lawn of Salamanca.
Holiday Valley tries to use local contractors whenever possible. Included in this talented lineup are Dineen Painting, Century Carpet, woodworking by Dana John and stone work by Rick Howard.
“I’ve got a terrific team. We’ve got a great group of people that like working together. It makes a difference and our guests keep coming back year after year,” said DiDonato. “There is pride in being a ‘part of the reunion’ of guests each year.”
Most of her staff has been at the Inn at Holiday Valley for over 10 years and guests are familiar with their names and welcoming faces.
For more information about the Inn at Holiday Valley or for reservations, call (800) 323-0020 or (716) 699-2345. You can directly make online reservations at www.holidayvalley.com.