Creating Keepsakes

By Mary Heyl

More snow is on the way, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy your trusty four-wheel-drive vehicle and visit the historic village of Randolph, just 40 minutes south of Ellicottville. Whether the snowmobile trails are calling you or you’re looking to enjoy a cozy day indoors, Randolph is your destination this December.

Snowmobiling season begins Dec. 20. Cattaraugus County is fortunate to have over 350 miles of snowmobile trails, including the Corridor Trail which goes from Ellicottville to Little Valley to Randolph, where snowmobilers can enjoy a great meal or an entire weekend. Those looking to enjoy a delicious burger, watch the big game, or play a game of pool should stop in to MJ’s Tavern located just outside of Randolph on Mace Road. As snowmobilers make their way downtown to Main Street, a variety of different restaurants await them, including Pete’s Place, where Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly have been known to stop by for a hot meal and a refreshing drink!

The historic Inn at One Bank Street is a popular place for snowmobilers to stay for the weekend, and the Inn is welcoming guests for the holiday season, too. The Inn has two guest rooms and two suites (all rooms have their own bathroom) that each have refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, free WiFi, and cable television. The suites also have fold-out Queen-sized couches, and there is even a crib for the Inn’s littlest guests. The jacuzzi suite has a king-sized bed, a separate sitting room, a full kitchen, and of course, a jacuzzi tub! To make a reservation, call (716)358-2022. Be sure to inquire about special weekend rates for snowmobilers.

Just across the street from The Inn is Yarn for Ewe, located at 129 Main Street. This full-service yarn shop has a variety of yarn, needles, notions, patterns, and classes for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels. Winter is a great time of year to enjoy this cozy hobby, and if you’ve always wanted to learn how, now is the time. Yarn for Ewe has weekly knitting classes year ‘round, and new students are always welcome.

Classes meet on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you’ve never held a pair of knitting needles or haven’t touched them in decades, this is the class for you! On Saturdays, Yarn for Ewe hosts special workshops for more experienced knitters, including Fair Isle knitting, sweater classes and Swedish weaving. To register, call Yarn for Ewe at (716)267-2070.

Cold, snowy weather is the perfect time to learn how to paint. Vicki Reding, owner of Creating Keepsakes at 127 Main Street, teaches painting classes all winter long. Learn how to paint using acrylics, oil, watercolors and more, and choose what you paint, from canvases to furniture! Work on the project of your choice during Vicki’s weekly classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Follow Creating Keepsakes on Facebook to learn about her special winter workshops and paint ‘n sip classes. Call Vicki at (716)665-1556 to sign up.

Amish tours can be scheduled throughout the winter months, weather permitting, and are a great way to learn about one of the largest Old Order Amish communities in the United States. During a guided tour, a local guide accompanies you in your vehicle on a three-to-four hour tour of the area. Tours can be tailored to suit the interests and the time constraints of the passengers.

To schedule your tour, contact the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716)358-9701 ext. 208. Stay up to date on the latest Randolph events by visiting and follow Enjoy Randolph on Facebook.