By Mary Heyl
Beautiful accommodations, a lively nightlife and world-class resorts—these are just a few great reasons to plan your wedding in Ellicottville! As you’re planning your big day, don’t forget some of the best reasons to say your vows in Ellicottville: the variety of accommodations and fun activities will make your wedding a memorable weekend for everyone.
BrickStone Suites, located on the main drag in the Village, offers efficiency and one-bedroom units, some with large balconies overlooking Ellicottville. Owner Maribeth Rick offers a special wedding package that allows the bride to reserve the entire building for the wedding weekend (Friday and Saturday nights). To make a reservation, call (716)983- 4763; visit www.brickstonesuites.com for more info.
The Edelweiss Lodge is located in the heart of Ellicottville and is just minutes from Holiday Valley and HoliMont. The lodge sits on two acres of prime real estate with many different options including private rooms, suites and chalets. Call (716)699-2734 or visit edelweissskilodge.com for info.
Ellicottvillas offers spacious, luxury vacation condominiums with rustic modern decor, eco-friendly features and designer-appointed furnishings and details. The Villas are available to rent ‘year round, and are perfect for accommodating large groups such as wedding parties and extended families. Call (716)699-6600 or visit www.ellicottvillas.com for more info.
The Ilex Inn is an elegant country inn and couples retreat located just a few blocks from the village of Ellicottville. The inn offers six luxurious, romantic guest rooms with their own full baths, as well as an adjoining cottage with mini-kitchen. Call 1-800- 496-6307 or visit www.ilexinn.com for more info.
The Inn at Holiday Valley offers 95 guest rooms and seven suites. According to Katelyn Mueller, Certified Wedding and Event Planner at Holiday Valley, you can do it all at Holiday Valley, including booking rooms for guests. Tamarack Club is Holiday Valley’s four-star, slopeside condominium/hotel. Rental units range from standard hotel rooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums and accommodate from 2-10 people. This is the perfect choice for reserving space for larger groups, such as the bridal party or extended family. Call (716)699-2345 or visit www.holidayvalley.com for info.
The Jefferson Inn is a charming 1800s Victorian bed and breakfast with beautifully furnished rooms. Call (716)699-5869 or visit www.thejeffersoninn.com for more info.
Ready to party? Bachelorettes and their friends are always welcome at EVL’s hot spots. Grab your squad, some bling and perhaps a sash announcing just who you are, and get ready to have some fun! The Gin Mill hosts live bands every weekend. Balloons offers a variety of space for groups, and live music every Friday and Saturday, followed by a DJ spinning all the latest danceable jams on two dance floors.
You can treat your guests to a tasty meal in a beautiful setting in private or banquet rooms offered at Dina’s, Holiday Valley, HoliMont, Cadillac Jack’s, Tips Up, EBC, The Silver Fox and Villaggio. Other places, such as Balloons, offer outdoor space for parties.
Following all that partying, you’ll need to rejuvenate. Head to a local spa for total R&R. Experience halotherapy at the Ellicottville Salt Cave, where you can also relax in the sauna or with a massage.
If an outdoor adventure is more up your alley, treat your guests to a high-flying day at Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park. Choose from numerous courses and navigate obstacles, ropes, ladders and ziplines that take you through the woods. Sky High also offers the Climbing Forest, a 3D version of a rock wall, and the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster.
If your friends and family love golfing, they’ll be wowed by the resort’s 18-hole, par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course. It’s challenging and well maintained, and boasts beautiful scenery all along the way. In addition, there is a 15-acre golf practice facility that includes a driving range with 10 covered tees and 50 grass tees, as well as multiple target practice greens and bunkers.
Ellicottville is the perfect place to host all of your pre-wedding get-togethers. Whether it’s a shower, a bachelorette party, or just some relaxing time with friends, you have a world of fun at your fingertips.