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Randolph: The Town with Hidden Treasures

Shop small business in historic downtown Randolph and along NY's Amish Trail

Located just twenty miles from Ellicottville, the historic village of Randolph, New York is a great place to spend the weekend throughout the fall and winter seasons! Unique shops, delicious restaurants, and a full schedule of fall and winter events will not only fill your weekend calendar, but will leave you wanting to come back for more.

NEW YORK’S AMISH TRAIL

Autumn is one of the best times of year for visitors to spend a beautiful afternoon exploring New York’s Amish Trail, which begins in Randolph and continues through Cattaraugus County. Visitors can enjoy the foliage and explore Amish shops, bake stands and produce stands along the way; whether you’re looking for a gorgeous handmade quilt, sturdy furniture, or a homemade pie, you’re sure to find it along the Amish Trail. Randolph’s Welcome Center at 72 Main Street has free Amish Trail maps available for you to start your self-guided tour; Saturdays are the best day to plan your trip, as all Amish businesses are closed on Sundays. 

For an in-depth experience of one of the largest Old Order Amish communities in the country, book a guided tour with one of Randolph’s experienced Amish Trail guides by calling 716-358-9701 ext. 208. Your guide will ride along with you in your vehicle and tailor the tour to suit the interests of you and your passengers, whether your interest is in a particular kind of goods or enjoying the scenic aspects of the Amish Trail. Because Amish homes and businesses are spread out across several miles of winding roads (some unpaved), it’s easy for first-time visitors to miss some of the best locations along the trail when driving on their own. For just $40, a three-hour guided Amish tour is an unforgettable experience of one of the most beautiful areas in Cattaraugus County and a simpler way of life that is almost forgotten in today’s busy world.

FISH TO SEE; FISH TO EAT!

No visit to Randolph is complete without a trip to the Randolph DEC Fish Hatchery, located just 2 miles east of the village at 10943 Hatchery Road. The Randolph Hatchery is one of just twelve hatcheries in New York State; these hatcheries stock fish in over 1,200 public waters across the state. The Randolph Hatchery mainly raises brook, brown, and rainbow trout, and stocks public waters in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Wyoming counties. The Randolph Hatchery, which is one of the oldest hatcheries in New York, is most known for stocking brook trout, commonly known as “brookies,” which are native to New York State and are the official state fish. Visitors are welcome to explore the hatchery year ‘round as it is open daily from 9am-3:30pm. For more information, visitors can call the hatchery at (716)358-4755.

There are many great places to enjoy a good meal in Randolph after a full day of sight-seeing! For family-friendly dining, including a delicious weekend fish fry, visit R&M Restaurant at 265 Main Street, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Looking for a quick bite? Pete’s Place on Main Street has the best burgers in town (and is a favorite spot of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly!) A popular spot for snowmobilers is MJ’s Tavern, which is located just a couple miles from downtown Randolph at 10933 Mace Road. Whether you’re stepping inside to warm up or to take in a football game on the big screen, MJ’s Tavern is the perfect place to enjoy a good meal with friends!

SHOP SMALL BUSINESS

If you’ve never visited Randolph, there’s no better time than Small Business Saturday on November 26. This holiday season, avoid the chaos of big-box stores and chains and shop local for your gifts right in Randolph! On this particular Saturday, Randolph businesses will be offering great sales and specials to celebrate the national shopping day and kick off the holiday season.

Randolph Retail Company, located at 127 Main Street, carries a range of unique gifts, home décor, and beautiful ladies clothing. There, you will find a variety of seasonal gifts and holiday décor, as well as American-made clothing to wear at your holiday events. Stock up on your favorite stocking stuffers like Zum Bar soaps, Door County flavored coffees, and bracelet charms. Owners Tom and Cathy Congdon are excited to have several new items in stock, such as Simply Noelle clothing and accessories and a variety of new children’s toys, including puzzles and games that are educational and fun!

Just next door is Yarn for Ewe, located at 129 Main Street.  Knitters and crocheters will be delighted to find all types and colors of yarns - from wool to cotton to acrylic, sock yarn, lace yarn, crochet thread, and much more! Featured yarn companies include Araucania, Bergere de France, Berroco, Cascade, Elsebeth Lavold, Mirasol, Sirdar, Sublime, and Tahki Stacey Charles. Get cozy inside this winter at one of Yarn for Ewe’s knitting classes, which are held three days/week; call 716-267-2070 for more details. Not a knitter? Yarn for Ewe also has vintage items, Amish-made gifts and quilts, and a huge selection of 18” doll clothing and accessories at great prices!

There’s something for every member of the family at A Slice of Heaven Alpacas/Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop located at 11144 Pope Road. Stay warm with their wide selection of alpaca items, including hand-knitted socks and accessories, teddy bears, alpaca throws, alpaca slippers, sweaters, and so much more! Think socks make a boring gift? Think again! Alpaca socks are one of the most popular items at Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop; discover all the cozy styles for men, women, and children, including their line of American-made alpaca socks that are guaranteed to last or they’ll be replaced for free! For a truly unique experience, owners Mike and Sue Bean invite visitors to meet their herd of alpacas, including the new babies that arrived this summer! 

RANDOLPH’S COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Randolph will be celebrating its Country Christmas weekend on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. On Friday night, the Memory Tree Ceremony will take place to remember and honor friends and family who have passed away with the lighting of Randolph’s Christmas tree. On Saturday, Randolph Central School will be hosting its annual Christmas craft show all day in their two gymnasiums - this is the perfect opportunity to shop for that unique gift. New for 2016: Randolph’s Christmas Parade will be an evening parade, starting at 6pm. Sponsored by Randolph’s Expressions Performing Arts Center, the parade will take place on Main Street and feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be riding in the fire truck! Later that evening at 7pm, the East Randolph United Methodist Church will host their annual Living Nativity, which even features a live camel.

For more information about the beautiful historic village of Randolph, visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org, find Enjoy Randolph on Facebook, or call 716-358-9701 ext. 208. Plan your visit today!