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Year of the Rooster

Predictions point to love ... love of the great outdoors in the ANF Region of PA

According to the Chinese Horoscope 2017 is the Year of the Red Rooster. Predictions for 2017 are if you are single, it is a good time to find your match. If you are in love, then you will have a deeper love. If you love the great outdoors, this is the year to experience the Allegheny National Forest. New for 2017 are Kinzua ADVentures offering four seasons of guided tours; Myers Motorsports offering snowmobile, ATV and UTV rentals; and Lantz Corners’ Snowmobile Rental and Lodging Packages. Hopefully, all the predications for love in 2017 will come true for you.

 

KINZUA ADVENTURES: FOUR SEASONS OF GUIDED TOURS

Embrace adventure with winter excursions by snowmobile during the snow season, and motorcycle tours starting in the spring, along with an opportunity to book a boat tour of the Allegheny Reservoir.  Guided snowmobile tours will take you into the Forest to experience a true winter wonderland. Tour guides Dave and Tony are both locals with many years of experience. They know the best trails. 

From spring through fall, four different motorcycle tours are available. Each ride is approximately 150 miles through the rugged beauty of the Allegheny National Forest. You can pick from pavement or dirt roads, or a combination of both. Rides will showcase local points of interest including scenic byways, the amazing Kinzua Sky Walk, the Kinzua Bridge Visitors Center, and of course local restaurants. You must bring your own bike, and tours can include up to six people. All sizes of bikes, starting from 250 cc to adventure bikes are welcome.

The three-hour boat tour on the beautiful Allegheny Reservoir will offer stunning vistas of the Forest, the Kinzua Dam, the marinas, and depending on the water level, a boat ride up the Allegheny River on a 21-foot jet boat. 

Kinzua ADVentures is located in Bradford, PA and may be reached by calling 814-331-1097 or e-mailing dlunden@verizon.net for personalized assistance.

 

MYERS MOTORSPORTS NOW RENTING SNOWMOBILES

If you would like to experience the speed and thrill of riding a snowmobile, but you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on purchasing one, you can now rent snowmobiles at Myers Motorsports. Myers offers 10 rental sleds which range from 500cc to 1000cc, along with trail sleds, performance sleds, and even 2-up sleds at daily, weekend and weekly rates. 

Myers Motorsports is a full-service powershop which carries parts, accessories, oil, apparel and powersports for sale. ATVs and UTVs are also available for purchase or rent. They offer pickup and delivery as well as on-site service for snowmobiles. 

Guided tours are available for those renting snowmobiles. Rentals fill quickly, so call ahead to reserve your ride. 3176 Route 219, Lantz Corners, PA.  814-779-3745.  www.myersmotorsports.net.

 

SNOWMOBILE RENTAL & LODGING PACKAGE

Lantz Corners Getaway is offering an overnight package for two which includes breakfast, one snowmobile rental for each person, insurance, head gear, and a trail map for $247.50.  Or opt for two nights at $285 per person, based on double occupancy. Call for details and reservations. Pricing does not include tax and is subject to change. 2952 Route 219 & Route 6, Lantz Corners, PA. 814-778-5391 www.lantzcorners.com.

“Do the Loop” … McKean County, Pennsylvania, located just 30 minutes south of Ellicottville, NY, is where you go when you want to find snow.  “The Loop,” the #1 exciting trail in Pennsylvania, offers 360 miles of interconnecting trail loops within the wildly beautiful Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Snowmobilers have trail access from multiple locations including Lantz Corners at the intersection of Routes 219 & 6. In the northern section, near Willow Bay, the trail connects to the 90 miles of New York snowmobile trails in Allegany State Park. Helmets and state registration are required for both Pennsylvania and New York if you are riding across the state line on both trail systems.

To check out current weather and trail conditions in the northern portion of the forest, please call the Bradford Ranger Station at 814-362-4613, and for the southern section of trail, phone the Marienville Ranger Station at 814-927-6628. Pennsylvania snowmobile registration can be done online at snowatvreg.dcnr.state.pa.us.

To book your Snowmobile Tour Package at Lantz Corners Getaway, 2952 Route 219, call 814-778-5391 or book online at www.lantzcorners.com. 

 

COME IN OUT OF THE COLD

Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Kane now serves lunch and dinner daily along with a full service bar. Your appetite will soar as you peruse the menu choices of paninis, salads, grinders, pizza, appetizers and more. Match your entrée with a selection of an award-winning Flickerwood wine, or choose a cocktail or beer from the bar. 

Every Wednesday is Pasta Night at Flickerwood. Winemaker Rick and his mother Sue create their delicious Lorenzoni-Zampogna Sauce from a family recipe. The sauce is severed over a variety of pasta - from spaghetti to gnocchi, from ravioli to lasagna. Dinner includes fresh salad and a breadstick. Wednesday Pasta Night runs from 5pm-8pm; reservations are recommended. 

Flickerwood Wine Cellars is located at 309 Flickerwood Road, Kane, PA.  They are open seven days a week. 814-837-7566.  www.flickerwood.com.

 

WINTER IN THE WILDS

Discover Winter in the Wilds, Jan. 13-15, 2017 at CJ Spirits Craft Distillery in Kane. Indoor and outdoor events are planned for this weekend of celebrating winter in the “ice box” of Pennsylvania. There will be an outdoor ice bar, ice sculptures, chainsaw carvers, art and craft vendors, and live musical performances nightly. Dark Water Duo will perform Friday night from 7:30pm-10:30pm, Co. Townes Saturday 7:30pm-10:30pm, and on Sunday a solo act will perform from 11am-2pm. A snowmobile run is planned, weather permitting.

Bring your best! A chili cook-off will take place Saturday, with judging and prizes at noon. A delicious BBQ Pork Dinner will be offered Saturday from 4pm-6pm.

Plan on leaving time to tour the distillery and be sure to try one of their signature cocktails. A Bloody Mary fashioned with Ultra Premium Rocksov Vodka is guaranteed to warm up the insides and put a smile on any face on a blistery cold winter day.

CJ Spirits is located just west of the village of Kane. Travel Pennsylvania Route 6, then turn onto 120 Willow Run Drive. For additional information on the events scheduled, call 814-837-1500. www.cjspirits.com

 

JAZZ IT UP

On Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at 7:30pm, the Hot Sardines will perform at the Bromeley Family Theater in Bradford. Their self-titled debut album was named by iTunes as one of the best jazz albums of 2014, and spent more than a year on the Billboard Jazz Chart debuting in the top 10.

Bandleader Evan Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol met in 2007 and bonded over their love of Fats Waller. With musical influences of such greats as Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, they began playing open mic nights and small gigs. By 2011, they headlined Midsummer Night Swing at New York’s Lincoln Center.

The Hot Sardines’ energetic and electrifying shows include music first made famous decades ago which now comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lit of her voice.

The performance will be at 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA. Tickets are $22 and may be purchased by calling 814-362-5113 or online at www.upb.pitt.edu/TheArts.

 

WARREN COUNTY WINTERFEST

Pennsylvania’s Chapman State Park plays host to the annual Warren County Winterfest, to be held the weekend of Jan. 20-22, 2017. A 32-mile sled dog race is held on Friday from 9am-7pm. Events on Saturday (9am-4pm) include the Polar Bear Plunge, sled dog sprints, ski-joring, canine weight pull, ice skating, ice fishing and the family-friendly sled riding hill. Sunday’s hours are also 9am-4pm with event including sled dog sprints/ski-joring, canine weight pull, ice skating, and the Outhouse Race. Food and crafts are available both Saturday and Sunday.

The address for Chapman State Park is 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA. Check out the website for the full list of events: www.warrencountywinterfest.com.

 

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI IN SCENIC FORESTLANDS

The Kinzua Valley Trail is a newly expanded 7-mile trail ideal for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The linear trail meanders through deep woods and scenic woodlands from the trailhead at Westline to the Red Bridge Campground in the Allegheny National Forest. 

During the winter, the fresh snowfall glistens on the branches, and tracks from woodland creatures catch your eye, but it is the silence of the Forest surrounding you which brings a sense of amazement. The trail is not groomed, so this is not a trail for the beginner or those suffering from a case of too many cookies over the holidays. The nearby Westline Inn offers both dining and overnight accommodations. www.kinzuavalleytrail.org.

 

PLAN YOUR TRIP

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau’s Guide & Map contains a full list of exciting things to see and do during the winter months, along with detailed information on restaurants and lodging. To receive a free copy of the Visitors Guide & Map call 800-473-9370 or download online at www.visitANF.com.