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Most folks generally think of Allegany State Park as a summer destination; a place to hike around for a few hours or maybe a good place to haul the kayaks up to. What they fail to realize is that the park offers a ton of great activities all year round.

Iconic singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will take the stage for one show on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Seneca Niagara Casino. 

Unique shops, delicious restaurants, and a full schedule of holiday activities will not only fill your December calendar, but will leave you wanting to come back when the grass is green.

By the time March rolls around, you might be hoping for a little St. Paddy’s Day luck to help get you through the end of winter!  However, even though the calendar says that spring has begun, you might think Mother Nature has missed the memo.  Here in the Enchanted Mountains, we are lucky to have fun in all seasons with events to keep you happy … even if the weather is not ideally cooperating.  

Maple Syrup is a rich and healthful treat that we are fortunate to have right in our own backyards. Celebrate its harvest and production March 21-22 and 28-29 through the New York State Maple Producers Association’s 20th annual Maple Weekends!

The Brooklyn born singer known as “The Money Man” is thrilled to be coming to Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca for one show only on Friday, March 6 at 7pm.  “I have a lot of friends and a lot of great fans in the Allegany region,” said Money when I caught up with him recently.

If this winter’s freezing temperatures have kept you a prisoner in your own home, then chances are, you’ve had ample time to observe the areas you’d like to upgrade once spring arrives. Fortunately, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the perfect event to help homeowners and potential homeowners begin the process of remodeling, repairing, and decorating their dwelling … welcome to the Greater Olean Home Show. 

In the forest there is a real sense of discovery - a sense of renewal and inspiration. Take a journey to discover the art, artisans and artisan shops in the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania.

If you're in the mood for love, the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County is the place for you.  Not only are there so many "love at first sight" places to see and activities you will fall "head over heels" for, there are plenty of places to stay that will “sweep you right off your feet!”

What could possibly be more exciting than a beautiful afternoon exploring twenty miles of the best cross-country ski trails in the Northeast? The Annual Art Roscoe Loppet Cross-Country Ski Race, of course! On Sunday, Feb. 15, skiers of all skill levels are invited to participate in an invigorating day on the trails starting and finishing at the Summit Ski Area in Red House at Allegany State Park, located in Salamanca, NY. 

Country superstar Trace Adkins will be filling the Seneca Allegany Casino’s Event Center with his rowdy take on love and romance songs, his no- holds-barred smash hits and his down- to-earth standards on Friday, April 3.

Cooler temperatures inspire loads of winter fun in the Allegheny National Forest Region in Pennsylvania, from cross-country skiing to professional theater. Make your plans now for a lovely winter weekend getaway with lodging choices from the plush to the primitive, in the wildly beautiful Pennsylvania Wilds. 

McKean County, Pennsylvania, located just 30 minutes south of Ellicottville, NY, is where you go when you want to find snow.  “The Loop” offers over 360 miles of groomed snowmobile trails within the wild and beautiful Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Book a snowmobile tour package if you want to travel into the forest with an experienced rider to see favorite ANF sites, rent a snowmobile, or call ahead to take a guided ATV Ride. Want to play indoors? Choose from over 40 local restaurants for an evening outing or weekend culinary adventure. 

Forget making impossible goals that will fall to the wayside by February.  It's easy to stay indoors and veg out with your newly received electronics while eating the leftover Christmas cookies.  Some of the top resolutions every year are to lose weight / stay fit, eliminate stress, save money, learn something new, and spend more time with family.  Here is the run-down on how to accomplish these goals with ease right here in the Enchanted Mountains! 

One of the most visible and exciting (and did we mention loud?) events around makes its anticipated return to the Southern Tier this February, as the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino welcomes back the AMSOIL ISOC U.S. Air Force National Snocross race, Feb. 6-7, 2015.  The Salamanca venue has quickly become a favorite of fans and riders participating in the 8-stop national circuit, attracting competitors and spectators from all over North America.

More than just lyrics to a popular song, traveling over the river and through the woods here in the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania will place you on the trail to enjoyable shopping in local shops, professional holiday musical performances and outdoor adventures for the sportsman.

A visit to the outskirts of Elllicottville or 20 minutes down the road to Randolph will prove that one day is just not enough to explore the many unique gift items and holiday events that the season offers.

January 23, 2015 will find the perennial classic-rock favorite, America, filling the Seneca Allegany Events Center with their melodic sound that became a mainstay of pop rock music of the 1970’s.  I had the pleasure to catch up with Dewey Bunnell by phone; we talked about 2015 marking their 45th year in the business, a future project, how the band got its name, and what keeps him and Gerry Beckley on their game four and a half decades later.

Whether you’re visiting Ellicottville, traveling through Cattaraugus County on the Amish Trail, or simply looking for an enjoyable place to spend one of the last few weekends of autumn, consider the city of Salamanca your destination. 

Engelbert Humperdinck has been sharing his amazing voice with the world for 47 years and will make his first appearance at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca on Friday, Nov. 7.
 

Less than twenty minutes from Ellicottville, Randolph, NY is a beautiful, historic town just a short drive from the Old Order Amish community. Randolph’s downtown offers visitors an experience like no other, for where else can one stay the night in a former firehouse, learn to knit socks, and peruse antiques and gifts in one weekend?  If you travel 20 miles from Ellicottville in the opposite direction, you’ll find yourself in Olean, NY, a hub of entertainment, delicious dining and seasonal events.  With a top-notch selection of restaurants and a quaint downtown shopping district, the city of Olean is a wonderful place to spend the day.  Plus, there’s no shortage of fun things to do throughout the winter months, especially during the holiday season!

Late fall into early winter can evoke more terror than a skeleton on Halloween to some, but don't stress ... come chill out in Cattaraugus County!  The “in between” season still offers much to do here with celebrations of Halloween, holiday shopping (it’s time to start thinking Christmas!), and plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the weather!

McKean County, Pennsylvania, located just 30 minutes south of Ellicottville, New York, is where you go when you want to find snow.  An outdoor paradise year-round, the Allegheny National Forest becomes a sparkling white winter wonderland where every day is a snow day. 

With expansive forests all around us and an area indigenous to tall Maples, Cattaraugus County offers up some of the best Maple syrup you can please your tastebuds with. In fact, we love Maple syrup so much, we have two weekends devoted to our Maple farms, when they invite visitors to learn about their process