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Begin the month with a visit to a museum, enjoy a Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration at a local tavern in mid-month, then sweetly slide from March into April enjoying the sugary taste of this year’s maple syrup. Hopefully by the beginning of April you will be outside in the sunshine teeing off at a local golf course!


What do one million gallons of water, 200 snowmobilers and the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel have in common?  They’re all part of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series, a featured event within the International Series of Champions (ISOC), to be hosted on the grounds of the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, NY Feb. 22-24. 
The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, NY offers many exciting opportunities for those looking to “escape” from their every day.  February is the perfect month to plan that much needed mid-winter break.  Make it an afternoon, or make it an overnight!  In Salamanca, NY (located just 10 minutes from Ellicottville), there are plenty of enjoyable choices to keep you busy.  


February is the perfect month to create memories with those you love. Family, friends or a significant other are sure to appreciate you for your thoughtfulness if you plan an activity or adventure that you can do together. It is the experiences in life that create fond memories. Whether you enjoy a traditional “date night” with a dinner and a movie, a romantic getaway weekend or are seeking out something fun to do with family in the great outdoors, nearby Pennsylvania offers you an opportunity to forge your own experiences that will reward you with memories that last a lifetime.


Deep in the heart of Allegany State Park (Salamanca), you'll find cross-country skiers enjoying an historic trail that honors “the father of skiing in Western New York.”

Those born under the sign of the snake get a great deal of pleasure out of just being lazy while on vacation. They enjoy great food, embrace educational opportunities to expand their knowledge, and they love to spend money on luxurious things. So embrace your inner “snake” and plan your 2013 travel now.

Winter can be an enchanting season, especially in the mountains of Western New York. With all there is to see and do, and with the holidays quickly approaching, there’s shopping to start, decorating to do, and parties to plan. Fortunately, help is on the way, and there are many little historic gems in towns across the county to help you fill your home with holiday cheer, stuff the stockings and, perhaps, stop for a breathe of fresh air.

Pick a different path during the holiday season - one that leads you away from crowded stores, heavy traffic, and long lines. Put the joy back into the holidays as you explore the “Treasures of the Forest Shopping Trail” in McKean County, Pennsylvania.

It’s safe to say if you’re reading this publication, you’re well aware of the ski resort prowess Holiday Valley and HoliMont bring to the table. Both are pioneers in their respective categories (public/private resorts), which continue to re-invest in their properties and the community.

The buzz heard about town is that “there’s nothing to do around here,” but Cattaraugus County Tourism will put that rumor to rest … just step outside!

Fall and winter provide you with exciting opportunities to recreate and relax in northern Pennsylvania.

Typically, the month of March is a celebration of everything green. Here, in the lush greenness of the Allegheny National Forest Region - just 30 minutes south of Ellicottville - we celebrate green every day.

During springtime in the Allegheny National Forest, everything starts to come back to life - the trees start to awaken, songbirds come back to fill the air with music, plus wildflowers and leeks start to peep through the earth. Spring is a great time to be in the ANF Region when residents and visitors alike celebrate the leek - or ramp.

The snow sports industry is tough to figure out. We’re barely three weeks into winter (if you can even call it winter) and local shops are already starting their buying cycles for next season. 

SIA (SnowSports Industries America) is the national medium between companies and buyers. It plans and promotes trade shows where shop owners can go and view each company’s product a year in advance. For the past few years, the regional mid-Atlantic show has been held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

Once a barber on Route 5 in Hamburg, Jack Quavis now enjoys the life of a ski bum with sponsors. He is the creator of, a website devoted to the Ellicottville lifestyle. Quavis started the website six years ago as a hobby; taking photos of everything and everyone Ellicottville and sharing them on his website. Now Quavis is touring New York State exhibiting every ski resort and area in it, the same way he has Ellicottville.

Enjoy the romance of fine dining with the one you love, a weekend getaway with someone special, or plan some fun activities to embrace your love of the great outdoors.

Waiting for the snow to pile up? Here are some great activities you can enjoy once we do get that long awaited blanket of white on the ground: