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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:

In the Allegheny National Forest Region, the trees are taller, the people are friendlier, and the charm of small towns and authentic America is found everywhere. This is an area ripe in history, outdoor recreation and spectacular one-of-a-kind attractions.

The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County rolls out its white carpet for you. Experience winter snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, riding downhill on an inner tube, making your own cross country ski trails on state land or the groomed trails at our ski resorts, ice skating or ice fishing.