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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 

As the saying goes … “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  The Osmond family has been proving that for over five decades.  Three of the Osmond Brothers - Merrill, Jay and Jimmy - will be bringing the songs and memories of the past 50 years to the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center in Salamanca, NY for five shows in May.

 

Thoughts of Spring fill the air as we shake off the grey days of winter and look forward to the sounds of the returning song birds, the bloom of wildflowers, updating our home décor, and getting outside to hike and bike the mountain trails of the Allegheny National Forest Region in northwestern Pennsylvania. 

Cattaraugus County is otherwise known as the Enchanted Mountains, for its vast countryside, serene landscapes, and picturesque hills and valleys.  While many nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts call this corner of WNY home, we also boast diverse artistic talents, fine theatrical performances, and a rich history all-around.  If you are growing tired of being out in the cold, but do not want to feel trapped indoors, consider attending one of our scheduled events, or enjoy a full day of perusing a museum or gallery.
Country singer-songwriter, Gary Allan, will be making a stop at the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center in Salamanca, NY on March 29 with a sense of complete renewal. For Allan, the past 17 years of his career has led him to what he feels is his most personal and evolved work yet with his latest album titled, “Set You Free.”

February is the time to celebrate romance and friendship. Wine, chocolate, gourmet food and the music of a great jazz-rock band are a few of the highlights offered when you visit the Allegheny National Forest Region during February. 
Like most of you reading this edition of SNOWED-IN, you’re probably checking in on what’s new at your favorite local ski resorts, the shopping and character of the village of Ellicottville, and of course local happenings in the surrounding communities.  Lucky for you, this issue boasts all of those things and more, as we have one heck of an event coming to the area in early February.  Introducing the AMSOIL Championship Snocross, taking place at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel Feb. 7-8!  If you have yet to check out an event like this, toss your leg over the seat, and let’s go for a ride!
If you’re a fan of classic rock music, then you’re a fan of Grand Funk Railroad.  The five-piece band that made it big in the 1970’s is a staple on any classic rock radio station you listen to.  I had the chance to catch up with original member and singer/drummer, Don Brewer, from his home in Florida on a very snowy day here in Western New York.

The more snow the more fun! As the Weather Channel says, “McKean County, Pennsylvania is where you go when you want to find snow. It is a national cold-weather champion.” In northwestern Pennsylvania, McKean County holds the state record for the most amount of snowfall per year. Local folks invite you to enjoy ice-skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling as you experience the natural beauty of winter in the Allegheny National Forest Region.

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays has passed, let us help you find some snow-filled joy with our trails for 
cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  Get out and about, and navigate our unspoiled forested areas.  Whether you’re a novice and need to stay on the beaten, groomed path, or someone seeking to brave unknown territory, you will discover what you’re looking for, in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County.

Searching for the perfect gift can be stressful. The “Treasures of the Forest Shopping Trail” in McKean County, Pennsylvania is the perfect “mall alternative.” Leave the long lines, crowded stores, and cookie-cutter gifts behind and embark on a trip into the small town shops nestled at the edge of the forest, where you can put the joy back into holiday shopping. 

Here in Western New York, we have what some people may call, harsh winters, but we sure know how to enjoy them!  Feel the crisp excitement of winter while dashing through the snow on your snowmobile.  Get the gang together and reserve your stay at the newly renovated Group Camp 5 on the Quaker side of Allegany State Park.
The title of 50’s and 60’s rockers Sha-Na-Na’s first album, released in 1969, was a premonition of sorts that “Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay.” Well into their fourth decade of recording and performing around the world, these “greasers” have built a bridge that connects three generations of families to good old rock and roll music.  Starting Wednesday, Dec. 4, Sha Na Na will be bringing their Rockin’ Christmas Show to Seneca Allegany Casino’s Events Center in Salamanca, NY for five shows, including matinee and evening shows.