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Explore Winter Wonderland at Cattaraugus County in The Enchanted Mountains

Explore the Winter Wonderlands at Cattaraugus County in the Enchanted Mountains

Contributed by: Cattaraugus County

Western New York Winter is upon us in The Enchanted Mountains! Here in Cattaraugus County, one day we could be shoveling out two feet of snow and the next dodging raindrops! Never fret, whether you choose to explore the Winter Wonderlands of our Natural areas or prefer to celebrate the season by visiting our splendid indoor museums, galleries and theatre performances, you are sure to celebrate all of Winter, not just the holidays. Come and enjoy these fun winter activities with the whole family, you’ll be glad you did!

Snowmobile season is in full effect! [Image: enchantedmountains.com]

Trails and Lodging 

When the snow comes down all fluffy and fast, you can be sure that is the best time to ride a snowmobile. Cascade over the freshly fallen snow laying peacefully on the fields or slow down in our forested areas to look up and glance at the snow-lined trees. We have over 450 miles of trails, including those in Allegany State Park. With all those miles and trails that connect into the next County, you will need at least a couple days to pack in all the fun! We have numerous lodgings with easy trail access including cabins in Allegany State Park, Harwood Haven, Mystic Water Resort and The Woods at Bear Creek! Plus plenty of B&B’s, house rentals and more! Call 1-800-331-0543 for your Free Trail Map and brochure which lists these places and more, plus restaurants, snowmobile rentals , snowmobile service stops and gas stations along the trail!

Here is just one example of the day of fun that awaits you this winter!

Stay at The Inn at One Bank Street in Randolph, which has restaurants and gas within a half of a block from your guest room. Walk over to Vern’s Place in the morning for an affordable, delicious meal to give you the energy to be out in the cold all day. Head back to the room, gear up and take your sled over to Arrowmart to gas up before you go, again just a half block away! Now you’re ready for an adventure – but don’t forget your trail map! It is very important to respect the landowners that allow the trails to go over their property. And remember, just because you see a trail doesn’t mean it is for your use! It is your responsibility to know the trails and stick to them!

How about heading up to Little Valley, then over through the back hills of Ellicottville through the McCarty Hill Forest then over to the quaint town of Franklinville. Check out the Woods at Bear Creek for dinner and to warm up. The Woods at Bear Creek offers a view of the pristine snow over their lake that can be seen from the restaurant! Once you’re warmed up, head south through Ischua and down through Portville. If you didn’t grab a bite to eat at The Woods at Bear Creek, then give Sprague’s Maple Farms a try! Almost everything on the menu has maple syrup in it! There are gas opportunities here too at Kwik Fill and the Halfway Inn Bar & Grill. Make your back to Randolph through Allegany State Park to start scoping out a location for next year’s snowmobile vacation.

Love winter but prefer the indoors?

Why not ease into it with ice-skating at the William O Smith Rec. Center in Olean. This is the perfect compromise. You get to enjoy a great winter sport, but can step off the ice to warm up at any time. Plus, what makes a better date night than ice-skating? (Hint, hint) Afterwards, take that special someone out to a lovely dinner at any of the new restaurants in Olean. Try Woodside Tavern on the Range on River Road for a beautiful setting, or the hip new Ravyn & Robyn Lounge, featuring fine Italian Cuisine made from scratch! There’s always the tried and true favorites as well – The Beef N Barrel, Brothers Bistro, El Mariachi and Angee’s! Recount the funny happenings of ice-skating while you dine together and enjoy the slower pace of winter.

Historial Museum exhibit fat Cattaraugus County New York

Cattaraugus County Historical Museum  [Image: Cattaraugus County]

Can’t stand the thought of cold weather?

Well, we recommend you make your way into one of our outstanding museums, galleries or theatrical performances to keep you warm. We have 26 museums in the County that can be viewed in our Heritage Brochure (free if requested as well). These have a variety of interests including Town and Village histories, History of the County, Seneca Nation Culture, themes relating to African American History and the Underground Railroad and one even has a Mammoth! The Regina A Quick Center is located on the campus of St. Bonaventure University and has stunning and important works of art from their collection and others. There are also live performances here from renowned musicians thanks to the group “Friends of Good Music”.

The theatre is alive and well and as you know the saying goes, “The Show Must Go On”. And that means in the winter as well. Spend a delightful evening inside dreaming of other lives lived and hearing the great stories and musicals put on by our fantastic local talent. Olean Community Theatre will be starting their 38th season in 2017 and will feature “The Big Meal” “Assassins” and “9 to 5”. The Olean Theatre Workshop has provided family theater for over 34 years and upcoming performances of The Odd Couple will debut in Feb. The Ray Evans Seneca Theatre is the host to the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association’s performances. “Hair” will be gracing the stage here in February and is sure to be the talk of the town for the months surrounding. This one is not to be missed!

Actors play a scene from the play Arsenic and Old Lace at the Olean Community Theatre in The Enchanted Mountains

Olean Community Theatre, Arsenic and Old Lace Play  [Image: Cattaraugus County]

So whatever you’re idea of winter is, a time to enjoy crisp cool air and fluffy snow or a time to slow down, relax and find special moments indoors, then The Enchanted Mountains of Western NY are where you need to be! Visit us online at EnchantedMountains.com, call us at 1-800-331-0543 or follow us on Facebook!

The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County in Western New York!

Contributed by Cattaraugus County Tourism

Spring is the best time to get out of the house, get on the road, and try something exciting! Perhaps you spent too much time indoors over the winter and need to get back in touch with nature. Well, the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County asks, “Where do you want to play today?”

Cattaraugus County photo of things to do

Warm up to Excitement

As the snow begins to melt and the creeks rise, Cattaraugus Creek becomes a whitewater rafter’s paradise. Head out for up to Level III Class Rapids in Zoar Valley with one of our great guide services. Spend the whole day there, taking in breathtaking beauty of the gorge and winding river. The abundance of well-stocked creeks throughout Cattaraugus County creates a great opportunity for the fishing enthusiasts, too, once trout season opens on April 1. Cattaraugus Creek has been named one of the northeast’s best top 10 steelhead fishing sites. 

Stretch those Legs

Hibernate over the winter? Smell the fresh air, watch the flowers start to blossom, and welcome the birds back. Get those weary muscles outside and on the move at Allegany State Park. Hike around the lake, drop a line in for fishing, or get the kayak out of the garage. Rock City Park opens in May, and you’ll see nature come back to life as you walk amongst the giant rocks. Griffis Sculpture Park also opens on the first of May, where steel sculptures welcome you and spring. To really warm up this season, climb through the trees and zip past the canopy lines at Sky High Adventure Park. Another Black Diamond Course was added this year, making a total of 13 different courses for you to try.

Plant New Plans

The backgrounds of New York’s Amish Trail become easy to travel on again in the springtime, which leaves you with a perfect driving tour to cure your cabin fever. Cruise quiet roads, view newly painted green fields and valleys, and purchase handmade products made by talented craftsmen. Cattaraugus County is home to Old Order Amish who adhere to strict guidelines and use no electricity, no running water, and dress in plain clothes of greys and blues. Adventure all around the western side of our county while making stops at different shops along the way that offer a variety of goods.

Renew and Energize

Spring is a time to feel rejuvenated. The Enchanted Mountains offers an excess of events when the cold weather starts to clear out. Thaw out with the Annual Maple Weekends on April 2–3, and watch the production of maple syrup right before you. The Olean Home and Garden Show on April 8–10 shows you all the latest trends and ideas for spring cleanup time in your home. Allegany State Park brings the fun in May with the Adventure Run on May 7, the GeoBash on May 20–22, and the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage the first weekend in June. Let your creative side blossom at Rock City Park’s Art and Craft Show during Mother’s Day Weekend, and make sure to have the motorcycle out of the garage in time for Gowanda’s Hollywood Happening the first weekend in June.

So get into the swing of spring ,and get outdoors in the Enchanted Mountains of Western NY!

Start to Thaw Out in the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York with the Annual Maple Weekends

Contributed by Cattaraugus County Tourism

People in a cafeteria area at maple weekends

[Image: Cattaraugus County Tourism]

Cattaraugus County has many tree-lined hills covered with maple trees. This makes March and April some of the best times of year. Why, you ask? Maple season! Time for some sweet, syrupy goodness! With all these beautiful maple trees around, you can bet that we have some of the best tasting maple syrup around as well as maple farms that range from family size to full-on, year ’round productions.

All of New York State shares in this splendid time of year when the world around us starts to thaw out and the sap starts to flow. Therefore, we devote two maple weekends each year to our maple farms. You can tour one of the participating farms, try samples, join in on fun activities, or just purchase some of this liquid goodness. So how does warming up with a hot pile of pancakes sound to ease the cold of winter?

March is the beginning of a season of tradition where local maple farms begin to tap the trees in hopes of some sweet sap flowing down into their buckets. The time period between winter and spring is best for collection, with temperatures around 40 degrees being ideal. Nowadays, trees are tapped with cordless drills and small plastic spouts are placed to run the sap into a hanging bucket. But technology is always changing the ways people do anything, exploding into this process as well. Some maple farms have intricate webs of tubing, going straight from the tree to the tank with vacuums to draw out that delicious sap. Each farm uses the same basic idea to get the sap, but have different techniques and processing systems to bring syrup to your table.

People in a cafeteria at maple weekends

[Image: Cattaraugus County Tourism]

During the maple weekends of March 19–20 and April 2–3 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. each day, some of our maple farms open their sugarhouses, set out the samples, and invite all to share in their love of one of the sweetest products Mother Nature produces. This activity is great for families and is kid-friendly. So lose those winter blues by heading outdoors, learning about your surroundings, and thawing out with Maple Weekends!

Sprague’s Maple Farm in Portville

Offers wagon rides to their authentic old-fashioned Sugar Shack where they have delicious samples waiting for you to try! Have you ever tasted maple wine? Learn a little about the various grades of syrup, sample the different ranges, eat a maple donut, or just stand next to evaporator and take in the smell of boiling sap. You will be sniffing your coat the rest of the week! Starting out as a hobby over 30 years ago, this huge farm now boasts a restaurant serving all your maple favorites as well as free-range turkey dinners. Maple is used in almost every dish that is served, making anything you order sweet and savory.

Wright Farms in Farmersville

It’s worth a visit to see how they are able to manage 8,000 taps. Five generations of Wright’s have worked to maintain the tradition of producing maple syrup and maple products on the farm since 1840. In fact, one of those generations was inducted into the American Maple Museum’s Hall of Fame in 1978 for his contributions to the maple industry. Besides syrup, they make maple cream, which can be used as a topping for pancakes, waffles, french toast, hot cereal, fresh fruit, ice cream, and more!

Boberg’s Maple in Delevan

Known for their Maple Cream, visit Boberg’s for a tasty treat! Their process is more traditional, with older equipment adding to the charm of the Farm. Warm up to this family owned and operated business. Samples are available.

The Pancake House at Moore’s in Freedom

They’re still serving up “all you can eat” pancakes from January to mid-April! Their unique restaurant is also filled with a selection of antiques, including a washing machine, sleds, tools, chinaware, knickknacks, and other memorabilia. This year, they are offering wagon rides to the Sugar Shack, samples, and more fun! Discover why you will be travelling back to this Pancake House over and over again throughout the season.

Maple Glen Sugar House in Gowanda

About 40 miles south of Buffalo, they recently remodeled their sugarhouse. You can come in during Maple Weekends and see the evaporator at work, sample some goodies, and learn about their farm that started out 20 years ago and now takes care of over 4,000 taps! In the past, they had horse-drawn wagon rides, tours, and demonstrations as well as other food you can buy. See what surprises they have for you this year.

Bottles and decor at Cattaraugus County Maple Weekend

[Image: Cattaraugus County Tourism]

Whatever farm you decide to go to, admission is FREE and all are more than happy to welcome you to their sugarhouse with a sweet, warm aroma of heated maple syrup. Each farm takes pride in their product and are happy to be doing what they are. Come to Cattaraugus County and embrace our agricultural side—your stomach will thank you!

Are two weekends not enough? Then keep a heads up for the Franklinville’s WNY Maple Festival April 24–25—two days of pancake eating, craft items, a parade, and live demonstrations. Read more about these events and places on our website, or get more information by calling 1-800-331-0543 or emailing info@enchantedmountains.com.

Winter Never Gets Old in the Enchanted Mountains of Western NY!

Contributed by Cattaraugus County Tourism

People walking on snow at Cattaraugus County

Image: Cattaraugus County Tourism

Do you tire of winter before it even begins? Or how about just after the holidays? Think that there is nothing to do when it’s cold outside besides sit under a blanket and try to keep warm? That’s not what we think here in Cattaraugus County, the Enchanted Mountains of Western NY. We have many reasons to love winter and all four seasons of the year. We are in the top of the list for counties who receive the maximum snowfall in NY state. It’s no wonder we know how to have fun in the snow! How does cascading over the snow on a trail-dominating snowmobile sound? Or exploring the back woods? Or breaking your own trails on snowshoes? You can do all that right here and will soon be warming up to winter as well!

December is here, and that means snow can happen at any time! The trails open up right after hunting season ends (December 22), the week before Christmas vacation. Plan ahead to enjoy the upcoming season of fun by calling for a FREE snowmobile map. Our trails will take you through deep woods freshly covered with snow, around small towns with businesses that welcome snowmobilers, and sometimes even over a frozen lake! The map will guide you throughout our miles and miles of trails (almost 400!) in our county and into the neighboring counties as well. You won’t have to worry about getting lost! And if you don’t feel like traveling far, our trails offer more than enough dashing through the snow. The number to call for the map is 1-800-331-0543.

Trail of people on snow mobiles at Cattaraugus County

Image: Cattaraugus County Tourism

If you don’t have a snowmobile, we can recommend where you can rent one—even ones that will be delivered right to where you are staying. We can also recommend places for you to stay right off the snowmobile trails. Allegany State Park has winterized cabins that range from rustic to high-end cottages that include all the amenities of home besides food. You can spend the day out riding in the snow and then come back to a comfy cabin warmed just to the temperature you like. If you have a large family or your snowmobiling club wants to vacation together, try one of the newly restored group camps at Allegany State Park. The cabins are all located together with plenty of bathroom space (handicap accessible also) and a large kitchen/dining area so you can all have meals together.

Prefer the slower paced enjoyment of the wintry outdoors instead of riding snowmobiles? You can take up snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. We have plenty of places for that as well! Allegany State Park has a large trail system for cross-country skiing: the Art Roscoe Trail System. It’s almost 25-miles worth of loops, giving you opportunities ranging from a casual walk to an all-out workout. You can rent skis right across from the system at the Summit Warming Hut. Snowshoes are not permitted on this trail system, but are allowed anywhere else in the park. Find your favorite summer hiking trail and attempt it in the winter. Compare the differences of the seasons and add even more memories to your favorite hikes. You can also cross-country ski at Holiday Valley, known for its downhill skiing. Cruise the ridgelines at the top of the mountain or circle around the golf course down below—both offer spectacular views. They also rent out cross-country skis if you are in need.

Pfeiffer Nature Center has miles of trails just waiting to be explored. The trails are well-groomed and kept clean all winter long. They have rentals, but the number is limited so call ahead. There are two properties of Pfeiffer Nature Center: the Lillibridge Property and the Eshelman Property. The Lillibridge Property will take you through an old growth forest with red and white oaks estimated to be around 150 years old. Thorton Thruway leads you to the southern border of the property where you can see one of the oldest Black Gum trees in the East, which is more than 500 years old! The Eshelman Property offers hikes of shorter distances, going along a creek then up a hill for a great view of the valley, before meandering by the meadow. It’s a great place to see animals!

Of course we also have ice skating, ice fishing, and plenty of indoor options for you as well, which can be discovered on EnchantedMountains.com, including upcoming events! No matter what you decide to do in the Enchanted Mountains during winter, you will find yourself shouting, “Let it snow!”

People riding snow mobiles banner from Pocket Ranger app

Everyday Can Be A Walk in the Park in the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York!

When you think of Spring, you might imagine yourself thawing out, getting back outdoors for a hike, or hopping on the motorcycle and riding anywhere! Springtime is here in Cattaraugus County, otherwise known as the Enchanted Mountains! For some, this is their favorite time of year, with new growth all around, warmer days and the opening of all the amazing parks. Cattaraugus County is home to Allegany State Park, open year round, but there’s also have Griffis Sculpture Park, Rock City Park, Sky High Adventure Park and the Onoville Marina, all of which begin to welcome visitors at the start of May.

Red House Lake in Alleghany State Park [Image Credit: NY Cattaraugus County]

Red House Lake in Allegany State Park [Image Credit: NY Cattaraugus County]

There’s no better place to see the birds soar, watch the flowers bloom and get outdoors than Allegany State Park. One of the joys of warmer weather is camping. Gather around the campfire to hear the noises of the night while you “unplug” with your family. This park has much to boast about being the largest NY state park and offering a 24-mile trail system for mountain biking, two lakes, miles for hiking (including the North Country Trail), and just about any other outdoor activity you can think of. You can get those muscles moving again at their numerous events in May, starting with the Allegany Adventure Run on the 2nd. Geocachers set your coordinates to this park on the 16th and 17th of May for the annual Geobash. Now in its’ 10th year, an array of activities are planned including night caches, games, educational seminars and a free pancake breakfast. Later in the month, the fun doesn’t end with the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage. Held the last weekend in May, this is an outdoor learning experience where participants can enjoy programming on everything from bird banding to a folk concert.

Rock City Park [Image Credit: NY Cattaraugus County]

Rock City Park [Image Credit: NY Cattaraugus County]

Rock City Park will offer visitors a spectacular view from “Signal Rock,” where they can see all the new leaves forming on the trees. Discover 80 foot tall rocks that have been left over from the ice age. Hike the trail that leads under, around and sometimes through these magnificent rocks then check out the souvenir and rock shop or the Fluorescent Light Rock Room. They host their Mother’s Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Show on May 9th and 10th.

Griffis Sculpture Park [Image Credit: NY Cattaraugus County]

Griffis Sculpture Park [Image Credit: NY Cattaraugus County]

The grass is always greener at Griffis Sculpture Park, where nature combines with art. Hike along the trail to come upon over 250 enormous sculptures. Adults like the park because it has beauty like no other, while children like the park because you can climb on some of the sculptures! Fun to visit in any season, visitors will enjoy feeling the sun while resting beside a giant giraffe or by the ladies near the lake.

Warmer weather also means warmer water! Float your boat and soak up the sun along 91 miles of natural shoreline in the Reservoir, launching at Onoville Marina. Explore the trees while climbing through them and racing down the ziplines at Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park. Don’t forget the golf clubs when you go as Holiday Valley also has a redesigned 18 hole par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course that is challenging and well maintained, with breathtaking scenery from every hole.

Onoville Marina [Image Credit: NY Cattaraugus County]

Onoville Marina [Image Credit: NY Cattaraugus County]

Live to ride? Then you have been waiting all winter to get your motorcycle or horse out for some fun! Keep a heads up for two motorcycle events in our area. First, join the rest of the gang at Gowanda Harley-Davidson on Memorial Day for their Ride to Remember. Honor and respect those who served and the reason behind the day. Then let loose at the Hollywood Happening, one of the area’s largest motorcycle events. Three days of live bands, contests, vendors and rides to benefit the ongoing restoration efforts of the Hollywood Theater the last weekend of May!

No horsing around, the Enchanted Mountains is a great place for bridle trails. Looking for horse related events and get-togethers? Keep EnchantedMountains.com/Horse on your favorites list then. Our local stables, clubs, and arenas are committed to sharing their passion for all things equestrian with experienced or beginner riders. Let the Crosspatch take you on a guided trail ride with your own horse or one of theirs. Nothing quite compares to seeing the countryside on horseback.

So get into the swing of Spring by making a trip to the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York. For free information on any of these activities or events or to request free guides, call 1-800-331-0543 or visit EnchantedMountains.com.

Thaw Out in the Enchanted Mountains at the Annual Maple Weekends This March!

Contributed by Cattaraugus County Tourism

About the beginning to middle of March, most people start to grow tired of the cold or have a severe case of cabin fever. Cattaraugus County is otherwise known as the Enchanted Mountains for its vast countryside, serene landscapes, and picturesque hills and valleys. With expansive forests and an area indigenous to tall maple trees, Cattaraugus County offers up some of the best maple syrup you can please your taste buds with. In fact, the area loves maple syrup so much they have two weekends devoted to their maple farms, when they invite visitors to learn about their process and sample their goods. So, how does warming up with a hot pile of pancakes sound to ease the cold of winter?

Row of different grades of bottled maple syrup [Image Credit: John P. Welksnar]

Maple syrup comes in different grades. Learn more about them and even taste a few at the Annual Maple Weekends! [Image Credit: John P. Welksnar]

March is the beginning of a season of tradition, where local maple farms begin to tap the trees in hopes of some sweet sap flowing down into their buckets. The time period between winter and spring is best for collection, with temperatures around 40 degrees being ideal. Various legends exist to explain the initial discovery. One is that the chief of a Native American tribe threw a tomahawk at a tree, sap ran out, his wife tasted it and found it to be sweet, then boiled venison in the liquid. Another version holds that Native Americans stumbled on sap running from a broken maple branch.

Nowadays, trees are tapped with cordless drills and small plastic spouts are placed to run the sap into a hanging bucket. But technology is ever changing the ways people do anything, and has exploded into this process as well. Some maple farms have intricate webs of tubing, going straight from the tree to the tank, with vacuums to draw out that delicious sap. Each farm uses the same basic idea to get the sap, but have different techniques and processing systems to bring syrup to your table.

Old green tractor ride [Image Credit: John P. Welksnar]

Image Credit: John P. Welksnar

Maple farms in the Cattaraugus County area will play host to the public and encourage families to come see how they produce syrup, teach how much sap it really takes to make the syrup, and offer samples. Some of the farms will have the evaporators running, give tree tapping demonstrations, and share the history of their farm. This activity is great for families and is kid friendly, running from 10am-4pm each day, March 21-22 and 28-29. Get out of the house, explore your environment and learn something new!

Sprague’s Maple Farm in Portville will display their authentic old-fashioned sugarhouse along with various demonstrations, sugar on snow parties, wagon rides to the sugarhouse, and activities for the kids. Starting out as a hobby over 30 years ago, this huge farm now boasts a restaurant serving all your maple favorites as well as free-range turkey dinners. Maple is used in every dish that is served making anything you order sweet and savory!

Rows of old bottles and cans inside a sugar shack [Image Credit: John P. Welksnar]

Image Credit: John P. Welksnar

Visit Wright Farms in Farmersville to see how they are able to manage an astonishing 7,200 taps. Five generations of Wright’s have worked to maintain the tradition of producing maple syrup and maple products on the farm. In fact, one of those generations was inducted into the American Maple Museum’s Hall of Fame in 1978 for his contributions to the maple industry.

Stop by Boberg’s Maple in Delevan, known for their Maple Cream, for a tasty treat! Their process is more traditional with older equipment adding to the charm of the farm. Warm up to this family-owned and operated business.

Red sign for Moore's Pancake House [Image Credit: John P. Welksnar]

Image Credit: John P. Welksnar

The Pancake House at Moore’s in Freedom still serves up “all you can eat” pancakes from January to mid-April, but you can order their products online, by phone, or in their store out back. Their unique restaurant is filled with a selection of antiques, including a washing machine, sleds, tools, chinaware, knickknacks and other memorabilia.

Maple Glen Sugar House in Gowanda will present a candy making demo for Maple Weekends.   Their store offers a variety of unusual gifts for sale like 7 flavors of gourmet pancake mix, maple sugar, maple sugar candies, maple cream, jellies, and maple mustard to maple peanuts.

Plate with a stack of pancakes [Image Credit: John P. Welksnar]

Image Credit: John P. Welksnar

The health benefits of maple syrup are becoming more evident. It can be used in a variety of recipes as a substitute for sugar, having more nutritional value. It is all natural, fat-free, cholesterol-free and has as much calcium as a glass of whole milk.

Whatever farm you decide to go to, admission is FREE and all are more than happy to welcome you to their Sugar House with a sweet warm aroma of maple syrup being heated. Each farm takes pride in their product and are happy to be doing what they’re doing. Come to Cattaraugus County and embrace their agricultural side…. your stomach will thank you! Naturally Yours to discover and play in!

Two weekends not enough? Then keep a heads up for the Franklinville’s WNY Maple Festival on April 25-26. Two days of pancake eating, craft items, a parade, and live demonstrations. Read more about these events or places on their website: www.EnchantedMountains.com or get more information by calling 1-800-331-0543 or emailing info@enchantedmountains.com.

Visit Cattaraugus County

Contributed by Cattaraugus County Tourism

Here at Cattaraugus County, 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. With quaint towns, open spaces, and close to 400 miles of trails, Cattaraugus County is perfect for winter wonderland fun. Find a different experience each time on our primary and secondary trails that will leave you thrilled to see the snow falling.

snowmobiling at Cattaraugus County

Dash through the snow in your snowmobile! [Image Credit: Cattaraugus County Tourism]

Feel invigorated while navigating our unspoiled forested areas on your cross-country skis.  Whether you’re a novice and need to stay on the beaten, groomed path or seeking to brave unknown territory, you will discover what you’re looking for. Spend a couple hours as a group or a whole day, trekking through snow-covered pines, past semi-frozen waterfalls or through vast fields of white.  Allegany State Park is home to the Art Roscoe Trail System, 24 miles of XC fun and the largest in Western New York.

Challenge yourself to learn the winter sport of downhill skiing or snowboarding at one of our two Resorts. Holiday Valley, in Ellicottville, was ranked #5 Best Resort in the East by Ski Magazine and boasts some of the best night skiing around!  Holimont is New York’s largest private ski area, but opens its doors to the public weekdays. Both consistently make upgrades, so there is always something different to discover each season!

Snowmobiling at Cattaraugus County

Having some winter fun at Cattaraugus County! [Image Credit: Cattaraugus County]

So, no matter what you choose for winter fun, come find it at the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York. We’re sure this area will will leave you shouting “Let it Snow!”