By Eva Potter
Ellicottville’s charm and distinct personality has a draw unlike any other small town in the region. From the unique shops, music-filled nightlife, fabulous restaurants, cozy lodging and loads of adventurous opportunities, Ellicottville offers so many leisure and recreation options for local residents, regional visitors and our many friends from abroad all four seasons of the year.
Winter is prime time around here with skiing, boarding and tubing taking the prize for snowy outdoor fun. Holiday Valley Resort was recently named the #5 Best Winter Resort in the East by readers of SKI magazine and can easily withstand comparison to noted resorts in the West. The Valley’s highly respected Snowsports School, racing programs, lifts and terrain, gorgeous lodges, spectacular views, delectable food, terrain parks for all ages and helpful staff make this a top-notch family destination.
Ellicottville also lays claim to the largest private ski area in the U.S. — HoliMont. Known for its welcoming members, great programs and exclusive slopeside living, HoliMont has developed a master expansion plan that broke ground last summer with the WestMont Ridge development.
Of course, it wouldn’t be winter without tubing, skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing as favorite pastimes. And who said strolling snowy sidewalks isn’t a sport?
If outdoor adventure isn’t your thing, you can always explore Ellicottville’s multitude of eclectic shops, cafes, gourmet shops, art galleries, and fantastic restaurants. The nightlife around here is also first class, which live entertainment covering everything from folk to rock ‘n roll on most nights of the week.
Spring, summer and fall add yet another facet to Ellicottville’s charisma. Local trails have been named epic by mountain bike riders. Golfers love the challenge and natural beauty of the Double Black Diamond golf course and the pool complex at Holiday Valley, not to mention family fun at Sky High Adventure Park including the Aerial Park, Mountain Coaster and Climbing Forest.
You can hike the slopes, hit the Alpaca Adventure Trail, take a yoga class, train for area athletic competitions, enjoy lunch at an outdoor café or beer garden, get a soothing massage, check out original art by talented local artists — there’s so much to see and do that it won’t take long before you can see yourself living here!
The Ellicottville area offers a wide variety of real estate options from extravagant, slopeside mansions to quaint ski villas, chic townhomes to apartments, and charming home or apartment rentals at affordable price points. The area’s beauty, friendly residents, outdoor opportunities and excellent schools make it easy to call Ellicottville your home. So many former visitors have chosen to spend their retired years in the area, because it’s so affordable to live here and everything you need and want is at your fingertips.
Whether you’re a skier, mountain bike rider, golfer, discriminating shopper, history buff, fine art appreciator, alpaca lover, expert wine and beer taster, this and more are all here for you to enjoy!
Are you ready to commit to a more laid-back lifestyle, or are you looking for a quiet getaway vacation home in a great town? Either way, Ellicottville is ready and waiting for you!