By Alicia Dziak
It’s not hard to see why people from all over flock to Ellicottville year-round. Whether you like to treat yourself with some retail therapy, kick back and relax with the fam over a tasty meal, or dance the night away with friends, there’s no shortage of fun to be had.
Don’t know where to begin? Read on for a guide to some of the coolest stops in town.
Ski and Gear Shops
Counting down the days till you can hit the slopes? Well, this is EVL after all, and of course you have your pick of the best shops around. Each offers its own style and personality, but all offer knowledgeable staff who can help you find just what you need to get ready for the upcoming season.
Adventure Bound onthefly, opens this weekend at 16 Washington St., and offers Stand Up Paddleboards, fishing tackle, luggage, cool gadgets and all sorts of other adventure gear.
The Boardroom on Main & The Boardroom Snowboard Shop. The Boardroom on Main opens this weekend at 16 Washington St. Here, customers will find the same selection available at the flagship store at the convenient village location at 6113 Rt. 219.
City Garage, at 5 Monroe St., is a fun ski shop with a wide selection of hard goods, soft goods, cool gear and accessories.
Dekdebruns Ski Shop, at 18 Washington St., offers the latest and greatest fashions in clothing and equipment.
Mud Sweat N’ Gears, at 18 Monroe St., is a down to earth ski and snowboard shop with loads of outdoor equipment, gear and high-tech clothing.
Check out the on-site shops at Holiday Valley and HoliMont as well, where you can find a variety of all things skiing and snowboarding.
Gourmet Shops, Wine, Spirits and Brews
Craving some specialty foods, local wine and fun spirits? EVL’s got you covered!
Dom’s Butcher Block, at 38 Washington St., is an old-school butcher shop that offers the finest cuts of meats for any occasion, including smoked meats, fresh-made beef jerky, beef sticks and smoked turkey legs.
E-Ville Spirits & Wines, at 10 Monroe St., features a vast selection of spirits and wines from all over the world.
EVL Cheese Company, at 5 East Washington St., offers hundreds of gourmet cheeses, including the wildly popular Cuba Cheese Shoppe New York State cheddar and cheese curd.
Kwik Fill/Red Apple, at 49 Washington St., offers a variety of snacks, groceries and brews in a refrigerated beer cave for on-the-go convenience.
Tops Market is a full-service grocery store with a bakery, deli, gourmet cheeses and a wide selection of beer.
Watson’s Chocolates, at 27 Washington St., makes you feel like a kid again with endless chocolate-covered goodies, sponge candy and more.
The Winery of Ellicottville, at 14 Monroe St., is an award-winning NY winery with more than 20 wines offered every day for tasting and for sale, as well as fun wine-themed gifts. The Winery offers tours as well.
Whether you’re looking for a unique gift, high fashion or functional art, you’ll find it all at EVL’s boutiques and shops. With loads of unique clothing, accessories, footwear, home décor, furniture and everything in between, it’s not hard to see why shopping local is the way to go.
Aardvark, at 25 Washington St., offers unique custom-built furniture and eclectic home decorating services.
Alexandra, at 10 Washington St., boasts an eclectic collection of jewelry, gifts, pottery, books, cards, stationary, party ware and toys.
Ameri-Can, at 11 Washington St., specializes in U.S. and Canadian-made clothing, antiques and artwork.
Betsy’s Consignments, at 34 Washington St., offers high-end consignments for men, women and children.
Caméléon, at 31 Washingon St., features jewelry and other accessories from brands like Alex and Ani and Vera Bradley.
Daff Dry Goods, at 17 Washington St., offers sturdy and stylish clothing and footwear for men, women and kids, including top brands such as Uggs, Dansko, Teva, Reef, Patagonia and more.
Earth Arts, at 24 Washington St., features functional and decorative works by artists from across the country and around the world.
Ellicottville Country Store and Antiques, at 5364 Route 242, looks like an old fashioned merchantile, offering quality antiques with multiple dealers and gift items. Adjoining the shop is a diner serving hot breakfast and lunch.
The Ellicottville Quilt Shop, at 19 Jefferson St., boasts a selection of fabrics, as well as books, patterns, notions and supplies.
EVL Ink and Apparel, at 5 East Washington St., offers unique clothing and accessories.
Flurry & Co., at 12 Monroe St., has many name brand lines and a huge array of accessories, from belts and handbags to scarves and jewelry.
Fran Charles Shop, at 5 East Washington St., features a selection of women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry.
Gado-Gado, at 26 Monroe St., features unique clothing and accessories from around the world. You’ll find something different to set your style apart from the rest.
Kazoo II, at 18 Washington St., offers gifts, home accessories, jewelry and toys.
Nature’s Remedy, at 26 Monroe St., is a Natural Health and Organic Foods Market that offers high quality whole foods and supplements.
Nouriche, at 14 Washington St., offers exclusive, eco-friendly styles for women at great prices, unique canine gear and accessories for men.
The Purple Doorknob, at 9 Monroe St., is a fun sock shop featuring three floors of all kinds of socks, tights, leggings, gloves and accessories.
Tangled Twigs, at 1 Monroe St., features home and garden décor, fun accessories and nature-inspired gifts.
A Touch of Ellicottville, at 28 Washington St., offers unique gifts and EVL souvenirs to fit every budget.
You’re sure to work up an appetite during a day of fun in Ellicottville, and luckily, the eatery options are plenty. Whether you’re craving casual bar food or upscale cuisine, the local restaurants offer up everything from soups and salads to steaks and seafood.
Armor Inn, at 5 Washington St., offers sandwiches and appetizers and award-winning BBQ.
Balloons Restaurant, at 20 Monroe St., features pizza, sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads.
Bike and Bean, at 30 Washington St., specializes in all kinds of healthy burritos as well as fruit smoothies for takeout.
The Birdwalk Restaurant, located a short drive from the village at 5816 Route 242, is a charming restaurant serving dinner entrees including seafood, pasta, steaks and more.
Cadillac Jack’s, at 24 Monroe St. offers upscale gourmet meals and a sizeable beer and wine list.
Coffee Culture, at 38 Washington St., caters to coffee shop lovers with tasty food, great ambiance and an outdoor firepit.
Dina’s, at 15 Washington St., offers well crafted meals prepared with local, fresh ingredients whenever possible—pizzas, salads, pasta, entrees, desserts and more.
Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC), at 28 Monroe St., with its outdoor beer garden, offers more than two dozen styles of brew, plus a variety of soups, apps, salads, sandwiches and entrees.
The Gin Mill, at 20 Washington St., features a variety of burgers, sandwiches, dinner entrees and appetizers. Now serves breakfast!
John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House at Holiday Valley offers numerous beers on tap. Can’t decide? Try a flight and choose a variety to find your favorite. John Harvard’s also offers an extensive menu with a variety of tasty fare all year long.
Katy’s Café, at 10A Washington St. in Ellicottville, offers a variety of homemade baked goods and coffees.
Madigan’s, at 36 Washington St., offers appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and more.
Tim & Bonnie’s Pizza, at 8 Bristol Lane, features a variety of pizza, wings, subs and more. Local delivery is available. Stop in for a round of bowling at the attached EVL Bowling.
Tim Hortons, at Rts. 219 and 242, offers a selection of baked goods, coffee and more.
Tips Up Café, an Ellicottville staple located at 32 Washington St., features pizza and other Italian entrees, as well as burgers, seafood and steaks in their remodeled dining room. Also open for breakfast.
Wholesome Hideaway, at 33 Bristol Lane, offers clean eating, using fresh, local and organic ingredients for convenient, carry-out service and catering.
Villaggio, at 7 Monroe St. is the newest restaurant in town, offering a variety of Italian cuisine. Stop in and check out this newly-renovated space!
Fall Festival is the perfect weekend to get reacquainted with Ellicottville. No matter how much time you spend here, it never seems like enough, so pack in as much as you can and plan to come back soon!