By Jann Wiswall
Ellicottville is an extra special destination with tons of activities for people of all ages to enjoy, day and night. Come for the shopping, dining, nightlife, art scene, ski resorts, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing and so much more.
But really, there’s just too much to do in one day, so why not make a weekend or week of it, book a place to stay and let yourself fall into a comfy bed to prepare for the next day’s adventures?
Around here, comfy beds come in all rooms of all types and sizes. Whether you choose an inn, hotel, suite, B&B or home/condo/apartment rental, your stay is sure to be memorable.
Before you make a reservation, take a moment and read about all the options you can enjoy as a family, group of friends or honeymooners.
Hotels and Motels
For those who prefer the traditional experience and services of a hotel or motel, a variety of options are available.
The Inn at Holiday Valley boasts a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere with 95 guest rooms and seven suites, including a stunningly renovated Presidential Suite. The Inn is located at the base of Sunrise quad chairlift with ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes. Amenities include a heated indoor-outdoor pool, a hot tub and sauna, a lobby bar, a fitness room, shuttles to the base lodges and continental breakfast. Call (716) 699-2345 or visit www.holidayvalley.com.
Tamarack Club is Holiday Valley’s four-star, slope-side condominium/hotel. Rental units range from standard hotel rooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums and accommodate from 2-10 people. Only steps to the Holiday Valley Lodge and several chairlifts, guests also have access to the indoor-outdoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, fitness room, parking garage, shuttle service, room service from John Harvard’s Brew House and more. Call (716) 699-7000 or visit www.holidayvalley.com.
All Holiday Valley lodging guests receive two FREE lift tickets per reservation, per night for kids 17 and younger. If you’re looking for last minute deals, join the “Last Minute Club” email list, which sends out special lodging offers about every 10 days. Call 1-800-323-0020 or visit www.holidayvalley.com to sign up.
The Telemark Motel is literally 129 steps from Holiday Valley’s Sunrise chairlift and is within walking distance to several great restaurants. The motel offers affordably priced double- or king-bed rooms, a two-bedroom room and an A-frame suite which can accommodate your pets. This season the Telemark is offering Canadian at par for guests staying Mon.-Thurs. Call (716) 699-4193 or visit www.telemarkmotel.com.
The Wingate by Wyndham hotel in the heart of the village, is surrounded by Ellicottville’s shops, bars and restaurants, and offers guests well-appointed rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, microwaves and refrigerators, along with a free breakfast buffet and newspaper. The property includes an indoor pool, fitness room, whirlpool, free parking, business services and handicap-accessible guest rooms. Call (716) 699-6000 or visit www.ellicottvillewingateinn.com.
Holiday Inn Express, located just off I-86 in Salamanca, is a convenient and reasonably priced option for those who might be planning to combine snowsports in Ellicottville with a visit to the Seneca Allegany Casino. The hotel offers an indoor pool, fitness room, in-room coffee makers and free continental breakfast. Call (716) 945-7600 or visit www.holidayinnsalamanca.com.
For a unique experience, pamper yourself in one of the many deluxe rooms at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino. Amenities include a pillow-top beds, oversized showers, flat screen TVs, internet access and more. Five dining options, like a steak house, buffet, fine Italian cuisine, a 24-hour café and snack bar, take good care of your taste buds. Call 1-888-913-3377 or visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com.
Inns and B&Bs
For a more intimate stay in a cozier setting, choose one of Ellicottville’s charming B&B’s and inns.
The Ilex Inn is an “elegant country inn and couples retreat” located a few blocks from the center of the village. The inn offers six guest rooms with private baths, as well as an adjoining cottage with mini-kitchen. Along with custom décor and period antiques, rooms feature fireplaces, Wi-Fi and cable TV. Amenities include a year-round backyard hot tub, pool, patio, common sitting rooms and lounges and a dining room where breakfast is served each day. Snowshoes are available for rent and discounted midweek lift tickets at Holiday Valley are available. Not a breakfast person? Get $15 off your room rate if you want to skip it. Call (716) 699-2002 or visit www.ilexinn.com.
The Edelweiss Lodge is located in the heart of Ellicottville, only steps from shopping and dining, and just minutes from Holiday Valley and HoliMont. Situated on two acres, the recently renovated lodge offers private rooms, apartments and chalets. There’s also a covered fire pit on the property, along with summer amenities like a pool and tennis courts. Call (716) 699-2734 or visit www.edelweissskilodge.com
Located in the center of the village, The Jefferson Inn is a charming 1800s Victorian inn with beautifully furnished rooms and “incredibly comfortable beds and mattresses.” Inside the main house, you will find four cozy bedrooms and one luxury suite. There are also two efficiency suites with kitchens that are ideal for families with young children and/or pets. Guest rooms have private baths, robes, access to the outdoor hot tub and many other amenities. Breakfast is included for all main house guests. Call (716) 699-5869 or visit www.thejeffersoninn.com.
EVL Lodge is a family-friendly, clean and comfortable lodge in the heart of the Village within walking distance to the shops and nightlife. EVL Lodge is a great value with 16 rooms on three floors. The first floor features premium rooms that sleep 2-6 and feature flat-screen TVs with cable, mini fridges and private baths. The second floor rooms can accommodate 4-6 people and have private baths. Six rooms on the lowest level accommodate 2-6 people each with a communal restroom/shower. Call (716) 949-7474 or visit evllodge.com.
For those looking for accommodations with all the benefits of home, renting a condominium for a few days, weeks or the season is a great option.
EllicottVillas offers spacious, luxury vacation condominiums with rustic modern décor, eco-friendly features and designer-appointed furnishings and details. Units have two master suites and an additional bedroom with bath, fully equipped kitchens, plenty of living and relaxing space, fireplaces, wet bars, garages and more. Call (716) 699-6600.
Located on the Wall slope at Holiday Valley, SnowPine Village offers ski-in, ski-out convenience. All properties at SnowPine Village are privately owned and most are rented through Holiday Valley Rental Management. The units are available year-round and can be rented by the night, weekend, week or longer. Condominiums with one-, two- or three-bedrooms plus several townhouse units are available. Call (716) 699-2912 or visit www.snowpinevillage.com.
Prefer a private apartment, home, condo or townhome and would like a little guidance? Look no further than the professional and experienced rental agents working for the excellent management agencies in the area.
Holiday Valley Rental Management, handles more than 250 properties, including condos/townhouses at Alpine Meadows, Fox Ridge, SnowPine Village, Pinetree Village, Wildflower, area chalets and nearby country and village homes. Call (716) 699-2000 or visit www.holidayvalley.com.
ERA Team VP Vacation Rentals has a wide array of private homes, townhomes, apartments and other properties throughout the area for rent throughout the year. Call (716) 699-4800 or visit www.myteamvp.com.