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Fall Fun in Ellicottville

9-2-16back-to-schoolBy Alicia Dziak

Back to school, back to cooler weather, back to tons of fun in Ellicottville. September is no time to throw in the towel on adventure, and Ellicottville has a full lineup of activities to prove it!

Special Events

Don’t miss Rock N’ Roll Weekend, sponsored by Northtown Auto, Sept. 16-18. Enjoy performances by local musicians all over the Village all weekend long. And on Sunday, the Classic Car Show returns for its 17th year, set up along the main drag from 12 to 5 p.m. Ellicottville is proud to showcase your cars, trucks, and rods, all set up in class order to be judged by a panel of experienced car enthusiasts with awards given in each class.

Starting on Sept. 14 and running through Oct. 15, Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park are back. The park will once again be transformed as the trails and some sculptures are Illuminated with colorful and theatrical lighting, creating an almost surreal experience. This year’s show will highlight new features, including two sound systems. Check out the Nights Lights HQ Facebook page for more info.

Take a trip to a local farm during National Alpaca Farm Days, Sept. 24-25, and run your fingers through the fleece of these oh-so-soft, gentle creatures. Alpaca farms throughout the county will provide tours, demonstrations and alpaca fashions for purchase. Many cria (baby alpacas) are born in the fall, so you’ll likely get to see a few of the little ones on your adventure. More info at

September also is the time to make your lodging reservations for Ellicottville’s Fall Festival, Oct. 7-9. Visit for a full list of overnight options.

Holiday Valley

Golf season is still in full swing at Holiday Valley’s 18 hole par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course. Enjoy breathtaking scenery from every hole, as the foliage begins to change.

If you didn’t make it to Sky High Adventure Park over the summer, September is the perfect time to check it out. Zipline your way through the trees in the Aerial Park, climb to the tops in the Climbing Forest or soar down the mountain on the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster. Make you’re reservations at

Chairlift rides on Spruce Lake Quad chairlift are available now through Oct. 16 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ride above the trails and stroll around Spruce Lake when you get to the top. Then you can hike down or ride the lift back. Cost is $7 per person, free for little ones ages 2 and under. Food and beverages are available at the Tannenbaum Lodge at the base of the chairlift.

Take to the woods on Holiday Valley’s Mountain Biking Trails. A 4-5 mile “race loop” starts at the Holiday Valley Training Center and goes up gradually to the top of Cindy’s. From there it goes across the ridgeline of the resort where you can choose to ride the wider and more forgiving cross country trails or skinny winding singletrack to the top of Eagle, Cochran Pond at the top of Morning Star, and into the Tannenbaum area.

And, the new flow trail, Senear Valley Trail, is now complete! It runs from Spruce Lake through the woods to Champagne, then it zigs and zags across the front ski slopes with big banked turns in the woods and finishes near the Training Center.

Fall Fun

How about some classic fall fun? Pumpkinville opens for the season on Sept. 17. A day at Pumpkinville is a fall family tradition for many families in this area.

Big news this year: Peanuts Worldwide, which oversees the Charles M. Schultz estate and controls the use of images and characters from the beloved comic strip, has selected Pumpkinville as one of the designated “sincere pumpkin patches” for the 50th anniversary of “It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”

Pumpkinville, the state’s oldest, continuously working pumpkin farm, was selected as one of the top 10 pumpkin patches nationwide. Look for Peanuts tie-ins this year, including the Great Pumpkin Bingo spread over Pumpkinville’s six-acre Peanut’s-themed corn maze, featuring a Snoopy design in the middle. Snoopy himself will also be making appearances on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 to help celebrate.

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Ready to brave something a little scarier? Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street opens for the season Sept. 30. Take a tractor-drawn hayride down a creepy haunted path with live scary creatures. Make your way through the Gothic chamber, haunted wooden maze and haunted barn with vortex tunnel. Afterwards, to celebrate your bravery, treat yourself to some grub in the pavilion. Visit for more details.

Plan Ahead

Think skiing. Yes, it’s only September, but it’s not too early to think about your winter plans. The best rates on season passes are available through Sept. 15, so plan early and save big. Info at

The Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival is legendary for great beers, wines and good times. This year’s 13th annual event on Nov. 12 features 30 craft brewers with more than 100 beers and wines from New York State and the region, plus entertainment, on three floors of the beautiful Holiday Valley Lodge. Tickets are on sale now—$50 per person through Sept. 30, $55 from October 1 through November 11 and $60 at the door (if available). Purchase at

September in Ellicottville means outdoor adventure, fun-filled events and family traditions. Get out and enjoy everything Ellicottville has to offer this time of year!not like you needed another excuse to shop at all the village boutiques— but just in case you did, now you have one!

If summertime adventure in the treetops is something you’ve been wanting to try, head to Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park, where you can zipline your way through the trees in the Aerial Park or climb to the tops in the Climbing Forest. Or soar down the mountain on the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster. Make your reservations at

This time of year is a great time to get in some rounds of golf. Head to HV’s 18-hole, par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course and enjoy breathtaking scenery from every hole.

Get a different view of the resort by taking a relaxing chairlift ride. Chairlift rides on Spruce Lake Quad chairlift are available now through Oct. 16 on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $7 per person, free for little ones ages 2 and under. At the top you can hike around Spruce Lake, hike back down any of the trails at Holiday Valley or ride back down on the lift. Food and beverage is available at the Tannenbaum Lodge at the base of the chairlift.

With so much to do and so little time, pick your faves and get movin’. Whether you’re up for non-stop action, R & R, or something in between, summer is sure to go out with a bang if you spend it in Ellicottville!

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