By Mary Heyl
Snow is on the way this weekend, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy your snowmobile (or your trusty four-wheel-drive vehicle!) and visit the historic village of Randolph, just 40 minutes from Ellicottville.
Whether the snowmobile trails are calling you or you’re looking to enjoy a cozy day indoors, Randolph is your destination this weekend.
Cattaraugus County is fortunate to have over 350 miles of snowmobile trails, including the Corridor Trail, which goes from Ellicottville to Little Valley to Randolph, where snowmobilers can enjoy a great meal or an entire weekend. Those looking to enjoy a delicious burger, watch the big game, or play a game of pool should stop in to MJ’s Tavern, located just outside of Randolph on Mace Road. As snowmobilers make their way downtown to Main Street, a variety of different restaurants await them, including Pete’s Place, where Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly have been known to stop by for a hot meal and a refreshing drink!
New to Main Street is the R Cardinal Café, which opened last month. Owners Brenda and Tonya Kilby invite you to try their delicious menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, subs and delicious baked goods including pie, cookies, scones, muffins and more. The café, located at 133 Main Street, offers dine-in and take out service: check out the R Cardinal Café on Facebook to see their full menu!
The historic Inn at One Bank Street is a popular place for snowmobilers to stay for the weekend, and the new innkeeper, Ann Schubert, is eager to welcome guests to the newly renovated inn. The Inn now has two guest rooms and two suites that each have refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, free WiFi, and television. The suites also have fold-out Queen-sized couches, and there is even a crib for the Inn’s littlest guests. The jacuzzi suite has a King-sized bed, a separate sitting room, a full kitchen, and of course, a jacuzzi tub! To make a reservation, call Ann at (716)358-2022.
Just across the street from The Inn is Yarn for Ewe, located at 129 Main Street. This full-service yarn shop has a variety of yarn, needles, notions, patterns and classes for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels. Winter is a great time of year to enjoy this cozy hobby, and if you’ve always wanted to learn how, now is the time! Yarn for Ewe is hosting a free Learn to Knit Friday Night Workshop on Feb. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you’ve never held a pair of knitting needles or haven’t touched them in decades, this is the class for you! Learn the basics of casting on, the knit stitch, and the purl stitch in this free workshop.
All class materials, including needles and yarn, are included: all you need to bring is yourself and a friend! To register, call Yarn for Ewe at (716)267-2070.
If you’re planning to visit Randolph with your family, consider traveling the Amish Trail during a uniquely beautiful time of year! Did you know that Amish businesses, including quilt shops, toy shops, and leather working shops, are open ‘year round, not just during the warmer months? If you’re planning a remodeling project this spring, now is the time to visit the many Amish businesses that make custom cabinetry, bedroom sets, outdoor furniture and more. Visit http://amishtrail.com/ to download a complete listing and map of Amish businesses or pick up a copy at the Welcome Center of Randolph’s Municipal Building at 72 Main Street.
Amish tours can be scheduled throughout the winter months, weather permitting, and are a great way to learn about one of the largest Old Order Amish communities in the United States. During a guided tour, a local guide accompanies you in your vehicle on a three to four hour tour of the area. Tours can be tailored to suit the interests and the time constraints of the passengers.
To schedule your tour, contact the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716)358-9701 ext. 208. Stay up to date on the latest Randolph events by visiting www.EnjoyRandolph.org and follow Enjoy Randolph on Facebook.