By Mary Heyl
Delicious restaurants, beautiful venues, and scenic views—these are just a few great reasons to plan your wedding in Ellicottville! As you’re planning your big day, don’t forget one of the best reasons to say “I do” in Ellicottville: the village’s variety of beautiful accommodations for the bride and groom, their guests and the bridal party.
There are several important details to keep in mind before setting out to reserve rooms for your guests.
According to The Knot, the biggest online wedding planning service, there are three key factors to consider when selecting accommodations: proximity to the reception venue, amenities and price point.
How important is it for your guests to be staying close to the reception? Will you provide transportation from the wedding/reception to the hotel? How far away will most guests be traveling and what kind of amenities would make them most comfortable? How can you offer budget-friendly options to your guests?
Although there are many details to figure out, Ellicottville has plenty of options to choose from. Read on to discover which place (or places!) is best for your guests.
BrickStone Suites, located on the main drag in the Village, offers efficiency and one-bedroom units, some with large balconies overlooking Ellicottville. Owner Maribeth Rick offers a special wedding package that allows the bride to reserve the entire building for the wedding weekend (Friday and Saturday nights). According to Rick, “The suites can comfortably accommodate about 20 guests, which is ideal for friends and family traveling from a distance. Upon arriving on Friday evening, guests can enjoy a wine and cheese spread before beginning their big weekend!” To make a reservation, call (716)983- 4763; visit www.brickstonesuites.com for more info.
The Edelweiss Lodge is located in the heart of Ellicottville and is just minutes from Holiday Valley and HoliMont. The lodge sits on two acres of prime real estate with many different options including private rooms, suites and chalets. Call (716)699-2734 or visit www.edelweissskilodge.com for info.
Ellicottvillas offers spacious, luxury vacation condominiums with rustic modern decor, eco-friendly features and designer-appointed furnishings and details. The Villas are available to rent ‘year round, and are perfect for accommodating large groups such as wedding parties and extended families.
Ellicottvilllas is the ideal place to book the whole wedding weekend, as guests can stay for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding day close by to Ellicottville’s restaurants and wedding venues. Call (716)699-6600 or visit www.ellicottvillas.com for more info.
The Ilex Inn is an elegant country inn and couples retreat located just a few blocks from the village of Ellicottville. The inn offers six luxurious, romantic guest rooms with their own full baths, as well as an adjoining cottage with mini-kitchen. Call 1-800- 496-6307 or visit www.ilexinn.com for more info.
The Inn at Holiday Valley offers 95 guest rooms and seven suites. According to Katelyn Mueller, Certified Wedding and Event Planner at Holiday Valley, you can do it all at Holiday Valley, including booking rooms for guests: “The gorgeous views and landscape at Holiday Valley make for a unique venue experience in itself, but aside from that, Holiday Valley’s staff offers top notch service from planning and execution, making each wedding at HV truly special,” she said.
Located at the base of the Sunrise quad chairlift, guests can take advantage of ski-in, ski-out access, a heated indoor-outdoor pool, a hot tub and sauna, a lobby bar, a fitness room, and complimentary Continental breakfast. As part of the Inn’s Wedding Package, the two-night minimum stay will be waived for your wedding guests and they will receive a special wedding rate for the Resort Standard Room. The Wedding Package also includes a complimentary stay at The Inn for the bridal couple the night of the wedding reception! Call(716)699-2345 or visit www.holidayvalley.com for info.
The Jefferson Inn is a charming 1800’s Victorian bed and breakfast with beautifully furnished rooms. There are four lovely bedrooms and one luxury suite in the main house, plus two efficiency suites with kitchens for families with young children or pets. Call (716)699-5869 or visit www.thejeffersoninn.com for more info.
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. This is the perfect choice for reserving space for larger groups, such as the bridal party or extended family. Call (716)699-2345 or visit www.holidayvalley.com for info.
The Telemark Motel is 129 steps from Holiday Valley’s Sunrise chair. The property offers a comfortable stay at affordable prices, as well as ‘year round discounts for senior citizens and veterans. Guests can choose from the A-frame suite, the two-bedroom suite, double bed rooms, and king bed rooms. Call (716)699-4193 or visit www.telemarkmotel.com for info.
The Wingate by Wyndham located in the midst of Ellicottville’s shops, bars and restaurants, offers well- appointed rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, microwaves and refrigerators, along with a free breakfast buffet and a free 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 for info.
It’s a good idea to reserve room blocks with more than one hotel or inn for several reasons. If you’re expecting a lot of out-of- town guests, have a large guest list (150 or more guests) or want to offer a variety of price ranges, consider reserving rooms in at least two venues for the big weekend.
So what’s the best way to let your guests know where they can stay for your wedding? The Knot recommends including a special page on your wedding web site to show guests where they can stay.
This is a great place to include links to your selected accommodations’ websites, as well as information about nearby activities that your guests can enjoy, such as restaurants, shops, golf courses, and more.
No matter where your guests stay in Ellicottville, they are bound to have an unforgettable experience that will leave them wanting to return soon!