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Escape with Your Girlfriends for a Weekend in Ellicottville

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This spring the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce invites you to gather your girlfriends for a weekend of luxurious adventure. Ellicottville Women’s Weekend, which takes place June 2 and 3 is designed to give participants the opportunity to relax and bond with friends old and new while enjoying the diverse activities and experiences available in the area. And for women who lead hectic lives, an additional bonus is that all the work has been done for them meaning they just have to show up and focus on having fun.

“Ellicottville has a growing reputation as one of the top adventure towns in the northeast. And the one thing we’ve discovered is that a growing percentage of our visitors are women’s groups. So this year, we decided it was high time we came up with an event geared specifically for the ladies,” observes Barb Pump, events manager for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. “The great thing about Ellicottville is whether you’re coming from Western New York, Ohio, Northern Pennsylvania or Southern Ontario, it’s an easy drive to get here. And once you do get here, you can experience activities ranging from yoga in town to hiking the local trails and everything in between. And then come back and enjoy the ultimate après everything – shopping, dining, nightlife and spas as well as a fantastic line up of festivals and events in a friendly, quaint and historic setting.”

A base registration fee of $250 includes a Friday Night Welcome Reception Party at Ellicottvillas with all kinds of great surprises. On Saturday, participants can enjoy a full day of fun experiences including an Essential Oils Class, brunch, Canvas N’ Cocktails, Yoga & Brews, The Best of Mixology and dinner with a guest speaker. For nominal fees, there’s plenty more to do including a Historical Hike of Ellicottville, Hot or Meditation Yoga, Group Golf Lessons, Pucker Up Lip Scrubs, Wine Tasting and Cheese Pairing and a “Become a Scarf Fashionista” class. And after all that activity, Sunday is a great opportunity for women to spend quality time with their friends exploring the area on their own… or taking advantage of other local outdoor attractions that are ideal for smaller groups, including horseback riding, kayaking and fly fishing.

“We’ve collaborated with local businesses to create an extensive itinerary of enhanced activities, but we are really just scratching the surface,” continues Pump. “We have one of the best combinations of adventure, experiences and après you’ll find anywhere in the northeast and it just keeps getting better. We’re confident that once women get a taste of how much fun they can have here, they’ll want to return again and again.”

Ellicottville’s full calendar of Green Season festivals and events gets underway in June, goes into full swing during Independence Day (and Canada Day) weekend and keeps humming along right through to fall. Here’s just a sampling of this year’s line-up:

June 17 – The 6th  Annual Holiday Valley Mudslide

A mud run where the emphasis really is on having FUN. There’s a 3.5 mile course or a more challenging 5.4 mile course with a bit of uphill running.

June 17-18 – The 2nd  Annual Ellicottville Paddle Festival

Start the Stand-up Paddle Board season at Ellicottville’s Waterfront, Spruce Lake! Lots of fun activities including Kayak and Sup Demos, Kids Races, Sup Yoga Demonstrations, Orvis Fly Fishing Casting Demonstrations, Live Music and BBQ. Free Admission.

Fridays – June 30 to September 15 – Ellicottville Stroll the Streets

An ever changing lineup of free fun activities in downtown Ellicottville including Face Painting, Magicians, Outdoor Movies at the Gazebo, Kids Yoga, Photo Booth, Live Music, Shopping and Dining Specials and much more!

June 30 – July 2 – Summer Music Festival 

One of the biggest and best outdoor music festivals in small town America. The weekend gets underway on Friday with the kickoff event for Ellicottville Stroll the Streets. Enjoy music at the gazebo and entertainment throughout the village. On Saturday, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform dance music and movie favorites, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Frozen with fireworks. And on Sunday, Carl Dixon opens for headliners Grand Funk Railroad. Parking is free. Picnic baskets are welcome.

July 28-30 – Jazz and Blues Weekend

A weekend-long extravaganza for Jazz and Blues aficionados. Wander through the village and choose from a variety of venues including restaurants, bars and nightclubs and street-side.

August 12-13 – Taste of Ellicottville

Sample the best of what Ellicottville’s fine restaurants have to offer as they set up “Café Style” throughout the village. A “must” event for foodies, with so much to try for just $1 to $4 for each selection.

Sept. 15-17 – Rock N’ Roll Weekend

A great way to close out the summer season with top notch live bands performing at multiple venues throughout the village and the always popular Classic Car Show on main street Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Oct. 7-8 – Fall Festival

Fall Festival is THE way to welcome the change of season in Western New York! Ellicottville’s oldest and largest festival is a fun, family-friendly weekend featuring unique food, an Arts and Craft Show, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more.

Oct. 28 – EVL Halloween Half Marathon and 5K

A Halloween themed event that features both a Half Marathon and a 5K through scenic, lightly traveled rural roads. Participants are invited to run in costume and enjoy other Halloween related activities, but this is by no means mandatory.

To learn more visit www.ellicottvilleny.com, email info@ellicottvilleny.com or call 800-349- 9099 or 716-699- 5046.

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