Ellicottville, NY, USA

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Ellicottville, NY, USA

Ellicottville vacation rentals

Ellicottville—nature on your doorstep

Thanks to its reliable climate and superb winter-sports facilities, Ellicottville has become a popular vacation destination for keen skiers and snowboarders from both sides of the Canadian border. Ellicottville vacation rentals provide a family-friendly base from which to start your spontaneous winter break and explore this beautiful corner of New York state. These well-equipped mountain chalets also provide the ideal setting for invigorating summer hikes or romantic rural escapes, with nothing but the relaxing hum of unfettered nature to disturb the tranquility.

Sport for all seasons at Ellicottville

The main winter-sporting activity is centered on Holiday Valley, which borders the town to the south. The resort dates back to the 1950s, when it opened with just 4 runs and a single lift. Holiday Valley was one of the first facilities of its kind to utilize the latest snow-making technology, which continues to ensure a consistent supply of high-quality powder regardless of the weather. Today’s winter visitors can choose from dozens of different runs, catering for all abilities, as well as a variety of après-ski activities, while the summer months bring the chance to tackle the challenges of an 18-hole golf course.

Interesting walks around Ellicottville

An unusual view of Ellicottville’s heritage can be gained on a stroll through Bryant Hill Cemetery. This peaceful spot has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its gravestones dating from 1824 to 1901, many of which mark the final resting place of the first wave of New England settlers. Nannen Arboretum provides another opportunity for a pleasant walk that’s just a stone’s throw from downtown Ellicottville vacation rentals. The botanical gardens display over 250 species spread over 8 acres of verdant parkland. The ever-changing kaleidoscope of native trees, shrubs, and flowers is enhanced by Japanese gardens and a fishpond.

Ellicottville’s warm winter welcome

Thanks to sophisticated snow-making technology that comes into its own during mild snaps, the winter sports season in Ellicottville typically lasts from December through April. Temperatures vary considerably between the high peaks of McCarty Hill and the resort village at its base. The start and finish of the ski season are good times to snap up bargains in Ellicottville vacation rentals, especially if you’re trying winter sports for the first time or simply looking to enjoy some relaxing après-ski in breathtaking surroundings. Self-contained Ellicottville vacation rentals with a hot tub are in particular demand, so early booking is recommended.

Ellicottville’s natural neighbors

Allegheny National Forest, around 30 miles south of Ellicottville, is home to a wide variety of wildlife and flora. The state park is open throughout the year, offering cross-country skiing in winter and hiking, biking, and swimming in summer. A popular hiking trail follows Minister Creek, providing a scenic ramble through the heart of the forest. Hickory Creek Wilderness is the protected preserve of black bears, white-tailed deer, and wild turkeys, while the Allegheny River is one of the best sites for fishing in the area, with an abundant stock of trout, bass, muskie, and steelhead.