Ellicottville is a charming, old style ski town in Western New York. Often referred to as, “the Aspen of the East”, the phrase has become misused over the years.
First bestowed upon Ellicottville by Lowell Thomas over 50 years ago, the comparison referred to Aspen as it was in the 60s and 70s. Since then, of course, Aspen has exploded and while the downtown architecture still bears some resemblance to that of Ellicottville, the storefronts are dominated by luxury brands such as Gucci, Bvlgari and Burberry and the median price of a condo is over $4 million. A more recent New York Times article describes Ellicottville as, “The Ski Town that Aspen Used to Be Like” which is just fine by everyone who knows and loves Ellicottville.
Incorporated in 1837 and named after Joseph Ellicott, the principal land agent of the Holland Land Company, Ellicottville is a favorite four season destination for visitors from all over the North East of North America and beyond and just a five minute drive from 42 Degrees North.
In winter, Ellicottville fills with skiers. Holiday Valley Ski Resort is to the south of the village of Ellicottville and boasts over 290 acres of skiable terrain with extensive night skiing while HoliMont is North America’s largest private ski club. Snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing means there is something for everyone, even non-skiers and for those who just want to do nothing, Ellicottville boasts spas, fabulous restaurants and great brew pubs.
In summer, there are golf courses, nearby lakes and rivers offer a wide variety of fishing and boating opportunities and there is even white water rafting less than an hour away. National Geographic Magazine lists Ellicottville as one of its Best Adventure Towns and the International Mountain Biking Association describes Ellicottville as “Epic”.
Allegany State Park covers 65,000 acres, is the third largest state park in North America and is just 15 minutes south of Ellicottville. It offers fabulous hiking, biking, fishing and boating in the summer and cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter.
Also just 15 minutes from Ellicottville is the Seneca Allegany Casino featuring over 2000 slot machines, 33 of your favorite table games, including blackjack and craps and a variety of great restaurants.
Ellicottville is also famous for its festivals. The “Fall Festival”, held on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend is the best known on the Ellicottville festival calender, but there is also the Jazz and Blues weekend, the summer music festival, the Beer and Wine Festival, the Centurion cycling race and many others.
Golfer with orange sky
Biker in silhouette