The winter that never started but refused to go away … it’s over, right? Gosh I hope so. I love the snow and all that comes with it, but I also love the non-snowy months in Western New York. I’m an avid mountain biker, so come this time of year, I’m chomping at the bit for the trails to dry up and roads to clear so I can get my two-wheel mojo going. Friends of mine are out angling local streams and I’m starting to see kayaks strapped to the tops of cars. Spring and summer activities are blossoming and Ellicottville is the perfect hub for these sorts of adventures. Now there is a weekend event dedicated to showcasing what our area has to offer.
The Ellicottville Outdoor Expo, set for June 4-5, 2016, is a participant-based, experiential event where attendees can schedule activities throughout the entire weekend. Learn to fly fish in the morning, take a stand-up paddleboard lesson in the afternoon, and finish the day off with a group mountain bike ride on IMBA Epic designated trails. All of these activities and more will be available at multiple time slots so you can fill up on all the excitement without missing a beat. Area merchants will be offering special deals for registered participants as well.
“With so much to offer in the area, why not take a weekend to show people what they can do for very little in our piece of the Southern Tier?” Chris Chapman, Media and Communications Manager for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce said. “The village is the perfect trail head for all kinds of activities that happen throughout the area. We are fortunate to have two great partners in the local ski areas that will host some great activities to give people a taste of so many experiences.”
Ski destinations across the country are constantly investing in their future, and that future includes four season activities - family vacations, weekend getaways, group golf outings, destination weddings and reunions as well as corporate events are hot stuff right now. Ellicottville and its two ski resorts are sitting in a great position to showcase that four-season atmosphere, and the Ellicottville Outdoor Expo is the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Participants can expect a plethora of activities all weekend long. The Crosspatch of nearby Salamanca, NY has come onboard to offer short horseback rides and guides taking people on a journey through some of the shorter trails that cross the woods and great outdoors of the area.
“We are in the process of building the event and the participants,” said Chapman. “There will be many activities added to the schedule as we get closer. We are in the planning stages of some very cool experiences for visitors.”
With a focus on local business and motivating visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and participating merchants will use the Village Gazebo as the main hub for activity sign-ups. Adventurers will be invited to register for events, lessons and guided tours, and are encouraged to book a stay at one of the local lodging facilities so as to take advantage of an entire weekend of fun! For more information or to get involved, contact the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce at 716-699-5046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep tabs on the Chamber’s website, www.ellicottvilleny.com or go to the event’s dedicated webpage, evillechamber.wix.com/outdoorexpo, for a growing list of exciting activities and demonstrations being added to the Ellicottville Outdoor Expo as we get closer to June.
Holiday Valley is pleased to usher in another season of bicycle riding during Cycling Weekend 2016.
Ellicottville and the surrounding area is blessed with beautiful scenery and challenging terrain for two-wheeled, people-powered adventures. Folks from all over come here to escape reality and relax. Some of which, relax by mildly torturing themselves with hours in the saddle and climbs that break your heart. At the end of the day, you’re exhausted, in pain and happy about it all.
Cycling Weekend, June 3-5, gives Level 2 and 3 riders a chance explore our great region and ride some scenic byways with a knowledgeable guide. The event is geared towards riders who regularly rip off 30 to 60-mile rides and can handle a moderate pace (15-18 mph) for multiple days. Steep to rolling terrain is what you can expect each day with support of a sag wagon. Riding begins Friday morning with a 20-mile warm-up ride. Load up on carbs Friday night with beer tasting, hors d’oeuvre and cash bar at the Inn at Holiday Valley (located at the base of Holiday Valley Road). You’ll be back in the saddle again Saturday morning for a 40-mile cruise that will have you back in time for a 1:00pm lunch served at the Overlook Terrace at Holiday Valley. Saturday afternoon is left open so guests can check out what town has to offer, including any activities being hosted downtown during the EVL Outdoor Expo, which takes place this same weekend.
(Tip: While checking out the downtown area, stop into Bike & Bean located on the main drag – it’s our local source for any bike tweaks or gear that you may need. While you’re there, grab a burrito or a real fruit smoothie! Dennis Baldwin, our pro burrito maker and avid bicyclist, can wrap up a tasty tortilla to fuel your downtown trek, all while giving you the scoop on the local bike scene and must-ride trails.)
Meet back up at Holiday Valley at 6:30pm for dinner on the deck. Don’t stay up too late because you’ll need your rest for Sunday’s 8:00am departure. An 80-mile tour through picturesque Amish country will wrap up the riding for the weekend with snacks along the way. Once you return to HV property, you’ll get a box lunch to send you on your way back to reality.
Packages are available on a limited basis and can include lodging and meals. $299 per person, double occupancy includes a stay at the Inn at Holiday Valley Friday and Saturday nights. $205 if you’re a local with your own place to crash. You can also expect cycling clinics with light instruction, meals, social activities and a biking swag bag. If your better half isn’t up to riding, never fret, there will be non-biking activities throughout the weekend. Extend your stay and check out Allegany State Park or get your trail riding fix on over 40 miles of IMBA Epic trails located in the McCarty State Forest.
For a full schedule of events and times as well as information and a downloadable registration form for this year’s Cycling Weekend at Holiday Valley, go to www.holidayvalley.com/cyclingweekend. Holiday Valley is the official host hotel for Cycling Weekend. Call 800-323-0020 to book your stay!