Category: Outdoors and Recreation

Trail Blazers: Part II – Grooming Our 450 Miles of Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobiles in Chautauqua County

Part II – Chautauqua County Snowmobile Trail System With 450 miles of snowmobile trails in Chautauqua County, even people who don’t participate in the sport are aware of its huge presence. Provided we see favorable weather, this expansive network of

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Trail Blazers: Part I – The Snowmakers of Peek’n Peak Resort

There is a whole crew of unsung heroes responsible in part for the success of our winter sports attractions in Chautauqua County. We’re referring to the hard working people who groom and make snow for our area cross-country skiing, snowmobiling

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Finding Findley Lake

Blue Heron Inn, Findley Lake, NY

By Mark Stevens. Now that the hustle and bustle of yet another stressful holiday season has come to an end, it’s time to take a deep breath and plan a quiet, relaxing weekend getaway. For those of you with children, see if grandma and grandpa have just enough patience left in the meter after the

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Over 75 Miles of Cross-Country Ski Trails Await in Chautauqua County

Cross Country Skiing in Boutwell Hill State Forest

The month of December brought forth an addition to the Chautauqua County cross country ski trails.  The new trail, named the “Homestead Loop,” is .9 miles long and was made possible, in part, due to generous grant support from the

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Reasons to Visit Chautauqua County This Winter

Chautauqua County is directly in the path of lake effect snow storms that gather strength over Lake Erie and can drop more than 200 inches of snow annually. More often than not, the holidays are welcomed with a carpet of white

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Loving Nature in Chautauqua County, NY

By Jonathan Weston Chautauqua County is for Nature Lovers! The beautiful rolling hills, lakes, streams, and forests of Chautauqua County that inspired a young Roger Tory Peterson on his journey to become the preeminent naturalist of the 20th Century continue

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Exploring Chautauqua County, NY by Motorcycle

By Donald D. Dowling Whether your ride is a highway taming luxury tourer, a high styling cruiser, a twisty-blasting sport bike, a go anywhere dual-purpose machine, a majestic Trike or a pert and pretty scooter, you will love discovering Chautauqua County

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Navigating the Trails and Waterways in Chautauqua County

One if by land, two if by…lake By Mark Stevens It was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who coined the famous phrase “One, if by land, and two, if by sea” in his poem, Paul Revere’s Ride about the American Revolutionary War.

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Explore the natural history and back roads of Chautauqua County, NY

By Mark Baldwin In western New York, Chautauqua County’s main arteries – the NYS Thruway (I-90) and the Southern Tier Expressway (I-86) will get you quickly to your destination but they’re not engineered for appreciation of place. In fact, sometimes

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Winter Fun for Families in Western New York

By Kate Hagel It’s well known that winter in Chautauqua County comes with great downhill skiing, boarding and tubing at Peek n Peak Resort, but there are lots of other ways for your family to get out and celebrate winter.

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