Category: Winter Activities

Romantic Winter Dining in Chautauqua County

Sushi at Forte the Restaurant, Jamestown, NY

Guest blog by Loren Mayshark. Discover something new with your love this winter by showing how much you care with an escape to the bucolic charm of Chautauqua County. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching but we invite you to turn

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Finding Hygge in the Chautauqua – Lake Erie Region

By Margot Russell, guest writer. In the midst of snow-filled days, we look for those “clean well-lighted” places written about by Ernest Hemingway—a place to escape when we’ve grown weary of our own four walls. In a similar tradition, the Scandinavians

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Hidden Gems for Holiday Shopping in Chautauqua County, NY

By Michele Meleen Holiday shopping can sometimes feel more like a chore than an experience in giving. But, thanks to the slow, rural pace of western New York and some smart local business owners, this holiday shopping season can be

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Reasons to Visit Chautauqua County This Winter

Couple Skiing at Peek'n Peak Resort

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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Fall or Winter Girlfriend Getaway Weekend

By Simone Sellstrom A weekend with your girlfriends is good for the soul. Late night heart-to-hearts, inside jokes, and impromptu moments of belly-laughter…there’s just something about a girls weekend that brings it all back into focus. But planning a girls

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Craft Beverage Road Trip: Chautauqua-Lake Erie Region

Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY

The craft beverage scene is booming in Chautauqua County, New York, a destination that has been a long time praised for its wine region, Lake Erie Wine Country. Recent developments have led to a robust offering of craft breweries and farm

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Breathtaking Overlooks, a Fairy Trail, Wooded Forests and Wildlife – A Guide to Chautauqua County Hiking

Chautauqua County is home to an expansive and diverse network of multi-use trails and scenic parks. Perfect for hiking, geocaching and mountain biking during the warmer months and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter, these trails pass through wooded

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Winter Heron

Blue Heron in Winter Pond

By Jeff Tome. The Great Blue Heron flew past us on slow beats of its powerful wings. It was not the usual sight for winter, but nothing was usual about that morning. The temperature was a balmy fifty five degrees, even

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Trail Blazers: Part III – The Only Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Chautauqua County

Ribbon Cutting at the Homestead Loop Trail Opening

Part III – The Boutwell Hill Ski Club Located on the Chautauqua Ridge, which on average exceeds annual snowfall totals across most of New York State, the Boutwell Hill Ski Club (BHSC) began developing the first groomed cross-country ski trail

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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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