Category: Winter Activities

Cozy Winter Hideouts – 2016 Edition

By Margot Russell In the midst of snow-filled days, we look for those “clean well-lighted” places written about by Ernest Hemingway—a place to escape to when we’ve grown weary of our own four walls. There’s a winter wonderland in Chautauqua

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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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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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Sleigh Rides and “Jingle Bells”

Horse-drawn sleigh rides are a classic form of winter entertainment all over the world. In modern America, the “one horse open sleigh” from the song “Jingle Bells” is the closest we tend to get to a real sleigh ride. The

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“Frozen”: Chautauqua County’s Festival of Ice & Wine

Grape cultivation is Chautauqua County’s claim to fame, and a major pillar of western New York’s economy. The Concord Grape Belt, also known as Lake Erie Wine Country, supports over 1900 jobs and contributes over $340 million to the regional

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Learning to Ski at Peek’n Peak Resort in Western New York

By Oliver Burdo The essence of the mountain is something long described by skiers and snowboarders as simply inexplicable. It can take years to develop that sense, but you have to start the process somewhere and for those who are

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Chautauqua County’s Cozy Winter Hideouts

By Margot Russell In the midst of snow-filled days, we look for those “clean well-lighted” places written about by Ernest Hemingway—a place to escape to when we’ve grown weary of our own four walls. There’s a winter wonderland in Chautauqua

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Finding Craft Brews in Chautauqua County

By Mark Stevens There’s something awfully crafty brewing across Chautauqua County and Western New York. Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m going to tell you what’s on tap in the region as we tour a few of the area’s leading

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February events to keep you out and about in Chautauqua County

February can be the coldest month of winter, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. There are plenty of fun festivals, theater performances, art exhibits and culinary delights to experience and explore in Chautauqua County, New York’s western snow belt.

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Holiday Shopping and Winter Preparations in Chautauqua County

It’s the end of October and most of the colorful leaves have fallen in Chautauqua County and western New York. Snow will soon be on its way, along with preparations for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, sharpening of snowboards and

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