Category: Winter Activities

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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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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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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