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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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March Maple Madness: Celebrate Chautauqua’s Maple Syrup Bounty During NYS Maple Weekends

Maple Syrup Tap

By Margot Russell. Maple syrup occupies a sweet spot in our nation’s history. It was the Native Americans who showed the colonists the magic spewing from New England maple trees.  The early Americans used the sap to sweeten venison and

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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 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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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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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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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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