Autumn is Wonderfall

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Well, it is already Autumn in 2010 and we love the falling leaves. We've created the following routes to take you through different areas of Cattaraugus County. Please download the map of fall routes (3.3 MB) we created for you. The main routes, A, B, C are colored a light lavender.

This post is long-winded as it gives you some options for your trip into Cattaraugus County.

Amish Country & Onoville (Route A on Map)

Directions

From the East or West (Exit 16) on I-86

From the North take Route 62 from Erie County into Cattaraugus County.

From the South from Pennsylvania take Route 394 North.

Activities:

Go Fishing & Explore the old growth forest at Zoar ValleyMap of Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area

The steelhead, brown trout, & lake-run rainbow trout fishing in the tributaries of Lake Erie provides anglers with world class action during the spring and fall runs. These fish range from 4-12 lbs and offer great sport to fly anglers. The best part is that these fish are found in beautiful places. If you put a premium on catching fish in beautiful, unspoiled surroundings, come fish with us. ( read more at http://www.ZoarValley.org/explore.html#recreation ) 

Explore the Amish & English businesses along New York's Amish Trail

Stop by and get some cheese at the Valley View Cheese Company with about 40 varieties to choose from! (Monday - Saturday, 8:30AM-5:00PM; Sunday Closed)

Try something spicy & hot at Hot Papa's Fiery Flavors

Take a drive down to Onoville Marina and enjoy the view over the water.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner stops:

Olympia Family Restaurant - Great Greek Food

Racers Restaurant - Children friendly! Playground equipment and outdoor seating for families with pets.

MustardSeed Restaurant - Unique Cuisine & Vegetarian dishes

Zollinger's - We've heard that they have the best prime rib in the area.

CJK's Leon Grill - Best broiled cajun haddock in an informal atmostphere!

Oregano's Family Restaurant (not open on Sundays) - Serving great Italian food!

Hide-A-Way Restaurant - Buffets on Friday and Saturday.

Horseshoe Inn - From burgers to steak they offer a wide variety of foods. Hunters will love this place with all kinds of guns on the walls.

Nic-L-Inn - Great Food in the middle of nowhere. Voted Best of the Best by the Jamestown Post Journal. See the other reviews (GoErie, Erie & Chautauqua Fine Dining, Yelp)

Route 219 - Ashford, East Otto, Ellicottville, Great Valley and Salamanca, New York (B on Map)

Directions

From the South - Take Route 219 North from Bradford, Pennsylvania

From the North - Take Route 219 South from Springville, New York

From the West - Take I-86 East from Jamestown, New York to Exit #20

From the East - Take I-86 West from Belmont, New York to Exit #20

Activities:

Real Stuff & More Gallery - So many unique metal sculptures and other works of art for sale.

Explore and interact with art at Sculpture Park.

Learn a little about nature at the Nannen Arboretum.

Have fun with your family at Pumpkinville (Seasonal: Open until October 31).

Rediscover the kid in you at Allegany State Park! Go hiking, biking, mountain biking, canoeing, paddleboating, kayaking, leaf peeping or just find a spot to sit and relax.

Learn about the history and culture of the Seneca-Iroquois Native Americans at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum (Until Mid-October Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM; After Mid-October open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM).

Take a chance at the Seneca-Allegany Casino (recommended night-time activity)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner stops:

Carson's Ashford House - Great fish fries

Tips Up Cafe - If you want to eat some excellent food stop at Tips Up Cafe.

Dina's Restaurant - A great breakfast stop as Dina's prepares healthy food that tastes great.

Watch the chef cook your home-style breakfast at the Plaza Restaurant.

The seasonal Red House Restaurant is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and is located in Allegany State Park. Autumn hours for the Red House Restaurant are Friday 4pm - 8pm, Saturday 11am - 6pm and Sundays 8:30am - 3pm.

Haven't had chinese in a while? Stop at Seven Dragon Buffet Chinese Restaurant or the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant

Have a great steak dinner at Myers Steakhouse & Inn

Ellicottville Brewing Company - Get a great FRESH brewed beer (there are so many I haven't tried yet) and they have some good food too! Check out the EBC's list of beer

Riley's Bar & Restaurant - Home of the Award Winning Hickory Buttered Ribs & Wings

The Barn - Prime Rib on Friday & Saturday

The Birdwalk Restaurant - Owned and operated by Bill Barrett since 1970. He has always been proud to serve fresh fish & meats. Items are prepared from scratch when you order. All the sauces & side dishes are prepared on site from Bill’s own recipes.

Double Diamond has the best burgers in Ellicottville! Be sure to ask for their ribs or chicken wings with the Double Diamond's special sauce. Live music every Friday and Saturday night! Largest selection of microbrews in Ellicottville. Their soups are excellent.

Olean-Portville Area (C on Map)

Directions

From the North - Take Route 16 South from Holland, New York

From the East - Take either:

  • Route 39 West from Arcade, NY
  • Route 243 West from Rushford, NY to Route 98 South
  • I-86 West from Belmont, NY
  • Route 417 West from Wellsville, NY

From the South

  • Route 305 North to Route 417 West
  • Route 16 North from Derrick City, PA
  • Route 219 North from Bradford, PA to Route 417 East

From the West - Take I-86 East to Exit #24 to Route 417 East

Activities

Take a hike and enjoy the view at Pfeiffer Nature Center (Portville) or take a relaxing bike ride along the Allegheny River Valley Trail (Olean).

Explore the enormous rocks and hear the leaves crunch under your feet at Rock City Park (Olean). Check out some Rock City Park photos.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner stops:

Sprague's Maple Farms & Restaurant - An experience in itself! Maple syrup made here. Pancakes to die for! Fresh free-range turkey dinners and great maple meals!

Ever have a Fox's Pizza Den pizza?

Beef & Barrel - Best Beef on Weck in the area with a wide variety of dining choices (Closed on Sundays)

The Old Library Restaurant - Unique dining in a historic setting with fabulous food and fabulous service.

Ho-Sta-Geh Restaurant - Enjoy great food with a beautiful autumn view!

Don Lucho's Mexican Restaurant - Great Mexican food

Gates Creek Cafe - The little cafe is the perfect retreat for a great meal in a quiet family restaurant.

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