Happy New Year 2016!

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Making your yearly resolutions?  Not sure if you even want to because you are afraid you won't keep them?  Ring in the New Year in the Enchanted Mountains and see why the most popular resolutions can be held all year long.  Where Do You Want To Play?

Forget making impossible goals that fall to the wayside by February.  It's easy to want to stay indoors, eating the leftover Christmas cookies and enjoying the latest electronic device you received.  The top resolutions for 2016 are in, and really there's no surprise as to what's made the list.  Goals of becoming healthier, spending less and spending time with your family appear again but topping the list this year is "Enjoying life to the Fullest".  Here is the run-down on how to accomplish this resolution with ease right here in the Enchanted Mountains!

Enjoy Life to the Fullest! Well, I guess we are pretty good at this in the Enchanted Mountains, considering we are in the top of the list for average snowfall per year.  However, with boarding at Holiday Valley and Holimont, XC Skiing at Allegany State Park, snowmobiling on 400 miles of trails, snowshoeing Pfeiffer Nature Center, and horse trail rides with The Crosspatch!  No winter blues around here- we celebrate and enjoy every day we get, even if there is a foot of snow coming down a day!

Lose weight/stay fit!  Get some exercise this winter instead of sitting on the couch! Try cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing.  Allegany State Park has the Art Roscoe Trail System for Cross-Country skiing and is the largest in Western New York.   Not ready to commit and purchase your own?  The Summit Warming Hut right next to the trail system has ones you can rent.  Enjoy your time, learning how to use them while you venture through the forest of sparkling snow, stopping off at the vista for the best view and enjoying the crisp air.  If you already have your own skis or snowshoes, get them out of the closet, strap them on and head over to The Pat McGee Trial, a 12 mile multi-use trail that connects Salamanca and Cattaraugus or to the Allegheny River Valley Trail, which travels around Allegany and Olean.   Pfeiffer Nature Center is another hotspot for XC skiing or snowshoeing as well, or just for taking a walk in nature!  Join them on February 6th for their "Let it Snow" snowshoeing event.

Eliminate Stress!  One of the best ways to unwind and de-stress is to have some fun!  Attend one of our County's events, sure to have you carefree by the end of the night.  Whether you are taking in a concert at the Seneca Allegany Events Center, who is bringing "Lisa Lampanelli" in January, The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series February 5-6, "The Fab Four", a Beatles Tribute band and much more throughout the year!  How about a motorcycle event in the middle of winter?  It can be done and is when Gowanda Harley Davidson takes over the slopes at Holiday Valley on January 23rd.  Or take part in the Southern Tier Curling Tournament at Good Times of Olean on January 28-30th!  Last year over 60 teams participated and fun was had by all, with team costumes and a celebration with the Porcelain Bus Drivers afterward! 

Save Money/Spend Less!  Just want to get away and relax but worried about the extra cost?   Trips can be ultra expensive nowadays.  We have a wide variety of accommodations to please the most discriminating tastes as well as a diversity of restaurants and plenty of attractions to round out your stay, all at affordable prices.   Within driving distance from like Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Erie, and Jamestown, take a daycation away from the boredom of everyday life!  You are sure to save enough money to come back again and again!

Learn Something New!  Take a trip to Salamanca, the only city in America almost totally located on Tribal Territory.  Learn about the history, customs, and culture of the Seneca People.  Visit one of our museums, galleries or stage productions like the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, a world class museum, located on the campus of St. Bonaventure University.  The museum is free, open to the public and in addition to its vast and changing exhibits, hosts performances throughout the year for your pleasure.   Theater performances are available through Olean Community Theater or Olean Theater Workshop.  Coming up is "Driving Miss Daisy", "Mary Poppins" and "Project Trio" at Quick Center. 

Spend more time with Family!  Call for your FREE 2016 Activities Guide, packed full of ideas for you and your family to enjoy together in winter or the rest of the year!

Call 1-800-331-0543, or check www.EnchantedMountains.com  for events in the area.  Cattaraugus County, also known as the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York are Naturally Yours to discover and play in!  

About Jacquie

"Live in the Sunshine. Swim the Sea. Drink the Wild Air."  - Emerson

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