Ways to Keep Your Vacation Low Cost

Thinking about taking a family vacation this summer, but worried about breaking the bank? Here are a few ways to keep your vacation or weekend getaway affordable:

Travel Off-Season – This is a great way to keep your vacation low cost and save BIG! Not to mention, your vacation destination will most likely be a lot less crowded. Many accommodations and area activities often offer off-season rates and specials.

Inquire about Specials/Promotions When Booking Your Accommodations – Regardless of the season, the vacation rental company or hotel you’re booking with may have negotiation power for rate and/or other discounts (doesn’t hurt to ask, right?!) Always, be sure to check their website for any rental specials or discounts.

Local Research – Research free or inexpensive events or local activities going on in the area. Many vacation destinations offer inexpensive things to do that you might not know about. Explore the possibility of visiting nearby museums, hiking/biking, fishing, and location specific events. A great resource is your vacation rental company, the destination’s Chamber of Commerce website, and of course Google!

Mealtime – Eating out can add up very quickly, especially if you’re traveling in a large group. Plan your meals ahead for your stay and then grocery shop accordingly. If dining out is on the top of your list of to-do’s during your vacation, be sure to do your research on local restaurants and the specials they might be offering to keep cost down.

Visit www.myteamvp.com to learn more about booking your Low Cost Vacation with ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals!

Sarah Hallberg Joins ERA Team VP Real Estate

Chautauqua, NY — ERA Team VP recently announced the addition of Sarah Hallberg to its team of real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Chautauqua County area.

Sarah Hallberg is the newest real estate agent to join ERA Team VP Real Estate. Leveraging her experience as a successful business owner, she is known for outstanding client service, 24/7 availability, and a skilled negotiator with her client’s best interest at heart.

“In today’s market, growth is the only option, and attracting top talent is a surefire way to achieve that goal,” said Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner, ERA Team VP Real Estate. “We are thrilled to have a professional of Hallberg’s caliber join our firm.”

“Unwavering commitment to clients has been critical to my success, and ERA Team VP’s culture of collaboration, innovation, and knowledge sharing combined with its reputation for superior service will not only enhance my career, it will enhance the experience of my clients as well,’ said Hallberg. “I believe that it is not only my duty to represent my clients to the best of my ability, but also to educate them throughout the process so that they can make the best decisions possible.”

As part of ERA Team VP Real Estate, Hallberg will be able to offer homebuyers and sellers a wide variety of innovative and market-relevant products and services such as the ERA® Sellers Security® Plan and the ERA® Gold Star Property program as well as robust online marketing programs, extensive listings distribution partners, and related services including the American Home Shield Warranty.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Western New York visit ERATeamVP.com or contact one of our Chautauqua County offices: (716) 413-0200 Mayville; (716) 763-2600 Lakewood; (716) 386-5410 Bemus Point; (716) 672-7990 Fredonia. Call Sarah Hallberg directly at (716) 499-1387.

Cindy Saeger Joins ERA Team VP Real Estate

ERA Team VP Real Estate recently announced the addition of Cindy Seager to its team of real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Chautauqua County area.

Cindy L. Saeger is the newest real estate sales agent to join ERA Team VP Real Estate. Born and raised in the area, she is a graduate of Southwestern Central School and Jamestown Community College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, Alexander, and her husband, Gregory. She also enjoys traveling, visiting family and friends, attending local events and wine tasting.

Aside from her role as wife and mother, her long-time passion for architecture and interior design has influenced a career path into real estate. With vast knowledge of the local market, she is looking forward to assisting clients in the sale or purchase of their new home. Saeger is a member of the National Association of Realtors, New York Association of Realtors, and the Chautauqua Cattaragus County Board of Realtors. “I am so excited to be a part of the amazing ERA Team VP family,’ said Saeger, ‘I am here to help you with all of your real estate needs! Whether someone needs a bigger house for a growing family, downsizing after retirement, or looking to buy an investment property, I provide individualized attention and offer a professional experience!”

“We are excited to welcome Cindy Sager to our team serving the Western New York market,” said Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner. “Cindy is a great addition to our Lakewood office, serving Chautauqua County, and I am confident she will provide the best service possible to her customers.”

As part of ERA Team VP Real Estate Saeger will be able to offer homebuyers and sellers a wide variety of innovative and market-relevant products and services such as the ERA® Sellers Security® Plan and the ERA® Gold Star Property program as well as robust online marketing programs, extensive listings distribution partners, and related services including the American Home Shield Warranty.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Western New York visit ERATeamVP.com or contact one of our Chautauqua County offices: (716) 413-0200 Mayville; (716) 763-2600 Lakewood; (716) 386-5410 Bemus Point; (716) 672-7990 Fredonia. Call Cindy Saeger directly at (716) 338-5600.

Members of ERA Team VP Real Estate Attend 2017 ERA International Business Conference (IBC) in Dallas, TX.

#DreamBigERA Conference

ERA Team VP Real Estate sent 12 team members to Dallas, TX to attend the 2017 ERA Real Estate International Business Conference (IBC) held March 19-21 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.  Joining 1500+ ERA Real Estate affiliated participants from ERA companies and offices worldwide, the local attendees had the opportunity to celebrate professional achievements, learn from real estate industry experts, and network with ERA colleagues to share best practices for their real estate businesses.

“Dream Big. Think Big. Be Big.” was the theme for the 2017 ERA Conference, reminding all in attendance that opportunities are endless to embrace innovation, enhance the ERA brand, continue to train and yield new ideas, and most importantly to stay motivated and inspired to consistently be bigger and better!

Bill Soffel, Sue Yannaccone, Kari Soffel at the ERA IBC Conference“My team and I are thrilled that 12 members of ERA Team VP attended this year’s ERA International Business Conference,” said ERA Real Estate President and Chief Executive Officer, Sue Yannaccone. “This team’s participation and real estate expertise contributes greatly to our ERA brand’s surging momentum and commitment to continually transforming the way we do business through service excellence and a relentless focus on innovation.  Their unwavering engagement enables our network to think big when it comes to the future and I am very proud that they see the importance of joining us at our annual conference so they can each leverage holistic learning opportunities to elevate productivity and level of knowledge.”

ERA’s IBC is much more than just a Real Estate conference, it is a chance to learn, consult, and collaborate with the very best from ERA. “The energy that ERA brings to the National Conference is amazing”, says Tonya Studley, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with ERA Team VP Real Estate. “It really gets you geared up for a good year.”

Denise Whipp, ERA Team VP Associate Broker & Branch Leader of Pennsylvania offices said, “I enjoyed meeting the corporate staff. We always hear their names, but it is so nice to put faces to their names and voices.”  With three days of jam-packed sessions, idea sharing, eventsERA IBC Conference Kick Off Ceremony, and networking opportunities, team members set out to divide and conquer in order to achieve and acquire personal growth, knowledge, and new skill sets from industry leaders. “I was most impressed with the top agent round table discussions. It was a real WOW”, said Jane Grice, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with ERA Team VP Real Estate.

“Our strategic focus at ERA Team VP centers on growth and innovation. Returning from IBC in Dallas last week, our team is energized and excited, and is in the true ERA mindset of ‘Dream Big. Think Big. Be Big.’  This fits hand-in-hand with the ERA Team VP motto: Teamwork. Trust. Results.,” says Bill Soffel, President & CEO of ERA Team VP Real Estate.  “With ample opportunities for hands-on learning on a variety of game changing technology platforms our team is ready to share their experience to help better serve our clients and community.”

ERA Team VP Real Estate has 11 office locations serving Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.myteamvp.com or call 716-413-0200.

Booking Your Vacation Rental

Looking for an easy way to book your next vacation? Booking your vacation rental is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals! The ERA Team VP website is a fast, easy, and effective way to browse all 200+ rental properties located throughout Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Lake, and Ellicottville.

Book your next vacation with confidence

Each property has a wide array of high-quality photos, so you know exactly what to expect before you arrive! Whether it’s a historical home on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution, a Chautauqua Lake lakeside home, or a cozy chalet in Ellicottville, NY, we have what you’re looking for!
1. Go to www.myteamvp.com
2. Select Vacation Rentals – All Properties
3. Browse All Rental Properties -or- Perform an Advanced Search
4. Review Property Details, Amenities, and Photos
5. Request More Information; Add to Your Favorites; Perform a Quote; Utilize the Split Cost Calculator; and More!
6. Book Now!

It’s that simple! Of course we have an experienced staff of seasoned Reservationists who are available for further insight or questions.

Head over to www.myteamvp.com today to book your stay! Your dream vacation awaits!

Need St. Patrick’s Day Plans in WNY?

Western New York is one of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  This year’s celebration is packed full of fun filled events and activities for you to enjoy.  Here is a list of the events that you will not want to miss out on in the Chautauqua and Cattaraugus county area.

Start off the weekend at Webb’s Deck in Mayville, NY for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Friday, March 17th starting at 4PM!  Bring your friends and family for some live music and some specialty St. Patty’s Day themed food and drinks!  After this event, head on down to the Lakeview Hotel for the St. Patrick’s Day Bash w/ Splitfoot at 9:30 PM.  Bring your friends, dress in your best green attire, listen to great live music, and party all night!

If you are in the Mayville area, why not head over to Lakewood, NY on Friday for more fun events!  Try out the fantastic new restaurant, Craft Burgers & Brews for the First Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at 5 PM.  Enjoy some live fiddling, great drink specials, and authentic Irish food.  If you find yourself in Jamestown, NY on Friday, visit the St. Patrick’s Day Prendergast Library Fundraiser at 5:30 PM. Celebrate Jamestown’s founder’s heritage and help support the library by purchasing a 5-dollar ticket for free beer, wine, and snacks!

Another place that you will want to make it to on St. Patrick’s Day is Yorkshire, NY!  JD’s Brew Pub is hosting an all day party starting at 11 AM on Friday, March 17th.  There will be live music, green drink specials, fantastic food, and an all around great atmosphere for you to celebrate this fun day!  You can also head down to Olean, NY for the Kegs and Eggs party at Four Mile Brewing, from 8 AM-10 PM.  Eat some delicious eggs and enjoy some delicious craft beers, including the new release Red Arm Ale.  There will be three different live bands performing throughout entire day, so make sure you make it down for this great event!

There is still time to make plans for St. Patrick’s Day in Western New York this weekend!  No matter where you choose to go, you will not be disappointed!

 

Just a Walk from NorthShore!

The NorthShore condos are located in the perfect location on the beautiful grounds of Chautauqua Institution.  Just steps from the Chautauqua Lake shoreline, the condos are a great spot for peace and quiet, while also being walking distance from all of the fun filled activities that the Institution has to offer!

The first thing that you will love about these condos is the beautiful lake view! Pack your kayaks or canoes and head on down to the lake for a leisurely ride with friends and family or grab your fishing polls and do some fishing off the dock.  You can also take a nice walk down to the beach or the shore to enjoy some of the most breathtaking sunsets you have ever seen!

If you want to workout while you are here, the Institution is one of the best places for a jog by the lake or around the grounds.  The Turner Fitness Center is also just walking distance from the condos and it is a great place for working out, shooting hoops, or even swimming laps in the pool!  There are also top of the line clay tennis courts for you to use as well.  Grab your racquet and walk up to the courts for a fun round of tennis day or night.  If that’s not enough, the Chautauqua Golf Club is right across the street from the condos!  Play a quick nine holes, or make a tee time at one of the two eighteen hole courses.

Sports aren’t your thing? That’s not a problem, because our condos are walking distance from fun activities for everyone!  The Bestor Plaza is located in the middle of the grounds, and it’s just a short walk from the condos.  Walk over to the library or the bookstore, or grab some delicious food at the Brick Walk CaféThere are also concerts and lectures throughout the entire summer season at the historic Amphitheater.  Grab an ice cream cone and take an evening stroll around the plaza because there will be something for the whole family to enjoy!

Whether its outdoor sports, sightseeing, food, or entertainment, the NorthShore condos are located in the best place for you to enjoy all of the activities that Chautauqua Institution has to offer! Contact ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals to book your 2017 NorthShore getaway today!

Ellicottville Mardi Gras Celebration

Grab your beads because the annual Mardi Gras festival and Winter Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th in Ellicottville, NY!  This year marks the 25th Annual Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Ellicottville, which starts on Saturday at 6:30 PM.  You don’t want to miss out on this year’s event because the activities are planned are promising to make this the best year yet!

Springs Road Chalet near HoliMont Slopes!

Starting on Saturday at 10 AM, head on down to Holiday Valley for some Mardi Gras themed face painting and a cookout that lasts throughout the whole day.  Be sure to pack your skis and snowboards and prepare to soak up the sun on the slopes.  Stop down at the bottom of Yodeler to take a break from skiing and grab a drink at the Mountain Crew Snow Bar.  Starting at 4 PM you can also enjoy some awesome live entertainment at the Yodeler Lodge!

After a day of fun on the slopes, make sure that you save up your energy for one of the best parades you will ever experience!

Springs Road Chalet

ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals will be starting the party at 6 PM with a Mardi Gras office party!  Our office is located at the heart of the parade and we can’t wait to greet all of you there. We will have food, drinks, and, of course, BEADS galore!! After the parade make sure you check out some of the best bars and restaurants that Ellicottville has to offer because the party will last all night long!

Springs Road Chalet

Starting at 9 AM on Sunday, head back over to Holiday Valley for the Ski Patrol Pancake Breakfast at the top of Champagne.  After a delicious breakfast, get into the Mardi Gras spirit and dress to impress for the Mardi Gras Costume Parade.  The judges will be at the bottom of Mardi Gras, so grab your skis and fly down in the slopes in style.  After the Costume Parade, there will be food, drinks, and entertainment all over the slopes for the rest of the day.  Bring your family and friends and send off this fun filled festival the right way!

If you don’t like to ski, that is no problem because there are plenty of activities and entertainment that are fun for the

Springs Road Chalet

whole family!  Explore the beautiful town of Ellicottville by going to the unique shops located in the heart of town, or grab a delicious meal at one of the many unique restaurants in town.  The opportunities are endless, so make sure you contact ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals to book your Mardi Gras weekend trip today!

Still looking for accommodations? ERA Team VP’s featured Vacation Rental for Mardi Gras weekend is Springs Road Chalet. This four bedroom, two bath chalet overlooks the HoliMont slopes! Nestled in a cozy wooded area, Springs Road chalet accommodates 12 people and features a loft, foosball table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and a hot tub! Hitting the slopes for Mardi Gras? The main lower level entry way hosts a convenient mud room, perfect for your ski gear, boots, and equipment! To sweeten the deal, we are offering $100 off each night, so give us a call today to lock in the Springs Road chalet for your Mardi Gras celebration! 716-699-4800

2017 Chautauqua Institution Headliners

It’s going to be a big year for Chautauqua Institution this summer!  For all you soul fans out there, the Institution has a surprise for you!  Aretha Franklin, otherwise known as “The Queen of Soul”, is coming to the Amphitheater to kick off the 2017 summer season on Saturday, June 24th at 8:15 PM!  You may also know her for her hit songs, “Respect”, “Chain of Fools”, and “Natural Woman”.  This is one of the biggest performances that Chautauqua has had to offer in many years, so prepare yourself for the best summer yet!

You may want to think about staying in Chautauqua Institution for the entire summer because the season is ending with another surprise!  The Beach Boys are scheduled to perform on Saturday, August 26th at 8:15 PM!  This classic band is one of the most iconic American bands in history and they are going to send off this special summer season the right way!

Tickets to the Aretha Franklin concert are $69 a person and tickets for the Beach Boys are $50!  These concerts will be worth every penny, so be sure to purchase your tickets today before it’s too late!  You will not want to miss out on two of the most amazing performances that Western New York has to offer!

If you are new to Chautauqua, this is the perfect weekend for you to book your stay because the iconic Amphitheater is looking better than ever!  There have been several new additions to the Amphitheater, which gives it a newer and nicer look, while keeping the old feel.  Chautauqua Institution will be packed full of great vibes and it is the place that you will want to be this summer!  Just contact ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals at our website, www.myteamvp.com, and book your fun filled summer vacation today!

Mayville’s Winter Festival

ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals is a proud sponsor of the 2017 President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville, NY.  This year’s schedule of events is chalked full of fun activities for the whole family.  Mark your calendars for Friday, February 17 – Sunday, February 19, because you will not want to miss out on this year’s event!

Unfortunately this year’s weather conditions did not produce enough ice for the famous ice castle to be built, but you won’t want to miss the opening ceremony event that kicks off the weekend on on Friday night at 6pm in the Lakeside Park! Start off your fun filled weekend with a bang and head over to the Lakeview Hotel to listen to the live band, Black Widow starting at 10pm. Bring your friends and family, pack your hot cocoa, and enjoy the beautiful lights and winter views.

Looking for more fun activities and events?  Well Saturday and Sunday are the best days for you to make sure you are at the festival.  Start off your morning with some food at one of the awesome food and craft vendors that are offered.  If you aren’t full after that you might want to check out the kid’s corner edible crafts station in the Community Center.  After you eat, start warming up your arm because there is a snowball distance throwing contest with a chance to win cash prizes!

Looking to keep the kids entertained?  Not to worry because there is an activity or event for everyone to enjoy at this festival!  Bring your children down to the giant slide (weather permitting), the children’s fishing pond or the Legos play area.  Make sure they meet Rainbow the clown to get their faces painted and a balloon animal! If your kids are feeling competitive, make sure they enter the golf ball race, Lego creation building contest, snowman/animal building contest, or even the snowball throwing contest (ages 4+). The list goes on, so bring your kids and be ready for some fun!

If you are hoping for more adventure, there are a few more activities that are perfect for you!  If you are really feeling adventurous, head over to the polar plunge on Saturday at noon to help benefit Food Bank of Western New York! Make sure to get to the lake early to watch the Cold Water Rescue Demo by the Dewittville Fire Department. If taking the plunge isn’t your thing, then you can take snowmobile rides by Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Services or horse drawn carriage rides throughout the weekend as well!

Volleyball players, dust off your knee pads and bundle up the layers! The second annual Fire and Ice Volleyball Tournament will be hosted at the courts behind the Lakeview Hotel starting Sunday morning at 8:45am.

Feeling like just sitting back and relaxing? Enjoy music on Saturday includes Bob Campbell & Liz Osborne from 2-5pm at the Lakeview Hotel, DJ Goodrich at 10pm, and Brian Moore from 2-5pm on Sunday.

To finish off this amazing festival, there will be a pet parade, bonfire, flare parade, and a fireworks display for you to enjoy!  Send this exciting event off in style and admire the beautiful snowy views that Mayville has to offer!

Make sure to register for the Festival Logo Scavenger Hunt before this weekend! For more information visit http://www.chautauquachamber.org.

This festival is right around the corner, so get ready for one of the best winter weekends that Western NY has to offer! Looking for accommodations? We are offering NO BOOKING FEE on any reservation of a NorthShore Condo for President’s Day weekend! Give us a call to reserve your stay.