Ellicottville, NY is of course known for its two phenomenal ski resorts; Holiday Valley and HoliMont. People from all over the north east visit the village frequently throughout the winter months, but have you visited during the fall? If not, here’s why you should!
Fall Chairlift Rides – Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage from up above! Fall chairlift rides run on weekends through the month of October, weather permitting.
2. Pumpkinville – A local favorite and for a good reason! Designed to keep your whole family entertained for hours with children’s games and attractions, helicopter rides, baked goods, chicken barbecue, and new this year, a beer garden!
3. Hiking, Biking and Walking Trails – They speak for themselves! You’ll be sure to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery when you take advantage of the dozens of trails our area has to offer! Check out the trails at Holiday Valley, HoliMont, the Arboretum, and many other local favorites!
4. Golfing at Holiday Valley – According to Holiday Valley’s website, “The 18 hole par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course is challenging and well maintained with breathtaking scenery from every hole. The Double Black Diamond was nominated by Golf Magazine ’09 as one of the best redesigns in the country.”
5. Ellicottville’s Fall Festival – October 8-11. One of Ellicottville’s biggest events of the year is back and you don’t want to miss it! If you still need accommodations, we have very limited availability so book today!
Isn’t it finally time to get away? Your local oasis awaits!
We can all agree that it has been a tough year! We have been distanced from our loved ones, our routine lives, and we have lost opportunities to travel to our favorite vacation spots.
Have you ever heard of the term Travitude? No, well we have…, and we’d love to share what it means with you…
Travitude is ‘when you get grumpy and sassy due to of a lack of traveling’. (Don’t check that with Mr. Webster, he may not agree with us). This year, we feel pretty confident that many are suffering from a little bit of Travitude, if you will (insert wink here)! So, if you are “chomping at the bit” to get out and about and make some travel plans, be sure to add the sweet hometown of Ellicottville, NY to your destination calendar! And, book your home away from home today!
love hiking, biking, and all things outdoors? ✔️
you hoping for a much-needed get-away for you and your significant other? ✔️
you looking to decompress, window shop, and unplug from the everyday? ✔️
you hoping to create the most amazing memories that will make you want to come
back year after year? ✔️💯
If yes, then read on, friends!
Elkdale Country Club
Nestled in the rolling hills of New York’s Southern Tier, Elkdale Country Club offers a challenging 18-hole golf course, beautiful scenery and complete restaurant and lounge facility. The front nine at Elkdale was built in 1927 and is cut through varied terrain and mature trees. The back nine was added in mid-1960’s and is a bit longer with larger greens. The 6132-yard par 70 layout is designed to provide an interesting challenge for players of all skill levels. Our modern tee-to-green watering system insures maximum playability through-out the season. The course includes a challenging 555-yard par 5 followed by a 215-yard par 3. The course men’s rating is 70.2 and the slope rating is 122.
Fill your days at the Sky High Adventure Park: 13 courses (largest in NYS and 3rd largest in US), 142 platforms, 170 elements, 43 ziplines, tallest platform is 68 feet & the longest zip line is 350 feet! If that doesn’t get your heart racing, I’m not sure what will! If that seems a little too extreme, check out the biking options and journey on one of the several trails via mountain bike or rent an e-bike for the afternoon! Finish your day with a challenging game of golf. The course is a pleasing blend of a mountain and flat terrain.
Rock City Park
A piece of history and a local hidden gem, Rock City Park is the perfect opportunity to take the family for a day of hiking through giant rock formations and trails that descend into crevices. There are spectacular views of the area to enjoy, and events planned all throughout the summer!
Griffis Sculpture Park
450 acres located eight miles outside of Ellicottville, Griffis Sculpture Park is not only a tremendous regional attraction, but holds the distinction of being one of America’s largest and oldest sculpture parks. The park features over 250 large scale sculptures dispersed through miles of hiking trails. Each sculpture was placed with the natural setting in mind, creating a truly unique experience between art and nature.
Now if you have heard anything about Holimont, you might think if there is no snow, there is nothing happening there. Let’s talk about biking and trails in this gorgeous area! Access to a fun and flowy, 1 mile trail from the top of our Greer slope to the main chalet area. Recently added is a trail that connects the top of Sunset to the top of Greer. This trail can be found by climbing up the HoliMont multi-purpose trail or from the 30+ miles of single track in the McCarthy Forest. HoliMont has direct access to some of the best trails in Western New York. Whether you like to hike or bike, the single-track trails in McCarthy State Forest has something for everyone. There are over 40 miles of IMBA Epic trails to ride in EVL and surrounding area.
After exploring the area, you are going to be ready to pamper yourself with a fun night out. Vacation calories do not count, right? So, while you are here, make sure you visit one of the 23 eateries or pubs in town. Just to mention a few favorites:
Dina’s Restaurant, rated #1 by TripAdvisor and a fan
favorite in I LOVE NY’s Restaurant Challenge. For a more refined palate, check
out their extensive wine list and pair it to their filet mignon or their
Ellicottville Brewing Company, ranked one of the best bars and brew
pubs in NY State. They also serve a mean menu; tasty dishes range from ‘loaded
brewer tots’ to Persia Salmon and NY Strip Steak.
The Gin Mill, a house favorite of Bills running back
#34, Thurman Thomas. He and his wife say they have, “the best fries around”.
Katy’s Café, lighter fare and a morning option for
early risers. Come enjoy the local artwork while sipping on a made to order
espresso, grab a breakfast bagel or sit and enjoy some homemade French toast.
If you get a hankering for something sweet after perusing the town all day,
head back here for ice cream or a milkshake.
Villagios, another favorite of Thurman Thomas,
Bills running back #34! Fine, Italian
cuisine working with local growers, farmers, and businesses. Winner of 2016’s
Taste of Buffalo: Pat Sardina Memorial Award for Best Comfort Food
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man, one weekend on the slopes just isn’t enough!” Then this is your opportunity to take the plunge and secure a seasonal rental in Ellicottville! Seasonal rentals are available to be secured for the entire ski season, usually for the dates of 12/1-4/1, allowing you and your family to come and go as you please and soak up as much skiing as you can.
For those of you that don’t know, Ellicottville, NY is known for it’s two quaint, yet evolving ski resorts and appealing village life. Holiday Valley Resort was named 3rd in the East according to Ski Magazine in 2015, while HoliMont is the largest private ski resort in the country, and they’re just 2.5 miles apart from each other with a quaint village nestled between.
Not only does Holiday Valley offer 60 well-groomed ski slopes, 13 lifts, and 3 phenomenal lodges, but also an incredible Aerial Park, Climbing Forest and a Mountain Coaster, all for year-round entertainment. Not to mention the dozens of hiking and biking trails, 18 hole golf course, and a fun summer cabana bar adjacent to the 3 public pools.
Across town, HoliMont is equipped with 55 trails, 8 lifts, and loads of hiking and biking trails as well. The HoliMont board members and staff take pride in being the only ski area in North America to use what they call “Mountain Men” to service their ski slopes during ski hours, rather than mechanized equipment like other resorts. HoliMont membership information can be found on their website, however, guests that stay with ERA Team VP can be signed in as guests during their stay as well (maximum of 3 weekends). Both resorts are fabulous venues for weddings, corporate events and retreats as well.
Sales Associates received awards for their 2012 sales production and total number of closed transactions in comparison to their ERA Team VP Real Estate colleagues. The following sales associates were recognized for their achievements.
Karen Goodell was #1 in sales production and tied for #3 in closed transactions in the Chautauqua Office, while she ranked #2 in sales production for the entire firm, which includes all office locations. Jane Grice was #2 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Chautauqua Office, while she ranked #3 in sales production and #4 in closed transactions for the entire firm. Dale Sandberg was #1 in closed transactions and #3 in sales production in the Chautauqua Office, while he ranked #2 in closed transactions and #5 in sales production for the entire firm. Wayne Weaver tied for #3 in closed transactions for the Chautauqua Office.
Stacy Stalter was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Fredonia Office. William and Judy Anderson were #2 in sales production and #3 in closed transactions for the Fredonia Office. Heidi Seddon was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Fredonia Office.
Cathy Pritchard was #1 in sales production and #3 in closed transactions in the Ellicottville Office, while she ranked #1 in sales production and #5 in closed transactions for the entire firm, which includes all office locations. Tina Dillon was #1 in closed transactions and #2 in sales production in the Ellicottville Office, while she ranked #1 in closed transactions and #4 in sales production for the entire firm. Ciji Riley was #2 in closed transactions in the Ellicottville Office, while she ranked #3 in closed transactions for the entire firm. Melanie Pritchard was #3 in sales production in the Ellicottville Office.
Paul Conklin was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Cuba Office. Linda Simons was #2 in sales production and #3 in closed transactions for the Cuba Office. Bill Shuler was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Cuba Office.
Joe Whipp was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Warren, Pennsylvania Office. Stephanie Mathyer was #2 in sales production for the Warren Office. John McGarry was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Warren Office. Lori Nuhfer was #3 in closed transactions for the Warren Office.
Jim Anderson was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Bradford Office. Tammy Bizzak was #2 in sales production for the Bradford Office. Fred Pysher was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Bradford Office. Mark Goebl was #3 in closed transactions for the Bradford Office.
The ERA Team VP Real Estate Rookie of the Year Award was received by Debbie Rowe, the highest producing agent new to ERA Team VP Real Estate in 2012. Dale Sandberg and Ciji Riley were also recognized as the ERA Team VP Most Improved Agents for 2012. Dale’s 2012 sales production was a 127% increase over his 2011 sales production. Ciji’s 2012 sales production was a 292% increase over her 2011 sales production.
“Through their dedication, these professionals lead our local real estate market by providing each client the most comprehensive products and services,” remarked Bill Soffel, Broker/CEO of ERA Team VP Real Estate. “Our top producers truly embody the ERA core values of innovation, collaboration and superior service and exemplify ERA Team VP’s commitment to hard work and customer satisfaction.”
Since joining ERA in 2004, ERA Team VP has seen significant growth, both as a result of the agents’ use of ERA systems and tools, and through a series of mergers/acquisitions.
For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit www.erateamvp.com or call one of the main Western New York office locations: (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (716) 672-7990 Fredonia; (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.
We are excited to announce that Gretchen Wilson and Creedance Clearwater Revisited will headline this year’s Ellicottville Summer Music Festival: July 5 – July 7, 2013. Tickets for both of these events are being offered online with no service fee ($5.00 saving per ticket) until Midnight April 14. Visit: www.ellicottvilleny.com.
This is a great opportunity to save some money and also a reminder to book your lodging now as we are sure to sell out!
Team VP is offering some great Ellicottville Summer Rental Promotions! Take advantage of the Summer Music Festival ticket discounts now, and book one of our properties for your weekend stay! Come enjoy the beautiful Summer Season in Ellicottville:
Chautauqua, NY / Ellicottville, NY (Grassroots Newswire) 4/17/2012 – 16 members of ERA Team VP Real Estate attended the 2012 ERA® International Business Conference (March 14-17, 2012) in New Orleans, La. While in attendance at the International Business Conference local real estate broker Bill Soffelwas recognized as one of the nation’s top ERA® brokers by global real estate leader ERA Franchise Systems LLC. Soffel accepted the President’s Circle designation for superior performance on behalf of ERA Team VP Real Estate.
The President’s Circle is an elite group of ERA companies across the nation that rank among the Top 50 (“Gold Level”), Top 100 (“Silver Level”), or Top 200 (“Bronze Level”) in either number of residential sales completed or total amount of completed sales in the ERA network. These companies set the standard for both ERA Real Estate and the industry as a whole. ERA Team VP Real Estate was named to the Gold Level.
“This is an excellent example, for our brokers and the entire real estate industry, of what can be accomplished through innovative thinking and close attention to customers’ needs, regardless of market conditions,” said Charlie Young, president and chief executive officer, ERA Franchise Systems LLC. “Bill’s achievement is a testament to his unwavering commitment to ERA’s core values of innovation, collaboration and superior service as well as his impressive business acumen and deep knowledge of this market – all of which are invaluable assets to homebuyers and sellers in Western New York.”
Individual Associates of ERA Team VP Real Estate were honored as well. Tina Dillon and Cathy Pritchard of ERA Team VP Real Estate in Ellicottville, NY were each awarded a Leaders’ Circle designation by ERA Franchise Systems LLC. This designation recognizes the ERA network’s top producers for excellence in real estate sales.
To qualify for the Leaders’ Circle designation, ERA sales associates or selling-brokers must have achieved 65 total closed units or $200,000 in adjusted gross commission (AGC) in 2011.
Jane Grice and Karen Goodell of ERA Team VP Real Estate in Chautauqua, NY as well as Melanie Pritchard and Amy DeTine of ERA Team VP Real Estate in Ellicottville, NY were each awarded a Beyond Excellence designation by ERA Franchise Systems LLC. This designation also recognizes the ERA network’s top producers for excellence in real estate sales.
To qualify for the Beyond Excellence designation, ERA sales associates or selling-brokers must have achieved 45 total closed units or $100,000 in adjusted gross commission (AGC) in 2011.
“An unparalleled commitment to service has clearly contributed to the successes of both Jane Grice and Karen Goodell and I am pleased to congratulate each of them on this impressive accomplishment,” said Charlie Young, president and chief executive officer of ERA Franchise Systems LLC.
ERA Team VP Real Estate’s Office Coordinator, Anne Walters, was also honored during the ERA International Business Conference. Anne was named a top 3 finalist for the ERA Office Coordinator of the Year Award by ERA Franchise Systems LLC, in recognition of her local and national contributions. Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP Real Estate, nominated Anne Walters for this award because of the role she has played in the company’s success. “Anne has been with my organization since 2002, and has been instrumental in the successful coordination of our real estate sales division as we have navigated through both good and poor market conditions, through the rapid changes within the real estate industry, and most importantly, through all of the change and growth that is part and parcel to the transition from an independent company to a franchise company,” said Soffel.
Since joining ERA in 2004, ERA Team VP has seen significant growth, both as a result of the agents’ use of ERA systems and tools, and through a series of mergers/acquisitions.
For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit www.myteamvp.com or call one of the main office locations: (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.
[ELLICOTTVILLE, NY] (12/27/2011) — ERA Team VP Real Estate recently announced the addition of Christy Wiser and Wendy O’Neil to its team of real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Ellicottville area and Southern Tier of Western New York.
Christy Wiser has been an assistant to Tina Dillon (Licensed Salesperson with ERA Team VP and a top producer in Ellicottville) for over 3 years, which gives her a strong foundation to begin building her own business in real estate. Now that Christy is a fully licensed Real Estate Salesperson with ERA Team VP she will continue to work as a team with Tina Dillon.
Wendy O’Neil joins ERA Team VP with over 20 years of experience in residential, recreational and commercial real estate experience in the Ellicottville, Salamanca and Cattaraugus County areas. She has consistently proven to be a top Realtor in the Ellicottville Area Real Estate market.
“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 of ERA Team VP Real Estate. “Unwavering commitment to clients has been critical to the success of both Christy and Wendy, and ERA Team VP’s culture of collaboration, innovation and knowledge sharing combined with our reputation for superior service will not only enhance their careers, it will enhance the experience of their clients as well,” said Soffel. “We are thrilled to have professionals of Christy and Wendy’s caliber join our firm.”
As part of ERA Team VP Real Estate, both Christy Wiser and Wendy O’Neil 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 mortgage, title and home warranty.
For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit www.myteamvp.com or call one of the main office locations: (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.
ERA Team VP Real Estate president/CEO William Soffel is now a member of the National Board of Trustees of The ALS Association. He joined in the fight against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, due to his paternal grandmother Anna Jane Soffel’s battle with the disease for three years.
”I’ve seen firsthand how devastating this disease is for the patient and the family,” Soffel said of his personal experiences.
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative muscular; people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease usually have a survival rate of two to five years from their diagnoses.
In 2010, the ALS Association appointed Soffel to the board and he founded a charity golf tournament named ”Agents of Hope,” which raised $15,000 to increase awareness about Lou Gehrig’s Disease and funds for research and patient services. He was formally elected to the board at The Association’s annual leadership summit in January 2011.
As a national trustee, Soffel looks forward to having the opportunity to participate in the efforts to help find a cure for ALS, and he is excited to follow in his father Andy Soffel’s footsteps, who served as a national trustee in the late 1980s to the early 1990s.
Soffel has worked at ERA Team VP Real Estate for 20 years. The Chautauqua, New York, based firm specializes in resort and residential real estate sales, management and development. In 2010, Soffel’s business was a finalist for the Gene Francis Award as a Top Five ERA Company on a national level.
A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Soffel received his B.S. in business and marketing. hybrid cloud . He lives in Bemus Point, New York, with his wife Kari and their five children.
In addition to serving on The Association’s National Board of Trustees, Soffel serves on the boards of the Jamestown YMCA, Jamestown Business College and the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.
For more information about The ALS Association, visit our www.alsa.org or call 800-782-4747.
On Tuesday, March 8th, ERA Team VP Real Estate hosted an Agent Awards Luncheon at the Ellicottville Inn in Ellicottville, NY. Realtors® from all ERA Team VP offices were present representing Ellicottville, Chautauqua County and all surrounding areas of the Southern Tier of New York State! ERA Team VP Realtors received awards in various categories based on their hard work and production in 2010.
Congratulations to all of the Realtors of ERA Team VP Real Estate. Everyone worked hard to build and strengthen their businesses and we are looking forward to an even more successful and prosperous 2011! We’re already off to a great start!
Check out this video for some of the highlights from the awards luncheon:
Here are our award winners recognized at the Agent Awards Luncheon:
Saturday March 12 & Sunday March 13 come to Ellicottville, NY for the FUN and crazy Mardi Gras Parade in the village and Winter Carnival at Holiday Valley! This is a great weekend filled with events for the entire family! The Mardi Gras Parade will occur at 6:30 right in the village! Other fun events include music, contests, food & lots of costumes! Click here for the full weekend schedule! This is a weekend you don’t want to miss. Look how much fun all of the Realtors® and staff at ERA Team VP have had at past Mardi Gras weekends in Ellicottville!
This is a weekend you don’t want to miss! If you’d like to rent a condo or chalet in Ellicottville for the weekend to enjoy the festivities with your family and friends, call Team VP at (716) 699-4800 and a reservationist will be more than happy to help you plan your weekend getaway! Check out our WEBSITE to browse all of our rental properties online… you can even book your reservation ONLINE… how easy is that?
Here is a sneak peek at some of our rental properties available for Mardi Gras weekend in Ellicottville:
2 Alpine Meadows TownHomes (#31 & #42) – sleep 8 or 9 guests. Walk to the slopes at Holiday Valley! Easy access to the Village of Ellicottville! Click HERE to learn more about these properties
Casa Amici – sleeps 12 guests. Stunning NEW built chalet with all of the luxurious amenities you could hope for, including a hot tub! Views of the Yodeler Lodge & ski lift at Holiday Valley! Click HERE to learn more!
We also have some village homes available for rent! Call us today to find out how we can help you! (716) 699-4800