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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Join the Après-Ski Scene in Ellicottville

Six hours upstate, a flock of newly groomed trails, posh condo hotels, and hearty restaurants and breweries have turned a sleepy town into the Aspen of the East.


1. Where to Stay

Relax in the luxury condos, spa, and pool at Tamarack Club.  

Plunge into the 92-degree indoor-outdoor pool at the pine- and stone-trimmed Tamarack Club (from $157), an Aspen-style fractional condo hotel that also features two roiling outdoor whirlpools and a cedar sauna. Studio rooms have full kitchens, gas fireplaces, leather sofas, and views of the neighboring Creekside slopes.

Stay in a vintage A-frame at the Edelweiss Lodge (from $190), an ideal property for small groups. Glass-walled chalet No. 2 offers two bedrooms plus a pull-out sofa, while chalet No. 3, a two-story unit, sports three bedrooms and a charming Swiss gingerbread-style balcony.

Choose between kitschy nickel slots and high-stakes gambling rooms at the tasteful four-diamond Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel (from $105), just twenty minutes from Ellicottville. If the odds are against you, nurse your losses over a spicy Bloody Maria ($7), amped up with Sauza tequila and BBQ sauce, at the casino’s Fire Lounge.

Published on Jan 13, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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