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It's one of the best kept secrets in New York's Chautauqua-Allegheny Region! Opportunities for shopping abound here, but you won't find them in many malls or commercial outlets. Download a driving tour map and GPS locations of New York's Amish Trail for more than 100 Amish farm shops featuring handmade quilts, furniture and wood working, rugs, toys, baked goods, and more. Looking for somewhere to browse? Visit one of several lakeside and Victorian villages such as Ellicottville, Bemus Point, or Findley Lake. Plan time to take in the shops along Main Street and stop for a bite to eat in a local cafe.

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play outdoors

Take a deep breath, spread your arms wide, and embrace Chautauqua-Allegheny's fresh air. Lakes and waterways, rock formations, trails, and lots and lots of snow fill our playground. Fish the Genesee River, bike our back roads, or sail on our lakes. Camp in tent sites or cabins at Allegany State Park, the largest park in the New York State system. Take advantage of paved and natural trails throughout 65,000 aces for wilderness hiking and biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. For a different kind of outdoor play, Midway State Park on Chautauqua Lake boasts one of the oldest, continuously running amusement parks in the country.

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experience culture

The Chautauqua-Allegheny Region is rich with history and culture. Start a family tradition with summer learning camps on the lake. Each year since 1874, the Chautauqua Institution has offered an extraordinary blend of concerts, lectures, and learning opportunities in the arts as well as education, religion, and recreation. Located on Chautauqua Lake, the Institution attracts 150,000 visitors during a season of more than 2,000 events. Local history centers showcase lives and accomplishments of our native sons and daughters any time of the year. Explore and celebrate the history of the Seneca Nation of Indians at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. Learn about America's favorite comedienne at The Lucille Ball - Desi Arnaz Center.

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unwind at resorts

Relax and play at three regional resorts. Golf where professionals play at Peek'n Peak Golf & Ski Resort, host to recent PGA Tournaments. Ski and ride in one of New York's heaviest snowfall regions averaging over 200 inches each season. With two high speed lifts and a 750 foot vertical drop, Holiday Valley Golf & Ski Resort is New York State's most popular ski area. For indoor play with world-class gaming, dining and entertainment, try the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel. Each resort offers a multitude of amenities with overnight accomodations, resturants, concerts and festivals, and full-service day spas.

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taste regional flavors

Sweet corn, apples, cherries, berries, dairy products, maple products, and tons of grapes! Chautauqua-Allegheny is full of homegrown flavor. Sample wines in Lake Erie Wine Country with 23 wineries spread along Lake Erie. Discover local sugar shacks and taste syrup products during New York State's Maple Weekend each March. Visitors flock to Sprague's Maple Farms all year long for fresh pancakes smothered with pure ample syrup. In summer and fall, purchase local produce at farmers markets and produce stands throughout the region. Winter is the perfect time for a gift basket from Cuba Cheese or chocolates from area candy makers.

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celebrate at festivals

Chautauqua in June Learning Festival, early June

Ellicottville's Summer Festival of the Arts,
July 4th Weekend

Great Wellsville Hot Air Balloon Rally,
3rd weekend in July

Alpaca Festival,
Cuba, July

Bemus Bay Pops concert series, June - August

Cuba Garlic Festival,
September