To the Spicola family, wine isn't simply something sipped on at dinner or during a party. Rather, it's the family heritage, which forms a bridge between generations. Today, Dominic Spicola runs the Winery of Ellicottville with his son-in-law, but years ago, he worked alongside his father, Francesco, an Italian immigrant schooled in his home country's winemaking tradition. Together, the duo crushed and pressed annual harvests into barrels of wine, making sure their relatives had enough to fill glasses at dinner and water balloons at family picnics throughout the year.
Today, Dominic and his son-in-law mesh this Old World wisdom with New World techniques to craft chardonnays and merlots, reds and whites. They sell their bottles from an unassuming shop on Monroe Street, where sky-blue walls, family pictures, and shelved knickknacks surround a sun-splashed bar.
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A USCG-licensed charter captain, Paul Dreher has been at the helm of calm fishing charters on Lakes Erie and Ontario for more than 25 years. His business, Fortune Charters, specializes in seeking and catching walleye, lake trout, and smallmouth bass from one of two vessels: the 21-foot Pelagic, a Penn Yan tunnel drive, and the 27-foot Small Fortune, a Baha fishing cruiser.
Nestled on 101 acres of Little Valley, Dunham Sport Horses’ indoor- and outdoor-riding facilities host riders of all experience levels and mold them into safe, well-rounded saddle sitters. During lessons, visitors hop atop one of the friendly school horses to get instruction on basic equitation, jumping, or dressage. Alternatively, riders aged 5 and older can participate in the stable's camp, which aims to instill proper equitation techniques and improve riding skills through concentrated practice. When they’re not doling out instruction, the equine experts on staff lead visitors on picturesque trail rides through the mountains of Cattaraugus County, which begin with a brief lesson and the opportunity to mentally prepare oneself for views that will physically remove the breath from one's mouth.
Dipson Theatres celebrates a reputation as a regional movie institution with a network of 12 locations lighting 57 silver screens across Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though the company now spreads across the northeast United States, it began in the small city of Batavia, NY, in 1939—a time when movies were called “picture shows,” Roosevelt was in the White House, and everybody could only see in black and white. Today that tradition underlies the cinematic experience as patrons chomp popcorn and sip sodas, marveling at modern 3-D visual adventures, summer action movies, family-friendly features, or even indie art flicks and footage from world-renowned opera performances.
Kayaks glide through the water of Chautauqua Lake, setting a serene pace with nature. Trees sway in the breeze along the banks as small fish peep out of the water in search of food and better shellphone reception. Evergreen Outfitters makes outings like these possible by renting kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards and teaching guests how to safely use them. Each rental comes with lifejackets and cartop tie downs so boats can find their way to favorite watery locations. Paddlers looking for new surroundings can enlist Evergreen Outfitters's expert guides, who lead paddle tours on Lake Erie, full-moon trips on Chautauqua Lake, and explorations through the lagoons of Presque Isle State Park.
At Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, the primary location for classical ballet, Monika Alch and her faculty of experienced dancers train students from ages four to adult in the theory, principles, and movements of classical ballet during year-long training programs. Seasonal performances and events give students a chance to showcase what they've learned. In addition to dance classes, the staff also teaches barre fitness classes, which combine elements of ballet and Pilates to get participants in shape.