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  • Turn over a new leaf with a fall trip

  • Mother Nature's vibrant colors are becoming abundant. A weekend trip to western New York gives leaf seekers a view of her best work.

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  • Mother Nature's vibrant colors are becoming abundant. A weekend trip to western New York gives leaf seekers a view of her best work.
    The scarlet, orange and golden yellow leaves of fall is one last look at beauty before winter hits.
    The drive to New York offers fantastic views in itself, but getting off the highway and into the forests certainly offers a leaf adventure.
    Just three hours from home, the areas of Chautauqua and Salamanca, New York offer brilliant colors and more.
    Here are just a few things you’ll discover along the drive.
    Traveling through Allegany State Park is a back woods drive of vibrant colors. The park is located in Salamanca and offers hiking, fishing, camping and much more.
    Visit nysparks.com/parks/73/ for more information.
    The countryside colors of the back roads makes for a spectacular day. Spend a night or two at Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel in Salamanca. It is loaded with AAA four diamond amenities and room views offering an "in the forest" feel.
    Take your appetite with you. The hotel offers a large dinning selection, from great steaks at the Western Door to a specialty pasta at Patria Italian Restaurant. The 413 rooms and suites are beautiful, comfortable and perfect for relaxing on a get a way. You can keep busy with a little gaming at the casino, live music, indoor pool, spa treatments or take in a show with big name entertainment.
    Visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com for more details.
    Heading back west, travelers will find Chautauqua and the "Colors of Chautauqua." From Labor Day through November, dozens of workshops are offered at Chautauqua Institution. Travelers will also find an impressive list of area fall festivals which pay honor to the areas agricultural heritage including Busti Apple Festival, Festival of Grapes, the annual Quilting Festival held at Chautauqua Institution and the Red, White and Blues Festival.
    Andrew Nixon Executive Director of at the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau said they are working to broaden the leisure learning experience for visitors beyond the summer program at Chautauqua Institution by introducing "Colors of Chautauqua." It is a collection of several dozen classes, tours, dinners, tastings and hands-on work experiences meant to entertain while engaging the mind in a new way.
    Visit www.tourchautau.com for more information.
    For a beautiful relaxing trip cruise Chautauqua Lake on the Chautauqua Belle Steamship.
    The Belle is a steamship with a history as one of a few original steamships left in the U.S. The ship takes you on a narrated tour of the lake. Also offered are many special cruises.
    Page 2 of 2 - Check the times of operation as cruises are limited in the fall.
    Visit 269belle.com for an up to date schedule.
    Peek "N Peak ski resort hosts many fall events including a fall festival. The resort has beautiful autumn scenery, spa, resort hotel with an indoor outdoor pool and much more.
    Visit www.pknpk.com to plan your trip.
    The area of Chautauqua County, located in the southwestern corner of the state, is the largest grape growing region. Be sure to check out the new Grape Discovery Center located in nearby Westfield, New York right in the middle of grape growing country.
    Get a little taste of what goes into growing grapes and producing grape juice and wine. It is a scenic area any time of year.
    Visit www.grapediscoverycenter.com for more information.

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