First ‘Glamping’ Resort In State Open For Business

FRANKLINVILLE The Woods at Bear Creek will celebrate the grand opening of its “glamping” resort on Friday, July 18, from 2-11 p.m., and Saturday, July 19, from noon-10 p.m. at 3510 Bear Creek Road in Franklinville – just 15 minutes from the village of Ellicottville.

The weekend’s events will include resort tours, wine tastings and live entertainment by local bands including Stimulus Package, Fred and Tuck and The Boys of Summer.

In addition, on Saturday, July 19, a $10 day pass will also be available to attendees, which will provide full-day access to all the resort’s activities, including Western New York’s longest zip line, an Olympic-sized pool, fishing paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, basketball, tennis and 13 miles of hiking trails. A complete schedule of grand-opening weekend festivities is available at

The Woods at Bear Creek is the first resort in New York state to offer its visitors “glamping” services, or upscale camping accommodations. The 750-acre property delivers a full-service lodging experience, featuring 16 fully furnished, two-bedroom, full-bathroom, heated and air-conditioned cabins. All cabins include WiFi and flat-screen TVs provided with DirectTV. The resort also offers 25 glamping tents, which are assembled, platform-based safari-style tents appointed with carpet, mattress and bedding and furniture.

“It is our hope that our new glamping resort, the first of its kind in New York, will inspire guests to visit us for a wilderness vacation, while still experiencing the perks of furnished cabins and concierge service,” said Michael Crimi, executive director.

Also available at The Woods at Bear Creek is Hutch’s on the Lake Restaurant featuring an Adirondack-designed dining room serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with additional deck dining overlooking the lake. Offering both casual and formal dining, Hutch’s menu includes a variety of wild game and fish. An on-site banquet facility is also available for weddings and other special events.

“After several years of planning and hard work, we are excited that The Woods at Bear Creek is officially open for business and bringing the concept of ‘glamping’ to Cattaraugus County,” said Brian McFadden, Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce executive director. “The combination of the resort’s accommodations, dining and activities are a fantastic complement to the variety of attractions for residents and visitors alike throughout the Ellicottville region.”

Non-inclusive rates begin at $189 per night and all-inclusive rates begin at $229 per night. For more information call 676-2327 or visit