SALAMANCA - Whether looking for a resort experience, or a small city with a history to discover, Salamanca has much to offer its visitors.
According to Carmen A. Vecchiarella, mayor of Salamanca, those who visit will find a strong community that supports local business and outdoor recreation.
"It's a nice little area to visit for hunting, fishing and sports," Vecchiarella said. "We're known for our football games, and we've had a few players from Salamanca High School and the surrounding areas go to the pros."
The AAA four-diamond rated Seneca Allegany Casino, located off the Interstate 86 in Salamanca, has much to offer guests for a fall or winter staycation.
The city of Salamanca is also known for annually hosting a Falling Leaves Festival, which celebrates the advent of Autumn every October. In addition to celebrating the culture of the Seneca Nation of Indians, the festival hosts crafts and food vendors at the Jefferson Street Park at the heart of Salamanca.
"We host one every year, and this year's was a great success," Vecchiarella said.
The Salamanca Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual event to celebrate the winter season as well, which is set to occur through the month of December. The Silver Bells in the City celebration, which is in its 11th year, is held in honor of Ray Evans, a Salamanca-native who wrote the lyrics for "Silver Bells." Some of the events held during the festival include: a craft show, theater performance, breakfast with Santa, a reindeer petting zoo, a carnival, Christmas caroling and more.
For more information, call 945-2034, 945-3110 or visit www.salamancachamber.org.
Those interested in learning more about the Seneca Nation of Indians may visit the Seneca Iroquois National Museum, which is located at 814 Broad St. in Salamanca. For more information, call 945-1760 or visit www.senecamuseum.org.
While visiting Salamanca, guests may opt to stop by the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel, which was awarded a AAA four diamond hotel rating in 2009.
According to Jim Wise, senior vice president of marketing for the Seneca Gaming Corporation, Salamanca and the Seneca Allegany Casino are great places to visit because of the diversity of things to do. In particular, the casino offers a getaway experience that's not too far from Jamestown along Interstate 86, which offers a beautiful drive during the fall and winter seasons.
"Easy to reach via major highways, Seneca Allegany offers an unmatched hotel experience, upscale casino gaming, diverse restaurants and outstanding live entertainment," Wise said. "The fall landscape is breathtaking and winter snow scenes are right out of a Norman Rockwell book, so the drive is leisurely and eye-catching."
In addition to convenience, the hotel rates during the off-seasons, especially during the mid-week, are a value, Wise said.
"Our hotel rates in the fall and winter are amazing for a AAA four diamond hotel - come stay two nights as the rates are beyond compare," Wise said.
For those who can manage to pull themselves away from the accommodations and amenities at the casino and hotel, nearby attractions have much to discover for both the adventurous outdoorsman or the shopping connoisseur.
"Allegany State Park, local businesses in Salamanca and nearby Ellicottville, offer quaint shops with every type of product as well as excellent local restaurants," Wise said. "If you like to relax and sightsee or actively participate in outdoor sports, our region has it all."
The Seneca Allegany Casino is located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca. For more information, call 888-913-3377 or visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com.