The Southern Tier
Photo courtesy of National Comedy Center
Our original campus is located in the rural town of Randolph, N.Y. – but life is by no means boring around here! We’re just a 20-minute commute from Chautauqua Lake, home to the nationally acclaimed National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center in the city of Jamestown, the quaint, resort town of Bemus Point, and the culturally rich Chautauqua Institution.
Dozens of award-winning wineries dot the Chautauqua County countryside, and the legendary Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood draws craft beer lovers from around the world. The 22-mile lake offers numerous fine dining, luxury hotels and live music venues, each with stunning sunsets and other lakeside views, along with outstanding boating, fishing, water skiing, hiking and camping options.
Speaking of hiking and camping, we’re just 15 minutes from the majestic Allegany State Park, whose 20 cabin trails offer nearly 190 campsites and 230 cabins, including 30 which are winterized. You’ll have a treasure trove of outdoor living options such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, cave exploring, cross-county skiing and snowmobiling. Nature lovers will marvel at bald eagles, osprey, owls, hawks, ravens, merlin, warblers, and more, while amenities such as horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, beaches and playgrounds make this a popular destination for people of all ages.
To the northeast lies Ellicottville, a year-round outdoor paradise filled with downhill skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, concerts, golf courses – even a mountain roller coaster! The village also offers dozens of spas, restaurants and some of the finest shopping you’ll find, drawing travelers from across the state and beyond, including many Canadians. And don’t miss its famous Fall Fest, which celebrates the region’s breathtaking autumn foliage, live music and vivid nightlife.
Want more nightlife? Then head east to the Seneca Allegany Casino in the city of Salamanca. Owned and operated by the Seneca Nation, it’s a major touring destination for scores of globally acclaimed musicians, comedians and other performers and entertainers each year. With its spas, restaurants, luxury suites and dozens of gaming options, exciting nightlife is available year-round.
Randolph is also just 20 minutes from the Pennsylvania border, so some of our colleagues choose to live in The Keystone State while working in The Empire State. Cities like Warren and Erie, Pa., offer a variety of amenities for people of all ages, including movies, restaurants, major retailers, college campuses – even a massive indoor water park!