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Address: Chautauqua, NY
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Description: Historic bookstore founded in 1874 in tents.

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Chautauqua's Coolest & Bestest Book Store...

I am never at a loss of finding something interesting, compelling or Bigfoot oriented at the Chautauqua Institution's Book Store. The only thing I miss is a Magazine rack, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Chautauqua, NY
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Chautauqua, NY
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I am never at a loss of finding something interesting, compelling or Bigfoot oriented at the Chautauqua Institution's Book Store. The only thing I miss is a Magazine rack, but "everything else" makes up in a Bigfoot kind of way "Awesome"...

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Wooster
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

....if you didn't visit the Bookstore when you are lucky enough to be in the charming Chautauqua Institution. In the summer it is the place to get your reading material, your newspaper, or get plugged into what is happening during that day of "the season". In the winter you could spend hours with their exhaustive collection of books in such... More 

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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39 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This bookstore, located right at the center of Chautauqua Institute in Bestor Plaza, is much like a college store. It has plenty of books but also paraphernalia and goodies of all sorts. A pleasant place to mill about.

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San Jose, California
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37 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Yes, you can get books here. Most were written by people lecturing at Chautauqua. There's a small selection of magazines and a larger choice of newspapers, so you're sure to find something to read. But more than half of the store is devoted to an eclectic mix of Chautauqua memorabilia and souvenirs. Need gives to take home for the poor... More 

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Wexford, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Every time we visit Chautaqua we make time for a visit to the Chautauqua Bookstore! The selection of books, cards, newspapers, Chautauqua apparel, crafts, etc should not be missed!

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Alexandria, VA
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385 attraction reviews
315 helpful votes 315 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Set on Bestor Plaza in the heart of Chautauqua, the Bookstore is a center of activity throughout the day and into the evening. The lines for the daily papers can get long with the out of town crowd hungry for national news. The author signings draw pretty good crowds as well, particularly after an exciting presentation in the Amphitheater. A... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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346 helpful votes 346 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This little book store is full of interesting items in addition to the book selection itself - children's toys, art supplies, clothing, outstanding greeting cards, gifts, table top items, candy and snacks, and advice and conversation from the helpful and friendly staff. One could spend hours and many dollars in this great spot and then wander next door to pick... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is a small store but it packs an amazing amount of merchandise within its walls. Books, souvenirs, gifts - a little of everything. Allow a fair amount of time for your visit.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Whenever I come to Chautauqua, the bookstore is one of my first stops. They have a large selection for a small store, usually selections from authors who are coming to speak during the season. These are books that would be hard to find elsewhere. Like most gift shops, they have the usual apparel and accessories that have "Chautauqua" emblazoned on... More 

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Warren, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Want to scroll to find the latest newspaper or book that is the place to go. In need of a gift or greeting card have a wonderful section. Love to look at all of the great stuff.

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