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Chautauqua Bookstore

Chautauqua, NY
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Chautauqua
Type: Specialty Shops
Description: Historic bookstore founded in 1874 in tents.
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Belmont, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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134 reviews 134 reviews
34 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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489 reviews 489 reviews
236 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 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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289 reviews 289 reviews
106 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 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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west virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Columbus, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The best book store I have seen in a small town Upscale toys and books and fabulous choices for all ages. Worth the rainy day I spent in the store.

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Mayville, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Everyone at Chautauqua passes through the bookstore for something at least once a day. You can buy the daily paper and gifts for everyone. You will always find books written by that day's speaker and be able to get it signed when you meet the author later that day. There are books for all ages, art supplies, sweatshirts, and even... More

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