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Chautauqua Institution

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Address: 1 Ames Ave, Chautauqua, NY 14722
Phone Number: +1 800-836-2787
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Description: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in...
Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages-all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village.
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What an exciting and remarkable hideaway.

Venturing out into this section of New York, My lady companion and I desired to take a preliminary view of the grounds. On Sunday, entrance and parking is free. The community... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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129 reviews 129 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Venturing out into this section of New York, My lady companion and I desired to take a preliminary view of the grounds. On Sunday, entrance and parking is free. The community, behind the gate is quite well laid out, much like a New England Village. The center park is encapsulated with a variety of central and strategic blds. with the... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We went recently to visit the Chautauqua Institution and since it is not yet in season it was fairly quiet. The site is rich in history and interesting to learn about. The houses on the premises are interesting to see and it's just a nice place to walk around. There is a wonderful bookstore which has a lot more than... More 

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North Port, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We have been going for the past five years and every visit surpasses our expectations. A visit to the website ciweb.org is worth it for the first time visitor. I have lived in France and Switzerland and nothing I've seen or visited comes close to Chautauqua Institution. After you leave you will find yourself dreaming about next year's visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Chautauqua (or CHQ) is like going back in time and setting your cares aside. It is my utopia and a magical place. Friends and neighbors chatting in the streets and on their porches, sailors racing on weekends, students ( of all ages) reveling in the joyous feeling of learning, children riding their bikes in the street and teenagers NOT acting... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A CHQ regular since the 80's. As a kid I loved the Institution's summer art & dance classes. A stroll through Bestor Plaza on a sunny afternoon feels like you're stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting. Kids playing on the fountain, people discussing the morning lecture or planning for the evening's concert in the open air ampitheatre. Intellectuals, bookworms, artists,... More 

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

In the years we have been going to Chautauqua one or two weeks a summer, it has changed. It has become more upscale. The clay tennis courts gave way to mini-mansions and a whole new fabulous tennis center--but no more taking your racquets over and just playing. But that's a small thing. It had to change from the 80s or... More 

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Washington DC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Such a wonderful place to immerse yourself in all types of culture, arts and education. Beautiful lake setting and you can do as much or as little as you like. I enjoyed St. Elmo's spa for a massage. Plan to cook - as the nearby reataurants are mediocre. My parents have a house here, so it's a special, if far,... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a wonderful place to visit during the winter. Quiet, few people. Summer crowds gone. Beautiful to wander the snow covered streets. This weekend was brutally cold but we still enjoyed our walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is the place the Chsutauqua movement started. Leave your car in the parking lot and spend the week walking or bicycle riding. This place started as a retreat for Methodists and has expanded to a place to share ideas and learn. I find it like going to college without the tests. Plays, music, opera, and lectures. Generally eclectic. You... More 

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Jamestown, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great music, art and programs at the institution. Setting is inn a Victorian style. Also great fishing on Chautauqua Lake.

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