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Life-long Chautauquan

Chautauqua, NY is a heavenly place with culture, recreation, spiritual opportunities, and... read more

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John S
Almost Heaven

After waiting 50+ years, when I first read about it in a N.Y. Times piece, my husband and I spent a... read more

Reviewed March 31, 2019
South Orange, New Jersey
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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, concerts, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational...more
1 Ames Ave, Chautauqua, NY 14722-2501
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chautauqua, NY is a heavenly place with culture, recreation, spiritual opportunities, and educational boosts at every turn. Situated on the shore of Chautauqua Lake, it takes you back to a simpler time in society. There are rental houses, boarding houses, hotels, and private homes on...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed March 31, 2019

After waiting 50+ years, when I first read about it in a N.Y. Times piece, my husband and I spent a week at Chautauqua in August, 2017. We quickly reserved after that for 2018, and are looking forward to the June 22 opening week this...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed March 25, 2019

We were staying in the area with family and thought it would be nice to spend the day. We planned to spend the day at their beach, and honestly, it was not worth the trip or the money it cost to visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Carol B
Reviewed March 16, 2019

The Chautauqua Institution, a gated community founded in 1874, was/is the mothership of the Chautauqua movement which promotes adult education through (per Wikipedia) entertainment and culture via speakers, teachers, scientists, politicians, musicians, showmen, preachers and specialists of the day. It was originally started to train...More

Date of experience: August 2018
6  Thank Wayfairing_Man
Reviewed January 16, 2019

CHQ is a very special place, there is something for everyone, from toddler to elder. Classes, seminars, music, dance, opera, theatre- Boating, Golf and so much more. It is more or less a walking or biking community with so many different daily activities and more!...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Voyage50561
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

We thought it would be fun to go to the Christmas village that is open on the weekends in December at the institution. Get there & the informationdesk advises we can drive right unto the property! Cool! Go to the center square where all the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank pjdarm0419
Reviewed September 24, 2018

I'm sure this is a very lovely place during the two months of the year that it is active. However, we were here in September and it was deserted. It was a little bit like the Twilight Zone. All those houses but nobody in them.

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank lindasS1100RP
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

Outstandingly beautiful. Unique in every way. We enjoyed every minute. Perfect weather. Maple Inn was everything we could possibly want.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

Interesting history and beautiful old Victorian homes along the lake. Pricey during “the season” but a better value in the off season. For those who love lifelong learning this is your place.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kay M
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Members of our family decided to meet at Chautauqua and, ironically, the topic for the week was the nature of work (most of us are retired). Regardless, it was a very educational and enjoyable week. We stayed in a wonderful condo on the grounds and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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October 7, 2018|
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Response from BrenLucy | Reviewed this property |
Correct. Have a good Time. The leaves are changing. Halloween and Fall decorations are up.
October 3, 2018|
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Response from BrenLucy | Reviewed this property |
There are many activities to do off season. The best part of off season is able to drive around. Cheaper rates if staying. Book store open library welcomes people. As far as actual planned programs may not be. Now in... More
Teresa G
April 18, 2018|
Response from ChqInstitution | Property representative |
Hi Teresa, There are several concerts happening at Chautauqua this year. Unfortunately I can not include a link in my response. I would have directed you to the "popular entertainment" page on our website which displays... More