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Chautauqua Institution

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Address: 1 Ames Ave, Chautauqua, NY 14722-2501
Phone Number: +1 239-431-7509
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Off-season long weekend visit

My family is renting a house on the premise for the off-season, so we went to visit for a long weekend. It's very quiet in October; not many people are around and nothing is open... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 4, 2016
London, Canada
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London, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

My family is renting a house on the premise for the off-season, so we went to visit for a long weekend. It's very quiet in October; not many people are around and nothing is open. It's true there is some construction going on as they tear down and re-build the amphitheater, but this didn't bother us. In fact, it was... More 

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Chicago, IL
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We wanted to just walk around the area and visit the Anthaneum Hotel earlier this month. There was nowhere to park and there was so much construction that many streets were blocked. We were later told that parking is available near the information center which is external to the actual institute area, but our GPS never took us near that... More 

1 Thank MomRocco
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyable walk. The amphitheater was being demolished. Was sadden by it. Otherwise pleasant. Some trees has started changing colors. Picturesque.

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Auburn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

We have been going to Chautauqua since 2011 and, once again this year, have found the experience well worth it. . . sort of like "adult day camp." Week 1 was truly outstanding and the main speakers we insightful and inspiring. Our stay at Heather's Inn was very pleasant, not our usual stay at The Maple Inn, but both are... More 

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North Port, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

The lectures and entertainment were excellent. The two standouts for us was the lecture by Allen Alda and his wife. My wife enjoyed talking to him backstage. Then that evening we show Leeann Rimes in concert. Wonderfull, her final Encore was singing Amazing Grace no music just her beautiful voice, Wow. Next year we are staying much longer. Bring your... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

This was closed when we were there, but we were able to ride around and see the houses. The only reason I am giving this 4 stars is because we could not take the tour, so we did not get the history or background on these beautiful buildings. So if you can, take the tour. I believe it is only... More 

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North of Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

As a displaced Chautauqua county girl, every June my heart starts yearning for Chautauqua Institution. Located on beautiful Chautauqua Lake, the Institute has been welcoming guests for over 100 years, through good years and bad. The bones of the Insitution remain to be seen in the lovely Victorian hotels, boarding houses and cottages and the soon to be rehabbed amphitheater... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

If you love FREEDOM from everyday's life's demands and are free to plan going to a symphony at night after playing tennis with friends in the morning Chautauqua should be on your to-do list. Even if for only a week or two you'll be invigorated and you may even find it habit-forming

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Greenville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

We went for a concert at the amphitheater and had a wonderful time exploring the town and staying in a charming inn within walking distance to the concert. The town is beautiful, the shops were interesting and we loved that we could walk everywhere. We totally enjoyed our visit to this historic and elegant jewel on the lake.

2 Thank Mrs W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice place in the evening. Old fashioned street lights, manicured properties, limited vehicle traffic, and a beautiful lake view. The Amphitheatre has good sound. The floor sloped for good visibility. However, it was over 90 degrees at show time. Even with temp cooling to 70 degrees the wind and cool air made limited appearances. Many saw concert... More 

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