Learn, Laugh, Play & Stay in Chautauqua County

Take a traditional summer vacation to Chautauqua County and spend a week or two by a lake - we have five! Bring the family or friends and stay at a cottage or vacation home. Experience Chautauqua Institution, the 2017 program season runs June 24-August 27. Rent a boat and enjoy fishing, sailing, waterskiing or cruising on the water. Hike Chautauqua Rails to Trails, the Overland Trails, or the Audubon Nature Center in Jamestown. Cycle a number of suggested routes around Chautauqua Lake, Findley Lake or Amish Country. Visit the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Center for Comedy. Go wine tasting at 23 wineries in Lake Erie Wine Country to choose from. Tour our many breweries or distilleries. Climb the steps at the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse. To help with your vacation planning, we've assembled a list of 50 FREE or Low-Cost Things to Do this Summer. There is so much to do, see and explore!


Chautauqua Institution Food Fest

Chautauqua Food Festival

Aug. 20-25: A Week-long food, craft beverage and entertainment festival ft. renowned speakers from the culinary world and daily food and drink themed events. READ MORE


Packages & Great Rates

Maximize your vacation by taking advantage of stay and play offers and combining unique experiences. READ MORE

Dunkirk Lighthouse


B&B’s, country inn’s, vacation homes, world-class resorts, cottages, campgrounds and hotels. Stay for a night, weekend, week or book an extended vacation. READ MORE

Plan your trip around the many great events happening this summer! The Bemus Bay Pops begin their 20th season on June 24. Enjoy live music every Saturday and Sunday on the Floating Stage through Labor Day.

Chautauqua Institution is hosting their first Chautauqua Food Festival during Week Nine. This week-long food, craft beverage and entertainment festival featues renowned speakers from the culinary world, as well as daily food and drink-themed events. The 3rd Annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo returns on Saturday, August 26th. The 42 mile tour around Chautauqua Lake directs riders through several notable historic destinations including Midway State Park, Lucille Ball's childhood home and more. Or, choose the family-friendly 20 mile loop which is highlighted by a trip across Chautauqua Lake aboard the Bemus Point - Stow Ferry. On Sunday, September 10th the 4 For 44 Team Relay makes its debut with a picturesque course traveling through lakeside villages, parks and Lake Erie Wine Country. The races starts and ends at Southern Tier Brewing Company. If the team relay isn't your style, consider sighing up for the Beer Mile! 

The World's Vacation Learning Center

For over 140 years, Chautauqua has been a destination for vacation learning, a place for personal growth, a place that engages the mind, body and spirit.

Start planning your summer learning vacation at the Chautauqua Institution with its lecture series, Special Studies program, and summer camps for youth.

See What to Learn for ongoing and seasonal learning opportunities and Learning on Vacation for dates and times of specific workshops.

Plan a Visit

Request a Visitors Guide and start planning your getaway to Chautauqua. For periodic news and events, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, and for daily news and updates, like us and join the conversation on Facebook

Check out Map My Chautauqua, a link that lets you find recreation and visitor opportunities on an interactive map, and Visit Chautauqua, a downloadable app for help in planning your trip.

Chautauqua County is located less than three hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Niagara Falls, and Toronto and within an easy drive from Buffalo and Erie.   

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