Chautauqua is New York State’s hidden gem. And the Chautauqua Institute is the anchor, with its concerts, events, cafes, village green, majestic hotel, and quaint, tree-lined streets. This educational and community center draws over 100,000 visitors each summer, with a variety of programs in music, art, literature, and more. Located on Chautauqua Lake, it holds a unique place in American history, having hosted visitors and lecturers including U.S. presidents and other national leaders. Nearby Jamestown is America’s home to comedy! The new National Comedy Center, along with the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum, shines a light on the role and value of comedy in our lives, complete with several interactive, fun exhibits. After all, it’s Lucy’s hometown. Get out on Chautauqua Lake while visiting and be sure to visit Bemus Point with its many waterfront restaurants (stop by Ellicottville Brewing for its craft beers and cool menu)! Websites to check out:
- Chautauqua Visitors Guide www.tourchautauqua.com
- National Comedy Center www.comedycenter.org
- Chautauqua Institute www.chq.org
- Summer Wind Lake Cruises www.thesummerwind.com
Image courtesy of Chautaugua Visitors Guide website.