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Chautauqua Institution: What a Wonderful World

The Chautauqua Institution, a gated community founded in 1874, was/is the mothership of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Buffalo, New York

CHQ is a very special place, there is something for everyone, from toddler to elder. Classes... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2019
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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 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 16 January 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
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Reviewed 2 December 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
Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 24 September 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
2  Thank lindasS1100RP
Reviewed 19 September 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 10 September 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 29 August 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
1  Thank Diana T
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Between the high cost of housing and the GATE PASS cost which is only affordable by the wealthy, this is not a good choice for a vacation.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank FrancesCR88_12
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Went to Chautauqua for the first time this summer with friends who'd been going for years. My husband and I loved it. During the week, we each took a class, we went to every morning lecture, and we went to various programs in the afternoon,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 29 August 2018

My 83-year-old mom feels young at Chautauqua. Surrounded by elderly intellectuals, she loves being hip and young. Chautauqua is not only for the old, but also for the young and young at heart. With the first openly gay president and edgy theater performances, Chautauqua has...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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7 October 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.
4 October 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
19 April 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