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“Split decision - my wife loved it here.”

Chautauqua Institution
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Owner description: 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 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.
Reviewed 28 June 2014

We spent three days visiting and attending lectures. All lectures were fascinating and well done. One presentation brought 1200 attendees to the Hall of Philosophy which only holds 600 - should have been done in Amphitheater. My loved the ambiance of the brick walks, victorian houses, and wanted to be Chautauquan. I found the old wood benched painful to sit on (had to show up an hour prior to be assured of seating. There is quite a bit of walking as the shuttle buses are always somewhere else. Everyone who worked there has a degree in niceness and helpfulness. Very interesting place to visit at least one time. Majority of persons there were senior citizens or would be soon.

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ChqInstitution, Digital Communicaitons Intern at Chautauqua Institution, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

Thank you so much for sharing your Chautauqua Institution experience with us. All of those who spend time in and understand Chautauqua, are Chautauquans. Feel free to identify yourselves as Chautauquans from this point forward.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Chautauqua Institute in between Buffalo and Erie is unique because it truly has something for everyone. Are you a water enthusiast, or like me love music, theater, lectures from some of the finest minds today? There are classes (name it...computers to quilting and everything in between) as well as programs for the kids. It’s like Disney land with a gate pass which allows you to hear the Beach Boys, Lyle Lovett, Bill Cosby or fun concerts of equal caliber. The grounds are absolutely beautiful with friendly shuttle service to everything. I chose to stay at a denominational house with shared cooking facilities which was basically $43 a night. But there are higher end accommodations in the form of condos or houses as well. Tennis, boating, biking paths, and all things active are available. Or visit the bookstore or ice cream parlor, sit under a tree, and just relax to your hearts content as you listen to a symphony in the distance. I have also ventured off grounds to great restaurants on the water and to local vineyards to sample local wine. Chautauqua Institute is the historical name...I’d rename it Chautauqua Heaven.

2  Thank LaCrosseWiLaura_S
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ChqInstitution, Social Media Intern at Chautauqua Institution, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Chautauqua Institution. It is so important to us that we make a difference to Chautauquans like you. We thank you for sharing your experience and we are glad we can provide you with such a renewing experience.

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We were visiting old friends in Jamestown and wanted to see Chautauqua even though we were aware the season hadn't official begun. Our friend's family were former residents and had previously owned a business there. We were surprised how busy renovations were; shops stocking; people milling about, etc. It is a beautiful spot - what used to be in the eyes of our friend, and what it is now, and what it will be. Beautiful homes, lake, surroundings, etc. This is a must visit if you are in the Erie - Jamestown area. Even if you don't participate in the events, you could walk the grounds and enjoy the peace for hours. We hope to return in season one year.

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ChqInstitution, Digital Communications Intern at Chautauqua Institution, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Thank you so much for sharing such kind words about Chautauqua Institution.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

This place offers so much to visit and see plus lovely shops to purchase clothes from Gi Gi my love, see lectures and hear music and just enjoy the scenenery.

2  Thank Bunhead2013
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ChqInstitution, Digital Communications Intern at Chautauqua Institution, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

Thank you so much for the kind words about Chautauqua Institution.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Chautauqua during the "season", (9 weeks from the Sat. after Father's Day until the weekend before labor Day, has something for everyone. Some people run from one program to another and some just relax in Bestor Plaza with a good book. Each week has a theme and invites noted speakers to share in the 5000 seat Amphitheater. The Institution, founded in 1874, has its own theater company, opera company and symphony orchestra, which plays 3 evenings a week, never repeating a piece. There is a Children's School, Boys and Girls Club and beaches. This is truly a magical place and should be on everyone's "bucket list." You feel like you walk back in time when you enter the gates.

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ChqInstitution, Digital Communicaitons Intern at Chautauqua Institution, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2014

Thank you so much for the kind words about Chautauqua Institution. We hope to see you here this summer!

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