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About Chautauqua Lake
Chautauqua Lake is located less than three hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Niagara Falls, and Toronto making it literally easy to get to from anywhere. Its name comes from the now-extinct Erie language. While the lake is hugely popular for recreation like boating and fishing, most tourists flock to the area for the Chautauqua Institution, which contains a wide variety of stores and restaurants and is home to live music entertainment and many public lectures during the summer months.
Things to do in Chautauqua Lake
The area around Chautauqua Lake boasts more than 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails over rolling foothills, open meadows and majestic State forestlands. You can also keep your vacation low-key by enjoying a simple sleigh ride on the grounds of the historic Chautauqua Institution. You will truly step back in time as you take a nostalgic ride on a horse-drawn bobsled as you listen to the soft plod of the beautiful draft horses stepping in the snow and their bells ringing. For some over 21 year old fun, visit America's Grape Country with over 30,000 vineyard acres, 25 wineries, with tours and tastings offered year-round. Grape growers in Chautauqua County produce approximately 65% of New York State’s total annual grape harvest, and they are proud of their award winning dessert, ice, and specialty wines. Check out the Grape Discovery Center along Lake Erie and learn about the history of over 150 years of grape-growing along the southeastern shores of Lake Erie in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.
Day trips from Chautauqua Lake
Enjoy alpine and cross country skiing at Peek'n Peak Resort, located near the southern end of Findley Lake about a half hour away from Chautauqua Lake. This beautiful ski resort has eight chair lifts servicing 27 groomed slopes, miles of cross-country trails, snowboarding, and snow tubing. They even have state of the art snowmaking machines throughout all of the trails to ensure that you have perfect skiing conditions all season long. Ski and snowboard equipment are available for sale or rent along with lessons for all levels. Nearby Niagara Falls has also become a family friendly. action-packed vacation spot. Honeymooners from around the world have always loved watching the giant waterfalls, and you can also hop aboard the Maid of the Mist to cruise so close to the falls that you'll be drenched with the spray. If that's not enchanting enough, you'll find loads of tourist attractions and delectable restaurants on the main strip of Clifton Hill.
Chautauqua Lake accommodations
Everyone loves the Barcelona Lakeside Bed and Breakfast, and after your visit, you're sure to love it too. Located in Barcelona off of Lake Erie, you'll be minutes away from Chautauqua Lake as well as amazing wineries and delicious restaurants. It's the perfect relaxing getaway for a couple celebrating a special anniversary. For a location right near Chautauqua Lake, check out the Spencer Hotel and Spa. You'll feel right at home with a home-cooked breakfast every morning.
Transportation in Chautauqua Lake
The Chautauqua area is easily accessible by Interstates 90 and 86 and within three hours of Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. If you are coming from farther away, you can land at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown or come through one of the international airports in the larger nearby cities. Bus service is also available to Buffalo daily, and the Chautauqua Area Regional Transportation system provides several local bus routes.