Drive east or west along the Great Lakes between New England and the Mid-West and you will inevitably pass through Chautauqua County in Western New York. Get off I-90 between Erie, PA and Buffalo, NY to find acres upon acres of verdant vineyards in the oldest Concord grape growing region in the world as well as treasures like the National Comedy Center, the renowned Chautauqua Institution, Peek’n Peak Resort, Lily Dale Assembly and five amazing lakes including Chautauqua Lake and Lake Erie.
With an elevation ranging from 500 to 2000 feet above sea level and five lakes, Chautauqua County is a place to play outdoors. Magnificent views and undisturbed landscapes can be found while hiking, biking, birding, and horseback riding.
Cool off on hot summer days by getting out on the water; Rent a boat, relax on a sandy beach, go fishing. Take a sailing lesson or join a sunset kayaking tour. Golfers of all ages and abilities will enjoy learning and practicing on more than eighteen courses throughout a region known for the quality of its golf season, access to courses, and reasonable fees.
During the spring and summer, Chautauqua County is a place to engage the senses with hands-on learning experiences like artist workshops in ceramics and watercolors, edible plant foraging excursions, and special studies courses in the culinary arts. Embark on historic walking tours through old neighborhoods, attend music and wine festivals, or learn about how local wines and craft beverages are produced from the makers themselves.
Visit TourChautauqua.com or call 866-908-ILNY (4569) for more information on what to do and where to play, stay, dine and shop throughout the county. Check the online calendar for workshops, festivals, and special events. Order a FREE copy of the 96-page Visitors Guide or view it online.