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Experience the Summer Liveliness of Chautauqua, New York!

Each summer, on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York, Chautauqua Institution comes alive with a vibrant mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and endless recreational activities. More than 100,000 annual visitors are drawn to Chautauqua Institution's events. A variety of rental accommodations are available ranging from historic inns to condos to houses, including the 153-room historic Athenaeum Hotel. For a summer of fun, relaxation, and personal enrichment, Chautauqua Institution in the serene historic lakeside town is the perfect location.

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size N/A
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Buffalo, Jamestown, Erie, PA
  • Nearby Water Chautauqua Lake
  • Open Dates Jun 1 to Aug 1


The historic Athenaeum Room offers many all-inclusive summer getaways. Guests may book under the American Plan throughout their stay or eat lunch or dinner at their leisure in the hotel’s restaurant or guests may book one of the hotel’s packages which includes the Chautauqua Institution gate pass. The gate pass gives you access to most of the 35 other events that are offered each day at Chautauqua Institution.


A champion of its connection to Chautauqua Lake, Chautauqua Institution showcases an impressive lakefront with four public beaches. These beaches -- University, Children's, Pier, and Heinz -- have both shallow and deep swimming zones off the sandy shorelines. At Chautauqua, cooling off has never been easier.


Overlooking Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York, Chautauqua offers a variety of unique meeting venues and can accommodate any group. The unique setting and quiet atmosphere is conducive to creative thinking and will ensure a memorable and productive meeting for any organization. Conferences are available during the off-season months of April, May, early June, September, and October.


The vibrant community of the Chautauqua Institution, boasting an endless array of arts and recreational activities, makes for the quintessential family summer getaway. Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, from pre-school to day camp and art and music activities, golf, sailing, tennis, and swimming. In addition, the Youth Activities Center (YAC) and Pier Club welcome junior high and high school-aged kids to partake in a variety of fun -- freeing up the parents for a little while.


Chautauqua Institution offers a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worth and programs, and recreational activities for your reunion. Or come during the off-season and enjoy the tranquility of the historic village setting.


For more than 100 years, golf has been synonymous with the Chautauqua summer experience. Boasting two top-rated 18-hole golf courses, Chautauqua Institution offers undeniable access for those itching to hit the links during their summer retreat. Just remember the clubs and make your pick between Chautauqua's Lake and Hill courses!


Founded in 1874, this outdoor school for Sunday School teachers was to become an international affair, bringing visitors to one place to hear the very best speakers and entertainers. Stay at the historical Athenaeum Hotel, built in 1881 in grand Second Empire-style. The hotel has provided accommodations for distinguished speakers and performers. Thomas Edison is said to have used the floor-to-ceiling windows of the dining room to escape overzealous admirers. In 1996, the Athenaeum became the Executive Mansion of the President of the United States when President William Clinton spent a week at the hotel preparing for his debate with Sen. Robert Dole.


Due to its expansive and scenic waterfront, Chautauqua Institution has always prided itself with its connection to the lake. Therefore, swimming continues to serve as relaxing and popular past time. Or, for an opportunity to experience more of Chautauqua Lake, sailing courses are offered that can cater to all skill levels.

Pet Friendly

Tired of feeling the guilt of leaving Fido behind for each family summer getaway? Well, plan on spending your next extended summer stay with Chautauqua Institution where several rental offerings have pet-friendly accommodations. Summer getaways are meant to be relished by the entire family.


A perfect setting for a beautiful wedding is the Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution. The Hall of Philosophy--one of our most popular sites for wedding ceremonies--is a turn of the century structure reminiscent of an early Greek Temple with its stone-like columns, open walls, and heavy timber roof all nestled within a grove of hardwoods giving a truly romantic feeling to any wedding ceremony. Enjoy your reception at the Athenaeum Hotel where you and your guests will be enchanted by the historic ambiance and 200-foot porch that provides scenic views of Chautauqua Lake.

Villas and Condos

The Chautauqua Institution offers a range of luxury single-family homes and condominiums to choose from for your New York getaway. With a variety of amenities such as wireless internet, multiple bedrooms, full kitchens and balconies, you're sure to feel right at home throughout your stay. Come and discover the perfect getaway that truly fits all of your needs!

  • Bicycles
  • Fitness Center
  • Library
  • Deck
  • Full Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Live Entertainment
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Shuffle Board
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Beach
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf Course
  • Marina
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Sailing
  • Fitness Programs
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Meeting Room(s)
  • Salon
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Plan your next group event at Chautauqua Institution & Athenaeum Hotel.

Groups of 20 or more qualify for discounts of 10-20% off regular short-term ticket prices with motor coach groups receiving complimentary tickets for escorts. In addition, long-term tickets are discounted with an overnight stay at The Athenaeum Hotel.

For more information please call +1 (716) 357 - 6402 or Send Inquiry.



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Nearest Airports

  • Erie International Tom Ridge Field (ERI) / 37.4 miles
  • Bradford Regional Airport (BFD) / 50.9 miles
  • Niagara District Airport (YCM) / 69.5 miles

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