A Philadelphian’s Manual to Browsing Chautauqua Lake

Penni Schewe


Delight in a slower tempo in a solution location together the seventeen-mile-long Chautauqua Lake.

Dockside at Chautauqua Lake. Photograph by Dean Hammel/Shutterstock

Seventeen-mile-long Chautauqua Lake anchors this beneath-the-radar (to Philadelphians, in any case) area of western New York, where by it’s easy to come across entertaining any time of 12 months.

Jamestown salutes hometown legend Lucille Ball and honors her legacy with the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum (tickets from $16), the place you will obtain costumes, scripts, and replicas of the I Adore Lucy studio sets. You can buy dual admission to check out out the award-profitable National Comedy Center (dual tickets from $30), too, which highlights comedic record with interactive and (duh) funny reveals, like the Stand-Up Lounge, exactly where you can look at performers Amy Schumer and ­Larry David do their finest bits.

A couple miles west of Jamestown, search for out Lakewood, a charming village on the h2o. Tour Southern Tier Brewing Co., established almost two decades back, and sample the IPAs, imperial stouts, and seasonal Pumking spiced pumpkin ale. Stay for supper at the tasting place and cafe, the Vacant Pint, feasting on burgers and house-smoked wings with IPA barbecue sauce, which you can choose to picnic tables on the back again garden. Through the summer time, the Chautauqua Lake Pops hosts a series of live shows, motion picture evenings and comedy displays, all outdoor on the Floating Stage. Any month of the year, however, you can visit Lengthy Place, the 320-acre state park on Chautauqua Lake. The densely wooded beachfront park is a primary summertime desired destination for its swimming beach front, picnic pavilions and community boat launch in colder months, appear to cross-country ski or ice-fish.

The new Chautauqua Harbor Hotel (from $199 per evening) is also a yr-round spot, with indoor and outdoor pools and plenty of areas to get in the sweeping lakefront views from the garden.

Released as “Chautauqua Lake” in the “Escape to New York” tutorial in the September 2021 problem of Philadelphia magazine.

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