Chautauqua Institute is a small village on the west side of Chautauqua Lake. It started as an educational center, founded in the 1870’s. Every summer you can attend courses in the arts, music, religion, and other general topics. You can access the grounds and use the public beaches and parks. These days many of the houses were privately owned and lots of them were for sale. I would not want to live there with many tourists walking around all summer…

We parked the car near the visitor’s center and the main plaza, and walked over to the beach. While the others were on the beach near the bell tower, having fun building a sand castle and relaxing, I walked around the grounds for some pictures. It was nice and quiet, now that we were there after season. There were beautiful houses, but most of them should have been further apart.

Beautiful houses and hotels near the lake side

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