Seasonal Fun & Events
Snow fall for Chautauqua County can total 200-plus inches annually! That makes great conditions for Western New York downhill skiing, snowboarding and even snow tubing at nearby ski resorts.
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing enthusiasts can explore our region's vast multi-use trail systems.
For biking enthusiasts, Chautauqua County leads the state with more miles of groomed fat bike trails than any other county.
Nearby Jamestown, NY also offers opportunities for public ice skating, skate and shoot hockey, backyard curling and even ice bumper cars.
GolfingGolfers can enjoy great golfing experiences in the Chautauqua Lake - Lake Erie area from April through October and even longer, weather permitting.
Known for its arts and cultural programs, the Chautauqua Institute also boasts two 4-star rated public golf courses at their Chautauqua Golf Club. The Lake Course and the Hill Course both offer challenging yet scenic golfing and are maintained with environmental stewardship.
There are many more excellent public courses in the region, including the oldest golf course in the area at Bemus Point Golf Club & Tap House, Peek ’n Peak Resort which offers the longest course, and South Hills Country Club in Jamestown, NY.
Popular fishing waters in Chautauqua County include
- Chautauqua Lake (Bassmaster Top 100, 2021)
- Bear Lake
- Findley Lake
- Cassadaga Lake
Explore the hills and plains of Chautauqua County on foot or bike. Plan your own route or enjoy the scenery along the Chautauqua Rails to Trails, Jamestown Riverwalk, or Bentley Nature Preserve, just to name a few.
A popular attraction in the Chautauqua region, Panama Rocks offers its own distinctive adventure. Since 1885, guests have hiked the trails through towering rocks, deep crevices, passageways, and small caves. The beautiful scenery offers a phot op at every turn!
Did you know that Chautauqua County is part of Lake Erie Wine Country, and also happens to be the largest grape-cultivating county outside of California? From traditional jellies and jams to authentic, handcrafted wines and spirits, the fruit of these vines is used in products sold all over the world.
A visit to the Chautauqua region is the perfect opportunity to experience our unique wineries, beautiful surroundings and, of course, award-winning wines.
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Celebrate Apple Picking Season
Autumn is a glorious time of year for a road trip! At Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, that also means apple picking season. We celebrate this special time of year with seasonal amenities, such as apples and fresh cider at check-in, and special menu items featuring delicious apple-inspired dishes and signature cocktails. Guests will receive a list of nearby orchards they can visit to pick apples and enjoy other New York State fall produce.