For other places with the same name, see Chautauqua (disambiguation).

Chautauqua is a small village in Chautauqua County, in the Southern Tier of New York State. It is home to the Chautauqua Institution, which has served as a national model for adult education retreats since its founding in 1874.

Athenaeum Hotel, Chautauqua Institution


In 2014, the magazine Smithsonian named Chautauqua the best small town to visit in the United States, beating out famous destinations like Sedona and Williamsburg.

Get in

Chautauqua is on the west side of Chautauqua Lake and can be accessed by taking Interstate 86 to Exit 7 (Steadman Rd) or Exit 8 (State Route 394), then traveling north a few miles. From the north, you can take I-90, the New York State Thruway, to Exit 60, then take State Route 394 southeast through Mayville; Chautauqua is just a couple of miles beyond Mayville.

Get around

The Chautauqua Institution campus is walkable. To get anywhere else, you'll need a vehicle.


Norton Memorial Hall, Chautauqua Institution


Chautauqua Institution has a dry campus (no alcohol can be bought or brought onto campus).


If you're coming during the Institution's season, you'll need to be flexible with your accommodation needs. There are hotels, guest houses, apartments, condominiums, cabins, and more. All are privately owned but the Institution offers a nice central clearinghouse and search engine for availability.

Off-season, accommodations are more traditional, but there are a lot of options for a village of this size.

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