Plan a Destination Event for Family and Friends

Relaxing on the Hotel Lenhart Porch

Chautauqua County in southwestern New York State can be an ideal destination for traveling with family and friends or a gathering place for multi-day events like reunions or destination weddings. Centrally located between New York City and Chicago, Pittsburgh and Toronto, Chautauqua County is an inexpensive and convenient option for planning an educational or team-building conference, creating a dream wedding, or just getting away with friends at unique and intimate venues like the historic Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution or the museums at the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy. In addition, area lakes and natural assets provide a four season outdoor playground while the wineries in Lake Erie Wine Country and the Empty Pint at Southern Tier Brewing Company are open year ‘round for tasting local wines and brews often in conjunction with music festivals or food pairings. To make the event planning process easier, the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau can provide visitors with planning tools like a visitors guide, accommodations directory, and a meeting and event planning directory. They can even customize a travel packet and mail to event guests and participants, suggest daily itineraries, and coordinate services, site inspections, and group discounts with area accommodations, attractions, and suppliers. Contact Connee at the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, 1-866-908-4569, to request information on event planning. Be sure to ask for suggestions on venues and attractions appropriate for groups.

Once you’ve planned a group event, consider chartering a motor coach bus as a cool way to carpool. The social nature of coach travel makes it fun and memorable and modern motor coaches can have luxurious features and amenities, like leather seats, hardwood floors and sky lights. Many coach operators offer satellite television and wireless internet access, keeping passengers entertained and connected while they travel. It’s also a safe way to travel with no baggage fees, long lines or delays, and you might even be able to arrange door to door pick-ups. According to the Motor Coach Marketing Council, motor coach travel emits the least carbon dioxide per passenger mile when compared to other forms of transportation. Contact them at to find out more as well as research motor coach companies in your area.

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