The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Region in Western New York is a destination that celebrates the changing season with harvest festivals, foliage boat tours, paranormal encounters plus dozens of creative, culinary and cultural experiences.
Day One: Stretch your legs at Panama Rocks Scenic Park, an enchanting world of towering rocks, deep crevices and passageways. The rock formations are a unique outcrop of 300 million year old quartz conglomerate sedimentary rock that extends about a half mile and reaches upwards of 60 feet tall. Before leaving, become an “axpert” axe-thrower at Panama Rocks’ Axcellent Adventures course. Challenge your friends to Axe Poker or AXCELLENT Truth or Dare.
The story of comedy lives at the new National Comedy Center in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY. Explore more than 50 immersive exhibits that take visitors on an interactive journey through comedy’s history in America from early vaudeville acts to the latest viral memes. Celebrate comedy’s greatest minds and voices, from Charlie Chaplin to Dave Chappelle. Exclusive collections and world-class exhibits give comedy fans a behind-the-scenes look at the creative processes that have elevated entertainment to art. Cutting edge-personalization technology makes the experience completely unique and hilarious.
Southern Tier Brewing Company’s flagship location in Lakewood is a must for any beer nerd. Their Empty Pint Tap Room serves delicious comfort foods and the timber frame patio with heaters is the perfect place to cozy up on a brisk evening. Just down the way is Southern Tier Distilling Company, STBC’s sister farm-to-glass distillery known for its original craft cocktails and award winning spirits.
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Day Two: Peep fall foliage from a whole new perspective; take flight at Peek’n Peak Resort’s Aerial Adventures. Featuring more than 8 courses and 69 obstacles of varying difficulty, it’s the perfect way to get your adrenaline pumping before lunch.
After landing, drive towards Lake Erie and Grape Discovery Center to learn about what makes this America’s Grape Country, the largest US grape growing region outside of California. Continue on through Lake Erie Wine Country, stopping at some of the more than 20 wineries. When planning your trip, check out CHQcalendar.com to learn about wine harvest festivals.
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Paranormal activity at the Dunkirk Lighthouse stems from military artifacts in the veteran’s museum, or the unrestful spirits of past lighthouse keepers, only your investigation will tell. Group ghost tours are scheduled for Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 26 and 27. Buy tickets in advance to participate or book a private investigation.
Day Three: Enjoy the beauty of Chautauqua Lake on a foliage boat cruise aboard the Summer Wind or Chautauqua Belle, or keep your sea legs and opt for a waterfront brunch. The Fish (Bemus Point), The Main Landing (Celoron) and Lakehouse Tap & Grille at the new Chautauqua Harbor Hotel offer year-round, lakeside dining. The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel opened in August 2018 and has the distinction of being the Jamestown area’s first waterfront hotel, situated grandly on the southeast shores of Chautauqua Lake. 135 deluxe guest rooms, onside dining and space for events and banquets all add to the hotel’s grandeur.
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Work off brunch by browsing area shops in communities anchored between the urban Jamestown and Dunkirk. Each town or village offers its own character, charm and mix of boutiques selling local art, unique gifts, artisanal foods, crafts, books, apparel and antiques.
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