Category: Family Activities

Trail Blazers: Part II – Grooming Our 450 Miles of Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobiles in Chautauqua County

Part II – Chautauqua County Snowmobile Trail System With 450 miles of snowmobile trails in Chautauqua County, even people who don’t participate in the sport are aware of its huge presence. Provided we see favorable weather, this expansive network of

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Over 75 Miles of Cross-Country Ski Trails Await in Chautauqua County

Cross Country Skiing in Boutwell Hill State Forest

The month of December brought forth an addition to the Chautauqua County cross country ski trails.  The new trail, named the “Homestead Loop,” is .9 miles long and was made possible, in part, due to generous grant support from the

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Reasons to Visit Chautauqua County This Winter

Chautauqua County is directly in the path of lake effect snow storms that gather strength over Lake Erie and can drop more than 200 inches of snow annually. More often than not, the holidays are welcomed with a carpet of white

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Hidden Gems for Fall and Holiday Shopping in Chautauqua County, NY

By Michele Meleen Holiday shopping can sometimes feel more like a chore than an experience in giving. But, thanks to the slow, rural pace of western New York and some smart local business owners, this holiday shopping season can be

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10 Best Fall Sightseeing Stops around Chautauqua Lake

By Margot Russell The timeless tradition of driving the entire way around Chautauqua Lake has been a favorite pastime of area residents for generations. There’s not a whole lot of planning involved: you just pile in the car when the colors of

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Finding Lucille Ball in Chautauqua County, NY

By Mark Stevens As the city of Jamestown celebrates a quarter century of honoring America’s favorite redhead with the 25th anniversary of Lucy Fest, the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, I thought I’d take you on a tour of where to

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Loving Nature in Chautauqua County, NY

By Jonathan Weston Chautauqua County is for Nature Lovers! The beautiful rolling hills, lakes, streams, and forests of Chautauqua County that inspired a young Roger Tory Peterson on his journey to become the preeminent naturalist of the 20th Century continue

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Navigating the Trails and Waterways in Chautauqua County

One if by land, two if by…lake By Mark Stevens It was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who coined the famous phrase “One, if by land, and two, if by sea” in his poem, Paul Revere’s Ride about the American Revolutionary War.

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Top 10 Historical Gems Uncovered or Rediscovered in Chautauqua County, NY

By Mark Stevens While Jamestown native Lucille Ball and the standing legacy to her highly publicized private life and professional comedic career continue to light the marquee of historical treasures in Chautauqua County, I thought I’d draw your attention to

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Explore the natural history and back roads of Chautauqua County, NY

By Mark Baldwin In western New York, Chautauqua County’s main arteries – the NYS Thruway (I-90) and the Southern Tier Expressway (I-86) will get you quickly to your destination but they’re not engineered for appreciation of place. In fact, sometimes

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