Category: Nature and Environment

Blossoms, Boats and Baseball: Your Guide to a Perfect Chautauqua Spring

Teens reading next to the tulip beds at Chautauqua

Spring never seems to arrive in Western New York quite as soon as we’d like, but here in Chautauqua County we’re ready to get the season going as soon as the first tulip blooms. It’s the perfect time for a

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Winter Heron

Blue Heron in Winter Pond

By Jeff Tome. The Great Blue Heron flew past us on slow beats of its powerful wings. It was not the usual sight for winter, but nothing was usual about that morning. The temperature was a balmy fifty five degrees, even

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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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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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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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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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Winter Fun for Families in Western New York

By Kate Hagel It’s well known that winter in Chautauqua County comes with great downhill skiing, boarding and tubing at Peek n Peak Resort, but there are lots of other ways for your family to get out and celebrate winter.

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A Fall Walk in Chautauqua County’s Woods

By Margot Russell In Chautauqua County, fall trumpets its arrival with crisp, cool afternoons and swaths of scarlet and yellow leaves that alight the woods in the western region of New York State Forest System. There is no better time for

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Affordable and family friendly things to do in Chautauqua County this summer

Updated – Chautauqua County in western New York has been a summer vacation destination for well over a hundred years. Take a look at some affordable summer activities the whole family can enjoy. Visit the Dunkirk Lighthouse, climb the spiral

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