Category: Outdoors and Recreation

Can’t Miss Summer Events in Chautauqua County

Chautauqua Gran Fondo

School is out, we’ve surpassed the summer solstice and the 2017 Chautauqua Institution season begins Saturday, June 24. Throughout Chautauqua County, communities and attractions are preparing for a fun-filled summer season. There is not a single day on the Chautauqua

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15 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Mom this Mother’s Day Weekend

Lake Erie Wine Country

Moms are to be celebrated every day but there is no denying the joy in spoiling them a little extra each Mother’s Day. Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau wants to help you plan an exciting and memorable Mother’s Day weekend. Whether

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Spring, a Time for Leisure Learning Experiences in Chautauqua County, New York

Spring is metaphorically a season of new beginnings for many people. Some may honor this tradition by spring cleaning their home, an act that implies cleaning the nooks and crannies of our living spaces or purging our underused belongings. Maybe

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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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Trail Blazers: Part III – The Only Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Chautauqua County

Ribbon Cutting at the Homestead Loop Trail Opening

Part III – The Boutwell Hill Ski Club Located on the Chautauqua Ridge, which on average exceeds annual snowfall totals across most of New York State, the Boutwell Hill Ski Club (BHSC) began developing the first groomed cross-country ski trail

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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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Trail Blazers: Part I – The Snowmakers of Peek’n Peak Resort

There is a whole crew of unsung heroes responsible in part for the success of our winter sports attractions in Chautauqua County. We’re referring to the hard working people who groom and make snow for our area cross-country skiing, snowmobiling

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Finding Findley Lake

Blue Heron Inn, Findley Lake, NY

By Mark Stevens. Now that the hustle and bustle of yet another stressful holiday season has come to an end, it’s time to take a deep breath and plan a quiet, relaxing weekend getaway. For those of you with children, see if grandma and grandpa have just enough patience left in the meter after the

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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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Exploring Chautauqua County, NY by Motorcycle

By Donald D. Dowling Whether your ride is a highway taming luxury tourer, a high styling cruiser, a twisty-blasting sport bike, a go anywhere dual-purpose machine, a majestic Trike or a pert and pretty scooter, you will love discovering Chautauqua County

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