The Spencer Hotel and Spa

Unique destination in the Heart of the Chautauqua Institute

Chautauqua Vacation Information Provided by The Spencer

Summer Season June 22nd - August 23rd 2013

The Spencer Hotel

The Chautauqua Institution is a unique and wondrous environment; however, there are limited stores and services on the grounds. There are no grocery stores on the grounds so we suggest that you do any grocery shopping prior to your arrival. If you have any special medical needs you may want to secure your supplies prior to your arrival. The nearest hospital is in Jamestown which is 35 minutes away.

Chautauqua Lake Attractions

Gate Passes for the Chautauqua Season can only be purchased through the Institution and are not included in the room price. These passes should be purchased prior to your arrival.

The Chautauqua Institution does not allow cars to be parked within the grounds during the season a parking permit must be purchased and vehicles are parked in the Institution parking lot. However, you are allowed to bring your car to The Spencer to check in and check out.

The Chautauqua Institution offers a couple of places to eat on the grounds (ie. The Refectory, The Season Ticket, and The Afterwords Cafe), however, several area restaurants are frequented by our guests and Chautauquans (ie. Andraccio's, The Italian Fisherman, Webb's, and Hare and Hound). Also we here at The Spencer are in the process of securing a Chef for the Summer Season.

Bikes are available for rental on the Institution Grounds, and you can bring your own bikes and keep them on the bike rack here at The Spencer.

The Farmers Market is open from 7am-11am and provides fresh fruits and vegetables and much more. It is a must see well here at The Spencer at Chautauqua.

The Chautauqua Program provides a Nursery School that takes children from ages 3-5.5, and the Boys and Girls club is available from 5.5 through college age.

The Chautauqua Golf Course, which is 36 holes, is directly across the street. Tennis Courts, a pool, and a fitness center are all available on the Grounds.

Boat rental is available just outside the Institution Grounds headed towards Mayville, directions available upon request.

The Arts flourish here in the summer with theatre, opera, symphony, ballet, cinema. The gate pass covers all activities on the Grounds with the exception of theatre, opera, and cinema whose tickets can be purchased separately through the Box Office at 716-357-6250 or e-mail at

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The Chautauqua Season consists of countless activities for a schedule of these follow this link:

Enrichment classes are available all summer for a listing of these classes follow this link:

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