We invite you to experience our Chautauqua community this summer in your own way; reconnect with family, grow spiritually, expand intellectually, unleash your creativity or challenge yourself physically. The opportunities are endless.
Welcome to 'Ohio's Most Beautiful Mile', Lakeside Chautauqua! This historic lakeside community provides arts and culture, outdoor recreation, educational lectures and events, and spiritual opportunities within its confines, being both a popular vacation spot and popular place to live!
Chautauqua was first founded in 1873 by a group of Methodist preachers. The word 'Chautauqua' has two loose translations coming from the once local Iroquois people: 'two moccasins tied together,' or 'bag tied at the middle'. Since it's founding it has certainly stuck to its spiritual roots, plus embraced it more perhaps with the great Chautauqua Movement of the 19th and 20th centuries, which was a spiritual and educational enlightening period. Throughout its 145-year history educators from around the world have spoken here, including Jane Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Gov. William McKinley, Speaker of the House Champ Clark, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, J.C. Penney, Lowell Thomas and Drew Pearson. There are several regular lectures and events still today!
Outside of these opportunities, your group will also be able to enjoy great shopping, dining, and special events all throughout the year. Shop at Heritage Hall, Artists N Cahoots, the Lakeside Farmers Market, Marilyns, or the Fine Print Bookstore, then go grab something tasty to eat at any of the local establishments, a few favorites being Lakeside Coffee and Cream, Sloopy's, the Patio, and Whistle Stop.
During the summer there are special park events, festivals, family nights, movies, lectures, spiritual gatherings, and farmers market events!