Winter Can Be Fun!


Article Contributed by
Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau recently released a video they call Embrace the Lake Effect, and we couldn’t agree more. If you see winter as nothing but a chore it’s going to be a long haul for a few months. But with so much to do here in the winter there is certain to be something that will be to your liking, even if it’s just a pleasant evening by a fireplace sipping locally produced wines.
The ski season officially opened at Peek’n Peak this weekend, including snowboarding and tubing. With more snow on the way it won’t be long until snowshoe and cross country ski opportunities are available at Long Point State Park, the Audubon Community Nature Center, and other locations, and snowmobiling is just around the corner.
Right now you can also enjoy the Winter Village at Chautauqua Institution, where special lighting displays illuminate Bestor Plaza and weekends include special events and performances for the whole family. Admission and parking are free. To learn more visit
Plans are underway for the annual Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival at Lakeside Park in Mayville coming up February 15-17. If you would like to volunteer or help sponsor this tremendous family-friendly event please contact the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce at 753-3113.
A new winter festival is also in the works this year as the new Chautauqua Harbor Hotel will launch its inaugural Fire & Ice Celebration February 14-16, featuring custom carved ice bars, ice sculptures, music, food, and fireworks. To become a sponsor or learn more contact the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel at 489-2800.
So visit one of our great outdoor gear stores and stock up on coats, hats, and mittens, then get out and enjoy winter while we have it!