Chatauqua...

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
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Trip End Aug 12, 2013


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Camp Prendergast

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Today was a planned "slow to go" day and we certainly started out our day in line with our intentions. After sleeping in, we took our time with breakfast and coffee after which we made a few necessary phone calls and e-mails. It was nice to sit in the RV with the windows open and no A/C noise. We were able to enjoy doing that because today was cooler than it has been, and the humidity was somewhat lower. Since the wifi is good in the campground, we caught up with the news on the iPads, played Words with Friends, did Facebook, etc.

After our slow morning, we decided to drive around Lake Chautauqua, leaving around 1:00. Since we had to drive past the Chautauqua information center anyway, we chose to stop in to get some information about a possible tour tomorrow. We discovered while we were there that there was a guided bus tour leaving at 2:00 which we had plenty of time to catch. Since the earliest time tomorrow would again be 2:00, we decided to take the tour rather than driving the circle tour around the lake.

Our guide, Art, did a wonderful job. The area is fascinating—lots of impressive “cottages” in the area ranging from quite small to quite large. There were a few cottages at one end of the town that were built in the 50's and have that look. Apparently the city fathers were appalled when cottages of the 50's era began to be built, so they formed a what else...(can DWLPers say it in unison)…a MODIFICTION committee! At any rate, now any new building is required to match the style of the original period, and we will have to say the newer homes are very impressive. They look totally like period homes with all the modern conveniences…inside! They have to be monstrously expensive to build. VERY high end.

According to a brochure we picked up, “Chautauqua County’s roots reach far into history as a place for gatherings. Native Americans settled here before European explorers used this land to access the Ohio River and the country's interior. Later, vacationers from Pittsburgh, New York, and Ohio came to expand their minds through summer camps and vacation learning, a tradition the spread through the country.

In the late nineteenth century, summer assemblies’ sprang up on several area lakes. The Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, later called the Chautauqua Institution was founded in 1874 on the belief that everyone “has a right to be all that he can be—to know all that he can know.” Five years later the Lily Dale Assembly offered its first summer program on the banks of Cassadaga Lake to vacationers seeing the “truth in all things”. These assemblies continue today offering lectures, classes, workshops, special events and performances throughout each summer.”

We shout out our thanks to Oldcat and Anita F. for suggesting the stop in Chautauqua…we enjoyed our visit there enormously.

Today was cloudy most of the day which made for pleasant touring. We left the town of Chautauqua after our tour at 3:50. Since it was still early, we decided to go ahead with our earlier planned Chautauqua Lake Loop tour, driving through the village of Mayville first. It is a pretty little town and seemed to be quite busy with tourists.

After driving around the upper end of the lake, we arrived in Bemus Point at 4:15. Since Oldcat had suggested that we eat at The Italian Fisherman there we started looking for a parking space big enough for The Big Muf…not an easy thing to do as it turned out. First of all it is a Saturday during high season, then there was an “art in the park” function going on…AND there was a Summer Pops Festival due to start playing in the bandstand on the lake later in the evening, as well as an outdoor wedding going on at the big hotel there in town. It didn’t look good there for awhile but we lucked up on a public parking area on a back street and were able to get situated easily then.

We walked a couple of blocks back down to the lake shore (getting caught up in a sudden heavy rain shower on the way down the street) and ate lunch (as per instructions) at The Italian Fisherman which lies on the lake shore and thus has a beautiful view. Our waitress was good and we enjoyed dealing with her. We ordered too much to eat (it was ALL delicious), but knew that we had over ordered and took our planned leftovers back to the RV when we finished our meal. Bemus Point is a cute little town and would have been fun to wander around in if we had been there earlier. Instead we stopped at an ice cream store on the way back to Mufasa and shared a cup of ice cream. (SOMEONE had to do it!!)

At 6:30 we started back to Camp Prendergast where we got settled in again for the evening. On the way in we stopped for gasoline--$3.79/galleon.

We drove the Grand Total of 25 miles today!
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Ed C on

This sounds like a nice place to visit. I'll have to add it to our bucket list. We look forward to your blog every night. We travel with you by internet.

Ed C on

We also really enjoy the Videos.

D.Crip on

I've always heard of this place and the idea of "summer learning" that originated there. How cool to get to see pics of it. The "cottages" are darling!

Linda & Rick on

Looks beautiful!

oldcat on

Glad you got to see the outside of the Hotel Lenhart in Bemis Point. I should have advised you to take a look in the lobby. It is a 133 year old, all wood, grand hotel from the past with little if any renovations. We had reservations to stay there on the way to Adirondacks from KY about 9 years ago but Annie got bad (very bad) sick and trip had to be canceled. Staying there is still on my bucket list.

As you travel east to Corning I will recommend getting off and just taking a quick drive thru the little Town of Angelica. It is almost like going back in time. We stayed at a bed and breakfast there and even had a passing fantasy of moving there. It is very quaint. Take note of the churches on each corner of the main square along with the Grange Hall.

Happy Trails

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dwlp.travelkids on

We couldn't have gotten into the hotel anyway since the big wedding was all over the front grounds and porches. John is checking the map and has Angelica circled and he says if we head in that direction we will definitely go by there. Maybe you should have been a cruise director in another life?? Thanks!

Lora Carbary on

Loved all the older looking homes would love to see one that was all new modern kitchen but just looked old with all the new stuff. Also love the way you get tips on restaurants from other RV friends those are the best places to eat at. I was going to ask you what you do with big Muf when you want to stop. Their must be an art to finding a parking spot. The most important thing is to take the time and just go with the flow and things work out. Love going through the trip with you both.

I am getting ready to leave for church soon. I will hopefully see Jerry and Judy they were not their last week.

L

sandra baynes on

Looks lovely and cooler. if you want to play wwf, I'm sandal9 and I'm addicted. Have fun.

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