(photo with permission)
One visit to Bemus Point will show you why it is one of the most popular places on the lake. In addition to terrific places to eat and drink, there are lots of things to do in Bemus Point. It’s a quick boat or car ride from the Maple Springs Lake Side Inn.
Because of the COVID-19 uncertainties, shop hours and restrictions may vary during the 2020 season, and some shops may not open at all. It is a good idea to check the website or Facebook page of each shop for current information. Nonetheless, shopping is a favorite thing to do in Bemus Point.
Skillman’s has been in Bemus Point, and in the same family, since 1908. It is one of the premier boutiques and gift shops in the region. Skillman’s specializes in high-quality apparel, footwear, jewelry, and accessories, and has a terrific line of jigsaw puzzles. Open for in-store shopping – check for hours – and available for on-line shopping all the time.
The Musky Mall, on Alburtus Street, is home to two terrific shops: Bemus Point Pottery and Petals and Twigs. Shop here for unique gifts, artwork, indoor and outdoor décor, jewelry and one-of-a-kind items. Quality children’s clothing, Chautauqua Lake gear, toys and books round out the experience.
Wired on Main serves up fun and funky clothing, home décor items and gifts, along with great coffee and an eclectic menu.
Each year, the Bemus Point Business Association sponsors a Spring Fest and a Fall Fest. Vendors join with local shop owners to bring the community together, and you can get some pretty good deals in the process. Check the website for updates, and to explore other businesses in the Bemus Point Community.
The Village of Bemus Point often hosts fireworks displays. They’re cancelled for this season but stay tuned for future events.
The Stir of Artists show in Bemus park has been cancelled for 2020, but check back for next year.
Other Things to Do in Bemus Point
It’s terrific fun to get a bowl or cone of Perry’s Ice Cream from the Bemus Point Market, take it to an outside table or bench, and watch the world go by. You can always count on this place to have plenty of flavors. They’ve recently added Dippin’ Dots to their ice cream selection, and they have a display devoted to S’mores. While you’re at it, you can pick up groceries or beer.
Although currently on hold during the 2020 season, The Bemus Point Historical Society, located on Albertus Avenue (next to the fire department) contains memorabilia, objects and ephemera related to the storied history of Bemus Point. The Lawson Center Boat Museum has wonderful antique boats on display, along with historical information about boats and boating on Chautauqua Lake over the years. And watch for an announcement of the Chautauqua Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show.
Nostalgia with a View
The Lamplighter Cocktail Room at the Hotel Lenhart, located on the lakefront, will be open this summer with social distancing protocols. You can take your beverages out to the famous porch or have a seat on the expansive lawn. You’ll hear a trumpet playing Taps to signify the setting of the sun. The Hotel is celebrating 140 years in
business in 2020 and marks the fourth generation of family ownership. Hotel rooms will also be available for reservations beginning in July. The dining room will not be open, but make sure to come back next year for a breakfast that is special in every way.
There is still plenty to do in Bemus Point, even though things are a bit slower because of COVID-19. Don’t miss the opportunity!