Best Music of the Season

August 3, 2021 by Beth Peyton



The best music of the 2021 season is happening on Chautauqua Lake in August:  concerts on August 17th and August 20th. But it’s not happening at a club, a bar, a stage, or even at the acclaimed Amphitheater on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.  Good music is definitely happening at all of those places in August, and the Innkeepers can fill you in on some details.  But the BEST music is happening on The Chautauqua Belle.

View from the water

Chautauqua Belle

Visitors to the Inn are used to hearing the low chug-chugging and haunting whistle as the Chautauqua Belle makes it’s way up the lake. The most unique vessel on Chautauqua Lake, the Belle is a replica of an old paddlewheel steamship – one of only five such ships in the country.  Guests at the Inn and visitors to the lake enjoy lunch or dinner cruises, fireworks and cocktails throughout the season on the Belle. But on special nights since 2013, passengers can take a ride on the Belle with outstanding musical acts on a Belle Bash.  And the music this year is truly special.

Must-See Events

Legendary blues guitarist and performer Ana Popovic will be entertaining guests on the Belle on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Called “one helluva a guitar-player” by Bruce Springsteen and nominated for six Blues Music Awards, she is not to be missed.  Tickets are $59.00 in advance and $69.00 the day of the show.

Amy Helm and her band are appearing on Friday, August 20.  The boat will depart the dock in Mayville at 7:30 p.m.  Amy has spent her life in music.  She is the daughter of Levon Helm, the drummer for The Band, and rose to prominence in her own right as the lead singer in the gospel/rock band Ollabelle.  She continues to make her own music as she remains involved with managing The Barn, a music venue started by Levon Helm in Woodstock, NY.  Tickets are $69.00 in advance and $79.00 the day of the show.

Taking in a concert on the Belle is a unique experience.  The venue is quite intimate, and the performers really connect with the audience.  People can move about to grab a drink, stretch their legs or take in the view.  There is no such thing as a bad seat.  Perhaps the most fun is watching the expressions on the faces of the performers as they get a view of our beautiful lake or watch a magnificent sunset.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit It’s always fun to combine a stay at the Inn with a wonderful event like a Belle Bash. If you can’t make it this year, stay tuned for more wonderful music next year!





Things to Do in Bemus Point

June 26, 2020 by Beth Peyton

Things to Do in Bemus Point

Hotel Lenhart
(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

Ice Cream

Things to Do in Bemus Point

Ice Cream Window at the Bemus Point Market
(photo with permission)

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

Things to Do in Bemus Point

Rocking Chairs on the Porch at the Hotel Lenhart
(photograph with permission)

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!

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