Explore Jamestown and Vicinity

July 13, 2020 by Beth Peyton

Explore Jamestown

Relax on the Riverwalk (photo by Sheila Webster)

After you’re finished at the National Comedy Center — or before you go! – you’ll want to explore Jamestown and the nearby vicinity.  There is lots to see and do, and plenty of places to enjoy great food and drinks. Parking is available on the street and in several lots around town.  Make sure to check on hours and availability before you go to a particular destination.

Dine and Drink

There are all sorts of places to eat and drink in and around Jamestown, and many are within easy walking distance from the National Comedy Center.  Here are a few of the hot spots:

Forte has a wonderful menu and has been voted one of the top twenty restaurants in New York.  Don’t miss it for fine dining.  Other restaurants featuring fine dining include the new Chop House, and The Landmark, an old favorite.  Try Gialy’s, Pace’s Pizza and Sauce for Italian food; the Taco Hut and El Jarocho for Mexican.  Crown Street Roasting serves breakfast, lunch and, of course, fresh roasted coffee.  Labyrinth Press Company serves wonderful vegetarian food and partners with Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge to make sure you get the best in craft beers and cocktails.


Explore Jamestown

Always time for shopping!

If you have a few minutes, you might want to poke around in some of the retail stores that line the streets.  Dot’s Gift Boutique has some great gifts and fun novelties.  Nouveau Home Boutique has unique home décor items and some home essentials.  The furniture is abundant and the service is terrific at Lafayette Corners Furniture Store, where they feature high quality furniture with a personal touch.  And the Dykeman Young Antique Emporium features authentic treasures from the past – and from the movies!


Take a stroll along the riverwalk to rest from the hustle and bustle.  The beautiful Chadakoin river runs right through the city and is a destination for nature lovers.


The Village of Celoron is a short drive from Jamestown and has some sights and experiences that should not be missed.  Visit the Lucille Ball Memorial Park, the site of an old amusement park that folks remember with fondness.  You can see the Celoron Lighthouse and visit the statue of Lucille Ball, a beautiful bronze sculpture.  Scary Lucy is nearby – don’t miss her!

Explore Jamestown


The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, a beautiful, upscale hotel complex is located on the lakefront in Celeron.  Lounge in one of the many seating areas located along the 1100-foot lakefront or enjoy a fire as you watch the sunset.  The Lakehouse Tap & Grille serves fine food and cocktails for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  There is plenty of lakeside dining outside, as well as a roomy and safely-distanced area for inside dining.  During the summer season, the Carousel Bar is available for cocktails right on the water. You’ll be captivated by the gardens, patios, and activities, and are welcome to drop in anytime.

Explore Jamestown

Harbor Hotel at night
(photo by Sheila Webster)


Along with learning about the history and impact of comedy, a number of exciting educational, historic, and interesting opportunities exist in the Jamestown area.  Jamestown is the birthplace of Roger Tory Peterson, and the home of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.  That guidebook you use to identify your backyard birds?  It’s his!

The Audubon Community Nature Center is a lovely way to experience the outdoors, with paths and trails through marshland and woods.  The facility is filled with exhibits – many hands-on – that inform and fascinate with information about our natural world.  Lots of things for the kids to do, too.  You’ll see plants, animals, Liberty, the bald eagle, and maybe watch a cocoon turn into a monarch butterfly!

Learn about justice, the rule of law and the distinguished career of Robert H. Jackson at the Robert H. Jackson Center.  Visit the beautiful Fenton History Center to learn about local history, including the role that Jamestown played in the Underground Railroad, and more about Lucille Ball.

Enjoy your time as you explore Jamestown.  Send the guys out fishing and get to know the rest of Chautauqua!


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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