The Athenaeum Hotel, established 1881

Throughout a traditional Chautauqua Institution’s summer season, Athenaeum Hotel guests are inspired by a variety of learning, recreational and entertainment programs that are all part of the unique Chautauqua experience. For the 2020 summer season, there will be no programming on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution and no gate pass or parking fees. Guests are still able to partake in all the recreational and dining options on the grounds — enjoy delicious food at Heirloom Restaurant, Afterwords Café or one of privately-owned restaurants, rent a canoe or kayak, fish, golf, or visit the Tennis Center.

During the spring and fall months, the Athenaeum Hotel acts as a host to well-organized conferences, beautiful weddings, and special events, as well as offering accommodations to those who want to take advantage of the beautiful grounds of Chautauqua Institution in the spring and fall. A Chautauqua Institution gate pass is not needed during these months.

Accessible friendly hotel. Accessible rooms are available, quantities are limited. Click here for details.


UniPark RainGardenNative plants in the College Park Hillside Rain Garden help preemptively absorb nutrients out of run-off water before they can reach the lake and contribute to poor water quality issues. Once nutrient-rich water gets into Lake Chautauqua it is almost impossible to filter the nutrients back out. So the concept behind rain gardens and no-mow zones is to preemptively and naturally filter the water of its nutrients before it reaches the lake.

Water flow-rate slows at it enters the garden, allowing for larger particles and sediment to settle out, and for other suspended solids to be filtered out as the water is absorbed into the soil.

Excess nutrients dissolved in runoff water are taken up and stored by the plants, which prevents them from contaminating the lake


Rain Garden Fun Fact:

Despite what their name might imply, rain gardens are actually dry most of the time (except after rainfall events, when they absorb water). They look just like normal gardens!

Native plants that tolerate a range of wet and dry conditions are used in these gardens since they are at times flooded with water and at other times

Click here to see a list of native plants commonly used in the CHQ rain gardens.