There are no entry or parking fees from September through the beginning of the 2020 season in June, and all our entrances are open until 6 p.m. each day (after 6 p.m. all traffic must route through the main entrance at 1 Massey Ave.). Visitors are welcome to park and walk the Institution grounds. All around Bestor Plaza, a handful of inns, restaurants and shops, plus the post office and library, are open limited hours during these quieter months.

Year-Round Dining & Shopping

Year-Round Dining

Afterwords Café

Located on Bestor Plaza, above the bookstore.
Daily • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 29 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Nov. 30–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Afterwords Café offers fine private roast coffee (Crown Street Roasting Co.), pastries, soups, paninis and desserts.


2 Ames

2 Ames Avenue | 716.237.7066 

Open Dec. 23 to Jan. 2, call for details

Year-Round Shopping

Chautauqua Bookstore

Post Office Building | 716.357.2151
Daily • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open year-round excluding major holidays; closes early on Christmas Eve)


Chautauqua Wearhouse

Colonnade | 716.357.4629
Weekends 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Nov. 29 • 4 to 7 p.m.

Men's, women's and children's clothing


GG My Love

St. Elmo concourse | 716.357.4348
Saturdays • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open during Winter Village: Nov. 29–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22

Women's clothing, handbags, jewelry and gifts


GG My Love 2

Colonnade | 716.357.4348
Saturdays • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open during Winter Village: Nov. 29–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22


Gretchen’s Gallery

Colonnade | 716.969.1268
Open during Winter Village: Nov. 29–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22
or by appointment

Original fine art and handcrafted gifts by regional artists, unique vintage/antique finds.


Plaza Market

Colonnade 

Nov. 29 • 5 to 9 p.m.  
Nov. 30–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


St. Elmo Day Spa

St. Elmo concourse | 716.357.2224

Open by appointment 


Vincenza Salon & Spa

Colonnade | 716.450.1081

Open during Winter Village: Nov. 29–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22, call for details
Open by appointment