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 Chautauqua Bookstore | 716.357.5757
Daily • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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)


Gretchen’s Gallery

Colonnade | 716.969.1268

Open by appointment

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


St. Elmo Day Spa

St. Elmo concourse | 716.357.2224

Open by appointment 


Vincenza Salon & Spa

Colonnade | 716.450.1081

Open by appointment