A beautiful destination for your special event

The Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution provides a gorgeous lakeside venue perfect for your special event. With exceptional service, unique options, and beautiful locations, any wedding, rehearsal dinner, shower, banquet or conference is simply enchanting at the Athenaeum Hotel.

Getting married in Chautauqua Institution allows for many options for your ceremony and reception. Many choose the setting of the Hall of Philosophy, a more traditional and very romantic wedding hall, reminiscent of an early Greek temple with its stone-like columns, open walls, and heavy-timber roof. Others choose a ceremony on our grand 200-foot front porch, overlooking the sunset on Chautauqua Lake, or a scenic ceremony by our Bell tower on the Lake, surrounded by beautiful beds of flowers.

The Athenaeum Hotel also provides many options for your reception including inside our grand hotel dining room or ballroom, outside on the front lawn, or again by the bell tower on the lake. Lodging is also available for all of your guests.

Hosting a destination wedding at our beautiful hotel provides endless possibilities to make your special day as perfect as you can imagine.

Chautauqua Institution looks forward to hosting your wedding celebration. All couples are welcome.

Download our complete wedding information package to view our dining menus and amenity descriptions including: Event Consultation, Outsource Referrals, Culinary Consultations, Transportation, Lodging, Activities, Audio/Visual Equipment and Facility Setup.

2019–20 Wedding Information Packet

Special Event Buffet Menus


"Chautauqua has become our home and a place where friends and family love to visit and gather. The wedding planning process has been so much fun, and the staff seem as excited about our celebration as we are. We couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else."


– Michael Hill and Peter Korns

Conference Venues

Overlooking Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York, we offer a variety of unique meeting venues and can accommodate any group. The unique setting and quiet atmosphere is conducive to creative thinking and will ensure a memorable and productive meeting for any organization.


Conferences and weddings are available during the months of April, May, early June, September, and October. The Athenaeum Hotel is in operation from late April through October each year, including the Chautauqua Institution season, from late June through late August.