I have had an actual reader request for more information about Chautauqua, and I don't feel like getting out of my pajamas just yet, so I will oblige.
The Chautauqua Institution is quite nice, even during a somewhat damp weekend in early May. I stayed in this fancy old hotel, the Athenaeum. It was quite a hike to my room, but I had a great view of the lake.
I walked around a bit to get to some of the different sessions at the conference I was attending, so I got to see some of the grounds. My mom wandered around a lot, looking at the houses and gardens. Since the season doesn't officially start for about another six weeks, there were a lot of workmen fixing up people's houses and yards.
There's not a lot else to do up there besides enjoy nature and analyze the architecture, though. Oh, wait: There are a ton of wineries in the area, so you can follow the Lake Erie Wine Trail and stock your cellar. I'm not a wine fan, though, and I'm not much for hikes in the woods, either, even if the trails have been created along old railroad beds.
We did go to the Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, and that was fun. We also ended up in Westfield at some point on Saturday, but didn't linger long because I was ready to head home. I picked up some goat's milk fudge at Webb's Candies before we left — yum!
I guess I have to suck it up and get ready for work. It's just me and the office manager again today — everybody else is on vacation (my cohorts in prepress) or has mysteriously disappeared (the nuns). I was busy doing some actual work yesterday, but today I might have time to follow up with some people I chatted with at the conference.