The SpaceChautuaqua is gorgeous old Victorian historically preserved village that is a gated community. You have to buy the gate pass for entrance. The trees are old growth and the homes are mostly circa 1890's. The walk ways are called the red brick walk. Our Victorian mansion has been divided up into a co-op. This unit is Cheerful and restful right in the center of town. Free golf cart trams pass by, just flag one down and hop on. Sit on the front balcony and have an iced tea. Cook you own meals in full kitchen. Shower has hand grips.You will be coming and going constantly engaged in activity! When you get up, I expect you will want to go to the Ampitheater for the religious services then the Morning Lecture, or take a yoga class down at lakefront, then come home, eat lunch, grab a quick nap, and go out for the 3 o'clock Hall of Philosophy lectures. Rules are, go with the flow! Get your money's worth, this place is an intellectual, spiritual playground. Some of the world's top intellectuals ,writers, musicians, artists are here to meet with you and share ideas. Every lecture has question and answer period ..get interested and involved. Guest AccessThere is an outside set of lighted steps that lead up to the front porch. You enter the apt from the front porch. You can sit at the table and chairs on the porch. There is also a back perch off the bedroom which over looks Lincoln Park. There are no cars allowed so you have to buy a parking spot for your car in the lot outside the gate. You will be walking everywhere. There are free shuttles to the grocery store, there is a Farmers market and a drugstore but come with your Rx filled. It is slow. The entire community has airconditioned mini buses and open air golf cart trams. The bus stop is 1 .5 blocks away at the library. The tram is right at the bottom of your steps. There is Washer and Dryer, free to use by all in the building. It is in the basement in the rear of the house. Interaction with GuestsMy dad lives below you. His name is Greg. He stays with his partner, Lucy. They are here to help you get moved in and show you around. You can ask him for assistance at any time. We are a 5th Generation Chautauquan family, which means: My great,great grandma started coming here from Ohio when it was just a tent on the Lake Chautuaqua. They came to listen to the new thinkers, musicians, and preachers. My mother sat on Thomas Edison's lap here at Chautauqua when she was a girl. My dad lives below. We love the library and the classical music, which , by the way, you can hear from the porch. The NeighborhoodIntellectual Disneyland is how I describe Chautauqua. Also, on the Lake for sailing , A gorgeous Golf Course, Tennis courts,Clay courts. The oldest girls and boys club in the USA. Concerts, concerts, meetings, films, lectures, Old growth trees, shady brick walks , no street traffic, Only pedestrian traffic and tons of kids riding bikes to and from Club. 3 Symphony orchestra, Ballet school, art school, Denominational houses, Everett Jewish Center, Health Club. Bell tower that tolls on the .25 hour with Westminster chimes. Flowers and lovely gardens, parks, library, America's award winning post office, bookstore, Starbucks kiosk, Hand dipped ice cream in the grill on Bestor Plaza. ..... Getting AroundGolf cart trams are free.. Stops when you flag it down.
A/C bus stops in from of the library. There is a free shuttle to a Wegmans Supermarket that picks up at the front gate if you want to buy lots of food to cook. There is a gourmet deli in the St.Elmo hotel but it's pricey. Other Things to NoteI will be staying in my apt. except for 2 weeks while my daughter goes to a harp camp in Georgia. We are all musicians. I start my day at 7:30AM with free Meditation at the front gate, Just walk everywhere or rent a bike at the front gate.There is the farmers market there where I buy blueberries flowers and baked goods and maybe pre-made soup for lunch.( I recommend Connie's Corner in the old farmer's market for quiche and soup and other goodies.) I walk home to eat breakfast and wake up my husband. We read the Daily Newspaper called the Chautauquan Daily and plan our day. This is a very important step since there are so many activities, you need to prioritize you day and see what is planned for that night and the next day. You will be mentally and physically exhausted and need a nap. At night, it is very dark and peaceful. Everyone in town, drops after the evening concert is over 10 o'clock or 10 thirty.