Smithsonian magazine has named Chautauqua, N.Y., as the No. 1 "Best Small Town to Visit in 2014" in the cover story of its April 2014 issue. The feature, by former New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist Susan Spano, cites Chautauqua Institution's mix of lectures, classes, recreational activities and fine, performing and literary arts programs as the basis for the distinction.
The Chautauqua experience is based around one’s engagement in five program areas: arts, education, religion, recreation, and youth. Start your day with a walk or run along the lake shore or with a trip to the Farmers Market for fresh fruit, vegetables, and other locally grown and made products.