Spring, a Time for Leisure Learning Experiences in Chautauqua County, New York

Lake Erie Wine Country is home to 23 wineries and 30,000 acres of vineyards

Spring is metaphorically a season of new beginnings. Some may honor this tradition by spring cleaning their home, an act that implies cleaning the nooks and crannies of our living spaces or purging our underused belongings. Maybe it is a time for reinvention. A new wardrobe, hair style, or self-care routine might be just what we need. Or it could be a time to start a new hobby… jogging or gardening anyone? Here in Chautauqua County, we think of spring as an opportunity for learning and exploration. We ask our guests, “What would you like to learn today?” and direct them to the myriad of Chautauqua in Spring events dedicated to this concept of leisure learning. There is a tour, workshop or dining experience to pique just about everyone’s interest during our five week Chautauqua in Spring season, May 12-June 18, 2017.

Here you will find a short list Chautauqua in Spring events curated by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau to suit multiple traveler archetypes. Before you arrive, request a free 2017 Chautauqua County Visitors Guide and Accommodations Directory by calling CCVB at 866-908-4569. Visit the Tour Chautauqua website, chqspring.com, for a complete list of Chautauqua in Spring events, stay and play promotions, and area attraction information.

The Food and Wine Aficionado:

  •     Taste the Difference: An 1850s Farm to Table Event – Thursday, May 18, 2017: Chef Robert Cross will discuss meal preparation in the 1850s while guests enjoy a freshly prepared meal reminiscent of the era. This is a chance to wear your 19th century finery, enjoy music, conversation, dance, all while discovering what life was like during the 1850s. RSVP required. Hosts: Fenton History Center and Busti Historical Society. Cost: $30. Contact: 716-664-6256
  •     Sprinkle Flowers on Your Plate – Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Discover the tastes and uses of edible flowers. Novice and experienced gardeners and cooking enthusiasts will learn how to grow, harvest and incorporate these delectable edible blooms into meals. Host: Hickory Hurst Farm. Cost: $15. Contact: 716-789-9427
  •     Estate Wine Pairing Dinner, “Romance in France” – Saturday, May 27, 2017: Begin with sparkling wine cocktails and appetizers in a historic tasting room. Then, glass in hand, stroll through Johnson Estate Winery’s abundant iris gardens adjacent to the vineyards. A candlelight dinner will be served featuring an elegant and traditional French meal. Host: Johnson Estate Winery. Cost: $60. Contact: 716-326-2191
  •     Fungi, Feasting and Foraging – Sunday, May 28, 2017: Want to know what’s edible in your backyard? Join mushroom hunter and Chef Garrett Taylor,…

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