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Thousands of Chautauqua guests choose to stay right on the institution's grounds in privately owned accommodations that range from quaint rooming houses and inns to luxury homes and condominiums. Some recommended properties include Ashland Guest House, 10 Vincent Ave. (tel. 888/598-5969 or 716/357-2257 [in season] or 716/837-3711 [off season]; ashlandguesthouse@yahoo.com); Vera Guesthouse, 25 S. Terrace (same contact info as the Ashland); The Cambridge Inn, 9 Roberts Ave. (tel. 716/357-3292 [in season] or 727/866-7965 [off season]; scluehrs@cs.com); The Gleason, 12 N. Lake Dr. (tel. 716/357-2595; gleasonhotel@netzero.com); and the Tally Ho Hotel, 16-20 Morris Ave. (tel. 716/357-3325 [in season] or 954/920-2088 [off season]). Rooms may be available by the day, week, and/or season, and amenities run the gamut from a single bed with shared bathroom to gorgeous, fully loaded lakefront condos that go for a few thousand dollars a week. For a complete list of accommodations, try the institution's online "Webervations" system (www.webervations.com) that can help match your needs with appropriate lodgings.

A few chains in the area provide basic accommodations, including Days Inn, 10455 Bennett Rd., Fredonia (tel. 716/673-1351); Holiday Inn Express, 3025 Rte. 426, Findley Lake (tel. 716/769-7900); and Best Western, 3912 Vineyard Dr., Dunkirk (tel. 716/366-7100).

Camping -- Right on Chautauqua Lake, you'll find 250 campsites with 2,000 feet of lakefront at the sprawling Camp Chautauqua, Route 394 (tel. 800/578-4849 or 716/789-3435). Count on lots of RV traffic, though you'll be able to find a spot for yourself to pop a tent. You'll also get tons of amenities like a teen center, coin-op laundry, heated pools, and tennis. There are also another 180 campsites at Chautauqua Heights, 5652 Thumb Rd., Dewittville (tel. 716/386-3804).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.