Chautauqua has the distinction of being both a "geographic place and a place of mind."
"...a place in which to grow spiritually, a place of intellectual stimulation, where faith is restored and the arts are valued..."
Why do people come to the Chautauqua Institution? Many of the visitors who return to Chautauqua year after year describe it as an experience rather than a vacation -- a place for renewal. The Chautauqua Institution was founded on the belief that everyone "has a right to be all that he can be -- to know all that he can know." The experiences come in many forms. A dramatic lakeside setting and the beauty of its National Historic Landmark architecture make the Chautauqua Institution a thriving community where visitors come to find intellectual and spiritual growth and renewal.