Summer 2020 may be looking quite a bit different from what we expected, but we’re still enjoying sunny weather and the great outdoors — while social distancing, of course. If you’re feeling that summer travel itch, you may be considering a weekend getaway. One getaway spot, about three hours from the city, is the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel located on the shores of the Chautauqua Lake. 

Chautauqua Harbor Hotel exterior
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This hotel, which opened in 2018, comes with all the luxury amenities and waterfront views you’d hope for in a weekend getaway. The interior of the hotel mixes the feeling of a historic building with modern accents. The rooms are spacious with balconies overlooking the lake. Plus, you can enjoy some summer sunsets sitting on the expansive outdoor patio with firepits near the lakeshore.

The hotel experience includes a few personal touches such as coffee service on every floor in the morning — an improvement over the typical hotel room coffee maker. 

Chautauqua Harbor Hotel double queen room
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In addition to the modern rooms and lakefront views, the hotel has great dining options. The Lake House Tap and Grille offers waterfront (outdoor!) dining and creative cocktails. The hot lobster dip appetizer is highly recommended. You can even order take-out for breakfast and dinner.  

Chautauqua Harbor Hotel pizza
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Beyond a luxurious hotel stay, you can enjoy the lake and surrounding area in Western New York. The place has a lot to offer between outdoor activities and water sports. With nine acres to explore, you can hike, run, swim, and kayak. 

Chautauqua Harbor Hotel fire pit
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Chautauqua Harbor Hotel is less than three miles from the National Comedy Center and features an exhibit from the comedy center in the hotel lobby. The National Comedy Center is currently open at 25% capacity with timed tickets and touchless processes. 

And if you’d rather spend a weekend relaxing and unwinding, you can enjoy the view of Chautauqua lake, catch up on a good book, and watch the sun set over the water. 

Chautauqua Harbor Hotel sunset

Chautauqua Harbor Hotel and the vicinity is a great escape for a relaxing girls weekend, romantic getaway, or just a trip out of the city. The hotel is currently open and taking reservations for winter vacations as well. 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
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