Nestled in the lush hills of Chautauqua County, NY, the Blue Heron Inn extends a warm welcome to all who travel the scenic southern corridor into Western New York. Located on Findley Lake’s picturesque north shore, antique-appointed accommodations with a spectacular lake view are the specialty of the house at the Blue Heron Inn. The Inn pays homage to its scenic location with a relaxed, nature-inspired decor. Each non-smoking guest room features a private bath, air conditioning and free wireless internet. Start the day with the pleasure of Chef Bruce’s full breakfast each morning, lounge over a bottomless cup of coffee and ponder the day’s possibilities.
The Blue Heron Inn offers more than just fine overnight accommodations.On premise dining & spirits are available to guests as well as to the public. And the big red barn behind the Inn is home to Nostalgia at the Blue Heron Inn, "the coolest store in town". Nostalgia is famous for an eclectic assortment of artisan-crafted jewelry and blown glass, crystals, gemstones, incense, hand-batik clothing from all over the world, Findley Lake apparel, retro toys and games for kids of all ages and an old-fashioned candy counter sure to trigger a fun trip down memory lane.
Stroll the local shops or enjoy the five miles around the lake by boat, bike or on foot. If you're looking to venture further afield, a multitude of sights and sounds are yours to discover. Chautauqua County is home to a wealth of antique shops, farm markets, galleries & historic sites. For the more adventurous there are biking & hiking trails, horseback riding and even hot air balloon rides!
Close to Home But Far From Everyday Life
Centrally-located between the following Chautauqua County, NY and Erie, PA attractions:
Presque Isle and Tom Ridge Environmental Center
CELEBRATE WINTER IN WESTERN NEW YORK!
"What good is the warmth of summer,
without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?”
― John Steinbeck,
" Travels with Charley: In search of America"
Winter came late to Chautauqua County this year -- we didn't see our first big snow until well into December. While the region is quiet compared to the hustle & bustle of the seasons that came before, Chautauqua County enjoys a very active winter season. Experience the steady snowfalls that spread a sense of quiet & well-being over the many lakes and rolling farmland. Bring your snowmobile to experience the hundreds of miles of groomed trails, enjoy the nearby slopes of Peek 'n Peak Resort or venture out to taste what's new at Lake Erie Wine Country's member wineries, distilleries and breweries. Plan to visit the local museums that pay homage to national historic celebrities like Lucille Ball, Roger Tory Peterson, and Robert H. Jackson. Or plan a leisurely get-away to the Blue Heron Inn that focuses on time to relax, rewind and reinvent yourself.
One thing is for sure: Findley Lake, NY - We LIVE Winter!
JANUARY FUN FACTS
1798: Amendment 11 to Constitution was proclaimed, modifying the Supreme Court's power.
1863: The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln.
1896: Utah became the 45th state.
1912: New Mexico became the 47th state.
1920: The League of Nations was established.
A Full Four Seasons of Fun
- Autumn -
And the fun doesn't stop at summer's end! As the days grow shorter Chautauqua County's Fall festivals come alive as we celebrate the flavors of the local harvest. The festivities take place amidst hillsides ablaze in vivid jewel tones. The carefully tended crops have been gathered, the wineries are busy putting up the season's vintages and the chill in the air turns our thoughts to the upcoming celebrations of Halloween and Thanksgiving.
- Winter -
Winter in the rolling hills of Chautauqua County is reminiscent of a Currier and Ives Christmas card! Annual snowfalls average more than 200 inches each year, creating sparkling portraits of stillness and serenity. And all that snow is perfect for spending a few days on the ski slopes, riding the hundreds of miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails, taking an old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh ride on the grounds of historic Chautauqua Institution or trying your skill in a brand new state-of-the-art ice skating arena. The highlight of each February is a 3-day Winter Festival on nearby Chautauqua Lake that features an Ice Castle Extravaganza, sleigh rides, ice carvings, snow sculptures & more.
- Spring -
Spring - the most anticipated time of the year! Our region averages more than 200 inches of snow each winter. Needless to say, by the time March rolls around everyone is more than ready to welcome the new season! Signs of Spring will soon burst upon us; the tulips will peek through the dormant flowerbeds and the flowering trees will wave their showy blooms in the warm spring breezes. The geese will nest and new gaggles of goslings, proudly strutting along the lake-shore, will appear each week. Symbolic of the season life will reinvent itself all around us.
Reinvent yourselves at the Blue Heron Inn!
Findley Lake is located less than three hours, less than one tank of gas, from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Niagara Falls and Toronto and within an easy drive from Buffalo and Erie.
The perfect destination for a single day's pleasure or a relaxing overnight stay.
Open year ' round
~ close to home but far from everyday life!