Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center
30 Lake Shore Drive East
Dunkirk, NY 14048
Phone: (716) 366-8350
Fax: (716) 366-8899
This 61-foot stone lighthouse and attached keeper's house was built in 1876. A previous lighthouse was built on this site in 1827. Visitors to the lighthouse will learn what life was like for lighthouse-keepers in the 19th Century. They can also climb the 55-step spiral staircase to the top of the tower for a great view of the surrounding area. It is rumored that the lighthouse is haunted by the spirit of a lighthouse keeper who drowned while trying to rescue some children. The keeper’s cottage also has a display of veteran’s memorabilia. - Christine A. Smyczynski
The monumental School No. 7 is a renowned schooling avenue in Chautauqua County. It is accurately sited at Dunkirk in the Chautauqua County, New York. The school building is predominantly a single storied building structure. It was constructed in 1920 and stands as a significant school site from the early 20th century. It traces the late 19th and early 20th century American movements style of architecture. It provides for fine resources, elegant classrooms, competent schooling and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This winery founded in 1999 is operated by the Metzger family. It is one of the few smaller wineries that has the facility to freeze its wine during the process to remove the skins and yeast. Some of their wines include Concord, Rambo red, Cayuga white, Chardonnay and Chambourcin. This winery spans 25 acres that feature a beautiful picnic grove, pond and gazebo. It is a popular spot for weddings, reunions, and other events. Their catering facility holds up to 600 people for receptions. The Jammin’ at the Creek concert series takes place weekly at the winery May through September. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Initiated few years back by Douglas Fairbanks and his wife Linda Fairbanks, Fairbanks Maple, today, produces 1200 to 1400 gallons of maple syrups each year. This makes it one of the largest producers of maple syrup in this part of New York. The house where the production of the syrup takes place is located by the Shaw road of the small town Forestville where you can stopover and could get to know about the procedure involved in its production. The Fairbanks Maple is also part of the Maple Weekends festival with open participation for public, and offers horse rides and other entertaining activities. Call for further information if you plan to visit this place.
Sunset Bay is one of the more popular Lake Erie beaches in the Buffalo area. It features a beautiful, 5-acre, clean sandy beach with lifeguards—a perfect place to bring the family. A tropical-themed beach restaurant, Cabana Sam's, features casual waterfront dining. It has good affordable food, including sandwiches, burgers, chicken fingers, wings, and more, including a Friday night fish fry. The Sunset Bay Beach Club, voted the best party bar at both the 2007 and 2008 Buffalo Music Awards, is located right next to the restaurant. It features nightly entertainment and a happy hour. The beach also has an ice cream stand, Beaches and Cream, along with a video arcade and beach boutique. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Centrally located in Irving New York, the Evangola Park was previously a corn growing farm land. Today, this massive and spacious park offers residents with an open air camping space, a picnic area, space for tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball and disc golf. There is also a swimming area with an accompanied lifeguard. The park features a unique banquet hall which is given out on rent for social functions and weddings. Call ahead for more details or check website.
Take a tour of the farm and the production house of the Vinewood Acres Sugar Shack and get all the information there is about the making of maple syrup and its products. Besides, you also get a chance to indulge in tasting of syrups and order these at prices that are cheaper than the packaged ones available in the market. Located next to the panoramic Lake Erie, Vinewood Acres Sugar Shack is an ideal place for group and family visits. Call the house to know more.
The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Station needs no introduction to Chautauqua County locals, having served the citizens for more than a century. The Romanesque style one-and-a-half-story structure was constructed in 1904. The line splits at Cleveland through CSX and Northfolk Southern. It plays the central transmission point for passengers traveling to the Chautauqua Institution. Over the span of a century, the station underwent various changes and mergers to gain historic significance. From 1914, there has been a merger of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad and the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Station, that gave birth to the New York Central Railroad.
This 14-room, Federal-style mansion houses the collections of the Chautauqua County Historical Society. The home was built in 1818 by James McClurg, a wealthy man originally from Pittsburgh. McClurg decided to build a more elegant home for his family, rather than a log home like most other settlers lived in. After the last of his descendants died, the home was left to the village to be used as a public building. It was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Displays on three floors pertain to the development of Chautauqua County and feature art, antiques, dolls and more, including an exhibit on Chautauqua County’s connection to president Abraham Lincoln. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Moore Park, is one of the green spaces that offer relaxed and serene ambiance to one and all. Apart from leisure strolls and walks, locals head to enjoy the variety of events held here. Concerts, music festivals, community events are a regular feature at Moore Park. While you are in town, do visit this event venue-cum-park.
Stop by the Pennsylvania Railroad Station for a glimpse into the past. This historically significant railroad station was built in 1925 and has a picturesque decor with predominantly brick elements. This station served this region till 1950 and later was closed down. Now half of this railroad station has been converted into the interesting Depot Museum that explores the local culture and history.
The most striking thing you’ll notice about this winery’s location is the view overlooking Lake Erie. Ask to borrow their binoculars, and on a clear day you’ll be able to see Port Dover in Ontario on the other side of the Lake. Pete and Diane Noble’s winery, located on their family’s 189-acre grape farm, produces a variety of wines, including Concord, Delaware, Niagara, Seyval Blanc, Riesling and Pink Catawba. Sample some wine in their large tasting room. Recent awards include a bronze for their Seyval Blanc, Delaware at the Florida State Fair and international Wine Competition, and a bronze for the Seyval Blanc at the International Eastern Wine Competition. - Christine A. Smyczynski