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Address: Chautauqua, NY

Historic bookstore founded in 1874 in tents.

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Must see stop. Other then books also has clothing, postcards and other collectable has local books and souvenirs.

Reviewed 26 September 2016
Jennifer V
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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Must see stop. Other then books also has clothing, postcards and other collectable has local books and souvenirs.

Thank Jennifer V
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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

There are many interesting items in this book store. If you are of liberal or progressive viewpoint; or interested in understanding their views, you will like this bookstore.

Thank hank g
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The bookstore has been a favorite of myself and my family for over 30 years. It is a " must stop" every year and it never disappoints! Unfortunately, it is located inside of the Institution, but it still is worth all of the hassle and Hell it takes to get in.

Thank Kathleen S
Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

We loved this bookstore on our recent stay. They have a wide variety of books written by local authors as well as books written about Chautauqua itself. Large selection of fiction and non fiction too! We really enjoyed the gifts we were able to purchase there for our grandchildren due to the diversity of fun games, etc. Really this store... More 

Thank baffled4232011
Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

This place reminded me of a fabulous college bookstore. Everything your mind and heat desires to enhance your Chautauqua experience. It is large, carries a great selection of books, jewelry, journals, mementoes,souvenirs toys, games . Etc, etc etc all you could ever imagine and all in good taste, no junk here. An adjoining cafe offers light refreshments, lots of open... More 

Thank Lorraine & Ken W
Chautauqua, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a gem in a crown that is Chautauqua Institution! The Manager and staff are extremely knowledgable, helpful and most cordial. As a year-round facility they can be counted on for having something for most everyone from the most recent CLCS reading list books to great great things for the grandkids.

Thank ChrisYatesSr
Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

I always find it rewarding to enter a bookstore that stocks the books you have in your own bookcase at home. This was for me the case with this store (except for all the Christian books they stocked). It also improves the chances of finding book I would like (which I did). The bookstore is not very big though, but... More 

Thank Olle W
Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

The place to go for a select range of books, clever greeting cards, writing supplies, jewelry, scarves, straw hats, games, Chautauqua Institution t-shirts, and more. Anyone with a fond desire to take home a souvenir of idyllic summer days will want to take a peek before heading home. Great place to get a head start on the holiday gift season.

Thank Freespirit134
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

Chautauqua is a special place and the Bookstore is a "Must Visit"! Books, Newspapers from all over, Gifts, and clothing! Its a great place just to "Browse"!

Thank fdevilling
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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

We visited the Chautauqua Bookstore while staying at the Athenaeum Hotel as part of a pre-season Road Scholar trip to Chautauqua. This bookstore has any- and everything you might want or need...books related to the Institution and the speakers' topics as well as wonderful selections for children of all ages, plenty of clothing items, souvenirs of all kinds, beautiful scarves,... More 

Thank MaryB44207

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