|The setup for our meet and greet|
So when Chautauqua Institution contacted me about coming, expenses paid, to a two day blogger symposium, I a) knew what they were asking for and b) was more than happy to go along because this is a place that is near and dear to our hearts. We would go anyway. We have been going for years.
I am especially fond of the Institution during off-season for its quiet, and this early Spring, I chose to go there for my retreat, as you may recall.
|The Athenaeum, location for our symposium|
If you've never been to Chautauqua, check out their site. It's this indescribable university/salon*/spa/retreat/vacation that runs a nine week season, each week around a theme.
(*Using "salon" in the old way, of course, and not talking about some giant hair place! Giggle...)
As a virtual girl and a TED lover, I think, well, what's the point of driving somewhere and being around all those people?! But the President of Chautauqua totally changed my mind about IRL! HA!
|The cute doors in our room|
Secondly, the grounds of Chautauqua are covered in Victorian houses and the charm of that era penetrates the overall experience. It is quiet there so you can hear your own thoughts more clearly. And there are big old trees that carry stories in their blowing branches. The lake, though small for this Great Lakes girl, laps peacefully at the edges of the institution and the rhythm of the lake is definitely the rhythm of the place itself.
|A lovely, spider like chandelier|
|Dessert the first night|