Making A Splash At Chautauqua Lake

Since the Lenhart family sold the hotel in Bemus to a new owner, the anticipation of change has been on the minds of all its fans. While the hotel’s transformation remains shrouded in mystery as construction has not yet begun, buzz of activity has emerged around the corner at Lakeside and Main, centered on the new wine bar called “Splash.” Offering picturesque views of the lake and an inviting atmosphere, Splash has quickly become a local hotspot. With a carefully curated menu that strikes a balance between variety and simplicity, patrons can enjoy an ample selection of wines while basking in the charm of the outdoor seating area.

The ambiance at Splash is designed to create the perfect blend of comfort and elegance, making it an ideal destination for both casual outings and special occasions. It is no surprise that they’re poised to have a busy summer season.

Right next to Splash, and part of the corner complex, visitors will find the delightful Sweet Lolita’s Gourmet Cupcakes & Sweet Treats, a haven for gourmet cupcakes and other delectable sweets. With its charming aesthetics and unique flavors, this cupcakery is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Another exciting sight this summer is the return of Miss Joanie’s Shuttle. Miss Joanie and her stretch golf cart provide reliable transportation for both visitors and locals around Bemus Point. While the shuttle is practical, you have to admit it’s also kind of fun to bomb around Bemus in a golf cart. When you need a ride or simply want to experience a unique form of transportation, Miss Joanie is ready to assist. Her contact information can be found on the visitBemusPoint.com website.

Speaking of Bemus Point, Skillman’s is a local treasure that never disappoints. Their store has continued to evolve over the years, capturing the hearts of customers with its great clothing–especially the Chautauqua Lake-themed sweatshirts, shirts, and hats.

For those who fondly remember the days of Reverie Creamery’s wine and cheese, there is good news. The venue has been transformed into a charming marketplace, featuring a variety of shops and a new restaurant. The remodeled space boasts a modern farmhouse aesthetic that is both inviting and visually appealing. The restaurant, Truffle Honey, offers a sophisticated yet comfortable dining experience. With a menu that includes some refreshing and interesting salads, nicely crafted cheese boards, and mouthwatering dishes like wood-fired salmon or scallops, Truffle Honey is set to become a popular destination. And it seems a great place to stop in just to savor their unique cocktails, such as the intriguing Wood Grilled Watermelon RosÈ Sangria or the refreshing Cucumber Sake-tini. They’re on Route 394 across from Camp Chautauqua. Truffle Honey isn’t just about the food, it’s also about the atmosphere, featuring a chic, modern design and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.

And keep an eye out for the return of “Weiners On The Water” – the Luizzo father and son hotdog boat that cruises around the lake, serving sunbathers and boaters their grilled hotdogs. This lake fixture is in their second season, adding to the excitement and charm of Chautauqua Lake. Take a look at their Facebook page for hours and the general areas where they operate.

As we bid farewell to old establishments, it is remarkable to witness the influx of new venues and stores that are revitalizing our area. Notably, the highly anticipated opening of Target, which replaces the former K-Mart, underscores the growing interest in our community by corporations and private investors. The presence of Target signifies the confidence in our region’s growth and potential. It will also be interesting to see what happens with the Chautauqua Mall now that it has been sold.

While change can be met with mixed feelings, it is difficult to deny the allure of a Wood Grilled Watermelon RosÈ or the excitement of exploring new venues. As our community evolves and embraces new opportunities, we have the chance to retain our rural fortitude while embracing the benefits that progress brings. Chautauqua Lake continues its journey of becoming a vibrant hub, offering a blend of cherished traditions and exciting new possibilities for residents and visitors. Look forward to a great summer around the lake, even without our beloved Lenhart porch.


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