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 WGRZ Channel 2 Buffalo NY
 Date:  7/11/2003
 Forestville, NY is recognized with special mention of Lana's The Little House and Merritt Estate Winery!

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- Sunday, July 27, 2003



Dunkirk Observer
Jamestown Post-Journal
Olean Times Herald
Wellsville Daily Reporter
Lockport Journal


Cheektowaga Times
East Aurora Advertiser
The Hamburg Sun
The Lake and Valley Clarion (Geneseo)
The Springville Journal
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Bemus Point became a preferred stop for the very first steamboats on Chautauqua Lake. The delightful town quickly flourished and remains a family favorite in the Chautauqua region. One of the most popular attractions in this quaint village is the Italian Fisherman Restaurant. Located on the beautiful waterfront, visitors can experience great dining and enjoy exciting concerts. Here they can also take a cruise on the oldest motor yacht on the Lake. The For-Roligt, a luxury yacht built in 1903 for industrialist J.W. Packard, was recently restored and now hosts day trips, sunset dinner cruises, and evening excursions. This restaurant also is the home of Bemus Bay Pops, a Labor Day celebration created by the owners of The Italian Fisherman. The Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra performs a brilliantly diverse program incorporating works from Gershwin, Strauss, Sousa, and The Beatles. This growing celebration takes place on the restaurant's roof and a new floating stage in the water. Join the 10,000 others that attend this event yearly by either land or by sea. "Jammin' on the Point" is another local event occurring on the waterfront from 2-6 pm every other Sunday during the summer months. If you are looking for a place to stay, the Country House Bed & Breakfast is quite a relaxing and tranquil retreat. Built in 1847, it is located in the heart of Chautauqua and lies on 314 acres of farmland and wood trails.


A charming Victorian region set in Northern Chautauqua County, Dunkirk and Fredonia offer an assortment of historical sites and events throughout the year. Walking and trolley tours through downtown Fredonia present visitors with a glance of the many unique shops and restaurants that give the Village its unique character. The downtown centers on the beautiful Barker Commons and its impressive Victorian Fountains. The Fredonia Opera House is a superbly renovated, turn-of-the-century theater located in the heart of Fredonia. Opened in 1891, the Opera House continues to frequently host music festivals and sensational performers. The near-by Village of Dunkirk has just as much to offer. Located on the waterfront of Lake Erie, visitors have their choice of boating, hiking, swimming, or fishing during the summer season. At the Dunkirk Historical Light House, built in 1875, visitors can experience tours of Civil War boats and cannons. One of the most exciting events of the summer is Fredonia's "Victorian Dazzle." From July 17th to the 19th, take a walk though the past as the entire town goes back in time to 1900. Here you can find ghost tours by horse drawn trolleys, a Victorian Murder Mystery, intricate costumes, Victorian teas, and music in the park. What makes this region truly special are the residents who pride themselves on welcoming and caring for the many visitors to the community.


A small town nestled in the heart of Chautauqua's wine country, Forestville has much to offer to any sightseer traveling this way. A favorite stop for travelers is Lana's "The Little House." This storybook English cottage is situated on 21 enchanting acres of rolling meadows and sprawling English gardens. It has been featured in newspapers and magazines all over the country, including House Beautiful Weekend Homes. "The Little House" sits back off old country roads lined with popular roadside markets, giving the town its own distinguishing essence. The area's wine country is another scene preferred by travelers. The Merritt Estate Winery was the first winery organized in Chautauqua County under regulations signed by Governor Carey in 1976. The family serves its award winning wine from its own home, which has been owned by the Merritts since the late 1800's. One of the many exciting events held is Forestville every year is Merritt Estate's SeptemberFest Harvest Celebration. Come and dance to the music of live bands, participate in events such as grape stomping, or just sit and enjoy the appetizing food and delicious wine. All of this makes Forestville a pleasant, inspirational place to visit.


The biggest attraction in Jamestown, New York, focuses on one of the most celebrated entertainers of all time. The Lucy-Desi Museum is a tribute to Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz. The museum features interactive displays, special exhibits, and an extensive gift shop. Videos and personal belongings retrace the history of the "First Couple of Comedy." From August 8th to the 10th the Town will hold its annual "Lucille Ball's Birthday Celebration." The Fenton History Center is another highlight of this area. Built in 1863, the Fenton Mansion became a historical center in 1964; in 1972 the Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historical Places. The Center provides enlightening cultural opportunities to its visitors through the exhibition of archival materials pertaining to Jamestown and Chautauqua County. One of the most interesting and distinctive attractions in Jamestown is the Audubon Nature Center and Sanctuary. This is home to a 600-acre wildlife sanctuary that includes five miles of easy hiking trails through fields, woods, and wetlands. The Nature center also includes exhibits, a vast collection of different birds, and many special events and programs. Another draw to the region is it's phenomenal golf courses. In November of 2002, Jamestown, New York acquired the title, "The Best Little Golf Town in America" by Golf Digest Magazine.

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