Welcome to Lakeside

Many families are searching for a vacation destination to rest, renew and reconnect. For nearly 150 years, Lakeside Chautauqua has welcomed all ages to take part in a Chautauqua experience dedicated to nurturing mind, body and spirit. The experience is a step back in time to a place where values, traditions and family remain the focus.

A Year-Round Escape

Lakeside Chautauqua is a historic community on Lake Erie that offers cultural, intellectual, spiritual and physical learning opportunities in the summer. Quaint shopping, unique restaurants and a variety of accommodations complete the experience. You can also retreat to Lakeside during the peaceful months of fall, winter and spring.

It’s our mission to enrich the quality of life for all people, to foster traditional Christian values and to nurture relationships through opportunities for renewal and growth – spiritually, intellectually, culturally and physically – while preserving Lakeside’s heritage.

Live the Lakeside Experience

Visiting Lakeside is a unique experience for each person. We invite you to experience our Chautauqua community in your own way; reconnect with family, grow spiritually, expand intellectually, unleash your creativity or challenge yourself physically.

The opportunities are endless. You’ll soon realize why Lakeside has remained an annual tradition for generations.

Support the Mission

Lakeside Chautauqua is a nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of families, friends, volunteers and its dedicated staff. Our Chautauqua programming and upkeep of the facilities and grounds are made possible through the philanthropic support of generous Lakesiders like you supporting the Lakeside Annual Fund.

There are countless ways you can help make a difference. We invite you to support Lakeside by giving a financial gift, volunteering your time, sharing the experience with a friend, planning a legacy gift for the future or joining the Endowment for Life Initiative.

To learn more about supporting Lakeside, visit or contact 419-798-4461, ext. 246. We’re truly thankful for your continued generosity!

What is a “Chautauqua?”

The word “Chautauqua” originates from the indigenous group of people, the Iroquois. The direct meaning is said to be either “two moccasins tied together” or “bag tied at the middle.”

“Chautauqua” represents a community that welcomes all people to gather and participate in lifelong learning opportunities through four pillars: religion, education, cultural arts and recreation.

Visit the Chautauqua Trail

Lakeside was among the first communities founded as part of the Chautauqua Movement in North America, a cultural and educational movement that flourished during the 19th and 20th centuries. At the height of its existence, the movement attracted millions to hear preachers, educators, explorers, scientists, politicians and entertainers.

Today, Lakeside thrives as one of the few Chautauqua communities in North America, offering a place for all people to grow – spiritually, intellectually, culturally and physically.

Many people are discovering that lifelong learning is essential to living a happy and fulfilling life. As the demand for an authentic, cultural experience grows, Chautauqua communities across North America are thriving.

The Chautauqua Movement holds a respected place in North American history, and Lakeside Chautauqua remains a leader of this cultural phenomenon. We invite you to explore the Chautauqua Trail with your family. For more information, visit