Monthly Archives: June 2017

Fishing Lake Chautauqua, New York

White bass a blast and good eating fish on light tackle.
Yellow perch are excellent food fare. They also put up a nice little battle on light tackle. If it moves, they will strike it!

AmericanPressTravelNews-June 28th,-Lake Erie, N.Y.-Bob and Barb “On The Road Again” catching up with some fish!

A relatively small walleye pike, but this lake has some big-un’s too!
Mike Sperry is more than a fishing guide. He also creates tackle that he sells for musky and all other gamefish.
White perch are prolific in most upstate New York.
Many different lures that target musky!
Guide and fishing entrepreneur Mike Sperry was a great fellow to fish with. He was quite attentive to his boat mates.








I fished with Dave Barus and Mike Sperry of Chautauqua Reel Outdoors Guide & Tackle, LLC. on Lake Chautauqua-we were looking to pop a musky, but we ended up catching a mixed bag of yellow perch, walleye pike, and silver perch and bass. It was a great day of chit chat, hook photo and release, and a fine waterfront lunch with Dave and his friend and guide-Mike Sperry. Mike has a great personality, loves fishing, makes and markets his own lures and is very attentive to his anglers. His shops number is (716) 763-2947 you can get live bait and buy all manner of freshwater lures including his tried and true lures as well!  His booking number for all freshwater species (crappie, perch, bass, walleye, musky and steelhead too, is: 716 969-4633 and he is a licensed fishing guide. 


Chautauqua Institution – The Anthenaeum Hotel – A Beautiful Historic Place in New York State


The Front Desk! -June 29th. I had the opportunity to visit the Chautauqua Institution, in Chautauqua, New York prior to the beginning of their summer season.

The Athenaeum Hotel

Touring the beautiful Athenaeum Hotel was a real treat. The hotel was established in 1881. The constant renovations has kept up to the standards to the history and beauty of the past, while having the up-to-date comforts to enjoy on a day to day basis for today. I would have loved to have my wedding in such a historic place. The hotel and Institution are open during the summer months. In the spring and fall months, the Athenaeum Hotel acts as a host to well-organized conferences, beautiful weddings, and special events. A Chautauqua Institution gate pass is not needed during these months. For information call : (716) 357-6250.   

The Institution is home to the entertainment programs offering many events such as concerts, a dance program by the Chautauqua Ballet Company, or a show by a special guest artists and so much that are a range of special courses in music, art, dance, drama and others. There are also scholarship programs offered. Presently the Amphitheater is in the process of a complete renovation and is re-opening within the next couple of weeks. It was at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, where Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a crowd of over 12,000 with his historic “I hate war” speech. The Institution has also been visited by a number of notable historical figures including Booker T. Washington, Susan B. Anthony,  Amelia Earhart ,Thurgood Marshall and many more notable people in America’s past and present. To find out more about what is offered and to make reservations, visit their website:

Located on Lake Chautauqua, we also toured the beautiful homes within the Institution area. 


A wonderful Lunch On The Porch


Very relaxing seating Area


The Historic Miller Bell Tower Dedicated in 1911 In The Background.


Chautauqua Area, New York – Unique Places To Visit


Produce Auctioneer – June 25th – Today is a full day of exploring the area. Joanna Dahlbeck from Chautauqua Tourism introduced me to some of the little known places you can visit in the area. There are many small towns in the Chautauqua area. We started with an Amish Produce and Flower auction in North Clymer. This particular day at the auction had was called the wholesale day. It is open to the public, but the items are on a flat. If you bid, you need to buy the whole flat. Other days are retail and you can bid on one of an item. To find out more the website is: The flowers were so beautiful that it was hard to resist. But we were too far from our TN. home to pack them away.

Beef cattle raised on healthy forage

Not far from the auction was the Green Heron Growers. One of their specialties is growing shiitake mushrooms. Julie Rockcastle met us and explained the process of growing these delicious mushrooms. They also raise chickens, grass fed beef, vegetables and herbs (and much more). All certified organic. Julie and her husband Steve offer farm tours along with workshops and culinary experiences. 

Shitaki Mushrooms are the best

Julie also explained their internship program, giving the opportunity to train farmers to the benefits of organic farming. To find out more, take a look at their website: or call (716) 720-3695. For information on their Great Blue Heron Music Festival take a look the this website: www.greatblueheron/wp/

Stedman Corners Cafe

 It was such a beautiful day, so we decided to have lunch at Stedman Corners Cafe in Mayville. They have a lovely outdoor area and we enjoyed one of their over sized sandwiches in the cool breeze. Located at Stedman Corners in Mayville, N.Y.

Stedman Cafe Antique Sign

Stedman Corners Corners Cafe started as a general store in 1898. It was a favorite place to buy “fresh ground coffee”. Today the cafe serves breakfast and lunch and on some nights dinner. Check out their website: or their Facebook page or call (716) 789-5047.

Great Ham Sandwich

Lake Erie and Lake Chautauqua – Grape Arbors As Far As You Can See – June 27th – Riding around the Lake Erie region of Chautauqua there are vineyards almost everywhere. 

To find out more about the business of grapes in this attractive area we visited The Cornell University Lake Erie Research Extension Laboratory. We learned that there are approximately 30,000 acres in the Lake Erie region of New York and Pennsylvania. 98.5% of these grapes are used for juice, jam and other fresh or fermented products. The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program consists of Extension Educators and research faculty/staff from Cornell University and Penn State University devoted to projects aimed at increasing yields, product quality, diversity and improvement of cultivars, efficiency of production, profitability and adoption of environmentally sound cultural and pest management strategies. To find out more take a look at their website:

Our next stop was at the Johnson Estate Winery. This is oldest estate winery in the New York State, established in 1961.

Johnson Estates Wines

The Johnson’s Estate is a Story of Three Generations, beginning in 1877 with an English orphan named Frederick Johnson. In 1908 Johnson purchased this home circa – 1822 with the adjoining farm along the banks of Freelings Creek, in Westfield, N.Y. There is a full history on the website.

Today it is owned by Frederick Johnson Jr. with his wife Jennifer, former president of the Chautauqua – Lake Erie Wine Trail. They completed a renovation of the tasting room in 2011 for the winery’s 50th anniversary celebration. This building has been beautifully renovated complementing the old with the new. They have a full side viewing window with the full size stainless steel tanks.

Wine tastings and pairings are popular at this winery, with a large selection of estate wines and gifts.  They have group tours by

Grape Vineyard

appointment. Also, they have many summer events that a space can be reserved online. Check out their website: or call (716) 326-2191.

Also call: 1-800-374-6569