• Education program transforms with varied instruction strategies to enhance learning

    Each summer, thousands of Lakesiders take part in lectures and additional educational programs at Lakeside. These social, contextual interactions are central to our intellectual wellbeing, and at...

  • 2019 Hoover Entertainment Preview

    Staff Blogger: Kelsey Pepa, Digital Communications Coordinator A new year has officially arrived, and with it, new excitement for the coming summer at Lakeside. This year is...

  • Spread the Lakeside Love on Valentine’s Day!

    Did you LOVE our Valentine’s Day T-shirt appeal last year? Just like last year, you can show your love by purchasing a $25 Lakeside T-shirt ($15 for...

  • ‘Touch the Fence’

    Guest Blogger: Erika French “I touched one fence today,” I tell my sister. She understands the basics of what that means since she has walked with me...

  • Bettinger Park, the ‘Heartbeat of Lakeside’ for the Browning Family

    Staff Blogger: Alana Tarry, Director of Development Cade Browning remembers coming to Lakeside as a high schooler to visit his grandmother at her cottage, Miriam’s Mansion. It...

  • 2018 Holiday Gift Ideas

    With Christmas just around the corner, are you still searching for the perfect present? Why not give the gift of happiness and take a look at our list...

  • 2018 Pumpkin-Decorating Contest

    We had several fantastic entries in our annual Pumpkin-Decorating Contest at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners! Best Overall & Most Creative...

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin-Decorating Contest, Lakesiders!

    Welcoming the return of fall weather to our Lake Erie shore, October brings a beautiful, multi-hued landscape of autumn leaves, cool breezes off the water… and the...

  • Business Hours for 2018-2019 Off-Season

    Coffee & Cream Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday through Oct. 13; reopens May 2019 Evening Song Cottage Bed & Breakfast Open weekends through Oct. 13...

  • A Royal Visit to Lakeside

    Guest Blogger: Cheryl Harner, Lakesider It was a collision of two of nature’s greatest phenomena, an insect migration and a hurricane, in a drama played out over...

In our fast-paced world full of modern conveniences, many families are searching for a unique destination to rest, renew and reconnect with loved ones. Aren’t you?

Since 1873, Lakeside Chautauqua has welcomed families to the Lake Erie shore 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.

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Welcome to The Front Porch, the official blog of Lakeside Chautauqua!

Since 1873, Lakeside Chautauqua has welcomed families to Ohio’s Lake Erie shore to take part in a Chautauqua experience dedicated to nurturing mind, body and spirit.

Lakeside is a year-round destination, although our summer Chautauqua program draws families from across the world to participate in a variety of spiritual experiences, educational lectures, cultural arts programming and recreational pursuits.

More than 900 Victorian cottages line the quaint streets of our waterfront community. Most have a cozy front porch, perfect for relaxing, reading, drinking iced tea, playing card games and especially for welcoming conversation.

So, welcome to our Front Porch! This blog will feature Lakeside stories, travel tips, how-to articles, snapshots, guests’ experiences and interviews with staff.

To create the conversation, share your thoughts and pictures, or tell us why your family returns to Lakeside each year. Your stories make our conversation authentic and true, allowing others to learn and grow. So, let your creativity and imagination run wild.

We only ask that you respect everyone’s thoughts in your comments and feedback – be polite and considerate. Also, please understand that this is a moderated blog, and comments will be reviewed.

We look forward to our Front Porch conversations with you.