Bemus Point Village, located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake, NY is a delightful vacation destination that offers old fashioned relaxation on a sparkling lake with cool breezes and quaint gift shops.
Bemus Point Village – New York
Bemus Point is located in the upper northwest corner of New York on the south shore of Chautauqua Lake; a 17 mile long lake that is only 2 miles wide. The first settler to the area, William Bemus, bought land on both sides of the lake and built a raft and poled across the narrow lake between his properties. This became a motorized ferry as time went on, and for many years carried first, horse and buggies, and later cars, from Bemus Point to Stow, NY on the northern shore.
A bridge across the lake was opened in 1982, and the old car ferry became a weekend tourist attraction which is operated by volunteers each weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Bemus Point has a colorful history as a vacation magnet. In the 1800s steamboats loaded with tourists ran the length of the lake from there to Jamestown. During the 1930s and the WWII time period, big bands came to the Village Casino which opened in 1930, including Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Cab Calloway and Al Jolson.
The Village Casino is still open, and since the 1980s, the Casino has been a casual lakeside restaurants noted for its wings, crab cakes, sandwiches and burgers and live entertainment. Live performances and other events take place almost every night throughout the summer season. Patrons can arrive at the Casino by car, foot or boat, as there is a docking facility right outside.
Bemus Point Restaurants
There are also several other restaurants in the village, including the Ye Hare ‘n Hounds Inn, Bemus Bay Coffee, and The Italian Fisherman, which is located right on the the bay with floating entertainment.
The Italian Fisherman is a popular spot with locals and vacationers alike. They offer a variety of food from classic Italian food to “watergrill” favorites during the summer months. Drinks, and fine wines are the perfect compliment to the lakeside entertainment on the back deck.
You’ll find live music four nights a week as well as complimentary movies at the Italian Fisherman. If you do plan to visit Bemus, New York, stop by the restaurant and grab a view from the “fish tank,” a covered floating dock where you can relax and enjoy the sunset over Bemus Bay.
The Itialian Fisherman is a must visit restaurant in Bemus Point!
Things To Do In Bemus Point, NY
Nearby attractions include Long Point State Park just west of the village, which has nature trails, a playground, picnic facilities and a marina and boat launch.
Midway Park, in nearby Maple Springs, is the 15th oldest continually operating amusement park in the United States. The park has old-time favorite rides to choose from, including a restored Alan Herschell carousel. It also has picnic facilities, a roller rink and miniature golf.
Midway State Park makes our cut for entertaining the kids while visiting the scenic Bemus Point, NY.
Where to Stay in Bemus Point
Certainly one place which should be on your short list of places to stay in Bemus Point is Hotel Lenhart. Hotel Lenhart was established in 1880 and still operated by the Lenhart family and is the quintessential place to stay while visiting Bemus Point.
The 135 year old hotel has 53 rooms, a country porch lined with rocking chairs and a lush, green lawn sprawling with chairs, all overlooking Chautauqua lake.
Hotel Lenhart is this vacationers picks for the best place to stay in Bemus Point!
Bemus Point Village, New York
Bemus Point Village is a small, charming vacation haven. It’s a perfect place to escape the daily hustle and bustle of life and relax your worries away. Unwind, take a stroll through town and enjoy the sights, sounds and all the great food Bemus Point Village has to offer!