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P.O. Box 588
10412 Main Street
Findley Lake, NY 14736
P: 716.769.7852
F: 716.769.7866



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Our stay was short but the french toast was sweet,

your house is beautiful and this bedroom is neat.


We've got to go shopping so farewell for now,

we'll see you next year

hopefully, somehow.

Karen & Pete

(not professional poets)

Lockport, NY


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Welcome to the Blue Heron Inn


Nestled in the lush hills of Chautauqua County, NY, the Blue Heron Inn extends a warm welcome to all who travel the scenic southern corridor into Western New York. Located on Findley Lake’s picturesque north shore, antique-appointed accommodations with a spectacular lake view are the specialty of the house at the Blue Heron Inn. The Inn pays homage to its scenic location with a relaxed, nature-inspired decor. Each non-smoking guest room features a private bath, air conditioning and free wireless internet. Start the day with the pleasure of Chef Bruce’s full breakfast each morning, lounge over a bottomless cup of coffee and ponder the day’s possibilities.

The Blue Heron Inn offers more than just fine overnight accommodations.On premise dining & spirits are available to guests as well as to the public. And the big red barn behind the Inn is home to Nostalgia at the Blue Heron Inn, "the coolest store in town". Nostalgia is famous for an eclectic assortment of artisan-crafted jewelry and blown glass, crystals, gemstones, incense, hand-batik clothing from all over the world, Findley Lake apparel, retro toys and games for kids of all ages and an old-fashioned candy counter sure to trigger a fun trip down memory lane.

Stroll the local shops or enjoy the five miles around the lake by boat, bike or on foot. If you're looking to venture further afield, a multitude of sights and sounds are yours to discover. Chautauqua County is home to a wealth of antique shops, farm markets, galleries & historic sites. For the more adventurous there are biking & hiking trails, horseback riding and even hot air balloon rides!


Close to Home But Far From Everyday Life

Centrally-located between the following Chautauqua County, NY and Erie, PA attractions:

    Presque Isle and Tom Ridge Environmental Center


Celebrate SUMMER in Western York!

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining,

the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing,

and the lawn mower is broken."

                                                        ~ James Dent

The fully-stocked "Back to School" aisles have been in plain sight for weeks. Suddenly we find ourselves in the month of August, wondering "where the heck did the months of June & July go"? Worry not, summer is still alive and in full swing in Chautauqua County, NY!

In addition to venturing out on our own Lake, Chautauqua County is rich with Trails and Waterways for hiking, biking and boating. Celebrate both the written, visual and performing arts at Chautauqua Institution. Visit the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. Discover our amazing Art Trail. Check out the many historical sites and museums. Tour Lake Erie Wine Country, located in the heart of America's Grape Country. More than 50 miles along the south shore of Lake Erie is home to 24 member wineries where you can sip, swirl and savor.

The picturesque Hamlet of Findley Lake is centrally located to all the major Chautauqua County and Lake Erie attractions. So take advantage of the gorgeous summer weather & plan a day trip or an overnight get-away to the Blue Heron Inn.

Summer in Findley Lake, NY - it doesn't get any better than this!


  •  1693 - Champagne is invented by Dom Perignon.
  • 1782 - The "Order of the Purple Heart" is created by President George Washington
  • 1890 - Baseball pitching legend Cy Young pitches his first his first game, a win.
  • 1909 - Indianapolis Speedway holds it's first auto race
  • 1914 - The Panama Canal opens.
  • 1920 - The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is passed, giving women the right to vote.
  • 1932 - Amelia Earhart completes her trans-continental flight.
  • 1953 - Get a whiff of this...the Whiffle Ball was patented.
  • 1959 - Hawaii becomes the 50th state.
  • 1963 - Martin Luther King Jr. makes his "I Have a Dream" speech.




Labor Day weekend -- Fri, Sat & Sun, Sept 2 -4, 2016

** Rain or Shine * Free fun for the whole family! * Rain or shine **

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Remember  ...  SHOP LOCAL!

When you shop &  dine locally, more of  your money stays close to home. Small businesses support the parks, recreation centers, libraries and other non-profit organizations that make our hometowns great places to live. So remember to support the businesses that support your town!


A Full Four Seasons of Fun


And the fun doesn't stop at summer's end!

As the days grow shorter Chautauqua County's Fall festivals come alive as we celebrate the flavors of the local harvest. The festivities take place amidst hillsides ablaze in vivid jewel tones. The carefully tended crops have been gathered, the wineries are busy putting up the season's vintages and the chill in the air turns our thoughts to the upcoming celebrations of Halloween and Thanksgiving.




Winter in the rolling hills of Chautauqua County is

reminiscent of a Currier and Ives Christmas card!

Annual snowfalls average more than 200 inches each year, creating sparkling portraits of stillness and serenity. And all that snow is perfect for spending a few days on the ski slopes, riding the hundreds of miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails, taking an old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh ride on the grounds of historic Chautauqua Institution or trying your skill in a brand new state-of-the-art ice skating arena. The highlight of each February is a 3-day Winter Festival on nearby Chautauqua Lake that features an Ice Castle Extravaganza, sleigh rides, ice carvings, snow sculptures & more.


Spring - the most anticipated time of the year!
Our region average more than 200 inches of snow each winter. Needless

to say, by the time March rolls around everyone is more than ready to welcome the new season! Signs of Spring will soon burst upon us; the tulips will peek through the dormant flowerbeds and the flowering trees will wave their showy blooms in the warm spring breezes. The geese will nest and new gaggles of goslings, proudly strutting along the lake-shore, will appear each week. Symbolic of the season life will reinvent itself all around us.  Reinvent yourselves at the Blue Heron Inn!


So Close

Findley Lake is located less than three hours, less than one tank of gas, from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Niagara Falls and Toronto and within an easy drive from Buffalo and Erie. 

The perfect destination for a single day's pleasure or a relaxing overnight stay.

Open year ' round ~ close to home but far from everyday life!

Blue Heron Inn
Bruce and Tobi Zenker Ahlquist

P.O. Box 588, 10412 Main St.,
Findley Lake, NY 14736
P: 716.769.7852
F: 716.769.7866