Better Homes and Gardens ran a page about Chautauqua Institution in 1975 under the title of “Great family vacations.” The page happened to catch Linda Rhoads’ eye, and she and her husband, Neal, decided to venture from Hershey, Pa., to New York.
But their first visit to Chautauqua was less than idyllic.
“I don’t know why we ever came back, because we lived in the top of a house — it was the third floor, and there was no porch,” Linda said. “The floors were all at different angles, and we had to step over a toilet to get into the bedroom.”
Despite the conditions, something about the Institution resonated with Neal and Linda and their two daughters.
“We’ve come every year since,” Linda said.Read more