ERA Team VP and DFT sponsor OFN Run/Walk/Swim

ERA Team VP and DFT sponsor OFN Run/Walk/Swim

The Old First Night Run/Walk/Swim is a timeless tradition that has recently been given an upgrade.

This year was the first time advance registration for the race was made available online. And in an embrace of the many ways social media can connect Chautauquans — regardless of where one is physically located on Aug. 3 — there will be a new dimension to the Run/Walk/Swim: an Around the World Race.

Those who register for the Around the World Race will be able to participate in the race remotely and share their experience, photos and videos on Chautauqua Institution’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.

It is DFT Communications, Partners in Technology which has generously sponsored the Around the World Race, expanding the OFN tradition to the virtual world.

Ellen Ditonto, director of sales and business development at DFT Communications, said the company “is thrilled to be a sponsor for the first ‘virtual’ Old First Night race on Aug. 3.”

“What better way for us to showcase our technology solutions company to the Chautauqua Institution community than to help bring together runners from all over the world who want to be part of the Old First Night tradition?” Ditonto said. “We know that Chautauquans can be found worldwide, and with technology, barriers like time and distance can be dissolved so that the community can experience greater camaraderie. We felt it was a perfect match for DFT Communications to expand our partnership with Chautauqua.”

Of course, in keeping with an already well-established partnership with the Institution, ERA Team VP, formerly Vacation Properties Group, will continue to sponsor the traditional OFN race taking place on the grounds.

Bill Soffel, owner and broker of ERA Team VP, is excited for the company to continue its commitment to Chautauqua.

“While our company has grown throughout Chautauqua County and beyond, we started in Chautauqua,” Soffel said, “and supporting the Institution is still a major and important part of our business. We continue to be very involved with real estate sales, vacation rentals and property management on the grounds. We think it’s important to give back to Chautauqua and to support everything that the Institution stands for.”

The OFN Run/Walk/Swim is a tradition ERA Team VP would like to continue to support.

“We’ve enjoyed a nice partnership with Chautauqua over the years, and we look forward to continuing our great relationship into the future,” Soffel said.

ERA Team VP Real Estate Expands Ranks Ted Bogdan & Debbie Rowe Join Firm Focused on Growth

[CHAUTAUQUA, NY] (07/12/2012) — ERA Team VP Real Estate recently announced the addition of Ted Bogdan & Debbie Rowe to its team of real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Chautauqua County area and Southern Tier of Western New York.

Ted began his real estate career in 1994 when he purchased a gas station in Jamestown, NY.  He has spent twenty-five years in the Retail and Petroleum Distribution business, holding positions from Salesman to Company President.  Ted has negotiated Leases and Transactions with Fortune 500 Companies, McDonald’s Corp. and Exxon Mobil.

Ted Bogdan


Ted has been involved in many aspects of his community including serving as a member of the Chautauqua County Planning Board, the Board of Directors and several committees with Lutheran Social Services, Inc., the Church Council of Holy Trinity Church, Former Director of Empire State Petroleum Distributors Assoc., Former Advisory Director of Pennzoil Products Company and Owner/President of Bogdan Properties, Inc.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He resides in Jamestown, NY with his wife Tracy and two children, Will and Becca.

Debbie Rowe joins ERA Team VP Real Estate with over 5 years of real estate experience.  She is a full-time Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker specializing in Chautauqua Institution and the surrounding area.  In 2010 and 2011 Debbie Rowe earned the Silver Presidential Award from the Chautauqua County Board of Realtors for $2+ Million in sales each year.

Debbie Rowe

Debbie is a member of the Chautauqua Fire Department Auxiliary.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Gannon University.  Debbie resides in Mayville, NY with her husband Dave.

“In today’s market, growth is the only option, and attracting top talent is a surefire way to achieve that goal,” said Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner. “We are thrilled to have professionals of Ted and Debbie’s caliber join our firm.”

“Unwavering commitment to clients has been critical to my success, and ERA Team VP’s culture of collaboration, innovation and knowledge sharing combined with its reputation for superior service will not only enhance my career, it will enhance the experience of my clients as well,” said Bogdan.

Debbie Rowe stated, “As part of ERA Team VP Real Estate, I can combine state-of-the-art tools and high standards of service to meet my clients’ real estate needs. Benefiting from top training and national resources, I am ready and eager to help anyone who may be thinking of buying or selling a home in the near future. My new skills will enable me to better serve my clients. My benefits will be my clients’ benefits!”

As a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with ERA Team VP Real Estate, Ted Bogdan, as well as Debbie Rowe, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, will be able to offer homebuyers and sellers, as well as commercial clients, a wide variety of innovative and market-relevant products and services.  These services include the ERA® Sellers Security® Plan and the ERA® Gold Star Property program, as well as robust online marketing programs, extensive listings distribution partners, and related services including mortgage, title and home warranty.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit  Call Ted Bogdan at (716) 665-1369; Debbie Rowe at (716) 640-6507; or one of the main office locations: (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.

New Chautauqua Vacation Rental Properties

Team VP Vacation Properties had recently added 4 new rental properties to their Chautauqua Area rental pool! Team VP is known for offering superior vacation rental accommodations in both the Chautauqua and Ellicottville areas. As the summer season draws near vacationers are planning their summer getaways to Chautauqua Lake and Chautauqua Institution. Team VP offers fully furnished and equipped vacation rental homes, cottages, condominiums and town homes. Team VP excels at helping you find the right rental property to fit the needs of your stay! Call Team VP (800) 344-2138 to book your vacation today!

The following four rental properties are the newest additions to Team VP’s rental pool:

5483 East Lake Road – Chautauqua Lake Luxury Home

4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms – sleeps 8

Treat your friends and family to a vacation they won’t soon forget on beautiful Chautauqua Lake. Constructed in 2000, this is one of the areas premier lake front properties. You’ll delight in the beautiful furnishings throughout this professionally designed 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Craftsman style house. Offers a fully equipped kitchen, glassed sunroom, family room and amazing views from the large lake side deck. Master Bedroom (king bed) with custom marble bath, fireplace, nursery, and private covered porch. Bedroom #2 (queen bed); Bedroom #3 (king bed) Bedroom #4 (queen bed). Need More Room? No Problem! Next door is another work of art, a custom built Guest House offering 1800 sq. feet. Downstairs offers kitchen w/microwave & dishwasher (no stove/oven), livingroom with french doors to lake, dining room with seating for 6, full bath w/stall shower, washer/dryer. Upstairs you’ll find 2 bedrooms (2 sets of bunks/1 queen) plus 2 built-in alcove style beds, 2 full baths, and a 20 foot glassed turret office with beautiful lake views.

9 Root 3B – Chautauqua Institution 3rd Floor Condo

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom – sleeps 4

Fantastic Chautauqua Location! A short walk to either the lake or Bestor Plaza! Bright, modern, elegantly decorated 3rd floor condo features one bedroom with a Queen bed and a murphy bed in the living room. One bathroom with tub/shower. Private porch off of living room/ kitchen area with great views, is a perfect place for your morning cup of coffee or tea! Condo also features ceiling fans, wall a/c unit, tv, and dishwasher.

46 South Lake Drive – Chautauqua Institution Lakefront Home

4 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms – sleeps 8

Great 4 bedroom lakefront home in Chautauqua Institution. Large lakeside porch offers amazing views of the lake. Full kitchen with dishwasher. Bdrm #1: twin; Bdrm #2: two twins; Bdrm #3: double w/ half bath; Bdrm #4: 2 twins w/ half bath. Sofa sleeper in parlor. Full bath on 2nd floor. Window a/c’s, washer/dryer, grill, WiFi, cable, parking for 1 car-must purchase pass from Chautauqua Institution. Click here to view slideshow.

12 Morris #3 – Chautauqua Institution 2nd Floor Condo

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom – sleeps 2

Modern 1 bedroom 1 bath condo centrally located in Chautauqua Institution. Located on the 2nd floor (1 flight of stairs-8 steps) in the Lawson Terrace building. Full kitchen, living/dining area w/ Cable TV/VCR, wireless internet. Ceiling fans throughout. Whirlpool bathtub! Covered back porch (private) w/ Adirondack rocking chairs. Sleeps 2 max! Bedroom has KING bed.

Visit Team VP’s entire list of vacation rental properties here.

For more information call a reservationist today at (800) 344-2198.

Chautauqua Institution Week 9 Rental Promotions

Team VP Vacation Properties is offering a great Vacation Rental Promotion for Week 9 in Chautauqua Institution.  A featured selection of Chautauqua Institution Rental Properties will be offered for “10% off the Rental Rate plus one extra night FREE” when rented for Week 9 (August 19, 2012 – August 25, 2012).

Chautauqua Institution’s Week 9 theme is “The President’s Club”.  According to Chautauqua Institution, Week 9 will address the following, “With the U.S. presidency a singular position that only those who have occupied the White House can understand, relationships between current and former presidents cross political boundaries. How do they relate to each other? Where are the boundaries? What role do families play in the presidency? In a week that takes its title from a new book by Time’s Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, we’ll examine historic relationships between the president and former presidents and their families.”

The following list of Chautauqua Institution Vacation Rental Properties are being offered as part of Team VP Vacation Properties’ “Week 9 Rental Promotion”:

Rent any of these great Chautauqua Institution Properties for Week 9 and save 10% off the Rental Rate plus stay an extra night for FREE!

Arcade 34
1 bedroom, 1 bath
sleeps: 4

Lakeside Location in Chautauqua Institution, just off of Miller Park!

Promotional Rate: $1215.88

15 Ames #5
1 bedroom, 1 bath
sleeps: 2

Beautifully appointed 3rd floor condo, completely renovated in 2006

Promotional Rate: $1238.13

St. Elmo # 407
1 bedroom, 1.5 baths
sleeps: 6

St. Elmo condo with central AC and porch off of living room, overlooking Ames

Promotional Rate: $1793.25

Glen Park C4
2 bedrooms, 2 baths
sleeps: 6

2nd floor, centrally located condo, just off of Bestor Plaza. Nice porch facing the Plaza

Promotional Rate: $1871.62

Pines 2
2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
sleeps: 7

Modern tri-level condo at the North end of Chautauqua Institution. Central AC

Promotional Rate: $2171.25

Pines 25
2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
sleeps: 6

Modern tri-level condo at the North end of Chautauqua Institution. Central AC

Promotional Rate: $2171.25

34 A Forest
3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
sleeps: 6

Centrally located w/ shared front porch & patio. Finished basement w/ washer/dryer

Promotional Rate: $2292.63

28 Morris
4 bedrooms, 2 baths
sleeps: 6

“The Breezeway” Classic Chautauqua Cottage. 1 block to the Lake and Bestor Plaza

Promotional Rate: $2419.76

Gatehouse Commons #3
3 bedrooms + loft, 3 baths
sleeps: 9

Large, modern North end townhome. Deck with gas grill. Central AC. Bright & sunny!

Promotional Rate: $2981.00

87 Harper
3 bedrooms, 2 baths
sleeps: 6

Great North End Chautauqua Institution home with 1950s decor. Full kitchen, central AC

Promotional Rate: $1974.13

39 Scott
5 bedrooms, 4 baths
sleeps: 10

“The Samurai House” Classic Chautauqua home. Central location. 3 levels!

Promotional Rate: $3256.38

28 Foster
6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
sleeps: 14

Large home, centrally located in Chautauqua Institution. 2 porches & deck. 2 kitchens

Promotional Rate: $4016.13

47 Foster
7 bedrooms, 3 baths
sleeps: 15

South end Chautauqua Institution home. Central AC on 1st 2 floors. Private front porch

Promotional Rate: $4066.13

For more information about any of these
properties, or Team VP Vacation Properties
Rental program
, call 800.344.2198 OR
716.789.9298 to speak with a reservationist

Enchanting Retreats Fit for a Royal Couple (in Chautauqua & Ellicottville)

In honor of the Royal Wedding (occurring in just 1 week) all of us at Team VP – Vacation Properties have compiled a list of great get-a-way ideas fit for Royalty!  Are you within driving distance of Chautauqua Lake, New York or Ellicottville, New York?  If you are looking for a nice weekend retreat, a week long get-a-way or a month long vacation, we are very easy to find!

Ellicottville, NY: 1 hour South of Buffalo, NY; 3.5 hours from Pittsburgh, PA; 3 hours from Cleveland, OH; 2.5 hours from Toronto, Canada
Chautauqua Lake, NY: 1.5 hours South of Buffalo, NY; 2.5-3 hours from Pittsburgh, PA; 3 hours from Cleveland, OH; 3 hours from Toronto, Canada

85 Stoessel, Chautauqua Institution – 4 BR + loft, 4.5 BA – sleeps 10

2932 sq. ft. home at the North end of Chautauqua Institution – This home offers an open floor plan with lots of living space in 3 levels. Full kitchen, large dining area open to living area with gas fireplace all on main level. Nice porches, central A/C , washer/dryer & 3 parking spaces. **Rents SAT-SAT** Click here for more info, or to book online!

Willowtree Point #9 – 3 BR, 2 BA – sleeps 8

Located just 1 mile from the Chautauqua Institution, on Route 394. RENTS YEAR ROUND! Terrific ground floor lakefront condo with 3 bedrooms/2 baths, central a/c, washer/dryer, deck/patio with a gas grill, cable tv/vcr/dvd (with movies!) Sleeps 8 max BD#1-King with bath, BD#2-2 twins, BD#3-2 TW bunks. HEATED swimming pool at the complex. No dock space included. Arrangements for boat dockage can be made next doorfor an additional fee. facebook is down **Rents SAT-SAT** Click here for more info, or to book online!

Ellicottville Escape – 4 BR, 2 BA – sleeps 10

Enrich yourself while nestled in the charming setting of the Ellicottville Escape. Whether it’s healing your inner spirit or challenging your outer soul, this place is it!! Discover the enchanting care free charm of a special place where stress and worry have no lodging. This once upon a time barn, has been cleverly converted to a luscious rustic escape with all the cozy modern amenities to quench anyone’s comfort needs. Encircling this escape, are the breathtaking views of nature’s spectacular frontier. Whether it’s the summer fragrances …or the intense vivid fall foliage …or maybe the inner warmth that you feel, snuggled next to a glowing fire… Your visit here is definitely time will spent. Click here for more info, or to book online!

Share the Chautauqua Experience!

Friends & Family of Team VP: To celebrate the national premiere of the PBS documentary, “Chautauqua: An American Narrative,” Team VP is presenting a special Chautauqua Vacation Rental offer to our customers who refer new customers!

Here’s How it Works…

Guests*: Receive 10% (up to a maximum of $300) off the rental charge on your next reservation with us when you refer a new guest that books a reservation with Team VP!

Owners**: Refer a new guest to Team VP and if they book a reservation with us, you’ll receive a gift certificate equal to 10% (up to a maximum of $300) of their rental charges** to be used towards housekeeping and maintenance services provided by Team VP!

For additional information on this offer please call: (800) 344-2198 OR
(716) 789-9298 or email:


*To qualify for promotion, guest must not have rented with Team VP – Vacation Properties in previous years. Discount will be computed based on rental charges of qualifying new guest excluding taxes, fees and insurance. Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. web hosting server . Offer excludes weeks 3, 4 and 6. Not valid on existing reservations. Offer ends 3/31/11.

**To qualify for promotion, guest must not have rented with Team VP – Vacation Properties in previous years. Gift certificate amount will be computed based on rental charges of qualifying guest excluding taxes, fees and insurance. Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. web hosting server . Offer excludes weeks 3, 4 and 6. Not valid on existing reservations. Offer ends 3/31/11.

What Is Chautauqua Institution?

For those of us living in the area of Chautauqua Institution, this may be a difficult question to answer when asked by someone who has never been here.  Chautauqua Institution is such a special and unique place, that it is almost impossible to explain everything it has to offer unless it can be shown in person.  How do you explain a community where people from all over the world gather to teach, learn, perform, relax, listen and enjoy arts, education, religion and recreation…?  This January all of us who love Chautauqua will have the opportunity to share the “Chautauqua Experience“.

Save the Date!  On January 31, 2011, at 10 pm, PBS will feature a documentary about Chautauqua Institution, called ‘Chautauqua: An American Narrative’.  You can view the trailer below (provided by Chautauqua Institution)


According to the official website of Chautauqua Institution, “The documentary, which was filmed at Chautauqua during the 2009 Season, uses personal testaments from a series of individuals and emphasizes Chautauqua’s four pillars of the arts, education, religion, and recreation to capture the Chautauqua experience. Those interviewed include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, historian David McCullough, the Rev. Otis Moss III, and pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, as well as Chautauqua’s own Tom Becker, former board chair William Clinger, and artistic directors, faculty and students.”

All of us at Team VP – Vacation Properties would like to encourage you to watch this documentary on PBS and share Chautauqua with all of your friends and family!  We’d also like to let you know that we are here to answer any of your questions about real estate in Chautauqua Institution and the surrounding areas, or the state of the real estate market in our area.  As Chautauqua’s leader in Real Estate since 1983 any one of our Realtors® is just a phone call away!  Here are a few words about Chautauqua from our Chautauqua Institution Real Estate Specialists:

We are very blessed to have Chautauqua Institution in our wonderful county. It truly is a ” Cultural Gem” and really represents a dynamic cross-section of our world with a desire to “Live, Love, and Enjoy” all that life has to offer through Education, Religion, and the Arts” – Dale Sandberg

I often hear customers and clients of mine expressing the fact that Chautauqua Institution is an experience as well as a vacation. I feel Chautauqua Institution has done an excellent job conveying that message” – Jane Grice

Don’t hesitate to call  (716) 789-2600  OR  (800) 789-2600 and ask to speak with one of our Chautauqua Institution specialists!

Team VP also has a full service vacation rental management department, so if you are interested in visiting Chautauqua we can help you find a place to stay!
(800) 344-2198

For more information about Chautauqua Institution and their programs for the 2011 season visit their official website.