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  • Marblehead is an interesting area that is experiencing growth while preserving some of the historical quaintness
  • Next-door neighbor to the Kukay building is Wee Willie's tavern, a great place for beers and football games, where they also serve delicious French fries with no transfats
  • A lot of people bring children here to Put In Bay, but I recommend steering clear of the main street revelry in this case
  • When the chaos of the tourist season is over, the desolate cold winters have a whole different set of visitors who like to avoid the crowds

    • by Cara LaMonde
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      If planning for a summer vacation, Ohio has really beautiful, balmy summers, and Lake Erie provides lots of recreation. I love my summer vacation home there. I call it the place where the breezes meet. Located near a former religious retreat, it’s clustered on the edge of the lake basin near the southern tip of Lake Erie. To the south side, adjoining the lake is the Sandusky Bay, popular for water sports, and camping. Around this vicinity, a town’s population can zoom from 10,000 to a million in one season. Restrictions on buildings over three stories high reduce availability of hotel accommodations to a certain extent since there is only so much shoreline to begin with, anyway.

      For this reason, the accessibility of reservations is best at least six months in advance. It’s a toss up to say exactly why this area is so popular, but activities galore might be part of the reason. More than this, ferries shuttle folks to three different islands. In the village of Marblehead, which occupies the extreme tip of what I can best describe as a peninsula, visitors can catch a ferry to Kelly’s Island for dinner and drinks. Marblehead is an interesting area that is experiencing growth while preserving some of the historical quaintness. The Kukay


      building, which was once an old movie theatre there, is newly renovated with deference to the older qualities of the architecture.

      Today this building houses a restaurant, a coffee shop with wireless LAN, and The ExLibris bookstore whose proceeds go to establishing a permanent village library. Visitors who take the quieter vacations flock to this bookstore where hardbacks are only two dollars, and paperbacks go for a dollar. Next-door neighbor to the Kukay building is Wee Willie’s tavern, a great place for beers and football games, where they also serve delicious French fries with no transfats. Not too far away is a gorgeous Russian Orthodox Church that sponsors a yearly Halupka Festival in August. The polka dancing and ethnic buffet make for an unbeatable good time. Around the bend is one of the few remaining lighthouses in the U.

      S. A. Two other ferries, located a little farther north in the town of Port Clinton, transport cars and people to an island called Put In Bay, the home of two historical wineries. Lake Erie plays host to such a busy array of activities, visitors often prefer the jet express ferry to transport back and forth so they can hurry on to the next event. My favorite time of year to visit Put In Bay is the fourth of July, when ...


      • historic reenactments with real Muzzleloader rifles replicate the War of Independence. Scaling to the top of Perry Monument gives more perspective of the famous battles.

        A lot of people bring children here to Put In Bay, but I recommend steering clear of the main street revelry in this case. Free shuttles can veer around the more adult activities, and people can have picnics in the park where swings and sandboxes are available. The beaches everywhere around Lake Erie are good for taking kids swimming in that the water stays low near the water’s edge for a long way. As the original draw, boating, fishing and camping are still popular activities. Walleye and perch remain the foremost catch. Some people boat the inlets for water skiing.

        Others easily trailer jets skis for use on Sandusky bay, which is on the south side of the ‘peninsula. ’ Water parks, and miniature golf courses are dotted around. Across the bay, in Sandusky, is the famous amusement park, Cedar Point. When the chaos of the tourist season is over, the desolate cold winters have a whole different set of visitors who like to avoid the crowds. Colorful Ohio autumns lead to an oddly serene and beautiful desolation. Without the leaves on the trees, it’s a black and white

        photograph of frozen shorelines and gray-blue skies.

        This is a time for people who don’t like crowds. Lending to the restful type of vacation, Reiki Massage is available throughout the year. Hopefully I haven’t made this sound like a fairytale, although there’s a life-size fiberglass dinosaur right around the corner from my house. As per usual, everything has a down side. Sometimes the traffic is congested since there is only one main road that leads around the finger shaped piece of land between two bodies of water. A little planning minimizes this factor if a trip is plotted to make right turns only.

        Getting stuck behind slow driving tourists gets annoying, so this is to be expected during peak season. Every now and then there is a chance to pass. I’m very picky about restaurants, and though plentiful, I often find the quality is lacking. A few good places are turning up since this area is experiencing a growth spurt. All the same, accommodating the sudden population explosion is tough for local businesses insofar as finding good employees, who merely get crash courses instead of thorough training. Still and all, the trade off is worthwhile since there is so much to offer in the way of recreation.

        Lake Erie is a place that has something for everyone.




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