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Lake Erie Shores & Islands Getaway

When you hear the words Shores & Islands, what destinations do you think of?  An island getaway? The Caribbean? Hawaii?  A beach on the shoreline?  Islands full of adventure? What if I told you there is an Island escape located in the Midwest and you don’t have to have a passport? That sounds amazing right?
I know for us it does too!   What if I told you that there was such a destination in Ohio!  I know you probably just choked on your sweet tea and said, “Ohio”???  Yeah right!  But I’m telling you there is such a place like that in Ohio!!  Northern Ohio is home to Port Clinton, Put-In-Bay and Kelleys Island!
For our 25th Wedding Anniversary, we decided to leave the kids with their grandparents and head off on a road trip to Ohio!
I contacted the Shores & Islands CVB for help in planning our trip!  As I’ve mentioned many times before, the CVB for your destination is key to helping you plan the perfect vacation!  I will be doing a separate post on each attraction we visited as well as the beautiful Bed & Breakfast that we stayed in.  This post is just a review of everything we were able to do while in the Port Clinton area.
When we arrived in the Port Clinton area with our fantastic itinerary, we stopped at the Marblehead Lighthouse in Marblehead, Ohio.  This lighthouse is the last lighthouse that is in operation on Lake Erie!
Our next stop was the Johnson’s Island.  Debbie of  A Touch of Italy Bed & Breakfast told us about this island.  Johnson’s Island is home to Ohio’s most significant Civil War site and a POW cemetery which overlooks the Sandusky Bay in Lake Erie.
After visiting the island, we headed to Port Clinton to meet with Debbie at A Touch of Italy B & B  and to get settled in our room.  I can not wait to share with you about our stay there!  It was simply amazing!
Our next stop that day was at the Liberty Aviation Museum.  If you are planning a trip to Port Clinton, this is one of those museums you simply must stop at!  Every volunteer/employee there truly have a heart for being there.
After a indepth tour of the museum, we headed out for dinner.  The restaurant we decided on was Mon-Ami Restaurant and Winery, which unfortunately was not the most pleasant experience.  However, I decided to include them in the article because every place can have an off evening.  The Mon-Ami grounds are simply beautiful and definitely worth stopping at.  Then it was time to head back to our way from home accommodations.
The next morning, we were greeted with a simply mouthwatering breakfast made fresh by Debbie!  The B & B is only five blocks from the Jet Express ferry so we were able to leave our van there and walked to the ferry to start our day in Put-In-Bay.
Upon arriving at the island thanks to Jet Express, we immediately felt a wave of relaxation hit us.  We were on island time now!
Once we departed the ferry, we went to the Island Bike & Cart Rental building that is literally right when you get off of the ferry to pick up our golf cart that would be getting us around the island for the day.
Our first stop on the island was the Perry’s Victory & International Peace Monument .  When you visit Put-In-Bay, this is one of those stops you have to add to your bucket list!  After our tour was done there, we were off to explore the island.
I can’t talk enough about the atmosphere on the island!  Everyone is relaxed and having a blast!  You have to remind yourself you are not in the Keys or the Islands, you’ve never left the Midwest! You are in Ohio!
For lunch, we decided to check out the Boardwalk Restaurant.  Since it was such a gorgeous day, we had our lunch on the deck overlooking the harbor.  There is just something about having lunch and hearing the water.  It’s relaxation at it’s finest!
Our next stop was the Put-In-Bay Winery.  This is the only waterfront winery on the island.   If you enjoy drinking a glass of your favorite wine while watching the harbor, then this is another must visit!
From there we went to the Butterfly House and Perry’s Cave.   Of course on our way from there, we saw that Heineman’s Winery was literally across the street and considering they have been producing wine since 1888, we had to stop by for a tour!
For all of you ladies out there, what does one need after a glass of wine?? CHOCOLATE!  Wanna guess what we passed by next??  The Chocolate Museum!  My husband, who has known me for quite awhile, pulled right into the parking lot!
After spending way too much time in the Chocolate Museum, we were off in search of dinner.  We ended up choosing The Keys Restaurant.  Take a moment and imagine dining on the bay, literally in the bay with the water lapping on the dock.  Yeah, you are THAT close!  With the island décor and music, you will forget you are still in Ohio!
After an amazing day at Put-In-Bay, we decided to head back to Port Clinton for another night of restful sleep at A Touch of Italy B & B.  The next morning after another amazing breakfast by Debbie, and a stop by for lunch after some more sightseeing and stopping by the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center at the Tin Goose Diner, we were heading back home to pick up our children from my in-laws.
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If you have never been to Put-In-Bay, you must head there when you can!  There is still a lot to do there even in the Fall!  Or if you are dreaming of an island getaway next Summer, definitely add the Shores and Islands to your bucket list!
We were hosted by the Shores & Islands CVB for a part of our trip.  All opinions are our own.
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