What’s new this year in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Spring is a time of reawakening and rebirth, making it the perfect season to rediscover Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands and fall in love. The region located between Toledo and Cleveland boasts stunning scenery, a burgeoning culinary scene, some of the world’s best amusements, and a rich history.

When spring is in the air, ferries begin regular trips to the fabulous Lake Erie islands – Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, and South Bass Island’s village of Put-in-Bay.  Charter captains start their search for Lake Erie’s sweet spots, where catches of perch, bass, and walleye are abundant. Pleasure boaters return their boats to the crisp water to tour shoreline communities. Visitors tour lighthouses, monuments, and museums. Birdwatchers ascend on the many natural areas that lay claim to one of the most spectacular spring songbird migrations in the country.


A number of exciting new amusements, exhibits, and dining options are popping up with fresh reasons to visit or re-visit this coastal destination. See what you won’t want to miss this spring and summer.

Lake Erie Love 

So much to Love!

Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands offers so much to love; we just can’t stop singing about it. Either can up-and-coming Nashville country artist Walker Hayes. Hayes visited the region last summer to film an all new advertising campaign for the destination including a television commercial and full-length music video. Walker’s single, “Lake Erie Love,” is a feel good tune about having the time of your life right here on Ohio’s north coast. Since 2010 Walker Hayes has had two hit singles on the US Country Top 100 charts; we’re hoping this is his third. The “Lake Erie Love” single is available for download on iTunes and the video can be viewed at SHORESandISLANDS.com.


Pipe Scream, Lake Erie Eagles, and SlingShot bring more family fun to Cedar Point!

The best amusement park in the world, 16 years running, plans new family rides, changes to the park’s Camp Snoopy area, and a two-year renovation project for Hotel Breakers. New for the 2014 season are Pipe Scream – combining the best of a roller coaster and a flat ride in one, and Lake Erie Eagles – a classic flying scooters ride where riders can alter their flight experience by raising and lowering their own carriages. Both rides will be located on the Gemini Midway. Another new, separately priced attraction will also debut near the Gemini coaster. SlingShot is billed as one of the most exciting vertical thrill rides around, launching riders in an open-air two-person capsule nearly 360 feet into the sky at speeds of up to 62 mph. SlingShot will open later in the season. Other new additions to the park include Starbucks, Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, a Coca-Cola Freestyle station, Yogurt Plus, and the new sports bar Chickie’s and Pete’s. The beginning of a two-year Hotel Breakers renovation project is already underway, featuring upgrades to both the exterior and interior of the historic hotel.


Stay Where you Play!

Cedar Point recently announced an expansion to its popular Lighthouse Point resort which will feature 52 new deluxe cabins which can accommodate up to 10 people. Each of these new cabins features two full bathrooms, four flat panel televisions, a dorm-size refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, outdoor charcoal grill, and picnic table, along with free wireless internet access. A new registration building will help guests get to their cabins and RV sites even faster. Lighthouse Point is conveniently located along the west bank of the Cedar Point Peninsula and consists of 64 cozy cottages, 40 quaint cabins and 97 luxury RV campsites in addition to the 52 new cabins. Guests who stay at any Cedar Point resort enjoy perks such as discounted park tickets and early entry. 


New Hampton Inn & Suites at Ohio Turnpike

The Leonard Longer family is opening their fourth area hotel in 2014, a Hampton Inn & Suites located next to the current Hampton Inn in Milan, Ohio near the Ohio Turnpike. Longer has no plans to close the existing Hampton Inn, but may reflag the property under another brand. The $8 million dollar, 4-story, 52,000 square foot inn will feature 70 rooms – a third of those rooms will be twice the size of a standard hotel room. The brand-new hotel will also feature a meeting room, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, and fitness room, as well as an outdoor grilling deck accessible from the pool area.


Magnuson Hotel Coming to Sandusky

The former Best Budget Inn, part of the SanduskyHotels.com family, has undergone extensive renovations inside and out and will open this spring as a Magnuson Hotel. The economical, family-friendly hotel is just minutes from Cedar Point and island ferries, and features an outdoor swimming pool.


More Good Times on Lake Erie

Goodtime Island Cruises offers new ways to get on the water in 2014. In addition to their popular island-hopping cruises and Friday night party cruise, Goodtime I is offering Monday lunch cruises on Sandusky Bay as well as Tuesday and Thursday evening sunset cruises. A number of special event cruises round out the offerings. 


Paper Moon Vineyards producing “Honeymoon” Mead with Local Honey

Vermilion’s Paper Moon Vineyards is now bottling and selling mead, made with honey from local producer, Stein’s Honey in Collins, Ohio. It is called Honeymoon, acknowledging both the honey in the product and the name of the winery. Mead is traditionally an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting a solution of honey and water. This new offering was recently awarded a bronze medal at the Florida State Fair Wine Competition!


Liberty Aviation Museum Continues Expansion

This young museum (just over a year old) has big plans for 2014, including an additional hanger and the launch of its very own PT boat. The hanger is being added for protecting visiting aircraft, additional storage, and where work can be completed on the Ford Tri Motor plane being constructed by the Tri Motor Heritage Foundation. When this group of volunteers finishes their work, plans are for the plane to be available for public rides. If all goes as planned, also available for public rides will be PT 728. This “Patrol Torpedo” boat, same type of boat John F. Kennedy captained in WW II, has been in the process of restoration for the past year. Once launched, the PT 728 will be available for public rides, an opportunity that exists nowhere else in the country. The vintage B-17 bomber “Yankee Lady” will make several visits to the museum this season as well, offering public rides. The military history theme of the museum is kept intact with the Tin Goose Diner, a restored 50’s era diner where a cook dressed in period attire sometimes offers up large breakfast portions on tin trays like were used in the military of the past. 


Sandusky, Ohio is the New Race City, USA

Sandusky’s ThorSport Racing team accomplished a unique feat in 2013 – the first non-North Carolina race team to win a racing championship. ThorSport has been racing since 1996 with its headquarters in Sandusky. This past season ThorSport won not one, but two championships – driver Matt Crafton won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and driver Frank Kimmel won the ARCA championship. The team’s third driver, Johnny Sauter (NASCAR Trucks) finished fourth in the series but won the team’s first Daytona 500 race at the beginning of the season. Groups can tour the state-of-the-art, 100,000 square-foot facility and a team shop is open to the public. The team’s goal for 2014 is back-to-back championships. It’s never been done.


Avallone’s Dining Empire

Chef Cesare Avallone and his wife, Andrea, continue to expand on their downtown Sandusky dining empire. Already owners of four successful restaurants, Zinc Brasserie, Crush Wine Bar, KitchenBar, and Dockside Café, the Avallone’s have relocated and expanded their flagship restaurant and opened a new dining option. Zinc’s new location at 215 E. Water St. is significantly larger than the original restaurant which allows for more seating. The new location also allowed for the introduction of their fifth culinary venture, Hearth Tavern. Hearth Tavern features hand-crafted wood-fired pizzas and an extensive craft beer list.


Kudos to Ghostly Manor

Congratulations to the Criscione family and Ghostly Manor Thrill Center for two recent designations. Ghostly Manor was included on Forbes.com’s list of “10 Great Haunted Attractions” and their Lake Eerie Fearfest was rated #3 on Haunted Attraction Magazine’s “Must See Haunts of 2013.” Now that’s something to scream about!


The Blind Perch

The Blind Perch Speakeasy Pump & Grill is a newly opened (October 2013) fine-dining, casual, gastro-pub, grounded in fresh locally farm-grown meats, Lake Erie fish, and Ohio produce. The restaurant serves a variety of specialty cocktails along with the chef’s award-winning Pork Cheek Confit and its namesake Perch.


Ups and Downs

The Merry-Go-Round Museum debuts a new exhibit in 2014. “Ups and Downs” is an exhibition to connect carousels and family recreation from the early 1900s to present. Featuring antique merry-go-round animals, this display examines how carving factories would create different animals like several menagerie elk, created by various carousel manufacturers. A jumping giraffe will take the stage during the exhibit, as will a wolf, lion, and tiger. The Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival, a major museum fundraiser, will take place in July this year and, for the first time, on the museum grounds. In addition to several Ohio wineries offering tastings and glasses, music, food, and art will be available at the event.


The Boys are Back in Town!

Danny Boy’s, a well-liked Cleveland-area Italian Eatery, has returned to Sandusky after a short absence. Popular for its pizza, large portions, and Rat Pack theme, the restaurant returned at the close of 2013. There are four other Danny Boy’s locations around Cleveland.


Vermilion one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns

Congratulations to the entire community of Vermilion, featured in Ohio Magazine as one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns. The annual issues (five different towns are featured on regional covers) select the state’s best hometowns. Vermilion was selected by the magazine’s editors because it “embodies lakeshore living and a thriving sense of community.” Vermilion is noted as a great hometown because of its excellent schools, natural beauty and charm, the Vermilion in Bloom program, and its resident’s dedication to volunteerism, among other reasons. We couldn’t agree more!


Additional Growth at Erie-Ottawa International Airport

“International” is the key word in this Port Clinton-based airport’s name as it has now officially welcomed its first international flight.  The origination of the flight was Pelee Island, Canada, and although this is a relatively short distance, it still marks a new era for the airport and its ability to offer customs entry and other services associated with flights across the U.S. border.  The airport is now the home to Griffing Flying Service. This airline formerly based in Sandusky will provide charter air services, flight instruction and other offerings to the public. The airport is increasing its capacity with the addition of seven private hangers. It also will be increasing the number of special events such as fly-in socials available to pilots as well as local residents.


Milan Museum’s Renowned Glass Exhibit

The Milan Museum (formerly Milan Historical Museum) is excited to promote the renovation of its acclaimed art glass collection, completed in 2013.  The renovation includes pieces from Tiffany, Lalique, Steuben and Dominic Labino.  See the new multimedia display of how art glass is created and experience a collection unparalleled in our area. The Milan Museum also introduces a new $20 family admission, good for two adults and two children 17 and under.


More Upscale Dining in Vermilion

41 North will soon open in the former Martino’s International Café building – Martino’s recently relocated three doors to the east. 41 North is an upscale steak and seafood house, featuring locally sourced and sustainable ingredients by Chef William Skinner. 41 North provides a large dining room as well as private bar area and outdoor patio.


Sandusky Dining Scene is Exploding

Another dining option has come to downtown Sandusky for 2014. Amarone Italian Restaurant relocated from its Huron, Ohio location to the former Markley’s restaurant building at 160 Wayne St. Amarone’s popular authentic Italian menu is available at the new location along with an expanded menu of appetizer options. The new restaurant is also open for lunch and includes a full bar. 


New Cocktail Joint in Sandusky

Locally owned and operated, Volstead Bar takes patrons back to the fascinating days of the Roaring Twenties by artfully crafting classic cocktails in a pleasant, laid back atmosphere.  Housed in what was once the old Dorn Winery and later the Green Door brothel, the Green Door Building is shrouded in Sandusky lore and has seen an array of tenants throughout the years.  Combining these intriguing historical remnants with the speakeasy practices of the aforementioned years, Volstead Bar harkens back to the days of Old Sandusky amidst the New Sandusky renaissance.


The Olive Scene

A new specialty shop for foodies has arrived in downtown Vermilion. The Olive Scene is an extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting emporium, which offers over 40 different types of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, all ready for tasting. The olive oils are pressed to enhance both flavor and nutrition. The white and dark balsamic vinegars come directly from Modena, Italy, the birthplace of balsamic vinegar.  Rounding out the experience is a selection of specialty foods, cruets, handmade pottery, and other items that compliment an olive oil lifestyle. Stop in and see just how good healthy can taste.


Put-in-Bay’s Newest Old Bar

Reel Bar, which is located in the historical Put-in-Bay building formerly known as Tony’s, features great burgers, unique sandwiches, Lake Erie fish, fresh salads, 16 draft beers and fresh squeezed cocktails. The bar is under new management and has been completely remodeled to offer a comfortable setting which honors its island roots. The intimacy of the stage makes performers accessible to the audience, creating a great entertainment experience. Reel Food, Reel Music, Reel Bar.


Chill Out at Snow Fest

Sawmill Creek Resort introduced a new way to embrace the winter chill. The resort, located on frozen Lake Erie, is offering Snow Fest – daily ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Skating takes place on a frozen pond adjacent to Mulligan’s Pub, which is convenient for when you’re ready to warm up with a hot bowl of chili or steamy hot chocolate. Skate and snowshoe rental is available, with trails throughout the expansive property and golf course.  Cross country trails are available but you must provide your own skis. Follow Sawmill Creek on Facebook for info on daily activities, as they are weather permitting.

Where Can I Enjoy the Beach at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Catawba Nickel Plate Beach in Huron
Catawba Island State Park
4049 Moore’s Dock Rd.
Stone beach, picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, fishing pier, boat ramp. Pets permitted.

Lakefront Park
Park St.
Sandy beach, restrooms, gazebo, picnic tables, grills, drinking fountain. Leashed pets permitted after 6 pm only.

Nickel Plate Beach
Nickel Plate Dr. (off US 6E.)
Parking fee, sandy beach, picnic shelter, grills, playground, beach volleyball. Leashed pets permitted after 6 pm only.

Kelleys Island
Kelleys Island State Park
920 N. Division St.
419.746.2546  ohiodnr.com/parks
Sandy beach, playground, hiking trail, campground, shelter, fishing, launch ramp. Pets allowed in permitted areas. Must take a boat to get to the island.

Central Park Beach
236 Walnut Ave.
Playground, splash pad, sandy beach. Gate fee required Memorial Day-Labor Day.

East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd. (SR 269 N)
419.734.4424 ext. 2
Sandy beach, lifeguard, concession bath house, grills, restrooms, picnic tables, walking trails, bike path, fishing, camping nearby. Pets allowed in C and D areas only.

Port Clinton
Camp Perry
1000 Lawrence Rd.
Available for public use; I.D. required. No pets permitted. Sand beach and fishing pier.

Port Clinton City Beach
E. Perry St. (SR 163 W)
Sandy beach, playground, picnic tables, basketball court, charcoal grills, restrooms. Pets permitted on leash.

Put-in-Bay/South Bass Island
South Bass Island State Park
1169 Catawba Ave.
Stone beach, playground, campground, shelter, fishing, launch ramp. Pets permitted. Must take a boat to get to the island.

Cedar Point Beach
Must pay admission to Cedar Point or Soak City, or be a guest at Hotel Breakers, Sandcastle Suites, Lighthouse Point Resort, or the Cedar Point Marina. Parking fee. Sandy beach, beach volleyball, lounge chairs, Jet Ski rentals, and restaurants nearby. Pets not permitted.

Main Street Beach
Main St. (off US 6)
Sandy beach, observation deck, and benches. Near shops and restaurants. Concession stand. No pets allowed.

Sherod  Park Main Street Beach in Vermilion
US 6 & Coen Rd.
Natural area, sandy beach, ball diamonds, picnic shelters, playgrounds, soccer field. No pets allowed.

For more information or to receive a copy of the Official Travel Planner to Cedar Point and the Lake Erie islands area, call 800.255.3743, 800.441.1271, or visit us online at SHORESandISLANDS.com.

Lake Erie: Giving “Fishing Hole” a Whole New Meaning

Ice FishingJanuary’s low temperatures have driven a lot of people inside where it’s warm. Here in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands “inside” sometimes means a shanty on top of a thick layer of ice. That little hut contains a heater, a couple of stools, a hole in the ice, and the chance to catch a lot of walleye and perch! It’s been three years since ice fishing has been possible in our area and the charter captains, lodges, and restaurants that cater to this audience are rolling out the icy carpet! Whether you’re a pro or wanting to try it out for the first time, Lake Erie Shores & Islands has what you need for a memorable day on the ice. Here is a list of ice fishing resources:

Captain Brad Leyda

Port Clinton
Char-Tom Charters
Chuck Crum

Fishin’ Ful & Myrmidon Charters
419.734.9711 or 877.434.9711

Buckeye Fishing Charters
Jeff & Melissa Jump
419.341.8011 or 419.341.8010
Facebook: buckeyefishingcharters

Captain Bud Gehring

Hardwater Charters

Put-in-Bay Lodging
Ahoy B&B – 419.285.2469
Bay Lodging Resort – 888.742.7829
Black Squirrel B&B – 419.285.7181
First Island Son B&B – 419.285.4448
Linda’s B&B – 419.285.3045

Bait Stores
Fisherman’s Wharf
83 Madison St., Port Clinton

Herb’s Sportsman’s Supply
1713 N. E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton

Hi-Way Bait & Tackle
7006 E. Harbor Rd., Marblehead

Rickards Bait & Tackle
17 N.E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton

Transportation to Put-in-Bay
Airplane from Erie Ottawa Regional Airport, Port Clinton:
Griffing Flying Service – 419.734.5400
Island Air – 419.573.2960

Air Boat from Catawba:
Hardwater Charters – 419.285.3106

8 Ways to Welcome 2014 in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Looking for a fun way to ring in the New Year? Spend New Year’s Eve in the Shores & Islands. Here is a list of the area’s top celebrations:

Photo credit: Bill Gordon Photomaker Studios

Photo credit: Bill Gordon Photomaker Studios

Walleye Madness at Midnight

Downtown Port Clinton, N. Madison St., Port Clinton
3 pm-12 am
17th annual event will provide fun and excitement for the whole family! Be sure to keep updated with events vendors and new entertainment on the Facebook page “Walleye Madness at Midnight.”

New Year’s Eve Moonshiner’s Ball
Culinary Vegetable Institute, 12304 SR 13, Milan
8:30 pm-12:30 am
$150/person, $275/couple (plus tax and gratuity)
Ring in 2014 with award-winning mixologist Jason Howard and special guests creating specialty cocktails, passed appetizers, four course dinner, live music, and champagne toast. Please call to make a reservation. Discounted rooms are available at Sawmill Creek Resort.

New Year’s Eve at Zinc
Zinc Brasserie, 142 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
6 & 9 pm
Ready to Ring in the New Year? Zinc is pleased to offer two seatings on New Year’s Eve. Reservations are required. Please call for details.

New Year’s Eve Party
German’s Villa, 3330 Liberty Ave., Vermilion
7:30 pm
The evening features dinner for two, dancing, open bar, and a chance to win $2,014 in the reverse raffle! Only 100 tickets will be sold. Please call to purchase tickets.

Toast to the Town New Year’s Eve Gala
Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St. (at US 6), Sandusky
6-8 pm
Ticket includes admission into the event, food, beverages, carousel rides, and music.

A New Year’s Eve Celebration
Chez Francois/Touche’ Wine Bar, 555 Main St., Vermilion
First two sittings: $65/person; Last seating: $85/person
There will be three sittings: 4:30-6:30 pm, 7-9 pm, and 9:30 pm. Each seating will feature a multi-course dinner. The last seating will feature Mr. Mike Moore with an atmosphere for dancing.

Las Vegas Style Charity Casino
Sawmill Creek Resort – Wilderness Hall, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
8:30 pm-1 am
Featuring Vegas-style gambling, dancing, cash bar, and a chance to win prizes with gaming tickets. Overnight packages are available at Sawmill Creek Resort.

New Year’s Eve
Quarry Hill Winery, 8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
8 pm-12 am
Enjoy musical entertainment by the Christian Kaser Band. Food, wine, beer, and fruit wine martinis available.

The ‘Foodie’ Getaway Itinerary

The cure for the common food: a trip completely dedicated to the most intricate and stimulating culinary meals on the coast.  Learn to make your own by visiting the local herb farm or food market, or have French-inspired cuisine paired with a bottle of wine. There is a plethora of options to please your palette.

Culinary Vegetable Institute

Culinary Vegetable Institute

The Culinary Vegetable Institute (CVI) is the premier venue for the finest in culinary experiences including Earth to Table Dinners, Wine Tastings, Weddings, Private and Corporate Functions, and Team Building Retreats.  The combination of their commitment to sustainable agriculture and building strong relationships between chef and farmer make CVI a facility beyond comparison.

Mulberry Creek Herb Farm

Organic herbs, miniature plants, and heirloom vegetables all for your cooking, ornamental, medicinal, and crafting needs.

Dockside Café

Serving a seasonal menu with full bar at the city-owned Paper District Marina with uninterrupted views of the Sandusky Bay and sunsets.

Crush Wine Bar

Food, wine, and spirits in a casual atmosphere. Small plates, entrees, pastas, and pizzas; wine by the bottle, glass, and flight; beer; and cocktails.

Zinc Brasserie

Serving fresh, delicious, French-inspired food with attentive service and a warm atmosphere. Seasonal favorites as well as classic selections. Full bar and wine list.


Tre Sorelle Cioccolato

Enjoy premium chocolates made by hand in an on-site professional kitchen. Ingredients are sourced locally when possible, with no added preservatives. This is what “fresh” tastes like.

Kitchen’s Bounty

The Kitchen’s Bounty is your culinary companion in creating fine-dining occasions in the comfort of your own home. Use their four-star recipes and menus, cooking products, and inspiration as your road map and then drive it home to delicious.

Chez Francois/Touché Wine Bar

French gem on the Vermilion River, where the sumptuous menu and professional, but friendly staff earn the top rating for food and service in the area. Includes a phenomenal wine list, charming dining room, outdoor seating, bar/lounge, and relaxing waterside café.


Sandusky Farmers’ Market

Homemade and home grown. Farm fresh fruits and vegetables, brown eggs, local honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, plants for home and garden, and much more. Local and regionally grown produce and homemade consumables.

Mon Ami Restaurant and Historic Winery

One of the oldest wineries in the Lake Erie islands region. Tours by request and wine tasting, live entertainment every Fri and Sat evening, Sun Jazz from 2-6 pm. Banquet facilities, full service restaurant, wine, and gift shop.

J Bistro

Chef-owned American bistro serving creative contemporary cuisine with a twist.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary. There are plenty other food options in the area! Visit SHORESandISLANDS.com or contact one of our welcome centers at 800.255.3743/800.441.1271 for a complete list.

Where can I enjoy a meal on Thanksgiving Day in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to get together and give thanks over a delicious feast. Although many people enjoy home cooked meals and large family gatherings, others appreciate someone else handling the cooking. Avoid the hassle this holiday season and indulge at a restaurant in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region!

Culinary Vegetable Institute “Free” Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
12304 State Route 13, Milan
419.616.3500 or 419.499.7500
Free for active military and their families. Please call for details and reservations.

Great Wolf Lodge Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
4600 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
1:30–6:45 pm, 419.609.6000
Adult (13 & over): $23.99, child (4–12): $10.99, children under 3 are free
Reservations are required. Please call to make a reservation.

Kalahari Thanksgiving Buffet
7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky
11:30 am–7:30 pm, 419.433.5543
Adult (13 & over): $27.99, child (4–12): $10.99, children under 3 are free
Reservations strongly encouraged. Please call to make a reservation.

Mon Ami Thanksgiving Brunch
3845 E. Wine Cellar Road, Port Clinton
10:30 am-3 pm, 419.797.4445

Quaker Steak & Lube Thanksgiving Buffet
5150 Liberty Ave. (US 6), Vermilion
11 am-5 pm, 440.967.3724
Adult (13-64): $19.99, senior (65+): $16.99, tweener (9-12) $12.99, child (8 & under): $6.99
Reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call to make a reservation.

Rosie’s Bar and Grill Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
102 Madison St., Port Clinton
11:30 am–4 pm, 419.960.7546
Adults: $22.50, children (10 & under): $11.25
Reservations are required. Please call to make a reservation.

Ryan’s Steakhouse Thanksgiving Buffet
5309 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky, 419.621.9648
11 am–7 pm, 419.621.9648
All dinners: $12.99, beverages: $1.99
No reservations—first come, first served.

Sawmill Creek Thanksgiving Buffet
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
10:30 am–3:30 pm, 419.433.3800
Adult (12 & over): $22.95, child (4–11): $9.95, children 3 and under are free
Reservations are required. Please call to make a reservation.

Timbers Smokehouse and Grill Thanksgiving Buffet
12211 US 250 North, Milan
11 am-7 pm, 419.499.0200
Please call for reservations and details.

Lake Erie Shores & Islands would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving! If you are aware of other locations that are open on Thanksgiving Day, please feel free to add them by commenting on the post below.

Lake Erie Shores & Islands is Filled with Unique Shopping

Downtown districts invite exploration with a variety of independent retailers that specialize in candles, chocolate, pottery, home décor, international imports, jewelry, and more. Discover art galleries in Marblehead, antique shops in Milan, or find it all in a refurbished 1800’s barn at the Shops at Sawmill Creek in Huron. Shops at Sawmill Creek

Experience unique Lake Erie Shores & Islands shopping where you can purchase anything from clothing, candy, art, or wine! These establishments offer high quality items with a personal touch.


CUTE: Decidedly Different

This cozy coffee, tea, and gift shop offers Vera Bradley handbags and accessories, beach glass jewelry, PILGRIM jewelry, Lindsay Phillips SwitchFlops, MudPie, and baby items.

CANDY: Brummer’s Chocolates

Candy makers since 1904, this favorite shop features homemade chocolates, candies, a large selection of sugar-free treats, many gift items, and a large selection of Polish pottery.

FRESH: Quarry Hill Orchards Farm Market and Winery

This wonderful market, surrounded by fragrant orchards, offers homegrown fruits and vegetables in-season, as well as other complimentary gifts and food products, including their own award-winning wines.

FANCIFUL: Sawmill Creek Shops

Browse in this restored 1800’s barn offering a variety of upscale men’s and women’s clothing, home accessories, gifts, and gourmet food items.


ARTISANAL: Great Lakes Fibers

Shop here for hand-painted alpaca yarn, artisan scarves, shawls, socks, rugs, and much more. Watch the alpacas and llamas graze and see the studio where their fiber is transformed into wearable art.

GLASS: Ferguson Gallery & Studio

A must see destination location. The gallery’s four showrooms are filled with glass art creations, jewelry, oil paintings, antiques, and much more. Features glass blowing and cutting demonstrations on-site.

THIS N’ THAT: Christi’s Just for Ewe

Sample your way through these unique shops. Try on wonderful jewelry, apparel, and shoes; taste gourmet goodies, including homemade fudge, soups, teas, and coffees. Try your hand at knitting, crocheting, spinning, or weaving in the beautiful yarn shop. Take classes in the Art Class Retreat.

HEAVENLY: CheeseHaven

Find a large selection of cheese (including imports), meats, wines, smoked fish, homemade mustard, and homemade fudge. Family-owned and operated since 1949.


YUMMY: Tre Sorrelle Cioccolato

Enjoy premium chocolates made by hand in an on-site professional kitchen. Ingredients are sourced locally when possible, with no added preservatives. This is what “fresh” tastes like.

SAVORY: The Kitchen’s Bounty

The Kitchen’s Bounty is your culinary companion in creating fine-dining occasions in the comfort of your own home. Use four-star recipes and menus, cooking products, and inspiration as your road map and then drive it home to delicious.

NAUTY: Captain John’s Nauticals

Specializing in maritime artifacts and nautical treasures, Captain John’s carries nautical-themed novelties made out of wood and brass, a variety of antiques, wood carvings, furniture, and one-of-a-kind Great Lakes Ore Carrier models. This unique downtown shop has merchandise any sailor would jump ship for.

ART: Brick Gallery

This gallery features over 35+ artists from the Shores & Islands and beyond. With everything from clothing, glassware, furniture, greeting cards, photography, drawings, and jewelry, this unique store has something for everyone.

Your Lake Erie Shores & Islands shopping adventure begins at SHORESandISLANDS.com. Request a travel planner, build an itinerary, download a Shore Savings Card, and search for lodging packages while exploring all that Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands has in store for your visit this fall.