Eight Thanksgiving Day Feasts in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together and give thanks over delicious food. Although many people enjoy home cooked meals and large family gatherings, others want to get away and let someone else handle the cooking. Avoid the hassle this holiday season and indulge at one of these eight Lake Erie Shores & Islands Thanksgiving Day feasts! Thanksgiving Feast

Huron

Sawmill Creek Resort – Thanksgiving Day Brunch (10:30 am-3 pm)
This Thanksgiving Day brunch features seven stations: breakfast, salad, carving, pasta, entrée, dessert, and chocolate fondue. $24.95/adult; $10.95/child (4-11); children 8 and under are free. Reservations are required. Menu

Port Clinton

Mon Ami Winery & Restaurant – Thanksgiving Day Brunch (10:30 am-3 pm)
This historic winery and restaurant is a great place to gather and enjoy a meal. Come for the traditional oven roasted turkey, prime rib, sweet potato casserole, bread pudding, fresh salmon display, a variety of breakfast items, and more! $28.95/person. Menu

Rosie’s Bar and Grill – Thanksgiving Buffet (11:30 am-4:30 pm)
Give the family a break and indulge this year! $25.95/adult, $12.95/child (10 and under). Reservations are required. Menu.

Sandusky

Great Wolf Lodge – Thanksgiving Dinner (1:30-6:45 pm)
This is a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings! $19.99/person. Open to hotel guests first; reservations are strongly encouraged.

Kalahari Resort – Thanksgiving Buffet (11 am-6 pm)
Experience the holiday season at Kalahari Resort; indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet, create new family traditions, participate in fun family activities, and enjoy wild waterpark thrills. $25.99/adult (13 and up), $10.99/child (4-12), children 3 and under are free. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Menu.

Ryan’s Steakhouse – Thanksgiving Buffet (11 am-7 pm)
All dinners: $12.99/person, beverages: $1.99. No reservations required; first come, first served.

Vermilion

Martino’s International Cafe – Thanksgiving Day Buffet (11 am-6 pm)
Enjoy a home cooked meal at Martino’s International Cafe featuring all your holiday favorites: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes, full salad bar and, apple and pumpkin pie! $14.99/person

Quaker Steak & Lube – Thanksgiving Buffet (11:30 am-5 pm)
Featuring chef carved oven roasted turkey, honey glazed pineapple ham, green bean casserole, homemade stuffing, a variety of wings, and more! $19.99/adult, $15.99/senior (65 and up), $12.99/tweener (9-12), $6.99/child (8 and under). Reservations are strongly encouraged. Menu.

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.

Where Can I Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch/Buffet in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Treat your mother to a delicious brunch or buffet at one of these tasty dining options in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

Friday, May 9 – Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ryan’s Steakhouse Mother’s Day Buffet
5309 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky 419.621.9648
All weekend long: Fri-Sat 3:30-8:30 PM, Sun 8 AM–8 PM
Breakfast: $7.99
All dinners: $12.99
Beverages: $1.99
*No reservations—first come, first served

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Culinary Vegetable Institute Mother’s Day Tea
12304 Old Mudbrook Rd., Milan 419.499.7500
1-3 PM
Adults: $25, Children: $15
*Reservation required

Sunday, May 10, 2014

Kalahari Mother’s Day Buffet
7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky 419.433.5543
10 AM–2 PM
Adult (13 & over): $26.99, Child (3-12): $10.99, Child under 2: free
*Reservations strongly encouraged

Mon Ami Mother’s Day Brunch
3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton 419.797.4445
10:30 AM-3 PM
Adult (12 & over): $28.99, Child (6-11): $15, Child under 5: free
*Reservations recommended

Quaker Steak & Lube Mother’s Day Buffet
5150 Liberty Ave. (US 6), Vermilion 440.967.3724
11 AM-5 PM
Adult (13-61): $19.99, Adult (62+): $17.99, ’Tweeners’ (9-12): $14.99, Child (8 & under): $6.99
*Reservations strongly encouraged

1812 Food & Spirits Mother’s Day Buffet
102 Madison St., Port Clinton 419.960.7546
11 AM-3 PM
Adults: $31, Child (10 & under): $12
*Reservations recommended

Sawmill Creek Buffet
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron 419.433.3800
10:30 AM–3 PM
Adult (12 & over): $23.95, Child (3-11): $10.95, Child (2 & under): free
*Reservations required

Chez Francois/Touché Wine Bar Mother’s Day Celebration
555 Main St.., Vermilion 440.967.0603
1-7 PM
$56.95/ person (tax & gratuity not included)
*Reservations required

German’s Villa Mother’s Day Buffet
3330 Liberty Ave., Vermilion 440.967.1770
2 Seatings: 11 AM & 1 PM
Adult: $15, Child (4-12): $10, Child (3 & under): free

Wesley Lodge Mother’s Day Brunch
510 Central Ave., Lakeside 419.798.4461
11:30 AM or 1:30 PM
Adult: $20, Child (6-12): $8, Child (5 & under): free
*Reservations required

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
DAY 1

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.

DAY 2

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.

DAY 3

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
$27.99

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.

Are there any Farm Markets in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

A.B. Phillips & Sons Fruit Farm   Burnham Orchards
30 E. Main St., Berlin Heights
419.588.2329 or 800.205.7062
Sweet cherries, sour cherries in Jul, peaches in Aug (depending on crop), raspberries some years (depending on crop), apples in Sept and Oct. Open Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 12-6 pm. Apples and Bosc pears sometimes available during the off-season.

Bench Farms
9151 Jerusalem Rd. (SR 2), Curtice
419.836.9443
Mid-Jul-Oct, 9 am-Sundown
Greenhouse open Apr-Oct, 9 am-8 pm.

Bergman Orchards
708 Bridge Rd., Marblehead
419.732.2870
600 S.E. Catawba Rd. (SR 53 N), Port Clinton
419.734.6280
4562 E. Bayshore Rd., Marblehead
419.734.4272
Open daily, year-round. Hours change with the season.

Burnham Orchards
8019 SR 113 E, Berlin Heights
419.588.2138
Variety of homegrown fruits and vegetables, Amish noodles, candles, pies, crafts, pick-your-own in fall.
Open-year round, call for specific hours. Groups welcome.

Enderle Farms
756 River Rd., Huron
419.433.4856
Open summer and fall when berries are on, Mon-Sat 8 am-6 pm. Raspberries, strawberries, and asparagus.

Farmer’s Quality Market
6409 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
419.502.2015
Featuring Mama Jo’s Pies, Pam’s Pantry Dips, party trays, beef jerky, assortment of cheese, trail bologna.
Just north of Kalahari, in the former 84 Lumber building.
Mon-Fri 9 am-6 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am-4 pm

First Federal Farmer’s Market
Huron Boat Basin, 330 Main St., Huron
419.433.8487
Locally grown produce and fresh baked goods.
Jul 18-Oct 24 3:30-6:30 pm

Floro’s Farm Market
6515 W. Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Port Clinton
Roadside. Jun-Oct, daily 10 am-6 pm.

John Tracey Farm
148 S. Hartshorn Rd., Marblehead
419.798.5241
May-Dec, daylight hours. Pick your own, farm market, roadside.

Limerock Orchards & Roadside Market
1266 N.E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
419.797.2452
Open Mid-Jul-mid-Sept, daily; early-Jul and mid-Sept-mid-Oct, weekends only 7 am-6 pm.

Main Street Vermilion Farmer’s Market
Victory Park (Main & Ohio sts.), Vermilion
440.963.0072
Buy locally grown produce, flowers, hand-crafted items, and baked goods. Jun 29-Sept 14.

Meggitt’s Strawberry Hill
8606 Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Sandusky
419.359.1019
Year-round, 24-hours a day.

Moore Orchards
10544 Moore Rd., Oak Harbor
419.898.0898
Sales room includes fruit in season, limited vegetables, Schelers pickles, Amish items, Coopers Mill jams,
homegrown apples, and cider in season.

Mulberry Creek Herb Farm
3312 Bogart Rd., Huron
419.433.6126
Open mid-Mar-Jul, Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm; May, Sun 1-5 pm. Herbs, miniature plants, and heirloom vegetables.

Mulvin’s Farm Market
1706 Perkins Ave., Sandusky
419.625.1945
Open Jul-Oct.

Novotny Farm Market
1809 SR 60, Vermilion
440.967.5757
Open year-round. Please call for hours.

Oak Harbor Farmer’s Market
Downtown, Oak Harbor
419.898.0479
Fresh produce from local farms, crafts, and various other items from local crafters. Held Jun 22, Jul 27, Aug 24, Sept 28, and Oct 26, 9 am-1 pm.

Port Clinton Farmer’s Market
Adams Street Park (Adams & Perry sts.), Port Clinton
419.734.5503
Held Jun-Sept, 2nd and 4th Saturdays 9 am-12 pm.

Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard
8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
419.588.2858
Cherries end of Jun, peaches end of Jul, apples in Aug-Oct, pumpkins in Oct. Pears, nectarines, plums, and more also available. Please call or check website for hours.

Rassi Market
3602 E. Cleveland Rd. (US 6), Huron
419.433.4146
Year-round, daily 6 am-9 pm.

Sandusky Farmers’ Market
corner of Hancock and Market sts., Sandusky
419.602.9032
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 consummables. Organized by Sandusky Mainstreet Association. Jun-Oct, Sat 9 am-1 pm.

Schraidt’s Bee Haven Farms
2415 N.W. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
419.797.4207
Farm market. Primary crop is peaches. Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 11 am-sellout; seasonal.

Schwan Orchards
1797 N.W. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
Visit website for schedule and produce currently available; roadside.

Vermilion Farm Market
2901 Liberty Ave. (US 6), Vermilion
440.967.9659
Year-round, Mon-Sat 8 am-7 pm and Sun 10 am-6 pm.

Wadsworth Fruit Farm
7532 E. Harbor Rd., Marblehead
Roadside, open daily 12-6 pm; seasonal.

Witt Orchards
3584 SR 2, Oak Harbor
419.898.8115
Plums, pears, peaches, apples, sweet corn, tomatoes, jams and jellies, apple butter, and canned goods. Open
mid-Jul-Oct, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 10 am-7 pm.

What’s New in 2013 in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

This new addition to Cedar Point will be the longest wing roller coaster and boast the longest drop of any wing roller coaster on the planet.

This new addition to Cedar Point will be the longest wing roller coaster and boast the longest drop of any wing roller coaster on the planet.

GateKeeper Flies over Cedar Point! Cedar Point will introduce a winged roller coaster, GateKeeper, forever changing the landscape of the Cedar Point Peninsula. When it opens in May, GateKeeper will be the longest winged roller coaster and boast the longest drop of any winged coaster in the world. The track will dramatically fly above the main entrance of the park, passing over arriving guests with rolling flyover maneuvers. The $30 million investment will surely help Cedar Point maintain its status as “roller coaster capital of the world!” Cedar Point has also announced an investment of $45-$60 million over the next three years for upgrades to the resort’s hotel properties.

Don’t Give Up the Ship! Events are well underway, building up to the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration. The 200th Anniversary Commemoration takes place Labor Day Weekend, August 30 – September 10, 2013 and will include such highlights as more than a dozen tall ships, Navy ships (both American and Canadian), a celebration parade featuring The Ohio State University Marching Band, and a re-enactment of the battle. Considered by historians as the turning point in the War of 1812, the Battle of Lake Erie saw Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and his crew defeat the British Royal Navy to secure U.S. control of the Great Lakes. His victory message to the general inspired our young nation: “We have met the enemy and they are ours.”  Visitors will be able to tour tall ships, enlist as crew members in the re-enactment, or be part of the Bicentennial fleet or militia.

Commemorations of the Bicentennial also include the issuing of the Perry’s Victory Ohio quarter dollar by the U.S. Mint in April and the Battle of Lake Erie U.S. postage Forever® stamp in September.

BRIG NIAGARA IN HARBOR FULL SAIL - COPYWRITE JOHN E. REES.

Brig Niagara in Harbor Full Sail – Copyright John E. Rees.

Ohio’s vital role in the War of 1812 is also commemorated in a new exhibit at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. ‘The War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier’ runs from February 13 – October 7, 2013 and includes artifacts and manuscripts from both public and private collections to offer insights into the war’s battles on the Ohio frontier.

More Indoor Waterpark Fun! Maui Sands Resort, which reopened its hotel rooms in 2012 under new ownership, will reopen its indoor waterpark in the spring. The Hawaiian-themed property boasts a 45,000 square foot waterpark amongst a tropical garden setting with state-of-the-art water attractions, slides, and activity pools. Attractions include Liquid Lava, MakaMaka Treehouse, Kai River, Coconut Cove, and Pineapple Bay. A variety of rooms and suites are available within the hotel, and group packages are offered.

Embark on a Magical Quest! A new live-action game attraction has arrived at Great Wolf Lodge. MagiQuest blends video game technology with a three-dimensional adventure. With magic wand in-hand, families can explore an enchanted kingdom and join in the ultimate adventure as they enchant objects, befriend a pixie, learn from an ancient wizard, and outwit a dragon. The experience takes place on all four stories of the resort as players follow clues to unlock mysteries – their magic wands creating music, activating animatronics, and opening treasure chests. The resort’s new MagiQuest store features magic wands for game play along with medieval-themed costumes and accessories to enhance the experience.

Bounce & Play! Ghostly Manor Thrill Center has expanded its family-friendly fun attractions for 2013. A new edition to the complex has allowed for a large selection of bounce houses and an extensive play area. The additions are designed for guests age 12 and under, and join the already popular Skateworld, Wizard’s Journey 3D Blacklight Mini Golf, XD-3D Theatre, and Ghostly Manor haunted house. There is no charge for the play area and a combo pass for the bounce houses will be available with other on-site attractions.

The Jet Express is the only catamaran ferry on Lake Erie.

The Jet Express is the only catamaran ferry on Lake Erie.

Island Anniversaries! Jet Express passenger ferries to Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island celebrates 25 seasons of fun. Jet Express has been providing the fastest way to the islands since 1989, providing exhilarating rides from Port Clinton and Sandusky. Jet Express also offers special excursion cruises and is available for private parties. Heineman’s Winery, Ohio’s oldest family-owned winery and Put-in-Bay’s oldest business is celebrating 125 years in business. The sixth generation of the Heineman family is excited to welcome visitors to taste their island wines and tour the neighboring Crystal Cave, the worlds’ largest geode. The Booga Shack at Caddy Shack Square on Kelleys Island is celebrating 20 years of the “Booga Invasion.” An island original since 1993, Booga Wear helps wearers uncover their inner “Booga” with the theme “Relax, it is your Right as a Human Being!”

Lakesiders to Splash! For the 2013 summer season, Lakeside Chautauqua plans to transform the east waterfront area into a recreational water play destination where children can experience a broader aquatic adventure using their imagination. The play area will feature a newly constructed, zero depth entry, children’s pool, and a state-of-the-art splash pad. Water-erupting turtles, frogs, and numerous other spray features will be staged throughout the 75-foot children’s splash pad. In addition, a patio area will be added east of the splash pad for parents to watch the children enjoy their water adventure.

Art Glass Redefined at the Milan Museum! The Milan Museum will unveil the year-long renovation of its acclaimed art glass collection.  Opening this June, 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.

Grab the Brass Ring! The Merry-Go-Round Museum celebrates the grand re-opening of “Grab the Brass Ring” for the 2013 season. The exhibit will feature new carousel animals as well the 1988 stamp horse and the fabulous Muller military stander (also known as the Ghost Horse) on loan from Cedar Point amusement park through early May.

Kalahari Resort Upgrades! Kalahari Resort has committed to a multi-million dollar renovation and development of various on-site amenities in 2013. The resort, home to America’s largest indoor waterpark and the Midwest’s largest resort convention center, has already delivered with the opening of Longneck’s bar and grill inside the convention center. Waterpark eatery Café Mirage has also recently expanded and new guest room amenities and improvements are expected.

Fall Bird Migration Celebrated with “World’s Friendliest Birding Event!The Midwest Birding Symposium is returning to Lakeside, Ohio September 19-22, 2013. This event which will attract more than 1,000 birders to the Lake Erie shore, is held every other year in the Midwest and includes programs by North America’s leading bird watchers and naturalists, an opportunity for birders to network with fellow enthusiasts, a vendor area, and guided bird walks at the area’s best birding spots.

Great Group Entertainment at the State! The Sandusky State Theatre has several new and a few returning “dinner and a show” options in 2013, perfect for motorcoach groups or date night. Plan on seeing Finnegan’s Farewell, Easter Celebration of Life and Resurrection, Always…Patsy Cline, Bob Goss and his Silver Sizzles Revue, Zombie Prom, Miracle on 34th Street, and more!

Catch Some Air! Take a thrilling ride on east Sandusky Bay with Air1 Airboats. Captain Tony Muscioni takes passengers on a 30-40 minute tour of the east bay, between the Cedar Point causeway and chaussee. View beautiful scenery, wildlife, Cedar Point, and the backside of many beautiful homes.

Scheele Preserve Grows! The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is adding an additional 10 acres of land to its Scheele Preserve on the north east side of Kelleys Island, including 330-feet of Lake Erie shoreline. The newly acquired property contains a mix of habitats including coastal forest, forested swamp, dunes, and shoreline. The preserve is now open to the public seven days a week, allowing for spectacular views of rare wildlife and migratory birds.

Biking Opportunities! Erie County’s only recognized off-road bike path, the Lake Shore Electric Railway Trail, will get some sprucing up in 2013. The existing path through the woods in Huron will be paved and expanded to allow ample room for bikers and pedestrians. The path, which runs parallel to U.S. 6 stretches 1.5 miles. A half-mile looping path is also planned for Sandusky’s Lion’s Park. The new trail will eventually link to the Sandusky Bay Pathway and is an added enhancement to the park that added a splash pad, basketball courts, new playground equipment, and restrooms in 2012.

Other Openings! Kitchenbar has joined the restaurant family of Chef Cesare Avallone (he already operates Zinc Brasserie, Crush Winebar, and Dockside Café). Kitchenbar features an Asian-fusion menu along with the same award-winning wine list as the adjacent Crush. Chef Avallone also plans a pizza oven restaurant in downtown Sandusky for later in 2013.  Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano is slated to open in spring in Port Clinton’s Harbor Light Landing. Great Lakes Fibers sells 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. Classes will be offered soon.

For more information contact:

Jill L. Bauer, Public Relations Coordinator
jill@shoresandislands.com, @JillBauerLESI

Joan Van Offeren, Executive Director LES&I-East
joan@shoresandislands.com

Larry Fletcher, Executive Director LES&I-West
larry@shoresandislands.com

Top Six Locations to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Satisfy your sweet tooth at one of the many “sweet treat” locations at Lake Erie Shores & Islands! From mouth-watering homemade chocolates and fudge to gourmet popcorn and delicious apple pie caramel apples, the options seem endless. Treat yourself with sweets from one of these unique shops:


Brummer’s Chocolates
672 Main St., Vermilion
440.967.2329
A third generation family business, Brummer’s still uses family recipes developed 100 years ago!

Candy Hut (in Kalahari Resort)
7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky
419.433.7200
Hand-dipped chocolates, fabulous caramel apples, homemade fudge, salt water taffy, a variety of gummies and Wisconsin’s award-winning “Chocolate Shoppe” ice cream await you in Kalahari’s main lobby!

Christi’s Just for Ewe
9523 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Marblehead
419.798.5151
At Christi’s you can sample your way through the variety of on-site shops – try on jewelry, apparel and shoes; taste gourmet goodies including homemade fudge, soups, teas and coffees; or try your hand at knitting, crocheting, spinning or weaving in the yarn shop.

Great Lakes Popcorn Company
60 N. Madison St., Port Clinton
419.732.3080
This treat shop features over 30 flavors of gourmet popcorn and nuts, along with other tasty treats and gifts, on the Lake Erie waterfront.

Tre Sorelle Cioccolato
634 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
419.502.2462
Translated “Three Sisters Chocolates” this family Chocolatier makes hand-crafted chocolate goodies, specializing in ganache filled candies and truffles made with the freshest ingredients available.

Wendy Kromer Confections & City Bake Shop
133–137 E. Water St., Sandusky
419.609.0450
Wendy Kromer is famous for her work with Martha Stewart Weddings. Many of her cakes have graced the cover of the magazine. In addition to Wendy’s spectacular creations, City Bake Shop specializes in pastries and other baked goods as well as soups and sandwiches for lunch. Recently added to the selections at City Bake Shop are artisanal confections from Pomona Chocolates, made from European chocolate and fresh ingredients.