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


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.


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.


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.


Celebrate All Things Winter at Local Ice Festivals

Shores & Islands ice sculpture

Shores & Islands ice sculpture

Ready to embrace winter for all that it is? Celebrate with one fun-filled weekend and two local ice festivals.

February’s festive first weekend is a snowy salute with Sandusky’s Arctic Ice Festival  and Vermilion’s An Ice-A-Fair to Remember. Both celebrations include fantastic ice carving demonstrations you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy a fun and educational weekend of winter activities during the Arctic Ice Festival at the Maritime Museum of Sandusky. Events include ice carving, ice harvesting, ice fishing & ice diving demonstrations, ice boat races, historical program ‘Iceboats on the Sandusky Bay,’ soup cook-off and more (weather permitting). This fabulous festival takes place 10 am-4 pm on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 2013.

Experience the charming harbourtown of Vermilion during an Ice-A-Fair to Remember featuring ice sculptures on display, a visit with Frosty the Snowman, and rides on Lolly the Trolley. Stop into the Main Street Vermilion office for hot chocolate and cookies! This fun event takes place 11 am-4 pm on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Don’t miss out on all the winter fun!

Where Can I Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

The new year is slowly approaching which can only mean one thing, celebrations galore! Ring in the New Year at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

Photo credit: Bill Gordon Photomaker Studios

Walleye Madness at Midnight. Photo credit: Bill Gordon Photomaker Studios

Toast to the Town – Start your New Year’s Eve celebration with the pre-party gala at the Merry-Go-Round Museum. From 6 – 9 pm enjoy the museum, hors d’ oeuvres from local eateries and a silent auction to benefit the Sandusky Main Street Association and the Merry-Go-Round Museum.

Walleye Madness at Midnight – A gigantic fiberglass fish and fireworks, ‘nuff said!

Sawmill Creek Resort – Dance and enjoy the music and entertainment Las Vegas style at Sawmill’s Charity Casino party. Win prizes with gaming tickets. Overnight packages are available!

Chez Francois – Bonne Année! Ring in the New Year with a multi-course dinner. Three seatings available; the final (9:30 pm) seating includes musical entertainment and dancing.

Kalahari Resort – Enjoy fun activities, parties, waterpark thrills, and a buffet (reservations required) featuring an amazing selection of African-inspired delicacies. Overnight packages are available!

Castaway Bay – Spend the h0liday with Snoopy and the PEANUTS gang. Activities include a family DJ dance party, parade, New Year’s Eve balloon drop, and more. Overnight packages are available!

Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grill – Featuring a buffet dinner, live music, DJ entertainment, and party favors. Overnight packages are available with Commodore Perry Inn!

The Listening Room at OurGuest Inn & Suites – The Listening Room is offering a New Year’s Eve Dinner/Show VIP Package, including prime rib and pasta buffet, desserts, a two-hour interactive show with Listening Room favorites Mike Willis, Mickey Kelley and Matt Rogers, drink tickets, party favors, and more!

Quarry Hill Winery – Enjoy musical entertainment by Strukely & Cole.

Culinary Vegetable Institute – Featuring cocktail hour with signature crudites, passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and music, followed by dinner created by the executive chef, dessert bar, music, dancing and champagne toast. Cash bar will also be available. Reservations required.

Zinc Brasserie – This excellent French restaurant is offering three seatings for New Year’s Eve. Reservations are required. Please call for details. Light menu available at the bar; bar is open seating, no reservations.

German’s Villa – Make a reservation for the Main Street Vermilion Reverse Raffle New Year’s Eve Party. There will be dinner, music, dancing, cocktails, and a chance to win $2,013! An early bird drawing prize will also be offered. Only 100 tickets will be sold.