Where can I enjoy a round of golf in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Sawmill Creek Golf Club in Huron, Ohio.

Sawmill Creek Golf Club in Huron, Ohio.

The golf courses in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands are groomed and ready to challenge enthusiasts. More than a dozen courses provide variations for golfers of all skill levels and budgets. From quick-play executive courses to country club quality resort terrain, golfers can enjoy challenging runs with captivating views and tremendous character.

Bay Point Golf Course
10948 E. Bayshore Rd., Marblehead
419.798.4434
Public; 9-hole, par 27.

Chippewa Golf Course
2355 W. SR 579, Curtice
419.386.8111
Public; 18-hole, par 71 course with bar/lounge, cart rental, club rental, pro shop, snack bar, and tee times.

Eagle Creek Golf Course
2406 New State Rd., Norwalk
419.668.8535
Upscale public; 18-hole, par 71, practice facility, snack bar, and golf shop.

Keys Golf Course
4115 Boos Rd., Huron
419.433.5585
Public; 9-hole, par 36

Mills Creek Golf Course
1933 Mills St., Sandusky
419.627.5803 or 419.627.5886
Public; 9-hole, par 36, challenging course with water features. Built in the 1930s by WPA.

Oak Harbor Golf Club
10433 CR 17, Oak Harbor
419.898.1493
Public; 18-hole, par 72 course with pro shop, golf instruction, driving range, and sports bar.

Saunders Golf Course
1495 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
419.285.3917
Public; 9-hole, par 27, club rental. No carts on course.

Sawmill Creek Golf Club
at Sawmill Creek Resort, 600 Mariner Village, Huron
419.433.3789 or 800.SAWMILL
Tom Fazio designed, 18-hole, par 71, public course offers views of Lake Erie.

Sugar Creek Golf Course
950 W. Elmore Eastern Rd., Elmore
419.862.2551 or 866.280.2527
Public; 18-hole course, lessons available by appointment.

Thunderbird Hills Golf Course
1316 Mudbrook Rd. (SR 13), Huron
419.433.4552
Public; 36-hole, par 72, food and beverages available. Two 18- hole courses, North Course and South Course.

Vermilion Country Club
12210 W. Lake Rd. (US 6), Vermilion
440.967.3492
Public; 9-hole, par 36, live entertainment, bar and grill, and families welcome.

Willow Creek Golf Club
15905 Darrow Rd. E, Vermilion
440.967.4101
Public; 18-hole, par 72, tree lined fairways, driving range, and pro shop.

Woussickett Golf Course
6311 Mason Rd., Sandusky
419.359.1141
Public, 18-hole course that delivers dramatic doglegs surrounded by several open links-style holes.

Is there a list of Historical Markers located in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

The Ohio Historical Markers program encompasses 1,479 unique markers that tell the state’s history as written by its communities. There are more than 40 markers in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands alone. Markers are erected by local community sponsors in partnership with the Ohio History Connection and describe the people, places, things, and events of Ohio’s past. Here are a few of the most notable in the region, along with their official descriptions.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Huron
#16-22 The Huron Playhouse – Ohio’s oldest continuing summer theatre, the Huron Playhouse has been housed at McCormick Middle School for its entire history. Dr. Frederick G. Walsh (1915-1999) of the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Speech Department founded the theatre in 1949. Huron met Walsh’s expectations for an attractive site for the playhouse, and Huron Schools Superintendent R.L. McCormick (1904-1978) offered the use of this school. The curtain opened on the first Huron Playhouse production, Norman Krasna’s hit Broadway comedy John Loves Mary, on June 29, 1949.

Lakeside
#15-62 Lakeside – “The Chautauqua of Lake Erie” – Established in 1873, Lakeside is a pioneer of the American Chautauqua Movement, one of the greatest revival movements in United States history which flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Founded by the Methodist Church, Lakeside is one of the few existing Chautauqua communities that remain and thrive today.

Marblehead
#6-62 The Keeper’s House – Built in 1822, this native limestone structure was the home of Benajah Wolcott, first keeper of the Marblehead Lighthouse (originally called the Sandusky Bay Light), and his second wife, Rachel Miller Wolcott. Benajah maintained the lighthouse from 1822 until his death ten years later. After Benajah’s passing the U.S. Government appointed Rachel as the keeper, making her the first female lighthouse keeper on the Great Lakes. The building is the oldest known residence still standing in Ottawa County and is a fine example of a “hall-and-parlor house,” an early American home design.

Milan
#20-22 Birthplace of Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931) – One of America’s most prolific and important inventors, Thomas Alva Edison was born in this house in 1847. Designed by his father, Samuel Edison, a shingle maker by trade, this small gabled brick cottage was built in 1841. Though the Edisons moved to Port Huron, Michigan, in 1854, when he was seven, Edison cherished the memories of his early boyhood here and acquired the home from his sister’s family in 1906. Edison’s daughter Madeleine Edison Sloane opened the home to the public as a memorial to the great inventor in 1947, the centennial of his birth. It became a registered National Historic Landmark in 1965.

Oak Harbor
#12-62 Magee Marsh Wildlife Area: A Feature of the Great Black Swamp – A dense swamp forest roughly the size of the state of Connecticut once stretched across this region of Ohio and Indiana. A remnant of ancient Lake Maumee, this dense, soggy flatland supported abundant waterfowl and wildlife, but blocked travel and settlement and remained largely uninhabited until it was cleared and drained for agriculture between 1860 and 1885. This marsh and other scatter remnants are all that remain of the Great Black Swamp. Managed for a variety of wetland wildlife, Magee is one of the premier bird watching sites in North America, with more than 300 species.

Port Clinton #2-62 Johnson’s Island – In 1861 the United States Army established a prisoner of war camp on Johnson’s Island, approximately 1 mile south of this point. The camp, which housed captured Confederate officers, was maintained until 1865 when it was dismantled. The camp cemetery contains the graves of 206 men who died as a result of disease, wounds, or by execution while incarcerated.

Put-in-Bay #9-62 South Bass Island Light – Constructed and first lit in 1897, the South Bass Island Light was in continuous operation until 1962 when the U. S. Coast Guard built an automated light tower to replace it. Significant for its contribution to transportation and commerce on Lake Erie, the South Bass Island Light was built to safely guide vessels through the crowded South Passage. Although many light stations were constructed with a dwelling as a separate structure, the keeper’s dwelling of the South Bass Light was attached to the 60-foot tower. The dwelling was designed in the Queen Anne style with red brick laid in Flemish bond. Outbuildings, a barn and oil house, were built in 1899. In 1967, The Ohio State University acquired the property for support of the F. T. Stone Laboratory programs for research, education, and outreach. South Bass Island Light was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Sandusky #17-22 Cedar Point – Cedar Point became a popular beach resort in the late 1870s, when visitors traveled to the peninsula by steamboat from Sandusky. The Grand Pavilion (1888), the oldest building in the park, dates from this era. Promoter George Boeckling formed the Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Company in 1897 and vastly expanded the resort’s attractions. During the first decade of the 1900s, he built the lagoons, an amusement circle, and several hotels, including the landmark Breakers in 1905. The Coliseum, opened in 1906, became the centerpiece of the park and hosted many of the famous big bands through the Depression and World War II years. In the late 1950s, Cedar Point began its transformation into a modern amusement park.

You can read more about Ohio’s historical markers and find a complete list of them at http://www.remarkableohio.org/. A lot of visitors make a hobby out of seeking out historical markers during their vacations. Which ones do you want to check out?

What are the top ten options for fun-filled group outings?

“Don’t Miss” #LakeErieLove Group Activities

On Ohio’s north coast, we’re all about Lake Erie Love. We love our Great Lake, our islands, our neighborhoods, our friendly people, and our natural resources. Groups of all types including family reunions, student groups, senior groups, military reunions, and motorcoach tours, love visiting for the variety of activity options offered. Put in Bay Tour Train

The group sales team at Lake Erie Shores & Islands works closely with a number of local attraction, dining, and hotel partners to make planning easy. Here are the Top Ten activities that have appeared most often on group itineraries and have received rave reviews.

  1. Island Tour Train – This island tour gives groups a guided tour of Put-in-Bay and includes stops at many of the island’s most visited attractions.
  2. Winery Tour/NorthCoast Grapevine Tours – Groups love touring and tasting the many wineries on the Lake Erie Shores & Islands wine trail. Northcoast Grapevine Tours offers a safe and educational way for smaller groups to make a day of it.
  3. Ghostly Manor – This much loved attraction is a hit with student groups especially. In addition to the award-winning haunted house, the thrill center includes a skating rink, arcade, indoor black light miniature golf, XD-3D theatre, bounce houses, and indoor climbing playground.
  4. Downtown Sandusky Historical Tour – This popular itinerary includes the Follett House, Cooke-Dorn Historic Site, and a driving tour of local Underground Railroad sites.
  5. Tour and talk at Sandusky Greenhouse – Sometimes scheduled in conjunction with the downtown Sandusky historical tour or with one of Sandusky’s museums, this horticultural tour gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to maintain Sandusky’s lovely floral gardens and many tropical plants.
  6. Liberty Aviation Museum Tour – This museum showcases operational, historical aircraft and vehicles, including “Georgie’s Gal” a WWII B-25 Mitchell Bomber, a U.S. Navy WWII TBM Avenger, PT-boats, and more. Visitors can witness the restoration of a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor and dine in the 1950s-era themed diner.
  7. Merry-Go-Round Museum – Group visitor’s young and young-at-heart enjoy a spin on the carousel and the lively band organ music at the Merry-Go-Round Museum. Tours include this history of carousels and carousel art, wood carving demonstrations, gift shop, and more.
  8. Ferguson Gallery – The highlight of a visit to the gallery of master glass cutter Cary S. Ferguson is a glass blowing demonstration and the opportunity to create your own paper weight.
  9. Marblehead Lighthouse/Keeper’s House – The oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes has been welcoming visitors since 1822. Complement a visit to this majestic lighthouse with a stop at the nearby Keeper’s House, the oldest surviving home in the area and home of first three original keepers of the light.
  10. Edison Birthplace/Milan Museum – Be inspired when visiting the birthplace of invention! Groups tour Thomas Edison’s boyhood home which includes a collection of early inventions and family mementos. Then, within the same quaint village block the Milan Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the past with historical exhibits, antique toys, and a renowned glass collection.

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.

Top Eight Wineries in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Stop by for a taste and leave with a case from one of the many wineries in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Here’s a list of the top eight wineries in the area: Doller Estate & Put-in-Bay Winery

Firelands Winery
917 Bardshar Rd., Sandusky
419.625.5474, 800.548.9463
Wine has been made on this site since 1880. Their vineyards are located on North Bass Island (also known as Isle St. George) in the western basin of Lake Erie. Stop by for a tour and a tasting of award-winning, estate bottled wines and browse through the gift shop.

Heineman Winery
978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
419.285.2811
Heineman Winery has been producing award-winning island made wines since 1888. It is the oldest family owned and operated winery in Ohio.

Hermes Vineyards & Winery
6413 S. Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Sandusky
419.626.8500
A small winery set in a rustic barn with indoor and outdoor seating. Premium wines are served by the glass or bottle and a light menu is available.

Kelley’s Island Wine Company
418 Woodford Rd., Kelleys Island
419.746.2678
The Wine Company is Kelleys Island only winery, manufacturing and bottling all varietals on premise. They offer ample outdoor and indoor seating along with plenty of activities including volleyball and horseshoes.

Mon Ami Historic Winery & Restaurant
3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton
800.777.4266
This is one of the oldest wineries in the Lake Erie islands region. Mon Ami features daily tours and wine tastings, live entertainment, banquet facilities, a full-service restaurant, and gift shop.

Paper Moon Vineyards
2008 SR 60, Vermilion
440.967.2500
Paper Moon sits on 50 acres of cleared and wooded land just west of the Vermilion River in the historic harbour town of Vermilion. They offers tastings and sales of quality regional and vinifera wines.

Put-in-Bay Winery
392 Bay View Ave., Put in Bay
419.285.3343
Sample regional island wines while relaxing in the wine garden or enjoying wonderful harbor views. A winery exhibit follows the grape seed from the ground to the bottle.

Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard
8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
419.588.3179
Visit this winery and neighboring orchard market. The wines are an eclectic variety of grape and fruit specialties, made and grown on site, and the wine bar offers a light food menu to complement the wines. Enjoy live music every weekend.

Looking for a guided winery tour? Contact Northcoast Grapevine Tours!  It is a fun, informative, and safe way to experience the wineries in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

What is open on Kelleys Island during the fall season?

Restaurants
Bag the Moon Saloon (open through October 26th; weekends only)  Kelleys Island, Ohio
Caddy Shack Square (open until October 31st; closed Monday and Tuesday)
Captain’s Quarters (open until October 31st)
Kelleys Island Brewery (October 26th; call for hours)
Kelleys Island Wine Co. (open year-round)
Dockers Waterfront Restaurant & Bar (open through October; closed Monday and Tuesday)
The Village Pump (open through December 20th)

Shopping
Caddy Shack Square (open until October 31st; closed Monday and Tuesday)
Island Market and Fudge Shop (open year-round)
Kelleys Island General Store (open through December)
Sweet Valley Trading Post (open through October 26th)
The Village Peddler (open through December)
The Village T’s (open through November)
Unc’l Dik’s (open through December)

Things to Do
Caddy Shack Square (open until October 31st; closed Monday and Tuesday)
The Little Healing Room (open until mid-October)
Charles Henderson Galleries & Sculpture Garden (open through December)
Captain Park’s Lake Erie Fishing Charters (open through October)
Nachofish Charter & Guide Service (open through October)
Inscription Rock (open year-round during daylight hours)
Glacial Grooves (open year-round during daylight hours)

For lodging or transportation information, visit SHORESandISLANDS.com or contact one of our welcome centers at 800.255.3743 or 800.441.1271.

Are there any hotels/motels in your area that are waterfront?

While a lot of our waterfront is designated to private use, we do have several lodging options that are waterfront.

Bay View

Cedar Motel
903 E. Bay View Dr.
419.684.7145

Huron

Comfort Inn – River’s Edge
132 N. Main St.
419.433.8000

Plantation Motel
2815 Cleveland Rd. E (US 6)
419.433.4790 or 877.677.2770

Beach at Sawmill Creek Resort
Sawmill Creek Resort

400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6)
419.433.3800 or 800.729.6455

Wild Waves Motel
4913 Cleveland Rd. E (US 6)
440.967.6622

Kelleys Island

Craft’s Lakeview Lane
319 W. Lakeshore Dr.
419.746.2254

Kelleys Island Venture Resort
Kelleys Island Venture Resort

441 W. Lakeshore Dr.
419.746.2900

Lakeside

Hotel Lakeside
150 Maple Ave.
419.798.4461 or 866.952.5374

Marblehead

Lake Point Motel
908 E. Main St.
419.798.4684

Lighthouse Resort
614 E. Main St.
419.798.9600 or 877.426.8439

Mar-Lu Sportfishing Resort
326 N. Steele Rd.
419.732.3300 or 888.882.0338

South Beach Resort
8620 E. Bayshore Rd.
419.798.4900

Surf Motel & RV Campground
230 E. Main St.
419.798.4823

Taylor’s Resort Motel
10526 E. Bayshore Rd.
419.798.5101 or 888.798.5101

Tibbels Motel
6965 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163)
419.734.1143

Port Clinton

Americas Best Value Inn
121 E. Perry St. (SR 163)
419.734.2101 or 866.734.2101

Beachfront Resort
Beachfront Resort

252 W. Lakeshore Dr.
419.732.6684

Best Budget Inn & Suites
1735 E. Perry St. (SR 163)
419.734.5633

Camp Perry Lodging & Conference Center
1000 Lawrence Rd.
614.336.6214 or 888.889.7010

Erie Islands Resort & Marina
4495 W. Darr Hopfinger Rd.
419.734.9117 or 800.999.3743

Quality Inn
1723 E. Perry St. (SR 163)
419.732.2929 or 800.424.6423

Travelodge
1811 E. Perry St. (SR 163)
419.734.0769 or 800.257.2297

White Caps Motel
2186 W. Lakeshore Dr.
419.734.3816

Put-in-Bay

Bayshore Resort
328 Toledo Ave.
419.285.3931 or 866.422.9746

Sandusky

Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay
2001 Cleveland Rd. (US 6)
419.627.2500

Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers
Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers

1 Cedar Point Dr. (off US 6)
419.627.2106

Cedar Point’s Sandcastle Suites
1 Cedar Point Dr. (off US 6)
419.627.2106

Vermilion

Lakeland Lodges
13115 W. Lake Rd. (US 6)
440.967.4497 or 800.475.9690

For a complete list of lodging in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands, please visit SHORESandISLANDS.com.