Where can I Ring in the New Year at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Ring in the New Year with one of these celebrations at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands and make the last day of the year memorable!

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

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

Walleye Madness at Midnight
Downtown, N. Madison St., Port Clinton
3 pm-12 am
Free
Where else can you see a 20-foot, 600-pound walleye drop from the sky at Midnight? This annual event will provide fun and excitement for the whole family! Stay up-to-date with events, vendors, and new entertainment on the Facebook page “Walleye Madness at Midnight.”

A New Year’s Eve Celebration
Chez Francois/Touche’ Wine Bar, 555 Main St., Vermilion
440.967.0630
There will be three sittings: 4:30-6:30 pm, 7-9 pm, and 9:45 pm. Each seating will feature a multi-course dinner. The last seating will feature Mr. Mike Moore with an atmosphere for dancing. Note that availability of the last seating is extremely limited. Reservations are required.

Las Vegas Style Charity Casino
Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
800.729.6455
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 at Quarry Hill
Quarry Hill Winery, 8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
419.588.3179
8 pm-12 am
Enjoy musical entertainment by Jay Guerrero.

New Year’s Eve at Zinc & Hearth Tavern
Zinc Brasserie, 142 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
419.503.0864
4 pm-1 am
Live acoustic music by the Serfs. Dinner reservations available at 6 & 9 pm for a multi-course dinner with wine. Reservations are required. Please call for details.

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Derrick & Derrick
Rosie’s Bar & Grill, 102 Madison St., Port Clinton
419.960.7310
9 pm-1 am

New Year’s Eve Party
Port Clinton VFW, 214 Madison St., Port Clinton
419.734.9981
6 pm
Free
Watch Trooper the Trout drop with good friends, great food, and lots of fun.

Toast to the Town New Year’s Eve Gala
Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St. (at US 6), Sandusky
419.626.6111
6-8 pm
$15/person
Begin the evening at this gala featuring carousel rides, music, food, and beverages.

New Year’s Eve Party
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
419.626.4467
8 pm
Families, kids, teens…everyone is welcome to celebrate on the skating rink! Choose from two party packages: $10 includes skate admission, skate rental, NYE party favors, one slice of pizza & a small pop or $20 VIP includes skate admission, choice rental of skates, scooter or rollerblades, NYE party favors, 12 game tokens, two slices of pizza & a large pop, and choice of one admission to Mini Golf, 4D Theater, or Ghostly Manor Haunted House.

New Year’s Eve Cabaret
Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue
419.484.2787
7 pm
This New Year’s Eve event will feature Broadway standards and novelty songs performed by familiar BSA faces. The menu includes pork and sauerkraut, tossed salad, applesauce, and dessert, as well as a cash bar featuring a selection of beer and wine. Must be 21 or older with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages. Reservations are required.

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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.

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.

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

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
419.499.7500
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
419.503.0864
6 & 9 pm
$85-110/person
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
440.963.0772
7:30 pm
$145/couple
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
419.626.6111
6-8 pm
$15/person
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
440.967.0630
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
800.729.6455
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
419.588.3179
8 pm-12 am
Enjoy musical entertainment by the Christian Kaser Band. Food, wine, beer, and fruit wine martinis available.

7 Questions to Ask When Planning a Trip to Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends

Scares from mild to wild; families love daytime fun for the little ones and the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade Saturdays and Sundays. Come sundown, thrillseekers challenge haunted houses and fright zones. Monster Midway Celebration


1. What is the best day to visit?
HalloWeekends is very popular. However, Friday nights and Sundays are great times to visit. Although not all rides are open on Friday nights, all haunted attractions are, so you can take advantage of the special additions to the midways.

2. What are the ticket prices?
Ticket prices vary depending on what day and time you visit the amusement park. Click here for current prices.

3. Do I have to pay extra admission for HalloWeekends?
No. A regular admission ticket or 2014 Season Pass/Platinum Pass is valid for entry. There are no extra fees for the haunted attractions.

4. What are the hours?
HalloWeekends at Cedar Point is held every Friday night, Saturday and Sunday beginning September 12 – November 1. The hours of operation are: Friday 6 pm – midnight, Saturday 11 am – midnight and Sunday 11 am–8 pm. Please note that Cedar Point is closed during the week.

5. Can small children attend?
Of course! There are special attractions just for small children, like the Magical House on Boo Hill, the Kid’s Costume Contest, Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade, live shows, a hay bale maze, and not to mention the famous PEANUTS characters.

6. What is new for 2014 season?
The children can enjoy the expanded Howl-O-Palooza, with kid-friendly entertainment, activities, and attractions while adults can experience the thrills and chills of the new haunted house Hexed, where they’ll put a spell on you; a new musical show: Midnight Syndicate LIVE!; and Tombstone Terror-tory, a fright zone in Frontiertown.

7. Are there any attractions that require extra fees?
Boeckling’s Banquet: Take a seat in the grand dining hall of the Eerie Estate as creepy inhabitants of the old mansion welcome you, serve you and entertain you. Meals are served Fridays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 12:30 pm. Cost starts at $74.95/person and includes tax & gratuity. Advanced reservations are required. Please visit Cedar Point’s website for more details.

Click here for more information on HalloWeekends at Cedar Point. Click here for more information on Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

Where can I enjoy fireworks during the Fourth of July in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Fireworks display at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

Fireworks display at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

July 3-4, 2015
4th of July Celebration
Cedar Point, Sandusky
419.627.2350
10:30 pm

July 3, 2015
Independence Day Celebration
Along the Riverbank, Downtown Oak Harbor
419.898.0479
A spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

July 4, 2015
Various locations, Port Clinton
Fireworks begin at dusk. Best viewing area is Waterworks Park.
419.707.9492

July 4, 2015
4th of July Fireworks
Lakeside Dock, Lakeside
866.952.5374
At approximately 9:45 pm or dusk, fireworks will offer a spectacular finale to the day (gate fees apply).

July 4, 2015
Fourth of July Fireworks!
Put-in-Bay
419.285.2832
Spectacular fireworks at dark (10 pm). Fireworks display over the downtown harbor; great views from Perry’s Monument and downtown.

July 4, 2015
Fireworks Cruise
Goodtime I, Sandusky
800.446.3140
Enjoy fireworks from the peaceful waters of Lake Erie. Call to make your reservation today.

July 4, 2015
Red, White & Blues Bang
Huron Boat Basin, Huron
10:30 pm