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Fall Empty Nester

by Carlee L.

Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a perfect location for a fall getaway

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Tour Stops

  • Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

    Marblehead Lighthouse State Park is located in Ottawa Co. on the tip of the Marblehead Peninsula, 10 mi. east of Port Clinton and 50 miles east of Toledo. Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes, guiding sailors safely along the rocky shores of the peninsula since 1822. Tours are offered on weekdays during the summer months and on select Saturdays. The Keeper's house offers interesting displays of Lake Erie maritime history.
    The annual Lighthouse Festival is held in October. 
    There are no overnight facilities available at this location.

    • Address: 110 Lighthouse Drive
      Marblehead, Ohio 43440
    • Phone: Local Number: 4197344424
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    • Website: http://www.ohiostateparks.org
  • Kelleys Island State Park

    Kelleys Island State Park is in Erie Co. on the north end of Kelleys Island, 3 mi. north of the town of Marblehead. Access is by boat, plane, or ferry from Sandusky or the Marblehead Peninsula. The park is full of natural attractions & boasts a campground with sites overlooking Lake Erie. North Shore Alvar & North Pond Nature Preserves are examples of unique plant communities thriving in this ecosystem. Glacial Grooves were formed as glaciers molded the landscape, carving massive scratches in bedrock. Hike or bike on 6 mi. of trails winding through the nature preserves. Picnic areas offer tables & grills. Nature programs provide summer entertainment. A 100 ft. beach is provided on Lake Erie. A launch ramp provides Lake Erie access for boaters, and kayaks are avilalbe for rent. Fishing access is from shore. Limited hunting is permitted. The campground offers 82 sites with electric hookups and 43 non-electric sites. Amenities: showers & restrooms. Pets permitted on designated sites. Bring your own tent or camper, or try hassle-free Rent-A-Camp. Two Island Yurts offer the comforts of home with a kitchen, living area & private bath.

    Camping rates (weekends) range from $26/night to $32/night for non-electric/electric sites. Rent-a-camp for $47/night. Yurt rentals are $100/night. Call 1-866-644-6727 for reservations.

    • Address: Lake Erie Islands State Park
      920 Division Street
      Kelleys Island, Ohio 43438
    • Phone: Local Number: 4197974530
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    • Website: http://www.ohiostateparks.org
  • Mystic Belle Cruises

    Take a relaxing paddle-wheel tour aboard the historic and scenic Vermilion River. Trip includes the beauty of both the natural upriver scenes as well as the picturesque lagoons with narration about the harbor's past. Tours last approximately 50 minutes. Wheelchair accessible. Available for bus groups, birthdays, wedding parties and sunset cruises. Reservations accepted; group reservations required.

    • Address: 636 Sandusky St.
      Vermilion, Ohio 44089
    • Phone: Local Number: (440) 967-7910
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    • Website: http://www.donparsonsmarina.com
  • Five Bells Inn

    The Five Bells Inn is situated on two and a half acres of land on the quiet shores of Lake Erie. On the west side of the Catawba Island Peninsula, Five bells Inn offers breath-taking sunsets and cool lake breezes.

    • Address: 2766 Sand Road
      Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
    • Phone: Local Number: 4197341555
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    • Website: http://www.5bellsinn.com
  • Catawba Island State Park

    Catawba Island State Park, located in Ottawa Co. about 10 mi. E of Port Clinton, is the last stop on the mainland Ohio shoreline before Lake Erie waters stretch to South Bass Island. 
    Park visitors can enjoy shoreline fishing. There is a scenic picnic area with tables and grills, and a reservable picnic shelter. call 1-866-OHIOPARKS for shelter house reservations. A launch ramp is convenient for boaters. No overnight facilities are available. 

    • Address: Lake Erie Islands State Park
      4049 East Moore's Dock Road
      Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
    • Phone: Local Number: 4197974530
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.ohiostateparks.org
  • Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

    Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi is a restaurant in the fine tradition of Nagoya, Japan. Its ambiance comes in part from a blend of traditional Japanese and contemporary American decor; the food is also a blend of the best. Central to the Nagoya experience is the Japanese-style hibachi ("teppanyaki") cooking where steak, chicken, seafood and vegetables are prepared and served by extensively trained and entertaining hibachi chefs.

    Sushi fans will love the sushi bar with its expansive selection of fish flown in from around the world. A variety of Japanese and Asian entreés are also available for our guests. Complement your dinner with a glass of wine from our our extensive wine list or any of a variety of Japanese or American beers. Enjoy the comfortable atmosphere; relax in our fully stocked bar and lounge. During warmer weather, you can add to your experience by having your cocktails or dinner on our outdoor waterfront deck.

    • Address: 3975 E. Harbor Rd.
      Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
    • Phone: Local Number: 4197346400
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    • Website: http://www.nagoyaohio.com/

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