October Event Highlights in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point

Now – Oct 31, 2014
Ghost Walks with Victoria
7 & 8 pm
Marshall Inn Bed & Breakfast, 204 Monroe St., Port Clinton

Now – Oct 26, 2014
Fall Harvest Activities
Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am-5 pm
Burnham Orchards, 8019 SR 113, Berlin Heights

Oct 3, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014; Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014; Oct 17, 2014 – Oct 19, 2014; Oct 24, 2014 – Oct 26, 2014; Oct 31, 2014 – Nov 2, 2014
Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends
Fri 6 pm-12 am, Sat 11-12 am, Sun 11 am-8 pm
Cedar Point Amusement Park, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky

Oct 3, 2014 – Oct 4, 2014
Clambake Weekend
4-10 pm
1812 Food & Spirits, 102 Madison St., Port Clinton
$32/person (plus ala carte selections)

Oct 3, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014; Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014; Oct 17, 2014 – Oct 19, 2014; Oct 24, 2014 – Oct 26, 2014; Oct 31, 2014 – Nov 1, 2014
Lake Eerie Fearfest
Fri-Sat 7:30-11:30 pm, Sun 7:30-9:30 pm
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
$15/person (Ghostly Manor only), $25/person (all five haunted houses), $25/person (Fast Pass Ghostly Manor), $35/person (Fast Pass all five haunted houses)

Oct 3, 2014 – Oct 4, 2014; Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 11, 2014; Oct 17, 2014 – Oct 18, 2014; Oct 24, 2014 – Oct 25, 2014
Terror in the Field
Fri-Sat 7-11 pm
Novotny’s Farm Market, at SR 2 and SR 60, Vermilion
$10/adult, $5/child (under 48″)

Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
Country Harvest of Antiques and Crafts
Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun 10:30 am-4 pm
Birmingham United Methodist Church, 15018 South St., Birmingham
$5/adult; children 10 and under are free

Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
Harvest Happenings
11 am-5 pm
Osborn MetroPark, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron
419.625.7783 ext. 232

Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
Hayes Civil War Re-enactment
9 am-5 pm
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland aves., Fremont
$4/adult, $2/child (6-12 yrs)

Oct 4, 2014
Island Wine Festival
11 am-6 pm
Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate, 392 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay

Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014; Oct 11, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014; Oct 18, 2014 – Oct 19, 2014; Oct 25, 2014 – Oct 26, 2014; Nov 1, 2014 – Nov 2, 2014
Quarry Hill Orchards Weekend Wagon Rides
12-5 pm
Quarry Hill Orchard Market, 8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights

Oct 9, 2014 – Oct 10, 2014
A Gourmet Clam Bake
Chez François/Touché Wine Bar, 555 Main St., Vermilion
$60/person (tax and gratuity not included)

Oct 9, 2014
Fall Foliage Hike
10 am
Edison Woods MetroPark, 10186 Ceylon Rd., Berlin Heights

Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Murder Mystery Weekend: Island of the Dead
Kelleys Island Venture Resort, 441 W. Lakeshore Dr., Kelleys Island

Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Sat 11 am-7 pm, Sun 12-5 pm
DeRivera Park, Put-in-Bay

Oct 10, 2014 – Oct 11, 2014
The Night of the Dead 5K Obstacle/Mud Run Course
Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor
$59 before Aug 10, $89 day of race

Oct 11, 2014
7th Annual Pumpkin Festival
11 am-5 pm
Huron Boat Basin, 330 N. Main St., Huron

Oct 11, 2014
Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival
9 am-4 pm
Various locations, Marblehead and Lakeside

Oct 11, 2014
Magnificent Rachmaninoff 2
7:30 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Oct 11, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Oak Harbor Apple Festival
Sat 9 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm
Downtown Oak Harbor

Oct 12, 2014
The Ultimate Cleveland Browns Tailgate Cruise
11:30 am
Goodtime I, Jackson St. Pier, Sandusky

Oct 18, 2014
“The Wake” at the Round House
Round House Bar, Put-in-Bay

Oct 18, 2014
Boo at the Bay & Pirate Day
12-4 pm
Sandusky Bay Pavilion, 605 E. Water St., Sandusky

Oct 18, 2014
3-10 pm
Various locations, Kelleys Island

Oct 18, 2014
Zombie Fest & Pub Crawl
Downtown Put-in-Bay

Oct 25, 2014
“Rocking the Dead” Battle of the Bands
5-10 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Oct 25, 2014
Boo! at the Boardwalk
6-8 pm; Costume parade at 7 pm
Magee Marsh Boardwalk-West End, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor

Oct 25, 2014
Earth to Table Dinner
7 pm
Culinary Vegetable Institute, 12304 SR 13, Milan
$105/person (plus tax and gratuity)

Oct 25, 2014
Halloween at the Bay
Various locations, Put-in-Bay

Oct 25, 2014
Pumpkin Palooza
12-3 pm
Milan Museum, 10 Edison Dr. (off SR 113), Milan

Oct 25, 2014
Tombstone Derby
10 am-6 pm
Depot Park, 353 Ottawa St., Elmore

Oct 28, 2014
Haunted Prison Farm Tour
6:30 & 7:15 pm
Osborn MetroPark – Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron

Oct 30, 2014
Historic Vermilion Ghost Tour
7-8:30 pm
Various locations, Vermilion

For a complete list of events, please visit SHORESandISLANDS.com.

Top 12 “Can’t Miss” Fall Festivals in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Fall is festival time in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Autumn is the season to celebrate everything from apples to wine and antiques to woollybears! Here is a list of our top twelve “can’t miss” fall festivals and why you want to make time in your life to check them out. Harvest Happenings Tractor Display

North Coast Oktoberfest, Sandusky
Sep 26, 2014 – Sep 27, 2014
Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 12-11 pm
Don’t Miss: This traditional German food and beer festival expanded this year to two days and now includes a Saturday night Lighted Boat Parade. What other Oktoberfest features a boat parade?

Port Clinton Area Harvest Festival, Port Clinton
Sep 26, 2014 – Sep 28, 2014
Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 11 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm
Don’t Miss: This end of summer festival includes crafts, food and live entertainment along with Clydesdale carriage rides on Saturday from 12-5 pm.

Woollybear Festival, Vermilion
Sep 28, 2014
9 am-6 pm
Don’t Miss: The Woollybear Festival is the largest one day festival in the state. Wondering if we’re going to experience another Snowpocolypse this winter? Fox 8 Meteorologist Dick Goddard is on hand to reveal the annual woollybear winter weather prediction.

Harvest Happenings, Huron
Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
11 am-5 pm
Don’t Miss: This family harvest festival features the 25th annual antique engine and tractor show, plus each day there is an antique tractor parade.

Country Harvest of Antiques and Crafts, Birmingham
Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun 10:30 am-4 pm
Don’t Miss: Happening for the last 45 years, this event features over 100 vendors displaying antiques, crafts, and other uniquely handmade items.

Island Wine Festival, Put-in-Bay
Oct 4, 2014
11 am-6 pm
Along with island wines from Heineman Winery and Put-in-Bay Winery, patrons can sample more than 400 International wines.

7th Annual Pumpkin Festival, Huron
Oct 11, 2014
11 am-5 pm
Don’t Miss: A great family festival with something for everyone, the featured event is the Barnes Nursery pumpkin drop at 2:30 pm. Talk about smashing pumpkins!

Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, Marblehead and Lakeside
Oct 11, 2014
9 am-4 pm
Don’t Miss: Along with the wonderful entertainment, craft vendors, and delicious food, this is also the last chance to tour the Marblehead Lighthouse and Wolcott Keeper’s House before they close for the season.

Oak Harbor Apple Festival, Oak Harbor
Oct 11, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Sat 9 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm
Don’t Miss: All things “apple” – apple pie, fresh apple butter, candy apples…there’s even an apple baking contest and an Apple Queen!

Oktoberfest, Put-in-Bay
Oct 11, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Sat 11 am-7 pm, Sun 12-5 pm
Don’t Miss: Probably the only time of the year the island’s live musical entertainment line-up features polka music and dancing!

Pumpkin Palooza, Milan
Oct 25, 2014
12-3 pm
Don’t Miss: This free family event on the grounds of the Milan Museum offers unique pumpkin activities including pumpkin painting and pumpkin bowling.

Tombstone Derby, Elmore
Oct 25, 2014
10 am-6 pm
Don’t Miss: It’s a tombstone derby! The main event, a motorized casket race, concludes a day-long Halloween celebration.

What are your “can’t miss” fall events? Let us know and what makes the event so special.

Hit Us With Your Best Shots: Fall Festivals and Foods

Great photos showcase great memories. Do you have photos from your Shores & Islands, Ohio experience? Share them with Lake Erie Shores & Islands and you could win!

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center continues to host an online photo contest, designed to showcase the best area photographs and also add to the destination marketing organization’s image library. The contest runs quarterly, with different themes each time, based on the season and on the welcome center’s current needs.

Visitors to SHORESandISLANDS.com have the opportunity to vote on their favorite submission. A winner will be chosen by Lake Erie Shores & Islands from the top five photos whose submission has received the majority of votes at the end of the voting period. Lake Erie Shores & Islands will be the final judge of all entries and all contest decisions are final. The contest is open to those 21 years and older.

Upload your photos for a chance to win great prizes which could include overnight getaways, ferry tickets, gas cards, and more. Your photo could appear in future travel planners and other publications.

The Welcome Center is currently looking for photos with the theme “Fall Festivals and Foods.” This contest runs through December 1, 2014 and the current prize for the winning photograph includes a $50 gift certificate to 1812 Food & Spirits, a $25 gift certificate to the Olive Scene and a $25 gift certificate to Brummer’s Chocolates.

While scenic landscape photos are welcomed, photos with people experiencing attractions and locations in the Shores & Islands region are preferred. Photos have to be taken within the last 12 months.

Official contest rules are available at SHORESandISLANDS.com/contest. Enter your best shots today!

Lake Erie Wing Watch – September 20-21, 2014

A great family event is coming to Osborn Metropark in Sandusky on September 20-21. LAKE ERIE WING WATCH promotes birding and natural areas in Erie and Ottawa counties. If you are interested in birds and nature, you will want to check this out. There is no pre-registration (except for canoe trips) and there is no admission charge. Come for all or any part of the event. Ohio Birding

Beginning Saturday morning you can Bird by Canoe at Old Woman Creek in Huron. Then at 2 pm things kick off at Osborn Metropark with vendors, exhibits, kids’ activities and live animals. Frosty Frog Jr. will be on hand with great food and ice cream. Natures’ Nursery will be there too with live animals. Time and Optics, a company from Holmes County, will have binoculars and scopes for you to try out.

At 2:30 pm on Saturday, our keynote presenter Jen Brumfield will speak. Jen is a nationally known birder and artist who lives in Cleveland. She works for Cleveland Metroparks, has her own bird touring company and is a representative for a major optics company. She is passionate about birds. You won’t want to miss this free talk. But get your seat early as it will fill up fast.

After the keynote, there will be five 30 minute sessions in the Erie Room from 4-6:45 pm. The titles of these talks include:

4 pm – Birding 101 – Join us to learn the basics of bird identification

4:45 pm – Birding Hotspots in Erie County – We will share the best spots to go birding and what birds to expect

5:30 pm –  Waterfowl ID – Many ducks migrate through our area in fall—let us help you learn them

5:30 pm – Birding With Technology – Presented by an Ohio Young Birder

6:15 pm – Attracting Winter Birds – Tips to use for attracting birds to your yard

After the sessions, head to the campfire for s’mores and live music by local musician Emily Keener from 7-9 pm. Bring a chair or blanket.

On Sunday September 21 local bird guides will lead walks at Sheldon Marsh, Edison Woods, Resthaven Wildlife Area, Castalia Quarry, Schoepfle Gardens and Kelleys Island. The best way to learn about birds is to get out into the field.

Check out the full schedule for Lake Erie Wing Watch at www.LakeErieWingWatch.com.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and plan to be there!

Top 8 Places to Enjoy Perch in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Fresh from Lake Erie, yellow perch is a delicious dish that every visitor to the area must try. Just ask any local…perch is THE local dish of choice. Usually served fried, perch is small, delicate fish which is tasty by itself and excellent on a sandwich. We surveyed our Facebook fans about their favorite places to eat perch and we’ve put together a list of eateries in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands that will satisfy your craving (in alphabetical order): Perch Taco - Dockside Cafe

1. Boardwalk/The Upper Deck – Featuring fresh Lake Erie perch and walleye sandwiches & baskets with amazing views of the Put-in-Bay Harbour!

2. Dock’s Beach House – Beach-front bistro serving deep fried yellow Lake Erie perch sandwiches and wraps.

3. Dockside Cafe – Cooking up famous fish-tacos, locally raised beef burgers, and fantastic drinks. Dockside offers outside dining and is an excellent location to catch the sunset on Sandusky Bay.

4. Goat Soup & Whiskey – Home of the Original Perch Taco; lightly breaded, fried to perfection, wrapped in a soft tortilla with cabbage, tomato, green onion, and cheese and finished off with their famous Pali Wali sauce.

5. Jolly Roger Seafood House – A classic fish and chips restaurant on the shores of Lake Erie which specializes in perch and walleye, both of which are fresh caught and breaded/fried to order.

6. Lemmy’s Eatery – Family-owned diner offers lightly breaded perch, reasonably priced. Don’t miss “all you can eat” perch on Friday’s.Perch Sandwich - New Sandusky Fish Company

7. New Sandusky Fish Company –  Award-winning Lake Erie Perch sandwiches and dinners; offering carry-out and outdoor dining with an amazing view of the Sandusky Bay.

8. The Village Pump – Serving Lake Erie perch sandwiches, baskets, and tacos – try it with one of their famous Brandy Alexanders.

Can’t get enough perch? Visit the annual Lions Perch Festival in Marblehead, now in its 22nd year. This year it is August 23 and, in addition to yummy fish, the festival features a parade, LaFarge quarry tours, music, classic cars, vendors, and children’s activities. But the best perk is the perch!

Where’s your favorite place to enjoy some fresh, Lake Erie perch?

Two Day Getaway to Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands: Marblehead and Kelleys Island

Spend the day exploring the Marblehead Peninsula and take a relaxing boat ride to Kelleys Island, the largest U.S. island in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Day 1

Christi’s Just For Ewe Christi's Just for Ewe
Sample your way through this unique shop. Try on jewelry, apparel, and shoes; taste fudge, soup, tea, and coffee; try knitting, crocheting, spinning, or weaving; and get creative in the Art Class Retreat.

East Harbor State Park
East Harbor has unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Boating, fishing, swimming, picnics, 11 miles of hiking trails, and camping. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the afternoon on the beach.

The Keeper’s House
This 1822 home offers visitors the chance to experience the history of the first three light keepers of the Marblehead Lighthouse.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
This state park features picnic facilities, fishing, walking trails, and the Marblehead Lighthouse. In use since 1822, this is the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

Cleats Club Seat Grill
This full-service sports bar and restaurant features waterfront and patio dining, seasonal entertainment, and a menu to suit just about any taste.


Board the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line
The only passenger/vehicle ferry service between Kelleys Island and Marblehead runs daily year-round, weather permitting. During peak season, ferries run every half-hour and offer late night service on weekends.

Inscription Rock
The 32 x 21’ surface of the rock is covered with one of the finest examples of aboriginal art in the Great Lakes region. Known as a petroglyph, no one is sure what the unusual drawings depicted. The most widely accepted theory is that the large rock was used as a “message stone” where various Native Americans would make drawings noting that they’d been there, how the hunting or fishing had been and/or where they were headed next. The markings have been so eroded by exposure to the weather that it is difficult to see them. In 1969 The Ohio Historical Society erected a cover to attempt to preserve the rock.

Kelleys Island State Park
The park features hiking trails, camping, launch ramp, fishing, summer programs, picnic shelter, and swimming beach.

Kelley’s Island Wine Company
The Island’s only winery! They have the largest outdoor facility on the island with picnic tables, horseshoes, volleyball, a children’s play area, and plenty of room to throw a Frisbee or a ball! The Kelley’s Island Winery features a winery viewing area, a tasting room tavern, gift shop, full restaurant with dining room, and covered outdoor pavilions.

Glacial Grooves  Glacial Grooves
The world’s largest accessible glacial grooves, embedded with fossils that are 350-400 million years old. Located on the north side of the island, the grooves can be viewed from a walkway and stairs.

Historic District/Downtown
The entire island is on the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown area remains the heart of island activity where visitors can do everything from shop in unique shops to play miniature golf or enjoy a variety of delicious dishes from island establishments.

Kelleys Island Brewery
Sample handcrafted beers that are made 200 gallons at a time. Fresh yeast, hops, and grains are used to make these some of the finest beers obtainable. 

For more information on Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands, please visit SHORESandISLANDS.com.

New Look for Festival: Sandusky’s Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival

Celebrating the area’s heritage as the largest wine-producing region in the nation prior to Prohibition, the tenth annual Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival, will take place on Saturday, July 26th. The festival will feature more than a dozen Ohio wineries, gourmet food, live musical entertainment, and an art show. The festival grounds, in Veterans Park, located next to the Merry-Go-Round Museum at 301 Jackson St., downtown Sandusky, are open Saturday from 12-8 pm. Toast of Ohio

Admission for Saturday is just $5.00 per person and includes a souvenir Toast of Ohio wine glass and two complimentary wine tastings.  Admission fees benefit the sponsoring Merry-Go-Round Museum.

Tickets will be available to purchase for exchange of wine tastings. Wine tasting tickets are four for $3.00 and glass pours will vary by vendor. Food offerings will be provided by: Creative Cuisine, Sandusky; Grahm’s Goodies, Sandusky, and more.

Participating wineries include Paper Moon Vineyards, Firelands Winery, Meier’s Wine Cellars, Ferrante Winery, Maize Valley Winery, Stoney Ridge Winery, Humble Bee Vineyards, Quarry Hill Winery, Myrddin Winery, Matus Winery, D & D Winery, and Chateau Tebeau.

A variety of musical entertainment and family fun activities will occur throughout the day, including performances from The Brad Walk Trio and SandTown. The adjacent Merry-Go-Round Museum will offer special $2 admission from 10 am to 5 pm during the festival.

The Lake Erie Shores & Islands once featured huge vineyards that spread from east of Sandusky to the western region near the bay because of the lakeshore climate. The Toast of Ohio event was developed to celebrate the area’s winemaking heritage. Today, dozens of wineries still operate in the region.  Make a weekend of it with lodging packages available at SHORESandISLANDS.com and tour the area’s wineries. Call 1.800.255.3743 for information.

Other event sponsors include Ohio Grape Industries, Ohio Magazine, and Lake Erie Shores & Islands.