Get Fit 2015: Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands Run/Walk Events

FEBRUARY The Color Run - Cedar Point
28 – Tim Dorsey 5K Run/Walk
Margaretta High School, 209 Lowell St., Castalia

11 – Humane Society 5K Run/Walk
Shoreline Park, 411 E. Water St., Sandusky

Marblehead Bank 5K Daisy Walk/Run
Marblehead VFW, 421 Main St. (SR 163), Marblehead

21 – Port Clinton Middle School 5K Run/Walk
PC Middle School to True Lay Stadium, Port Clinton
419.734.3931 or 419.734.4448

23 – Memorial 5K and 10K Open Run and Military Race
Bellevue Rec Center, 800 Monroe St., Bellevue

23 – Walleye Walk & 5K Run for Ruth Ann’s House
Downtown Port Clinton

30 – 2nd Annual Sandusky Lions Club 5K
Battery Park Marina, Downtown Sandusky

30 – Kaleidoscope Color Run/Walk
Lakeside Chautauqua

6 – 5K Run/Walk in the Park
East Harbor State Park, Marblehead
419.734.4424 ext. 2

6 – Team Mary 5K Run/Walk for Autism
Gem Beach Marina, 3000 N. Carolina St., Port Clinton

7 – Kelleys Island 5K & 10K Walk/Run
Memorial Park, corner of Division St. and Lakeshore Dr., Kelleys Island

13 – Run the Rock 5K Run/Walk
Castalia Quarry MetroPark, Castalia

13 – Run & Ride 5K & One-Mile
Cedar Point Amusement Park, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky

14 – Run & Ride Half Marathon & 10K
Cedar Point Amusement Park, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky

20 – Fish Festival 5K

20-21 Black Swamp Dash 5K Obstacle/Mud Run
Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor

21 – Pyrate 5K Run

27 – Stein Hospice Memorial 5K Run
Sandusky Bay Pavilion, 650 E. Water St., Sandusky

28 – Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races
Peace Garden at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay

29 – The Cedar Point Half Marathon
Cedar Point Amusement Park, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky

JULY Santa Hustle
4 – Squirt Gun Star Spangled Banner 5K Run/Walk
Downtown Port Clinton

11 – Huron River Fest 5K
Williams St. & Cleveland Rd., Huron

12 – Kelleys Island Triathlon & Family Races
Kelleys Island Seaway Marina

Bay Bridge 5K Run/Walk
Bodi N Balance, 3936 Harbor Light Landing Dr., Port Clinton

25 – Beulah Beach 5K
Beulah Beach, Vermilion

26 – 5K Raccoon Run

1 – J.F. Walleye’s 33rd Annual 5K Run/Walk
J.F. Walleye’s, 1810 Fox Rd., Middle Bass Island

8 – Basket Festival 5K
Berlin Heights

15 – Jail Break 5K
Erie County Jail, Sandusky

15-16 Vermilion Harbour Triathlon
Linwood Park, 4920 Liberty Ave., Vermilion

16 – Put-in-Bay Charity 5K/10K & Kids FUN Run
DeRivera Park, Downtown Put-in-Bay

Panther “Fun to Run” XC Invitational
Mills Creek Golf Course, 1933 Mills St., Sandusky

22 – Moonlight Mud Run 5K Obstacle/Mud Run
Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor

Boy With Das Boot 5K
Downtown Sandusky

12-13 Challenge Cedar Point Triathlon
Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky

13 – Soar Like An Eagle 5K
Edison Woods MetroPark, SR 61, Berlin Heights

19 – Miller Boat Line 5K Race and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk
The Boathouse Restaurant, Put-in-Bay

3 – 2nd Annual The Night of the Dead 5K Obstacle/Mud Run
Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor

3 – The Color Run: SHINE!
Cedar Point, Sandusky

Bras for a Cause 5K Run/Walk
N. Jefferson St., Downtown Port Clinton

10 – Lake Eerie Zombie Mud Run 5K
East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, 3401 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky

11 – Apple Festival 5K Run/Walk
Oak Harbor

31 – Cops & Robbers Road Chase 5K Run/Walk
N. Jefferson St., Downtown Port Clinton

28 – Jessie Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase 5k Run/Walk
Catawba Island Club Fitness Center, 3026 N.W. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton

13 – Santa Hustle 5K & Half Marathon
Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky

Experience Valentine’s Day with the Five Senses

Valentine’s Day is approaching! Treat your sweetie to a sensational experience in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands with these events that will please the five senses – taste, sight, smell, touch, and sound. National Tour: Jekyll & Hyde


The Culinary Vegetable Institute and Chef Jamie Simpson know the way to your heart. Enjoy a romantic evening complete with three hors d’oeuvres, seven courses, live music, and chocolate on February 14. This romantic, gourmet dinner is $115/ticket and begins at 6:30 pm. A more casual event is offered on February 13, which features hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings from Vintage Wine and Grand Cru Wine Company, and live music beside a cozy fire. The casual event is $30/ticket and begins at 6:30 pm. Please make reservations online or by phone at 419.499.7500.


Watch as blocks of ice are transformed into masterpieces right before your eyes at two ice festivals: An Ice-A-Fair to Remember in Vermilion and Sandusky’s Arctic Ice Fest.


The nose can sometimes beat the eyes in the race for setting up tasting expectations. Put your sense of smell to the test at the annual Chocolate and Wine Open House at Firelands Winery, February 7. Tickets are $20/person (includes souvenir glass). Please call 800.548.9463 for details.


Touch the paintbrush and learn to paint watercolors following step-by-step directions and demonstrations by instructor Clela Stelnicki. Register by calling Clela at 440.371.5637 or send an email to A supply list will be provided by the instructor. $15/session


The NATIONAL TOUR of the enthralling musical Jekyll & Hyde is coming to the Sandusky State Theatre on Valentine’s Day. This musical features a thrilling pop rock score including the unforgettable hit, “This Is the Moment” from multi Grammy and Tony nominated Frank Wildhom & double Oscar and Grammy winning Leslie Bricusse. Tickets are $25-40 and are available now! Order and print your tickets online, call the box office at 877.626.1950, or stop by the State Theatre Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm.

Sweep your sweetie off their feet this Valentine’s Day and reserve the Valentine’s Day package at Sawmill Creek Resort! The package includes a buffet breakfast for two, romantic amenities (awaiting you in your room), two drink tickets, and a $10 gift voucher (good towards the Sawmill Shops and/or a wine tour). Package available February 13-15. Please call 800.729.6455 for details.

Winter at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands: #LakeErieLove – Frozen Edition


Snowshoeing at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio.

Do you want to build a snowman? Good – because this time of year we embrace the frigid winter weather. After all, before you know it we’ll all be cruising to the islands, riding roller coasters, and splashing in the lake. For now, we are in the midst of winter and we have two choices. When the lake freezes and the chilly Ohio temperatures hit, you can stay at an indoor waterpark resort and pretend you’re on a tropical getaway, or immerse yourself in all things winter. Traditional winter activities include ice fishing, ice skating, and sledding. The area even honors the season with two ice festivals the first weekend in February.

One way to enjoy the frozen tundra is at Sawmill Creek Resort’s Snow Fest. The resort, located on frozen Lake Erie, offers daily ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Skating takes place on a frozen pond adjacent to Mulligan’s Pub, which is convenient for when you’re ready to warm up with a steamy hot chocolate. Skate and snowshoe rental is available, with trails throughout the expansive property and golf course. Cross country trails are available but you must provide your own skis. Follow Sawmill Creek on Facebook for info on daily activities, as they are weather permitting.

Fishing enthusiasts know that the best walleye catches come from a hole cut through several feet of ice on a frozen Lake Erie. Experienced fishing guides are available to teach you the ropes and assist with on-ice safety measures. Contact our office for a list of qualified guides.

And if you decide you’d rather escape to a tropical climate? Five indoor waterpark resorts boast 80° temperatures, making it feel like summer all year long. Castaway Bay, Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari, Maui Sands Resort, and Rain offer amazing indoor water park fun along with welcoming accommodations, restaurants, shops, arcades and more.

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

Bride by the Bay
Check out a few upcoming Lake Erie Shores & Islands events and plan a visit soon.

Jan 6; Jan 8; Jan 13; Jan 15; Jan 20; Jan 22; Jan 27; Jan 29, 2015
Open Public Shooting
Camp Perry Training Site, 1000 Lawrence Dr. (off SR 2), Port Clinton
419.635.2141 ext. 1101
5:30-8 pm
$5/adult, $2/junior

Jan 15, 2015
The Texas Tenors
7:30 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Jan 16-18; Jan 23-25, 2015
“Flamingo Court”
Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm
Playmaker’s Civic Theatre, 604 W. 6th St., Port Clinton

Jan 16, 2015
Lee DeWyze
6 pm & 9 pm
The Listening Room at OurGuest Inn & Suites, 220 E. Perry St. (SR 163), Port Clinton

Jan 18, 2015
Winter Tree ID
10 am
Edison Woods MetroPark, 8728 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights

Jan 23-24; Jan 30-31, 2015
Rabbit Hole
Fri-Sat 7:30 pm
Hirt Theatre at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue

Jan 24, 2015
Toledo V. Cleveland Chef Dinner
6:30 pm
Culinary Vegetable Institute, 12304 Mudbrook Rd., Milan
$100/person (tax and gratuity not included)

Jan 25, 2015
Brides by the Bay Bridal Show
12:30-4 pm
Lyman Harbor, 1615 First St., Sandusky

For a complete list of events, please visit

Warm up winter nights with hot drinks in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands #HotDrinks

What’s better on a cool Ohio evening than warming up with a toasty beverage? Warm your soul with a selection of sizzling drinks.

Drink: Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Man drink from Crosswinds in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Gingerbread Man drink from Crosswinds in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man! Enjoy this sweet mix of Fireball, buttershots, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, and coffee topped with whipped cream and ground nutmeg at Crosswinds in Port Clinton.

Drink: Mayan Hot Chocolate

The first chocolate beverage is believed to have been created by the Mayans more than 2,000 years ago. Celebrate the now-popular American drink’s roots with the Mayan Hot Chocolate which includes a spicy cayenne pepper kick at Common Grounds Coffee in Port Clinton.

Drink: Holiday Blend Coffee

Celebrate the holiday season with a festive blend of toasted chestnuts and warm cinnamon, one of two new brews available at Mr. Smith’s Coffeehouse in Sandusky. (The other is Cranberry Crème.)

Drink: The Duck

Not technically a warm drink, The Duck is one of Catawba Island’s specialty crafted beers. It is a smoked black lager brewed with a generous amount of beach wood smoked malt. Enjoy The Duck, the Cookie Cutter Christmas Ale, or a number of other fine quality brews at the Catawba Island Brewing Co.

Drink: Vanilla Chai Tea & Tuaca

Try this exotic and sweet vanilla Chai tea with Tuaca, an Italian liqueur, and whipped cream at Touché/Chez Francois in Vermilion.

Drink: Italian Coffee

For another warm drink with Italian flair, try the Italian Coffee at Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano in Port Clinton. Ciao Bella’s Italian Coffee includes Tia Maria, Baileys, Grand Marnier, Frangelico, Dark Crème de Cacao, and coffee, all topped with whipped cream. Enjoy with a cannoli!

Drink: Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary from Volstead Bar in Sandusky, Ohio.

Bloody Mary from Volstead Bar in Sandusky, Ohio.

Also, not a hot beverage, but a spicy Bloody Mary certainly will heat things up! Get this tasty concoction of tomato juice, vodka, and spices at Volstead Bar in Sandusky, known for their “Bloody Sundays.”

Drink: Irish Coffee

The December drink of the month at Cleats Club Seat Grille in Marblehead features Irish coffee, St. Brendan’s Irish Cream and Jameson Irish Whiskey topped with whipped cream. The Nutty Irishman at Bay Harbor Inn in Sandusky includes Baileys, Frangelico, coffee, and whipped cream.

Drink: The Milky Way

For those who prefer their after-dinner-drinks on the sweeter side, try the Milky Way at Huron’s Black Bear Saloon at Sawmill Creek Resort. The Milky Way offers caramel, chocolate syrup, espresso, and steamed milk. Or, tackle the Black Forest with cherry syrup, chocolate syrup, and espresso.

Drink: Mulled Wine 

While we can’t find anyone serving this traditional warmed up wine locally, pick up a bottle of your favorite fruity red from one of the many wineries on the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail and try making it at home; or, just warm up with a glass by the fireplace.

So, what will you be drinking to keep warm this winter?

Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands Winter Checklist

Start out with a plan and try to get as many Lake Erie Shores & Islands winter must-do’s checked off your list before it’s too late.

The Great Outdoors Lake Erie Ice Fishing

  • Cut a hole, catch a fish
  • Go sledding
  • Take a hike
  • Go ice skating
  • Ski, cross country-style
  • Visit a snow-covered lighthouse
  • Go snowshoeing

The Great Indoors Fireplace in Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands

  • Splish splash at an indoor waterpark
  • Visit a museum
  • Cozy up in front of the fireplace
  • Warm up with a hot drink
  • Enjoy a theatre performance
  • Visit a family fun center

Need some guidance on how and where to get these activities done? The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Centers are here to help. Give one of our friendly, local travel counselors a call (800.255.3743 or 800.441.1271) and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Merry-Go-Round Museum Carousel Animals Visit the White House

The Merry-Go-Round Museum in conjunction with Carousel World LP and the Charlotte Dinger Collection is proud to announce participation in the famous White House Christmas Tour.

carousel, merry-go-round museum, white house christmas display

Four carousel deer from the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio are on display in the East Room of the White House for their 2014 Christmas Display.

As cornerstones in the East Room of the White House, the four carousel figures are prominently displayed within the delightful winter wonderland created by volunteers and designed with the First Lady, Michelle Obama.  More than 65,000 visitors are expected to tour the White House during this season.

Originally from Marianne Stevens’ collection, the E. Joy Morris elk stander is the largest of the carousel animals to be on display through the holiday season. Two of the deer are from the Charlotte Dinger collection, one is the Gustav Dentzel deer featured on the first set of carousel stamps issued in 1988. Rounding out the display as a Gustav Denztel deer from 1905.

Watch as the carousel animals are prepared for their visit to the White House.