Sep
30
2019
The Original Put-in-Bay Island Club Fall Ball Party & Wine Fest Weekend

The Original Put-in-Bay Island Club Fall Ball Party & Wine Fest Weekend

The Weather Looks Great for the Original Official Island Club Fall Ball Weekend & Wine Fest! October is one of the best months at Put-in-Bay for weekend festivities! We kick it off the first weekend of October (4-6, 2019) every year with two of the biggest and the best… The Official Island Club Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Party and the Put-in-Bay Wine Fest! The first event is the Original Put-in-Bay Fall Ball Party held at the Island Club Home Rentals and co-sponsored by the Commodore Resort. This street party has been going...
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Sep
05
2019
Put-in-Bay Ohio September Events – One Island, One Voice | Stay Play Eat

Put-in-Bay Ohio September Events – One Island, One Voice | Stay Play Eat

There’s Plenty of Summer Left at Put-in-Bay! Put-in-Bay Ohio has so much to do in the month of September! The weather is still hot but the crowds are lighter. From wonderful family-friendly September events to lodging specials, from delicious island dining to rides up to the top of the Monument. You will find something for everyone in your family or group of friends. Don’t forget that getting to the island is half the fun on one of our Lake Erie ferry boats, and once here don’t forget to buy some...
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Aug
27
2019
What You Need to Know: Kid Rock Bash at the Bay August 29 – Put-in-Bay

What You Need to Know: Kid Rock Bash at the Bay August 29 – Put-in-Bay

It is almost time for Kid Rock! We are excited as you are for this huge event and can’t wait to see you. Most lodging partners are taking steps as a property manager to increase the safety of all our guests, and while they may be an inconvenience, they are for everyone’s benefit. Down below, find all the info you may need on Golf Carts, Ferries, Alcohol, Chairs, etc. SOLD OUT!!! LAST MINUTE LODGING! Island Club just had an 8-person house cancel! $1600 for Wed/Thur nights or $1200 for just...
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Aug
13
2019
Seven Family-Friendly Activities at Put-in-Bay

Seven Family-Friendly Activities at Put-in-Bay

There are many activities for you and your family to do while visiting Put-in-Bay. Here are seven places to take your family when visiting Put-in-Bay! The Candy Bar First, The Candy Bar at Put-in-Bay has loads of sugary sweet options to choose from. Throughout the store, there are loads of nostalgic candies from over the years that will take you down memory lane. You can treat your family to the ice cream shop, homemade fudge, taffy, and candy at the Candy Bar. Put-in-Bay Chocolate Cafe and Museum Second, at the...
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Aug
02
2019
Five Tips On Protecting Yourself From The Sun

Five Tips On Protecting Yourself From The Sun

Protect Yourself From The Sun While Visiting Put-in-Bay We love summer vacation, especially when it is spent at Put-in-Bay! There are so many awesome things to do including swimming, boating, and exploring all the tourism spots. However, a lot of those activities involve you and your family members being exposed to the sun. Fortunately, we did our research and found five tips from the American Cancer Society for protecting yourself from the sun. Tip Number One Seek shade during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to avoid being...
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Jul
18
2019
Hotel Victory 100 Years Since Tragic Fire

Hotel Victory 100 Years Since Tragic Fire

Put-in-Bay and Hospitality have been intertwined for over a century. Guests have flocked to the rocky outcropping in Lake Erie to relax, unwind and forget about their troubles. One of the most prolific and grand resorts to grace South Bass Island was the Hotel Victory. This year marks 100 Years since this legendary Put-in-Bay Hotel burned to the ground. Hotel Victory History Just prior to the construction of the Hotel Victory, fire played a role in its development. During the 1870s and 1880s, South Bass Island began to flourish as...
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Jun
04
2019
Put-in-Bay Ohio June Events – One Island, One Voice | Stay Play Eat

Put-in-Bay Ohio June Events – One Island, One Voice | Stay Play Eat

Put-in-Bay Ohio has so much to do in the month of June! From wonderful family-friendly June events to lodging specials, from delicious island dining to rides up to the top of the Monument. You will find something for everyone in your family or group of friends. Don’t forget that getting to the island is half the fun on one of our Lake Erie ferry boats, and once here don’t forget to buy some souvenirs to take home with you!   Upcoming June Events at Put-in-Bay   INVITATIONAL MILLS TROPHY SAILING...
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May
08
2019
The Put-in-Bay Wineries You Need to Visit

The Put-in-Bay Wineries You Need to Visit

The Lake Erie Islands are known for their gorgeous views and endless attractions. What many visitors don’t know is that the islands’ long growing season results in high-quality grapes and exceptional wines. Nothing says “vacation” like unwinding with a glass of wine in your hand. Are you ready to sip back and relax at one of the best Put-in-Bay wineries? Don’t forget to enter to win our free weekend getaway! Each month, one entrant receives a stay at the Island Club and a four-person golf cart rental. Today could be...
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Apr
25
2019
You Can’t Miss These Fantastic Put-in-Bay Attractions

You Can’t Miss These Fantastic Put-in-Bay Attractions

There are countless reasons to book a trip to Put-in-Bay, Ohio. This tiny island has it all, from underground caves to kayak and jet-ski rentals. Whether you’re planning a summer vacation with family or a college reunion with old friends, you’ll need to know all the best Put-in-Bay attractions. Be sure to enter to win our free weekend getaway! Every month, one lucky winner is selected and receives complimentary accommodations and a golf cart rental. Are you feeling lucky? The 5 Put-in-Bay Attractions You Need to Experience 1. Perry’s Cave...
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Apr
17
2019
Official 2019 Island Club Spring Fling Benefits Kids 4 Christmas

Official 2019 Island Club Spring Fling Benefits Kids 4 Christmas

The Official Spring Fling 2019 at the Island Club is almost here!  This year will mark the First Year that we have partnered with a great local charity, Kids for Christmas.  This organization was created to ensure under privileged children of Ottawa County and beyond will have Christmas presents to open each year.  Moving forward we plan on assisting greatly with this noble cause.  All proceeds from the Official Spring Fling 2019 will directly benefit local children.  In short, we are having a PARTY with a PURPOSE! We are very...
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Apr
15
2019
Everything You Need to Know About the Best Put-in-Bay Ohio Golf Carts

Everything You Need to Know About the Best Put-in-Bay Ohio Golf Carts

When you’re visiting Put-in-Bay, Ohio, there’s one thing that’s essential to every trip — a golf cart. Everyone agrees that golf carts are the best way to get around the island. There’s nothing quite as freeing and fun as zooming around downtown Put-in-Bay. So, where can you find the best Put-in-Bay golf cart rentals? Below, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites. Don’t forget to enter to win our free weekend drawing, which includes lodging and a golf cart rental for one lucky winner!   The Top 3 Put-in-Bay Golf...
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Apr
04
2019
Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Put-in-Bay Live Music

Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Put-in-Bay Live Music

There’s nothing quite like live music, and Put-in-Bay is the perfect place to attend a concert! Our tiny island off the coast of Ohio hosts lively annual events and popular shows that you won’t want to miss. There are so many venues for you to enjoy Put-in-Bay live music, from local bars and restaurants to bustling resorts. Read on to discover the top places for live music on South Bass Island. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a free weekend getaway! If you’re lucky, you’ll get a...
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Apr
01
2019
Put-in-Bay Tunnel Closed after Submarine Strike

Put-in-Bay Tunnel Closed after Submarine Strike

Submarine Strike Takes Out Put-in-Bay Tunnel The Put-in-Bay Tunnel Closed Indefinitely after a Submarine Collided with the Tunnel near the Catawba Island Entrance.  The submarine company was testing the vessels to ensure the safety of all guests for the upcoming season.  Furthermore, the Coast Guard required extensive sea trials to receive certification for passenger travel.   Sadly, the negligence has caused irreparable damage to the tunnel and likely thwarted the Put-in-Bay Submarine Service from getting started. Put-in-Bay Tunnel Damage Extensive Put-in-Bay Tunnel Collapse   Everything seemed to be lining up perfectly...
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Mar
14
2019
Spring Fling 2019 on Put-in-Bay – Let’s Get the Party Started!

Spring Fling 2019 on Put-in-Bay – Let’s Get the Party Started!

The Original Official Put-In-Bay Island Club Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party 2019 is shaping up to be the can’t miss, kick-off party of the season. With great live music acts, a trailer full of beer and an energetic crowd, this party lives up to the hype. This is the Official and Original Spring Fling Party. Don’t be fooled by imitators! The Island Club has and will continue to play host to this party. We truly appreciate you, our guests, and look forward to continuing to be your hospitality provider on...
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Feb
26
2019
Put-in-Bay Bachelor Party Checklist

Put-in-Bay Bachelor Party Checklist

Bachelor Party and Put-in-Bay are synonymous, a match made in stag party heaven.  Here, men gather to bid farewell to another lost soul.  A weekend to send their friend away for eternity.  At least, that’s the intention. Use this Put-in-Bay Bachelor Party Checklist to Plan Your Trip A Place to Stay What to Bring How to Get There How to Get Around What to Do 1. Place to Stay Island Club Bachelor Party Pad   The Island Club is a great place for a big bachelor party to stay.  The...
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Feb
18
2019
Put-in-Bay Beaches

Put-in-Bay Beaches

Put-In-Bay Beaches include the rocky shoreline at South Bass Island State Park and the bathing beach at the end of Delaware Avenue.  The second beach is within close proximity to Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Put-In-Bay Beaches are Fun for the Family! Put-In-Bay Beaches Family   At South Bass Island State Park, the largest public beach greets visitors.  Here, the lovely shoreline beckons and views abound.  Additionally, there are picnic tables, pavilions and public restrooms.  After swimming at this great Put-In-Bay Beach, head up the shore to the large...
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Feb
02
2019
Island Loses Icon: Louis Heineman

Island Loses Icon: Louis Heineman

Louis Heineman passed peacefully on January 13, 2019.  He was pure Put-in-Bay.  He took on the family tradition as a 3rd Generation Wine Maker.  The winery began with Gustav Heineman. He is the grandfather of Louis.  His father Norman followed suit. Today, the tradition continues with Louis’s son and grandson.  They oversee production and operation.  Fortunately,  for island visitors the tradition has continued. Louis had pursuits beyond wine making.  In the 1950’s he established the Heineman Ice Fishing Guides.  His brother Harry partnered with him.  He was a proud US...
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Jan
24
2019
Put in Bay Hotels Stay and Play

Put in Bay Hotels Stay and Play

Places to stay in Put-in-Bay range from spacious waterfront condos to great Put in Bay Hotels.  Get comfortable accommodations just steps from the action.  The features and amenities keeps the fun within reach. The following will showcase the very best places to stay in Put in Bay: Hotel Edition. Featured Put-In-Bay Hotels – Commodore Resort Put in Bay Hotel Commodore Stay at the heart of it all at the Commodore.   The majority of the Put-In-Bay Restaurants and Bars are just steps from the door.  However, guests don’t have to...
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Jan
16
2019
10 Things to Do In Put in Bay That Are Free!

10 Things to Do In Put in Bay That Are Free!

Free Things to Do in Put in Bay for a great trip.  Go ahead and fill your day with fun, family-friendly activities.  The island has a great wealth of parks, including South Bass Island State Park and a National Park at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.  So, save this for a Free PIB Fun. 1. Explore the State Park South Bass Island State Park South Bass Island State Park offers a wide range of great activities.  First and foremost, the Lake Erie views are astounding.  Further, this park is...
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Nov
29
2018
Put-in-Bay:  Settling South Bass Island After 1812

Put-in-Bay: Settling South Bass Island After 1812

Put-in-Bay Ohio, which is also known as South Bass Island, is a magical haven for tourists ever since settling South Bass Island. One of the Lake Erie Islands, Put-in-Bay boasts many wonders for residents and tourists alike. In fact, visitors from all over the world journey to South Bass every year to experience its marvels. There are many first-rate island establishments that help make guests’ stays unforgettable. These hotels continue the fascinating legacy of classic hotels on South Bass Island. Why not book one today for a great staycation? Many...
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Oct
02
2018
PUT-IN-BAY 2018 ISLAND CLUB FALL BALL PARTY

PUT-IN-BAY 2018 ISLAND CLUB FALL BALL PARTY

The Official Putinbay.com and Island Club 20th Anniversary Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Party is Put-in-Bay’s premier annual 2-day fall celebration sponsored by the Island Club Home Rentals. An incredible weekend of free food, free entertainment, free adult beverages, and a huge gathering of friends and family at Put-in-Bay Ohio is coming soon! This year’s Island Club Fall Ball dates are Friday October 5 through Sunday October 7. Unfortunately this year, the Put-in-Bay Resort has decided at the last minute to not participate in our event and they are throwing a...
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Sep
12
2018
Perry, Peace, and Put-in-Bay: The Famous Monument

Perry, Peace, and Put-in-Bay: The Famous Monument

Towering above the smiles of joyful tourists and beaming residents is the iconic Put-in-Bay monument.  A comforting beacon to all who know its history, the memorial hearkens back to Ancient Greek architecture and invokes a sense of wonder and pride.  This symbol of peace and prosperity carries an inspiring legacy of hope and endurance, and it is one of the most famous landmarks on the Lake Erie Islands.   The Monument:  Tall and…Pink…? A mighty 352 feet high, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (its official name) is one of...
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Aug
30
2018
Rascal Flatts Rock the Island of Put-in-Bay Ohio

Rascal Flatts Rock the Island of Put-in-Bay Ohio

Thousands of people are flocking to Put-in-Bay today to attend the Bash on the Bay concert featuring Rascal Flatts. Yesterday, hundreds braved the heat and humidity to set up the big event on this Lake Erie Island. Miller Ferry loaded 20 semis on their ferry boats, all of the people, and all of the gear yesterday; and then today all of the concert goers are coming here. It’s a logistical undertaking, as riggers and movers worked in the damp heat to setup the stage and concert area on the airport...
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Jul
23
2018
Fly the Ford Tri-Motor in Put-in-Bay Ohio

Fly the Ford Tri-Motor in Put-in-Bay Ohio

Ford Tri-Motor Tour Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight. Liberty Air Museum in conjunction with EAA will be flying the TAT Ford Trimotor out of the Put-in-Bay Port Authority Airport for one day only August 6th 2018, 9am-5pm. The Liberty Aviation Museum has announced a change in location for the original tour stop for August 6th 9am-5pm. We are in...
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Jun
21
2018
Mayfly Summer Activity at Put-in-Bay Ohio

Mayfly Summer Activity at Put-in-Bay Ohio

At Put-in-Bay Ohio, in the southeastern corner of the Lake Erie Islands, your summer starts off with a crunch. You pick up your sandal and see what’s left of an inch-long smelly mayfly (Hexagenia limbata) on the ground. Mayflies, also known as June Bugs, Canadian Soldiers, Fish Flies, or scientifically Hexagenia have arrived. You walk to your rental home or Waterfront Condo to clean up and repeat the cycle the next night. This is the start of a short-lived but massive mayfly invasion, when millions and millions of the annoying...
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May
14
2018
Perry’s Monument to Re-Open on Saturday, May 19

Perry’s Monument to Re-Open on Saturday, May 19

Put-in-Bay’s iconic landmark, Perry’s Monument, will reopen to the public this week after undergoing a yearlong renovation. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial’s observation tower closed in 2017 to undergo a $2.4 million maintenance project, which included repointing exterior masonry; replacing broken interior tiles; revamping five bronze doors; removing debris. It will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday. “This is a proud moment for us,” monument and park superintendent Barbara Fearon said. “It’s an important moment in the history of this park, and we are thrilled to share it with the...
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Apr
04
2018
The Colonial Hotel at Put-in-Bay: 30 Years Later

The Colonial Hotel at Put-in-Bay: 30 Years Later

The building was nothing short of spectacular and iconic in downtown Put-In-Bay; now we look back on The Colonial 30 years later.  Generations of islanders and tourist spent time here, enjoying the dancing, bowling and more.  Then, on that tragic day in May 1988, the building quickly engulfed in flames.  Let’s take a trip down memory lane.  Find an easy chair, pour a beverage and follow the story of the beloved Colonial, a favorite Put-In-Bay Attraction of yesteryear. Colonial: Years Before Construction white house put in bay The land where...
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Mar
12
2018
Put-in-Bay Top 7 Summer Entertainment

Put-in-Bay Top 7 Summer Entertainment

For such a little island, Put-in-Bay has an incredible music and entertainment scene in the summer! There are close to a hundred different bands and entertainers that play at Put-in-Bay for just one show, or a regular summer schedule. You will find reggae, hip hop, classic rock, blues, piano solos, big bands, Motown, original hits, and everything in between. Check out the Official Put-in-Bay Entertainer Schedule for dates, locations, and entertainers. Also check out our lodging options to book a great summer weekend stay in Put-in-Bay.   Bob Gatewood &...
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Feb
14
2018
Put-in-Bay Most Frequently Asked Questions

Put-in-Bay Most Frequently Asked Questions

People often call us with random Put-in-Bay questions such as what is the name of the monument, when do the ferries run, how much is a house rental, are golf carts allowed, is it ok for kids… ? We’ve come up with a few lists of questions and answers to help you! Here is the first: Q- What does Put-in-Bay mean? A- Several theories give insights into the origin of the name Put-in-Bay (Ohio). Native Americans were known to trade and transport through the area. Historians believe that the island...
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Jan
15
2018
Mr. Ed’s – Featured Bar of the Month

Mr. Ed’s – Featured Bar of the Month

Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille is a crowd favorite restaurant and bar on Put-in-Bay Ohio. It is also our Put-in-Bay Bar of the Month! This establishment is known for their over sized sandwiches, fresh homemade soups, and daily lunch specials. Also, their savory appetizers are not to be missed. Jumbo wings and chicken chunks are exceptional. Diners can eat inside the bar, or opt for lunch on the outdoor patio. So, at Mr Ed’s Bar and Grille there are options for everybody. The location of Mr. Ed’s is ideal, right in...
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Dec
17
2017
Lake Erie Winter Forecast & Rumrunners

Lake Erie Winter Forecast & Rumrunners

Need proof that the Lake Erie area has been in a deep freeze in the last few weeks? For one thing, New Year’s Eve was one of the coldest on record and for another ice has been forming up in Michigan on the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River and Lake Erie almost as fast as Coast Guard icebreakers can cut through it, a real Lake Erie Winter. History of the Ice In fact, without icebreakers the Detroit River could freeze over completely, as it did years...
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Nov
09
2017
What Happens When Tourists Leave Put-In-Bay?

What Happens When Tourists Leave Put-In-Bay?

On the small islands in the Great Lakes, ferry service is shutting down and tourism is grinding to a halt. This is what you will see on South Bass Island in Western Lake Erie in the days before the ferries stop running. People often ask, What Happens When Tourists Leave Put-In-Bay? For most of the year, two ferries serve the village of Put-In-Bay, which sits on an island in Lake Erie. But in winter, ferry service stops and residents face a quieter, more isolated, lifestyle. As the shutdown approached, village life...
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Oct
13
2017
Reel Bar Review

Reel Bar Review

A Great Review of the Reel Bar (Editor’s Note: When you go to the Reel Bar, remember to call it “Reel Bar”, not “The Reel Bar”!) Food experiences when travelling are a joyful jumble of allergen friendly dining when a child is with you to crazy unique flavor experiences that let you taste the local richness and flavor of the area you are in. Put In Bay, a tiny village on South Bass Island offers a lot of fun choices, but not all are allergen friendly. Reel Bar sits on...
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Sep
18
2017
Taking the School PLANE to Class

Taking the School PLANE to Class

School traffic never bothers Max Schneider. In the airplane he takes to class every day, his commute is pretty easy. Max enjoys Taking the School PLANE to Class. Leaving Middle Bass Island It’s nearly 7:30 AM when a small, five-passenger Piper Saratoga plane takes off from the mainland in Port Clinton, Ohio. Pilot Bob Ganley is on his way to pick up students heading to school. His first stop is Middle Bass Island, about a half mile away from the school. Instead of a bus stop, Max’s father is dropping...
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Aug
14
2017
A Day on the Bay

A Day on the Bay

Many of us grew up spending lazy summer days along the Lake Erie shore in Marblehead and Port Clinton and spending a day on the Bay. There were even a few occasions when we would accompany our dads on a fishing excursion – though those trips were few and far between because they usually liked doing the guys’ trip thing. While my dad preferred and still prefers to experience Lake Erie while being in the midst of it, I like my feet planted firmly on solid ground, plus I don’t...
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Jul
19
2017
The Top 5 Put-in-Bay Attractions for Kids

The Top 5 Put-in-Bay Attractions for Kids

Put-in-Bay is not just about parties and weekend entertainment. Families enjoy the island all midweek so make sure to check out the Top 5 Put-in-Bay Attractions for Kids, to keep the little ones entertained! WAR OF 18 HOLES War of 18 Holes   Miniature Golf has never been so historical! Along the way learn historical facts about the War of 1812 and Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s role in the victory of the Battle of Lake Erie. A great course for all ages. The course is under a canopy of shade...
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Jun
24
2017
Vintage Sports Car Racers Return to Put-in-Bay

Vintage Sports Car Racers Return to Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion for the ninth straight year will again wake up the residents of sleepy South Bass Island (off Ohio’s North Coast near Sandusky, OH) with the sights, sounds and smells of vintage sports car racers roaring through its quaint streets and around its airport, much the same as it was on the island for one weekend a year back in the 1950s and early ‘60s. This year’s event takes place from Monday, August 28 to Wednesday, August 30. Unlike most vintage racing events,...
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May
15
2017
What is Victoria Day?

What is Victoria Day?

Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. As such, it is the Monday between the 18th to the 24th inclusive, and thus is always the penultimate Monday of May. The date is simultaneously that on which the current Canadian sovereign’s official birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered the beginning of the summer season in Canada. Canadian Observation The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally falling on Victoria’s actual...
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Apr
12
2017
2017 Frosty Family Pizza Night

2017 Frosty Family Pizza Night

Leave your winter blues behind as you join us for the annual Frosty Family Pizza Night buffet and light show at Frosty’s Bar in Put in Bay. The official/unofficial start to the season is April 21st at 5pm. This is the best pizza you will have all season long with special guest chef appearances. If you are lucky enough, you can also munch on some delicious home-made baked goods as well! Then Gas Station Disco and DJ Adubb will be entertaining guests with their live music/DJing at Mr. Ed’s all...
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Mar
14
2017
Put-in-Bay Music Festival Bands

Put-in-Bay Music Festival Bands

Put-in-Bay is bringing bluegrass, new grass, folk, zydeco and rhythm & blues to island visitors free this spring as we kick off 2017 with the first Put-in-Bay Music Festival on Saturday, June 10, at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island. “The music festival continues Perry’s Victory’s ongoing celebration of peace through music at the National Park,” said Park Superintendent Barbara Fearon. “We’re looking forward to hosting this event annually at the park.” This year’s Put in Bay Music Festival line-up includes Strung Like a Horse, Emily...
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Feb
17
2017
Put-in-Bay Top Shopping

Put-in-Bay Top Shopping

Shopping in Put-in-Bay reflects the unique charm and laid-back atmosphere that defines South Bass Island. Strolling along our quaint streets, you’ll find a wide variety of specialty shops, offering everything from resort-style clothing to unique gift items. With more than 30 retailers, the options are virtually endless. Discount stores, national and international retailers, local boutiques, furniture galleries, designer shops, specialty stores, high-end, discount – every kind of Put-in-Bay Top shopping in one great place – Put in Bay Ohio! Here’s our “Top Ten” recommendations for shopping on Put-in-Bay island: LOVELLA...
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Jan
17
2017
Burning Snowman 2017

Burning Snowman 2017

Burning Snowman 2017 will be a rockin’ beach party Saturday, Feb. 25, at Dock’s Beach House & Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille in Port Clinton, with an exciting music lineup, roving performers and proceeds benefiting children’s charities. Entertainment and Events Rockstead, a favorite of last year’s festival, will headline before and after the burning of a 30-foot-tall Snowman to bid winter goodbye. The energetic Cincinnati band plays an infectious mix of rock, reggae and punk. Also returning are Papa’s Boys, an electrifying blues jam band led by singer/songwriter Tony Pappa;...
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Dec
16
2016
What’s that Tall Ship in the Bay?

What’s that Tall Ship in the Bay?

The U.S. Brig Niagara, home-ported in Erie, Pennsylvania, is a replica of the relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. She is the embodiment of the dual mission of the Erie Maritime Museum and the Flagship Niagara League: she is both a historical artifact and a vehicle for sail training, an experiential learning process that preserves the skills of square-rig seamanship. She is that tall ship in the Bay! Brig Niagara History On September 10, 1813, nine small ships – six of them, including Niagara, constructed at Erie – defeated...
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Nov
12
2016
The Top 3 Put-in-Bay Resorts

The Top 3 Put-in-Bay Resorts

Looking for a fun getaway or staycation? Look no further than Put-in-Bay, Ohio. We are a hidden gem nestled amidst the Lake Erie Islands. We proudly present to you the Top 3 Put-in-Bay Resorts. Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos Website: https://www.putinbaycondos.com/ Address: 1240 Tri-Motor Drive, Put-in-Bay, OH, 43456, USA Phone: (216) 898-1105 The Put in Bay Condos has been proudly serving Put-in-Bay Ohio and the Lake Erie Islands for nearly 15 years with waterfront condo rental assistance. This year we are completing our second phase of development with 26...
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Oct
28
2016
South Bass Island Lighthouse

South Bass Island Lighthouse

The 119-year-old South Bass Island Lighthouse, which Ohio State University acquired from the federal government in 1967, has been restored. It is being made available by the university for weddings and other special events starting in 2017, Chris Winslow, interim Ohio Sea Grant and OSU Stone Laboratory director, said. Ohio is one of 33 states with a college sea grant program operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lighthouse Tours The South Bass Island Lighthouse has been like a hidden gem out in plain sight for years now, prominently...
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Oct
06
2016
The History of Oktoberfest

The History of Oktoberfest

Crown Prince Ludwig, who was later to become King Ludwig I, was married to the Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12th, 1810. All of the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the wedding festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields have been named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s fields”) in honor of the Crown Princess ever since that day, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wies’n” to make it easier. This is the true...
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Sep
23
2016
Where to Stay for Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Parties

Where to Stay for Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Parties

Tis the time to get ready for bachelor and bachelorette parties at Put-In-Bay for 2017! We see this question quite a bit and it brings back fond memories of past party weekends. Some information to get you started can be found at http://www.putinbaybacheloretteparty.com where you will find info on lodging, bars, entertainment, what to bring, drinks, etiquette, etc. It’s a good starter resource. A second source for more specific lodging would be the Put-in-Bay reservations site at https://putinbayreservations.com where you can get more detailed information.   Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Taxi   Now, for...
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Sep
07
2016
Why Ride on the Jet Express to Put in Bay?

Why Ride on the Jet Express to Put in Bay?

The Jet Express ride is the preferred method for getting to Put-in-Bay Ohio because of a few factors. Just as with anything in life, you do pay for what you get (no such thing as a free lunch), but if you are already planning on spending hundreds or thousands on your day or weekend stay, what difference is $10? The difference is: 1- The Jet drops you off right in the middle of downtown so you can start your vacation immediately (there is a restaurant/bar called The Keys literally right...
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Aug
23
2016
TOP 20 Free Things To Do at Put-in-Bay

TOP 20 Free Things To Do at Put-in-Bay

It is a question we get almost every day, in one form or another. What are the Top 20 Free Things To Do at Put-in-Bay? Well, it is really a subjective question and answer, but here is what we think: 1 – Visit South Bass Island State Park. With spectacular views of the lake and a pristine sunset, there is no better place to enjoy a relaxing day at Put-in-Bay. 2 – Explore the island on a Golf Cart, Bicycle or Moped at your own pace. 3 – Enjoy the...
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Aug
09
2016
Put in Bay Road Race Reunion

Put in Bay Road Race Reunion

“Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion” Showcasing Fabulous Vintage Sports Cars 8th Annual reunion scheduled for August 29-31, 2016: • Exotic vintage sport cars return for three days of qualifying, racing and a car show in Put-in-Bay • Events are open to the public, “FAN ZONE” with special viewing areas close to the action August, 2016 – Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio – The Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Road Race Spectator Experience 2016 Putinbay Race Cars   Put-in-Bay has a long and wonderful history with sports car enthusiasts that dates back to...
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Jul
25
2016
Island Green Week

Island Green Week

Island Green Week at Put-in-Bay Ohio runs from August 6th through the 13th, 2016. Events are held on Middle Bass Island and Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) in Lake Erie, Ohio. Three of the biggest organizations and proponents of nature on the Erie Isles have teamed together to bring you some great activities during this week-long event. Experience a taste of the local wineries, a tropical island-style pig roast, kayaking on a Great Lake, and a dedication of the newest lakefront nature preserve on Put-in-Bay. Check out these amazing Island Green...
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Jul
15
2016
Stargazer’s Cruise on Miller Ferry

Stargazer’s Cruise on Miller Ferry

Join us aboard Miller Ferry on August 11 2016 for a Stargazer’s Cruise as part of Island Green Week. The ferry will depart from the Downtown Miller Ferry Dock at 8:30 p.m. and cruise for two hours. Refreshments included. For more details & ticket information contact the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center at 419-285-3037. Tickets will be available at the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center. Fee: Adults $18, Children $10.
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Jun
23
2016
Family Fun at Put-in-Bay

Family Fun at Put-in-Bay

There is always something exciting at Put-In-Bay during the summer. Here is a list of some fun family-friendly activities that are coming up in a few weeks. Plan your family fun island getaway today, bring the kids, and have a great relaxed week on the Bay!   Fourth of July When: July 4 @ 10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Where: Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay, 43456 Info: This years July 4th includes a freedom concert presented by Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial by Jamison Charles and the...
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Jun
09
2016
Frosty Bar Enjoys 60 Years Of Island Traditions

Frosty Bar Enjoys 60 Years Of Island Traditions

PUT-IN-BAY, OH – Located in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay, Frosty Bar has been an island tradition for 60 years. Cold beer served in the signature frosty beer mug, peanut shells crunching underfoot, tasty pizza baked fresh to order, and classic rock tunes from the jukebox are all part of what makes Frosty’s a favorite. Native islanders, boaters, and day-trippers alike flock to Frosty’s for the beautiful view of DeRivera Park and the Put-in-Bay harbor. Visitors also can’t resist a quick game of pool. Competitive types can also try their...
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May
18
2016
Upcoming Put-in-Bay Events in May and June

Upcoming Put-in-Bay Events in May and June

There is always something entertaining at Put-In-Bay during the summer. Here is a list of some fun family-friendly activities that are Upcoming Put-in-Bay Events in May and June. Plan your island getaway today, bring the kids, and have a great relaxed week on the Bay! Island Wide Garage Sale When: May 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Where: 148 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456 Info: Islanders and island business owners are cleaning out what they no longer need and offering to shoppers for a bargain. This annual island wide...
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May
04
2016
Draft Day at Put in Bay

Draft Day at Put in Bay

PUT-IN-BAY — The NFL Draft Day is now behind us and the Cleveland Browns are looking forward to a great rebuilding season with some top-notch draft picks! Put-in-Bay even has its own special group to cheer on and support the Browns. The Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers, headquartered on Put-in-Bay Ohio, spends all year raising money for the local community as well as cheering on the Browns. This year’s fundraising started with the 2nd Annual Draft Day 5k on April 30th 2016 this past weekend. Every participant received an Official...
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Apr
21
2016
10 Best Restaurants in Put-in-Bay Ohio – Mr. Ed’s

10 Best Restaurants in Put-in-Bay Ohio – Mr. Ed’s

#1 — Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille — Upscale Bar Food in a Trendy Atmosphere If you read our last review of Mr. Ed’s, you know that this is one of our favorite hangouts on Put-in-Bay. So it was with mild trepidation that we heard that they had completely remodeled their menu for this year and invited us in for lunch. We were lucky to show up the day they were practicing and finalizing their new menu items and got an insider peek at the new food. We’ve never left...
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Mar
08
2016
Put in Bay Ferries and Fishing

Put in Bay Ferries and Fishing

Every year we play the guessing game of when the Miller Ferry will start running from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay. This year, the guessing is over early! We now know times for Put in Bay Ferries and Fishing! The Miller Ferry started running last Friday, March 4th, and has begun a regular schedule for the season (weather permitting). For this first week, trips will leave Put in Bay at 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 10:30AM & 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM. Trips leaving Catawba will be at 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM & 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM. For the...
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Mar
02
2016
Put-in-Bay Summer Events You Should Attend

Put-in-Bay Summer Events You Should Attend

In the Southwest corner of the Lake Erie Basin, there is a little island called South Bass Island. This island is home to the famous, some may say infamous, summer boating town of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Visitors come from near and far to enjoy the summer activities both on and off the water from April 1st through October 31st. (The island is usually ice-locked with no ferry service the rest of the year.) With Put-in-Bay events happening almost every week and weekend, we have compiled the Top 6 Summer Events at...
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Feb
22
2016
American Pickers Comes to Visit

American Pickers Comes to Visit

Put-in-Bay friends know the Roeder family, who were featured recently when American Pickers comes to visit our area. The Roeder family owned Tony’s Garage bar on the island for a few years when it was transitioning from Tony’s Place to the current Reel Bar. They also have owned Harley dealerships over on the mainland. ‘American Pickers’ found a jackpot at Roeder Racing & Service in Monroeville. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the professional duo, who scour the earth for antiques and treasures covered in rust and dirt as “American Pickers”...
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Feb
15
2016
Put-in-Bay Days in sunny warm Key West FL

Put-in-Bay Days in sunny warm Key West FL

Do you wish you were down in Key West last weekend at Put-in-Bay Days? So do we! The island may be cold now for the winter ice fishermen with good ice conditions, but it won’t be long before we reopen our doors for the Spring and Summer and shorts and sandals will be the standard. Here’s a few pics from Put-in-Bay Days so you can see what you missed. But don’t worry, you can see all three of these great island entertainers back up on the island in a few...
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Dec
23
2015
Put-in-Bay rated again as a Cozy Tiny Town

Put-in-Bay rated again as a Cozy Tiny Town

Put-in-Bay, OH, Population: 137, rated again as a Cozy Tiny Town. No, that number is no typo. This Lake Erie island – nicknamed the “Key West of the Midwest” – may be small, but it lays claim to one of best nightlife and foodie scenes in the Midwest. Packed with waterfront restaurants, taverns, and brewpubs serving local Lake Erie flavor, there’s plenty for visitors to see, do, and taste. For outdoorsy types, there’s kayaking through limestone cliffs, stand-up paddle-boarding, parasailing, guided fishing trips, and camping galore. (Check Out: http://www.refinery29.com/small-town-vacation-ideas?utm_source=thrillist&utm_medium=syndication#slide-7)
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Oct
29
2015
Put-In-Bay Hotel Victory, Mystery, and Scandal!

Put-In-Bay Hotel Victory, Mystery, and Scandal!

The Hotel Victory at Put-in-Bay, once gained fame as the largest hotel in the world (or at least the largest in America at the time). It is a true Put-In-Bay History, Mystery, and Scandal! Today it is nothing more than a few sad ruins tucked away behind an Ohio State Park campground on South Bass Island, plus memorabilia scattered throughout places like the Lake Erie Islands historical museum and the forgotten corners of various attics spread throughout the region. What happened? Ottawa and Huron tribes lived in the Lake Erie Islands...
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Oct
01
2015
Perry’s Monument Rate Increase

Perry’s Monument Rate Increase

Possible Perry’s Monument Fee Increase! The National Park Service is proposing a fee increase for summer 2016 that would more than double the cost to ride up to the top of the 352-foot-tall Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, the iconic Lake Erie islands monument that offers views of Canada, Michigan and Ohio. Entrance fees would increase to $7 in 2016, up from $3, in a recently announced park proposal. The current $3 fee has been in place since 1997. In 2007, the park postponed a planned increase to $5,...
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Sep
14
2015
Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend Again a Success!

Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend Again a Success!

2015 Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend was Again a Success! This past weekend featured some of the best weather of the summer with warm sunny days and cool comfortable evenings. Historical buffs and revelers alike descended upon the island and partook of the many different historical celebrations throughout the three-day event. Some of the more memorable events: 9/11 Sunset Tribute on Friday night at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Monument. Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival on Perry’s Monument lawn. The 202nd Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie took place this weekend. Art,...
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Sep
04
2015
2015 Put in Bay Fall Ball Appreciation Party

2015 Put in Bay Fall Ball Appreciation Party

Put-in-Bay Fall Ball 2015 – October 2-3 For 17 years, this annual fall festival called the Put-in-Bay Fall Ball has been taking place at the Island Club Home Rentals development on South Bass Island. It started out as a gathering of friends with a few beers, guitars, and bonfires and has grown into an all-out party with well over 1700 people in attendance. Now we have the 2015 Put in Bay Fall Ball Appreciation Party. The cases of adult beverages have grown up to a complete keg truck. The music...
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Aug
25
2015
Put-in-Bay Labor Day

Put-in-Bay Labor Day

Do you have Labor Day plans yet? Why not put an island in your life and come up to Put-in-Bay Labor Day? Bring the family, rent a house, have a couple cookouts, and relax with some beautiful end of summer weather. We look forward to seeing you! Labor Day Weekend Bands – Sept 4-7, 2015 ======================= 4th day Echo Acoustic Mayhem Bob Gatewood & the Calabash Band Bright Light Band C.O.D. Dj Rehab Poolside Flyin Jays Hey Monea Killer Flamingos Mike “Mad Dog” Adams OK Maybe Paul Franks Ray Fogg...
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Aug
09
2015
Put-in-Bay Bartender Olympics

Put-in-Bay Bartender Olympics

Bartender Olympics is coming up! Tuesday, August 11th 2015, join us at the RoundHouse Bar! Sponsored by the Roundhouse Bar, this popular island event is held both on the main strip of Delaware Avenue and inside the red round bar. This friendly but vigorous competition begins at 7:00 PM with a traditional parade around the park and the lighting of the Olympic torch while the national anthem is recited. Almost all of the local bars and restaurants perform unique skits and zany theatrics as they compete for prestige and honor....
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Aug
02
2015
Dueling Pianos at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille

Dueling Pianos at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille

Next Weekend is a special event at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille. The only catch is that it is at the Port Clinton location! So if you are up on the island, you can pop over on the Jet Express to hear the Dueling Pianos and pop back on the last ferry to the island to catch some great late night Put-In-Bay bands as well! Dueling Pianos new time is from 6-9pm, this coming Sunday August 9, 2015! You don’t want to miss this show. Outside this weekend, Mr. Ed’s...
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Jul
26
2015
3W2 Fly In & Put-in-Bay Car Parade

3W2 Fly In & Put-in-Bay Car Parade

The 3 Whiskey 2 Pilots Association (3W2, the island’s pilots association led by Ray Fogg) is so pleased to be coordinating with their friends in the Put-in-Bay Car Parades for the upcoming Sunday’s August 9th combined Fly-in/Antique Car Event from 11am – 4pm. As we understand it, the car parade will depart from the airport (instead of the Twine Shanty) and return there after the parade. And if you didn’t hear, the event includes a PIG ROAST!!! Please feel free to come as early as 11:30am, when we will open...
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Jul
19
2015
Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races

Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races

What a beautiful day for a race!!! The 3rd Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races was moved due to weather from Sunday, June 28, 2015 to today Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Put-in-Bay, Ohio (South Bass Island). Perry’s Victory Triathlon was a great opportunity to get in shape for the summer and everyone this morning enjoyed a day on the beautiful island of Put-in-Bay! The route had been designed to take runners on a scenic tour of the historic island of Put-in-Bay with the hub of the race being...
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Jul
13
2015
One of the 50 Coolest Small Towns in America

One of the 50 Coolest Small Towns in America

One tiny village on a small island in the north end of Ottawa County near the Canadian border continues to get quite a lot of attention, especially as the tourism season ramps up. Put-in-Bay has found its way into yet another list of top vacation destinations. Most recently, this humble little community on South Bass Island was named one of “The 50 Coolest Small Towns in America” by Esquire magazine. “This island on Lake Erie got its name from 18th century schooners that would ‘put in’ on the bay to...
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Jul
05
2015
Perry’s Victory Peace Memorial Superintendent

Perry’s Victory Peace Memorial Superintendent

The National Park Service plans on keeping a full-time superintendent and staff at a Lake Erie island landmark monument for 2015 and moving forward. Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island will remain a separate unit of the park system. The park service had been looking at combining the staff overseeing the Perry’s monument site and the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Mich. The 350-foot tall monument in Ohio honors a key victory in the War of 1812; while...
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May
13
2015
Top 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Ohio

Top 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Ohio

Brimming with history, Midwest charm and beautiful landscapes, Ohio is the place to be for quintessential American small towns. From arty Yellow Springs – one of the nation’s coolest small towns – to the picturesque island community of Put-in-Bay, The Culture Trip rounds up some of the most beautiful towns in the Buckeye State for 2015. Located on tiny South Bass Island around five miles from the Ohio mainland, Put-in-Bay is a picturesque island town and popular summer tourist destination when thousands flock to enjoy the town’s quaint restaurants, lively...
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Apr
29
2015
The Put-in-Bay Spring Fling Customer Party

The Put-in-Bay Spring Fling Customer Party

The 2015 Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party is coming up this weekend. The weather forecast is looking absolutely perfect for a street party! Sun and fun in the warm weather await everyone who comes up. There are still a very limited number of rooms available, so call ASAP to make your reservation! You can’t get into the party without a wristband, which you receive by being a guest at one of our select lodging partners. The Commodore Resort and Victory Station Hotel can be reached at 419-285-3101. For an island...
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Apr
18
2015
Put-in-Bay Spring Fishing

Put-in-Bay Spring Fishing

Fishing the waters around Put-In-Bay has always been a tradition as far back as recorded history. From Indians to sailors to more recently visitors from the Midwest and Northwest. The past few weeks have seen some great catches and most of the fishermen are limiting out every day they are here! Join us for some incredible Put-in-Bay Spring Fishing this year! Check out these great fish… Put-in-Bay Fishing 6 Put-in-Bay Fishing 5 Put-in-Bay Fishing 4 Put-in-Bay Fishing 3 Put-in-Bay Fishing 2 Put-in-Bay Fishing 1
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Apr
17
2015
Put-in-Bay Ranked #14

Put-in-Bay Ranked #14

Put-in-Bay has made the list again in 2015! We are #14 in the USA according to the Smithsonian Magazine: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-small-towns-2015-180954993/?page=14&no-ist This tiny village on South Bass Island played an important role in the War of 1812 – its bay was the base for U.S. naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry and his fleet during the pivotal battle of Lake Erie, now commemorated with the only peace memorial in the National Park system. Located five miles from the Canadian-American border, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates 100 years of existence this year....
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Apr
10
2015
Whiskey Light Weekend

Whiskey Light Weekend

Leave your winter blues behind as you join us for the annual family pizza buffet and light show at Frosty’s Bar in Put in Bay. The official/unofficial start to the 2015 season is April 10th at 5pm with the Whiskey Light at the Roundhouse Bar. The Sunset Strip band will be entertaining guests with their live music at Mr. Ed’s all weekend. Several bars are finally open including Mr. Ed’s, Cameos, Topsey Turvey, Round House, Reel Bar, and of course Frosty’s. Join the crowd for the spectacular lighting of the...
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Apr
03
2015
Put-in-Bay is Open for Business!

Put-in-Bay is Open for Business!

Put-In-Bay is officially open for the 2015 season! The long hard winter is behind us and the Miller Ferry left the dock at 2pm this afternoon with great fanfare, making its maiden journey for the season. Put-in-Bay is Open! Islanders and visitors alike rejoiced. We are expecting another incredible summer at Put-In-Bay and welcome you to make your summer reservations now before everything books up! Visit our Hotels and Resorts page and check out what is available, or visit our online Calendar of Events to choose a theme weekend for...
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