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... View More

Official 2019 Island Club Spring Fling Benefiting Kids for 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... View More

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... View More

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... View More

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... View More


The Official 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... View More

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... View More

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... View More

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... View More