by Renee on September 18, 2010

Checked out the weekend forecast, and today is going to be sunny with temperatures hovering around 78. That sounds just about perfect to me. And since autumn officially arrives later this week, I thought Paul and I should have a last blast of summer and head up to Kelleys Island for the day.  (I really love autumn, it’s my favorite season. If only we could get spring to follow.)

Ever been to Kelleys Island? If you live in Northeast Ohio, the answer is probably yes. But if not, let me tell you about this little slice of heaven plunked down in Lake Erie. Kelleys Island, and  the other Lake Erie Islands, were put here so that we who live in the Lake Effect Snow Belt of Ohio could pretend we’re in Key West or Margaritaville (wherever that is) for a day or two, and not have to travel hours and hours to get there. Getting to the ferry in Marblehead only takes about an hour and a half from my house. When you step off the ferry, the next thing you know, you’re transported to a vacation memory–flip flops and suntan lotion and drinks with little umbrellas are the order of the day. The islands even have their own Jimmy Buffett–singer/songwriter Pat Daily is a fixture at Put-in-Bay. Of course you can get there nearly year round, but the time to go is while the weather is summer-like, and you can imagine you’ve just touched down in sunny Florida. (Don’t look for any palm trees, other than the plastic kind, however.)

Spend the day fishing (it *is* the Walleye Capital of the World), kayaking, bicycling, shopping and even doing a little wine tasting. I spent a few days at Kelleys Island this past August with my Mom, daughter and niece, and that’s exactly what we did. Rent a golf cart and explore, go hiking, play putt putt. You can even camp at the State Park. Or if you prefer, spend the night at a cozy B&B. While we were there, I noticed the local brewery, and since Mom isn’t really a beer drinker, I didn’t try a pint. But today I’m going to remedy that. First stop: Kelleys Island Brewpub.

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Cathy McAuliffe-Dickerson September 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I’ll be curious to know if they know about Jack McAuliffe and his place in the history of microbreweries! Can’t wait for a report!!!


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