Top 7 Reasons to get Excited for Winter in Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands

November 14, 2013

Whether we like it or not, winter is around the corner. Temperatures are dropping and we have already seen the first snowfall. Although many folks are already counting down the days until spring, we've compiled the top seven reasons to get excited for winter in Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

7. Seasonal Drinks

It's all about the little things, even if you are only getting excited about something as small as a white peppermint mocha from Mr. Smith's Coffee House, a Spiced Ale from Catawba Island Brewing Company, or a glass of Old Vine Zinfandel next to the fireplace at Paper Moon Vineyards.

6. Holiday Sales

Who doesn't love a good deal? Everywhere you look, there is some sort of sale going on. Check out a variety of stores at the Sandusky Mall Complex or shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at unique shops such as Christi's Just for Ewe and Sawmill Creek Shops.

5. Festive Events

Sleigh rides, tree lighting ceremonies, ice festivals, holiday light displays and decorations…nothing says Yuletide cheer like chilly celebrations in Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Along with ample opportunities to visit with Santa, you're sure to be in the holiday spirit.

4. Winter Activities

Winter is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The crisp winter air and blankets of snow provide the ideal setting for snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, and ice skating. If outdoor winter activities aren't your thing, warm up at one of our indoor waterparks where tropical temperatures create a feeling of summer all year long.

3. Ice Fishing

When we think of winter, we think of ice fishing. When conditions permit, ice fishing charters offer guided ice fishing trips on Lake Erie for walleye and perch. Fishing charters such as Fishin’ Ful & Myrmidon Charters and Char-Tom Charters are ready to serve as your guide to safe and successful catches.

2. New Year's Eve Celebrations

Port Clinton, Ohio is the “Walleye Capital of the World,” so it's only natural that on New Year's Eve they drop a 20-foot, 600-pound walleye from the sky at the stroke of Midnight! Other celebrations in the area include a museum gala, Vegas-style casino party, multi-course dining, live entertainment, and much more.

1. Splendid Scenery

There's something magical about snow covered winter landscapes. Our favorite Shores & Islands attractions including the Marblehead Lighthouse and Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial look so much prettier covered in snow.

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