Two Day Getaway to Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands: Marblehead and Kelleys Island

July 16, 2014

Spend the day exploring the Marblehead Peninsula and take a relaxing boat ride to Kelleys Island, the largest U.S. island in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Day 1

Christi's Just For Ewe Christi's Just for Ewe
Sample your way through this unique shop. Try on jewelry, apparel, and shoes; taste fudge, soup, tea, and coffee; try knitting, crocheting, spinning, or weaving; and get creative in the Art Class Retreat.

East Harbor State Park
East Harbor has unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Boating, fishing, swimming, picnics, 11 miles of hiking trails, and camping. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the afternoon on the beach.

The Keeper's House
This 1822 home offers visitors the chance to experience the history of the first three light keepers of the Marblehead Lighthouse.

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
This state park features picnic facilities, fishing, walking trails, and the Marblehead Lighthouse. In use since 1822, this is the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

Cleats Club Seat Grill
This full-service sports bar and restaurant features waterfront and patio dining, seasonal entertainment, and a menu to suit just about any taste.

DAY 2

Board the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line
The only passenger/vehicle ferry service between Kelleys Island and Marblehead runs daily year-round, weather permitting. During peak season, ferries run every half-hour and offer late night service on weekends.

Inscription Rock
The 32 x 21’ surface of the rock is covered with one of the finest examples of aboriginal art in the Great Lakes region. Known as a petroglyph, no one is sure what the unusual drawings depicted. The most widely accepted theory is that the large rock was used as a “message stone” where various Native Americans would make drawings noting that they'd been there, how the hunting or fishing had been and/or where they were headed next. The markings have been so eroded by exposure to the weather that it is difficult to see them. In 1969 The Ohio Historical Society erected a cover to attempt to preserve the rock.

Kelleys Island State Park
The park features hiking trails, camping, launch ramp, fishing, summer programs, picnic shelter, and swimming beach.

Kelley's Island Wine Company
The Island’s only winery! They have the largest outdoor facility on the island with picnic tables, horseshoes, volleyball, a children’s play area, and plenty of room to throw a Frisbee or a ball! The Kelley’s Island Winery features a winery viewing area, a tasting room tavern, gift shop, full restaurant with dining room, and covered outdoor pavilions.

Glacial Grooves  Glacial Grooves
The world’s largest accessible glacial grooves, embedded with fossils that are 350-400 million years old. Located on the north side of the island, the grooves can be viewed from a walkway and stairs.

Historic District/Downtown
The entire island is on the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown area remains the heart of island activity where visitors can do everything from shop in unique shops to play miniature golf or enjoy a variety of delicious dishes from island establishments.

Kelleys Island Brewery
Sample handcrafted beers that are made 200 gallons at a time. Fresh yeast, hops, and grains are used to make these some of the finest beers obtainable. 

For more information on Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands, please visit SHORESandISLANDS.com.

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