Lake Erie Shores & Islands – A Great Place to Ride!
May 29, 2015
Take a scenic ride and experience Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands!
Country & Cultural Charm
1. Begin on US 250 and head southeast towards Milan.
2. Turn left onto SR 113 east. This is Milan's Village Square. Enjoy browsing antique stores or specialty gift shops.
3. Follow SR 113 east, turning left onto Edison Dr. Just ahead are two prominent museums, the Milan Museum, a museum complex with varied historical displays and collections, and Edison Birthplace, the boyhood home of famous inventor Thomas Edison.
4. Continue on SR 113 east then north on SR 61 through Berlin Heights. Turn right onto Main Rd., turn left onto Humm Rd. Stop at Quarry Hill Winery on the right and visit Quarry Hill Orchard for homegrown produce.
5. Return south on SR 61 and turn east on SR 113 to Birmingham. Stop by Burnham Orchards, located on the left, for homemade apple fritters and fresh cider. Continue east on SR 113. Just before the river bridge, turn right on Market St. Just ahead on the left is the Schoepfle Garden and Arboretum. Get out and stretch your legs at this unique 70-acre preserve of natural woodlands, gardens, ponds, and hiking trails along the Vermilion River.
6. Return to SR 113, and backtrack west. At SR 60, turn north and follow to US 6 into downtown Vermilion. Park and explore by foot this quaint New England-style village, browse specialty gift shops, or stop at an old-fashioned soda fountain. During summer, consider a paddlewheel excursion aboard the Mystic Belle down the picturesque lagoons of the Vermilion River.
7. Head back towards Huron and Sandusky on US 6 going west. Enjoy the waterfront scenery as you make this drive from Vermilion to Huron. Look for roadside fruit and vegetable stands along the way.
Natural & Nautical Lure
1. Begin on US 250 and head north. Follow the signs to “Downtown Sandusky, ferryboats, waterfront and shopping.”
2. At the intersection of US 250 and US 6, follow US 6 west. Park and enjoy Washington Park's blocks of gardens and seasonal displays.
3. Turn north on Columbus Ave. Enjoy the waterfront view of Cedar Point, Johnson's Island, and Marblehead or park and explore the antique and specialty gift shops.
4. Turn right on Water St. and follow to Meigs St. The Maritime Museum of Sandusky showcases artifacts of the area’s maritime past, Sandusky’s waterfront history, and the disappearing art of wooden boat building.
5. Follow Meigs St. to Sycamore Line. Veer right on Sycamore Line. At the traffic light, turn left onto US 6, going east.
6. Continue east on US 6 into Huron. Surrounded by marshlands, forests, swamps, and a barrier beach, the hiking trails at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve offer some of the best birding and nature encounters in the area. Stretch your legs and see for yourself.
7. Continue east on US 6 through Huron. Just after the residential areas, on the left will be the obscure entrance to the Old Woman Creek Barrier Beach, an unspoiled, no-swimming beach, popular for photography and birding. For hiking trails and an indoor nature center, visit the Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve further east on US 6.
8. Continue on US 6 to Vermilion. Enjoy the waterfront scenery as you make this drive from Huron to Vermilion. Upon entering the historic town of Vermilion, notice its New England charm. The downtown area offers great shopping and dining opportunities.
9. Turn left on Main St. Park and walk to the replica of the Vermilion Lighthouse and enjoy a beautiful vista at the Main Street Beach.
10. Follow SR 60 S towards SR 2. Stop by Paper Moon Winery just north of SR 2 on the left.
11. Head back west on US 6 or SR 2 to Huron/Sandusky.
Heritage & Vineyard Trail
1. Begin by heading west on SR 2.
2. Exit at US 6, turn left, heading east. Turn right on Bardshar Rd. (across from the State Highway Patrol office). Visit Firelands Winery just ahead on the right. This award-winning winery offers a slide show tour and tasting of wines and juices.
3. Turn left on Bardshar Rd., heading back to US 6.
4. Turn right on US 6, heading east. Enjoy a dining experience with a one-of-a-kind waterfall view at the Original Margaritaville restaurant.
5. Continue east on US 6, into downtown Sandusky. Consider a stop at the Merry-Go-Round Museum where you can take a narrated tour through the exhibits, visit with actual wood carvers, take a spin on an antique carousel, and browse the gift shop.
6. Continue east on US 6 to Wayne St. Turn right (south) on Wayne St. Observe the limestone architecture of many of Sandusky’s buildings as you look for the Follett House Museum on the left. This limestone structure is filled with Victorian housewares, toys, clothing and furnishings, as well as Civil War artifacts to peruse.
7. Continue south on Wayne St. to Monroe St. Turn right on Monroe St. and go one block west to Columbus Ave. Turn left and follow Columbus Ave. south. Notice the angled streets as you make your way out of downtown Sandusky. Sandusky was platted in the Masonic Symbol, with streets angled to represent the Compass and Square. Consider stopping at the Cooke-Dorn House Historic Site on the right. This Greek Revival limestone structure offers a look at the décor and furnishings of the 1950s and beyond.
8. Continue on Columbus Ave. south to Perkins Ave.
9. At Perkins Ave. turn right and follow to SR 4. Turn left on SR 4 and head south, passing over SR 2. Watch for the historic threshing barn of Hermes Winery on the right. Stop-in and have a snack and sample wines while overlooking the picturesque vineyard. Make sure to ask about their entertainment schedule.
10. Head back north on SR 4 to Sandusky.
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Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands
One of the Midwest hottest vacation spots, the region between Toledo and Cleveland provides an eclectic mix of historically significant sites, family-fun amusements, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor recreation.