Why? Lake Erie Islands!

***A bit of blogkeeping: While I’m off in Cabo having some fun in the sun, I’ve arranged guest posts from some fabulous bloggers to keep you entertained. Today’s post comes from Alana at The Dawg’s Dish. Thanks, Alana!***

As a co-ed, I lived in Tempe, Arizona attending journalism school at Arizona State University. Following graduation, I high-tailed it back to Cleveland. Hands down, every single time I tell people this, they ask, ‘Why would you move back to Cleveland?!’ For me, it was a no-brainer. My family means the world to me and I couldn’t possibly function seeing them only briefly over the holidays. I also felt a bit land-locked in Arizona. Yes, there are man-made lakes and other beautiful lakes strewn throughout the mountains, however, having grown up in a boating family, I knew I couldn’t be happy living in the desert post college.

Bringing me to the theme of this post: Lake Erie Islands. I’m fortunate to have been raised by parents who love to boat and fish, be marrying into a boating family and have a handful of friends who own their own boats. There are obviously many perks that come from this, but one of my favorite things is a trip to either Kelly’s Island or Put-in-Bay via boat.

A sporadic trip to the islands summer 2008

Whether your thing is wine tasting, bar-hopping, relaxing at the beach, biking or simply enjoying peace and quiet, you can do it all at Lake Erie’s favorite islands. Yes, Put-in-Bay reminds me of a mini Las Vegas, but you can easily avoid all of the rowdiness that takes place in downtown PIB by renting a campsite, cottage or home on the island off the main drag.

Kelly’s Island, which is much smaller than PIB, is one of my favorite places because it’s (usually) not as crowded as you can’t beat a night out at The Village Pump.

Lake Erie’s islands are popular for bachelor and bachelorette parties, family vacations, not-so-family vacations and everything in-between!

My cousin Kelley's bachelorette party at Put-in-Bay

The best thing? You don’t have to be a boater to travel to PIB or Kelly’s Island. Whether you take the Jet Express or The Miller Ferry, you can take your backpack or your car and enjoy all that the islands have to offer (I say ditch the car and rent a golf cart!).

See, you don’t have to hop on a plane to go on vacation! I’m hoping to get at least one ‘staycation’ in to the islands this summer!

Thanks so much to Jen for inviting me to post on Why CLE?

3 Responses

  1. rachaelnovak

    I am totally with you on the awesome Cleveland boater culture! Can’t beat it. Hoping to make it out to the islands this summer too 🙂

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