Monday, August 26, 2013

Your Island Getaway

Here in the Midwest, we don’t have mountain views, tropical sunsets, ocean front property, or even a Disney to keep us entertained. 

We’ve got lakes though, great big lakes – five of them to be exact.  And I’ve been lucky to live near two of these Great Lakes in my life, Lake Michigan and Lake Erie.  Both of them, I consider wonderful gems in our region.

Riding to a scenic point at Kelleys Island
Our lakes come with endless opportunities for summertime (and wintertime) fun – sandy beaches, all types of watersports, lighthouses and festivals. 

Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie in Ohio
Our lakes even come with islands and ferries to take you to them.   Kelleys Island, Pelee Island and Put in Bay on South Bass Island are favorite getaways in our area.  

Preparing to load the Kelleys Island ferry
Ferry boat rides to get to the islands are fun themselves.  You can even bring your bike along and ride around the islands.   

The boat ride toward Kelleys - choppy waters today
Once on the islands, you can enjoy scenic views, beautiful parks, quaint restaurants, historic landmarks, and pubs and wineries with great live music.    

Mon Ami Winery on Catawba Island
Summer may be quickly winding down, but there is still time to take a little trip across the lake before the ice and snow are upon us. 

Relaxing bike ride on Kelleys

Come to think of it, we don’t really need a Disney here after all.  Just book your island getaway today right here in the great Midwest.

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