Yearly Archives: 2015

Put-In-Bay – A Tiny Town For A Cozy, Low-Key Vacation

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Put-in-Bay, OH
Population: 137

No, that number is no typo. This Lake Erie island — nicknamed the “Key West of the Midwest” — may be small, but it lays claim to one of best nightlife and foodie scenes in the Midwest. Packed with waterfront restaurants, taverns, and brewpubs serving local Lake Erie flavor, there’s plenty for Put-in-Bay visitors to see, do, and taste. For outdoorsy types, there’s kayaking through limestone cliffs, stand-up paddle-boarding, parasailing, guided fishing trips, and camping galore.

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Put-In-Bay History, Mystery, and Scandal!

Historical Museum

The Hotel Victory at Put-in-Bay, once gained fame as the largest hotel in the world (or at least the largest in America at the time).

Today it is nothing more than a few sad ruins tucked away behind an Ohio State Park campground on South Bass Island, plus memorabilia scattered throughout places like the Lake Erie Islands historical museum and the forgotten corners of various attics spread throughout the region.

What happened?

Ottawa and Huron tribes lived in the Lake Erie Islands region prior to the late 1700s, but things began to change as the Connecticut Land Company deeded South Bass Island to John Pierpont Edwards in 1807, and his son John Stark Edwards settled the area and cleared 100 acres to raise a crop of wheat. read more

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Possible Perry’s Monument Fee Increase

Perrys Monument

Possible Perry’s Monument Fee Increase – The National Park Service is proposing a fee increase that would more than double the cost to ride up to the top of the 352-foot-tall Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, the iconic Lake Erie islands monument that offers views of Canada, Michigan and Ohio.

Entrance fees would increase to $7 in 2016, up from $3, in a recently announced park proposal. The current $3 fee has been in place since 1997. In 2007, the park postponed a planned increase to $5, after the memorial was forced to shut down for repairs. Reopened since 2012, the top of the monument is accessible via an elevator ride. Children 15 and under will remain free. read more

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2015 Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend was Again a Success!

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This past weekend featured some of the best weather of the summer with warm sunny days and cool comfortable evenings. Historical buffs and revelers alike descended upon the island and partook of the many different historical celebrations throughout the three-day event. Some of the more memorable events:

9/11 Sunset Tribute on Friday night at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Monument.

Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival on Perry’s Monument lawn. The 202nd Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie took place this weekend. Art, history, and an 1812 military encampment plus about 1,200 Boy Scouts camped on the memorial east lawn. The annual Grande Parade was held at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday and had a record crowd. read more

2015 Put in Bay Fall Ball Customer Party

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Put-in-Bay Fall Ball 2015 – October 2-3

For 17 years, this annual fall festival called the Put-in-Bay Fall Ball (http://www.putinbayfallball.com) has been taking place at the Island Club Homes on South Bass Island. It started out as a gathering of friends with a few beers, guitars, and bonfires and has grown into an all-out party with well over 1700 people in attendance. The adult beverages have grown up to a complete keg truck. The music has grown up to multiple bands and island musicians. And thousands of hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst have been added to feed the hungry masses. This two-day customer appreciation party is open to all guests who are staying at The Island Club, The Commodore Resort, The Put-in-Bay Condos, Victory Station Hotel, and the Blue Harbour Hotel. Wristbands will be provided at check-in to allow you to gain access to the party for free! There are still a handful of hotel rooms and two rental houses left for this huge end-of-season party. Book Now! read more

Put-In-Bay Labor Day

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Do you have Labor Day plans yet? Why not put an island in your life and come up to Put-in-Bay? Bring the family, rent a house, have a couple cookouts, and relax with some beautiful end of summer weather. We look forward to seeing you!

Labor Day Weekend Bands – Sept 4-7
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4th day Echo
Acoustic Mayhem
Bob Gatewood & the Calabash Band
Bright Light Band
C.O.D.
Dj Rehab Poolside
Flyin Jays
Hey Monea
Killer Flamingos
Mike “Mad Dog” Adams
OK Maybe
Paul Franks
Ray Fogg Show
Splendid Chaos
Terry & Andrew
The Menus
Tricky Dick
Tyler Stevens
Venyx

Dueling Pianos at Mr. Ed’s Bar

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Next Weekend is a special event at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille. The only catch is that it is at the Port Clinton location! So if you are up on the island, you can pop over on the Jet Express to hear the Dueling Pianos and pop back on the last ferry to the island to catch some great late night Put-In-Bay bands as well!

Dueling Pianos new time is from 6-9pm, this coming Sunday August 9! You don’t want to miss this show. Outside this weekend, Mr. Ed’s will be having acoustic shows from 2-6pm every Sunday in August. Stop in and enjoy some great food, drink specials, and entertainment! read more

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Put In Bay Fly in / Antique Car Parade

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The 3 Whiskey 2 Pilots Association (the island’s pilots association) is so pleased to be coordinating with their friends in the PutinBay Car Parades for the upcoming Sunday’s combined Fly-in/Antique Car Event from 11am – 4pm. As we understand it, the car parade will depart from the airport (instead of the Twine Shanty) and return after the parade. And if you didn’t hear, the event includes a PIG ROAST!!!

Please feel free to come as early as 11:30am, when we will open the parking lot gates for parade cars, to enjoy some great food (get it before your neighbor eats it all) and camaraderie prior to the parade! Looking forward to a fun day of cool cars and airplanes! Sunday, August 9th, 2015. read more

The 3rd Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races

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What a beautiful day for a race!!! The 3rd Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races was moved due to weather from Sunday, June 28, 2015 to today Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Put-in-Bay, Ohio (South Bass Island). Perry’s Victory Triathlon was a great opportunity to get in shape for the summer and everyone this morning enjoyed a day on the beautiful island of Put-in-Bay!

The route had been designed to take runners on a scenic tour of the historic island of Put-in-Bay. The hub of the race is being held on the lawn of the Peace Garden at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial. This was a great event for first time du/triathletes as well as seasoned veterans. The event offered a Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, Kids & Family FUN Run and a 5k Run/Walk. read more

Put-In-Bay is on Another List, Esquire Magazine’s 50 Coolest!

PUT IN BAY SAILING BOATS

One tiny village on a small island in the north end of Ottawa County near the Canadian border continues to get quite a lot of attention, especially as the tourism season ramps up.

Put-in-Bay has found its way into yet another list of top vacation destinations. Most recently, this humble little community on South Bass Island was named one of “The 50 Coolest Small Towns in America” by Esquire magazine. (http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/g2227/best-small-towns-america/?slide=35)

“This island on Lake Erie got its name from 18th century schooners that would ‘put in’ on the bay to wait out bad weather,” the article reads. read more

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