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.
It could be that blend of historical significance, when combined with its waterfront party atmosphere, attracts the nearly quarter of a million yearly visitors to the tiny town with a population of just 138.
Of course, this is far from the first time Put-in-Bay is getting recognition as a popular summer destination, and the accolades seem to be piling up. Back in April, it made Smithsonian magazine’s list of the “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015.”
PlanetWare, a travel and adventure website, ranked Put-in-Bay as the eighth best place to visit in all of Ohio. Last year, Flight Network named it one of America’s four best small towns to visit. And the year before that, it was one of the 15 finalists for Budget Travel’s coolest small towns of 2013.
The National Park Service plans on keeping a full-time superintendent and staff at a Lake Erie island landmark monument.
Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island will remain a separate unit of the park system.
The park service had been looking at combining the staff overseeing the Perry’s monument site and the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Mich.
The 350-foot tall monument in Ohio honors a key victory in the War of 1812; while River Raisin National Battlefield Park recalls the Battles of the River Raisin that were also a milestone point in that war.
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry captured a British fleet near the island during the battle that’s remembered for his command: “Don’t Give Up the Ship.”
Brimming with history, Midwest charm and beautiful landscapes, Ohio is the place to be for quintessential American small towns. From arty Yellow Springs – one of the nation’s coolest small towns – to the picturesque island community of Put-in-Bay, The Culture Trip rounds up some of the prettiest places in the Buckeye State.
Located on tiny South Bass Island around five miles from the Ohio mainland, Put-in-Bay is a picturesque island town and popular summer tourist destination when thousands flock to enjoy the town’s quaint restaurants, lively pubs and recreational activities like walleye and perch fishing – no wonder Put-in-Bay is often nicknamed the “Key West of the North”. History buffs will delight in its historic homes and pivotal role in the War of 1812: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument – a 352 foot high Doric column and one of the USA’s tallest monuments – towers over Put-in-Bay’s harbor and commemorates Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory over British forces in the waters off the island.
Check out more Ohio cities at http://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/ohio/articles/the-10-most-beautiful-national-towns-in-ohio/
The 2015 Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party is coming up this weekend. The weather forecast is looking absolutely perfect for a street party! Sun and fun in the warm weather await everyone who comes up. There are still a very limited number of rooms available, so call ASAP to make your reservation! You can’t get into the party without a wristband, which you receive by being a guest at one of our select lodging partners.
The Commodore Resort and Victory Station Hotel can be reached at 419-285-3101.
For a vacation home, cottage, house, or Waterfront Condo rental contact Island Club Rentals at 216-898-9951.
This Spring has seen the usual influx of fisherman from across the Midwest and northwest. Trucks and trailers with license plates from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and even the state up north are on the island catching their limit of Walleye. There is still time to book a house for your fisherman group and enjoy the waters of Lake Erie.
Check out some of these fine samples…
Put-in-Bay has made the list again! We are #14 in the USA! Read the article at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-small-towns-2015-180954993/?page=14&no-ist
Townspeople commemorate the events of 1812 every September with Perry’s Victory Heritage Fest, featuring music, art and a recreation of an 1812 military encampment. This summer also marks the start of five years of visits from the U.S. brig Niagara, a historic replica of one of Perry’s ships that will offer tours, sailing trips and the chance to learn old-fashioned seamanship skills. Perry’s Cave (where the commander found drinking water for his men) also offers historic tours, while Crystal Cave across the street features the world’s largest geode, sparkling with pale blue celestine crystals
Tired of winter? Join us at Frosty’s Bar in Put in Bay, Ohio for the official/unofficial start of the season April 10th at 5pm for the traditional pizza family buffet. There will be live music from the Sunset Strip Band at Mr. Ed’s all weekend. Many bars are finally open including Mr. Ed’s, Cameos, Topsey Turvey, Round House, Reel Bar, and of course Frosty’s. On Sunday, sing along as we celebrate the Whiskey Light at the Roundhouse bar which marks the opening of the 2015 summer season. Jump on the Miller Ferry and enjoy the festivities during annual event!
The long hard winter is behind us and Put-In-Bay is officially open for the season! The Miller Ferry left the dock at 2pm this afternoon with great fanfare, making it’s maiden journey for 2015. Islanders and visitors alike rejoiced. We are expecting another incredible summer at Put-In-Bay and welcome you to make your summer reservations now before everything books up! Visit our Lodging Page and check out what is available, or visit our online Calendar of Events to choose a theme weekend for you and your family or group.
Pretty soon, the trees will be filled with leaves, the pools will be filled with fresh water, and the island will be filled with the joyful sounds of children and adults alike. Come join us. Have a great day… and we’ll see YOU at the Bay!
Do you wish you were down in Key West right now at Put-in-Bay Days? So do we! The island may be cold now for the ice fishermen with incredibly good ice conditions, but it won’t be long before we reopen our doors for the Spring and Summer. Don’t forget to make your room/cottage reservations and if you don’t have one yet, Make a Golf Cart Reservation as popular weekends will definitely sell out each day!!
The 56th annual Progressive Mid-America Boat Show, Ohio’s largest winter boating event, will dock in Cleveland’s I-X Center this weekend, January 15–19, repeating its highly successful 5-day format for the third consecutive year. This year’s show will cover nearly 20 percent more exhibit space with nearly 400 boats from small inflatables to 45-foot motor yachts. The show kicks off big on opening night with a party in the Put-in-Bay section featuring island favorites Mike “Mad Dog” Adams, Ray Fogg, Westside Steve and lots of The Boardwalk’s infamous lobster bisque. But the music doesn’t stop there. Last year, two party crashers showed up unannounced to join their friends on Put-in-Bay Night – Pat Dailey and Alex Bevin – the biggest names in the logbook of island entertainment. Who knows, maybe they will pop in again this year!?! As always, for hotel and rental home reservations, check our Put-in-Bay Lodging or call 419-285-3101 (hotels) or 216-898-9951 (homes).