Since 1978, Wyland Galleries has been the art community’s preeminent showcase for the finest in marine life paintings, sculpture and photography. In the spirit of artist Wyland’s original vision, Wyland Galleries continues to provide the highest quality fine art, and is considered one of the world’s premiere fine art galleries, inspiring art lovers and collectors from over seventy countries. Located downtown Put-in-Bay.
The Chocolate Cafe and Museum is one of the tastiest attractions on Put-in-Bay. Here, guests can learn about the process of making this favorite treat. Also, guests can browse the antique memorabilia inside the store. Moreover, exhibits and displays are quite interesting. Indulge in tasty chocolate and gain knowledge on the process of production.
Chocolate Cafe Location
Finding this store is easy. The location is on Catawba Avenue, beneath The Goat Soup and Whiskey. Furthermore, the cafe is situated between the Put-in-Bay Churches and Heineman’s Winery. The downtown Put-in-Bay scene is about a mile away.
Heineman Winery is a Put-in-Bay island tradition dating back over 125 years. Here, guests can get a taste of the Lake Erie Islands. Heineman’s is the only winery on the island that makes the wine they sell.
Heineman Winery History
An immigrant from Baden, Germany, Gustav Heineman founded the winery in 1888. The optimal soil conditions made South Bass Island a hotbed for grape growing and wine production. Moreover, at this time there were many wineries on the island. In fact, by 1900, there were 17 wine producers. However, change was on the horizon. After the passage of the Volstead Act, the sweeping reforms of Prohibition hit the wineries hard. Fortunately, Heineman Winery was able to survive. They did so by offering tours of Crystal Cave, located under the winery. This cave boasts the World’s largest geode. Here, guests can tour the cave. Interestingly, the crystals were once harvested for firework production. Consequently, the size of the cave grew over the years. Additionally, the family sold grape juice and provided taxi service to Crystal Cave.
Perry’s Cave is the centerpiece of a great Put-In-Bay Attraction. Here, guests can take tours of the cave. Also, visitors can learn about its formation, history and more.
Perry’s Cave Location
The cave is located in the Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center. This is located on Catawba Avenue, between Joe’s Bar and The Goat Restaurant. Additionally, Heineman Winery and Crystal Cave are across the street. Furthermore, the fun center has a great amount of activities. Here, the Butterfly House, War of 1812 Mini Golf and Gem Stone Mining are located.
About Perry’s Cave
The cave lies about 52 feet below the surface of Put-In-Bay. Discovery is accredited to Oliver Hazard Perry. He is believed to have found it in 1813. More importantly, he used water from the cave for his men. Perry is responsible for defeating the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. The cave is 165 feet wide by 208 feet long. Furthermore, the heavily encrusted calcium carbonite has formed interesting formations. These include stalagmites, stalactites and cave pearls on the walls. Inside, the temperature remains at 50 degrees year round. Also, the lake inside is notable. It rises and falls with the levels of Lake Erie. So, some speculate that it may connect to the lake underground.
Nestled on seven acres of woods and beautifully landscaped grounds, the Stonehenge Estate brings to life a segment of island history from the 1800’s through present day living. An on-going family preservation project, Stonehenge represents the old family grape growing farms & wineries that prospered on the island in the mid-late 1800’s. The Stone Farmhouse and Wine Press Cottage are both listed in the prestigious National Register of Historic Places and are open to the public for tours throughout the summer months.
Quinn S: “We found Stonehenge to be a nice change of pace from all the chaos uptown. The relaxing wooded trail that leads to the entrance made us feel like we were stepping back in time to what island life used to be. The gift shop was phenomenal! We also liked the self-guided audio tour because we could wander at our own pace with just our family…no pre-scheduled tour with a big group. Nice. The staff was pleasant and very knowledgeable about other island history.”