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 LAKE ERIE SHORES & ISLANDS amusement park by the Travel Channel –
but there’s so much more to this part of Ohio and the Lake Erie coast than just roller coasters. Whether you’re looking to boat and fish or just get away for a few lazy days at the beach, the Lake Erie Shores and Islands offer a coastal retreat with abundant recreation options.
With so much to offer it’s no wonder this area is alive with weddings and wed- ding-related outings each year. If you’d like to incorporate a little of that “vacation” feel into your wedding, read on. Here are just a few options to help you plan that destination wedding you’ve been dreaming of.
Propose During a Weekend Getaway at the Lake Erie Islands
With the beaches and beautiful views, any one of the islands would be a romantic
place to pop the question. Named as a “Top 10 Undiscovered Places” in Vacations magazine, Kelleys Island is an island paradise for travelers. On the north side of the island Kelleys Island State Park has a wide sandy beach ideal for a day of swim- ming. The downtown area offers miniature golf and bike and golf cart rentals along with shops, eateries, pubs and seasonal live entertainment within steps of the waterfront.
Middle Bass Island, where Lonz Winery was once located, is dominated by vineyards, old homes, summer cottages, beaches, marinas and the Kuehnle Wildlife Area, which protects a variety of plants and animals.
South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay) with its ‘festive atmosphere’ is popular for its abun- dant entertainment and shopping options. Rent wave runners, kayaks and powerboats at South Bass Island State Park. Tour the
Heineman Winery and sample wine made from native grapes grown on South Bass. Or ride the elevator up 352 feet to the top of the towering Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial to view the panoramic vistas of Lake Erie and the islands.
Getting there... The Miller Ferry offers auto and passenger trips to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Bay from Catawba every half hour in the summer. Want to get there faster? The Jet Express offers passenger transportation from Sandusky and Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay aboard hydro jet cata- marans, offering the smoothest, fastest ride across Lake Erie.
Bachelor Party or Golf Outing
Instead of the typical bachelor party, grooms and friends can head out to Sawmill Creek Resort for a weekend of golf on their world-class 18-hole golf course. Tom Fazio, world-renowned golf architect, designed large, undulating greens, which support a variety of pin placements to satisfy the most demanding playing con- ditions. The frequent lake breeze adds to the challenge of having water hazards come into play on 14 separate holes.
Sitting on 235 acres of pristine beauty, this full-service resort features 240 newly decorated guest rooms and suites and superb dining in their restaurants, lounges or pub – everything they need to make it a great guy’s golf weekend. Call 800-729-6455 for reservations or visit sawmillcreek.com.
Host a Co-ed Wedding Shower
Gone are the days of girls-only wedding showers where you play those goofy shower games. Experts say brides and grooms of today often opt for co-ed bridal showers to include the groom and other couples.
One option for a co-ed shower is a weekend getaway at America’s largest indoor water park, Kalahari Resorts located in Sandusky. Boogie board year round on FlowRider with its 50,000 gallons of water
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