20 Great Lakes Getaways
Vintage boardwalk fun draws families to the summer resort town of Geneva-on-the-Lake, while the surrounding wine country offers upscale restaurants and fine wines to sample.
Five Fun Stops
1 The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, a resort near Geneva State Park, has contemporary country-inn appeal. A delightful 2-mile paved path links the lodge to the state park beach (866/826-9975; thelodgeatgeneva.com).
2 Patrons at Ferrante Winery and Ristorante sample hearty Italian dishes and wonderful wines made on-site, about 9 miles south of Geneva-on-the-Lake (440/466-8466; ferrantewinery.com).
3 A charming soda fountain and old-fashioned malts draw customers to Ree's Corner in downtown Geneva-on-the-Lake (440/466-0785; reescorner.com).
4 Try to visit South River Vineyard at sunset, when the views are spectacular. About 10 miles south of Geneva-on-the-Lake, this winery is housed in a classic, white-steepled church, where the sun streams into the tasting room through stained-glass windows (440/466-6676; southrivervineyard.com).
5 The Lakehouse Inn and Winery (pictured), one of the area's only wineries on the lake, features a glassed-in tasting room with great views of Lake Erie, as well as cottages, a B&B and restaurant (440/466-8688; thelakehouseinn.com).