Weekend Getaway at Kelleys Island, Ohio | Midwest Living

Weekend Getaway at Kelleys Island, Ohio

Nearby Put-in-Bay attracts bigger crowds, but Kelleys Island, the largest U.S. island in Lake Erie, has quiet appeal. Hop on the ferry in Marblehead, Ohio, for a scenic weekend of bike riding and shore time on one of the Midwest’s loveliest beaches.
Kelleys Island is just 4 miles north of Marblehead, Ohio, in Lake Erie. Photo Courtesy of Lake Erie Shores and Islands.
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Day 1

Our favorite place here is Kelleys Island State Park. The beach has ultraclear water, fine sand and a gentle slope that makes wading a treat. But first, you have to get to the island. The ferry ride takes 20 minutes; we suggest bringing your car. (419) 798-9763; kelleysislandferry.com

When you arrive, check in at Kelleys Island Venture Resort, an all-suites hotel with amenities (flat-screen TVs, landscaped pool) you expect from a good chain. From $245. (419) 746-2900; kiventureresort.com

There’s no on-site dining, but steps away, Kelleys Island Brewery is a great choice. Eat feta fries while enjoying the Lake Erie view. (419) 746-2314; kelleysislandbrewpub.com

Ready to explore the park? You can take soak up the sun, take a hike or rent kayaks. (419) 746-2546; ohiodnr.com Most visitors also check out the island’s glacial grooves, limestone channels carved by glaciers. ohiohistory.org

Day 2

Try the breakfast parfait and cinnamon toast at Kelleys Island Brewery. Then soak up the lush island scenery from bikes or golf carts; several companies offer rentals. Or spend the morning relaxing in the pool or hot tubs at Kelleys Island Venture Resort.

Round out your stay by visiting the smattering of souvenir shops on the island, and grab lunch at The Village Pump restaurant, a friendly spot popular with boaters. Sink into a giant plate of nachos or fish tacos, or sample the lobster bisque. (419) 746-2281; villagepump.com

For more information: Lake Erie Shores and Islands (800) 255-3743; shoresandislands.com

Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce (419) 746-2360; kelleysislandchamber.com


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