A Weekend Getaway to Put-in-Bay, Ohio

With Spring and Summer quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to start booking your vacation plans.

Did you know you can get an island experience in Ohio?

Put-in-Bay is a small village located on South Bass Island where it’s always 5 o’clock. The harbor served as an operations base for Oliver Hazard Perry in the War of 1812. More than 200 years later, the party island attracts more thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. 

Getting There
Put-in-Bay is quick four-hour drive up to Port Clinton, Ohio, followed by a ferry ride across Lake Erie. There are two ferry options. The Jet Express dock is located downtown Port Clinton and is a 30-minute boat ride. Tickets are $33 round trip for adults. The Miller Ferry dock is located in Catawba, Ohio. What makes this ferry unique is that you can take your vehicle on the boat to use on the island, although you won’t need it. The Miller Ferry is 20 minute boat ride and is only $14 round trip for adults. It will drop you off on the South side of the island where a lot of golf carts will be ready for you to rent for the weekend. 

Where to Stay
Now is the time to start booking your lodging reservations as the island fills up quickly. There are numerous hotels with swim up bars in their pools, condos, resorts and adorable bed and breakfasts. If you are planning for a large group of guests, The Island Club is your best bet. It’s perfect for bachelorette parties, fishing trips and family reunions. Feeling adventurous? You can also camp at the South Bass Island State Park

What to Do
Golf carts are the way to get around and explore the entire island. While the main strip of Put-in-Bay houses several bars and restaurants, it’s well worth your time to explore the island. You can visit tourist attractions like Perry’s Cave, The Butterfly House, Put-in-Bay Winery or the Antique Car Museum. Bring your clubs and enjoy a round of golf at Saunders Resort Golf Course, a 9-hole Par 3 course. You can also enjoy a round of miniature golf at War of 18 Holes. As far as water activities go, kayaking, jet-skiing and parasailing are great ways to enjoy Lake Erie. 

Where to Eat and Drink
The Boardwalk is home of the famous Lobster Bisque served in a bread bowl, and many other fresh seafood options including live Maine Lobster, Alaskan King Crab, shrimp and Lake Erie Perch. The Boardwalk is also home to four bars that offer a 180 degree view of the lake. 

If you are looking for a place to kick off your sandals, relax with sand between your toes and literally “swing” at the bar, Mojito Bay is the place for you. Their motto, “Drink in hand, toes in sand,” is the vibe you’ll experience. They offer 25 different mojitos as well as full bar service. 

If world records are your thing, you’ll want to check out the world’s longest bar at Beer Barrel Saloon. This bar is the perfect place to listen to live music while enjoying a syringe shot. 

"The world's longest permanent bar is the 405-ft-10-in-long counter in the "Beer Barrel Saloon" at Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, OH, opened in 1989."
(Excerpt from the 1994 Edition of the Guinness World Book of Records)

Make sure to stop by Tipper’s, next to Beer Barrel Saloon for a breakfast buffet. It will be the perfect cure to your hangover before you hop on the ferry to had back to the Queen City.

Put-in-Bay, Ohio is just a few hours away and is a perfect destination for a Summer weekend vacation. Cheers to warmer weather and Summer vacation.

Jackie Reau