Kelleys Island – Lake Erie
Desperate for an island escape this summer? Look no further than the Lake Erie Islands, just a 45 minute drive (and a 20 minute boat ride) west of Cleveland, Ohio.
This summer we made our way to Kelleys Island to discover the best ways to enjoy the island. Of the Lake Erie Islands, Kelleys is the most laid back, take-it-easy, sip a drink while soaking up some sun, appreciate nature, lose connection from the rest of the world kind of island. Those most excited to arrive are those who aren’t in the mood for a huge party. Unless it’s Island Fest weekend, in which case everyone gathers downtown for a high energy island celebration, Kelleys is great for a romantic escape, a family outing, a slow-going trip with friends or a solo getaway.
The largest American island in Lake Erie, Kelleys in its entirety is on the National Register of Historic Sites. From the glacial grooves to architecturally pleasing historic neighborhoods, there’s a lot to see and do. Popular activities include, in no particular order:
- Bird watching
- Bike riding (This is one of the best ways to tour the island. Plan stops at the Glacial Grooves and the Quarry.)
- Scuba diving
- Watching the sunset (or rise)
- Enjoying the view
- Sipping a Brandy Alexander from the Village Pump or a Bloody Mary at the Casino
- Putt-putt golf
Golf Carts are the preferred mode of transportation on the island and there are plenty of places to lay your head including B&Bs, cottage rentals and one resort style hotel situated on Lake Erie complete with views from every room.
For a more private stay make reservations (well in advance, we’re talking a year or so here) at A Water’s Edge Retreat Luxury Bed & Breakfast where guests enjoy daily gourmet breakfast, homemade breads and pastries, guaranteed relaxation and a home away from home (where you don’t have to make your bed, scrub the shower or cook for the kids). For a slightly faster pace, make reservations at Kelleys Island Venture Resort. This lakefront hotel holds 31 suites, each equipped with refrigerator, microwave, internet access and patios with lake views. Other amenities include a swimming pool, hot tub, children’s playground, corn-hole, bicycles, and lake-side picnic tables, lounge chairs and grills free for guests of Kelleys Island Venture Resort.
– CA + FC