Skip the saltwater and plan your next vacation along the coast of this Lake Erie Island beach town.

Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie Islands

The Key West of the North offers a festive island vibe that’s packed with family fun, casual dining, a lively bar scene, fascinating history and captivating Lake Erie views. “There is so much going on — great food, wonderful shops and fun attractions, so if you want lots of options, you’ll find it at Put-in-Bay,” says Jill Bauer, public relations manager of Shores & Islands Ohio.

Dine PIB Style:
If cocktail umbrellas and walleye bites are on your list, the Keys’ ( waterfront with boardwalk seating and live entertainment delivers. The Boardwalk and the Upper Deck ( offers views for miles and renowned lobster bisque. The Forge ( crepe restaurant serves up unexpected, delicate fare that’s not just for breakfast. Meanwhile, Goat Soup & Whiskey ( introduces from-scratch farm-to-table plates enhanced with the property’s garden-grown herbs and veggies, along with a generous whiskey drink menu, microbrews and more.

Get Busy:
Take the elevator 352 feet to the top of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial ( Rent a jet ski at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals ( or stick to land and board the Put-in-Bay Tour Train ( — an hourlong open-air trolley guided ride.

Stay Awhile:
Bayshore Resort ( offers water views, two pools, a tiki bar and modern rooms. “It’s close to the monument and downtown — it’s nice for families,” Bauer says. For larger groups, Put-in-Bay Condos’ units can sleep up to 12 people ( 

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