Lynne Thompson

For Dan and Evelyn Buckey, ’tis the season to celebrate with friends and family in one of their favorite places in the world — the village of Lakeside, Ohio.
Owning a Lyman boat means owning a piece of the past. But, thanks to a new collaboration, the classic wooden boats are getting more love — and expert care — than they’ve seen in decades. 

When the house of their dreams became available on the shores of Chautauqua Lake, Donna and Stewart Kohl embraced the challenge of bringing the home back to ‘perfection.’


How one Rocky River family transformed a house built in the 1990s into the classic lakefront abode it always wanted.

Luis Proenza couldn’t afford to buy the sailboat he always wanted, so he built one himself — a journey that took 16 years to complete.
After a fire devoured its third floor, the Steele Mansion sat roofless, vacant and decaying for nearly 10 years. It was slated for demolition when Carol and Arthur Shamakian came along with dreams of converting the former residence into an upscale inn. Now, as the mansion opens its doors, we take a look at the finished product, as well as the work that went into restoring the mansion’s former glory.
Imagine escaping to the fruit-filled fields of the Niagara Escarpment, spending the afternoon playing mini golf overlooking the water in Lakeside, Ohio, or canoeing at Point Pelee National Park along Canada’s North Shore. There’s a fresh perch sandwich waiting for you in Port Clinton, Ohio, and a bar chair by the sand calling your name in Port Stanley, Ontario. The Lake Erie region just keeps getting better and better. So explore and enjoy. 

What’s your thing? The thrill of walking on a high wire through treetops or the pleasure of sipping a Chardonnay on a patio overlooking the vineyards? Are you in the mood to explore a pirate ship or discover an outdoor sculpture garden? Should your weekend plans include a covered bridge tour or a ride on a classic wooden boat? Happily, Lake Erie’s shores have something for everyone. So, grab the family or a friend and set out to find your own fun.

Bemus Point Vacation Home

Discover the Westrick family’s captivating home away from home on New York's Chautauqua Lake.

Dena Fisher, the mastermind behind Dena's Table, reveals how Lake House Design helped her transform the heart of the home into a beautiful and efficient canvas to create crowd-pleasing culinary creations.

The temperatures will start to drop any day. But the Lake Erie region’s arts-and-entertainment scene is just beginning to heat up. Calendars at theaters, concert halls and arenas are filling up with touring productions of plays that have earned Tony Awards and rave reviews on Broadway, as well as performances by local, regional, national and international artists. 
The Jackson family had been vacationing on Chautauqua Lake for years when they finally got the chance to build their own 
Frank Llyod Wright-inspired get-away.
It used to be a brothel, but when Nikki Lloyd and Ryan Whaley set eyes on the red brick building in Sandusky, Ohio, they saw only potential. Now, it’s a place where they live, work and serve drinks from a new speakeasy-style bar.
Jack and Mary Ellen Thinnes bought their Kelleys Island house as a retreat from long workweeks on the mainland. They never imagined how much time the residence would require — or how much fun they would have doing it.
Lanée and Jay Lucarelli had no intention of buying a more than 100-year-old mansion on Lake Erie — that is, until they set foot in it. 

An Ohio couple’s love of entertaining at Lakeside inspired them to buy and renovate a second property — just for family and friends.

A lakefront cottage in Huron, Ohio, is reborn as a year-round residence.

Built on the foundation of an old boat house, this guest house boasts both style and substance.

From sun-dappled afternoons spent sipping wine to action-packed nights at the blackjack table, Ontario has all the ingredients for a perfect summer getaway.

Maintenance-free living gives the Schlachter family more time to enjoy their Vermilion, Ohio, cottage. 

  Cleveland Browns Coach Pat Shurmer and his wife, Jennifer, began their house-hunting with no intention of living on the water.   

A huge country music festival on a small island? Tim Niese made it happen, drawing the likes of Toby Keith, Kid Rock and — this year — Luke Bryan to play at one of Put-in-Bay's most popular weekends of the year.

It was slated for the wrecking ball, but this Chautauqua Lake cottage proved to be “too cute” to tear down. 
Frustrated by the (always crooked) collection of frames on your wall? Here's a new way to display your memories.