Lakeside Chautauqua named one of 10 ‘Best Little Beach Towns on Great Lakes’

A view of the Lakeside dock from Lake Erie. (Lakeside Chautauqua)

Lakeside Chautauqua is the only Ohio town named to Coastal Living’s list of 10 Best Little Beach Towns on the Great Lakes.

“Since 1874, Lakeside has been Ohio’s answer to New York’s Chautauqua,” the magazine writes. “Tidy 19th-century summer cottages remain the heart of this quiet beach town. Stroll the village’s Lakefront Path, overflowing beds of hollyhocks and black-eyed Susans to one side and the lapping Lake Erie surf to the other, before an evening of live music and author readings.”

Also on the Coastal Living list: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and Grand Haven, Michigan.

The 1-square-mile private Lakeside community on the Marblehead peninsula draws 150,000 visitors each year to the shores of Lake Erie. There’s a gate fee for guests 13 and older during the summer season, June 16 to Labor Day, which covers a myriad activities, from a state-of-the-art outdoor pool to evening concerts. Special events include a triathlon, cottage tour and plein air art festival.

“Until Labor Day, there are endless activities in the four Chautauqua pillars of recreation, education, art and religion that support Lakeside’s mission of nurturing mind, body and spirit,” says a release from Lakeside.

Lakeside was founded by the Methodist Church in 1873 and soon embraced the Chautauqua movement of spiritual enrichment and education, which began at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state.

Daily Lakeside passes are $23.50 for adults, $15.50 for youth 13-24 and free for 12 and younger. All daily passes are good until 7 p.m. the following day.

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