Before summer ends, take a romantic Lake Erie escape with your love. (Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash)

Want to savor the end of summer with your sweetheart?

The crowds on the beaches have cleared, with the impending start of school. The water is warm. And we have plenty of sunny September weekends to anticipate.

So pack a bag and escape to the shores of Lake Erie, to a favorite haunt or a new destination you can’t wait to explore.

RocktheLake discovered six romantic resorts and B&Bs on Erie shores where you can unwind,  relish a glass of wine and dig your toes into the sand while you watch the sun set.

Romance the Lake is a RocktheLake series brought to you by Peter & Co. Jewelers in Avon Lake.  Throughout 2018, we’re bringing you the most swoonworthy stories of love on the lake. Because Lake Erie not only rocks, it romances.

  1. South Beach Resort Hotel, Port Clinton

The resort on Sandusky Bay offers a hotel, cottages, spa and marina, with three pools, a whirlpool, shuffleboard court and private beach.



2. A Water’s Edge Retreat, Kelleys Island

The upscale bed and breakfast is the only three-diamond AAA inn in the area. It includes a gourmet breakfast buffet, golf carts, bicycles and luxury waterfront guest suites.


3. Captain Bell House, Vermilion

This historic bed and breakfast belonged to Captain Bell, one of more than 50 Great Lakes ship captains who lived in Vermilion. Eat breakfast at Granny Joe’s, stroll around the quaint town or have a sumptuous dinner at Chez Francois in this small town on a Great Lake.

4. Lakehouse Inn, Geneva-on-the-Lake

Relax on the tiered patios on Lake Erie, or dip your toes in the water from a private beach. This bed and breakfast also features a full production winery, farm-to-table restaurant and a luxury spa. You can check out the nearby wineries of the Grand River Valley, go on a zipline adventure overlooking Lake Erie or walk the classic resort strip of Geneva-on-the-Lake.


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5. Lakeview on the Lake, Erie, Pennsylvania

Stay in a hotel room or a cottage, and enjoy sunsets and a heated outdoor pool. You can relax on Adirondack chairs or explore wine country. 


6. Barcelona Lakeside, Westfield, New York

Tour wine country, go for a bike ride, relax in a hot tub, enjoy a fire in the fire pit, linger in the gardens or watch the stars rise over Lake Erie. Barcelona Lakeside offers breakfast, plus a rotating tapas menu of seasonal ingredients and local craft beer and wine selections.