Fall in love with fall on Lake Erie. (Rhand McCoy, Unsplash)

Dig your toes into the sun-warmed sand and savor the smell of a bonfire. Because while it lacks the sexiness of summer, fall on the beach can be remarkably beautiful.

Here are five reasons to fall in love with fall on a Lake Erie beach.

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1. No crowds: The lifeguards are gone, and so are the hordes of sunbathers, little kid splashers and old guys in Speedos. You’ve got the place to yourself, and your sweetheart. Take a stroll in the surf and revel in that alone time.

2. Bonfires: Most public beaches — including the Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation — ban bonfires. But if you’ve got access to a private one, go for it. Watch the flames crackle and roast some marshmallows as the sun sets. For a no-fuss option, relax around the fire pit at Merwin’s Wharf on the Cuyahoga River.

3. Clam bakes: Sick of the hamburgers and hot dogs of summer barbecues? Then host a clambake at a picnic pavilion near the beach. You can order a clambake prepared, or make a production out of it with friends.

4. Rolled up jeans and cozy cable-knit sweaters: It’s sweater season! Is there anything cozier than a cable knit on a cool night? Cuddle up on a blanket together and watch the moon reflect off the water.

5. Beach glass and driftwood: You can get doozies of storms in the fall, which means lots of wave action to stir up the lake and deliver treasures to the beach. After a big storm, hunt for beach glass and washed up wood. Christmas presents!