Posts by Laura Johnston

Summer Solstice Sunset contest! Send us your photos

It’s sunset season! We’re celebrating the summer solstice — the longest, lightest day of the year — with our RocktheLake’s first-ever Summer Solstice Sunset contest. (Remember the boat name contest we held in December?) We want to see your best photos of sunsets on Lake Erie! We’ll publish our favorites on RocktheLake’s Facebook, Instagram and…

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What to do with kids on Kelleys Island

Bring your bikes to Kelleys Island. The largest of Ohio’s Lake Erie islands, Kelleys offers 30 miles of winding, open roads to cruise. So you can check out the glacial grooves, state park and hiking trails at your leisure. Don’t do what I did: make your kids scooter 3.6 miles from the Kelleys Island Ferry…

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Watch the first sail race of Cleveland Race Week

The sailboats rounded the neon marker, throwing up bright-patterned spinnakers and heading downwind. Eighteen Tartan 10s, competing in the Lake Erie Championship, the first race of Cleveland Race Week 2018. Edgewater Yacht Club hosts the regatta every year, nine days of races, parties and camaraderie among a tight-knit sailing community. Over the first three days…

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Join the sailing fun at Cleveland Race Week

  The sailboats are coming! Friday kicks off Cleveland Race Week, the biggest sailing regatta on Lake Erie, hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club. The 38th annual competition runs through June 24, which means you’ll see lots of stark white sails and colorful spinnakers across the Cleveland skyline. Nearly 400 boats competed last year, with sailors…

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Tour the U.S.S. Cod in Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor

Descend through the hatch of the U.S.S. Cod, and you travel back in time. Here, in the forward torpedo room of the submarine, it’s 1945: from the music on the speakers to the 3,000-pound torpedoes sandwiched between vinyl bunk beds. “We want everything to look like it’s lived in,” said Cod operations assistant Dave Krejci.…

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Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island with the kids

I think the golf carts were their favorite part. In one day at Put-in-Bay, I took my 5- and 7-year-old up to the top of Perry’s Monument, down to Perry’s Cave, around the state park and in to an ice cream shop. But their favorite? Fighting over the front seat in the golf cart as…

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Bratenahl for $995,000: Lake Erie House of the Week

This stone, cedar and brick colonial in the gated Lake Harbor Court in Bratenahl has detailing throughout its 6,400 square feet. The three-story home on Lake Erie was built in 2003 and is priced at $995,000. It has has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. The house also features bamboo floors, a…

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