Ring in the new year with romance

By Laura Johnston | December 20, 2018

It’s the most romantic time of the year.  New Year’s Eve, and you need a fun party to celebrate with your love. From walleye to galas, check out five fun New Year’s parties on Lake Erie on

6 spots to romance the holidays on Lake Erie: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | November 26, 2018

The weather outside is frightful. But Lake Erie can still be delightful in December — especially if you’re viewing it from a roaring fire.  So snuggle up with your sweetie, ignore the shopping list for a weekend (or at least an evening) and head to Ohio’s North Coast for a relaxing, romantic break from the…

5 reasons to love fall on a Lake Erie beach: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | September 28, 2018

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. Romance the Lake is a RocktheLake series brought to you…

Six romantic end-of-summer escapes on Lake Erie: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | August 23, 2018

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…

What jewelry should you wear to the beach? Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | July 27, 2018

Can you wear your good jewelry to the beach? Absolutely! The freshwater of Lake Erie poses no issues for fine metals like gold and silver, or to hard gemstones like diamonds, rubies or sapphires, said Tammy Oreskovic-Geraci of Peter & Co. Jewelers. But you’ve gotta watch out for sunscreen and sand. “That sand is everywhere,…

Looking for the most romantic date on Lake Erie? Splurge on a sunset dinner at the Lorain Lighthouse

By Laura Johnston | June 1, 2018

Imagine dinner on the platform of a historic lighthouse, four courses with four wines as the sun sets over Lake Erie. The Lorain Lighthouse Foundation, working with the Jackalope Lakeside restaurant, hosts the dinners Tuesday-Thursday from June 12 through Sept. 11 at the light, built in 1917 by the Army Corps of Engineers. The white…

6 Mother’s Day brunches on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | May 2, 2018

I gotta say, Mother’s Day is my favorite holiday. It’s like the whole world is celebrating moms. And we don’t have to cook or clean or — hopefully — chastise our kids. Yes, guys, Mother’s Day is coming up. Write it down. It’s Sunday, May 13. When I was a kid, every year, we asked…

Where to go and what to pack for a romantic picnic on Lake Erie: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | April 20, 2018

Pack a picnic and wow your date on the shores of Lake Erie. The concept is deceptively simple: a little food al fresco. But a picnic shows your thoughtfulness. Add a plaid blanket in a classic basket, and you’ve got a picturesque setting that will make your Instagram followers swoon. We haven’t quite reached beach…

12 amazing spots to take wedding photos on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 23, 2018

You’ve got your groom, or your bride. You’ve picked out the flowers and the gown or the tux. Now what backdrop would be best for wedding photos you’ll treasure forever? Lake Erie, obviously.  Do you want a snappy bright blue sky and rollicking waves that scream HAPPIEST DAY OF OUR LIVES! Or are you going…

Falling in love on Lake Erie: Valentine stories

By Laura Johnston | February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! To honor the most romantic and gushy of holidays — and remind you that, yes, the ice will eventually melt and the weather will be warm again — we’re featuring the stories of three couples who fell in love on Lake Erie. That love transcends the lake’s pink-and-orange sunsets, and strolls on…