Lake Erie Shores and Islands welcomed more than 11 million visitors last year, up 1 million from 2017, according to visitors bureau statistics. Lake Erie Shores and Islands President Larry Fletcher presented the figures at the annual State of Tourism address Thursday at Catawba Island Club. The visitors bureau covers both Erie and Ottawa counties,…

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Families have come from California, Arizona, New Jersey, to vacation in Fairport Harbor. They’ve all rented one of the seven townhouses steps from Lake Erie and the Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park. The townhouses, available on Airbnb are changing the tourism game in town. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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Looking to try stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Erie this summer? The cool, calm sport is an easy way to get out on the water. And it’s growing like crazy. The Outdoor Foundation didn’t even include stand-up paddleboarding – or SUP, which migrated from Hawaii to California in 2004 — in its annual survey until 2010.…

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Bridge Street was a boomtown, built up over a few years, when railroads connected Ashtabula Harbor to the mills of Youngstown and Pittsburgh and iron ore and coal streamed in and out. Near the turn of the 20th century, as many as 65 boats waited, loaded and unloaded by hundreds of immigrants who worked hard,…

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At one point, Sandusky was the largest American producer of ice west of the Hudson River. The ice blocks men harvested from Sandusky Bay were shipped as far as New Orleans, said James Miller, history chair of the city’s bicentennial celebration. “About 25 percent of all able bodied men in the city participated in the…

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