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9 Lake Erie festivals you won’t want to miss in summer 2018

By Laura Johnston | April 3, 2018

Getting set for summer? Think warm thoughts, and check out the most unique and fun festivals on Ohio’s Lake Erie shores, from June through August 2018. You can talk like a pirate — and dress like one too. You can run along the Cuyahoga River, compete in a stand-up paddleboard race, sip wine while eating…

Where to find waterfront dining on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 28, 2018

  Nothing better than sharing a meal with friends while watching the sun set on Lake Erie. Unfortunately, in Ohio, restaurants on the Great Lake are hard to find. Cleveland has only a few. (Thankfully Cleveland has plenty of waterfront dining in the Flats, on the Cuyahoga River.) That’s why we created a list of…

Announcing Lorain’s 2018 Rockin’ on the River line-up

By Laura Johnston | March 21, 2018

Lorain’s Rockin’ on the River opens May 25 with Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC tribute band. The summer Friday-and-Saturday night concert series at Black River Landing embraces all sorts of music, from country legends to boy bands. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the shows, which generally cost $5 and run until 11 p.m. You can…

Where to find beach glass on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 14, 2018

Lake Erie is a bastion of beach glass. Collecting beach glass (or sea glass, if you find it at the ocean) is meditation for thousands of beachcombers, who walk the shores hoping to find treasure: a rare pattern of sea pottery, a red sliver or purple jellybean of glass. A couple of reasons for the…

Where can you learn to sail on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | February 27, 2018

Want to learn to sail on Lake Erie? Sailing for years was on my bucket list. A pastime like scuba or golf, which I figured I’d get around to when I retired and had both time and money. But why wait? Plenty of organizations want to teach you the marvel of wind on water and…

Where can you rent a boat on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2018

Where can you rent a boat on Lake Erie? While jet skis and kayaks are plentiful, it’s harder than you’d think to find a powerboat to rent on Ohio’s North Coast. Here are a few spots you can rent a speed boat for an afternoon, or longer. Generally, you must be 18 or 21 years…

10 public boat launches near Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | October 4, 2017

Cuyahoga County has nearly a dozen private marinas and yacht clubs, but only four free, public boat ramps along its 30 miles of Lake Erie shoreline. “They’re few and far between for some reason,” said August J. Schill III, assistant marina manager for the Cleveland Metroparks. “They’re the ramps that were put in early in…