Life is better by the lake. Residents of Great Lakes towns would agree. And so do the folks at Wallethub, which compared 192 cities with populations between 10,000 and 150,000 and at least one beach listed on TripAdvisor.com. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Join this family-friendly event on any kind of paddlecraft, to raise money for upgrades to the Vermilion Port Authority kayak launch. Prizes will be given for the top three hands at the end of the event, approximately noon. There will also be door prizes, 50/50, and gift bags to the first 50 registrants. 

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Enjoy musical performances up and down Main Street and Liberty Avenue on the third Thursday, May through September. Come early for dinner and shopping and stay for the sunset at the Main Street Beach. The flowers are in bloom, the music is great and the atmosphere unbeatable.  

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The 11th Annual Main Street Vermilion Ice-A-Fair is a day-long family event filled with glistening sculptures, ice carving demos and more! You’ll find more than 30 shops, restaurants and pubs open to welcome visitors, plus Jolly the Snowman and Pete the Penguin. Add a visit to Ritter Public Library to experience Friends of Library Chocolate…

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Main Street Vermilion invites everyone, young and old, to bundle up and gather riverside at McGarvey’s Landing for the arrival of our Christmas Tree Ship, an icebreaker loaded with Christmas trees and holiday cheer. It’s a heartwarming sight to see the breaker make its way down the river with a US Coast Guard escort, which…

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Heidi Backus Riddle of Vermilion has been sailing since she was 10. A former Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, she’s still sailing — and winning. See what she has to say about the male-dominated world of sailing and her boat, Nuts, on our sister website, cleveland.com.

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Dancing at the Docks, hosted by the Vermilion Port Authority, is filled with music, friendship and the wonderful sounds of the Swing City Big Big Band. Bring a chair or your dancing shoes and some refreshments and a night outdoors along the Vermilion River — uniquely Vermilion.

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Buy a piece of Vermilion history in the Captain Bell House, a 3,500-square-foot Italianate home divided into three suites, with a cottage on the property. The 1876 home priced at $595,000 sits at 5770 Liberty Avenue, the charming town’s main drag, about a 7-minute walk from Main Street Beach. The house was built by a…

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The sixth summer 2018 stop of the FIT Family Series includes a swim in Lake Erie, a bike course on country roads a run through historic downtown Vermilion. There are kids races and mini, sprint and Olympic distances for adults. You can also create a relay team. Saturday Kidz Races 10 & Under Triathlon: 100y…

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The second annual Vermilion Beach Market at Sherod Park is a chance to shop by the beach from over 60 vendors for vintage, shabby and chic decor including furniture, architectural salvage, as well as jewelry, clothing, art and more. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated annually to the Vermilion Parks…

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