Ford Tri-Motor Tour at Put-in-Bay Ohio

Ford Tri-Motor Tour

Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight.

Liberty Air Museum in conjunction with EAA will be flying the TAT Ford Trimotor out of the Put-in-Bay Port Authority Airport for one day only August 6th, 9-5pm.

Ford Tri Motor

The Liberty Aviation Museum has announced a change in location for the original tour stop for August 6th 9am-5pm. We are in the process of turning this one-day tour stop into a dual promotion for the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation’s 1929 Island Airlines Ford Tri-Motor project. The THF trailer will be there to sell merchandise on the island, with all proceeds benefiting the other Island Airlines Ford Tri-Motor in the museum’s second hangar. Rides will take place between 9am-5pm (weather permitting) at Put-In-Bay airport. We look forward to this tour stop as the beginning of many more future tour stops at the island! Advance tickets* are available at or by calling 1.877.952.5395. The cost is just $75 for adults and $50 for children under 18.

*$5.00 from each seat sold in Liberty Aviation Museum’s 1928 Ford Tri-Motor will go directly to the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation for the support of the Island Airlines Ford Tri-Motor project. Click on the link below to get your tickets today!

EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor Takes to the Skies! Affectionately known as the “Tin Goose,” this was the largest civilian passenger aircraft of its time. Fly on the Ford August 6th!


The Battle of Lake Erie

“We have met the enemy and they are ours.”

While Put-in-Bay gets summer visitors from all over the world, most come from the Midwest. Put-in-Bay Ohio is known throughout the region as a great place for a summer getaway staycation. However, not a lot of people are aware of just how much history the island holds. Perhaps the most famous example is the role the island and its surrounding waters played in the War of 1812. Put-in-Bay was the theater for one of the most significant naval engagements of the 1800’s – the Battle of Lake Erie.

Before the Battle of Lake Erie

Like any historical conflict on American soil, there is a wealth of information out there for anyone who would like to dive more deeply into the details of the War of 1812. As such, describing the backdrop for the Battle of Lake Erie will be brief. The relevant information pertaining to the events that occurred at Put-in-Bay is that up until the Battle of Lake Erie, Britain was beating America in the War of 1812. The British Navy already had forces in Lake Erie when the war began, so they took control of it immediately. Detroit was occupied by British forces in the Siege of Detroit, and American morale was low. But on September 10th, 1813, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry altered American history forever with his naval victory, which took place in the shadow of Put-in-Bay.

The Conflict Begins

On that fateful morning, a lookout on the Lawrence, which was Commodore Perry’s flagship, spotted the British fleet at 5 AM. The lookout on the British ship, the Queen Charlotte, spotted the American fleet soon after. The forces were about 10 miles apart at 7 AM and in a bit of a standoff. The British fleet, consisting of a schooner, a sloop, two ships and two brigs, seemed to have the early advantage in the engagement thanks to the wind. However, and thankfully for the American fleet, the weather was fickle that day. The wind shifted at approximately 10 AM, which gave Commodore Perry the advantage. The American fleet, made up of three brigs, five schooners and a sloop, could now choose when and how to engage their enemy.

The first shots of the battle were fired at 11:45 AM by British ships, whose guns had slightly longer range. These long range shots made it difficult for Perry to get his strongest ship, the Lawrence, into battle. The ship had to withstand these volleys for nearly a half hour until they were finally close enough for their own armaments. This extra time under fire took its toll on the Lawrence, and it was disabled at 1:30 PM, having had its sails ripped to shreds by British ordnance.

Things were looking bad for the Americans, but Commodore Perry had one more trick up his sleeve. Along with a small compliment of men, he hopped onto a rowboat and moved through British fire to take command of the Niagara, the other large brig in the American fleet. The British forces were expecting this to lead to an eventual retreat. But instead, Perry brought the Niagara in close to the Queen Charlotte and Detroit, which were already heavily damaged after colliding with each other. The Niagara got into a position where the British ships couldn’t effectively return fire, and unloaded her cannons. The Queen Charlotte and Detroit couldn’t manage to get themselves untangled in time to fight back, and just 15 minutes after defeat seemed inescapable, Commodore Perry had captured the entire British fleet.

After the Battle

Commodore Perry wrote a letter to William Henry Harrison, Major General of the American ground forces in the region and eventual President of the United States, to inform him of the victory. The first line of this letter is one of the most famous phrases in United States military history. The letter read, in its entirety:

Dear General: We have met the enemy and they are ours. Two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop. Yours with great respect and esteem, O. H. Perry

The impact of this victory cannot be overstated. American forces maintained control of Lake Erie for the rest of the War of 1812. Possession of the lake enabled an immediate campaign to reclaim Detroit. It also allowed a strategic redistribution of forces, because the threat of an attack on Ohio or Pennsylvania was eliminated with control of the lake.

If the Battle of Lake Erie is of interest to you, then a trip to Put-in-Bay is necessary. You can learn more about the battle through primary sources like Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. This National Park Service site is the fourth-tallest monument in America, and the tallest Doric column in the world. The observation deck provides incredible views of the portion of the lake where the battle took place. The Visitor’s Center on-site acts as a museum for the battle, filled with fascinating memorabilia. Another point of interest is the cannonball memorial in DeRivera Park. There are three American and three British soldiers buried at Perry’s monument, but that wasn’t their first resting place. They were originally buried in what is now DeRivera Park. A memorial made from cannonballs marks the original burial spot. These soldiers were buried together as a display of unity between America, Canada and Britain, and the peace between the three countries continues to this day.

More Info

Information about the Battle of Lake Erie adapted from “The Struggle For Control of Lake Erie” (Part II) by Robert J. Dodge, in the Northwest Ohio Quarterly, Vol. XXXVO, No. 2, Spring, 1964, pp. 70-97

Put-in-Bay Memorial Day Weekend Island Specials

This Memorial Day Weekend, the Put-in-Bay community honors the service of our US Veterans and all Active Duty Service Personnel with Island Specials.

The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce members and businesses of South Bass Island are sharing these special offers for our active duty police/fire/EMS/military and veterans of our Armed Forces. Please check with the individual business to confirm discounts.


chicken patio
Chicken Patio Grill
  • Boardwalk Main & Upper Deck – 10% off any food item (does not include alcohol).
  • Cameo Pizza – $2.00 off a large and $1.00 off a medium pizza.
  • Chicken Patio – $5.00 off a chicken dinner.
  • Dairy Isle – 10% off any food item.
  • Hooligan’s – 10% off any food item (does not include alcohol).
  • J.F. Walleye’s (Middle Bass Island) – 50% off vacation rentals, golf cart rental and breakfast buffet.
  • Mossbacks Restaurant – 50% off for veterans and active duty military on Memorial Day.
  • Pasquale’s Cafe – 25% off meal (does not include alcohol).
  • Put-in-Bay Brewing Company – Free souvenir pint glass with any purchase.
  • Reel Bar – 20% off total food bill (does not include alcohol).
  • T & J’s Smokehouse – 15% total off food bill (does not include alcohol).
  • The Keys – 10% off any food item (does not include alcohol).


Put In Bay Shopping
Country House Gift Shop
  • Candy Bar – 10% discount.
  • Country House Gifts – 10% discount.
  • Freshwater Remedies Gift Shop – 20% off merchandise.
  • Put-in-Bay Surf Shop – 25% discount.
  • The Bucket Shop – 10% discount.


Put in Bay Condos Pool
Put in Bay Condos Pool
  • Condo and House Rental Golf Carts – $20 extra discount off the already discounted weekend rates! (Put-in-Bay Condos and Island Club guests only)
  • E’s Golf Carts – $10 off of the daily rate for active and military veterans police, firefighters, and EMS with a valid military ID.
  • Island Bike & Cart Rental – $5.00 off daily golf cart rental.
  • Island Club – Memorial Day Triple Bonus Weekend Special: #1 Bonus: Saturday Booking Restrictions lifted! Memorial Weekend Only! #2- Double Bonus: Get an extra night FREE at ANY home booked for Memorial Day Weekend! 3- Triple Bonus: Book a golf cart for Memorial Day Weekend, and get an EXTRA $20 off! Based on availability. New reservations only. Discounts can not be combined. Call 216-898-9951 to book.
  • Jet-Express – $2 off/person Military Discount (up to 6 people per military ID).
  • Miller Ferry – free transportation to Put-in-Bay or Middle Bass Island.
  • Park Hotel Golf Cart Rental – $5.00 off cart rental (day rate only).
  • Put-in-Bay Condos – $100 off any Memorial Day stay (2 night minimum).


Heinemans Winery
Heinemans Winery
  • Heineman’s Winery – 50% off combo tours. Pay only $4.00 for a winery tour, cave tour and a glass of wine or juice.
  • Island Club Taxi Service – $3/pp rides anywhere on the island. Kids 3 and under ride free!
  • Lime Kiln Bus – free transportation & $1.00 off for adult family members.
  • Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center – free admission to Perry’s Cave & $1.00 off for adult family members.
  • Put-in-Bay Condos Taxi Shuttle – $3 taxi rides, per person. Newest and friendliest fleet of taxis on the island.
  • Put-in-Bay Tour Train – free tour & $1.00 off for adult family members.
  • The Butterfly House – free admission & $1.00 off for adult family members.

The Fine Print: Each business is privately owned and operated and discounts are subject to change without notice.

Amazing Island Raise returns to the Lake Erie Islands

The 2018 Amazing Island Raise will match local teams of competitors in a race on South Bass Island on Saturday, June 9, challenging mainland racers to gather their friends and compete in this one of a kind Lake Erie Island event.

Teams of four to six adults will battle it out to see which team has what it takes to be the Amazing Raise champion. Teams will ride the Miller Ferry to Put-in- Bay on South Bass Island, where the clues and challenges will take place. Once the winner has been declared, the teams can remain on the Island to enjoy the rest of the day and return on the ferry when they are ready.

The entry fee of $40 per person will cover the cost of round trip transportation to the island on the Miller Ferry Line, as well as a team t-shirt and food and refreshments at the finale location. The fun will begin when teams gather at 11AM at the Catawba Island docks of the Miller Ferry, which will head to the islands at 12PM.

Competitors must be at least 18 years of age. Each team must bring at least one digital camera or smart phone, and wear tennis shoes. Teams will be provided with “The Amazing Raise” team t-shirts, drawstring backpacks and food after the event.

Teams must start planning now, with a registration deadline of May 25. For more information contact or visit The first 30 teams to submit their registration will be accepted, so don’t delay in entering the fun competition.

The event will benefit Joyful Connections and CASA, two great child-focused agencies in Ottawa County that advocate for children, providing safe and home-like environments and advocating for children in the juvenile courts.

Put-in-Bay Real Estate at Banyan Cove

Choice Put-in-Bay Real Estate is currently available at Banyan Cove.  Realize the dream of having your very own piece of the Rock.  A second home on an island like no other.

Banyan Cove is located just steps from all of the night life of Put-in-Bay.  Great food, famous bars and fun activities await.  Yet, these steps are enough to make it a quiet and restful place when you return home.  First, enjoy the lovely private courtyard and landscaped grounds.  Then, imagine entertaining with family and friends on a beautiful island night.

Banyan Cove Interior

The finishes are exceptional with granite counter tops, ceramic tiled floors and solid wood cabinetry.  Also, owners at Banyan Cove can opt for a membership at a nearby private club.  Here, members can enjoy a wonderful pool area for adults and children.  Also, the club offers additional facilities, a fabulous restaurant and more for members.

Superb Put-in-Bay Real Estate: Banyan Cove II Stats

put-in-bay real estate
Banyan Cove
  • 14 Units
  • Put-in-Bay City Water & Sewer
  • Year Round Access
  • Low Maintentance
  • Ideal Location
  • Sleek Modern Design

So, what are you waiting for?  Wake up each morning to the rising sun in your modern, well appointed condominium.  Moreover, there are one, two and three bedroom configurations within Banyan Cove II.  The time has come to quit renting, and opt for a comfortable, stylish Put-in-Bay vacation home of your own.  With year round access, you’ll be ice fishing in the Winter and parade riding in the Summer, always with a place to stay.  So, come home to Banyan Cove, your island oasis.

Contact for Put-in-Bay Real Estate


Rudy Cooks and Ken Spero are ready to assist with buying your own Put-in-Bay home, every step of the way.  Furthermore, they have years of experience in assisting those yearning to live the island life.  Wisdom from knowing the nuances of living on an island are truly invaluable. Moreover, with their help, can become an islander with ease.  So, take the plunge and call them today for a showing.


PUT-IN-BAY, OHIO (April 17, 2018) – If “Life is a Highway,” that highway is leading to Put-in-Bay and Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands this summer thanks to a Grammy-award-winning country music mega-group!

On August 30, Put-in-Bay Ohio will host its second annual Bash on the Bay Country Music Festival featuring Ohio’s own Rascal Flatts! The performance is a part of Rascal Flatts “Back to US” tour.

Bash on the Bay Logo
Bash on the Bay Logo

The festival will take place at the Put-in-Bay Airport. Gates will open at 3 PM. Several bands will play before Rascal Flatts takes the stage, including Chris Lane, The Cory Farley Band and 2 more acts that will be announced soon!

Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, April 20. through Gate times will be announced soon. Miller Ferry and Jet Express will provide late night boat service to and from Put-in-Bay. Limited car parking will be available and there will be ample parking for golf carts at the airport. After the event taxis and the downtown bus will be staged at the north end of the runway to transport concert attendee’s downtown. Numerous food trucks will be on site with all sorts of menu choices.

Bash on the Bay Acts

Our headlining act this year is Ohio’s own Rascal Flatts! If any act embodies the place to which country music has evolved in the new century, it is Rascal Flatts. Since their inception in 1999, the trio has helped change the face of popular music. Their trademark sound–Gary LeVox’s powerfully emotive lead vocals coupled with the soaring harmonies of Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, set amid world-class arrangements and production, have made the band the standard bearers for cutting-edge country.

Chris Lane takes the stage right before Rascal Flatts this year. Since releasing the buzzy “Fix,” Lane racked up shout-outs from celebrities such as Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Lucy Hale, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, and more. He landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Twitter Real-Time Emerging Artist chart the day of release, making the irresistible song one of the most shared tracks on Twitter in the U.S. from an up-and-coming artist. “Fix” shaped Lane’s sonic direction and is the title track of his newly released EP produced by the award-winning Joey Moi.

Cory Farley is one of Nashville’s hottest acts. He was one of the opening acts at last year’s bash and has become the island’s top country act at T&J’s SmokeHouse. His energy radiates throughout all his shows and he brings the same excitement no matter if he is playing down on Broadway or on a little island in the middle of Lake Erie.

Lodging Options and Specials

Island Club House 111
Island Club House 111

1-night Stay on Thursday Aug 30th

12p Waterfront Condo – $650
10p Waterfront Condo – $550
8p Poolview Condo – $400

8p Island Club House – $400
10p Island Club House – $450

3-night Stay on Labor Day Weekend

12p Waterfront Condo – $2100
10p Waterfront Condo – $1800
8p Poolview Condo – $1200

8p Island Club House – $1300
10p Island Club House – $1600

Call 216-898-9951 for reserving one of these lodging specials and/or more information. (PLEASE NOTE… tickets are NOT included in the lodging prices above! Tickets and packages are only for sale via

Put-in-Bay SUmmer Boating
Put-in-Bay Summer Boating

The Ultimate Rascal Flatts Experience

Are you a super fan and want to experience Rascal Flatts in a new way? Choose one of these two ticket packages on (PLEASE NOTE… tickets are NOT included in the lodging prices above! Tickets and packages are only for sale via

Take Me There VIP Experience

One (1) VIP Ticket to the Bash on the Bay Festival, which includes access to the Festival’s VIP section, private VIP bathrooms, food trucks and bars*
A backstage tour! Go behind the scenes of Rascal Flatts’ production to see what it takes to make it all come to life each night!
On stage individual and group photos taken by your VIP Host
An acoustic performance and Q&A session with Rascal Flatts**
Exclusive pre-show access to the Summer Nights Lounge with cash bar
Limited edition Rascal Flatts gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
Commemorative Summer Nights Lounge VIP laminate
Crowd-free merchandise shopping
Dedicated VIP check in
On-site VIP concierge
*See seating chart for exact location
**Please note, Rascal Flatts’ acoustic performance and Q&A may overlap with the openers in the main show.

Summer Nights Lounge VIP Package

One (1) VIP Ticket to the Bash on the Bay Festival, which includes access to the Festival’s VIP section, private VIP bathrooms, food trucks and bars*
An acoustic performance and Q&A session with Rascal Flatts**
Exclusive pre-show access to the Summer Nights Lounge with cash bar
Limited edition Rascal Flatts gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
Commemorative Summer Nights Lounge VIP laminate
Crowd-free merchandise shopping
Dedicated VIP check in
On-site VIP concierge
*See seating chart for exact location
**Please note, Rascal Flatts’ acoustic performance and Q&A may overlap with the openers in the main show.

Top 10 Advantages of Put-in-Bay Homes Vs Hotels

Short-term vacation accommodations on Put-in-Bay are growing to become something much more than just a place to sleep and shower. The Island Club Rental Homes and Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos are quickly becoming the next big thing in the local island tourism industry. Downtown hotels and Put-in-Bay resorts are not as cost effective. What used to be a way of saving money on long stays on the island is now a beautiful experience in itself! Countless travelers are seeking out these private accommodations for weekends, short midweek stays, and even for week long vacations. Vacation rental homes/condos have a long list of advantages over hotels. This makes them really popular for family holidays and for Put-in-Bay’s traditional bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Here are the Top 10 Significant Advantages of Put-in-Bay Rental Lodgings:

1. Spend More Quality Time With Your Friends And Family

Unlike a hotel experience where a large chunk of time is often spent in one’s own private room, a vacation rental home allows your entire group of friends and family to be all together. Everyone can be involved in activities together in the common areas, such as a large living room and private outside deck. You can cook in the fully-furnished kitchen, enjoy a DirecTV movie in the living room, play card games at the dining room table, and spend time outside enjoying the Put-in-Bay weather in your own private yard without any restriction.

2. Get More Personal Space Compared To A Single Hotel Room

Rental Home vs Hotel Room
Rental Home vs Hotel Room (click the pic)

Getting an entire house to yourself with a living room, kitchen, front yard and other common areas makes the stay so much more enjoyable. More fun than just cramming all your guests and luggage into a single Put-in-Bay hotel room. And when you are traveling with young children, the additional space is a particularly great thing to have. You can go out all day, enjoy War of 18 Holes Putt-Putt or visit the top of Perry’s International Peace and Victory Monument. But you will still spend many hours of happiness with your kids in your rental home or condo.

3. Enjoy The Kind Of Privacy That A Hotel Can Never Offer

When you relax in the privacy of a vacation home in Put-in-Bay, it is just as you would in your own house. Vacation home and condo rentals give you the luxury to be ‘home’ even when you are traveling. This is truly the definition of a home away from home with all the amenities that you deserve to enjoy.

4. Spoil Yourself With The Diverse Options, Choices And Rentals Available

There is a wider choice of locations, property types, sizes and budgets in vacation home and condo rentals than you would find in hotels. A comprehensive search on a trusted Put-in-Bay vacation rental website, such as, should be able to offer you exactly the rental unit that fits your group’s requirements.

5. Give Yourself A Better Value For Your Money

Round House Entertainment
Round House Entertainment

This motto especially holds true when you are traveling with a big group to Put-in-Bay. Splitting costs among the group members ensures the maximum value for every dollar that you spend on your accommodations. When you spend less on lodging, you have more money for fun stuff! And we all know that Put-in-Bay offers some fun stuff like MIST Pool Bar and the Green Room Nightclub! Moreover, when staying in a rental, you can save money on meals by choosing to do a few breakfasts and snacks on your own. You also have laundry facilities.

6. Discover The Individualized Personality That Makes Each Home Memorable

If you like things that hold a unique character, Put-in-Bay vacation rental homes might be just what you are looking for. Each rental home and condo is individually owned, so there is no “cookie cutter” feel like in hotel rooms. They each reflect the personal tastes of the owner, the local culture of the area, and they have that unique human touch that hotel rooms simply lack.

7. Appreciate The Feeling Of Being Home In A Put-in-Bay House

Put in Bay Resort Homes
Put in Bay Resort Homes

It feels good to have an entire home to yourself, even when you are on vacation. You can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities with your family and friends in the privacy and comfort of a proper home, as opposed to the shared spaces in hotels and resorts. No long walks back to a hotel room. There are no elevators to wait for to go up and down. No crowds to slow you down.

8. Realize How Traveling Feels Easier When A Vacation Rental Home Is Your Destination

The freedom to do your own laundry (or to NOT do your laundry!) means that you can pack lighter and bring less. The choice of cooking your own meals gives you flexibility and savings if you are tired of eating out every day on the island, which can get pricey. This means that traveling becomes a more comfortable affair for you and your family when you book a vacation rental for your Put-in-Bay stay. But please do plan some great dinners at places like the Upper Deck or Blu Luna.

9. Guarantee Your Kids To Have A Better Time In A Vacation Home

When you rent a vacation home, you can easily give the kids a separate room – so you can keep an eye on them without having to compromise on your own privacy. Also, many vacation homes are well equipped with amenities and space for children’s amusement including satellite TV with kids’ channels, making it a fun stay for young ones.

10. Think Of Pet-Friendliness With Most Vacation Rental Homes

Put-in-Bay Pet Friendly Lodging
Put-in-Bay Pet Friendly Lodging

Finding a pet-friendly hotel is a hassle, to say the least. Additionally, it can be a very costly affair even if you do find a hotel that allows pets. Factor in pet deposits, clean-up fees, noise complaints, and other strict rules. Vacation rental homes, however, are much more likely to allow pets and virtually guaranteed to do so at much lower costs than a hotel. Thus, if one of your important family members happens to be a furry pet, remember something. A vacation rental house would be an excellent choice for you to spend your vacation and allow your fur baby to enjoy it with you. Some bars downtown allow pets on their outdoor patios, such as Mr. Ed’s.

OK, OK… so we can’t just stop at 10. There are SO MANY reasons to rent a vacation home, here are three more…

11. Savor the Extra Little Things that a Vacation Home Offers

Every vacation rental home has its own set of unique surprises to offer you and your guests. One Put-in-Bay rental may have great nautical treasures decorating the walls. Another may have some A/V media equipment that would make it worth spending a day indoors watching movies or playing games. With all the space a home offers, you might even be able to play Twister! Can’t do THAT in a hotel room!

12. Memorable Stays Happen More Often In Homes Than Hotels

Put in Bay Memories
Put in Bay Memories

The individuality and uniqueness of a vacation rental home makes it memorable. You will more than likely remember a great joke told in the comfort of your vacation rental kitchen than something said while crowded into a cramped hotel room. The sameness of hotels may leave little to no impression on your memory. But a vacation rental home will certainly make its mark on your Put-in-Bay vacation owing to its oneness and individuality.

13. Soaking In The Local Culture Is So Much Easier In A Vacation Home

Hotels are by their very nature touristy in their feel, service and most especially in their locations. They are usually right in the middle of the action so that you don’t explore anywhere else. But vacation rental homes, on the other hand, offer a closer feel of the local island culture. They are located on the edges or out of the main town. You get to see more of the island. They are not necessarily located in the touristy parts of the town, so you can explore the locales with greater authenticity. You can find those memorable little spots such as Joe’s Bar or Jane Coate’s Wildflower Trail.

If you have never tried it before but have always been curious, take a chance with a Put-in-Bay vacation rental home or condo stay. You will be amazed by the experiences it can give you and your family or group. For an exhaustive list of Put-in-Bay vacation rental homes and condos, try one of the following. Visit the Island Club Home Rentals website or the Put-in-Bay Condos website, and choose an island rental home or Waterfront Condo that suits you best! Of course, if you just have 2 or 4 people, a hotel room is still a good traditional option.

If you would like more information about a Put-in-Bay resort or rental, please visit, call Put-in-Bay Island Club Rentals at 216-898-9951, or email

Take it Easy on Island Time

If you or your family is in need of an island getaway, why not try the village of Put-in-Bay ( It is just a short 20-minute ride by ferry ( from the mainland and about an hour west of Cleveland. There are plenty of vacation homes and upscale Waterfront Condos available for rent (

Whether it’s just for a day trip or an overnight adventure on a long weekend, there’s plenty to do in Put-in-Bay. You can rent a golf cart, moped, bicycle, or just go about it the old-fashioned way and take a walk. It doesn’t matter how you get around because the island is only about two miles long.

Water sports and fun activities including personal watercrafts and parasailing are popular here, as you’d expect on an island. New this summer is the inclusion of paddleboards! The island offers watercraft rentals ( if you’re eager to go out on your own and even has guided boat tours.

If your getaway itinerary includes shopping, there are more than 15 stores and an array of knick knack opportunities. Restaurants and bars abound and you would hard pressed to visit each of them on one day stay.

Must-sees include the Put-in-Bay Winery ( which has beautiful views of the Bay, and the Chocolate Café & Museum ( where you can enjoy the confections and see the antique chocolate collectibles. For kids, there is a Bar on the island just for them called The Candy Bar, located right next to Kimberly’s Carousel, a circa-1916 restored carousel.

Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center ( is a family-friendly complex centered on a natural limestone cave with an underground lake. It also includes the Butterfly House at Put-In-Bay, with more than 50 types of exotic butterflies, and a free antique car museum. Dandees Snack Shack offers something for the sweet tooth.

You can learn about the lake’s crucial role in the War of 1812 at the 352-feet-tall Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial ( It’s named for Oliver Hazard Perry, the American Navy commander who played a key role in that conflict. He uttered the famous phrase, “We have met the enemy and they are ours…”. From this tower, all Lake Erie Islands can be seen, as well as the shores of Ohio, Michigan and even Ontario on a very clear day.

For reservations and to plan your weekend or midweek getaway, contact Island Club Home Rentals ( or 216-898-9951) or the brand new Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos ( or 216-898-1105) to check on availability and pricing!

Island Club Rentals – Put in Bay Bachelorette Party Headquarters

Attention Ladies:
If you have reluctantly taken on the task of planning a Bachelorette Party, Island Club Rentals is the ideal location to host your group! Reserve one of our 8-, 10-, 12-, or 16-person vacation rental homes and you have lots of space. View live availability on our brand new website at!

Bachelorette Party Solution

We also have just released the ideal web site to answer all of your Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Bachelorette Party questions at!

All the talk of finding the perfect wedding dress and sending out invitations is intimidating and stressful! Hopefully, that part is now over. It’s a good thing that the next one of your maid of honor duties is probably the most fun… planning and throwing the bachelorette party! Throwing the bachelorette party at Putinbay is one of the best times and most fun of your many maid of honor duties so enjoy it! We will show you some tips and tricks to ensure that you throw a bachelorette party that is remembered by everyone for years to come. We’ve taken the best advice the internet has to offer and condensed it here for you!

Bachelorette Party Lodging

First things first… you are going to need a location to host the party. Put-in-Bay, Ohio is by far the most popular place to have a weekend bachelorette party in the Midwest. Many people might think a stationary bar like a nightclub in Las Vegas is a nice place for a bachelorette party but you are stuck there all night. Catch a ferry and come here to the island for a weekend where you can bar-hop at night. You can tan by the pool during the day. And you can enjoy a luxury vacation rental home or condo. That’s the ideal way to go. The advantage here is that you have got a built in party! Have a plan in advance (check out for bars, restaurants, and attractions) so you have a general idea where to go and make sure to talk with your bride beforehand.

This is part of the bachelorette party etiquette that you should be aware of. Find out what your bride wants to do for her party because this is one of the most important of your maid of honor duties. Ensure that your bride-to-be has fun on her last night of singlehood (or whenever you plan to throw it)!!!

Plan far in advance! You probably shouldn’t throw the bachelorette party on the night before the wedding. Please remember that Put-in-Bay luxury waterfront condos and island vacation home rentals book early for the summer season, especially on weekends. Unlike the boys on the groom’s side, there are many more maid of honor duties and bridal duties to be taken care of. Other then just showing up at the wedding and standing in a tuxedo. You don’t want to hurry through your wedding day driving home from the island. Plan ahead! Book your rental house months ahead of time in order to ensure that you have a reservation. It is virtually impossible to show up on the island during the summer and find a room or house on a Friday night.

Bachelorette Party Hints

The larger 12- and 16-person homes and condos are usually COMPLETELY BOOKED by March!

Hopefully you have fun with the bachelorette party! Remember that you do not have to have a trashy bachelorette party or even a classy bachelorette party. You just want to ensure that you please the bride to be. And make sure that she has a Put in Bay weekend filled with memories that will last her a lifetime! A weekend bachelorette party starts with reserving a Putinbay 8-, 10-, 12-, or 16-person rental. Rent an island cottage or vacation rental home or Waterfront Condo to host the party. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!

Put-in-Bay on HGTV: Tune in 1/28!

Put-In-Bay on HGTV!  The island  was recently cast into the National spotlight with a feature on the popular HGTV show, Island Life. The first airing was Sunday January 28th at 10:30 PM and featured a couple interesting in buying a vacation home on Put-In-Bay.  So, join in to see our little island on the big stage!

Put-In-Bay on HGTV Airing Information

What: Island Life

When: Sunday January 28th, 2018

Time: 10:30 PM EST

Channel: HGTV (229 DirecTV, 30 Spectrum)

Reruns if you miss it on Sunday :

About Island Life on HGTV

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Put-In-Bay on HGTV

Many people only dream about owning a home on an island.  This show follows those who wish to make this dream a reality.  So, the buyers are paired with a real estate agent who shows them three or four properties.  The show follows them as they browse and try to narrow down their choices to one property.  Lastly, the buyers select their dream property to live the Island Life.

The island of Put-In-Bay is an excellent choice for this show.  Boasting exceptional restaurants, attractions and shopping options, it’s no wonder that HGTV came to the island last summer.  Furthermore, the legendary nightlife cannot be overlooked either!

You Can Live the Island Life!

So, all of this sounds great!  Do you want to set your watch to Island Time?  You’re in luck.  The Put-In-Bay Condos has just 3 condos left for purchase.  So, what are you waiting for?

Imagine, sitting on your lakefront patio enjoying the stunning views of Lake Erie.

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PIB Condo Lake Deck

Spending time with your whole family in a comfortable and spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bath condo.

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PIB Condo Kitchen

Also, taking a refreshing dip in the onsite pool.

PIB Condo Pool

Be close to all of the best Things to Do on Put-In-Bay, while far enough away to have your own slice of the island.

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Downtown PIB

So, ACT NOW as these great properties won’t last long!  Furthermore, having your very own piece of Put-In-Bay is truly special.

For more information or to schedule a showing of the Put-In-Bay Condos, simply Email: