The Lake Erie Islands, particularly South Bass and Kelleys
Islands, are Ohio's well-kept secret vacation hideaways. During the season, from mid-May to mid-October, the islands attract visitors from all over the Midwest to enjoy the beaches, bars, marina, sun, and good-natured fun.
It's best to spend at least one night on the islands in order to fully enjoy the unique nightlife and the spectacular sunsets. One of the most charming, romantic, and affordable ways to stay on South Bass or Kelleys is to rent a room at one of the many bed and breakfast inns. Below is a sampling of the best of these.
This bed and breakfast inn, built in 2005, is located in a wooded area just a two-minute walk from downtown Put-in-Bay. The inn's four guest rooms all include a large private deck, a private bath, cable TV, and highspeed Internet access. Room rates include bicycle usage and a deluxe Continental breakfast.
Ahoy Bed and Breakfast
361 Dollar Ave.
Located within walking distance of downtown Put-in-Bay, this 13-room bed and breakfast inn features antique furnishings, hardwood floors, handmade quilts and modern amenities, such as wireless Internet access. All rooms are non-smoking and about half feature private baths. A deluxe Continental breakfast is included each morning.
Ashley's Island House
557 Catawba Ave.
This smoke-free, 12-room bed and breakfast inn is about a five-minute walk from downtown Put-in-Bay. All rooms feature air conditioning and cable TV and some include a refrigerator and private bath.
English Pines Bed and Breakfast
182 Concord Ave.
This 135-year old farmhouse is home to three guest bedrooms as well as a separate honeymoon cottage. The 20-acre property features a private beach and a 6-acre vineyard. All rooms are furnished with antiques and include air conditioning, and cable TV, and a full country breakfast each morning. One bedroom has a private bath; the others share a bath.
The Vineyard Bed and Breakfast
This colonial-style house, located just outside of downtown, offers four bedrooms, all furnished with antiques and some with private bath. The smoke-free house has central air conditioning and room rates include pickup from the ferry dock or airport and Continental breakfast daily.
The Ferrell House
1940 LaPlante Lane
This historic restored home is one of the oldest residences on South Bass Island. Located midway between Put-in-Bay and the ferry dock, the Wisteria Inn offers comfortable rooms with shared baths and central air conditioning. Rates include a full breakfast and use of the spacious deck and hot tub. The Inn is for couples only and is open for guests only on the weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
1331 Langram Rd.
Located on its own stone beach at Kelleys Island, this Victorian bed and breakfast inn has a four-diamond rating from AAA, the only Lake Erie inn to have such a designation. The house features four guest room, all with private baths and waterfront views as well as central air conditioning, a beach deck, and wrap-around verandahs. Guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast each morning.
A Water's Edge Retreat
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Located along the Lake Erie shore on Kelleys Island, this modern, four-bedroom B&B offers large air-conditioned rooms, all with a private bath, a small refrigerator, and Direct TV. The property also has a lake lakefront deck.
Sun and Surf Inn