One of the perks of living on the “North Coast” is that we have islands and beaches nearby. For those not located in the Midwest, the “North Coast” is Lake Erie, or whichever of the Great Lakes you happen to find yourself south of. And if you have never actually seen the Great Lakes, you would likely be surprised to find that the view of these lakes could easily be mistaken for an ocean. They are, as Ari would say, GINORMOUS.

I recently jumped at an opportunity to visit one of the islands on our great ‘North Coast,’ Put-in-Bay! In all fairness and honesty, I had only visited once before this. I was young and I don’t remember much except that there are very few (if any?) cars on the island. That’s literally all I remember from my experience as a child. As an adult, my images of Put-in-Bay are all of college friends (and work colleagues) partying in a pool, drinking out of fishbowls. That? That has absolutely zero appeal to me.

But kayaking, biking, and wine tasting?? That. That is right up my alley!

So my friend Olivia and I met up at the Jet Express in Port Clinton. The Jet Express ferry shuttled us the 14 miles from Port Clinton (on the ‘mainland’) to Put-in-Bay island in just 45 minutes!

We arrived in PIB (Put-in-Bay) at about 9:45 on a Sunday morning — basically while everyone on the island was still asleep from
partying the night before. But we rented our bicycles and went on our merry way.

PS. I say that like it was easy — but did you know that even if you cycle on a stationary bike 3x per week an actual pedal bicycle is totally weird and difficult?? True story.

After leaving the marina and bike rental, we did some exploring — and with a quick stop at Perry’s Victory + Peace Memorial — we headed to Old Forge Café for breakfast!

It turns out they’re a creperie and have amazing mimosas. I mean, this prosciutto crêpe was aaaaaaamazing. No joke.

Post-crêpes and mimosas, we ventured to South Bass Island State Park to take in the sights. Pretty much everyone was still asleep, but we were able to bask in the quiet and enjoy the waves.

After taking in the scenery we ventured to Perry’s Cave where we legit KILLED the maze (under two minutes, ya’ll!) and learned all about the the limestone cave and it’s historical impact on the creation of what we know to be our United States!

Then we ventured to Heineman Winery for a tour and tasting. I’ll say this — PLEASE don’t try the dry wine. Please. I beg you. From my experience, Ohio wines are not, by any means, dry wines. They are sweet. So don’t go for the dry reds. Lesson learned.

But the sweet red? Delish. Absolutely DEEElish.

Once we were done with our wine and cave adventures we ventured for more food. Yep, we hit up the Upper Deck at the Boardwalk. We were still a bit full from our crêpes, so we decided to get the ahi tuna nachos as an appetizer and a side of fries.

Guys — we legit tried to GIVE away the leftovers from our ahi tuna nachos!! There were so many nachos that it looked like we barely made a dent (for the record, we made a serious dent — it just didn’t appear that way).

After we filled up on nachos we went to the Put-in-Bay Brewery and Distillery. I wish I would have tried something other than the Double IPA, but it was delicious! I’m just so predictable!

Post-brewery, we headed back down to South Bass Island State Park for a kayaking adventure. The double kayak was totally fun, but I was a tad bit hesitant about leaving my phone on land; and because of that, I was also more than a teeny bit nervous about dropping it in the water. So we cut our kayaking short to head back to the Jet Express.

It was such a jam-packed day. I would absolutely recommend doing the Kayas and Caves adventure through the Jet Express, but make a weekend of it for sure! I really wish I would have stayed the night.

If you’ve visited Put-in-Bay, what was your favorite thing to see/do!?


Disclosure: I received a complimentary Jet Express Kayak + Cave package for two in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions herein are my own.

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ChristineSaltyMama August 18, 2017 at 5:06 pm

I am SO adding this to our “to visit” list!! The maze looks cool, that food all looked AMAZING, and we love having adventures 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


Kristen August 18, 2017 at 5:07 pm

You had me at Proscuitto crepes! They sound so good 😆


Kate @ GreatestEscapist August 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm

I haven’t been to PIB for years – like, not since college, I think. I was a friend’s date to a wedding out there, too, so we didn’t do much except wedding stuff. But I love it there!

Unfortunately, I’m terrified of boats, which means getting there & back nottttt my favorite thing, which is why I haven’t been for so long. Womp. I might make an exception for that crepe, though…


Jordyn Galan August 18, 2017 at 11:49 pm

Everything from your day is right up my alley too! I should visit Ohio I guess! Thanks for the inspiration!!!


Kristin Davies August 20, 2017 at 11:13 pm

Love all these photos! The food and wine look divine!!


Deryn | Running on Real Food August 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

Sounds like such a fun quick trip! I don’t know if I’ll ever find myself in Ohia…haha…but if I do, I’ll have to keep these in mind!


Caitlin August 21, 2017 at 11:42 am

I have family in Ohio and may have to work a day trip here in the next time we visit! Looks so fun!


Lori | Choosing Wisdom August 21, 2017 at 11:54 am

Sounds like an amazing Island with lots to do! I love the idea of biking while site seeing! We did that in central park once and it was so fun! Those nachos also look delicious!


Jessica Lam August 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Sounds like you had such a fun day! All the food you ate looks so delicious!


Jenny August 21, 2017 at 2:19 pm

The state park and Perry’s cave looks so much fun! I know my kids would love it!


Jenny August 21, 2017 at 6:09 pm

This trip looks like so much fun. All the food looks amazing.


Sumer August 21, 2017 at 7:50 pm

This looks like such an awesome getaway! We used to live in PA near Pittsburgh, and I always regret not checking out Put-in-Bay when we were closer!


Beth Newcomb August 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm

Girl, you go on some of the most amazing adventures!!!


Amber Battishill August 22, 2017 at 7:50 pm

Fun! I have so many friends that go there every year but I’ve yet to check it out! I’m hoping to go next summer!


Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms August 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm

This looks like so much fun and that food looks amazing!


Millie September 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Wow! Love this trip idea! May have to check it out!


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