Anyone who’s ever set foot on the shores of Lake Erie or even seen a photo for that matter, knows that it’s one of Mother Nature’s finest, most beautiful creations capable of producing everyday awe inspiring panoramas. Put-in-Bay, the freshwater island we feel most passionate about, exemplifies this propensity towards outdoor perfection. So without further adieu, let’s talk about a few of our favorite places that are particularly inclined to take your breath away.
1. Perry’s International Peace Memorial – The monument is first on the list for a reason. Standing 352feet above sea level it’s the perfect spot to grab a bird’s eye view of the western basin of Lake Erie. On a clear day visitors can cast their eyes upon the longest undefended border in the world, while keen geographers just may be able to spot some of the Sister Islands.
2. Clawdaddy’s at the Boardwalk – Most famous for their lobster bisque, the delicious seafood soup can only be matched by the view that comes along with dinner. Perched atop the serene Put-in-Bay Harbor, it’s one of the best places to watch the setting sun melt into Lake Erie between Gibraltar Island and Oak Point State Park.
3. Aboard the Miller Ferry – You didn’t think we could leave this one out did you? Whether it’s getting a free car wash during a heavy west wind or riding up top on a calm August evening, there’s nothing better than the anticipation of heading to the islands combined with the beauty that is Lake Erie. So take plenty of pictures next time and tweet or Instagram them to us, we never get tired of looking.
4. From a Kayak – Two spots on Put-in-Bay afford visitors the chance to ditch the land and view the island from a different perspective. Kayak the Bay pushes off right inside the harbor giving paddlers a unique opportunity to circle Gibraltar Island and “thread the needle” (ask your guide), while Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals lends a different view from the distinctive cobblestone beach of South Bass Island State Park.
5. The West Shore – Only the gnarliest old salty captains carry a compass these days, but then again you don’t really need one to figure out where the sun sets. Far enough from downtown that we’d advise a bike or some other mode of transportation besides your feet, the west shore has a few hidden gems perfect for relishing in a Lake Erie sunset that make the extra distance worth the hike. Filled with mostly private homes, the west shore’s secret sunset spots are sometimes not easy to spot so take it slow during your first recon trip.
Have a spot that you think should be in our list? Let us know!