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Exploring the Beauty of Ohio and Beyond...

Was your seaside vacation canceled? Does your job make it hard to travel outside Ohio because of Covid-19 restrictions? Are you missing the ocean? Are you looking for something to do in Ohio?

May I humbly recommend Ohio's beautiful great lake. Of the 10 photos in my "Our Beautiful Great Lakes" series at 3060 ARTWORKS, seven are from Lake Erie, and of those, six are from Ohio. Any trip to Lake Erie should start at https://www.shoresandislands.com/, but I also have links to areas of interest I have found.

Please, look carefully for COVID-19 closure and change information and call ahead or message locations to double-check on access, hours, facilities, etc.

“Tropical Ohio”, was taken at, Lake Point Park, a small roadside park on the Marble Head peninsula. Pack a picnic lunch and watch the sailboats. If I could forget I drove there, I can almost imagine this is the Caribbean. Late September/early October is a great time to go. Fewer crowds and cooler (hopefully) weather. A little further up the road is the iconic Marble Head lighthouse. Probably the best known in the state. This was taken in January, so you’ll see a little sunnier view right now.

There is much to do on Port Clinton, Sandusky, Marble Head areas.  If you find yourself in Port Clinton around mealtime, check out Dock's Beach House Bar & Grill for a wonderful meal, good people, and a private beach. If you are going for longer period of time, consider checking out Put-In-Bay or Kelleys Island. I have only been to Put-In-Bay for a few hours so read up and see which island is best for you. Put-In-Bay is considered the “party island”, and from what I've heard, Kelleys Island is a bit more relaxed and more natural areas. If you do go to Put-In-Bay, I highly recommend visiting Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial and its museum. I can also recommend the shrimp tacos at The Keys, just don't leave your credit card there as I did...lol. I have more photos from a trip to this area in 2019 here, however, I was able to do a boat ride tour of lighthouses that is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions.

As you travel east through Cleveland there are many beautiful parks to check out, including Bedford Reservation, Huntington Beach/Reservation, Rocky River Park & Reservation ("Slowing the Storm" was taken at Rocky River Park) , Lakewood, Edgewater Park/Beach/Pier, and Wendy Park. More information can be found at Cleveland's Metro Park's website. If you have a mind to splurge on a meal with a view, check out Pier W. If the weather’s right, the vista of the lake and Cleveland's skyline can be enjoyed while dining. Also, remember you are quite near Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Yes, Ohio has a national park!

East of Cleveland, Headlands Beach State Park beckons with tons of beautiful driftwood bleached white by the sun. The beach turns into Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve where species of grass are found in Ohio that are only found in East Coast Atlantic Ocean environments. At the end of the dunes sets the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light. It is a private residence so please respect that. How close you can get to it will depend on water levels that have risen since 2016 when this was taken. If you explore this area, check out Mentor Marsh, the Fairport Lighthouse, and the Lake County Metro Parks as well. In this moment was taken at "Lake Erie Bluffs".

Further east from Mentor and Fairport Harbor is the town of Conneaut. I just recently learned that D-Day is reenacted on its beaches every year (except this one because of COVID-19). Keep this in mind for a future trip. See D-Day Conneaut for more info.

If you can leave Ohio, just across the state line is Erie, PA, and Presque Isle State Park where "Stormy Beach" was taken. It’s a beautiful peninsula with many different areas and a wide diversity of ecosystems; from shoreline and beaches on Lake Erie and the bay, to sand plains, dunes, ridges, new and old ponds, marshes, wetlands, and new and old-growth forest. More information on a trip I did to Presque Isle in 2019 can be found here.

These photos represent a small fraction of the photos I’ve taken of the lake and around it. You can find many more photos from Lake Erie and northeast Ohio among my landscapes.

That said, my explorations have only scratched the surface of what's available in terms of natural areas, activities, lodging, and cuisine of our coastline and northeast Ohio. I’ve also not explored much of the lake west of Sandusky. Since my trips have been almost exclusively for photography, please feel free to comment on other great places in the area, especially other activities, restaurants, wineries,  bed & breakfasts, and other lodgings.

If a trip just isn’t in the cards, you can bring home one of these photos from 3060 ArtWorks and support local artists by doing so.

I hope you've enjoyed this little virtual trip to our beautiful great lake. There is so much more to explore!

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