Lake n’ love

Put-in-Bay Island on Lake Erie (between Ohio and Michigan) is absolutely wonderful.  It’s a tiny island, only 0.6 square miles, with 128 permanent residents.  They definitely cater to us visiting folk, who board the ferry and jet over.

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My parents are the cutest.  They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary! 

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You certainly can’t miss the resemblance here!  We’re crossing Lake Erie on the ferry to Put-in-Bay, where our first stop is to…

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Rent a GOLF CART!  Normally I would opt to bike, but my dad hasn’t been in the best physical health, so we went with the far more suave route.

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Only time in my life that I can viably say that I’ve ridden Jack Sparrow.

Ahem.  Sorry.

The island has some wonderful vineyards, such as Heinemans, whose grapes you see here.  I wish you could smell these babies through the photograph!  They have a wonderful aroma.  Their specialty is catawba and concord grapes (white and red, respectively).

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Here we come to the Goat, Soup and Whiskey, a lovely pub and chocolate shop down the road from the winery.  At lunched on the “Rose Plate,” which included two cups of their homemade soups (chicken chili and seafood gumbo), plus a delightful garden salad.

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Downtown we went!  The classic lake apparel store…

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Some entirely random brightly colored patio chairs…

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And heaven on earth.

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Mom and I split a dark chocolate moose tracks bar (marshmallows and walnuts), and each had a small piece of dark chocolate with caramel and sea salt.  Divine.

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Upon Put-in-Bay, hidden in the corner of the island, off the beaten track, lies a jewel.  First thing: I’m obsessed with architecture, especially unique and wonderful house architecture.  Second thing: this is insane.

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The Benson Ford (this ship) was one of Henry Ford’s shipped, once used to port motors across Lake Erie.  Not wanting it to go to waste once it was decommissioned, it was restored into a HOME.  It literally appears to be a boat taking off from the island.  It’s pristine.

It’s a private home that was featured on MTV’s “Extreme Cribs.”  Cool?  Absolutely.  Check out the owner’s personal site of the shiphouse here.

After ferrying back to mainland, we went to one of the most fun stores – Cheesehaven!

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They’re not kidding about the 125 kinds of cheese, either.

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They always have free samples, which I nibbled on (my favorite being the salami-aged cheddar).  We got some beef jerky for the road, and also hit up a farmer’s market on the 2-hour drive back home.

I’m a bit wiped out, but it was a wonderful, sunny day.  Trying to really embrace the only three weeks that I have remaining in the USA!  Crazy.

Today was an off-workout day since we were traveling and because my legs are acting up.  Here’s hoping tomorrow brings better legs and a hard workout!  I know Mexican food is coming my way, too… excellent.

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