May 15-18 Tour #2017501 4 Days
Double: $629 Triple: $579 Single: $839 Deposit: $150
Calling all you lighthouse buffs! At one time, more than 20 lighthouses dotted Ohio’s Lake Erie shore. About half of those are in ruins, or have burned or been torn down. Those that remain cast a nostalgic light on days gone by, when steamers plied the waters and grand resorts graced the islands and the lakeshore. Join us as we venture into Northern Ohio to visit a few of these historic monuments.
Day 1 – RUTHERFORD B. HAYES CENTER – FREMONT, OHIO – Today we leave Kentucky and travel into the “Buckeye State” of Ohio. We’ll stop in Lima for an included lunch, then we will travel on to Fremont, Ohio, where we will tour the estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife, Lucy Webb Hayes. Visitors can tour the couple’s 31-room mansion, visit the library and museum, and walk the mile of paved trails. We spend the next two nights in Fremont, Ohio.
Day 2 – PUT-IN BAY ISLAND – VICTORIAN VILLAGE – MARBLEHEAD – After an included breakfast, this morning, we catch the Jet Express Ferry over to Put-In Bay Island, where we will have a tram tour of this tiny two by four mile island dotted with historic homes, the nation’s third tallest monument and quaint local restaurants. On our ride across Lake Erie, we pass seven of the Lake Erie Islands before arriving at Put-In Bay. Once aboard the tour train, we will stop at the following attractions: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Heineman Winery and Crystal Cave, the largest known geode in the world. We’ll have time for lunch on our own and shopping in the bustling Victorian Village with its many shops and attractions. Next, we drive to Marblehead, Ohio, where we tour the famous Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating light on the Great Lakes. Tonight, we have included a delicious dinner.
Day 3 – VERMILION – ASHTABULA HARBOR – Today, we enjoy an included breakfast and a beautiful drive along Ohio’s north coast to Vermilion, Ohio. A step on guide will give us a tour of this lakeside community that approximately 11,000 residents call home. We’ll learn more of Vermilion’s great heritage and take home of few memories of this town that uniquely combines yesterday’s landmarks with today’s summer fun. We will view the Vermilion Lighthouse, one of the newest lighthouses in Ohio. Next, we check into our hotel in Austinburg, Ohio and take time to rest and freshen up before enjoying an included dinner in Ashtabula.
Day 4 – KINGWOOD GARDENS – DER DUTCHMAN – This morning, we start heading towards home, making a stop at Kingwood Gardens in Mansfield, Ohio. We will also stop at the fabulous Der Dutchman Restaurant in Bellville, Ohio, for an included lunch. We have allowed time to browse for some Amish crafts before departing for home. Meals: 3B, 2L, 2D