A Staycation Day in Put-In-Bay

The wanderlust bug had been biting since my return home from yoga teacher training in Colorado this spring. After all that time in the mountains, I craved some time on a tropical beach. But long story short (which would have included the migrating Zika virus threats, vet bills, being on lock down for the RNC and more), we shifted our vacation plans into a staycation — all before our baby girl arrives this October. A proper babymoon was in order. We scheduled off a few days from work and filled in our Google calendars with some suggested plans — including one great idea from my new friends at the Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island.

When their team reached out with the offer of round trip ferry tickets and a day-long golf cart rental from E’s Put-in-Bay Golf Carts to allow us to fully enjoy Put-in-Bay (PIB), we dropped off the dogs at the babysitter’s (i.e. my dad’s), got in our car and drove the hour and a half to Catawba where the Miller Ferry runs a ferry to and from PIB every half an hour throughout the day. (Schedule on their website here.) Within five minutes of our arrival, we had our tickets and were in line to board the ferry. And within twenty minutes on the water, we were on the island. Easy breezy!

Here’s how the rest of our day on PIB played out…

PIB miller ferry

Me not freaking out about being on a boat during our transit on the Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay. (Fun fact: I’m deathly afraid of traveling by small watercrafts, but do okay on boats of this size.)


PIB golf cart

Picking up our mode of island transportation from E’s Put-in-Bay Golf Carts. Despite a crowd of newly arrived ferry riders swarming their lot, their team handled us all easily and had us all on the road in no time! (Thanks to the Miller Ferry team for arranging our golf cart rental for the day.)


PIB lunch

Per recommendation of the employees at E’s, lunch at the Goat Soup and Bourbon Tavern, plus dessert at the Chocolate Cafe. When at the Lake Erie islands, you eat as much Toft’s Ice Cream as humanly possible. #protip


PIB perry and downtown

Post lunch meandering: visiting Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, strolling along main street where I found a flamingo Christmas tree that I almost bought for our baby’s nursery and a break for Hans to enjoy a tropical drink at the Boardwalk.


PIB beach

Testing the water at South Bass Island State Park. Note: bring water shoes for our next swim on its pebble beach!

PIB afternoon

Making a fuzzy friend at Heineman Winery, souvenir shopping (on Thursdays Hans wears pink) and Putt Putt at The War of 18 Holes at Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center. Hans got a hole-in-one on the fourth hole!

PIB brewery food dinner

Dinner at The Put-in-Bay Brewery and Distillery. Nachos FTW. Pregnancy cravings strike again. Hans devoured that hefty portioned perch sandwich.

I heart PIB

Finishing off our visit with a stop by Pasquale’s Cafe who promised Great Lakes’ Christmas Ale and delivered.

PIB pano

Back on the Miller Ferry for the last ride back to the main land for the day… and quite the view to remember!

LONG STORY SHORT: While originally I was somewhat disappointed that we couldn’t make more epic travel plans happen this summer, our time at PIB turned out to be the exact getaway we needed. The short car ride to and from Greater Cleveland made it a perfect one-tank, one-day trip. Getting to and from on the Miller Ferry was a breeze and, considering I married a golfer, the golf cart made for the perfect transportation to adventure around checking everything out. The island had plenty to keep us busy from sunrise to sunset. Plus we were able to sleep in our own bed that night — can’t beat that. It was the perfect start to a fun filled staycation, and I can’t thank the Ferry Miller team enough for the inspiration to explore our own neck of the woods!  STAY TUNED  for more of our babymoon staycation locales and activities later this week here on the blog!

Learn more about the Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island at their website, millerferry.comon Facebook, on Twitter at @MILLERBOATLINE, on Instagram at @MILLERBOATLINE and on Pinterest.

Learn about all that Put-in-Bay has to offer at visitputinbay.com. Like their Facebook page, tweet them at Twitter at @PUT_IN_BAY and pin your heart away over at their Pinterest page.

Disclosure: The Miller Ferry offered me two Miller Ferry round trip tickets to Put-in-Bay and an E’s Carts day-long golf cart rental. I offered to share my experiences using those services. My thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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  1. Kate says:

    I LOVE Put-In-Bay but haven’t been for years. I’d love to get back there sometime soon! The only problem, for me, is that I, too, am terrified of boats, & the last time I took the ferry to PIB, I had a terrible panic attack & vomited over the side of the boat. Not an ideal start!

    Still, this is a good reminder that I’d like to get back there ASAP.

  2. Kristian Campana says:

    That is cool. When Julia was pregnant with Max, we also were blessed by Miller with tickets and a golf cart. We played miniature golf, had some lobster bisque and took advantage of the Pyrate Festival that weekend. It was a nice time.

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