We’re “Springing” forward in just a few days and while it may seem like birds chirping and green grass is a ways off, Daylight Saving Time brings us one step closer to warmer weather.
Old Man Winter is gingerly starting to release his icy grip and that extra daylight means one thing, more you time. Here are five ways to help celebrate the clocks spring forward this weekend, courtesy of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands bureau:
1. Small Town Foodie Hopping - One of the best things about the Lake Erie Shores & Islands is its abundance of unique small towns replete with fantastic fare and gorgeous waterfront vistas. Try the new hearth Tavern on the Historic Waterfront of Sandusky for a tasty wood-fired pizza, Chez Francois in Vermillion’s Harbor District for Cantonese seafood, or Nagoya on the banks of the East Harbor in Catawba Island for mouth-watering sushi, or search for your own hidden culinary gem.
2. Go on a Museum Adventure - Merry-go-rounds or fighter planes? Merry-go-rounds, a popular midwest invention, are showcased at the Merry-Go-Round-Museum in Sandusky. Get a behind-the-scenes during the new “Ups and Downs” exhibit, where craftsmen meticulously bring these relics back to life. There’s also the Liberty Aviation Museum located in the historic harbor town of Port Clinton, where visitors a chance to see the ongoing restoration process older dynamic airplanes. The new hangar expansion means even more room for special exhibits like the CAF Red Tail Squadron, America’s Flying Tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.
3. Book a Spot, See a Warbler - The Biggest Week in American Birding is just that, the biggest week in American birding and registration is open for this early May festival. Whether you’re a competent birding enthusiast or a newcomer to the birding scene, everyone is welcome. This spectacular event features workshops, guided birding activities, half-day birding bus tours, keynote speakers, daily walks on the scenic Magee Marsh boardwalk and more. While the event doesn’t actually start until May 6th, spots fill up quick so booking early is a must.
4. Wander for Wine - Firelands Winery has been taking advantage of Lake Erie’s spoils since 1880, while in the last decade newer wineries have been popping up like, well, vines. Quarry Hill Winerysits perched 834 feet above Berlin Heights, the Paper Moon Winery nests in the historic harbor town of Vermillion, and the Chateau Tebeau Winery rests besides a beautiful koi pond in Helena, Ohio. Whichever vineyards make the cut, let North Coast Grapevine Tours lead you on an excursion or guide your own wanderlust, the choice is yours.
5. Unveil Your Inner Photographer - Cold weather is one thing when you’re sitting inside, yet quite another when you venture out into the elements. Show your Instagram and Pinterest friends who’s boss by using a frozen Lake Erie to your advantage. The Marblehead Lighthouse, although not open, looks great in the foreground and places like Sheldon’s Folly and Castalia Quarry MetroPark showcase some of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands finest views. And you never now, maybe you’ll happen to be around when the Miller Ferry starts running to the islands. Just one thing, make sure to use the hashtag #LakeErieLove.
For more information please visit www.shoresandislands.com.