Ah, summertime! The season that conjures images of sun-kissed beaches, leisurely strolls, and unforgettable adventures. It’s the perfect time to plan a getaway and escape the grind of work, school and other daily responsibilities. If you’re seeking charming destinations that offer a combination of relaxation and excitement, Northeast Ohio should be top on your list.
Whether you’re a meticulous planner who loves crafting detailed itineraries or a spontaneous spirit seeking thrilling last-minute adventures, the shores of Lake Erie have got you covered! Indulge in a fun-filled day at Cedar Point amusement park, with heart-stopping roller coasters and refreshing water rides to entertain you. Hop on the Jet and venture to Kelleys Island, where you can explore beautiful beaches, kayaking, or bask in the sun with a cold drink.
And let’s not forget about Put-in-Bay, a lively island getaway with vibrant nightlife, charming boutiques, and delicious dining options. You can rent a bike to explore the island’s scenic trails, rent a boat and cruise around the stunning Lake Erie, or even try some fishing!
If you’re anything like us, you may love the idea of a vacation but dread the planning aspect. Whether traveling alone, with family or friends, aiming to indulge or budget wisely, or seeking relaxation or adventure, the process can quickly become overwhelming. While we can’t magically make all the planning stress disappear, we’ve got your back with a few handy suggestions to make things easier. Let’s jet into planning and make your dream summer getaway a reality!
Planning the perfect getaway begins with understanding its purpose. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, craving thrilling adventures, or simply yearning for peace and quiet, it’s crucial to define the purpose of your getaway. Take some time to reflect on what you truly want out of your trip and communicate this with your travel companions. You can create a memorable and enjoyable experience by aligning everyone’s expectations and desires.
When you’re trying to plan something as monumental as a summer getaway, there’s no way around it: you will have to make changes along the way. Too many variables are at play, weather patterns change unexpectedly, traffic backs up, or something takes longer than you anticipated. If you don’t allow room for flexibility in your schedule, those changes could throw off everything else in your itinerary (or even ruin your trip altogether).
The most important thing when planning a summer getaway is making sure you’ve prioritized your activities so you can check off all the essential activities on your list. So how do you balance being flexible enough to ensure unexpected events don’t ruin our plans? The answer lies somewhere between planning every detail of your trip and having no plan at all!
Budget Budget Budget
When it comes to getaways, budgets can quickly escalate. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of your financial limits to ensure a stress-free experience. Knowing how much you’re willing to spend and mapping out your activities in advance allows you to make the most of your budget and avoid unexpected expenses. Planning will enable you to prioritize your desired experiences while staying within your financial means. So, before you embark on your getaway, take the time to assess your budget, outline your planned activities, and enjoy a worry-free trip where fun and finances go hand in hand.
Relaxation vs. Adventure
Northeast Ohio has something for everyone, no matter what kind of getaway you’re looking for. Its fascinating history, beautiful parks, delightful dining options, and charming shops make it a perfect place to relax and recharge. And if you’re looking for a true escape, Sawmill Creek Resort is conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Sandusky. It’s the perfect place to unwind and recharge amidst tranquil surroundings.
If you’re traveling with kids or just looking for more adventure this summer, Put-In-Bay has water and land activities ready to entertain you. There is plenty to explore, from paddleboards, kayaks, jet skis, and power boats on the water to Crystal Cave and Oak Point State Park on land. And if that wasn’t enticing enough, Cedar Point is just around the corner. This iconic amusement park promises an adrenaline-fueled adventure with thrilling coasters, exciting rides, and captivating games.
Whatever kind of getaway you’re looking for, quiet and calm or screaming and thrilling adventures (maybe even a mixture of both), Northeast Ohio has something for you. Jet Express departs from downtown Sandusky, Put-In-Bay and Cedar Point and is always ready to take you directly to the action!
Crowds or Quiet?
Summers tend to be bustling with activity, but if you’re longing for a more serene and laid-back trip, we recommend planning your visit between Monday and Thursday to avoid the crowds. This way, you can immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the island and truly unwind.
However, if you’re seeking action-packed weekends filled with vibrant energy, we have you covered with a series of exciting events throughout the summer. From the exhilarating 4th of July Celebration to the thrilling Bash on the Bay, there’s always something happening to add a dash of excitement to your getaway. So, whether you prefer weekdays of tranquility or weekends of festivity, the shores of Lake Erie offer the perfect summer experience to match your desired rhythm.
Traveling with Family or Friends?
If you’re planning a family trip and searching for a destination that caters to a range of ages, look no further than Kelleys Island. Hop on some golf carts and embark on a day of island exploration, discovering hidden gems along the way. Take a dip in the lake or play some games on the beach and top it all off with a friendly round of mini-golf and a treat at Dockers Restaurant when you’re through. Looking for a fun place to stay? Castaway Bay is a thrilling indoor waterpark perfect for the whole family.
Fine dining at Bay Harbor or one of the many wineries in the area, such as Put-In-Bay Winery, is perfect for trips with friends. Put-In-Bay also offers a lively late-night scene for friends looking for a night of fun.
Get ready to have the time of your life, create unforgettable memories, and soak up the sun like never before! We’re here to make it happen. With our five strategically placed docks, we’ll take you to the heart of all the action. Jet Express is the ultimate way to zip across Lake Erie! Fast, fun, and hassle-free, we’ll have you laughing, smiling, and enjoying every moment of your journey. Book your tickets today!