Andrew, Ellie and I had an amazing day at Put-in-Bay with Andrew’s mom and two aunts Saturday. This was our first visit of the year and we couldn’t have picked a better day–the weather was BEAUTIFUL! Our last visit to South Bass Island was in October during Oktoberfest and I blogged about it here. We had such a good time then, I knew it would be the perfect place to bring our guests. We started our trip where we always do–on the Miller Ferry from Catawba. The ferry provided our visitors with their first real view of Lake Erie and they couldn’t believe how vast it was. Honestly, sometimes it still surprises me too!
After about 18 minutes on the ferry, we stepped into our vacation for a day. There were a lot of people arriving onto the island, but it never seemed too crowded. We quickly grabbed two carts from E’s Golf Carts and were on our way. I’m glad I had reservations because by the time we got there around 11:30 a.m. there weren’t any carts available without one! Our first stop was our favorite restaurant on the island, The Upper Deck of the Boardwalk. We end up going to the Upper Deck every time we visit because the lobster bisque is TO DIE! Ellie ate her weight in french fries and the girls got to have a little afternoon cocktail. We tried several dishes that included bleu cheese chips, lobster mac and cheese, and the lobster BLT. Needless to say, we were all happy by the end of the meal.
Andrew’s aunt Kathryn especially likes botanical gardens, so after lunch we took the group to the Butterfly House at the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center. The Butterfly House is a 4,000 square foot aviary filled with 50 types of butterflies from all over the world and just as many beautiful flowers. It was so cute watching Ellie walk along the brick paths and seeing Andrew point out butterflies to her. The space was well contained, so we were able to let her run around a little and not worry about her getting too far.
I had been to the Butterfly House before and was already a fan, but I had never been to Crystal Cave and really wanted to see it, so that was our next stop. Crystal Cave lies 42 steps below Heineman’s Winery and is the world’s largest known geode. The cave is covered in blueish crystals called celestite that range from 8 to 18 inches long, and it was accidentally discovered in 1897 by workers digging a well for the winery. This cave is truly amazing–it is small but packs a large punch. It may be the coolest cave I’ve ever been to, and I’m not talking about temperature. 🙂
Our cave tour also included a tour of the winery and a glass of wine, so we enjoyed our wine while Ellie got a nap in.
After our break at the winery, we toured around the island in the golf carts and made our way back to the ferry. Put-in-Bay is one of my favorite places to take visitors. The next time Andrew’s mom and aunts are in town, we’ll be able to take them to a whole different set of sites on the island.