When you think of a vacation or a weekend getaway, you often imagine summer sunsets, warm beaches, or autumn leaf-peeping hikes. Winter, on the other hand, is the perfect time to stay inside warming your feet by the fire. But sometimes the gloomy days of winter can get us down, and we catch a bad case of cabin fever staying cooped up in our homes all day. That’s why winter can be a great time to pack up the car and head to where the sites are serene and spirits high.
But where to? Marblehead, Ohio offers the best sights and activities to beat the winter blues. Below are three reasons why you should visit Marblehead in the off season.
As Lake Erie freezes and the snow falls over the land, Marblehead emerges as a calm and peaceful place to enjoy the beautiful scenery that winter brings. The Marblehead Lighthouse is adorned with holiday wreaths, and the towering structure and the stillness of the icy lake brings tranquility to an otherwise bustling time of year.
Marblehead in the winter is a photographer’s bliss. Amidst the views of the lake lies the icefishers getting a start on their day or sitting under the setting sun, evergreens topped with snow, or the lone trekker braving the frozen shores. Whether you’re in it for the perfect sight or the perfect picture, winter is an amazing time to take advantage of the serenity of the shores of Lake Erie.
The scenery is enough reason to visit and relax among the firelit cabins and snow-topped trees along the shore. But action-seekers need not worry, there’s adventure to be had as well. Cross-country skiing trails, sledding hills, and snowmobiling paths run through East Harbor State Park. You can ice skate on the lake and go ice fishing or ice boating. Or, you can simply strap on a pair of snowshoes and head where the wind takes you.
Marblehead and the surrounding areas also offer some fun winter festivals, like the Arctic Ice Festival in Sandusky, where you can partake in a soup cook-off or take an Underground Railroad trolley tour. Check out the local scene and hit up the nearest winter festival.
Think wine tasting and touring is only for the summer and fall? Think again. Winter is the perfect time to head to the cozy indoors of a warm winery and sip on your favorite selection, or try something new in the spirit of the changing seasons.
Firelands Winery in Sandusky is open year round, or check out Quarry Hill Winery in Berlin Heights for some live entertainment while tasting their selection. Don’t forget to stock up on the wines you’d like to enjoy back at your resort, to serve at your holiday party, or to give to family and friends as gifts.
Winter is often overlooked as the perfect time to travel, especially to the northern regions of Ohio. But there are so many reasons why Marblehead and the surrounding areas offer a majestic winter wonderland, and instead of staying locked up inside this season, head to the great outdoors and make the most of your experience. The sights are beautiful and the landscape is calling, not to mention the off-season costs are typically lower and the crowds fewer. So get out this winter. Whether you’re looking for family fun or a romantic getaway, take a weekend trip to clear your mind and raise your spirits.