Travel is one of the many things that fuels my creativity and inspires my home décor and fashion picks. Since we’ve been married, we’ve had the opportunity to do lots of traveling! This past year alone we’ve been to Colorado, Las Vegas, Mexico, and Scotland (best trip ever! Post about our Scottish trip coming soon). [Or as I like to say we went to craft beer, expensive beer, tequila and scotch!]
This summer we really wanted to enjoy and explore the coastal shores of Ohio. We love that it only takes an hour or less to travel to the Lake Erie shore. This summer we successfully made it to Put-In-Bay, Maumee Bay State Park, and this past weekend, Marblehead. [It was also Shannon’s birthday, and when wifie wants a lighthouse and water, wifie gets a lighthouse with water plus wine]
We loved Marblehead! It was the perfect mini getaway for the day. Next time we want to rent a cabin or home on the lake and stay for a long weekend. Our first stop for the day was the historic, and popular, Marblehead Lighthouse. Going on a Saturday meant it was pretty busy with tourists. We would recommend going during the week when it is less crowded.
The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society and State Park includes the lighthouse, the museum, and the Lifesaving Station. You only need about an hour or so to walk around and see everything. My favorite part of course was climbing to the top of the lighthouse. Built in 1821, this lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse still in use on the Great Lakes. Although it was a cloudy day, we still enjoyed some gorgeous views of the lake. [Scroll down for my very first pictorial appearance! And yes ladies, I do actually exist and am not a figment of Shannon’s imagination.]
We spent about an hour and half walking around the grounds. We had originally planned to go to Mon Ami Winery for lunch, but as we were driving through the main street of Marblehead, we stumbled upon some super cute shops and had to stop. The shops were adorably nautical (check out the Pink Perch on Facebook!) and I definitely could have dropped some serious $$$ on décor for our home.
As we were shopping, we stumbled upon the cutest local winery – Rocky Point Winery. The winery is an old historic building with a huge garden in the back. They had a pavilion set-up in the garden with live music, picnic tables, an outdoor bar, bonfires, lawn games, and wicker furniture where you could relax and enjoy some wine. We ordered a flight of six local wines and a cheese plate and it was the perfect way to end our mini getaway.
I’m already planning on framing a print of one of the lighthouse photos I took. As I mentioned in a previous post, framing pictures you take on your travels is such an easy and inexpensive way to add meaningful décor to your home. Plus, it’s a lovely reminder of the great memories you created while exploring and traveling.
Thanks again for reading! Please let us know if you have any questions about our trip to Marblehead or for more recommendations!
Shannon [and Rob]