Put-in-Bay Ohio News: We Are Open!

Put-in-Bay Ohio News: We Are Open!

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October 15, 2020 – Summer is slipping away. Wherever you go in Ohio you have to wear a mask (with certain exceptions). Wherever you go to eat, drink and play in Ohio, the establishments need to properly sanitize and provide for social distancing. Put-in-Bay is the same as the rest of the state in that regard and most everyone is complying. Check out all the Put-in-Bay Things To Do.

But, even though you don’t hear it much in the media or online, do you know what makes Put-in-Bay different? The island voluntarily tested nearly all of its employees and about half of its general population for COVID even though they were not exhibiting symptoms. To my knowledge, such a large percentage of a local population has not submitted itself to such a voluntary testing anywhere in the United States. It’s not a pleasant test to submit to when you’re not sick. But, that’s how far Put-in-Bay is willing to go to prove that we care. It proved that our positivity rate is the same as the State of Ohio, even though that was not widely reported by the press. It resulted in our County Director of Health saying that it proved Put-in-Bay was not a “hotspot” and that the island was as safe to travel to as anywhere else in Ohio. Check out the best Put-in-Bay Lodging.

And, do you know what else makes Put-in-Bay different? It’s still more fun than anywhere else in Ohio! And, there’s plenty of ways to have that fun besides our famous party and plenty of space to safely have that fun. Where else can you do all of these things so close together: fishing, sailing, riding a golf cart, relaxing in our park, enjoying an antique car parade, listening to music, eating a delicious burger or fish sandwich, bicycling, running, hiking, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, riding in an airplane or helicopter, exploring our peaceful outer island roads, shopping in our gift shops, taking in our wooded walking trails, breathing in our beautiful nature, soaking in a sunset, sharing a moonrise and just enjoying the jewel of the North Coast of America. Enjoy all our Put-in-Bay Restaurants and Bars.

The island awaits you! Summer is slipping away!

-Written by Ray Fogg

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Put-in-Bay Ohio is open and welcoming visitors for 2020! That’s right, we’ve been open since May and hosting island tourists every day. The Miller Ferry and Jet Express are both running a full summer schedule and taking all travelers to and from this beautiful Lake Erie island. They have now been running for a few months. Pools are open and refreshing. And local retail shops, restaurants, and attractions have re-opened as well. Check each for hours of availability

For up-to-date info on all things Put-in-Bay, please call the Put-in-Bay reservation center at 216-898-9951 (open midweek 9-6, and Saturday/Sunday 10-4). Or email us at reserve@putinbayreservations.com if you like. We are happy to try and help you with any Put-in-Bay related questions that you may have! If we can’t answer it, we will direct you to whoever can!


Summer Housekeeping and Counter Help Needed!!!

Looking for a Put-in-Bay summer job? It’s not too late! Put-in-Bay is hiring enthusiastic individuals for Housekeeping (VERY IN DEMAND), Retail, Food Service (experience in managing and making pizzas and/or working in a food trailer is a huge plus), Landscaping, Housekeeping, and more. Please submit a quick Put-in-Bay Summer Employment Application and we will contact you soon.


WHAT Is Now Open as of October 15th?!?

It may have taken a little longer than we’re used to, but we are in the full summer swing here at Put-in-Bay!! Everyone here is having a great time, have you visited yet for your summer island vacation? Along with the Ottawa County Health Department and the State of Ohio, we are actively encouraging visitors to return safely with fishing, grilling out, beautiful sunrises and sunsets with family and friends and all of the things that make Put-in-Bay such a cherished vacation spot.

Read on for specific information: for Lodging (click here), for Ferry Information (click here), for Things To Do (click here), for Golf Cart Rentals (click here).

Featured Lodging (Hotels, Rental Homes, Resorts, Cabins, Condos, Cottages, Bed & Breakfasts)

(as of October 15, 2020)

Safety First!

Make sure that you pack your mask! Both the Miller Ferry and the Jet Express announced on July 6th that masks will be required for all guests who wish to come across the water on their ferries. Click on an image below for more details.

COVID19_MasterGraphic_Tall-JetExpressMiller Ferry Mask Policy


Restaurants and Attractions (Golf Carts, Family Destinations, Shopping)

(as of October 15, 2020)

  • Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot | 419-779-5147 – Now open daily
  • Swipe Right Pizza | 419-742-9222 – BRAND NEW!
  • Cameo Pizza | 419-285-4444 – Patio opened May 15th – Now open daily 11a-close – Delivery and pickup also available
  • Joe’s Bar | 419-285-5637 – Patio opened May 15th – Now Open daily 11a-close
  • Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille | 419-285-5042 – Patio opened May 15th – Now open daily 11a-close
  • Subway | 419-285-1000 – Now open daily 10a-8p (later on weekends)
  • The Boardwalk | 419-285-3695 – Patio opened May 15th
  • The Boathouse | 419-285-5665 – Patio opened May 15th
  • The Bucket Shop at The Round House | 419-285-2323 – Opened 5/16 – use side entrance
  • Carriage House | 419-285-2212 – Open daily
  • Candy Bar | 419-285-2920 – Opened Memorial Day Weekend
  • Chocolate Café | 419-285-2268 – Open
  • Chicken Patio | Open
  • Country House | 419-285-3105 – Open
  • Crew’s Nest | 419-285-3625 – Patio opened May 15th
  • Dockside Gifts | 419-285-7300 – Open daily starting May 22nd
  • Erie Island Karts | 419-285-5278 – Open daily
  • First National Bank | 419-285-7340 – Open Wed
  • Fishbowl | 419-285-3833 – Open daily at 12p starting May 22nd
  • The Forge | 419-285-0022 – Opened May 22nd
  • Freshwater Remedies | 419-366-1372 – Open daily
  • Frosty’s | 419-285-3278 – Patio opened May 15th
  • The Goat Soup & Whiskey | 419-285-4628 – Open
  • Heineman’s Winery | 419-285-2811 – Patio opened May 15th
  • Hooligans | 419-285-3695 – Open
  • Island General Store | 419-285-4091 – Open daily – Masks are required, maximum of 4 in the store at a time
  • Island Hardware Store | 419-285-6887 – Open
  • The Keys | 419-285-5397 – Open
  • Lime Kiln Bus | 419-285-4855 – Opened May 23rd – Open
  • Margaritas on the Rock | 419-285-3040 – Open
  • Misty Bay Boutique | 419-285-7925 – Open daily
  • Mossbacks | 419-285-8888 – Open daily
  • Mojito Bay | Open
  • Muscle Bay Fitness | Opened Tuesday May 26th
  • Pasquale’s Café | 419-285-8600 – Opened May 22nd – Open Daily
  • Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center | 419-285-2283 – Open
  • Gift Shops | Open daily
  • Cave Tours | – Call to inquire
  • Mini Golf | – Open
  • Gemstone Mining | – Open
  • Perry’s Victory Visitor Center | 419-285-2184 – Opening June 13th
  • Monument Tours | Closed until further notice
  • Put-in-Bay Township Parks & Trails | Open daily
  • Put-in-Bay Winery | 419-285-3343 – Open – Weather permitting
  • Red Moon | 419-285-2323 – Opened Memorial Day Weekend
  • Reel Bar | 419-285-1318 – Open Daily
  • Round House Bar | 419-285-2323 – Opened Memorial Day Weekend
  • Sand Bar | Open
  • Sun Stoppers | 419-285-7777 – Open
  • Put-in-Bay Surf Shop | 419-285-2242 – Open
  • Put-in-Bay T-Shirt Shop | 419-285-7006 – Open
  • Topsy Turvey’s | 419-285-4511 – Open daily
  • Zen Café | Opened June 5th



Of course, this isn’t to say that the island you arrive on in 2020 is the same island you left in 2019. Island businesses, workers and residents are extremely alert to the current situation that we are all facing. We are taking extraordinary efforts to ensure that a vacation at the Bay is safe for everyone. If you join us on the island in the coming weeks, and we sure hope that you do, please remember that the island is also home for a lot of people. You will be expected to be responsible and respectful during your visit. We are all in this together and we ask you to be mindful of that. Please read the letter from the Put-in-Bay Path Forward committee located here: Put-in-Bay Path Forward Letter 5/8

Put-in-Bay Ohio Ferries

The Miller Ferry is now running their full summer schedule. You can find a copy of the Miller schedule online.

The Jet Express began service to Put-in-Bay island again on May 29th. You can find the full 2020 Jet schedule online.

Whether you are traveling from Cleveland, Sandusky, Catawba, Toledo, or even just Port Clinton, the Put-in-Bay ferry are getting ready for you! Make sure you save the phone number for a Put-in-Bay taxi to get you quickly from the ferry dock to your rental home, condo, or hotel! (419-285-5466)


sonny s ferry

Put-in-Bay Lodging

*Please reach out to each business individually to confirm hours, availability and current status if you are unsure.*

The following Put-in-Bay Lodging establishments are taking reservations now and have been hosting guests all summer. We have Waterfront Condos, Put-in-Bay resorts, Vacation Home Rentals, Fishing Cottages, and Put-in-Bay hotels for groups of all sizes. There are also some beautiful Bed & Breakfasts on the island for a couples’ getaway.

Island Club Home Rentals – Beautiful rental homes in a dedicated development, with a long list of amenities including full kitchens, outdoor grills, central air and a famous private pool. The perfect spot for any group gathering from family reunions to fishing outings. Call 216-898-9951

Commodore Resort – Great accommodations with a location that can’t be beat, the Commodore Resort sits right in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay, mere steps from the island’s most beloved attractions. Home of MIST pool bar and cabanas. Call 419-285-3101

Put-in-Bay Condos – Only a few feet from the Lake Erie shore, the Put-in-Bay Condos are the newest lodging on the island. Private balconies offer breathtaking view of the sunrise, and spacious floor plans can accommodate up to 12 guests in maximum comfort. Call 216-898-1105

Victory Station Hotel – Perfect for a romantic getaway, Victory Station is located just steps away from downtown Put-in-Bay, close enough to jump right into the action, but detached enough to retreat for some peace and quiet. The best of both worlds! Call 419-285-0120

Bird’s Nest Resort – Rooms at the Bird’s Nest offer the privacy of a home rental for smaller groups. Impeccably maintained rentals with satellite TV and air conditioning are perfect for couples or even individuals, as well as larger units that can sleep up to 8. Call 419-285-6119

Ashley’s Island House B&B – One of the most beloved island bed and breakfasts, each individual room is decorated with various themes, so guests can experience the comfort of home on the island. This B&B is a specialist in providing a cozy feel! Call 419-285-2844

A Place At The Bay House – A Place At The Bay offers all of the great amenities of the affiliated Island Club, with the feel of a private home rental. Jump into the Island Club pool and then head back to your home on a wooded lot across the street. Call 216-898-9450

View from Put-in-Bay waterfront Condo balconyPut-In-Bay Real Estate Island Club

Bars and Put-in-Bay Restaurants

*Please reach out to each business individually to confirm hours, availability and current status if you are unsure.*

PLEASE NOTE: Island bars and restaurants are open under the conditions set forth by the state, which mandate a seating plan that maintains social distancing.

Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille – A Put-in-Bay Ohio institution, Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille is one of the Lake Erie islands’ most well-known hotspots. From sipping cocktails in the afternoon breeze to dancing the night away, Mr. Ed’s has been THE place to be at the Bay for years, and that won’t change anytime soon! Ed’s re-opened for drinks with outdoor seating on May 15th!

MIST Pool Bar – “The Island’s Favorite Wet Spot” serves up all the pool bar antics that have made it Put-in-Bay’s most loved swim-up bar, dip your toes into the 2020 season with poolside drinks outside. The pool re-opened on May 26th.

Tree Bar – The new kid on the block, Tree Bar is already gaining fame for their specialty cocktails. With a great location overlooking MIST Pool Bar, Tree Bar makes for the perfect place to start or end your evening. Or any time in between!

Joe’s Bar & Restaurant – Joe’s Bar calls itself “The Best Five Star Dive Bar” and we’re inclined to agree. Perhaps most famous for their Sloppy Scotty’s and Bloody Mary’s, Joe’s Bar is often the first port of call for island visitors disembarking from the Miller Ferry.

The Boardwalk – An amazing complex of multiple restaurants situated right on the water at the downtown harbor, a meal at The Boardwalk comes with views that can’t be beat. Home of the world-famous Boardwalk Lobster Bisque, expect an experience you won’t soon forget!

Reel Bar – Put-in-Bay’s “Oldest New Bar,” Reel Bar was opened in 2014, but has made decades worth of memories. Music if often performed by island legends Ray Fogg and Bob Gatewood. Hours for May 18 and onward are: Sun-Thur 12PM-8PM and Fri-Sat 12PM-11PM.

Topsy Turvey – A favorite of the locals, Topsy Turvey is a bar, restaurant, carryout, fishing supply shop and more. They are particularly renowned for their Cuban sandwiches. Pair one with their signature cocktail, the Brandy Alexander! Current Hours are 11AM-2PM and 5PM-8PM. Call 419-285-4511 for carryout orders.

Cameo Pizza – Now located inside of Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille, Cameo Pizza has had a couple different homes on the island over the years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is their commitment to making delicious pizza for resident and visitors alike! Current Hours are 11AM – close. Delivery is available daily. Call 419-285-4444 for orders.

The Forge – Famous for their crepes, The Forge is known as one of the best breakfast spots on the island. They also have an extensive lunch and dinner menu that shouldn’t be overshadowed by their breakfast fame.

Subway – Situated inside the Commodore Resort lobby, this is the same Subway you know and love from the mainland. Reliable, quick and affordably priced, it’s the perfect pitstop to refuel and get back to enjoying all that Put-in-Bay has to offer!

The Boardwalk Restaurant complex with harbor in the foreground.


*Please reach out to each business individually to confirm hours, availability and current status if you are unsure.*

Put-in-Bay Attractions – All Put-in-Bay Ohio attractions are open with the exception of the inside of the Monument. Please visit our main attractions page to view everything Put-in-Bay has to offer. The caves are open, the golf cart rentals started up, jet skis, Perry’s Cave, DeRivera Park, Heineman’s Winery, and more! We also have our annual War of 1812 reenactment, and for all the history buffs we have the Historical Society museum.

South Bass Island State Park – The South Bass Island State Park is OPEN for hiking, and island visitors can come enjoy the incredible sunsets on the shore of the park. They are also now open to camping at this time. Please contact the ODNR for more information regarding camping reservations.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial – Perry’s monument remains CLOSED for the time being. The Visitor’s Center is open as of June 13th. Opening dates for the observation deck are TBD.

Put-in-Bay Upcoming Events

Some Put-in-Bay events have been postponed, delayed, cancelled, or on hold. Many events are still active and we hope you enjoy them. For a current list of Put-in-Bay events this season, please visit our Upcoming Events page or call our reservation center at 216-898-9951. The Spring Fling party is still on, with dates to be announced. Also, make your plans now for the Fall Ball party because everyone will want to go after a long summer!

South Bass Island State Park campground plot

Golf Cart Rentals

*Please reach out to each business individually to confirm hours, availability and current status if you are unsure.*

Golf cart rental companies are open. Please check our Put-in-Bay Golf Carts page for all companies, rates, and more information.

Put-in-Bay Taxis

Island Club Taxis – are your best bet for a quick ride on the island.

Put-in-Bay Condo Taxis – offers rides to their guests but is also available for a quick safe ride downtown to all Put-in-Bay Ohio guests.

Tony’s Taxi – is the newest company on the island. Give them a buzz for a fun and friendly ride. *Opening Soon*


Fishing licenses are available online at the ODNR Wildlife page. They cover all Lake Erie islands.

We can’t wait to see our Out of State Walleye Fisherman again! You can purchase out of state licenses again, effective 5/8. See www.islandclub.com for accommodations.


*Please reach out to each marina individually to confirm hours, availability and status.*

Park Place – Docking available to members started on May 15th.

Crew’s Nest – Docking available to members started on May 15th.

Miller Marina – Docking available to members started on May 15th.

Public Docks – Docking available to the public started on May 15th.


*Please reach out to each business individually to confirm hours, availability and current status if you are unsure.*

Lovella Fashion Apparel – Lovella is a beloved Put-in-Bay Ohio boutique clothier that specializes in everything someone might need to wear during their trip to the island. Swimwear, sunglasses, and clothes worthy of a night on the town, you’ll find whatever you need here, and then take it home with you to wear a memory of Put-in-Bay on the mainland.

More Lodging in Put-in-Bay Ohio

  • AB Lodging
  • Ahoy Inn
  • Arbor Inn
  • Anchor Inn Boutique Hotel
  • Ashley’s Island House
  • Aunt Mary’s Place
  • Back Bay Condos C&D
  • Bay Club Cottages
  • Bayshore Resort
  • Bodee’s Bungalow
  • Cantillon’s Poor Man’s Nantucket
  • Casual Cape
  • Dodge House
  • English Pines
  • First Island Son B&B
  • Freshwater Retreat
  • Getaway Inn at Cooper’s Woods
  • Harriet’s House
  • Park Hotel
  • Put-in-Bay Cabins
  • Rays by the Bay

Public Pools

Good News! Public pools on the island re-opened on May 26th! With proper sanitation and safety protocols, the Island Club and Put-in-Bay Condos pools re-opened on that date as well!!! And they are both heated! Also check out MIST downtown at the Commodore Resort. It is a weekend pool party that just can’t be beat… in fact, the best on the island as voted by our guests!

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