Toledo has so many events, attractions and establishments in the downtown area and its surrounding communities, so maybe it’s not often that you find a reason to go on vacation. Or maybe you enjoy relaxing in the comfort of your own home.
Either way, you have to admit that it’s nice to get away from it all every once in awhile. There’s something special about packing a weekend bag filled with the bare essentials, sleeping in a luxurious bed, exploring a town other than your neighborhood, and simply escaping from the busyness of life.
Thankfully, you don’t have to travel very far to experience a relaxing weekend getaway at Lake Erie. Toledo is situated right near the western tip of this vast body of water that touches Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and even Canada.
Check out these destinations along Lake Erie’s shore that vary in amenities, prices and distance from Toledo.
The further you read through this list, the more dedicated you’ll become as the driving distance slowly increases! But they all share two things in common: a proximity to the waters of Lake Erie and the peaceful, relaxing qualities that ensue.
Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center — Oregon, OH
25 Minutes Away from Toledo
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Get away from it all with a short drive to Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center situated alongside Lake Erie in Maumee Bay State Park. Participate in the many on-site activities in this picturesque setting, play a round of golf on their 1,850 acres of protected wetlands along the lake, park your boat in the marina, go hiking or bird-watching, or explore the many nearby activities.
At the end of the day, relax and take in the spectacular lake views from your room at the Maumee Bay Lodge or in a cozy private cabin. This is the perfect place to retreat as a couple or have a blast as a family — without having to travel very far at all!
Hotel Sterling — Monroe, MI
30 Minutes Away from Toledo
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Visit Hotel Sterling for a unique experience in lodging blending cosmopolitan decor, downtown Monroe convenience, and 160 years of history! This modern hotel rests alongside River Raisin in Monroe, MI, and is very close to Lake Erie. Enjoy the amenities of downtown Monroe while still remaining close to Sterling State Park, which runs alongside the lake.
Sawmill Creek Resort — Huron, OH
1 Hour, 10 Minutes Away from Toledo
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Enjoy 235 acres of affordable luxury at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron on the shores of Lake Erie. Amenities include five restaurants, a shopping center, a 176-slip marina, indoor and outdoor pools, a beautiful lakefront sand beach, a golf course, and a 500-acre nature preserve.
Enjoy peaceful and cozy lodging in their cabin-esque rooms, and wake up each day ready to enjoy the nearby amenities at Sawmill Creek Resort!
Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers — Sandusky, OH
1 Hour, 20 Minutes Away from Toledo
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Experience the ultimate family vacation with a visit to Hotel Breakers situated within the complex of amusement parks at Cedar Point in Sandusky. This historic beachfront hotel is a short walk from the various thrilling adventures this area has to offer — including, of course, Lake Erie.
This 110-year-old hotel was recently renovated to match its modern amenities, but its commitment to exceptional service has remained the same over the decades. Make your reservation at this reimagined hotel situated in an exciting region alongside Lake Erie!
BayShore Resort — Put-in Bay, OH
1 Hour, 30 Minutes Away from Toledo
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Travel across Lake Erie by ferry to stay at BayShore Resort, the only lakefront hotel on Put-In Bay Island. Enjoy picturesque lake views from the comfort of your hotel room, a swim in their two new heated lakefront swimming pools, a dip in their 30-person jacuzzi spa, a drink at their lakefront poolside tiki bar, or a waterfront meal at the Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge.
Keep in mind that the historic Put-In-Bay downtown area is just a short two-minute walk from the hotel, so you can get the best of lakeside and downtown living during your stay at BayShore Resort!
Kelleys Island Venture Resort — Kelleys Island, OH
1 Hour, 45 Minutes Away from Toledo
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A visit to Kelleys Island Venture Resort will feel like a true getaway, as you are completely secluded on Kelleys Island, surrounded by the waters of beautiful Lake Erie. Travel to Marblehead, and get on the short and enjoyable 20-minute ferry ride to Kelleys Island.
Situated on the south shore of Kelleys Island, this resort hotel offers beautiful views of Lake Erie from within their 31 luxury suites ranging in size. Enjoy first-class resort amenities at Kelleys Island Venture Resort, including flat-screen televisions and mini kitchens in each room, a swimming pool with therapy areas, and an outdoor hot tub resting in their beautifully landscaped courtyard.
The Lakehouse Inn — Geneva, OH
2 Hours, 45 Minutes Away from Toledo
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Experience true luxurious lakeside living at The Lakehouse Inn in Geneva, where you’ll find an eight-room bed and breakfast, four private cottages, a full production winery, an on-site farm-to-table restaurant, and a relaxing spa.
Taste local wine at the 20+ wineries nearby, explore the many outdoor activity destinations in the region such as Geneva State Park Marina, or go shopping at “The Strip” in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio’s oldest summer resort!
The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake — Geneva, OH
2 Hours, 45 Minutes Away from Toledo
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The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake offers breathtaking views of Lake Erie on its southern shore, near Geneva State Park in the heart of Ohio Wine Country. Stay in one of the lodge’s 109 rooms with a variety of configurations, or book your stay in one of their brand-new cottages coming in the summer of 2016!
Wherever you stay, you can enjoy the many activities in and around the area — including indoor and outdoor pools, bicycle rentals, a fine-dining restaurant with outdoor seating, a shuttle to area wineries, and the shops and restaurants at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake is a perfect romantic escape for couples, an activity hub for families, and a peaceful setting for meetings, conferences, weddings, and more!
Lakeview on the Lake — Erie, PA
3 Hours, 30 Minutes Away from Toledo
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Lakeview on the Lake is your relaxation destination located in Erie, Pennsylvania. This unique community along Lake Erie offers a variety of lakefront accommodations, including mini cottages, motel rooms, and romantic suites — all of which are clean and well-furnished, offering a private bath, cable TV and free wifi. But perhaps one of our favorite features of Lakeview on the Lake is its proximity to the lake, and the beautiful sunset views you can enjoy from the comfort of your temporary home.
You can even stay in their Airstream, providing a unique tiny-home feel with unexpected modern amenities, such as a queen-sized bed, a bathroom, a leather sofa futon, a dinner table, a full kitchen with solid hickory cabinets, and two wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. This is your chance to experience glamping to the fullest adjacent to Lake Erie!