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The Island House Hotel
102 Madison St., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
  Winter Fun in Northern Ohio

As the weather cools down, keep the chill out of your social life by relaxing right downtown at Port Clinton’s historic Island House Hotel. Warm and comfortable, Trip Advisor suggests that Island House Hotel is a, “great value.” The drive is beautiful, with leaves changing color, and you have just enough time in the car to feel your regular thoughts slip away into “vacation” mode.

Island House Hotel offers a friendly, helpful staff so each guest enjoys a memorable stay. Just steps from Port Clinton’s Jet Express, your new favorite hotel offers free parking should you care to enjoy Put-In-Bay. This historic hotel is decorated with great, vintage accessories and offers character galore.

The well-furnished guest rooms at island House are clean and snug, and various suite sizes are also available. A beautiful bar offers a friendly server to put the frosting on your Port Clinton get-away experience. Enjoy your beautiful fall day, then sink into a calm, peaceful sleep in the notably comfortable beds at Island House Hotel. The breakfast bar is ready when you are, so let your dreams take over.

Cozy and gorgeous, the period furniture at Island House is unique and well worth some photographs, so bring your camera or phone and capture an image of peace and pause before the holiday season hits. Fall in love with Island House; it’s waiting for your call.

The Island House can play host to you during the cold winter months of Northern Ohio, a perfect oasis to get away from your every day grind, or for a weekend away to celebrate the holidays with that special someone in your life. Don't let the cold weather keep you from enjoying all of the fun and natural beauty that Northern Ohio and the Island House hotel can still offer visitors during the winter months.

Cross Country Skiing
Northern Ohio is home to world class cross country skiing trails, through the densely wooded and beautiful forests of the coast and past some incredibly memorable Ohio scenery. Long known among cross country skiing connoisseurs as an ideal location for trails running in December and January, for enthusiasts or first time cross country skiers, there is a trail for everyone.

North Coast Inland Trail - Huron County (Norwalk to Bellevue)
The trail passes among hardwood forests, crosses several rivers and offers wide views in some areas. The trail follows part of the former Toledo, Norwalk & Cleveland Railroad (later New York Central's Norwalk Branch), which is being converted to trails across northern Ohio. The Huron County segment is managed by Firelands Rails to Trails, an all-volunteer, non-profit group.
Length: 20.7 miles
Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

Huron River Greenway MetroPark Trail
The Huron River Greenway MetroPark Trail has two separate segments, each just under 1 mile long. The northern (Huron) segment runs from DuPont Marsh State Nature Preserve off River Road and heads south about 0.9 mile, ending at a gate on River View Drive in Franklin Flats. The southern (Milan) segment runs from the end of N. Main Street and heads north 0.9 mile to end at a barricade across the trail.
Length: 1.8 miles
Surface: Crushed Stone

Steel Mill Trail
The Steel Mill Trail is a 2-mile continuation of the Bridgeway Trail, which lies within the Black River Reservation, a scenic wooded park in Lorain. The Steel Mill Trail picks up at the north end of the Bridgeway Trail by the Days Dam Picnic Area and continues north through the old slag fields left behind from the U.S. Steel Mill.
Length: 2 miles
Surface: Asphalt

For more information on Ohio's Cross Country Skiing trails, check out the information located here.

Ice Fishing
Summer and fall aren't the only times that you can experience the incredible fishing that Northern Ohio has to offer. For the bold and intrepid Ohio anglers looking for a new challenge, the lakes and streams of northern Ohio provide the perfect opportunity to go ice fishing. What’s biting down below? Area ice fishing specialists say you can catch the same species when ice fishing as you hooked during the summer months, including crappie, bluegill, bass and catfish, as well as perch, walleye and saugeye. In fact, some of the most sought after ice fish are saugeyes (a cross between the sauger and a walleye), because they are so active in the winter. If you are interested in going ice fishing out on Lake Erie, it is strongly recommended that you hire a guide with experience to help keep you safe and assist in locating ideal fishing locations.
For more information about ice fishing on Lake Erie and in other parts of Northern Ohio, please visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife.

Sledding and Toboggan runs
Finally, a family experience everyone can enjoy this winter season in Northern Ohio. Northern Ohio is home to some of the best sledding hills and toboggan runs in the midwest, and when the snow falls, these little hills turn into the ideal downhills for your kids or yourself to enjoy. Often part of local natural park systems, there are perfect sledding spots dotting the coast line for you to explore and enjoy with your little ones this winter season.

For information about the sledding hills and toboggan runs of Northern Ohio, check out the list of best places to sled in Northern Ohio here.

We look forward to hosting you for your holiday getaway or winter weekend retreat this season at the Island House Hotel. If you are interested in any of these activities, or just looking for ideas to keep you entertained during the cold winter months, feel free to call us or talk to one of our Island House concierge specialists at 419-734-0100.


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