While Cedar Point and the Lake Erie islands are hot spots for travel in northern Ohio, the Marblehead peninsula offers distinct out-of-the way pleasures for people seeking to slow down and escape from their daily routines, while enjoying a different kind of Lake experience.
Spinning & Weaving
Just for Ewe is a prime example. The long-time peninsula business has been hosting visitors at its yarn shop, boutique and barnyard for decades. But now, Just For Ewe is also home to a studio where guests can not only spin their own wool or alpaca yarn, but can also create clothing and accessories with their newly-minted fabrics. Don’t forget to say hi to this cute pup while you are spinning!
The art class retreats offer opportunities for individuals or small groups to enjoy the quaint sound of wooden spinning wheels and looms working their magic on natural and naturally-dyed fibers. At Just For Ewe classes, a variety of projects can be tackled, including socks, sweaters, throws and pillows. The boutique features jewelry, homemade fudge, apparel gifts and a large selection of gourmet treats and home décor products.
Casting & Catching
Tens of thousands of boats hit the waters of the Western Basin every year for great walleye and yellow perch fishing. In Marblehead, inexpensive charters leave Tibbels Marina daily. The cheapest way to get on the water fishing is aboard a walk-on charter. At Tibbels, trips run twice a day, leaving the dock at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Beginning in August, they run just one trip per day, leaving the dock at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $47 per person, with a $10 discount for active military members and kids 12 or younger.
In addition to a rod and tackle, it’s recommended to bring a hat, cooler, sunglasses, drinks and snacks and sunscreen. Little or no fishing experience? Not a problem, Tibbels captains and first mates will gladly help out. For private charters, hosting up to six people, expect to pay more. Tibbels charges about $580, and other charter captains will cost about the same.
Listening & Sipping
Done weaving or fishing? Stop by Marblehead’s newest winery! The Red Fern Inn at Rocky Point Winery recently opened in the original Marblehead Schoolhouse building, circa 1896. The limestone building offers four unique B&B rooms, a beautifully decorated first floor with indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of live music to enjoy.
The building has been kept as true to its historical standing as possible, while still providing modern amenities to overnight guests and a comfortable atmosphere for winery visitors. The handsome building is surrounded by lilies, hostas, sunflowers, tomatoes, daylilies, peonies, geraniums and a host of other annuals, perennials and shrubs. Inside offers original paintings by artist Cary Ferguson. Or head ouside to kick back in some Adirondeck chairs, play cornhole or bask in the shade of tall cottonwoods.
Its location in downtown Marblehead offers easy walking or biking to bars and restaurants, shopping and landmarks, like the Lakeside Daisy Preserve and the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, or the Kelleys Island Ferry.