The school bus dropped us off right in front of our hotel, Bayshore Resort. This hotel is located in a fantastic area of the island, right on the waterfront near Perry’s Monument and within a short walking distance of the downtown village. Shannon and I stayed at this hotel last year and loved our stay, so we really wanted to go back! Every room at the resort is facing the lake and has a screened-in balcony with an awesome view. There are two pools and a large hot tub, along with a tiki bar serving up drinks. A great advantage of staying at this hotel is that only the hotel guests are permitted to use the pool. Every other pool on the island at the hotels are fully open to the public. Due to the fact that the pool is for hotel guests only, it is less crowded and can be a quieter escape for relaxation in Put-in-Bay.
Justin and I stayed in our own room, and the three girls stayed in the room next door to us. We both had “Double Queen” suites. Originally, I tried to book us one room that could sleep 6 people but they were all sold out. And I called a few months in advance! Clearly, this place is pretty popular so I would recommend booking early if you plan on staying here. Not pictured is the bathroom, but it was very spacious with a large shower.
Each room had a balcony with a fantastic view. Also, the balconies are fully screened in so we were able to enjoy the outdoors without having bugs swarming around us (or coming inside the room). Since we were all feeling pretty gross and sweaty from the humid weather that day, we all immediately got changed into our bathing suits and jumped in the pool!
The view from the pool and the hotel property was amazing. We had a wonderful view of Lake Erie and the monument tower. Some people chose to swim in the lake here, but we decided to swim in the pool. Put-in-Bay isn’t known for having a main beach area, so swimming in pools are the best option.
First things first…what is better than a cold, refreshing beverage on a hot day by the pool? There was a tiki bar right beside the pool where we got our drinks. There was a drink on special that was banana flavored, so I was pretty sold on getting that. I can’t remember the name of it, but it had banana liqueur, orange juice, and Sprite. Justin had a Corona.
We splashed around in the pool for a couple of hours and played with the underwater camera. I’ve had great success in the past with my camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 underwater camera, which also happens to be shockproof and works great in cold temperatures, too. It also shoots video in full HD. It wasn’t very expensive and I’ve taken it snorkeling in the past as well…it takes great photos! I highly recommend it! Anyway, back to the swimming…Shannon and Kristine went in the hot tub for a little while. Justin and I stayed in the regular pool since we felt that it was a little too warm outside for the hot tub.
Afterwards, we sat out for a little bit on lawn chairs and did some relaxing. My only complaint that totally couldn’t be controlled was that there were quite a few bugs outside…bugs that would bite you! I don’t know if it was the time of year (it wasn’t like that last year) or due to the extremely hot weather…but ouch! Those bug bites hurt! So, the bugs ended up driving me indoors after a little bit (as well as feeling hungry for dinner!), but they could be avoided by staying in the pool. I didn’t notice the bitey bugs on any other occasions that we went swimming, so it might have been a one-time unlucky thing. There were plenty of mosquitoes out at night, but that was to be expected on a hot summer evening.
Read more about our trip to Put-in-Bay, Ohio:
Driving to Port Clinton towards Put-in-Bay
Traveling to Put-in-Bay on the Miller Ferry
Staying at Bayshore Resort, Put-in-Bay
Put-in-Bay Nightlife, Day 1
A Golf Cart Tour of the Island
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Tower
Perry’s Cave and Joe’s Bar
Segway Excursion Around Put-in-Bay
Kayaking to Gibraltar Island
Our Last Evening in Put-in-Bay
Leaving Put-in-Bay on the Miller Ferry