Visit with Lakeside Staff at the AAA Great Vacations Expo this Weekend

Staff Blogger: Melissa Kunz, Content Manager


AAA-Expo-Color-LogoLakeside Chautauqua is returning to Columbus, Ohio this weekend to partner with other Lake Erie Shores & Islands attractions at the AAA Great Vacations Expo. The expo will take place from Friday, Jan. 16-Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Visit with Lakeside Chautauqua staff members at the large Lake Erie Shores & Islands’ booth to learn about what’s in store for the 2015 Chautauqua summer season.

While you’re there, visit all of the other attractions in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region, including Cedar Point Amusement Park, Goodtime Lake Erie Island Cruises, Jet Express, Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce, Lake Erie Shores & Islands, Miller Boat Line, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center, Put-in-Bay Winery, Sawmill Creek Resort, City of Sandusky/Sandusky Main Street and Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Port Clinton to plan an unforgettable summer vacation on Lake Erie.

This year, five well-known individuals will be featured as guest speakers during the expo weekend.

Packing expert, Ann McAlpin, will speak on Friday, Jan. 16 at 1 and 4 p.m. about the best packing tips, checklists and more. She will help vacationers make traveling easier and more enjoyable. McAlpin has been featured on HGTV and Oprah!

Best-selling author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patricia Schultz, will speak to expo guests at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 and share her knowledge about the world’s best travel experiences after decades of discovery.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, hiking expert Jeff Alt will lead a family hiking clinic, offering helpful hints on planning a hiking trip, what gear to pack, safety tips and more. He will help your family plan an unforgettable family vacation in the great outdoors.

Also speaking on Saturday, Jan. 17 is award-winning food writer Josh Ozersky at 4 p.m. Ozersky is Esquire Magazine’s restaurant editor. He will share with guests how to find the best restaurants and experience the world of food on every vacation.

To conclude the show on Sunday, Jan. 18, Nik Wallenda, legendary aerialist and high-wire artist, will share his unusual perspectives on the world’s best destinations. He will reveal what it’s like to walk a high-wire, what inspires him to do it and how you can view the world from different perspective.

Kids Fun Day will take place all day on Saturday, Jan. 17 and feature a variety of fun activities and great travel ideas for the whole family to enjoy. Bring the kids along for the day, and play “Passport for Prizes” to enter to win an unforgettable family getaway to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

This year’s AAA Great Vacations Expo is sponsored by AAA Travel, Travel Impressions, Royal Caribbean, Pleasant Holidays, Lake Erie Shores & Islands, Metro Parks, TRUECar and Tourism Ohio.

To view a complete list of exhibitors or for directions and ticket information, visit

Tell us in the comments below if you’re you planning on attending the 2015 AAA Great Vacations Expo? Where are you planning to vacation, besides Lakeside, this year? What are you looking forward to most about the summer at Lakeside?

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