Wendy Pramik-Special to USA TODAY
Since the late 19th century, chautauquas have been known as vacation getaways that offer more than recreation. Rooted in religious and secular education, they’re places that promise peaceful, clean fun while permitting an opportunity to renew the body, mind and spirit.
We discovered this magic while visiting Lakeside Chautauqua, a gated community on Ohio’s Marblehead Peninsula, an hour and a half west of Cleveland. Lakeside was founded in the 1870s by a group of scholars, preachers and local residents, and by the 1890s a lasting program of educational enrichment had been established.
Lakeside remains open today to day-trippers and longer-term visitors, boasting hundreds of cute cottages, a 79-room hotel, a cultural arts center, a campground, a concert auditorium, historic movie theater and shopping, dining and recreational opportunities. Not to mention a flowery walkway along the lake that’s deemed “Ohio’s most beautiful mile.”
Guest Blogger: Julie Miller-What Should We Do Today?
If you’re looking for a slow-paced and peaceful family vacation on the lake, make plans to visit Lakeside, Ohio, a perfectly picturesque town on Lake Erie where there is a little something for everyone in the family!
Thanks to Lakeside Chautauqua for sponsoring this post.
When we were invited to visit Lakeside Chautauqua, I really had no idea what to expect. My family has vacationed several times on Lake Erie and we had driven by the entrance to Lakeside many times, but other than knowing that it cost money to get in, the rest of the details remained a mystery.
We met our Lakeside contact, Lizzy, at the entrance and she drove my family on a tour of the town on a golf cart. I have to admit I was shocked!! Lakeside was not at all what I had expected (for some reason I pictured a simple campground) and it blew away my expectations!
As we drove through the quaint town filled with golf carts and kids on bicycles, I felt like we were at the seaside in New England. I felt like we were on the coast of California. I felt like we had stepped back in time to Mayberry. By the time our 48 hours in Lakeside ended, we were IN LOVE!