Staff Blogger: Alana Tarry, Director of Development

Cade Browning remembers coming to Lakeside as a high schooler to visit his grandmother at her cottage, Miriam’s Mansion.

It wasn’t until Cade and Katie were married and had their son Barrett that they visited Lakeside as a family. They immediately fell in love and started looking for a cottage of their own. They purchased one when their son Bede was seven months old, and the family has been coming back ever since.

Bettinger Park has always played an important role in the Browning family’s Lakeside experience. “When the boys were little, we built pond boats together in the park and enjoyed the big slide and the playground,” shared Katie. “As they got older, we could play shuffleboard and mini-golf as a family.”

Each summer, the Browning children look forward to their time in Lakeside, and more specifically, in the park.

“Now that Barrett is older, he heads to the basketball courts after pickleball, and we might not see him again until dinner,” said Katie. “He has developed friendships on the basketball courts that we know will last a lifetime. As Bede is playing basketball at school and enjoying more freedoms at Lakeside, he, too, can’t wait to join the big kids on the courts this summer.” Read More

With Christmas just around the corner, are you still searching for the perfect present? Why not give the gift of happiness and take a look at our list of Lakeside-inspired gift ideas…

Lakeside Gift Cards
This year, Lakeside introduced Gift Cards as a way to pay for Daily, Weekly or Partial Day Chautauqua Passes, and even Season Passes! Gift Cards are available to purchase in values of any amount. For more information, contact Tyler Wilkie at (419) 798-4461, ext. 349 or To ensure delivery prior to Christmas, please order by Dec. 10.

Hotel Gift Certificates
Hotel Lakeside and Fountain Inn gift certificates are available for next year. Gift certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase. For more information, contact Steve Koenig at (419) 798-4461, ext. 343 or To ensure delivery prior to Christmas, please order by Dec. 10.

Honor a Loved One
A gift in honor of a loved one is a special way to pay tribute to their love of Lakeside. The gift can celebrate milestones – the birth of a child, wedding or anniversary – or remember a loved one. When making a tribute gift, make note of the loved one being honored or remembered. The person being honored, or the family contact of the person being remembered, will receive a hand-written note. For more information, contact Alana Tarry at (419) 798-5396 or Read More

We had several fantastic entries in our annual Pumpkin-Decorating Contest at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival. Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners!

Best Overall & Most Creative Design
“Mr. Hoover Picks a Winner” by Heather Doughty
Look closely… this unique design is a replica of last year’s Pumpkin-Decorating Contest winners and is currently displayed at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office.  

Best Painted Design
“Reservations Only – at The Abigail” by Cathy Doughty
This Lakeside-inspired design is a tribute to the Abigail Tea Room and is currently displayed at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office. 

Sweetest Design
“Yummy Caramel Apple” by Nicole Roth

Best Use of Props
“Camper Time” by Amelia (age 9), Eli (age 6) and Alice (age 4) Weeks

Best Design with Pumpkin & Natural Materials
“Eerie Cottage” by Ameila Gaiser (age 12)

Best Painted Design
“Black Panther” by Carsen Pirro (age 8)

Best Teen Design
“Beautiful White Owl” by Tristyn Morrow (age 14)

Best Youth Design
“Mermaid Tail” by Mariana Pirro  (age 12)

Best Child Design
“Brandon the Bat” by Garrett Neura (age 7)

Welcoming the return of fall weather to our Lake Erie shore, October brings a beautiful, multi-hued landscape of autumn leaves, cool breezes off the water… and the excitement of the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival with its annual Pumpkin-Decorating Contest!

When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
            Pumpkin Drop-Off – 9:30-11 a.m.
            Awards Presentation – 1-1:30 p.m.
Where: Hoover Auditorium Porch
Who: You! Read More

Coffee & Cream
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday through Oct. 13; reopens May 2019

Evening Song Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Open weekends through Oct. 13

Heritage Hall Museum Gift Shop
Open for the Lighthouse Festival, Oct. 13; by appointment any other day; reopens May 2019

Idlewyld Bed & Breakfast
Open through mid-November; reopens May 2019

Joseph Wise Fine Clocks
Open daily through October and weekends through December; reopens May 2019
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Keystone Guest House
Open weekends through October; reopens May 2019 Read More