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Kelleys Island, Ohio
How To Enjoy Kelleys Island Reviews
How to enjoy kellys Island, Ohio May 01, 2007
Kelleys Island, OH: June 6, 2007 -- There is not much here, not even a traffic light. This is a place where you can take your time... there is nowhere to go in a hurry. This appx. 4 mi. x 4 mi. island (commonly referred to as the Emerald Isle) has only your basics; beach, campgrounds, 2 grocery stores, few restaurant / bars, one winery, one microbrew pub, one coffee house, one mini-golf, one game arcade, and a bit of shopping. There is only one public restroom but not downtown of course, so be nice and buy a coke (or something stronger!) after you are obliged to use the facilities at one of the restaurant establishment (since, they have to take up the slack for the lack of village support in this area). We do have housing in the form of Bed and Breakfasts and Condos, no fancy hotels here... yet!
Then there is some of the best Walleye fishing, (and of course Yellow Perch in season), oh, but bring your own boat & bait (there might be one place that sells bait - call "Crafts" listed below) but, you can buy a pole on the island. Not much else available here, can't even rent a boat (there are some charters available) or jet ski. This is a place to RELAX, don't bother bringing your cell phone, no one is in a hurry here so, don't expect us to change just because you are used to the big city!
We have several Marinas and one gas station (at the largest Marina), they might also have boat fuel at another smaller marina. Our car / passenger ferry service is outstanding and leaves from Marblehead, Ohio, it drops off about 2 big blocks from downtown. There are a few other "passenger only" ferries to get here from other places like Sandusky, Port Clinton, and Put-in-Bay.
Once you have arrived, you can head up to Caddy Shack Square to rent a golf cart at Caddy Shack Rentals (say Hi to Nancy, a member of our local color), downtown on Division Street (or a bike for the day if you are looking for a little exercise) and tool around the island, stopping to stroll the beach, hike the quarry, or check out a few historical sites (one of the few places in the world to view what the Ice Glaciers left behind - our Glacial Grooves) to add a little culture to your adventure. Nancy will give you a map if you need one but, don't worry, you can't really get lost, after all, you are on an "island" (just go "round and 'round). And remember, golf cart rentals need to be back by dusk!
After you are all rested up and ready for some excitement, head over to the old-fashioned 18-hole Mini-Golf, in Caddy Shack Square. Follow the "Booga Feet" to the Wacky Shack where you can find all the goofy stuff you had as a kid, along with beads and light sticks for the big kid in you. Go shopping in at the Booga Shack where Booga Wear originated (read the "Booga Story" on the wall), and pick up your essential island gear! Bop into the Beach Rack for all the beach accessories you forgot to get in Florida or Hawaii on your last trip. Pre-schedule a Therapeutic Massage or try Automated Electro-Reflexology, Massaging Chair or Bed at Body Therapy, get on-line with the DSL Internet Access to get your email for a small fee . Dive into some hand-scooped ice-cream at Dipper Dan's Ice Cream Stand. Grab a specialty coffee at the Coffee Shop then take in some pizza & beer (best pizza & subs around!), maybe play a game of pool while the kids hit the Game Shack Arcade or mini-golf. If you are into a workout or exercise routine, sign up to use the KI Fitness Center for a day, week, month or season!
Our "in-season" is quite short, so take advantage of it while you can. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, most things are open everyday, before and after that for about a month, things are mostly open on weekends, but if the weather is great, the season gets extended and more things stay open. Don't be surprised if you come on a Wednesday, before or after season and have a more limited supply of activities available. In July and August, we have a few local festivals so the island is at it's busiest, mostly on weekends so, it may be difficult to find a place to stay, you may need to book in advance or visit during the week instead.
Come stay for the week, if you can spare one, you will never forget it. You won't believe how much you look forward to that mini-golf game or daily stroll on the beach! You will eventually head back home eager for the big city again, refreshed and renewed, with daydreams of nothing-filled days to hold you over to your next visit.
A bit of local FYI ...
There are no banks on the island, there are a few ATM's however. Keep in mind things are a little pricier here compared to the mainland, after all, we have this extra resort sales tax that some of us think isn't really fair, and everything has to be flown-in or freighted-over the water which UPS doesn't really insure and they don't deliver either. You may notice sometimes we have to close up shop to pick up freight in the middle of the day, that way the ferry line won't send it back, just to have it happen again the next day (then again the U.S. Post doesn't deliver either). Construction is another level of expense, so right down to the hammer $9) you had to go to town to get (trip $40 plus gas & 3 hours time), it all adds up. And then if you need Fed Ex, there is an extra flight charge, the list goes on, heaven forbid you forget some necessary item and have to make another trip or Fed Ex. Basically, we don't like it much when people whine about the cost of things because, we aren't really making a profit from the hike but, wish we were!
All in all, the weather is usually better on the island than on the mainland, oddly the showers usually go around us and it seems to run about 10 degrees cooler when the weather is really hot everywhere else.
Well, enjoy your stay and soon, we'll see you on the island!
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