Summertime breezes wander from the shores of Lake Erie to whistle through clinking glasses at the Lake Erie Winefest, where casual and seasoned sippers alike gather annually to discuss, learn about, and taste-test different wines from regional winemakers. Throughout the weekend, participating wineries showcase products to festival attendees, who can take their grape-fueled zest to the next level by absorbing viticulture lectures or promising to name their next child after a favorite sample. Food and wine demonstrations dish out tips for palatable pairing, and bands and craft stands amplify festive airs with live tunes and wine-related wares.
During the spring and summer, laughter fills the air at Adventure Zone, where rollicking rides and challenging outdoor games keep spirits high from April to September. Visitors bond over friendly races at the go-kart track, compete for the ownership of plush toys at the center’s arcade, or hone their sporting skills on the miniature-golf course or within the batting cages. The park’s concession stand stocks a range of salty and sweet snacks, which help quell cravings or prevent midrace pizza runs.
A savory scent and alluring sizzle waft through the air at The Wine & Walleye Festival, an annual event founded in 2008; it comes from the vendors frying filets of perch and walleye from Lake Erie. Representatives from local wineries pour samples of their reds and whites, and a roster of local artists and musicians showcase the culture of Ashtabula County. Festival-goers can also participate in a 5K road race, cast their lines for a fishing tournament, or take in the sights of a classic car show and a boat parade on the Ashtabula River.
Old Firehouse Winery ferments more than 20 full-flavored vinos along the glistening shores of Lake Erie. Diners can admire the dining room with its shelves of glossy wine bottles to the gently lapping lake. Visitors can opt to purchase sweet and dry wine tastings ($1 for two tasting trays), which each include 10 samples of single-grape and blended varietals. After sampling the full range of sweet and juicy concords to dry and full-bodied chambourcins, duos can imagine how each exquisite vintage would look inside their souvenir wine glasses and how advantageous the imprinted corkscrews would be during a close-range jousting match. In the warmer months, patrons can swill, sniff, and sip from a romantic lakeside overlook on the outdoor tasting patio and supplement the winery outing with a ride on a historic ferris wheel.
For spaghetti and meatballs that tug at the heartstrings, Ferrante Winery and Ristorante creates a warm atmosphere perfect for two.
Ferrante Winery and Ristorante will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from Ferrante Winery and Ristorante's extensive drink list.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Ferrante Winery and Ristorante, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Ferrante Winery and Ristorante can seat both large and small groups.
For comfortable outdoor service, Ferrante Winery and Ristorante sets up a seasonal patio.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
At Ferrante Winery and Ristorante, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Come to High Tide Tavern to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
When you're ready to pig out, High Tide Tavern is ready to serve you the scrumptious food you're craving.
High Tide Tavern is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at High Tide Tavern — attire is casual.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve High Tide Tavern's tasty dishes at your next party.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near High Tide Tavern.
There's no need to spend a fortune on a delicious meal at High Tide Tavern — most prices are under $15.
Stop by for three square meals a day — High Tide Tavern serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.