Local Information


The North Coast of Lake Erie is full of hidden treasures and unique communities.  Visitors to the area can walk the sandy beaches along our coastline, shop historic downtowns, or take a short ferry ride to experience Lake Erie's unique island life.

Click on any of the following links to help you plan your trip and learn a bit more about our slice of heaven...

Friends of Catawba Island Club...

Harriet's House Guest House & Suites, Put-In-Bay, Ohio

Harriet's House was built around 1878 by John and Mary Esselbach, becoming one of the first Put-in-Bay Ohio homes still standing today. In 2002, Linda and Denny Rectenwald took over ownership of the property, renamed this new venture Harriet's House, and a new guest house business began on Put-In-Bay.  


In the fall of 2004, the Rectenwalds began the expansion of this little South Bass Island paradise. A new 2400 square foot building was added to the property.  In recognition of the superior quality of this Put-in-Bay vacation home, Harriet's House received the coveted Best of the Bay Award's "Best Guest House" award in 2008.

Freedom Boat Club ...The Boat is Waiting
We believe that days do not have to be ordinary and boating should be an escape rather than a nuisance. To us, boating is a way for people to relax, connect with friends and create powerful memories with family. So in 1989 we brought that philosophy to life with Freedom Boat Club, the world's largest members-only boating club. A simple alternative to boat ownership was created. Today, with Freedom Boat Club, you don't need a lot of time to enjoy boating. Just get to the dock. We'll have a boat waiting for you, fueled up and ready to go.