Ashtabula’s historic Bridge Street holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. This one-of-a-kind street has everything from unique boutique shops to craft beer and exciting events. Read on to discover the best ways to spend a day in this harbor district. Afterward, make your Lake Erie getaway even more memorable by taking advantage of our vacation packages at The Lakehouse Inn. From spa getaways to date night packages, we’ve thought out every detail for you so that you can spend less time planning and more time having fun!
The Best Things to Do on Ashtabula’s Historic Bridge Street
See the Bascule Lift Bridge in Action
No trip to Bridge Street is complete without seeing the Lift Bridge in action. Every half hour, the Lift Bridge rises to make way for fishing boats, yachts, and sailboats. If you happen to visit Bridge Street in the evening, then you are in for a treat. The bridge completely lights up! It is an extraordinary sight to see.
Delve into History
There’s no denying that history is everywhere you look in this town, and delving into it will give you a new appreciation for Ashtabula. Check out the Maritime Museum to learn about the rich history of the Great Lakes. The Underground Railroad Museum is another fantastic place where visitors can step inside an endpoint of the Underground Railroad.
Enjoy the Best Shopping
If you don’t go shopping on Bridge Street, then you are missing out. The shops of Ashtabula offer incredible variety. You’ll find everything here from vibrant artwork to artisan chocolates to handcrafted soaps and more. Shopping is always fun, but it is even better when you know you are supporting local business.
Sip and Savor at a Local Brewery, Winery, or Restaurant
A day spent on Bridge Street will work up an appetite! Luckily, there are plenty of great places nearby where you can sip and savor some of the best food in The Buckeye State. Some of the area’s top spots for dining include Cloven Hoof Brewing Company, Fitzgerald’s Wine Bar, and Hil-Mak Seafood. For even more recommendations, read our blog on Ashtabula restaurants!
Attend Any of the Area’s Exciting Events
Bridge Street plays host to many events throughout the year. Each year in November, you can look forward to special deals at local stores for Small Business Saturday. The Beach Glass Festival and the Wine and Walleye Festival are two more of the year’s most anticipated events. For more information on upcoming festivities, see the Ashtabula Harbor website.
Extend the Evening at The Lakehouse Inn
After an exciting day on Ashtabula’s historic Bridge Street, don’t let the fun end there. Head home to The Lakehouse Inn where you can enjoy daily wine tastings, farm-to-table eats, spa services, and unrivaled views of the beautiful Lake Erie.
The Sturgeon Suite is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the evening. This room features an electric fireplace, a one-person jetted tub, one queen bed, and all the amenities that make a stay at The Lakehouse Inn special. If you are ready to plan your next getaway, check our seasonal specials and book your stay. We look forward to hosting you soon!
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