It's cold. Really, really cold.

Last weekend, I went down to Ohio and explored Sandusky with Lake Erie Shores & Islands and lucky enough, temperatures stayed above 0 for the first time in what felt like forever. Thank you, weather gods.

So...Sandusky in the winter? Yeah, it's pretty rad. The indoor/outdoor exploration options are perfect and prove that although Cedar Point is amazing, it's not the only thing this area has to offer.

A summary of the trip included wine, a spa, delicious chocolate, a museum, snowshoeing, delicious chocolate, fantastic food, a symphony and delicious chocolate.

Chocolate. Can you tell I loved the chocolate?

Firelands Winery tour and tasting was the perfect activity on a cold day that started at a bitter temperature of 22 below 0. I walked in with hopes of lots of wine to warm the soul. Mission accomplished.

I also wanted to steal their chandeliers. As you can tell from the picture below that might be kind of difficult. Any of you welders? I'll provide the wine bottles...




That night I got back to Sawmill Creek Resort and enjoyed editing and chatting with a few of you while relaxing next to one of their three massive fireplaces. After that, I went and soaked up all my worries in a nice bubble bath and curled up in a comfy robe with a cup of coffee. I'm always cold and anytime I'm given a fireplace or massive bathtub I am one happy traveler.




Saturday began with a trip to the Sandusky Maritime Museum where I found Jack Sparrow in a peep-hole waiting to take me on the high seas. Okay....maybe it was just his picture, but a girl can dream right?! It was really amazing to learn about all of the shipwrecks in the Great Lakes region and see some really interesting artifacts left behind from the wrecks.

Then came my favorite...CHOCOLATE. I'm obsessed with chocolate and when it is high-quality, rich, delicious, WINE-filled chocolate...oh lawd help me. Tre Sorelle Cioccolato is a tiny, but big-hearted shop in Sandusky that creates fine chocolates and offers a wide variety of entertainment options. You can book a chocolate session where you make and decorate your own bars at just twelve dollars a person.

Ugh. It's a good thing I don't live there or else I would eat pieces for breakfast, lunch and dinner.




And of course, because it's winter, you can't NOT enjoy the snow! You all know that I love the outdoors and will explore no matter the temperature. Sawmill Creek Resort also offers ice skating and snowshoeing on their property. A snowshoe through nature and out on Lake Erie was perfect for a Saturday afternoon. You know what else I realized? Snowshoeing is quite the workout! Don't underestimate the difficulty or level or fun-ness. I can guarantee many laughs will be shared.




After cleaning myself up from hot-mess to semi-presentable. It was time to head to the one and only Volstead Bar.

It used to be a brothel and is set up like a speakeasy. Yeah...that's when you know it's worth visiting.

The only way you know if it is open is by the lights in the window. No lights mean it's closed, green lights mean there are seats and a single red light means "Sorry Buddy--we're super popular and you're too late". But you can also keep track of the lights by the website with a real-time view of them virtually.

Rocks my world.

So then the night rounded out with a stop for wood-fired pizzas and a symphony in downtown Sandusky before going back to Sawmill Creek and realizing I had two papers, three written assignments and a quiz due on Monday.

I was really confused because I forgot what school was at this point. What's this thing called class I'm expected to attend? Homework? I think I'm allergic to that. ** sneezes pitifully **




And because all that wasn't relaxing enough...before heading back home on Sunday I got a deep-tissue massage at Kalahari Resort. Oh. my. god.

Silk robes, coffee, as Carol puts hair. Mmmmm heaven.

I think I'm still in what I like to call Sandusky-mode. A mode that leaves you in a place so happy you accidentally forget about another assignment that was due on Monday and not realize it until Tuesday. oops.

So worth it.

This was a hosted trip by Lake Erie Shores & Islands and Green Door Media Works. All accommodation, meals and activities were paid by the hosted company. All opinions are my own based on my experience.


  1. Cheyenne Vogel on February 26, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Must. Get. Wine-Chocolates!

    • ShaleeWanders on February 27, 2015 at 8:19 AM

      Drooling just thinking about them…yummmmmm

  2. UnrestingSea on February 26, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    You had me at wine chocolates! I have to say I haven’t explored our neighbor to the south since my roller coastin’ CP days, but maybe I’ll make it back that way because it sounds like you had QUITE the weekend!!!

    • ShaleeWanders on February 27, 2015 at 8:18 AM

      Seriously SO GOOD. We need a trip here soon! Next adventure??

  3. Kathy H on February 28, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    I never would have thought to visit Sandusky in the winter. Fun to read about it! Thanks once again for your great blog.

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