Mark your calendars now for the 2020 GARDENERS’ DAY OUT
Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile – Lakeside Chautauqua
OAGC Gardeners’ Day Out August 21-22, 2020
OAGC is planning a Gardeners’ Day Out (GDO) starting at 9 am on Friday, August 21 at and continuing through 7 pm, Saturday, August 22 at Lakeside Chautauqua (www.lakesideohio.com). The cost per person includes access to the 19+ gardens in the resort, access to the pool and wellness center, a farmers’ market on Friday, an Antique Show and the Northwest Ohio Gladiolus Society show on Saturday, recreation activities, and many more Chautauqua programs.
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to feed your garden soul and nurture your mind, body and spirit! Lakeside’s one square mile private resort is a Chautauqua community that welcomes all to the beauty of the Lake Erie shore and islands. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Lakeside is a unique place bringing together families and friends to enjoy the same sustaining values and traditions learned as a child. Since 1873, it has provided a Chautauqua summer experience dedicated to spiritual growth and renewal, educational and cultural enrichment, and recreational pursuits.
Cars are kind of a nuisance in Lakeside (parking is very limited), so leave your car in the available parking lot then take a free shuttle to your meeting place. Most people walk, bike, or drive golf carts around Lakeside. OAGC plans to have some golf carts available around the town just for us. Everyone must stop to show a bar coded pass on the way in — and out. This pass is part of your Gardeners’ Day Out registration package.
Lakeside is like a 1950s neighborhood. The grounds are safe. There’s the $3.5 million aquatic center with a kiddie pool and splash park, a giant fenced-in playground, Shuffleboard and a swimming beach on Lake Erie with kayaks available to rent. There are ice cream shops, 7 quaint restaurants to enjoy your nightly dinner on your own and many eclectic shops to explore. With all this to feed your soul, there are also 19+ gardens for your touring pleasure and most of the quaint homes have beautiful unique landscaping. And of course there is the Lake Erie shore!
EVENT COST: Adults are $50/OAGC member* for Friday through 7 pm Saturday activities (Garden programs/tours, 2 lunches, art project, Friday night Hoover Concert).
Youth are $40/youth age 13 to 24). Kids 12 and Under are $20/kid (Note: This is good from Friday – Sunday.)
PLEASE NOTE: Additional fees to extend your stay for Saturday night (till 7 pm Sunday) are $20 per adult OAGC member* or $10 youth. This allows guests to go to the Hoover Concert Saturday evening (TBA) and stay through Sunday evening.
Alternative options: Saturday – Sunday until 7 pm (or just Saturday) option: $35 per adult OAGC member* (includes Saturday’s garden programs/tours, 1 lunch and the Hoover Concert Saturday evening and stay through Sunday evening if desired.
*adult non-OAGC members must pay an additional $10 for the event.
Hotel Options: Reservations for 2020 will be available in January 2020 and are good at either the historic Hotel Lakeside (866-952-5374, ext. 230) or Fountain Inn (419-798-4461, ext. 230) for: Double Occupancy (2 queens or 2 fulls) @ $115+ taxes/night; Single Occupancy (1 queen) @ $99+ taxes/night.
Yes, there is much to fill your stay but we have allowed some free time in each day to do all you want!! The full event schedule and registration form will be in the spring issue of The Garden Path. Contact OAGC 2nd Vice President June Gebhardt (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Visit these sites to prepare for your trip:
Gardens of Lakeside Chautauqua (video): https://www.dropbox.com/s/jicc17g44432we2/Lakeside%20Gardens%202019.mp4?dl=0
Lakeside Chautauqua (video): https://www.facebook.com/LakesideOhio/videos/429269747846535/
Lakeside Chautauqua website: https://www.lakesideohio.com/visit
Entertainment possibilities abound nearby if you care to extend your Lake Erie experience:
Marblehead Lighthouse: https://www.marbleheadlighthouseohio.org/
Kelley’s Island Glacial Grooves: https://www.kelleysislandchamber.com/
Ferry available in Marblehead (5 minutes) or Port Clinton Put-in-Bay Island: https://www.visitputinbay.org/
Port Clinton African Safari: https://www.africansafariwildlifepark.com/
Cedar Point Amusement Park: https://www.cedarpoint.com/
Additionally, there are many nature parks and areas located around the area! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g50604-Activities-c57-Marblehead_Ohio.html