As a college student, I haven’t had the time or money to take long trips in order to pursue my passion of travel. Therefore, I jump at any opportunity of cheap travel and a chance to de-stress myself for a weekend.
My best friend Cassi reached out to me in August and asked me if I wanted to go to Put-in-Bay for a weekend in September. She also told me it would only cost $100 a person for a hotel room for two nights. Considering I worked full time in the summer and did not have a vacation, I immediately said yes. Besides, $100 for a weekend isn’t bad at all.
For those of you who don’t know, Put-in-Bay is a 403-acre village located on South Bass Island in Ohio. Put-in-Bay is a popular summer destination. However, you cannot drive to the island. You need to drive to a ferry port and take yourself (and your car, if you’d like) on a ferry ride from the main land to the island. Our ferry ride was about 15 to 20 minutes long and tickets were $7 one way through Miller Boat Line.
The drive to the ferry port from Canton, Ohio was about an hour and 45 minutes. Trips that are within driving distance are always a great way to save money, especially if a large group goes. We had a total of eight people in our group and took two cars. There was four people in our car, so we split the gas four ways. Since we took a “fuel-efficient” car, the gas was only $10 per person.
Once we got to the island, we took a taxi to our hotel. The taxi only cost $3 a person, which was awesome. I’m used to taxi rides being that cheap around Kent, but I never have been in a taxi that cheap while traveling. I also tipped the driver $2, so the taxi totaled $5 to get to the hotel. The taxi from the hotel to the ferry port on our last day also cost me $5.
Our hotel was the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center. Like I mentioned before, I paid $100 for two nights. The total room rate was split between myself and three other girls staying in the room. The hotel itself was very nice and had a pool, hot tub and a bar and grille outside, called Blue Marlin.
On our first night, we didn’t arrive to the hotel until 8 p.m. We were all hungry though, so we decided to walk around to see what we could find. My favorite part about Put-in-Bay was how convenient everything was located. Everything was only a five to ten minute walk from our hotel. There weren’t very many cars on the island and I noticed the majority of visitors drove around in golf carts. Even though no one in my group rented one, I remember seeing a sign stating they were around $80 to rent for a day. That was just from one location, but I noticed many places around the island that were renting them.
The restaurant we decided to go to was Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille. It was a five minute walk from our hotel. Although the food was good, it was a little pricey. It cost me around $15, including a tip, for an order of chicken fingers and fries.
The next day, we decided to do a little sightseeing and shopping. Before we did though, we wanted to try out a new place for lunch. We decided on The Boathouse Bar and Grill. The food was delicious, but once again, it was a little pricey. I paid close to $20 for a burger and fries and an Angry Orchard, and that did not include the tip.
The shops around Put-in-Bay had some great deals. I was able to get two shirts for $12 at one of the souvenir shops. As for sightseeing, the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial National Monument allows you to witness spectacular views and only cost $3 for admission.
Even though is plenty more to do on this island, this is all that we had the time for. Other attractions on the island include a chocolate museum, a winery, an aquatic center, a car museum, a golf course and a family fun center.
Overall, I spent around $100-$120 on food, drinks, souvenirs, taxi rides, ferry tickets and gas and another $100, like I mentioned before, on the hotel room during this two night trip. Therefore, I had a successful and fun weekend getaway for no more than $220. I encourage anyone who lives within a reasonable distance to make the trip to Put-in-Bay for your next summer or early fall getaway.