Resort by the Bay
Yes, Virginia, dreams do come true : There's finally a hotel on the Lake Erie Islands waterfront. And all 60 rooms of the new BayShore Resort have a private patio or screened-in balcony with a view. The nautical-themed property, located on South Bass Island, within walking distance of downtown Put-in-Bay, also boasts a 30-person hot tub, a swimming pool and a lakefront bar/lunch counter. A restaurant and lounge, shuffleboard courts, a putting green, and Jet Ski and kayak rentals will be added in the next few years, says co-owner Pam Hughes. Accommodations range from a standard room with two queen-sized beds ($165 a night) to a Jacuzzi room with a whirlpool-for-two next to the king-sized bed ($155 a night) to a luxury suite that sleeps six ($255 a night). Rates increase $100 per night on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 1-866-422-9746 for reservations or visit www.bayshoreresortpib.com for more information.
— Lynne Thompson
The Butterfly EffectHave a truly multisensory experience at the ninth-annual International Butterfly Show, where you can move among more than 1,000 butterflies in the greenhouse of Cincinnati's historic Krohn Conservatory. Visitors can see 75 exotic species from North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and the Philippines, as well as witness the transformation from cocoon to first flight in the Butterfly Nursery. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it runs through June 20. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children ages 5 to 17, and free for children 4 and under. For ticket information, call (513) 421-5707 or visit www.butterflyshow.com.
— Marina Takahashi
Centuries after arriving in America, the "Pennsylvania Dutch" keep their heritage alive through the annual Kutztown Pennsylvania German Festival, which runs June 26 through July 4.
The celebration offers everything from re-enactments of a traditional Mennonite wedding to hoedown dancing. A folk-dialect band from Germany's Rhineland-Pfalz region will be among the groups performing. More than 200 nationally recognized folk artists and traditional American craftspeople will be in attendance. Visitors can bid on the winning locally handmade quilts at an auction July 3. The festival will be open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for seniors; children 12 and under will be admitted free. For more information, visit www.kutztownfestival.com. Call (610) 683-1597 or 1-888-674-6136 for a free brochure.