|Kelly's Island from the ferry|
Next month, I have a new Harlequin Superromance coming out - gah! how is it nearly November already? - and it's set in a different kind of small town: an island small town.
I grew up in Missouri's lake country, and a few years ago we moved to RadioMan's Ohio lake country - specifically a small town on the shores of Lake Erie...and a stone's throw away from the Lake Erie Islands. Before I met RadioMan I didn't realize Lake Erie has islands, I thought it was just a lake - similar to the Missouri lakes I've known all my life.
They are different.
|The Casino at Kelly's Island|
There are at least ten islands up here but only a few are inhabited: Kelly's Island is one of them. Kelly's is like a really, really small town...that you can only get to from a ferry boat. There are fewer than 1,000 people living there year-round. It's the kind of place you go to relax. Have a beer on the pier and watch the sun go down or camp on the beach on the North side of the island.
Another of the inhabited islands is South Bass and Put-In-Bay is the largest town. During the summer months thousands of tourists hit the island's B&Bs or one hotel or another. There are bars and restaurants, tacky tourist shops, jet skiing, camping...you name it, you could probably do it.
One of the things I love about both islands is that the best way to get around is by golf cart. There is something very vacation-y about getting into a golf cart to tool around an island and people watch. At Put-In-Bay the residents make up their own parade every Sunday - they get out their convertibles or dolled up golf carts and take up all the room on the roads for a while.
RadioMan and I have taken both our bikes and our scooters over on the ferry and tooled around for a couple of hours, but my favorite way to get around is still the golf cart. And my favorite time to visit the islands is the off-season, before the shops and restaurants are crowded with tourists, and while you can still run into an islander and chat about nothing in particular. To me, the islands are charming because of the small town feel.
Do you have a favorite 'local' getaway near you? What do you love about it?
Kristina Knight writes contemporary romance with a smattering of sass, sex and (of course) drama, and she loves hearing from readers. You can stay up to date with Kristina through her new release newsletter or website.