Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing

hotel lakeside viewWith Christmas just around the corner, are you still searching for the perfect present? Why not give the gift of Lakeside? Take a look at our list of Lakeside gift ideas…

Chautauqua Pass Certificates
Share the Chautauqua experience with friends and family this holiday season. For more information about purchasing a Season or Daily Chautauqua Pass Certificate, contact Tyler Wilkie at (419) 798-4461, ext. 349 or To ensure delivery prior to Christmas, please order by December 12.

hotel lakesideHotel Gift Certificates
Hotel Lakeside and Fountain Inn Gift Certificates are available for next year. Gift certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase. For more information, contact Steve Koenig at (419) 798-4461, ext. 343 or To ensure delivery prior to Christmas, please order by December 12.

Honor a Loved One
A gift in honor of a loved one is a special way to pay tribute to their love for Lakeside. The gift can celebrate milestones – the birth of a child, wedding or anniversary – or remember a loved one. When making a tribute gift, make note of the loved one being honored or remembered. The person being honored, or the family contact of the person being remembered, will receive a hand-written note. For more information, contact Gretchen Colon at (419) 798-5396 or

the-lakeside-symphony-comes-to-townSupport the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra
Over the holidays, honor a loved one by giving a $50 donation to the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO). As a token of our appreciation, we will send a special note to your loved one as well as copy of The Lakeside Symphony Comes to Town book; limit of 15 books. Inspired by the LSO, this book is the portrayal of various musicians and the town that becomes their home during the summer. It is written by flutist Amy Heritage and illustrated by Nora Hutton. To give, visit or contact Gretchen Colon at (419) 798-5396 or Please note with your donation if you’re interested in receiving the book.

cover170x170The Dream Tree CD Purchase Chip Richter’s latest album, The Dream Tree, for kids this holiday season. Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media, has awarded The Dream Tree with a “Recommended” Award. Purchase your album at CD Baby, iTunes or

Lakeside Heritage Society Books The Lakeside Heritage Society is offering books for sale that express the cherished heritage of Lakeside. These books can be purchased by calling (419) 798-5519 or by sending a check with a list of items requested and the address of where the items are to be mailed. Please send checks to 324 W. Third St., Lakeside, Ohio 43440. The listed prices include tax, and mail orders are charged postage and handling. Other items offered by the Lakeside Heritage Society can be found at

Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake ErieMarblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie (2015, 158 pages): This informative book by James Proffitt reviews the history of the Marblehead Lighthouse, from first lighting of the whale oil flame in 1822 to the current 20-watt LED made in New Zealand. Readers of this book, with more than 60 photographs and illustrations, will appreciate why the lighthouse is the most photographed site in Ohio. This book can be purchased for $25.

A Pictorial History of Lakeside, Ohio (2008, 175 pages): This book features more than 225 archival black and white photographs reflecting Lakeside’s history from 1872-2008. It provides a great visual way to revisit Lakeside’s 140-year history. The cost is $25. 

Abigail Tea Room (2013, 112 pages): This book is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoyed eating at Lakeside’s vine-covered treasure with history of the cottages which housed the restaurant, 50 photos, 40 recipes and reminiscences of Elva Thomas and some of the servers. The book costs $25. 

The Lakeside & Marblehead RailraodThe Lakeside and Marblehead Railroad (2003, 192 pages): This second edition book, which was revised and enlarged by Dean K. Fick, uses text and a variety of photographs to tell the history of the Lakeside and Marblehead Railroad, the seven-mile-long short line that served Lakeside and the Marblehead Peninsula from 1886-1964. The cost of the book is $25.

What Lakeside gifts are you giving to family and friends this holiday season? Tell us in the comments below.