Ashar, Linda C. Sandusky: A Guide to Ohio’s North Coast Playground.  New York; Channel Lake, 2010.

I was initially surprised to see a nationally published guide for Sandusky published by the Tourist Town Guides series.  Does Sandusky, Ohio deserve to be canonized along Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach, and Niagara Falls?  Probably not.  But if you step back, Sandusky is the MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) in the Lake Erie district, encompassing Cedar Point and having ferries to Bass Islands.

To be frank, Linda Ashar’s Sandusky (the book) is not about the city of Sandusky, but I like the idea.   Ashar covers the area of Vermillion to the east to the Lake Erie islands, with large sections on Cedar Point and the Bass Islands (this is a good guide for South Bass and Kelley’s Islands).  I think this sounds about right for the “Sandusky area”, as it is referred to in the text.  I would have felt cheated if there were trips to Tony Packos or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included. 

Before reaching the islands’ section, I would roughly guess that at least 60 percent of the attractions/amenities have Sandusky addresses.  If you want to stay in the city, this book will give you plenty of options.  In the descriptions of the downtown B & Bs, there are more than one reference to “walking distance.”

Because of the limited area, Ashar is able to include detailed descriptions of the regions attractions and amenities.  Every restaurant and hotel includes a little something more than a name and address.  I found the differing levels of price and quality of the different Cedar Point-owned hotels fascinating.  (You read one description, you have to read them all).

There is an emphasis on nature, historical sites, and finer dining.  Throughout each section there is “Must See!” items.  Based on the author’s remarks, these designations do not appear to be arbitrary.  The author’s detailed description of Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve has me sold.  There are also few national chains or brands winning the “Must See!” label.  Locals rejoice.  (It should be noted that Train-O-Rama is not a must see attraction).

Pick up a copy of Sandusky in planning your next trip to Ohio’s North Coast Playground.   Or, click here to learn more about the Sandusky’s “Boy and the Boot” statue, who appears on the cover.

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