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Explore Lake County on the #InstaTour

Attention Instagram lovers’, are you looking for a fun way to spend your weekend? Do you live within driving distance of Lake County, Ohio? I have just the challenge for you! Join the Lake County Visitor’s Bureau for an #InstaTour.

If you have an Instagram account and smartphone or tablet, you’re ready to participate. Follow @lakecountyvisitorsbureau on Instagram and visit as many of these locations as you can:

  • BeachFest 2014 at 9601 Headlands Road Mentor, OH
  • Downtown Painesville One Victoria Place Painesville, OH
  • Downtown Willoughby  4113 Erie St. Willougby, OH
  • Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse 129 2nd St. Fairport Harbor, OH
  • Historic Kirtland 7800 Kirtland Chardon Rd. Kirtland, OH
  • The Holden Arboretum 9550 Sperry Rd. Willoughby, OH
  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site 8095 Mentor Ave. Mentor, OH
  • Kirtland Temple 7809 Joseph St. Kirtland, OH
  • Lake County History Center 415 Riverside Dr. Painesville, OH
  • Lake Metroparks, Penitentiary Glen 8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd Willoughby, OH
  • Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve 5185 Corduroy Road Mentor, OH
  • Rabbit Run Theater 49 Park St. Madison, OH

The rules are simple- snap a picture, or many pictures, with your phone or tablet of whatever catches your eye, share it on Instagram with the corresponding hashtag for each location and tag @lakecountyvisitorsbureau. It’s that easy. You can find a sample #Instatour post  for Instagram here if you need it.

A random winner will be chosen from each location and presented with a prize valued at $50. If you’re adventurous and have a bit of time, you can visit all locations, take at least one photo at each, tag them with @lakecountyvisitorsbureau and the proper hashtag (that you’ll find at each individual location) and you’ll be entered for the grand prize, a  wi-fi enabled digital camera valued at over $200!

The event opens for e-newsletter subscribers on Friday, July 25th. You’ll receive the hashtags you need for each location via email Friday morning, otherwise you can check the website for a list of  hashtags on Saturday, or visit each location to find the location specific hashtag.

A reception will be held on Sunday at Grand River Cellars at 4 p.m. to announce winners and distribute prizes. You do not need to be present to win but food and wine will be available for purchase. If you can’t make it, but are selected as a winner, you can pick your prize up at the Lake County Visitors Bureau, however, the GRAND prize winner, must be present at the reception.

I was able to explore Lake County for a preview. For Lake County to be so small, it certainly has a lot to offer.

Headlands Beach State Park offers a mile-long sandy beach, the largest in the state and along Lake Erie’s shore.  It is home to Beachfest, which will be held Saturday, July 26th from 12-8 p.m. You’ll find family-friendly activities which include entertainment and a sand sculpture competition.

The Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light is located on Headlands Beach. The lighthouse is no longer in operation but is undergoing extensive renovations with plans to open as a vacation retreat. How awesome is that? I want to stay there!

Holden Arboretum covers a lot of ground with more than 20 miles of hiking trails. This outdoor space welcomes young, old and everyone in between. This is the 2nd largest arboreta in the United States and soon to be the 13th largest in the world!

Historic Kirkland became a gathering place for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the early 1800’s. Today, this small village welcomes visitors for tours of the historic complex and highlights a massive display of Nativity Scenes collected from around the world during the Christmas season.


The James A. Garfield Memorial National Historic Site inspired the presidential libraries after Lucretia Garfield, widow of the assassinated president, added a stunning but functional Memorial Library wing to the home.

The heart of Lake County, Downtown Paynesville, allows visitors an opportunity to view exquisite architecture from the 1800’s. A Main Street Community, this town is undergoing a renovation along the streets.


Once home to the mentally-ill, the Lake County History Center offers a variety of educational programming for the public in the Living History Village Buildings.

There’s much more to explore in Lake County and I can’t wait to return for a longer visit!

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Friday 25th of July 2014

FUN!! Love this (and Ohio).

Tammy Ogden

Friday 25th of July 2014

Wow! I am from Ohio and I haven't seen any of these sites. Guess I have a little exploring to do when we are home in the fall.

Lisa Trudell

Friday 25th of July 2014

What a great idea! That is such a great tour and tourism idea.

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