Shopping Local at the Lake for Small Business Saturday

Escape To Buckeye Lake | Nov 18, 2022

November is known as the month for giving back and what better way to show appreciation for your community than to support  those within it!  Check out some shops below to celebrate Small Business Saturday this year with those local to you at Buckeye Lake. 
*Remember to check or call ahead as the hours of businesses on Buckeye Lake tend to change during the winter season.
For the Coffee Connoisseur
Millersport Coffee | 12045 Lancaster Street, Millersport
Recently expanding into their new location, Millersport Coffee is a must for all your caffeine cravings!  Grab a shirt or mug as the perfect stocking-stuffer.

Buckeye Lake Coffee Company | 14675 Zion Road, Thornville
With locally roasted beans by One Line Coffee in Heath, Ohio, Buckeye Lake Coffee Company works with local suppliers to source ingredients for the freshest, highest quality brews. Stop in for a latte, cappuccino, drip coffee or tasty bites!
Coffee Shack Coffee Roasters & Cafe | 4675 Walnut Road, Buckeye Lake
Only a short distance from the North Shore, Coffee Shack Coffee Roasters & Cafe features organically grown, delicious coffee and treats, as well as a full breakfast and lunch menu.

For the Craft Beer or Wine Lover

Buckeye Lake Winery | 13750 Rosewood Road, Thornville
Buckeye Lake Winery offers a full-service restaurant with outdoor & indoor seating and delicious food.  Enjoy the Napa Valley experience right in the heart of the lake!
Buckeye Lake Brewery | 5176 Walnut Road SE, Buckeye Lake
Sit back and relax at Buckeye Lake Brewery!   Enjoy their tap room serving draft beer, local wine, and bourbon, as well as seasonal winter flavors.  Feeling hungry?  Add an order from Chef Shack located next door to the brewery! 

For the Foodie

Buckeye Lake Margaritas Restaurant & Cantina | 4675 Walnut Road, Buckeye Lake
Experience the taste of Mexico right in central Ohio! Enjoy authentic Mexican food and delicious drinks just minutes from the lake.
Pappy D’s Island House | 2977 Greenlawn Ave, Millersport
Situated on Leib’s Island, Pappy D’s Island House is a casual, cozy space for family and friends.  Book your next holiday party or event in the newly renovated space upstairs with customizable catering options, with bartenders and servers available! 
Papa Boo’s | 11356 Avondale Road, Thornville
Now open year-long, Papa Boo’s is the lakeside place for fun and  food! With live music and a full bar, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the water of Buckeye Lake in any season.
Horvath’s Harbor | 14675 Zion Road, Thornville
Cozy up by the fireplace and enjoy a broad selection of wines, craft brews, bourbons and delectable food at Horvath’s Harbor! 

Hometown Hot Dogs | 12031 Lancaster Street  NE, Millersport
At Hometown Hot Dogs, you’ll find delicious homemade food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.   Along with their gourmet hotdogs, locals rave about their comfort food, including soups, sandwiches, daily specials, and the best burgers around!

For the Decorator
Buckeye Lake Place | 12041 Lancaster Street, Millersport
For unique lakeside-inspired gifts or perfect home decor pieces, visit the carefully curated, high quality selection at Buckeye Lake Place with vintage goods, nautical items, antiques, logo wear, and home decor.

Oak Creations | 2474 Blacklick-Eastern Road NE, Millersport
Find reasonable and affordable selection every day at Oak Creations in Millersport!  Offering Amish-made furniture, home decor, accessories, Tiffany lamps and more. 
Picadilly Vintage | 12033 Lancaster Street, Millersport
With everything from shabby chic to rustic elegance, Picadilly Vintage provides a trendy new twist on vintage home furnishings!  

Melissa & Patti’s Unique Finds | 14547 Township Road 1061, Thornville
Melissa & Patti’s Unique Finds is a gift and home decor shop with handmade and refurbished furniture featuring  nautical, beach styles to rustic, country styles. You can also find crafts and antiques, as well as custom work!
Smith Girls Art Gallery |  West Bank Road NE, Millersport
Smith Girl Arts Gallery is home to the artwork of local watercolorist, Gayla Smith. The Gallery is adorned with Gayla’s original paintings and museum quality prints. Grab note cards, stickers and a variety of stocking-stuffers from their website!

For the Stylist 
Yellow Sundress Resale Boutique | 4675 Walnut Road, Buckeye Lake
The Yellow Sundress Resale Boutique features a variety of styles to spruce up your wardrobe. Browse cute clothes, fun accessories and essential home décor items.
The Lake’s End |  9075 Boundaries Road #9400, Thornville
Shopping for the outdoors-person in your life?  The Lake’s End in Thornville offers a selection of Carhartt apparel, Oakley gear, Wolverine boots, Redwing boots, Irish Setter boots, and more!  Their services also include screen printing, embroidery, custom banners, and graphic design for all your custom needs.

Check out more places to shop at Buckeye Lake as well as more local food options.
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5 Fun Fall Things to Do at Buckeye Lake

Escape To Buckeye Lake | Nov 01, 2022

The weather’s getting colder and the leaves are falling… but that doesn’t mean there aren’t exciting things still happening at Buckeye Lake! Check out these 5 fun fall things you can do in and/or around the water this season.
1. Fall Fishing
Who says you can’t cast a line year-round?  Even during the chilly Ohio months, fishing is still a top activity amongst the lake.  Check out the lake fishing map for more information on finding your perfect catch! 

2. Snag a Bite
With over 30 bars and restaurants surrounding the lake, there’s always a good place to grab a bite to eat.  Cozy up beside the outdoor fireplace at Horvath’s Harbor or the Buckeye Lake Winery and enjoy the beautiful views right on the water.  Just a reminder that as the weather changes, so do the hours of most businesses around the lake!  Make sure to call ahead for the most accurate hours of operation.
3. Cozy Up With a Cup
Looking for a hot brew to keep you warm?  Check out Buckeye Lake Coffee Company, Millersport Coffee, and Coffee Shack Coffee Roasters & Cafe for all your caffeinated cravings this autumn!

4. Outdoor Autumn Adventures
Stretch your legs before the snow falls!  There’s a myriad of outdoor activities around Buckeye Lake to keep you out-and-about this autumn season.  Whether you’re looking for walking trails, bike paths, or excited to enjoy the wildlife, the Buckeye Lake area has it all.

Buckeye Lake Dam-Walking & Bike Path
Buckeye Lake Birding Drive
Perry State Forest
Buckeye Lake State Park
Dawes Arboretum
Mount Pleasant

5. Autumn Outings
Looking for some fun things to do by the lake this month?  Don’t miss these upcoming events.

Miracle on Lancaster Street in Millersport | 11/12/2022 from 12:00PM-5:00PM
Already in the holiday spirit? Stop by for carriage rides with Santa and great deals from local businesses!
River Rats “Live on the Lake” at Boatyard at Buckeye Lake | 11/12/2022 from 7:00PM-9:00PM
Listen to Zanesville, Ohio’s very own River Rats as they share live upbeat percussion, original acoustic ballads and instrumental fiddle pieces that stem from the Appalachian culture in the foothills of southeast Ohio.
Randy Gleason at Horvath’s Harbor | 11/18/2022 from 6:00PM-9:00PM
Enjoy music from Shawnee, Ohio native, Randy Gleason, as he covers everything from the ‘60s to now, including Neil Young and Three Doors Down.
Flu’z Acoustic at Horvath’s Harbor | 11/23/2022 from 7:00PM-10:00PM
Catch Flu’z Acoustic performing all of your favorite songs, from genres like rock, country, and today’s hits!
Pancake Dinner at Thornville Masonic Lodge | 11/27/2022 from 4:30PM-6:30PM
Who doesn’t love breakfast at night?  Bring the kids and stop out for pancakes, fruit, coffee, raffles and more! All donations go to the Thornville Action Committee.

Keep It On Your Calendar…
Events coming up this December near Buckeye Lake.

Breakfast with Santa in Thornville on 12/3/2022
Millersport Chocolate Hop on 12/4/2022
It’s a Wonderful Life in Thornville on 12/4/2022

Stay a while! Maybe you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway without the hassle?  Whether you’re near or far, Buckeye Lake is the perfect place with lots to do, no matter the weather!  With a ton of lodging options, you’re sure to find the perfect place to enjoy the lake.  Don’t wait, plan your trip today!
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Welcome to the Buckeye Lake Region

Escape To Buckeye Lake | Jun 15, 2021

Lake, land, and leisure…you can find it all at Buckeye Lake!  Located in central Ohio, Buckeye Lake offers visitors their very own personal slice of paradise. Ready to experience the Lake Life? Let’s jump right in!
Pro tip: Download the app to your smartphone to plan the perfect visit!
Buckeye Lake is the region’s premier outdoor recreation destination. The lake offers plenty of ways to experience the excitement of water sports and activities. Sail, kayak, and canoe across the lake, or try jet skiing, paddle boarding, water skiing, and tubing if you want to get your feet wet. The lake is also a popular spot for fishing, and folks love swimming at the two public beaches.
Pro tip:  Try a guided pontoon boat tour at sunset – what a beautiful experience!

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There’s plenty to do on the land, too! Hop on a bike or take a walk along the dam trail for some great sightseeing. Have fun shopping in all the cool boutiques or check out the memorabilia from Buckeye Lake Amusement Park during a tour of the Historical Society Museum. Go exploring in Buckeye Lake State Park, a nature preserve that is designated as a National Natural Landmark.
Pro tip: Grab your binoculars and stay close to the shoreline to see a wide variety of waterfowl.
Get ready to eat and drink your way around the lake! Make sure to bring your appetite to enjoy everything from hot dogs and pizza to comfort food and ethnic dining. Get there early to secure the perfect seat for all the live music that is performed at venues around the lake. Visit the wineries, breweries, and your favorite pubs for a fun time with your friends. Make plans to enjoy one of the region’s great festivals and special events.

Pro tip: Always finish your day at Buckeye Lake with a delicious frozen treat!
Buckeye Lake’s 35 miles of shoreline means there is a lot to see as you travel around to explore the area. Grab your friends and family and head to Buckeye Lake for all kinds of fun! Lake, land, and leisure – whatever your interests, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. Planning your visit is a breeze when you go to!