Travel: Erie, Pennsylvania
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Nancy and I grew up about three miles from Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania. We love to go home to see family and friends, but we drool when we think about the wonderful restaurants. As for the beach, well, pictures can't do it justice.
Going home brings on the memories. People and events aside, there is no place I'd rather eat than Erie. And the beach is great too!
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LOCAL DINING FAVORITES
Our family loves Italian food. That's why the list is so heavily weighted.
SIGHTS to SEE
Presque Isle State Park - Even without the peninsula, Erie would be right on Lake Erie, but this hook shaped "almost island" provides miles of extra lake beaches and sheltered bay area for swimming, fishing and boating as well as other outdoor sports. Perfect for summer fun.
US Brig Niagara - Reconstruction of War of 1812 flagship in Battle of Lake Erie. Very well done. Take a tour when the Niagara is in port.
Other sites - The Erie County Historical Society had a kettle in which the bones of Revolutionary War hero General Mad Anthony Wayne were boiled to facilitate transportation of his body following his death in 1796 in the Block House. This always fascinated me in a ghoulish way, but I'm not sure of its current location.
Block House - Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home 560 East Third Street, Erie, PA 16512 - This small fortification is largely neglected. It was reconstructed in 1867 and is set near a civil war cemetery on the grounds of a veteran's home.
Erie was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
BEST TIME to VISIT
Summers in Erie are generally perfect. Winters are cold and snowy - you've probably heard Erie mentioned when heavy snowfall records are listed.
Erie is a natural stop on Interstate 90 between Cleveland and Buffalo, but if you happen to be flying, the airfare won't be cheap.
Erie Frog Find
These ranicular beauties were spotted November 2004 outside the EMTA bus terminal.
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