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Description from owner

Peter and Julie Stokes, innkeepers/owners, invite you as special guests to this historic farmhouse built in 1879 on Catawba Island, Port Clinton, OH. Located in the heart of Ohio's Vacationland, SunnySide Tower Bed & Breakfast Inn is situated between Catawba's Miller Ferry Dock and the exclusive Catawba Island Club (CIC). This fully refreshed and updated B&B is at the door step to the popular Lake Erie Islands. This award-winning Inn was voted as 'The Best of Ohio' by Ohio Magazine, plus received 2015 and 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Service Awards.

Sunnyside features a total of 11 sleeping areas and 7.5 bathrooms complete the mix for 20-30 guests. Perfect spot for family reunions and large group gatherings.

The farmhouse features a screened sunroom, dining room, Grand Salon living room with 65" HDTV. The entire house has air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Whole-house rentals have use of TWO well-equipped kitchens one with center island, both are fully stocked with necessary equipment and basic pantry supplies.

Outdoor grounds offer 2 acres of gardens, fire pit with wood provided, plenty of outdoor seating, patio furniture, two gas grills, picnic tables, relaxing patio furniture, and stage area. There is plenty of room for lawn games and some provided such as cornhole.

The lovely Heigel Park is located next to the B&B offering 2 tennis courts, basketball court, a large covered pavilion, and two playgrounds. Soccer fields and sledding hill or workout hill complete the complex. Lake Erie shoreline is behind park and quiet neighborhood a short walk under one mile.

Sunnyside Tower B&B Inn is the perfect gathering place for family reunions, wedding attendees, class reunions, church retreats, business retreats or any special event celebrated with family and friends!

Beds: 3 King Beds, 4 Queen Beds, 3 Double Beds, 1 Twin Bed, 1 Sofa Bed, 2 Cribs

TripAdvisor Property ID: 4826417

About the area

There's so much to do at Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands! Whether you prefer a getaway that includes lazy days at the beach, fishing with friends, bicycling around an island, or one filled with exciting thrills like roller coasters, waterslides, and parasailing, the Lake Erie Shores & Islands is the ideal destination. Offering a coastal retreat with abundant recreational options to satisfy any number of interests. Sunnyside Tower B&B located on historic Catawba Island is easily accessible by car. The B&B is one mile south of Miller Ferry to popular Put-In-Bay Island (South Bass Island). One mile from Catawba Island State Park offering boat launch, fishing pier, pavilion, playground, new restrooms, picnic area, and stone beach. Just 20 miles from the B&B is the amazing Cedar Point amusement park. Casual dining, charming shops, museums, Mon Ami historic winery, and many area attractions are a short drive from the B&B.

Owner profile

Julie Mckenna Stokes And P.

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Languages spoken: English



  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair users


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding

Reviews (11)

Excellent – based on 11 reviews Excellent
11 reviews

“Thanksgiving at Sunnyside Tower”

Reviewed 9 Dec 2016

We rented the entire Sunnyside Tower for our family Thanksgiving celebration. There are 31 in our family and Julie went above and beyond to accommodate all of us. If she didn't already have what we needed for our stay - she made sure to have everything when we arrived. It was a memorable Thanksgiving for all of us-from cooking our Thanksgiving dinner, watching football, and playing endless games! We have already booked Sunnyside Tower for our next Thanksgiving.

Owner's reply: Dear Robertson Family, It was our sincere pleasure renting Sunnyside Tower to your family for the Thanksgiving holiday! So glad everyone enjoyed creating Traditions at the Tower. You are so blessed to have such a fun-loving family. Thank you for being loyal fans of the property, your business is valued and so appreciated. Looking forward to your Return to the Tower and Turkey Time at the Tower in 2017! Sunniest thanks, Julie McKenna Stokes and Peter K. Stokes Owners/Innkeepers

“Sunny Sde B&B”

Reviewed 29 Jul 2013

B&B was very nice. Caretakers were very helpful however, I was surprised the B&B had different rules than I am accustomed to with rentals. We had to strip the beds, empty trash, clean and mop the kitchen (which we used) and take the recycles to a redemption point, among other things. In others rentals from Vacation Home rentals, we did none of the above. We packed and left. Not a fun way to leave a vacation.

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

Awesome stay! We love this B&B. This is our second stay here and we will definitely be back. We always thoroughly enjoy our time here.

Very welcoming and home like atmosphere. Will definatly be coming back.

We visited Sunnyside in October 2009 with another couple and had a wonderful weekend.manager'swere such gracious, easy-going, knowledgable, accomodating hosts and did not mind one bit when we basically took over their home. The rooms are gorgeous and comfortable, and breakfast was superb every morning. We cannot wait to go back someday soon!

Our stay at Sunnyside was fabulous! The history of the home is captivating and the world wide treasures that fill the house are fascinating. I could have spent every second of my stay just in the house investigating every nook and cranny of what it has to offer. Each room, each wall decoration, every single thing has a story attached to it. The new owners are the best! Paying particular attention to the needs of their guests they went above and beyond to make our stay more than we expected. Our breakfast was delicious and we were even entertained by a little guitar music courtesy of another guest in the house. Our children loved our stay at Sunnyside just as much as we did. We'll definitely be back!!

Please go to Trip Advisor for current reviews from 2014 with Julie and Peter Stokes as new Innkeepers/Owners. Thank you!