Historic Bridge Street in the Ashtabula Harbor

With a boom from the railroad completion in the late 1800's, Bridge Street become one of the largest and toughest ports in the world.  Immigrants from all over Europe flocked to the area taking jobs in and around the port.  Economic prosperity continued for well over 75 years helping to sustain a thriving commercial district.  

Fast forward to today and historic bridge street has reinvented itself as a destination with local shops in historic buildings and some of the best restaurants in the region.  With the fresh smell of freshly roasted coffee or handmade chocolates, Bridge Street takes you back into time.  During summer, grab an ice cream cone or some dark chocolate sea salt bark and watch one of only two lift bridges in Ohio raise to let boats through every 30 minutes.

Less than 20 minutes from Vineyard Woods, Bridge Street offers a destination in its own right.  A small sampling of what it has to offer:

  • The Harbor Perk - An independent coffeehouse and roaster that purchases the finest arabica green beans to roast.  Almost every day of the week you can watch them roast a fresh batch.  On top of fresh roasted coffee they feature fine crafted espresso drinks, locally baked goods, frozen coffee drinks, and all fruit smoothies.
  • Rennick Meat Market - Inspired by a butcher shop that was run by TJ Rennick in the late 1800's, the owners hold on to the love of cooking in the old ways, dry-aging steaks, making homemade pickles, mustards, sausages, and cured meats.   Rennick was featured on the Food Network's "Guilty Pleasures" not too long ago.

  • Briquettes Smokehouse - Authentic BBQ with careful selection of the most flavorful and wholesome cuts of meat.  All of the food is bought local when possible, prepared in-house, low and slow over seasoned cherry for a soft, pleasant smoke flavor.

  •  Bascule Bridge Grille - Overlooking the Strauss Bascule Lift Bridge, the upscale-casual restaurant offers seasonal food, local produce with a professionally selected wine menu and variety of top shelf Scotches and Bourbons.

  • Harbor Yak - The rental service will offer kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes; and offer them in full, and half-day rentals. With access to Lake Erie and the Ashtabula River, Harbor Yak will be able to service first-timers and the more experienced.