Inside the cheery and comfortable Freshwater Retreat, Freshwater Remedies sells many all-natural products handcrafted by owner, Christie Onkto. Born and raised on Put-in-Bay, Christie now divides her time between Lake Erie and Maui, a true island girl!
Freshwater Remedies Retreat Put-in-Bay
Operated by the 5th generation Islander Christine Ontko, this quaint retreat offers modern amenities with an eco-friendly heating and air conditioning systems. A water-proofed basement allows pure, clean air to circulate through the home. New modern bathrooms were added along with spa-type showers. Comfortable new beds ensure a great night’s sleep after a night out on the town. Luxurious, eco-friendly bedding adds to a restful night’s sleep.
Surrounding the house, you will enjoy the gardens that have been planted to offer the freshest products available. Over 100 lavender plants were flourishing on the property and used inside their Island Homemade products, OntkOrganix. These products are sold in the small shop next door. The breakfast room is enclosed, and there is also an outdoor shower. All of these have been added to create an environment of relaxation and comfort.
The family came to Put-in-Bay when the Europeans were first settling it. Jose De Rivera, a Spaniard, for whom which the downtown De Rivera Park is named after, initially bought a few of the Lake Erie islands as an investment in 1854. He then parceled it off and sold it in sections.
Alfred Parker was one of those men who also purchased property. He, along with his wife, sailed from London, England to Canada, and they made their way to Lake Eries South Bass island in 1860. Early Put-in-Bay history, the family-owned the part of the island referred to as Parker’s Point. It can still be seen on old maps. It begins near where the Lighthouse stands today near where the Put-in-Bay Airport is today, just across the street.
The Parkers did not live in the retreat, but since Alfred Parker was known to be a skilled stonemason, he likely helped build the historic brick home. The house was first used as a farmhouse for many acres of vineyards. Over the years, it was home to one local family until the 1970’s when it was left abandoned. Along came Charlie and Betty Finkbeiner, who fixed the old house up. It was then used to hold sewing and cooking classes out of the home. It was known as “A Stitch in Thyme” Manyislandes recall the couple, who no longer live here, with great memories
Another couple purchased the home and began renting it to visitors as a Bed and Breakfast. It was named the Wisteria Inn, due in part to the overhanging of beautiful wisteria along the sidewalk in the yard. The couple sold the home to the current owners in 2013. This famous Wisteria is made up of three trees, which almost died during the very harsh Winter of 2013. New Maple trees have also been planted to ensure future generations’ beautiful fall foliage and shade.
Freshwater Remedies Homemade Goodies
Harnessing the power of nature to provide gentle, effective means of caring for yourself has become a mission for the owners. Onkt Organics are truly special homemade products. From toddlers to balms, suncare, and makeup, the line of products is simply amazing. Christie created her line of skincare to take better care of her and her family’s health. Many of the products involve an old family recipe. Her first creation was known as Gramma’s Salve. The powerful cream helps heal cuts, scrapes, and soothe aching muscles.
Freshwater Remedies Particulars
Onkt Organics skincare sets are available for purchase, which include toners, cleansers, and serums. Choose from blends like Latte, Sage, and Rose. After a day spent out on the water, nothing better for your skin! Try the famous Da’Balm to help repair and feed sun-worn skin. Powerful enough for both Put-in-Bay And Maui and Put-in-Bay!
Freshwater Remedies also sells angel cards, jewelry, and incense. The shop is inviting and warm and easy to find, right next to the Put-in-Bay Airport, It’s well worth a stop!. If you are looking for a relaxing and peaceful retreat, book a room at Freshwater Retreat. This cozy bed and breakfast serves up organic breakfasts and provides comfortable rooms in a beautiful Victorian house.
In the Freshwater Remedies Neighborhood
This part of South Bass Island has a wide variety of fun activities to choose from. After shopping at Freshwater Remedies, enjoy some of the historical areas such as the ruins of the Hotel Victory at the State park. Play a game of golf at Saunders Golf Course and relax over a beer in the welcoming outdoor patio of local favorite, Joe’s Bar.