Vermilion is located on the coast of Lake Erie. It is well-known for the Vermilion Lighthouse and Marina, which is primarily used by recreational boaters. The city hosts the annual Woollybear Festival, which features fun activities and many independently owned food trucks. The food at the festival is centered around American comfort foods such as elephant ears, cream puffs, and hand-cut French fries. The area has a lot of people of German ancestry, and this heritage is reflected in the local specialties of kartoffelbrei, knödel, bratwurst, senfrostbraten, and schwarzwälder kirschtorte. There are also many people in the area with Irish heritage, and this is reflected in the stouts at the pubs and the Irish-style flavors readily available for you to taste and enjoy.