A Mini Guide to Cleveland, Ohio

I’m going home for a wedding this weekend!  Any time I mention that home is Cleveland, OH or, as some people fondly(?) call it, the Mistake on the Lake, I hear some really original jokes like “Isn’t that the city known as the mistake on the lake?!”  In all seriousness, I’ve never heard anyone mention anything good about the town if they’ve never been.  And that’s the thing, if you’ve never been or don’t know where to go when you’re there, the city can be fairly… dismal.

So, fret no more!  I’ve come up with a quick mini-guide to the city of Cleveland!  Trust me, if you know where to go, the town is far more than a haphazard, misguided plot of land near a body of water, if you catch my drift.  ;) And, if this mini guide isn’t enough, I’ve listed a few extra bonus locations at the bottom of this post.  Go visit Cleveland!

West Side:
-Edgewater Park or Rocky River Beach: If you can watch a sunset here, even better.  Come summer, sundown in Cleveland over the lake is beautiful.  It’s my favorite time to be there.
-Lakewood, Detroit Ave: This is my hometown.  Detroit Avenue is full of bars and restaurants.  My favorite spots are MELT, Deagan’s Bistro Pub, Aladdin’s.
-Cleveland Metroparks: Parks that wind through the west and south side of Cleveland.  Awesome biking, hiking, running paths, and golf courses.
Downtown Cleveland: 
-West 6th, West 9th, East 4th: The popular bar/restaurant sections.  Michael Symon’s LOLAs is on E. 4th.  Barley House is a fun happy hour place on W. 6th
-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
-Browns, Indians, Cavs games… we don’t always win, but Clevelanders are passionate about their sports!
-Playhouse Square: Great place to catch some shows
-Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica: This has gone through a number of names, but they are always having fun events and concerts here.
-Tremont/Ohio City: Small area, can’t go wrong.. great restaurants and bars.
-West 25th/Market Street Area: Great restaurants and bars!! Definitely check out Great Lakes Brewing Company.  I’ve always wanted to go on one of their tours.
East Side:
-Art / History Museums
-Little Italy: Awesome festivals, great food!  Get some cannolis at Corbos!
-Coventry Village: Fun restaurant/bar area.  Caters to Case Western students.  Definitely go to Tommy’s for some brunch/lunch action!
-Case Western: Fun to tour the campus; there is some neat architecture
-Wade Oval Park: Beautiful park/pond.. people are often out taking pictures and laying on the lawn on nice days
-Shaker / Cleveland Heights: beautiful, authentic homes and neighborhoods
-Beechwood: If you are in dire need of some shopping!
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5 Traits of a Perfect Sunday

I’ve been thinking a lot about Sundays lately.  Ever since I started spending time with a certain someone, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around his belief in working most weekends.  At first, he would spend a number of hours Sunday afternoon / evening making phone calls and prepping for the week ahead.  I was absolutely shocked.

Had he never heard ‘That’s What I Love about Sundays” by Craig Morgan?!  (He had not.)  Craig taught me, early on, that Sundays are for some chicken, baked beans, home, blue jeans and, most importantly, ‘not doing much of anything.’

So, naturally, I convinced him highly suggested that he work on Saturdays and leave Sundays for the rest, relaxation and recharge we all need.  And, since we’ve spent the past number of weeks in Sunday bliss, I started noticing a few things that guarantee a Perfect Sunday.

  • Start off with an amazing meal – One of our favorite, and most consistent, activities has been making breakfast together every Sunday morning.  Whether it’s applesauce pancakes or eggs & bacon (just bacon for me, please), nothing starts the Perfect Sunday off better than some hearty food in our stomach.

applesauce pancakes!

  • Do something outside – This is a big one for me, and usually involves a quick trip to the dog park with Kina, also known these days as Kin Bean (that’s pronounced KEEN-BEAN, kinda like green bean.)  Anyways – it was funny – one time, we* finally ventured off the couch and outdoors for the first time around 5pm in the evening, a.k.a. granny’s bedtime.  Even though it was late and our adventure was short, we both commented on how nice it was that we got outside for the day.  Another Sunday Success!

cherry blossoms!

  • Connect with others – Whether it’s calling a family member, a friend or meeting up with someone for brunch, a Sunday is not complete without a connection to a loved one.
  • Watch a great show – This is one of our favorite activities!!  And, with the recent purchase of my Apple TV, much easier to ensure that we’re watching the best latest shows.  Walking Dead, True Detective, Cosmos and House of Cards are some of our weekly watches right now.  What are you watching?
  • Do one thing productive – A load or two of laundry, finally paying that bill you’ve been putting off or even something as simple as packing your lunch for the next day.  Completing at least one productive thing on Sunday helps set a great tone for the week ahead.

How do you spend your Sundays?

*Apologies for the excessive use of the word ‘we’ in this post.  As in, sorry I’m not sorry.  :P

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