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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“I Don’t Remember How We First Met”

Fun fact: April is National Poetry Month!  Last year, one of my favorite blog posts was this little piece on the 10 Things that Make Me Blush, which also happened to be a poem!  So, I figured why not take another stab at it this year?!  Holla.

I don’t remember how
we first met, or when I felt
the first brush of
your fingertips on
my skin
 
I remember the past 
though
so cold, and full
of bitter air
Our words coughed 
together
in gasps of
dying breath.
 
I think the first time
I felt you there
was when your beams 
of light
graced my face
So full of  grace,
forgiveness, 
and happiness
 
I struggle when you leave
me so alone
sweating in your dirty sheets
thirsting for another sip
of your relief
 
 
I want you
to come visit me
every day, every moment
awake to your sweet
tones and melodies
Fall asleep
as you chirp our memories
 
I know you by
no other name
than Spring.
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