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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Pinterest Update!

So, confession time.  My friend recently shared with me an email from her ex-boyfriend, in which he simultaneously tries to get her back and asks her several times if he is coming across as insane… Really, I can’t make this stuff up.

First of all, if you are a man with an ex-girlfriend and you find yourself compiling an email to her with the usage of the word ‘insane,’ please do not select the Send button.  Secondly, I kind of feel like him right now.

What??!! <– you, the reader.

Bear with me.  I’m not asking you if I’m insane.  I’m just associating myself with the feeling.  *Totes* different.  Right?!!  Anyways, the reason that I am feeling this way oddly has to do with Pinterest.  A number of months ago, after I wrote this post, my mom texted me and asked “Do you seriously limit each of your Pinterest boards to only 100 pins you little weirdo?!,” but in slightly nicer language, of course.

And, the answer is: Yes, I do!   It is no secret that I absolutely adore Pinterest.  I could spend hours upon hours on the site, and never get bored.  But, there is one little aspect that drives me a little nuts-o’s.  And, that is when people post thousands of pins to one board.  I find it really frustrating to scroll through pages of images (pausing for the browser to refresh) to find one little, mildly associated picture/article/fun fact that I might want to pin.

So, this is why I have no friends and am absolutely insane per my reference above meticulously create pinterest boards associated with specific topics, and analyze where each of my pins should go.  Yes, I really do this and I am totally weird, but I also find the end product quite fascinating.  My boards are quirky in the way that they can be really specific and absolute direct contrasts to each other.  Want to see?

Ps. Am I insane – or do I make, at least, a little bit of sense?  How do you organize your Pinterest boards? 

 

From the clothing board Winter Wonderland

From the board Weird Facts

 

From the board eCards

 

From the domestic travels board, Take me There

From the board, International Ventures

From the quotes board, Heartbreak

 

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