CLE to CBUS Food Tour

CLE to CBUS Food Tour

This past weekend, I took a road trip from Cleveland to Columbus with two local Cleveland food bloggers, Crystal (Eat Drink Cleveland) and Alyssa (The Mexitalian). I’m lucky to have friends who are foodies because they know the best spots to eat! Check out our CLE to CBUS food tour that you can easily replicate during an upcoming weekend. CLE to CBUS Food Tour Stop #1: We left the Cleveland area around 9 AM and made the 2 hour or so trek down 71. Alyssa knew there was a Duck Donuts nearby the Polaris Mall exit, so this was stop #1 on our list. Duck Donuts creates fresh made-to-order donuts where you get to choose your own frosting, topping and drizzle. It reminded us CLE gals of Barrio since you get to customize and build your own masterpiece! I went with a lemon frosting with a raspberry drizzle and it was delicious. I’m pretty sure I ate it in less than 2 minutes. #oops Alyssa was the pro and ordered a dozen to take home to her family. Smart girl. Stop #2: After our sugar rush subsided a bit, we headed over to Watershed Kitchen & Distillery for a tasting […]

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Three Reasons to Visit the Cleveland Starts Here® Exhibit

Three Reasons to Visit the Cleveland Starts Here® Exhibit

In honor of their 150th anniversary, the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) recently opened the Cleveland Starts Here®  exhibit at the Cleveland History Center. This celebratory exhibit is sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and walks visitors through The Land’s stories from the 1790s to present-day. I was fortunate to attend the grand opening and eager to learn more about my hometown’s history. From Lebron James’ championship winning shoes to videos of diverse Clevelanders sharing their love for the city, I was able to walk away feeling excitement and pride in saying “Yeah, I’m from Cleveland”. Whether you’re visiting Cleveland for the first time or have called Northeast Ohio home for your entire life, here’s three reasons why you should visit the Cleveland Starts Here®  exhibit. Three Reasons to Visit the Cleveland Starts Here® Exhibit You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. Did you hear the exciting news that Cleveland made National Geographic’s places you need to visit in 2018 list? That’s amazing and this accomplishment needs to be celebrated…but you also need to understand the past to fully appreciate how far Cleveland has come! Through images, artifacts and film, you’ll be able to see, touch and hear about Cleveland’s failures […]

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Five Places to Visit in Detroit, MI

Five Places to Visit in Detroit, MI

A few weekends ago, I was blessed to be able to visit Detroit, MI and experience much of what this wonderful Midwest city has to offer. Similar to my hometown of Cleveland, OH, Detroit gets a bad reputation. While this gritty city has had it’s fair share of gloom and doom, I’m here to tell you why you should give Detroit a chance. Take a look at the below five places to visit in Detroit, MI and you too may find yourself booking a weekend getaway to the Motor City. Five Places to Visit in Detroit, MI 1. RiverFront: Need a breath of fresh air? Take a stroll down the Detroit RiverFront. Along the way, you’ll pass gardens, walkers/bikers/runners, boats, monuments, and more! Be sure to stop in Hart Plaza and don’t forget to say hello to Canada across the way! 2. Pop-up Christmas Markets: In need of some holiday cheer? Be sure to check out the pop-up markets currently happening in downtown Detroit. There are blow-up igloos filled with coffee and hot cocoa stations, ping-pong tables and other holiday treats! An ice-skating rink begs you to glide away from the stress of the season and small shops have taken […]

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Weekend Getaway from Cleveland to the Finger Lakes

Weekend Getaway from Cleveland to the Finger Lakes

Over Veteran’s Day weekend, my mom and I took a quick trip to the Finger Lakes in New York and I quickly fell in love with this Midwest wine region. According to fingerlakestravelny.com, the Finger Lakes has eleven lakes spread like fingers across central New York. Native American legend believes that these lakes were left behind by the Great Spirit who blessed this land with his hands. The lakes include: Skaneateles, Otisco, Owasco, Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Canadice, Conesus and Hemlock. Visiting this area during the fall is especially beautiful because of the changing colors of the trees, crisp autumn air and harvest season is taking place. Below is the itinerary that I planned prior to leaving. I’ve also included tips and ideas that will help you map out your adventure. Read more of my weekend getaway from Cleveland to the Finger Lakes below! Weekend Getaway from Cleveland to the Finger Lakes Friday Directions 9:00 AM: Depart Cleveland (Be sure to pack yummy snacks, download your favorite podcasts and bring plenty of water. Read my article on three travel tips for an enjoyable road trip here!) 1:30 PM: Tasting at Dr. Frank Wines (My mom and I LOVED this winery. It’s located right on Keuka Lake and has […]

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Three Easy Thanksgiving Food and Drink Ideas for a Busy Traveler

Three Easy Thanksgiving Food and Drink Ideas for a Busy Traveler

There are few things that I love more than traveling but one of the items that tops the list is a good meal with loved ones. The mixture of delicious dishes prepared by loving hands, a flute of bubbly champagne (or smooth red wine) and lots of laughter will always have my heart…and just typing this gets me excited for Thanksgiving! The problem is that for many of us, traveling (or insert what keeps you busy here) often usurps a lot of time and prevents us from being present or fully prepared for this special holiday. Below are three easy Thanksgiving food and drink ideas for a busy traveler that will keep your family and friends smiling and grateful for your presence and addition to the meal! Three Easy Thanksgiving Food and Drink Ideas for a Busy Traveler Bring a boozy punch that represents your travels or hobbies. My family celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend and I was in charge of pie and drinks. I made the below boozy punch recipe and it was a big hit with the fam. I also was able to share with them about my upcoming foodie blog trip to Columbus to visit Watershed Distillery (along […]

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Girls Weekend Getaway To Cleveland

Girls Weekend Getaway To Cleveland

This post originally appeared on HarnessMagazine.com but I have added extra links and photos to this version. About two months ago, three of my closest friends from college shocked me and showed up on my doorstep for a girls weekend! I was pleasantly surprised and while I obviously didn’t have an opportunity to plan much, we had a great time exploring my lovely hometown of Cleveland, OH. If you’re interested in planning a girls weekend getaway, I would highly suggest that you consider CLE as your location. Take a look at my below suggestions and start planning your girls weekend getaway to Cleveland! Getting there: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is located only 12 miles away from downtown Cleveland and offers over 150 daily nonstop departures. If you’re on a budget, there are quite a few low-cost airlines that fly in and out of the LAND like Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines. If you’re driving, Cleveland is fairly easy to navigate and parking downtown isn’t as expensive as larger cities like Chicago or NYC. Where to stay: While staying with your friends is obviously your cheapest bet, if that isn’t available I would recommend the following for your girls weekend getaway to […]

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3 Days in London

3 Days in London

In a previous post, I talked about my 3-day trip to England, an adventure which I thoroughly enjoyed. Since I was able to visit London, I’m putting together a guide for those who’ll take a 3-day visit in the lovely city. Here’s what you can do: Day 1 – See the Sights The first day can be reserved for London’s famous landmarks. You can begin by visiting Westminster. You can book tickets online beforehand for a Houses of Parliament tour inside. If not, you can take photos of the building’s fine medieval architecture from the outside instead. It’s also easy to get to Big Ben as it’s near to Westminster Bridge. Afterwards, head to the neighboring Westminster Abbey. The place itself is full of history, as it served as the coronation venue and burial of many royals. You can even find the Poets’ Corner, which houses the memorial statues as well as remains of many famous poets and writers. Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s administrative headquarters and official residence, can be your next destination. If the flag is up, that means the Queen is in! If you’re lucky enough, you may even catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. The schedule varies […]

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Cleveland Bloggers Meet-Up at The Salvaged Boutique

Cleveland Bloggers Meet-Up at The Salvaged Boutique

Last week, we had our third Cleveland bloggers meet-up at The Salvaged Boutique in Lakewood, OH. Fifth-teen ladies met to network, channel our creativity with a fall craft and of course, have fun! Our first meet-up was at HI and DRY back in July and our second meet-up was at SouthSide in September. While Cleveland does have a ton of bloggers in the area, I noticed that they weren’t gathering on a regular basis and I wanted to help change that. Expand your knowledge by always expanding your community. I’m a strong believer in the power of community and think that each blogger’s goals can only grow and prosper with the help, collaboration and connection to other like-minded writers. #communityovercompetition If you’re interested in participating in one of our future meet-ups, please feel free to email me at leah@bytravelanderror.com and/or join the Facebook group “Lady Bloggers of Northeast Ohio“. Our November meet-up was hosted by Kathy and Karen, shop owners (and sisters) at the Salvaged Boutique. This adorable store carries vintage furniture that has been up-cycled, local home goods from CLE artists, and even offers craft workshops. (See schedule here. Be sure to visit for your Christmas shopping or a […]

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Live Life Adventurously at the Go Ape! Zipline and Treetop Adventure

Live Life Adventurously at the Go Ape! Zipline and Treetop Adventure

This past weekend, I was invited to try the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course at Mill Stream Run Reservation in Cleveland, OH. While I excited to zip line and do something new in CLE, I was definitely feeling apprehensive about the heights! I overcame my fears and decided to live life adventurously by swinging through the fall foliage in our beautiful Cleveland Metroparks. Read about my experience at the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course below. Go Ape Treetop Adventure course: Things To Know Before You Go After booking my spot in advance online, I received via email a thorough list of items to know before you go. A few key tips included: Arrive 15 minutes early to check-in. You have to sign a waiver! For those in the Cleveland area, the parking lot is the same one as the tobaggan chutes. Ensure your clothing/personal items are appropriate and safe for this activity (i.e. no gum chewing, no dangly earrings, no open-toed shoes, pull your hair back in a ponytail, etc.) If you’re planning to bring a camera or phone, it needs to be secure on your body. A Go-Pro chest harness is best, but I chose an arm band to bring my phone along. Wear tight-fitting, yet comfortable clothes! […]

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