24 Hours in Grand Rapids, MI

24 Hours in Grand Rapids, MI

In my mind, Grand Rapids has never been associated with being a “cool” city. Chicago? Yes. NYC? For sure. Cleveland? 100%. Grand Rapids? Ehhh…maybe? Well, my mind was blown when I recently got to explore this Midwest Charmer! Spend 24 hours in Grand Rapids and tell me if you agree. Pin this to save for later! 24 Hours in Grand Rapids, MI Morning Head to the Downtown Market Grand Rapids first thing in the AM to experience foodie heaven. This local indoor market has everything you need – a trendy coffee shop, multiple different food vendors, a lovely second floor greenhouse and more! The vendors I bought from and loved included: Sweetie-licious Bake Shoppe (order the Cheery Cherry Lemon Bomb cookie), Rák Thai (get the passion fruit bubble tea with mango popping bobas and spicy drunken noodles), and Tacos El Cuñado (don’t miss the chicken tamales with all the toppings). After your food coma subsides, walk across the street to the Craft Beer Cellar to get an eclectic 6-pack of craft beers! There is a whole section just for Michigan. (If ya didn’t know, one of Grand Rapids’ nicknames is Beer City USA as there are over 80 breweries in the […]

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How To Spend a Perfect Day in Grand Haven, MI

How To Spend a Perfect Day in Grand Haven, MI

If you’ve never been to Lake Michigan before, I’m sorry to tell you that you are really missing out. Last summer I got to visit both Holland, MI and Saugatuck, MI and fell completely in love with these beachy lake towns. Earlier this month, I continued my quest of exploring more of #PureMichigan and ventured to Grand Haven. It’s only about five hours from Cleveland, making it a manageable weekend road trip. Here’s how to spend a perfect day in Grand Haven, MI. Pin this to save for later! How To Spend a Perfect Day in Grand Haven, MI Morning First things first, you need to park your car and head down to the boardwalk to take in those lake life vibes everyone here is eminating! The boardwalk continues all the way to the Grand Haven State Park ending in the lighthouse. After your morning stroll, it’s time to acquaint yourself with the cutesy Washington Ave. Pop in and out of local shops and grab an iced coffee or lemonade to beat the heat! If time allows, head back to Grand Haven State Park to catch a few rays and a quick dip! Afternoon It’s time for a local favorite…grab […]

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24 Hours in Atlanta, GA

24 Hours in Atlanta, GA

In late June, I had a quick business trip scheduled to Atlanta and to be honest, I wasn’t that excited to visit this southern city. People love to hate on the Atlanta heat, traffic and airport but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with my short but sweet excursion from Cleveland. If you find yourself briefly visiting ATL, take a look at this itinerary for 24 hours in Atlanta, GA (& don’t listen to all of the haters)! Pin this to save for later! 24 Hours in Atlanta, GA Morning Eat breakfast at Atlanta Breakfast Club! This restaurant specializes in fried chicken and oh.my.gosh is it good. I stumbled upon this place as it was located right next to my hotel. It’s not fancy and it doesn’t honestly look amazing from the front entrance, but it’s 100% worth it. (Pictured below is the fried chicken salad. I didn’t get to eat breakfast here, but the menu looked drool-worthy.) After all that fried chicken, a walk is in order. Centennial Olympic Park is located downtown (close to ABC) and has gorgeous city views. Look! There’s even a ferris wheel downtown. Afternoon Head to the World of Coca Cola […]

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From CLE to BNA: Weekend Itinerary for Nashville

From CLE to BNA: Weekend Itinerary for Nashville

The first time I ever visited Music City was for a bachelorette party. We drank on Broadway, we biked and brewed, we honky-tonked. When the opportunity arose for me to travel back to Nashville for work, I jumped at the chance and plotted to make it one of the best bleisure trips I’ve ever taken. If you’re headed to the Athens of the South anytime soon, read on to discover a pretty great (read: the best ever!) weekend itinerary for Nashville. Weekend Itinerary for Nashville Friday: Getting There: If you’re coming from the Cleveland area, I recommend flying into BNA. While you can drive, it takes almost 8 hours and no weekend trip has any time for that! Where to Stay: Nashville is booming! There are cranes and construction everywhere. You shouldn’t have any issue booking a hotel room and if you’re on a budget, Airbnb is always a great option. I would recommend trying to stay near downtown or towards the Vanderbilt area. I stayed at the Holiday Inn for a portion of my trip and was wowed with this beautiful new property. Once you’re settled, get a lay of the land. This is my favorite thing to do […]

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Seven of the Best Tourist Attractions in Cleveland

Seven of the Best Tourist Attractions in Cleveland

Whenever new visitors come into town, one of the first things I think about is how I can make them love Cleveland. My mind turns into building the perfect itinerary for that specific visitor and the below attractions are almost always included as they are not only iconic Cleveland experiences, but also some of the best. Do you want your friends to walk away loving CLE too? If yes, then read on to discover seven of the best tourist attractions in Cleveland. Seven of the Best Tourist Attractions in Cleveland Spend a few hours exploring the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This is by far the most referenced Cleveland tourist attraction. Your music-loving friends will especially enjoy this one. It’s located on the outskirts of downtown and is the perfect place to start a walking tour of the city. Tour the Christmas Story House. This is arguably the second most popular tourist attraction and a place that out-of-towners usually associate with Cleveland. #LegLamp Grab breakfast or lunch at the Rowley Inn before or after your visit and leave with a full and happy belly. For the die-hard fans, you can actually spend the night in the house! I recommend […]

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Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Dancing Wheels Company

Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Dancing Wheels Company

On June 14, Dancing Wheels Company is hosting its world premiere performance and 38th Annual Gala called Reverse * Reboot * Reveal! at the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square. This event will feature the works of three internationally-recognized disabled choreographers and bring together a wide and eclectic audience of dance supporters and those who champion the diversity and equity in the arts. I’m excited to announce that I’m partnering with them to help promote this upcoming event! Disclosure: In exchange for helping to promote this event, I received two complimentary tickets to the upcoming show. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. If you’ve never heard of the Dancing Wheels Company, this organization is considered one of the premier arts and disabilities organizations in the U.S…and it’s located right here in Cleveland, OH, giving me yet another reason to love my hometown. This professional, physically integrated dance company unites the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities. One of the reasons I’m so excited to attend this event is that it is bringing people in to visit Cleveland from all over the world! I’m know that I will walk away from this show inspired and amazed, but I hope that the visitors will also […]

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Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Tri-C JazzFest

Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Tri-C JazzFest

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Tri-C JazzFest on June 27-29, 2019 in Playhouse Square, presented by KeyBank. I am so pleased to announce that I’m partnering with them to help promote this upcoming event, as well as give away two tickets to one of the shows! (See details at the bottom of this post.) If you’ve never heard of or attended the Tri-C JazzFest, watch the below video to learn about the rich history this event has provided the Cleveland community over the past 40 years. This festival celebrates Cleveland’s contributions to jazz over the decades while presenting a mix of iconic and emerging artists. #ThisIsCLE Disclosure: In exchange for helping to promote this event, I received two complimentary tickets to a show, as well as two tickets to give away to you all…my lovely readers! As always, all opinions are 100% my own. The event features: live music (nine ticketed events are listed here and the free events are listed here) fun for the whole family (i.e. yoga class, cooking demonstrations, beer tent, food trucks, music classes, face painting, balloon animals, etc.) and MORE! If you like jazz, funk, blues or reggae music, join me the last weekend in June […]

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My Top 8 Things To Do in Newport Beach, CA

My Top 8 Things To Do in Newport Beach, CA

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Newport Beach, CA for my full-time job. Between long days spent at the event hotel and pure exhaustion from being around people 24/7, I didn’t get to do as much sightseeing as I would’ve liked to. Keeping in mind my limited free time, here are my recommendations for the top 8 things to do in Newport Beach, CA. Top 8 Things To Do in Newport Beach Newport Beach is located in Orange County, between Los Angeles and San Diego. The best airport to fly into is John Wayne Airport (SNA) but if prices are $100-$150 less at the bigger airports, I would recommend LAX as it’s closer. Traffic is pretty terrible during rush hour so expect delays and high ride-sharing fees! 1. Spend a few hours exploring Balboa Island. Think charming, quaint and very expensive. Walk around and look at the beautiful cottages (aka very nice homes)! You can leisurely stroll around the whole island in about an hour. Grab a chocolate-dipped frozen banana or Balboa Bar (aka ice cream sandwich dipped in chocolate with toppings of your choosing) at Sugar & Spice. Ride the Ferris Wheel at the Fun […]

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A Guide to Lakewood, Ohio

A Guide to Lakewood, Ohio

A part of my #ClevelandBucketList is to visit every suburb in the Cleveland area. Highlighted below is Lakewood, OH, which has been my home for the past six years. Read on to discover where to eat & drink, attractions to see and places to visit in this charming west-side suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Screenshot from Google Maps Description I have lived in Lakewood for the last six years and have thoroughly enjoyed residing in this diverse and heavily populated suburb that mainly borders Cleveland, Rocky River and Lake Erie. Be sure to notice the number of bars, hair salons and churches you will undoubtedly pass while exploring this west-side CLE suburb. Find more details about Lakewood, OH at www.onelakewood.com. Where to Eat & Drink There are SO many places to choose from in Lakewood. Below is just a sampling of what’s available in this foodie town that favors small-businesses and family-owned restaurants: Proper Pig Smokehouse: Casual, delicious BBQ. The pulled pork is my always my first choice. Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar: Family friendly, yet leans toward a tad fancier than what you’re probably thinking. I love their creative drink menu and interesting food pairings. Cleveland Vegan: I still have never […]

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