Weekend Getaway to Geneva-on-the-Lake

Weekend Getaway to Geneva-on-the-Lake

It’s no secret that I love wineries. When the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake and Lake Erie Canopy Tours reached out to see if I’d like to come visit this spring, I jumped at the opportunity! I live on the west-side of Cleveland, so Geneva-on-the-Lake is about an hour drive away from my home. Since Mother’s Day was this past weekend, I asked my middle sister, Bekah, and my mother, Theresa, to join me. Despite the weather being unseasonably cold, we still had a lovely time. Here’s what we did for our weekend getaway to Geneva-on-the-Lake. Pin this to save for later! L-R: Bekah, my middle sister, me, and my mom, Theresa Please note: While some of the below opportunities were complimentary, all of my opinions are 100% my own. Weekend Getaway to Geneva-on-the-Lake Where We Stayed: The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake is located on Lake Erie, right next to Geneva State Park. It is the perfect location to visit the strip, tour multiple wineries, hike through the state park or have a lake-side retreat. The Lodge offers over 100 rooms and over 20 small cottages. We stayed in cottage 26 which had a small kitchenette, two bedrooms (one King bed and one […]

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My Top 3 Restaurant Recommendations in Phoenix

My Top 3 Restaurant Recommendations in Phoenix

April has been a whirlwind work trip month for me. I traveled to Boston, Birmingham, and Phoenix this month…and I am exhausted. Despite my lack of sleep and time zone confusion, I was happy to visit these cities as I had never been to any of them before. I had only heard great things about Phoenix so I was especially excited to visit this area! As work travel usually goes, I did not have a ton a free time to explore but I was able to eat at some excellent restaurants. Here are my top 3 restaurant recommendations in Phoenix. Pin this to save for later! Top 3 restaurant recommendations in Phoenix Cien Agaves: This eatery is located in Old Town Scottsdale and was recommended to me as an excellent happy hour location. Their happy hour is EVERYDAY (!) from 3-7 PM featuring 1/2 off house margs, 1/2 off appetizers, $2.5 tinga tacos and more! My colleagues and I all got the margaritas which were refreshing and not too sweet and split a bunch of the apps. The queso and guacamole were my favorites but everything was delicious. GrabbaGreen: This healthy restaurant was located right across the street from my hotel […]

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Top 5 Things To Do in Birmingham

Top 5 Things To Do in Birmingham

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Birmingham, AL for work. While this was a quick 2 day trip, I was able to explore a bit of the downtown area. Without doing much research beforehand, I felt unprepared but a few last minute Instagram pleas resulted in excellent recommendations from friends near and far. Here are my top 5 things to do in Birmingham, AL. Pin this to save for later! Top 5 Things To Do in Birmingham 1. Walk the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail. I feel embarrassed to admit that I didn’t realize how significant this city was in the Civil Rights Movement. This trail educates and walks you past significant and historical sites that took place in the 50s and 60s during the Civil Rights Movement. The trail starts at the Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park and takes you through four routes. Learn more here. 2. Visit Kelly Ingram Park. When you walk into this park, you’ll see the words “Place of Revolution and Reconciliation”. It was very difficult to think about the ugliness and hurt that took place in Birmingham, specifically  at this park. The statues, memorials and quotes speak loudly of […]

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Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Providence House

Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Providence House

There are many reasons why I love Cleveland and am proud to call it my hometown. Cleveland is home to numerous nonprofit organizations trying to make our area and world a better place to live, work and play. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the 37th Annual Luncheon for Providence House. Providence House is a crisis nursery committed to child abuse prevention and  family preservation in the Cleveland area. Learn more here.  Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Providence House Every year, this fundraiser helps enable Providence House to help thousands of children in crisis. This luncheon was especially important because it honored and celebrated Sister Hope Greener who founded Providence House. It was also her 90th birthday! I was truly inspired by her selfless life work to improve the lives of helpless babes. It moved me to tears as her friends, pastor and supporters spoke of her love. Sister Hope repeatedly mentioned God’s providence over her life and this organization. We all need to be a bit more like Sister Hope. This luncheon also demonstrated to me the importance of partnerships and community. The list of organizations present included media, construction, decor, advertising and more! It was so impressive to see the […]

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From Cleveland to Boston: Top 10 Things To Do in Boston (aka Beantown)

From Cleveland to Boston: Top 10 Things To Do in Boston (aka Beantown)

At the beginning of April, I traveled from Cleveland to Boston to attend the Ashoka U Exchange. Not only was I excited to attend this social entrepreneurship conference but I was also thrilled to visit Boston for the first time. If you know me, you know I’m a planner. After reading through blogs, searching on social media and renting Fodor’s Boston Travel Guide, I had pre-selected my must see sights in the limited free time I had available. After actually visiting and experiencing the city, here are (in my opinion) the top 10 things to do in Boston. Top 10 Things To Do in Boston Visit the Boston Public Library. Oh my goodness! This library is seriously gorgeous! If you are a library nerd like me (I visit my local library almost every week), this must be on your must see list. A few points to highlight: It’s free (duh)! When I visited, almost every table was full. This is a happening place that Bostonians obviously use and love. Do as the locals do! Beautiful architecture and history are found in every corner, including the outside courtyard. (History lesson: This library was the first large free municipal library in the […]

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30 Under 30

30 Under 30

I am a very goal-driven, detail-oriented, and organized (okay, type A) person. While browsing Pinterest, I noticed that a lot of people had “30 under 30” goals to accomplish before they turned thirty years old. I loved this idea and made my own checklist (and one for my roommate too!). Today is my half-birthday so I officially have 6 months left…eek! Read on to see what my 30 under 30 goals are and my progress with each one. 30 Under 30 1. Buy a home. I am currently working with a realtor, pre-approved for a loan and now just waiting to find my dream house! If anyone knows of a small home with lots of natural light on the West-side of Cleveland, please let me know! 2. Start Sunday suppers (1x/month). Whenever I do settle into my new home, I want to start to have big, informal meals with family and friends on Sundays. The idea is for me to make the main dish and anyone else that comes to bring a side or drink. The only rule? No cell phones. 3. Be employed at a job I love and am passionate about. Do you absolutely love your job? I […]

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Where Am I?! A Westside CLE Gal Visits the East Side {Giveaway with The Capital Grille}

Where Am I?! A Westside CLE Gal Visits the East Side {Giveaway with The Capital Grille}

If you’re not from Cleveland, let me explain to you a very silly, yet fierce competition that goes on among folks that call The Land home. It’s simple really: Westsiders think the west side of Cleveland is best and Eastsiders think the east side of Cleveland is better. It’s quite odd but many, MANY people tend to only stay on their side of town. Read more of the history on the polarized sides of CLE here. Unfortunately this has been pretty true of my CLE life, so whenever I cross the river and venture past downtown, I tend to feel a bit lost and the surroundings don’t feel as familiar. I’m hoping to change that though! Here’s what I have discovered when this Westside CLE gal visits the east side. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for a chance to win $50 to The Capital Grille! Delicious Places to Eat & Drink on Cleveland’s East Side: The Capital Grille: Recently I was invited to a blogger event at The Capital Grille (25389 Cedar Road Lyndhurst, OH 44124; located in Legacy Village) to try out their all-new Cocktail Time menu. I had never been to this restaurant, but I had […]

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24 Hours in Windsor, Canada

24 Hours in Windsor, Canada

Did you know that Windsor is only three hours away from Cleveland? You can stand on the Detroit riverfront and wave hello to our Canadian neighbors. I’ve visited Detroit quite a few times over the past four months and decided to take a short day trip to Windsor since I’ve never been there. Here’s what my 24 hours in Windsor, Canada looked like. 24 Hours in Windsor, Canada Getting there from Detroit: There are two ways to cross into Windsor from Detroit: via the Detroit-Windsor tunnel and via the Ambassador bridge. The tunnel has a small fee ($5 or so), but I’ve heard it takes less time due to semi-trucks needing to take the bridge. What to do: My first recommended stop once you cross into Windsor would be to visit the tourism bureau. The staff member was so friendly and accommodating. She supplied plenty of maps and ideas of fun things to do in the area. (Just a FYI, your phone aka your GPS lifeline won’t work in Canada if you don’t have an international plan.) My second recommendation is to take a stroll through Sculpture Park. You’ll get a great view of downtown Detroit, ensure you achieve your steps […]

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Celebration of (Almost) Springtime in CLE with Buckeye Vodka

Celebration of (Almost) Springtime in CLE with Buckeye Vodka

The springtime in Cleveland ranges from gorgeous, breezy and sunny to rainy, soggy and cold in the blink of an eye. While we aren’t yet to spring, we certainly are edging closer as March is tomorrow! Can you believe it? As Lake Erie begins to thaw out and the sun starts peaking from behind the clouds, Clevelanders go crazy. Shorts, sandals and day-drinking can be seen when the temperature hits above 40 degrees. With that being said, this past Sunday (and yesterday too) was prettttty gorgeous, so I decided to whip up some springtime/summery drinks to celebrate the sunshine and promise of warmer weather with the help of Buckeye Vodka. Buckeye Vodka was started in Dayton, OH and I love supporting Ohio-made products. Check out this video to learn more about the brand and it’s beginnings: I have been on a recent kick of mixing lemonade with orange juice (a tasty tip I learned from my nephews), hence this yummy drink was created. Celebration of (Almost) Springtime in CLE Ingredients 2-3 ounces Buckeye Vodka Juice from 3 lemons (I used Meyer Lemons.) Fresh squeezed OJ 1 oz of triple sec Mix all of the ingredients together and you basically have a […]

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