Travel Tips For Sports Fans In Ohio

Travel Tips For Sports Fans In Ohio

Sports can offer some of the best reasons to travel in the United States. That’s not to say you need to be obsessed with sports to get the most out of your travel experiences. But the U.S., broadly speaking, cares so much about different sports at all different levels that there are truly incredible experiences all across the country. Whether it’s because you’ll be witnessing an enthusiastic crowd, seeing a great team, or even enjoying a pretty stadium, there are lots of reasons to include sports as a consideration in your travel planning. And in line with that reasoning, I’ve put together a list of the best sporting experiences you can have while traveling to (or through) Ohio. MLS at MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus The MLS may not be considered among the “major” sports leagues of the United States. But soccer is getting more popular, and should continue to do so with the U.S. now slated to host the 2026 World Cup. As it happens, the Columbus Crew has become one of the more well-known franchises in American soccer, and plays its matches at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. It’s noteworthy in that it was one of America’s first soccer-specific stadiums, […]

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A Grape Lover’s Guide to Spanish and Portuguese Wines

A Grape Lover’s Guide to Spanish and Portuguese Wines

Are you a grape lover who likes to taste different wines from across the world? Me too. Last week I had the opportunity to attend a blogger event at Heinen’s featuring wine and cheese pairings from their wine buyers recent trip to Spain and Portugal. (What a dreamy job, right?!) Read more about my experience below to see how you can recreate the same event at your home or attend a similar upcoming event at Heinen’s! Hopefully you’ll love these Spanish and Portuguese wines as much as I do. Pin this to save for later! Please note: I was invited to this Heinen’s blogger event free of charge. All opinions are my own. A Grape Lover’s Guide to Spanish and Portuguese Wines This blogger event was held at the beautiful Heinen’s grocery store located in Chagrin Falls. When you enter the store, turn to the right to be blown away by their tasting room! The size alone is incredible, but the variety of wine, beer and spirits available for purchase will knock your socks off. After hearing a bit of the backstory about how the Heinen’s wine buyer became acquainted with a 5th generation winemaker in Spain, we began to […]

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Pure Michigan Moments: What To Do in Holland & Saugatuck

Pure Michigan Moments: What To Do in Holland & Saugatuck

Is there anything better than turning on your away message at work for a whole week of vacation? The answer is no (unless it’s for longer than a week). This past week, I used my hard-earned PTO for a full 5 days off to bask in 4th of July summer goodness. During this time, I snuck in a short trip to Pure Michigan to visit Holland and Saugatuck. Both of these Midwest cities are located on Lake Michigan and embody what summer should be about: relaxation. Take a gander at what to do in Holland and Saugatuck. Pin this to save for later! What To Do in Holland For directions from Cleveland, OH to Holland, MI, click here. Spoiler alert: It’s about a 5-hour drive. Eat breakfast at de Boer Bakkerij & Dutch Brothers Restaurant. This family has been baking and cooking since they immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1950s. Think home style, hearty Dutch breakfasts like Opa’s Corned Beef Hash and Old World Biscuits and Gravy. Also, be prepared to wait in line…this place is popular! Spend a few hours at the Windmill Island Gardens. While it costs $10 per adult to get in, this tourist attraction is […]

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A Perfect Day on Put In Bay

A Perfect Day on Put In Bay

Do you dream of an island getaway but only have a day-trip budget? Look no further than the Lake Erie sands and shores. Located a little over an hour away from Cleveland, OH is an island escape that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Here’s how to spend a perfect day on Put In Bay. Pin this to save for later! *Please note: I was invited as a guest of Miller Ferry and some of the below experiences were complimentary. All opinions are 100% my own. A Perfect Day on Put In Bay Pre-trip: The first thing you want to do when planning a day-trip to Put In Bay is look at the ferry schedule. Will you leave at the crack of dawn or late morning? Miller Ferry offers multiple daily trips from Catawba (mainland) to Put In Bay (Island). Determine your schedule and arrive at least 20 minutes before the ferry leaves to park and buy your tickets. Parking is free and a one-way adult ticket costs $7.50. While you can bring your vehicle with you, that will cost you extra and you really don’t need it for a day trip on the island. Morning: Check the […]

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Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Swings-N-Things

Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Swings-N-Things

It’s no secret that I love Cleveland. Maybe an unspoken truth though is the real reason why I live, work and play in Cleveland, OH…and that reason is my family. While I love to travel and plan fun getaways from CLE, there is no place I’d rather be than spending quality time with the ones I love. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to take my oldest nephew, Simon, to Swings-N-Things for some one-on-one time. Swings-N-Things is a child’s dream. From go-karts to ice cream to mini-golf, there is fun for all ages (adults included)! Read all about our experience at Swings-N-Things! Pin this to save for later! Please note: I was invited by Swings-N-Things for a complimentary visit to their fun park. All opinions are 100% my own. Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Swings-N-Things Swings-N-Things offers multiple different activities for all ages. I was a bit leery bringing my nephew Simon as he is only four years old. Would he find Swings-N-Things fun? Would there be enough fun and games for him to enjoy himself? I made sure to do my research and found out that while he couldn’t drive the bumper boats or go-karts by himself, he could […]

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How To Spend a Perfect Day in Ann Arbor, MI

How To Spend a Perfect Day in Ann Arbor, MI

Being from the Buckeye State, am I allowed to say that I love Ann Arbor? I fell quickly for this quirky, quaint and diverse city during my recent day trip to the town that bleeds maize and blue. My boyfriend did a majority of the planning for this short adventure, so I had a blast learning about all the fun things to do in the city in real time (vs. my usual pre-trip research). Here’s how to spend a perfect day in Ann Arbor, MI! Pin this to save for later! A Perfect Day in Ann Arbor, MI I have a similar picture here from downtown Detroit. Love the Kelsey Montague #WhatLiftsYou street murals! Morning Get acquainted with downtown Ann Arbor by putting on your walking shoes and weaving through the small business filled streets. Stop in as many bookstores as possible but don’t miss Literari Bookstore to grab your morning cuppa. As an FYI, it’s very hard to find free public parking in downtown Ann Arbor. We parked at both the metered street spots, as well as in parking garages. Grab a hearty breakfast sandwich at Zingerman’s Delicatessen to fuel up for your hike. Drive about 15 minutes outside […]

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My Experience on the Route 33 Brew Trail {Visit Fairfield County Ohio}

My Experience on the Route 33 Brew Trail {Visit Fairfield County Ohio}

This past weekend, I adventured down south to Fairfield County (OH) to experience their brand new Route 33 Brew Trail. Announced during the recent National Travel & Tourism Week (May 6 – 12), Visit Fairfield County launched this trail which features six craft breweries (with taprooms) along Route 33. Read all about my experience below! Pin this to save for later! *Please note: While some of the below experiences were complimentary, all opinions are 100% my own. My Experience on the Route 33 Brew Trail The six breweries included in the Route 33 Brew Trail are BrewDog, Brewery 33 Hocking Hills, Combustion Brewery and Taproom, Double Edge Brewing Company, Loose Rail, and Rockmill Brewery. If you’re coming from Cleveland, it makes most sense to start at Combustion Brewery since it’s the farthest north. (FYI: Fairfield County is located southeast of Columbus.) The drive from Cleveland to Combustion Brewery took about 2 hours and 30 minutes, so be sure to pack some snacks and good tunes for an enjoyable road trip! Stop #1: Combustion Brewery & Taproom This brewery is located in small-town USA, Pickerington, OH. You almost feel like there’s no chance there’s a brewery in this town…but that’s wrong! Combustion is […]

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Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Laura of Pembroke at Pinecrest

Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Laura of Pembroke at Pinecrest

Why do you love your hometown? What makes it unique? There are hundreds of reasons why I love my hometown of Cleveland, OH and today I wanted to share one new reason with you. Earlier this week, I was invited by Laura of Pembroke, a new shop in Pinecrest, to attend their boutique’s grand opening. Twist my arm…of course I agreed! This locally owned store is beautiful. They offer trendy women’s clothing, darling accessories, design services and more! Here’s what I enjoyed during my time at Laura of Pembroke at Pinecrest. Pin this to save for later! Please note: I was invited by Laura of Pembroke to attend their grand opening “Champagne & Sweets” and I received a swag bag and gift card in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own. Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Laura of Pembroke at Pinecrest Beautiful women’s clothing – While I’m not on a designer clothing budget, I enjoyed perusing all of Laura of Pembroke’s offerings. The nice thing is that you can find designer pieces next to more budget-friendly items. Think Kate Spade next to Cupcakes & Cashmere caddy corner to Sugar Lips. You can find something within your budget here! Gorgeous […]

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Cleveland Getaway to Savannah, GA {Bachelorette Party}

Cleveland Getaway to Savannah, GA {Bachelorette Party}

Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the opportunity to getaway to Savannah, GA for a bachelorette party. I had spent the previous days in Appleton, WI for work, so needless to say, I was excited when I arrived in this charming southern city. This was the second time I had visited Savannah, but the first in warm weather, so I got to experience the town in a different way. From hauntingly beautiful Spanish moss to delicious, hearty southern dishes to historic neighborhood squares, Savannah is altogether lovely.  Here’s what I did during my Cleveland getaway to Savannah, GA. Pin this to save for later! Cleveland Getaway to Savannah, GA {Bachelorette Party} Getting There: Since I came from a work trip, I flew from Appleton to Atlanta to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). SAV is a small, clean and cute airport! It’s about a 20-25 minute Uber ride from the airport into downtown Savannah costing around $20-25. (Side note: Allegiant Air has a direct flight from Cleveland to Savannah. My one-way flight on the way home from Savannah to Cleveland was $80.) Where To Stay: Splurge: The Grant offers unique, luxury apartment accommodations for short or long-term stays. These modern, adorably […]

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