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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Full Review of Ocean Riviera Paradise – Cancun, Mexico All-Inclusive Resort

Full Review of Ocean Riviera Paradise – Cancun, Mexico All-Inclusive Resort

Earlier this month, I took a girls trip aka my own created spring break to Cancun, Mexico to experience my first ever all-inclusive resort. As I sit here peeling my burnt skin, I can’t help but dream of being back on a sandy beach with a cocktail in my hand and my girlfriends by my side. Ahhh, the good life. If you’re in the business of booking an upcoming trip down south, I encourage you to read my full review of the Ocean Riviera Paradise. Pin this to save for later! Full Review of Ocean Riviera Paradise – Cancun, Mexico All-Inclusive Resort Resort Overview: The Ocean Riviera Paradise is a massive, modern resort located on Riviera Maya. See Google Map screen shot below. It has multiple housing sections including El Beso Adults Only (this is where we stayed), a Family Section called Daisy (hello kiddos) and Eden, the Privilege/Exclusive Section (if ya got it, flaunt it). There are four large swimming pools, one for each section plus the most beautiful pool located just feet away from the beach. The resort features 10+ restaurants, numerous bars, a 24 hour gym, coffee house, spa, a few small shops, piano bar & lounge, […]

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How to Prep for a Spring Getaway

How to Prep for a Spring Getaway

As you may have heard via my social media, I am headed to Cancun/Riviera Maya to relax and unwind with three of my girlfriends for a spring getaway. I’ll be sharing more about this in later posts, including a full resort review and what you need to know before you book your own all-inclusive Mexico trip. To say I’m excited is an understatement! In order to look and feel my best, I wanted to share a few ideas on how to prep for a spring getaway. If you’re planning an upcoming vacation, read on to be inspired and prepared for your own trip. Pin this to save for later! Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Discover Pinecrest. All opinions are 100% my own. #DiscoverPinecrest How to Prep for a Spring Getaway Idea #1: Detox. Yep, winter has gotten the best of me. While I’ve done a few hot yoga classes, I’ve definitely spent more time binging Downton Abbey. Thinking of getting into a bathing suit is scary at this point, so a bit of detoxing is in order. I’ve increased my intake of fruits and veggies through smoothies for breakfast, big salads for lunch and trying not to eat out […]

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Girls Weekend Getaway to Cincinnati

Girls Weekend Getaway to Cincinnati

Is there anything better than a girls trip? I’ve been #blessed to stay good friends with my Miami University college housemates and the five of us have gotten together numerous times since we graduated in 2011. Typically our reunions take place in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Chicago since those are the three big cities that are closest to all five of us. A few weekends ago, four out of the five of us met up in the Queen City (aka Cincinnati) so I wanted to share some of the best places to eat and what to do if you plan your own girls weekend getaway to Cincinnati! Pin this to save for later Girls Weekend Getaway to Cincinnati Getting There Luckily, all of us were able to drive to Cincinnati but if you need to fly, the airport to look into would be CVG. From Cleveland, it’s about a three and a half hour drive. L-R: Me, Abbey, Brooke & Melanie Where to Stay in Cincinnati One of my friends, Brooke, recently bought a darling home in Cincy so we were able to stay with her. If you need accommodations for your girls weekend getaway, I would recommend looking at Airbnb […]

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