We’re sadly back from our whirlwind trip to Cleveland. We had the absolute best time. I admit I had low expectations – I didn’t know a lot about the city before we went, but, it was one of our favorite trips and we can’t wait to go back.
*Lots of pictures ahead, but I unfortunately forgot my camera. iPhone photos don’t do it justice!
I took off work Friday so we left early that morning. The drive took about five and a half hours, but overall wasn’t bad. We stayed at the DoubleTree on Lakeside Avenue and it was the perfect location. The staff was wonderful and we had a view of the lake. We checked in to our hotel, ate one of their delicious cookies, and made our way to a bar. The Winking Lizard Tavern was across the street from our hotel, so that was our first stop. They had good bar food and cheap beer so we knew we’d be back! The weather in Cleveland was much cooler than in Kentucky, so, after lunch, we decided to check everything out.
We finally ventured to the East 4th Street area and decided to venture into The Corner Alley for some friendly bowling. The bar was so cool and we managed to bowl two games in an hour. I lost both rounds (unfortunately) but we had the best time. After bowling, we made our way to several of the 4th street establishments: Flannery’s Pub, Greenhouse Tavern, Society Lounge, The Butcher and the Brewer, Wonder Bar, and Zocalo. We truly made the most out of our Friday night!
Saturday morning we got up early in search for breakfast. We settled on Yours Truly – the breakfast was delicious (and cheap!) and they had the best iced coffee I’ve ever tasted. After breakfast we made our way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. My favorite exhibit was the Allman Brothers Band. It was a neat experience and the location is gorgeous. We spent a couple of hours there then grabbed lunch before heading to Berea for training camp.
The entire reason we went to Cleveland was for the Browns Training Camp. J is a HUGE Browns fan (the only one this Bengals fan knows) and he’d always wanted to visit their camp. This trip was a birthday present of sorts for him. The training camp takes place about 20 minutes away from downtown Cleveland and it’s located near Baldwin Wallace University. The town is super cute and people who live in the houses near the training camp entrance sell footballs and water in their front yards. We stayed at the camp for about two hours – while I’m not a Browns fan, it was a fun afternoon! We were able to watch them run drills and scrimmage. I feel like I’m prepared for football season now.
On our way back to Cleveland, we drove past a small brewery down the street from our hotel, so, after cleaning up, we walked back to check it out. The brewery is Noble Beast – they brew several beers (their kolsch was delicious) and have a great-looking menu. It looks unsuspecting from the outside, and we’d never known it was there had we not taken the long way back, but I highly suggest a visit.
After walking 20,000 steps and little sleep the night before, we decided to stay close to home for the rest of the night. We ended our weekend with dinner at the Winking Lizard, a nightcap at the hotel bar, and an early bedtime. We left before 9:00 Sunday morning for the long ride home.
Our trip was amazing – Cleveland is a stunning city; I especially loved the views of the lake. And the people were wonderful. We had fantastic customer service everywhere, and there was never an overwhelming crowd. We had good food, good booze, and the most perfect weather. I got a taste of fall (had to wear a light jacket!), so now I am ready to say goodbye to summer. If you’ve been thinking of visiting Cleveland, DO IT. You won’t regret the trip!
And thank you for indulging me these recap posts. There’s a lot of shitty things happening in the world right now – but THIS is what I want to remember. The adventure.
Have you been to Cleveland? How was your weekend?
Linking up with the lovely Biana.