I've just returned from a whirlwind trip of my home town, Cleveland. I know, I know, you are screaming at your monitor right now, "What are you talking about WeaselMomma? You live in Chicago and you grew up in Philadelphia!". Yes, that is all true. The home of my childhood is Philadelphia, but the hometown of my adult life is Cleveland, even though I have hung my hat in Chicago for the past 12 years, It will always be Cleveland that holds my heart.
I love the place and it's people. It's the most genuinely welcoming city I have ever been to. It has all the perks and culture of cities 5 times its size, like a world class zoo, amazing museums and restaurants of famous homegrown chefs, but without the traffic issues, high costs or sterile coldness that we have come to expect from such places.
We did so many mind blowing cool things in 3 days and 2 nights that I will be telling you all about in a series of posts, just to tell you about the uber cool highlights. I mean where else can you possibly hand feed giraffes, experience the worlds best Amusement Park and amazing roller coasters, stay in an affordable, luxurious, lake view accommodations, hide under the sink in the house from A Christmas Story, learn the secrets of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame that the 'suits' running the place weren't even privy too (thanks to a museum docent), shop in the largest indoor/outdoor market in the country, enjoy free outdoor concerts while visiting beautiful botanical gardens and view world class art, science and natural history museums and serendipitously meet and share a drink with Mick Brown (drummer for Ted Nugent) on the streets?
Oh yeah, Cleveland Rocks! Thanks to Cedar Point* and Positively Cleveland* (the CVB) I am now extremely homesick. Stay tuned to read about the highlights of the my getaway and have a chance to win the incredible (and yet to be announced - but it will be cool) giveaway that I am putting together for those who do.
*Sponsors of this wonderful whirlwind tour.