Why? Weekends!

This weekend was so chock-full of fun and food and awesomeness, so I’m going to try to get through it all (but I’m saving a bit for tomorrow)…

Friday was our fifth anniversary, so Matthew and I had a special weekend planned. I kicked it off by heading in the direction of the rest of our weekend plans, spending Friday morning at Cedar Point with Jeffrey and my mom.



We have season passes and just love taking Jeffrey up to enjoy our world-class amusement park (click here for my tips and tricks for enjoying Cedar Point with your little one.) He is a ride monster and it’s so fun to see him not only enjoy the rides he can go on, but also daydream about the ones he wants to ride when he gets bigger.

Then Matthew met up with me for dinner at Chez Francois in Vermilion. This restaurant is 100% worth the drive and knows how to elevate a special occasion to a true experience with fabulous service that is unhurried, yet responsive; decadent food; a lovely, rustic French atmosphere; and a wine list to die for.


Matthew and I chose the prixe fixe menu, which meant six course of deliciousness. Some of our favorites were the seared tuna with daikon radish,


the Wagyu beef tartare with quail egg


the quail stuffed with prosciutto and served with morel mushrooms and sweet potato mousse,


the soft shell crab over sea beans,


and the Chilean sea bass over Lyonnaise potatoes with local asparagus.


We had an absolutely amazing dinner and enjoyed every relaxing minute of the three hours we lingered over our meal.

We spent the night at Captain Montague’s Bed & Breakfast in Huron.

This lovely old home, decorated impeccably was a great spot to stay. We had a short walk to the lake, plus the veranda near the pool was a lovely place to relax with a glass of sangria.


The breakfast on Saturday morning was delicious and the company and hospitality were great, too. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay near the wineries, Vermilion, and Cedar Point, I highly recommend Captain Montague’s.

We spent our afternoon on Saturday at some of the wineries in the area, so stay tuned tomorrow for more on that!

We had to scurry back to Cleveland for Saturday evening, as we were attending the Cleveland Play House Gala with some fellow members of Playhouse Square Partners.


I think it’s so great that local arts organizations support each other, because we all benefit from a mutually strong arts community.


The theme of the Gala was Grand Illusion and the spectacle of the event was extraordinary! There was also a live auction with amazing packages that raised funds for Cleveland Play House’s education programs, a delicious dinner from The Driftwood Group, and fabulous music from Bluewater Kings Band.

It was a fabulous night supporting the first regional theatre company in the country (and a Tony Award winner, too!)

On Sunday, Jeffrey and I stopped by Legacy Village to check out Art in the Village, a strolling art show with everything from jewelry to wall hangings to wood carvings.

Despite the rain, we had for checking out all the different art work and brought home a couple pieces, too!

So, that was (almost) all of our crazy, busy, lovely weekend. How was yours?

***Disclosure: I am the vice co-chair of Playhouse Square Partners. Also, I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I will receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


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