Why? The Gathering Place Race for the Place Giveaway!

On Sunday, June 3, The Gathering Place will hold its eighteenth annual Race for the Place through Beachwood to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day and help raise funds to support The Gathering Place’s mission.
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The Gathering Place has two locations (Beachwood and Westlake) and provides free services to those battling cancer and their families. These services include everything from counseling to art therapy to massage and yoga to cooking classes. The Gathering Place offers comfort, support, and needed help during a time of chaos in the lives of those touched by cancer.

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Photo credit: Marc Golub

Participants in Race for the Place, presented by University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, can run or walk either a one-mile or chip-timed 5K course surrounded by those who have been touched by cancer and helped by The Gathering Place.

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Aside from the race and awards ceremony, there will also be a National Cancer Survivors Day ceremony. Bring the whole family, as there will be face painting, games, music, and more in Celebration Village.

You can register individually or form a team. Click here to register and start fundraising today. Or you can enter to win a race entry right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me who you would run the Race for the Place in honor of.

2. Visit The Gathering Place and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @thegatheringplace_tgp and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @touchedbycancer and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to #RaceforthePlace with @touchedbycancer thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/05/24/why-the-gathering-place-race-for-the-place-giveaway 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, May 29 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote The Gathering Place Race for the Place. In exchange, I will receive a complimentary race entry to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Art in the Village!

Art festivals and makers’ markets have become a popular way to find fabulous new locally-made items from jewelry to home decor to food. Which is why you should plan to check out the 28th annual Art in the Village with Craft Marketplace this coming June 2 and June 3 at Legacy Village!

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Admission is free to check out this strolling event with over 100 artisans. There will also be a full craft market featuring live plants, organic soaps, and delicious edibles. Art in the Village is put on by Howard Alan Events and is part of the HAE’s Summer of Art Cleveland Series. You just may find a fabulous new treasure or two while you’re there!

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Art in the Village is open Saturday, June 2 from 10am-8pm and Sunday, June 3 from 10am-6pm. Don’t miss this great event at Legacy Village! And also be sure to check out Legacy Village’s other summer events, such as Legacy Live and Food Truck Mondays.

***Disclosure: 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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Why? Limelight CoWorking!

As more and more businesses shift to work-from-home and remote opportunities and as more and more people harness their entrepreneurial spirit, there is a need for work space that is not your traditional, company-owned office.

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Limelight CoWorking in Ohio City is a new, locally-owned option for people who want a focused place to work outside of the normal office environment. From inviting “soft areas” to tables to private office space, Limelight offers something for every style of worker. When I visited, I found myself floating from tables to these cozy chairs as I worked.

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Limelight offers big and small conference rooms to conduct meetings, as well as “phone booths” to take calls or attend webinars.

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Whatever work you need to accomplish, whether solo or in a group, you can find a space for it at Limelight. There are also printing and copying services, mail services, WiFi, and the all-important office snacks!

I spent the morning at Limelight and found everyone to be a nice balance of friendly and focused. The people working there were welcoming, but also had their own tasks to accomplish, so everyone was able to have a productive time in a comfortable space.

As someone who spends time floating in between coffee shops to get work done while Jeffrey is in school, I found Limelight to be a great option. This is a space dedicated to people getting work done, without the noise, distractions, and less-than-ideal environment of a coffee shop.

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Limelight is beautifully-decorated, well-appointed with everything you could need to be productive, and, best of all, locally-owned to help Clevelanders find the work space they need.

There are different levels of Limelight membership to fit your needs, from single day passes for $45 to four or eight-day per month passes for $90 and $150 respectively to daily access for a month for $225. Contact Michelle for more details and to sign up at 216-316-3013 or michelle@limelightwork.com.

As we move away from traditional corporate jobs, spaces like Limelight allow for productivity and access to all the office niceties in a beautiful, relaxed environment.

***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary morning at Limelight CoWorking. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy and fun weekend in the CLE! Here’s what we were up to:

John Carroll University Alumni Awards Dinner

On Friday night, I was honored to receive the Rev. William M. Bichl, S.J. Alumni Volunteer Service Award from my alma mater, John Carroll University.

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I served on the Cleveland Alumni Chapter Board for six years and was so humbled to receive this award as I completed by board term. John Carroll means so much to me and has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mom received her Masters in Education from Carroll, so being able to share the Awards Dinner with her was particularly meaningful.

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The dinner itself was lovely, with good food and good conversation with the other award winners and their families. The other award recipients were so deserving and have accomplished so much that it was truly amazing to be mentioned in the same breath.

I am so grateful for the chance to give back to John Carroll, to receive the award, and to get to share it with the people who mean the most to me and who supported the time and effort I put into my volunteer work.

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Day Out with Thomas

Saturday morning, we boarded a train for Sodor at Day Out with Thomas at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

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We got to enjoy a thirty minute train ride on Thomas himself, along with lots of other train-themed fun, including train tables, model trains, and the chance to ring a real train bell!

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One of my favorite parts of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad events is that they are volunteer-driven. The volunteers care so much about making the experience fun for the kids, which just adds to how special the memories made are.

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Tickets are still available for this weekend’s Day Out with Thomas events, happening Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27. Click here to purchase tickets.

Happy Dog

You can keep our family happy with the food at Happy Dog! We popped in for a quick lunch after our Thomas adventure for hot dogs, tots, and craft beer for Matthew and me. I highly recommend Masthead Falling Fruit!

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Matthew and I both got Chef Symon’s Favorite, with alien pickle relish, chunky peanut butter, and Sriracha drizzle. So good!

Dazzle Awards

On Saturday evening, I attended the third annual Dazzle Awards at Playhouse Square. The Dazzle Awards celebrate high school theater in a Tony Awards-style event, handing out awards for everything from set design and costumes to acting. The winners of the Best Actor and Best Actress awards get to travel to New York City to compete in the National High School Theater Awards on Broadway!

I was so impressed with the talent up on stage and with Playhouse Square’s commitment to celebrating these young people. Playhouse Square Partners helps to support the Dazzle Awards, among other Playhouse Square Education and Community Outreach initiatives, so it was cool to see what our donation dollars support.

***Disclosure: I am the co-chair of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Moms, Manis, and Mimosas

Sunday, I hosted a little brunch party to celebrate my lovely mom friends. I’m so lucky to have women who are supportive and understanding and funny and caring. I’ve really found my mom tribe!

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So, what better way to celebrate these fabulous friends than with brunch (I made this almond French toast and this crab strata) and Prosecco sangria and manicures?

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We had time to eat and chat and pamper ourselves and it was just lovely! It’s so important to celebrate our friends and I’m glad I had a chance to do it!

It was a great weekend with family and friends! How was yours?

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Why? Ohio Wines Tour!

By now, I think you know I love me a glass of wine (or two) and I love getting said wine from the fabulous wineries in Ohio, because if you’re going to drink, you should drink local! So, when Ohio Wines invited me to take an in-depth tour of some of the Geneva area wineries, I immediately jumped at the chance.

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Joined by fellow bloggers Dana Vento and Sand and Snow, we explored not only the wineries, but also the scenery of the Grand River Valley. One of my favorite non-wine stops was the Harpersfield Covered Bridge.

Ohio wine country doesn’t just boast great wineries, but great photo opps too!

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But, of course, we mainly explored the wineries! We started at Saint Joseph Vineyard, known in the region for their Pinot Noir.

 

I’ve been learning to appreciate Pinot Noir, which satisfies my desire for red, while pairing nicely with dishes such as salmon. Owner Art took us through a tasting of Saint Joseph’s wines and the Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Reserve were my favorites. I also really enjoyed the Sauvignon Blanc.

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Next up was Debonne Vineyards, the largest estate winery in Ohio.

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Matthew and I had our third date at Debonne Vineyards’ Hot Air Balloon Festival and it’s always a favorite place for us to return.

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I sampled some of their red wines, including the unique Cask wine, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that is aged in a 100% French Oak Barrel. Each year 1/3 of wine will be removed from the barrel, bottled and replaced with a new vintage making it a continual red wine blend.

The myth that all Ohio wines are sweet, Catawba-style wines is definitely not true, although there are sweeter varietals if that’s your speed. We also enjoyed a tasty lunch at Debonne. I highly recommend the caprese panini!

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Then it was off to M Cellars, whose Meritage has become a recent favorite of mine!

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But I also tried the Dry Riesling and give this a nod for summer sipping!

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M Cellars wine club, which I very nearly joined on the spot, includes all kinds of perks like complimentary tastings, invites to special events, and two mix-and-match cases of M Cellars wine.

We popped across the street to sample some spirits at Red Eagle Distillery, whose spirits taste delicious straight or in one of their many creative cocktails!

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The Ohio Red Maple, made in a rum-style with Ohio maple syrup, might be my favorite because it is so unique!

We ended our round of winery hopping at Ferrante Winery, whose brand new sign will be the site of oh-so-many Instagram memories this summer!

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We toured Ferrante’s impressive production facility, then got to sample four of their wines.

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My favorite of the ones we sampled was the Pinot Grigio, which will be released to market in early June and is light, crisp, and totally delicious!

Before heading back to The Lakehouse Inn (our cozy, comfy overnight host), we couldn’t resist a stop in downtown Geneva-on-the-Lake at Madsen Donuts.

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I’ve loved their cream stick donuts for the past two years at Donut Fest, so I wanted a chance to visit the actual shop. Of course, they were amazing!

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After some time to relax and refresh, we met up again for dinner at Crosswinds Grille at The Lakehouse Inn.

Owners Sam and Karen were gracious hosts, providing a four-course, wine-paired dinner.

The charcuterie board featured Na*Kyrsie Meats, butchered and cured by Nate, the executive chef at Crosswinds Grille, as well as cheeses from Mayfield Road Creamery. The Lakehouse Inn, along with all the other businesses we visited that day, are committed to sourcing locally as much as possible.

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Paired with The Lakehouse Inn’s own rose, this charcuterie and wine pairing was the stuff summer picnic dreams are made of!

After a fresh local salad with housemade balsamic vinaigrette, we enjoyed a moist and delicious chicken breast (butchered by Nate of Crosswinds Grille) with wild mushroom rice and wilted kale.

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We capped off the day with The Lakehouse Inn’s cabernet sauvignon paired with a rich slice of chocolate cake.

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We retired to the patio to watch an incredible sunset over Lake Erie and reflect on a fun-filled day.

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After a relaxing night at The Lakehouse Inn, we met up again for breakfast at Crosswinds Grille.

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We hit the road for home feeling well-nourished and well-rested!

What struck me most about this in-depth look at Ohio wine country was the camaraderie of the region. From our shuttle driver Frank (from the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake) to our Ohio Wines guide Donnie to everyone we met at the wineries, people were warm, welcoming, and focused on growing the region through supporting each other’s endeavors. And that is something worth saying cheers to!

June is Ohio Wine Month and to celebrate, Ohio Wines wants you to build your own virtual celebration case, by selecting Ohio wines that hold special memories for you. I know some of the wines I tried on my tour would be in my case! Click here to build your own.

***Disclosure: I was invited by Ohio Wines to attend a complimentary Ohio wines tour. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Silver Spoon Awards Party!

The Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party to benefit the Arthritis Foundation isn’t just a strolling food and wine event. It is a whole body sensory experience. From the tastes and smells to the sights and sounds, I always leave this party buzzing with Cleveland happiness.

So, let me take you on a little sensory overload tour of last night’s fun…

Matthew and I enter the VIP area and immediately head toward Porco Lounge and Tiki Room. Their set-up whisks us away to an island bar somewhere in the Caribbean…

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…and so do their drinks. Get the Painkiller! We enjoy our drinks while taking in the historic sights at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center.

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From the Caribbean to Japan, we can’t pass up the ultra fresh and ultra delicious sushi prepared by Chef Dante Boccuzzi at Ginko.

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The Silver Spoon Awards Party isn’t just a chance to eat great food, but also a chance to rub elbows with Cleveland’s culinary elite! Oh, you can also rub elbows with some blogger friends too!

We head upstairs to the main room and prepare ourselves (loosen our belts) to tackle this gauntlet of gastronomic  glory.

We snag a delicious chicken slider with mango habanero salsa from Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar before heading downfield to enjoy steak from Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill and see Bernie Kosar himself!

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I almost fumbled my steak as I caught sight of Swensons Drive-In‘s burgers and mini milkshakes! I had two mini shakes, because they’re mini, obviously.

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Next up was the delicious chorizo and roasted corn from Butcher and the Brewer and the comforting smells and tastes of French Onion Pot Roast from Creekside Restaurant & Bar.

We spiced things up with the delicious offerings from Thai Thai (the buzz is well earned) while taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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We couldn’t resist diving under the sea with Pier W‘s oyster po boy and Marble Room‘s smoked salmon puff.

I attempted to look dainty as I tore into the ribs from Mabel’s BBQ, but that pepper crust and mustardy sauce made all restraint go away!

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Speaking of making all restraint go away, we definitely did shots of ceviche followed up with shots of Mezcal. We blame Chef Jonathon Sawyer and this The Greenhouse Tavern deliciousness.

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We capped off this feeding frenzy with sweet treats from one of my favorite east side haunts, Luna Bakery and Café. I didn’t dive in to this table set-up face first, but I wanted to.

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Then, it was back downstairs for another visual treat: watching bartenders from Ginko, Porco Lounge and Tiki Room, Salt+, and Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen compete in a Chopped-style cocktail competition, with ingredients including Woodford Reserve, green tea, rhubarb, and dragon fruit.

We also got to sample their unique creations and vote for our favorite! Matthew and I split our votes between Porco Lounge and Tiki Room and Ginko.

Tired, stuffed, and overwhelmingly impressed yet again by this event and Cleveland’s diverse and vibrant food scene, we waddled back to home to dream of next year’s Silver Spoon Awards Party!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Silver Spoon Awards Party. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Legacy Village Food Truck Mondays!

It’s time for eating outside at your favorite food trucks! Food trucks have elevated outdoor eating to a true culinary treat. Which is why I’m so excited that for 8 Mondays over the summer, you can push off your Monday morning cleanse for another day and eat well at Legacy Village with the return of Food Truck Mondays.

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The inaugural Food Truck Monday takes place on Monday, May 21 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. There will be an impressive array of food trucks, with Chef Greywolf, Donut Lab, SuperHero Food Truck, Orange Truk, The Proper Pig, Barrio Tacos, Jackpot Chicken, and 216 Bistro all parked along Main Street.

You’ll also be able to enjoy a variety of local bands performing on The Lawn at each Food Truck Monday to add to the fun, festival-like atmosphere. Bring a picnic blanket or snag  a seat at one of the benches or tables and relax for a sunshiny, delicious meal!

Food Truck Mondays will take place on May 21, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13, and August 27. Food Truck Mondays are perfect for a lunch break, a lunch date, or a play date!

***Disclosure: 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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Why? Weekends!

I hope you all had lovely Mother’s Day weekends! Here’s how we spent ours:

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On Saturday, we attended a birthday party for one of Jeffrey’s friends at Thrive Arts Center.

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Thrive Arts Center opened after Jeffrey finished up with Kindermusik, so this was our first chance to check it out. It’s an impressive space that is bright, fun, and imaginative, with space for Kindermusik, instrument and voice lessons, dance classes, and birthday parties too.

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We got to participate in a Kindermusik class before making birthday crowns and enjoying cake and snacks. It was a fun way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon! If your kids are interested in music, dance, or arts, check out Thrive Arts Center’s class offerings!

Mother’s Day

My Mother’s Day started with a present that Jeffrey made for me at school. It’s pretty fun now that he’s old enough to participate in making/picking out gifts. He was so excited to present me with my hand-painted letter!

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After a fabulous vinyasa flow at Yoga Roots, we met up with my parents for brunch at The Capital Grille. The Capital Grille has quickly become a favorite special occasion spot, so I couldn’t wait to indulge in their Mother’s Day brunch.

When we arrived, my mom and I each received a sparkly red rose to commemorate Mother’s Day.

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The dinner menu was available, but we chose to order off the three-course brunch menu. I chose the field greens salad, the lobster frittata, and the crème brulee.

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The lobster frittata was so rich, with a fluffy, creamy egg frittata on top a hash brown cake, served with lobster tail meat and Hollandaise sauce. This was brunch perfection!

The best part of the brunch was the bottomless mimosas or bellinis! The service, food, and drinks all made this a truly indulgent Mother’s Day treat!

So, that was our weekend. A little quieter than our usual, but that was really nice. I enjoyed the chance to soak up family time on Mother’s Day weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Lake Erie Canopy Tours Giveaway!

It’s hard to find a getaway that can equally charm everyone from adults to kids, but The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake did just that! Matthew, Jeffrey, and I had the chance to spend a night in one of The Lodge’s lake-side cottages and had a wonderful little getaway.

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The lake-side cottages are brand new and perfect for a family getaway, with two bedrooms, a living room, and kitchenette. Plus, the cottages have absolutely gorgeous Lake Erie views!

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We started our adventure at The Lodge with dinner at Horizons Restaurant. Horizons boasts some lovely Lake Erie views of its own!

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When in wine country, we had to enjoy some local wine, so Matthew and I each had a glass from Ferrante Winery. Horizons has a diverse selection of local vintages on the menu.

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I was impressed with the food at Horizons. While the entrée selections were not huge, they covered everything from fish to pasta to veal and the quality was excellent.

For my entrée, I had the chicken porcini, a bone-in breast with porcini mushroom sauce, creamy Boursin polenta, and vegetables.

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Matthew had the smoked Berskhire pork chop, with brown sugar dry rub, caramelized onion apple compote, smoked gouda mac ‘n cheese, and vegetables.

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Both entrees had stand-out side dishes and were well-seasoned and perfectly prepared. Jeffrey enjoyed his classic cheese pizza, too!

For dessert, I enjoyed the warm berry pie with lemon-infused crust and Matthew had the mocha chocolate cake (which he definitely had to share with Jeffrey). We took the desserts back to eat on our porch and I was so captivated by the sunset, I didn’t get any pictures!

The next morning, we started with the breakfast buffet at Horizons, then headed off to the indoor pool for some splashing fun!

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The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake capitalizes on the Lake Erie views wherever they can, including the pool area!

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There are both indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, as well as an outdoor splash pad and playground.

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After we dried off, we headed over to Lake Erie Canopy Tours, located on the same property as The Lodge. Lake Erie Canopy Tours has an adult Adventure Course, a Kids’ Adventure Course, and Canopy Tours.

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As you can see, my brave guys each took on an Adventure Course. Jeffrey was at the young end of the age range for the Kids’ Adventure Course (which is designed for 4-10 years old).

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Our guide, Kate, did a wonderful job helping Jeffrey get through the course and easing his nervousness.

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He had a great time and, although he wasn’t ready to do the zipline at the end, I think he’ll be back to tackle the course again. I’m definitely proud of his willingness to try something new!

And Matthew had fun and got a bit of a workout too on the adult Adventure Course while Jeffrey was exploring the Kid’s Adventure Course.

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake made for a really wonderful little getaway. It was far enough from home to feel like we were away, but close enough to be able to go for a night without wasting a lot of time traveling. The food was delicious, the cottage was just the right set up for a family, and the activities from the pool to the Canopy Tours gave us lots to do! This is a perfect summer weekend place!

So you can experience the fun too, I have two tickets to Lake Erie Canopy Tours to give away, good for either of the Adventure Courses or the Canopy Tour. Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me if you’ve ever ziplined before and where. (I have, in Jamaica).

2. Visit Lake Erie Canopy Tours and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @lakeeriecanopytours and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @lodgeatgenevaoh and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to soar at @lodgeatgenevaoh thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/05/14/why-the-lodge-at-geneva-on-the-lake-giveaway 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Saturday, May 19 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Lake Erie Canopy Tours at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. In exchange, I received a complimentary overnight stay, $50 dinner voucher, breakfast voucher, and tickets to the Lake Erie Canopy Tours Adventure Courses. I also received two tickets to give away to Lake Erie Canopy Tours. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Taki’s Greek Kitchen!

While I’ve never been hemmed in by the East side/West side divide, it also isn’t very often that I go out to eat in Avon Lake. When I made plans to meet up with my friend Beth on her side of town, we immediately agreed to eat at Taki’s Greek Kitchen.

I had enjoyed the food from Taki’s at events before, but never had dinner there. And now I’m even more impressed! Beth and I started by sharing the octapodi skaras, which had char-grilled octopus, arugula, warm Greek potato salad, and red wine vinaigrette.

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I love grilled octopus and this preparation paired it perfectly with the bitterness of the arugula and the crisp texture of the potatoes.

For my entrée, I had the Thursday weekly special of stifado vodino, which are braised short ribs with pearl onions and spiced tomato sauce, served over orzo.

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The short ribs were so tender and the sauce had a delicious spice! I highly recommend going on a Thursday to enjoy this special!

Beth had the macaronia thalassina, with spaghetti, shrimp, mussels, artichoke hearts, spinach, tear drop tomatoes, pine nuts, white wine, lemon butter, Feta, and fresh herbs.

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This dish was light, fresh, and bursting with Mediterranean flavors!

For dessert, we shared the ekmek, which had pistachios layered between kataifi, custard, and whipped cream.

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So rich and delicious! Definitely a shareable dessert, especially after I nearly cleaned my entrée plate!

Taki’s Greek Kitchen offers amazing, high-end Mediterranean dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. It was definitely worth the drive for this East sider and I know I’ll be back!

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