Why? St. Kitts!

I’m ba-a-a-a-ck. Literally at 1:30am today. And here I am, writing to you all. That’s true love, right?

Also, I figure the window on me talking about my vacation is closing, so here we go…

It had been awhile since Mom and I had traveled just the two of us. In fact, the last “girls only” trip was when we went to Scottsdale a couple months before Jeffrey was born. So the chance to get away together was much appreciated.

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Which means right off the bat, I have to give mad props to Matthew for holding down the fort (seriously, the literal fort is still standing) and my dear friend Mariah for helping out too.

So, now to the trip: As you may remember, my dad owns a tire business (Tireman USA) and this trip was part of an incentive program with Goodyear. When we first got to St. Kitts, we spent a day with the other Goodyear folks and incentive-earners working on clean-up and building projects at a local school.

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The group built picnic tables, re-tiled a kitchen, cleaned up classrooms, painted playground equipment, did landscaping, and packed nearly 200 bookbags stuffed with donated school supplies.

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It was surely a different way to kick off a vacation, but so worthwhile!

We stayed at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, which boasted amazing ocean and mountain views, beautiful pools, and delicious food and drink.

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Matthew and I honeymooned in St. Lucia and the topography of St. Kitts reminded me very much of that destination.

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Some of our favorite things we ate at the Marriott included the Chilean sea bass at Blu Seafood Restaurant, the St. Kitts BBQ Pizza from Pizza Shack, and the mushroom soup en croute at Royal Grill Steakhouse.

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We also explored St. Kitts and it’s neighboring island, Nevis, a bit. On St. Kitts, we went to a wonderful dinner at Marshall’s Restaurant.

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I had lobster jerk pasta and Mom had grilled local lobster tail, both of which were so fresh and delicious.

On Nevis, we saw the home where Alexander Hamilton lived as a child, which was a great piece of history and obviously much more popular because of the musical. They were actually playing the soundtrack at the house!

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We also had lunch at the world-famous Sunshine’s Bar.

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The walls are covered with celebrities who made their way to this beach shack restaurant for the Killer Bee cocktail, a rum punch that packs quite a sting!

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Nevis is a much quieter island than St. Kitts, with a smaller population and tons of wild monkeys running about.

We also went on a snorkel catamaran cruise off St. Kitts, which was a gorgeous way to see the island. The Caribbean waters are so clear that we could see tons of fish and turtles and coral, too!

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We ended the trip with a party on the beach with live music, a huge fire pit, and lots of fun!

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It was an amazing chance to get away, relax, do some good, and see a new place in the world! I am so glad to have gone, but also so glad to be back home in CLE!

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Why? Legoland Discovery Center!

On Friday, Jeffrey and I took a road trip down 71 South for the grand opening of the Legoland Discovery Center in Columbus.

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Located in Easton Town Center, the Legoland Discovery Center is an immersive LEGO experience, with something for every age of LEGO enthusiast.

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You begin your experience with a LEGO factory tour and a chance to make your own virtual mini LEGO.

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From there, you enter the Kingdom Quest area, where you can go on the Kingdom Quest ride and help rescue the Princess and protect the dragon. Jeffrey found parts of this ride a little scary, but he was delighted with the cute baby dragon made out of LEGOs at the end.

We spent a lot of time exploring MiniLand, which features LEGO versions of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus.

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From the Rock Hall to the Free Stamp to A Christmas Story House to the Terminal and Key Towers to the Fountain of Eternal Life, the LEGO version of Cleveland hit all the high points.

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There was even one of the iconic Cleveland script signs!

We could also check out the Horseshoe and watch a LEGO version of a Buckeyes game.

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Many of the elements of MiniLand featured movement, sound, and lights, from the football game to a concert to a dragon boat race.

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The lights in MiniLand also went from day to night and back again. What a cool room and a testament to the amazing things you can build with LEGO!

From there, we checked out the building areas, with places to build and race your own LEGO race car,

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tables to test your building’s earthquake stability,

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and specialty LEGO Friends and DUPLO Farm areas.

These areas were Jeffrey’s favorite and he easily could have built and tested cars for hours!

We also went on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride (twice.) This ride spins you around and you can control the height of your car by how fast you peddle. Considering Jeffrey could barely reach the pedals, I got a good workout from this ride!

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There is also a LEGO City play area with slides and climbing challenges…

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…and a LEGO 4D theater screening the latest LEGO movies.

There is also an amazing birthday room, which kind of makes me want to invite everyone to drive 2+ hours for Jeffrey’s next birthday party!

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Speaking of that, it’s obviously a drive from Cleveland to check out Legoland Discovery Center. But, there is a ton for families to enjoy both there and in Columbus (check out our trip there from last summer), plus Easton Town Center itself has great shopping and restaurants you can enjoy without even leaving the Legoland Discovery Center’s immediate area.

Tickets and annual passes are currently on sale online. So, take a road trip and build yourself a perfect day!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Legoland Discovery Center. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to Legoland Discovery Center. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

This weekend still felt like summer to me! So, despite the appearance of pumpkins later on in my post, I’m hanging on to the end of summer…

Brewnuts

On Friday morning, while the kids were in school, I went with my friends Mariah and Ashlie to Brewnuts for their Harry Potter-themed donuts that were available this weekend only.

Brewnuts not only makes gigantic, creative donuts, but they come up with lots of fun theme days to sprinkle even more magic on the donuts. I opted for a Sorting Hat donut, whose yellow buttercream filling told me I was a Hufflepuff.

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Add in a Butterbeer latte…

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and the cute, tiki-themed decor…

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and you have the makings of three very happy moms!

Bloggy Con

On Saturday, I attended Bloggy Conference, a conference for bloggers. Held at Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers, the location was perfect for soaking in a bit more of summer.

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We heard speakers on everything from SEO to brand ambassadorships and had a chance to connect with other bloggers from around the country.

This was my first blog conference, despite how long I’ve been doing this, and I really feel like I came away with some valuable insights into things I can implement with the blog, as well as things that I don’t want to change.

Small City Taphouse

Since we were spending the night in Sandusky, I had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants out that way: Small City Taphouse.

This restaurant boasts 80 beers on tap, which obviously means you have to get a flight because it is impossible to choose just one.

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My two favorites from my flight were the Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing and the Haunted Hayride Pumpkin Ale from Masthead Brewing.

Small City Taphouse also has a full sushi and Asian cuisine menu. The TNT roll, with tuna and jalapeno was a great choice, as was the spicy egg noodles with beef.

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If you find yourself in Sandusky, definitely check out Small City Taphouse!

Cedar Point Halloweekends

On Sunday, my best guys joined me at Cedar Point for Halloweekends.

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From trick or treating through Kiddie Kingdom…

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…to trying out the new-this-year challenge course…

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….to catching the It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown parade…

…there was so much to do on top of the rides that Jeffrey always loves. It was a fall festival in summer-like weather!

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Halloweekends continue every weekend through October 28, so don’t miss this chance for some family-friendly thrills and treats!

So, that was my weekend! How was yours?

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Why? National Cheeseburger Day at Kalahari Resorts!

It seems there’s a day to celebrate just about everything nowadays. This Tuesday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day! To celebrate this all-American classic meal, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is offering a special promotion.

If you order an adult entree burger at B-Lux Grill & Bar at Kalahari this Tuesday, September 18, you will receive a free waterpark pass to return for a future visit of splashtastic fun! This offer is valid for the first 500 customers at the Sandusky Kalahari Resorts location.

Matthew, Jeffrey, and I went to Kalahari last weekend and enjoyed some tasty burgers at B-Lux Grill & Bar. Matthew had the Black & Bleu Burger, with bleu cheese and stout steak sauce.

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And I had the Frenchie burger, with Brie, caramalized onions, bacon, and dijonnaise.

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Also, don’t skip the boozy milkshakes. It’s a drink and dessert all in one! I love me some multitasking.

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Jeffrey chose the cheese pizza and giant pretzel, which just goes to show that it doesn’t have to be a cheeseburger meal at B-Lux (but it IS a great spot to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day).

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Then we headed down to the waterpark for a ton of fun! Jeffrey is tall enough now to go on a lot of the slides, including the Zip Coaster, which is essentially a roller coaster and water slide combined.

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We all had a great time splashing and sliding the day away! And we definitely can’t wait to go back!

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So, head to Kalahari and grab a cheeseburger at B-Lux Grill & Bar to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, so that you not only get a tasty meal, but a chance to return for even more family waterpark fun!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Kalahari Resorts’ National Cheeseburger Day promotion. In exchange, I received three complimentary waterpark day passes and a gift card to B-Lux Grill & Bar. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus Giveaway!

Is your kid as nuts for LEGOs as Jeffrey is? From DUPLO to LEGO Junior, we have tons of LEGO sets at our house. Which is why we’re so excited about the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center opening in Columbus in a couple weeks!

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center is geared for families with children ages 3-10 and includes tons of fun attractions like 2 LEGO-themed rides, 10 LEGO play zones, a 4D Cinema showing the latest LEGO movies, classes with Master Builders, and a DUPLO and Soft Play area for younger children.

You’ll also get to see MINILAND Ohio, which includes LEGO models of Ohio landmarks from Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. I can’t wait to see the Rock Hall made out of LEGO bricks!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center opens exclusively for annual pass holders on Friday, September 21. You can purchase an annual pass here. The Grand Opening to the public takes place on Friday, September 28.

And I have a giveaway for a family four-pack of tickets to check out LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus, good for any day from September 28, 2018 on. Here’s how to enter to win (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me your child’s favorite thing to build with LEGO bricks (Jeffrey’s is a roller coaster).

2. Visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @ldccolumbus 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 win tickets to the new @ldccolumbus thanks to @whycle #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/09/13/why-legoland-discovery-center-columbus-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, September 18 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus. In exchange, I will receive complimentary tickets and a swag bag for myself and 4 tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

This was Jeffrey’s last weekend of summer break, so we decided to continue a tradition we started last year by taking a weekend away as a family. It was a pretty easy choice where to go: Cedar Point, which is easily Jeffrey’s favorite place to go these days.

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Jeffrey had been requesting both beach time and to see the rides lit up at night, so we decided to stay at Hotel Breakers. This provided us some lovely beachfront access, as well as the chance to stay late at the park and be just a quick walk away from our beds.

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When we arrived on Saturday, the afternoon decided to be stormy, so we started out at Breakers’ indoor pool, then had lunch at TGI Friday’s there.

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By the time we finished lunch, the rain stopped and we were able to go enjoy the park.

Jeffrey is tall enough now to ride so many of the “bigger” rides, like the Matterhorn, Scrambler, Tiki Twirl, and Troika. He’s definitely a thrill-seeker!

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We spent Sunday at Cedar Point Shores, soaking up the last of the summer water sliding fun.

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It was so nice to get away as a family and celebrate the end of summer break together! This is definitely one of my favorite family traditions!

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And today, Jeffrey starts his last year at Hathaway Brown‘s Early Childhood program.

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I can’t believe he’s going into Pre-K! I’m so proud of him and excited for all the things this year will bring!

How was your weekend? Is your summer break winding down too?

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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 http://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? Austin!

This past weekend, I met up with my “PLP” (platonic life partner) Andrea for a fabulous weekend of face-to-face catching up in Austin, Texas.

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Andrea and I met in law school and quickly became inseparable. And while life has taken us in a lot of different directions since then, we’ve always managed to stay in touch and even carve out time to see each other in person.

We chose Austin because it was a city we could both get to easily (Cleveland has direct flights there now on both Southwest and Allegiant, woot) and we had heard great things about it. So, here’s where we went and what we loved:

South Congress

The South Congress (or SoCo) neighborhood reminds me of Gordon Square or Tremont, with lots of great restaurants and fun boutiques to explore.

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On my first day in Austin, while I was waiting for Andrea to arrive, I popped into the South Congress Hotel for a tasty drink in their adorable lobby bar.

Andrea and I both relaxed with pedicures at Ten Over Ten, a salon that exclusively does nail appointments and is totally relaxing, as well as totally focused on non-toxic products.

Also in the SoCo area, we fell in love with the adorable Maya Star boutique, as well as the tasty Amy’s Ice Creams (think Coldstone-style treats, but yummier).

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This street art says it all…we loved SoCo!

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Rainey Street

Another great neighborhood in Austin is Rainey Street, which has bars and restaurants galore, all built into adorable bungalows. Rainey Street also boasts some of Austin’s “trailer parks,” which are areas that have food trucks permanently parked.

I had a drink and food truck chicken wings at Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street. I sipped on a Clive Davis (Bulleit rye, lemon juice, ginger beer, and Peychaud’s bitters) while hanging out in the backyard-like patio with giant games, lawn chairs, and astroturf.

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Later in the weekend, Andrea and I returned to Rainey Street for margaritas and guacamole at El Naranjo.

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Rainey Street was definitely hopping on a Saturday night! For a fun collection of restaurants and bars, with tons of options for whatever your taste, I highly recommend a walk (or two) down Rainey Street!

The Roosevelt Room

From the laid back to the fancy, Andrea and I spent an evening sipping fabulous cocktails at The Roosevelt Room, a reservations-only speakeasy nestled in downtown Austin.

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The menu is divided by era and offers a huge selection of craft cocktails, with everything from a Manhattan to a Long Island Iced Tea. We scored seats at the bar, where we got to see the amazing bartenders work their magic, as well as enjoy our own delicious beverages (I got the Air Mail Special, with champagne, dark rum, honey, and lemon).

The Roosevelt Room was a treat for all the senses!

Mattie’s 

While we received tons of different recommendations for places to go in Austin, one place almost everyone mentioned was Mattie’s.

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Mattie’s feels like something out of “Gone With the Wind,” with a beautiful plantation-style house and a distinct feeling of southern hospitality. We went for brunch and loved everything from the amazing buttermilk biscuits to the duck confit hash.

Both the food and the setting were unique and lovely! Mattie’s famous peacocks were strolling the grounds while we were there and Snowball the peacock definitely enjoyed showing off for the camera.

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Mattie’s is a not-to-be-missed southern experience!

Drink Local

While in Austin, I also got to catch up with my friends Shannon and Steven, who took me to Still Austin and The Austin Winery, both located within steps of each other in an industrial park.

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I highly recommend the cocktail flight at Still Austin, which gives you a great taste of their different varieties of whiskey mixed into tasty drinks.

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Also in the same industrial park is a local brewery, so you can get whiskey, beer, and wine all in one spot!

Eat Local

When your AirBNB doesn’t have coffee, you end up at the nearest coffee shop, which is how we discovered the lovely SummerMoon.

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We also ended up at a lovely lunch spot by happenstance: Laundrette. Located in a former laundromat, this bright, charming restaurant served up a lovely ladies lunch.

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The fried chicken sammie was delicious, as was the beet hummus!

We also hit Barlata Tapas Bar, for delicious small plates. Andrea and I had a favorite tapas restaurant in law school, so Barlata was a nice bit of nostalgia, as we shared tapas standards like patatas bravas, garlic shrimp, and blistered shishito peppers.

Yay for eating local! Austin definitely has no shortage of great places to eat!

Getting my Om On

If you know me, you know I also snuck in some time on my mat while in Austin. I practiced at Sukha Yoga, which has a beautiful studio and a warm, welcoming vibe. Seriously, if you’re in town, check out this studio!

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I also picked up a class at barre3 Austin. Because barre3 is standardized across the franchises, I knew exactly what I’d be getting, which was a great workout that felt instantly familiar.

So, that was our weekend in Austin! Tons of time exploring a fabulous and fun town, but even better, tons of time catching up with a fabulous and fun friend!

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Why? Vineyard Woods!

While Matthew and I have always enjoyed the wineries in Ashtabula County, we’ve usually made a day trip out of our visit to the vines. But Vineyard Woods, which opened in May 2017, offers a cozy, comfortable, modern-rustic place to turn your winery hopping into a true weekend getaway.

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Vineyard Woods currently has two lodging options: The Oak Cottage, where we stayed, that sleeps two people and is perfect for a romantic getaway and The Vineyard Villa, which sleeps up to eight and can be rented either as an entire villa or in individual rooms (you better believe I’m already plotting a girls’ weekend there). Vineyard Woods is also opening two additional cottages this May!

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The cottages are furnished in a modern-rustic style, with lots of light, airy colors, attention to detail, and everything you need to make your stay feel homey. Scott, the owner of Vineyard Woods, used to travel frequently for work and, as such, was focused on making Vineyard Woods stand out from the typical hotel experience.

From high-quality linens to a stocked welcome basket with coffee, tea, and chocolates to a firepit and firestarter with each cabin to WiFi access to mini kitchens, you won’t want for anything during your stay.

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The views are pretty awesome, too! I can only imagine when the vines are in bloom how lovely it will look!

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We not only loved our stay at Vineyard Woods, but we also loved getting to know owners Scott and Katie, who are enthusiastic about not only their own business, but in growing the profile of the region and supporting other local businesses.

Vineyard Woods has its own vines on the property and is offering a unique opportunity to participate in the growing and wine-making process: the VIP Rent-a-Row package. You will share a row or two of vines on Vineyard Woods’ property. You’ll stay at Vineyard Woods for one night each in April (start of the growing season) and September (harvest) and participate in Pinot Noir harvest. You’ll also receive personalized updates on your vines, a case of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay made from your grapes, and a year membership to North Coast Wine Club. This sounds such a cool way to get up close and personal with the wine-making process!

Plus, while you stay at Vineyard Woods, whether part of Rent-a-Row or just for a getaway, you’ll be in the heart of some fabulous wineries. We definitely took advantage of our proximity to the wineries and hit several during our stay:

M Cellars

Scott and Katie took us here, as M Cellars manages the vines at Vineyard Woods. We loved the Meritage, the cheese plate, and M Cellars’ commitment to supporting other local makers.

Harpersfield Vineyard

We enjoyed the cozy atmosphere, complete with winery pups, and the delicious tomato and pesto flatbread.

Laurentia Vineyard and Winery

We enjoyed the Cabarnet Sauvignon, the lovely cellar seating, and catching up with friend Erin and Jayson from our Puerto Vallarta trip!

Kosicek Vineyards

We enjoyed the Chancellor red wine and the fact that you could literally walk back to Vineyard Woods from the tasting room.

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It was a perfect little weekend getaway, exploring some new-to-us wineries, as well as getting the chance to check out a local business that is changing the lodging game out in Geneva and making it a true vacation destination.

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***Disclosure: I was invited for a complimentary overnight stay at Vineyard Woods with a guest. Our food and drink at M Cellars was also compliments of Vineyard Woods. Our choices of and purchases at all other wineries were on our own. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Puerto Vallarta!

We’re back! And I can’t wait to tell you all about our fabulous vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Our friends Justin and Nick invited us to join their group staying in Puerto Vallarta and we left with a tan and a ton of new friends, too!

Playa Fiesta

We stayed at this gorgeous, boutique hotel called Playa Fiesta.

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Playa Fiesta specializes in weddings and small groups and provides a beautiful, intimate, service-focused vacation. We’re used to staying at larger resorts, so staying at a 28-room hotel was a shift for us. But what I loved was how we got to know everyone from the staff to the guests and how the entire time felt like one big party with friends.

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The food at the resort was amazing, too. Unlike the bigger resorts, Playa Fiesta has one restaurant, but the offerings at breakfast, lunch, and dinner were diverse and delicious. The French toast became a morning favorite and the pesto chicken salad at lunch was not to be missed.

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And whether it was a fajita bar or ordering off the menu at dinner, we were never disappointed in the quality of the food.

Downtown Puerto Vallarta

Playa Fiesta is close to downtown Puerto Vallarta, which allowed us the opportunity to go into town and explore.

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The boardwalk area in Puerto Vallarta is lovely, with tons of restaurants and shops and a beautiful pier.

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We had dinner one night at La Palapa, a restaurant with tables right on the beach so that you could watch the sunset. The food was delicious! The seafood was so fresh: grilled octopus and shrimp to die for!

Between the sunset and strolling mariachi players, it was a perfect Valentine’s meal!

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But it’s not just fine dining that you can find in Puerto Vallarta. A favorite spot among our group was Blondies, an alcoholic slushie bar that was fun and breezy and the perfect cocktail spot.

After a few Blondies, Matthew decided to try strapping a jetpack to his feet and levitating over the ocean. He had a blast!

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We loved going down into Puerto Vallarta! The city has a lot of charm and character!

Rock Star Sailor

We spent an entire day sailing around the Bay with Rock Star Sailor charters. Captain Rick was awesome, making the day relaxed, fun, and filled with great sailor stories.

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We spent the entire day out on the boat. Not only did we get to see an incredible sunset, but we also got an amazing show from the humpback whales living in the Bay.

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That splash is a whale! We got to see them play and splash and have a great time. It was incredible!

We also had some amazing food on the boat, from mahi mahi ceviche to grilled skewers to avocado stuffed with shrimp. And don’t get me started on the margaritas!

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What a perfect day out on the water!

We both feel so lucky to have been able to have the chance to get away, make new friends, and experience such a beautiful place in the world!

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