Cleveland – your secret is out Oct05

Cleveland – your secret is out

Darn. Now the secret is out – Cleveland is one of the top five cities where you can live the good life on $40,000 a year or less.  AARP just released their October/November 2016 issue today, and Cleveland proudly ranks right up there. According to AARP The Magazine: “The Remake on the Lake: With its varied neighborhoods, world-class orchestra, thriving downtown, elite medical centers, and miles of biking and hiking trails along Lake Erie, this Rust Belt city is staging a mighty comeback.  It’s been fueled in part by the rising tide of boomers, who are 25.8 percent of the population….The appeal is also how easy it is to get to museums,...

The RAIL comes to Strongsville Aug08

The RAIL comes to St...

It was only back in March that we first discovered The RAIL in Canton.  We became immediate raving fans, and even more exciting was the prospect of them opening one in Strongsville, just minutes from our house. Well, the wait is over, and we got to preview the new Stron read more Please share...

Kevin Spacey caps of...

Advertising is dead!  Sorry, Don Draper.  Content Marketing is king now, and any business interested in touching their target consumer better get with the program. But what is content marketing and how do you do it? For those answers, we turn to 2014 Content Marketing World going on yesterday...

Not so well kept secrets of a Lake Erie island Sep05

Not so well kept secrets of a Lake Erie island

It’s home to the 3rd tallest monument in the world.  Any guesses? It’s home to the 2nd tallest monument in the United States.  Any ideas? It’s home to the tallest Doric column in the world.  Give up yet? It’s located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, near Cedar Point. Hint!!! It’s pictured right here. It’s the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial – the only peace memorial in any of our National Parks. The Visitors Center has an excellent display that explains just how Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry was able to encircle the British and win the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. A park ranger expanded on the story with some very...

Sandusky shines again – it’s alive Aug22

Sandusky shines again – it’s alive

Going back a decade or so, I recall a rather dull drive through downtown Sandusky, Ohio.  On my latest visit, I couldn’t believe the change.  Cool looking buildings, nice parks, and great places to eat and to play. Nice going Sandusky – you’re definitely a hip place to visit once again. Sandusky is only minutes from the world famous Cedar Point, but most park goers probably pass right by on their way to the park. Whoops, your bad.  You are missing a great place to visit with some cool attractions and some great restaurants, even a speakeasy. You gotta visit Dozens of buildings, even blocks of buildings have been restored and are currently...

Battle of Lake Erie – another win for the US Sep03

Battle of Lake Erie – another win for the US

History repeated itself yesterday as the American fleet of tall ships once again defeated the British naval squadron in a re-enactment of the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie. Almost 200 years ago, a 28-year old Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry took on the British Navy which had never before been defeated. Sailing from the Put-In-Bay harbor, Perry wanted to prevent the British fleet from re-supplying Fort Malden in Amherstburg, Ontario. With much more powerful guns on the British ships, the only way the Americans could win would be with the wind at their backs. Perry’s ships could do damage to the British fleet, but only if they could get...

Top Cleveland Restaurants – a city guide for foodies Jul05

Top Cleveland Restau...

For the first time visitor, here’s a quick list of the best restaurants in Cleveland, OH.  Cleveland is now well known for their fine dining, with great restaurants in Cleveland and its surrounding suburbs.  The Cleveland dining scene is quickly becoming a destination for foodies and...

Island and Shore Fun near Cleveland, Ohio Mar10

Island and Shore Fun near Cleveland, Ohio

Less than two hours from Cleveland or Detroit, there’s an area on the southern shores of Lake Erie that has been attracting vacationers from around the world for two centuries. With a series of islands and lakefront locations, recreation opportunities abound.  Families come to experience the world-renowned amusement park, and then discover there’s so much more nearby. Cedar Point Sitting at the end of a slender peninsula, Cedar Point amusement park has been thrilling families since 1870 and is the second oldest amusement park in the country.  2013 will feature their newest roller coaster, The GateKeeper, bringing their total coaster count...

Bluffton, Ohio maintains small town charm Nov02

Bluffton, Ohio maint...

It’s a short jump off the highway, but it’s a worthwhile detour when traveling north on I-75 in northwestern Ohio. About half way between Lima and Findlay, Bluffton, Ohio is a small community that still has a thriving Main Street. With a population of approximately 4,000, it’s one of those...

A hidden gem on Lake Erie’s southern shore Oct30

A hidden gem on Lake...

Lakeside, Ohio is one of only four remaining Chautauqua communities in the United States. Tucked into the Marblehead Peninsula, in northwestern Ohio, this small community offers a perfect get-away location for young families, active couples or golden-agers. Arriving at this gated community,...

Cleveland finally gets its first hostel Sep15

Cleveland finally ge...

For years and years, there’s been an effort to bring a real hostel to the Cleveland area.  Finally it is a reality. The Cleveland Hostel had their official grand opening on September 12.  With Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilman Joe Cimperman, and a host of dignitaries in attendance,...

Caribbean dreams…in Cleveland Jul26

Caribbean dreams…in ...

Best Choice in Cleveland for appetizers and drinks One of the most relaxing vacations we ever took was a seven-day cruise through the Caribbean on a tall ship. Everywhere we went, we were never far from the amazing tastes and smells of the islands. Leaving was hard to do. All those memories...