Our Westin staycation fun!

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Good morning & happy Wednesday friends. I hope we have all recovered from our CLE weekends and are settling into a productive work week. I still can’t get over what fun our little family had this past weekend, let me fill you in.

We had been invited to spend the night at The Westin Cleveland and experience their summer Indians Baseball Getwaway Package…or in our case the ultimate, summer, downtown STAYCATION!!!

It was going to be Baby Ninja’s first night in a hotel room and our first time packing him up to hang out in the city for the weekend. We had fantastic weather, our friends were keeping old man Sir Franklin the pug and we were all set to head off into the (slightly) unknown.

When I say “unknown” it isn’t that downtown Cleveland is unknown, it was the idea of how this whole evening/overnight would shake down with our adventurous toddler…but low and behold he loved it. You can tell he has got his mom’s trait of ultimate “wanderlust” and I know there will be many staycations in our future.

We checked into our room late afternoon and the little guy was so curious, exploring every nook and cranny of this cool new room…which by the way had very chic carpeting making running exceptionally easy for a toddler. As Baby Ninja bounced around from bed to chair to pounding on the 19th floor windows that overlooked the city we took inventory of how child-proofed our room was and gave it two thumbs up.

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That’s me trying to keep my lovely little ninja out of the shower and my toiletries…note to self..do not unpack your makeup bag where the little guy can reach everything…he loves expensive powder… Check out the stunning walk-in shower tiles in our room, the patterns were so fun. The interior of the room and every detail was very well done, did you know that the artwork in each of the rooms were commissioned by actual Northeast Ohio artists, you can find out more about the individual artists and their work here.

After exploring our room it was time to check out the club for a bit of happy hour…or “happy :15 minutes with a toddler” but still SO COOL. The two floor space overlooked the city and Lake Erie and was filled with guests from all over. As I filled a little plate of cheese and strawberries for Baby Ninja (and olives & prosciutto for me and Mr. C) I enjoyed easvedropping on conversations of visitors to Cleveland. From what I could tell everyone was amazed at how hopping our city was and what an amazing surprise it was to see the place exploding with visitors and activities. Go Cleveland!

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After a few snacks it was time to go roam about downtown. With so much construction and prepping for next years convention it seems like every time I’m downtown there is something new to be seen. We walked through the malls, strolled by the new conversion center, tried to peer through the construction fences of Public Square…it was all really cool.

When we got back to our room it was time to put the little guy asleep in his Westin Heavenly Crib to which he zonked out immediately. Time for a bit of room service and Rosé for us parentals and then everyone enjoyed a great nights sleep…can we say AC? (Note : for those of us who don’t have air conditioning a Staycation is the perfect exuse to enjoy the cool temps a hotel room offers…I swear we all slept great that night!)

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The next morning after some breakfast and Starbucks; yes folks..there is a real live Starbucks in the lobby of The Westin… we watched all of the incredible Cleveland triathlon athletes compete to complete their own personal best. It was a wonderful morning with a great breeze off the lake (good for spectators, bad for athletes,) Baby Ninja has recently figured out clapping, so every runner, cyclist and swimmer got huge cheers from us.

We headed back into downtown for some brunch (while the little guy took a morning nap in his jogger stroller….thank goodness for these strollers, they are a lifesaver like that)  and then back to our room to prep for the big game.

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As part of the Westin’s summer getaway series they are partnering with the Indians to offer an overnight stay complete with $50 towards tickets or whatever else you’d like to spend it on. We got bleacher seats and headed into the shade for most of the game. It was especially fun as we got to finally use our backpack that Mr. C had purchased for the babes before he was even born…plus we got him a baseball cap to match his dads, so sweet.

While the guys were enjoying splitting a 10-inch stadium hotdog, I discovered the moscow mule booth where you get a refreshing afternoon drink complete with copper mug…to which I DID bring home…Mom’s Souvenir!!!

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So all in all I couldn’t have asked for a better experience staying downtown Cleveland at The Westin, exploring our city as a sorta-tourist and then capping off the adventure with a wonderful afternoon baseball experience. Win or not, there were smiles and giggles and we saw Slider and we felt like we had conquered the world…just by packing up, and staying downtown for one night.

It’s amazing how sometimes a change of scenery in your own city will make you so invigorated and thankful for everything we have as Clevlanders. I highly recommend you trying the staycation thing…it was awesome.

Thanks to all the staff at The Westin Cleveland for making our trip so memorable…especially the doorman for helping me push the giant jogging stroller to and from and not making me go through the revolving doors. HA! We will for sure be visiting you all again someday…hopefully sooner than later. Happy staycations everyone…cheers to summer in our city.

I was provided an overnight stay at The Westoin Cleveland  as part of their public relations efforts. Thanks for supporting these businesses that allow me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Room Service!

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Right down the street from Ohio City’s famous West Side Market is a creative little shop that is making it’s mark on the Cleveland boutique scene. Room Service is a collection of treasures that tells a story, each item being cuter than the next.

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The store is designed by owner Jennie Doran, she has brought her vision and talents of interior design to every inch of the space. Not only did I love with the layout of the boutique itself but the plethora of the latest accessories made me swoon! One of my favorites was designers Liza Michelle’s hand-crafted jewels custom made from pine cones are cast in solid metal, each piece absolutely stunning. Hint hint!

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And, as if I wasn’t already obsessed with patterns, the apparel at Room Service was all about it; from dresses, to blouses, to pants I wanted it all. Already thinking about my fall must-haves!

One of my other favorite items in the store were the slip cast ceramics made by Eliza Fernand. These will for sure be my next gotta-have-it or gotta-give-them item. The store also offers adorable vintage baby clothing, which I’m sure Baby Ninja would look so sweet in, perhaps I will have to bring him along on my next shopping adventure?

The next time your in OHC, stop into Room Service, say hi to Jennie and her stylish team of shop girls! Happy shopping everyone.

(Written by Erin S. edited by Charity)

  Mason’s Creamery

image11Happy Wednesday to you! Half way to the weekend and all is well.

Today I want to introduce you to a darling, ice cream, CLE gem, Mason’s Creamery. Located on Bridge Avenue, Mason’s Creamery is making their sweet mark on Ohio City. With a wide variety of flavors that change daily the team will ensure you get the freshest ingredients in every scoop or cup.

image8Walking up to the creamery, you instantly feel welcome by the colorful array of tables and the cheerful mural by artist Erin Guido. Once you step inside, you’d notice Mason’s Creamery is a taste of old school classic with a dash of rich a flavor explosions!

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From Ugandan Vanilla and Mexican Chocolate to seasonal favorites likes Sweet Potato Pie and Lavender Salted Carmel you can’t go wrong and if you’re looking to spice it up, try Roasted Banana Vanilla with Sweet Siracha Sauce. I indulged in refreshing watermelon sorbet perfect for a summer’s day and to put the cherry on top of this trip (no pun intended) we had to try the insta-famous Fernet-Branca ice cream topped with homemade Frangelico whipped cream. Talk about perfection!

Next time you are in the neighborhood and you are having an ice cream craving, stop into Mason’s Creamery, I promise you will be so happy you did!

(written by Erin S.  |  edited by Charity)

  Whiskey Grade in CLE

image1Bringing a new revelation to the modern man is a storefront that fills the space of the previous Jay Hotel nestled on Jay Avenue. Whiskey Grade is making its mark on Ohio City, taking a motorcyclist’s dream and turning it into a fashion reality for anyone who may like their hair in the wind.

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From boot oil to gloves and protective jackets, they have all you need for an afternoon ride on your Harley.  Aside from appealing to riders, Whiskey Grade takes pride in offering styles for men and woman who may have never stepped foot on a two-wheeler including brands like Filson and Brixton. Whiskey Grade also showcases an in-house custom line and I would be remised if I didn’t mention the  women’s vintage selections.

image3image5If you haven’t checked out Whiskey Grade yet, July is the perfect month to head on in!  After partnering with Iron & Air Magazine, the store has received a lot of attention. In fact Levi’s Jeans has chosen them as one of the select stores to carry their special products. Come out and show Sean and his team some Cleveland love, July 29th from 5-9 as they welcome Levi’s and their team to the midwest. Food, drinks, shopping, and a memorable night! What could be better?

image2Hope your week is going well . Looking forward to seeing you all at the Whiskey Grade, Levi’s bash on the 29th! Cheers!

(written by Erin S.  |  edited by Charity)

 

  Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes

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Hey CLE. Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great, “HOT-in-Cleveland” weekend. Ours was filled with a few picnics, birthday parties, a visit to the Taste of Tremont and wrapping up the weekend with a family trip to Mitchell’s to celebrate National Ice Cream Day!

This week ahead is gonna be another good one, summer in the city is really turning out nicely. Exploring things as a young family is giving me a new perspective on our city. From coffee shops and cafés to a quick run into “tar-jay” I find Clevelanders extra friendly when Ninja Max is in tow. Honestly, around this time last summer I didn’t know how I would ever be able to leave the house with a bambino, but now I realize how warm and welcoming people and businesses are to Cleveland families, I feel like I can go anywhere and do anything with my little sidekick. Thanks Cleveland!

Now onto today’s little discovery…speaking of NinjaMax…a few weeks ago we celebrated his first birthday and while his Seattle Auntie made him the perfect smash cake I was in need of sweets for the crowd. When I was in the throes of wedding planning I came across this adorable little cake studio and I had been meaning to check it out, this was the perfect opportunity. Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes made us the most beautiful and yummy smores  cupcakes for the birthday celebration.

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When I went to pick up the cupcakes I was thrilled I had discovered Kelsey Elizabeth as her studio was adorable. He examples of cakes were gorgeous, her other cupcakes and macarons were delightful and her overall decor and furniture simply perfect.

IMG_3005IMG_3001Next time you are in need of cupcakes or a pretty little party cake,  I highly suggest you go check out this lovely little small business. Seriously, her work is super dooper sweet! Have a great week, explore and enjoy this tropical heat wave! Cheers

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