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  CLE ski

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Happy snowy Monday to you! I am back from Alt Summit and revived, inspired and even more enthusiastic about all that we have going on in the CLE!

I spoke with many individuals, some from San Fran a few from the big apple and honestly everyone said something to the effect of “I hear there is great stuff happening in Cleveland.” “There is!” I would rejoice and then dive into my schpeal about how they should visit, how we have so much happening, how the restaurants are delicious and the Lake is divine. I think I will have a few visitors this summer and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Now that I am home and spent yesterday putting away all of our holiday decorations (I know…super late!) I am ready to spend the next few weekends, embracing winter on the slopes. I didn’t get to ski last year due to the impending Ninja Max so this year I want to soak it all in and enjoy playing in the snow.

Just a quick rundown on the various ski resorts that you could visit…

Boston Mills Brandywine : A quick drive south to this ski destination duo, with two different slopes there is plenty of winter fun for the whole family. From “an evening with the dudes” to “college night” to “ladies late night” there is an event for everyone and the perfect excuse to round up your friends for winter fun outdoors.

Peek ‘n Peak : Just across the NY boarder this ski resort offers amazing snow fun. In fact January is learn to ski/board month and the are offering buy one get one packages for all newbies on the slopes. Along with the great snow Peek’n Peak also has an adorable ski chalet hotel, sunken bar for aprés and an Aveda spa to soothe your sore muscles. While it’s the perfect overnight escape you can also make this destination a day trip if you and your friends are willing to make the road trip together.

Holiday Valley : Nestled in the charming village of Ellicotville NY this ski resort has winter fun for the whole family. From the kids learn to ski school to the many lodging and dining options, this winter resort includes all sorts of fun for all. From an early morning run on the slopes to an evening stroll in the village, when visiting this ski town you’ll feel like you are out west.

Snowtrails : While I haven’t visited this southern ski destination I do know many families that have and love it. Great for families with lots of beginner slopes this winter play destination can be bundled with a trip to Columbus…and we all know how much I love a good Columbus road trip! Perhaps it’s time I go check it out.

So enjoy this recent snowfall, unpack your ski pants and plan a weekend ski bunny outing soon! If we live in here, we might as well embrace the winter weather and get outdoors for some fresh air and winter play.

Happy Monday everybody. Glad to be home with you all.

  Holiday cards + Minted.com $250 giveaway

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Hello friends. I’ve heard that some of you have actually started to decorate for Christmas while Thanksgiving is just a few days away. I think the early snow put all of us in the holiday mood for sure. The other night while the white stuff piled up outdoors I was snuggled on our couch designing this years first family photo holiday card from Minted.com. It was such a hard decision to choose which card we would send as Minted has so many gorgeous card layouts even this graphic designer was impressed.

While I typically wouldn’t share a card that I am just getting ready to send off in the mail to my family and friends (what’s the point right?) my friends over at Minted.com are offering one lucky iheartcleveland.com reader $250 towards their holiday card order, so I couldn’t help but share. MORE! →

  The Metropolitan at the 9

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The other evening I had the pleasure of experiencing Cleveland’s newest hotspot, The Metropolitan at the 9.  A destination for tourists visiting our city to locals looking for a luxury living opportunity; this new building is something to be seen.

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While it was a chilly evening we were guided to the rooftop bar and patio for the initial meet & greet part of the evening’s agenda. From there we were able to see stunning views (see below) of the city while learning more about the architecture and history of the building. MORE! →

  Summer Market & Ice Cream for Gigi

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Happy Monday everyone. Did you have a great weekend? Saturday was the perfect rainy day to stay in and chill while yesterday was a spectacular day to go and celebrate summer…Taste of Tremont anyone?

While we didn’t hit up the “Taste” this year (probably not a go idea to take a newborn) we DID go for our first walk up the street which was equally exciting in my world. Getting out as a family was both thrilling and refreshing because to be honest with you, being home so much is starting to take it’s toll. While it may not have included pasta from Dante and a Sunday afternoon cocktail, it was MY perfect Sunday afternoon.

This week we have a few fun things on the agenda, including a weekend visit from my Seattle sister. While I am trying to balance baby-down-time, I still want to ensure she has a good time in the CLE and therefore have done a bit of searching for some events that could work WITH the babes.

Friday kicks off the annual Summer Market in Avon Lake and I think this will be a great place to walk around outside, get some dinner and perhaps find a treasure or two. The Summer Market kicks off Friday evening and goes all day on Saturday located on the lake at the Veterans Memorial Park in Avon Lake. A couple of my favorite vendors will be selling  their creations including Océanne jewelry and Shabby Shore home decor…there are going to be so many wonderful vendors, I can’t wait to explore.

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Another fun “baby friendly” event is a fundraiser to support a little “friend of a friend.” Join the community in supporting one families fight with leukemia as Tremont Scoops donates 50% of all ice cream sales to the Gigi’s family this Saturday afternoon. For details check out the Facebook event, otherwise you’ll see us there, baby like ice cream – 1 scoop please!

So this week I am going to try and get out more, walk more and make a fun agenda for our weekend visitor also appropriate for baby. Have a great week you guys, happy summer!

  Day 7 : a dozen Brewnuts

Day_7Good Saturday morning to you Cleveland. This is it, the last weekend for holiday shopping, wrapping, baking and all sorta of festivities! Are you ready? Myself, I’m pretty good. Most of my presents are purchased and wrapped, I’ve made all of my cookie doughs, our tree is up (& already shedding it’s needles) the paperwhites are blooming around home…let’s just say the holidays are here!

This week was a wild one for me. Besides the regular holiday crazy stuff, as a small business,  Chartreuse (my real life passion job) celebrated ten years of creative design partnerships with other entrepreneurs and organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. We hosted a lovely party at the new-ish Transformer Station to celebrate with clients, vendors and friends of the studio. I’ve got to say if you ever need a place to host an event, this intimate museum was the perfect venue…and I can’t thank Gatherings Kitchen enough for the stunning and delicious treats, you guys are so talented. Oh, and did I mention it was also my birthday this week? Add to the merriment! So, that with all that I have a bit of blog catching up to do.

Are you having fun with the “12 Days of Giveaways?” I can’t thank all of the wonderful business owners enough for their generosity towards this social space. I always love to see what fun we can giveawy during the holiday’s. Just another reason to love living, working and thriving in Cleveland…all of the movers and shakers who support and collaborate with others. Cleveland YOU ROCK!

Anyhow, today I’ve got a real good one for you. Have you heard of the duo, beer loving, sweet tooth making, artisinal donut company called Brewnuts? This new business is the brainchild of Shelly Fasulko & John Pippin both west side entrepreneurs creating seasonal, beer-infused, locally made donuts right here in the CLE.

At anytime you can expect Brewnuts to have six brew flavors “on tap.” Currently they are offering two holiday flavors; Christmas Ale Gingersnap and a Chocolate Porter donut with a spike eggnog glaze. Where can you get your hands on these delicacies you may be asking? Shelly & John are currently partnering with a few local establishments such as the Tremont Taphouse where they sometimes offer a mini-brewnut flight. However, if you know of someone who is looking to offer their special donut creations to their customers give Shelly a shout to explore a sweet partnership!

For todays giveaway Brewwnuts would like to give a lucky reader a dozen of their fresh donuts; over a thirty dollar value of yummy holiday goodness. To win this dozen  just tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to win a dozen donuts from @Brewnuts!” The winner we will be drawn by Monday, December 23rd.

A few of our recent winners
– The Alt Movie Poster book went to Jeremiah Kuch @JeremiahKuch
– 3 ride passes & a chic water bottle from Harness Cycle went to Heidi Lundy @heidilundy
– Shirt from GV Artwork went to Erin Archbold @Nire31
– Garden of Flavor 1-day juice cleanse went to Kerry Bindernagel @burritosbubbly

Have a great weekend everybody! Cheers to the holidays.