48 Hours in Cleveland

This weekend began spring break! For the first part of spring break, I brought my two best friends from OU home to Cleveland for the weekend. My friends, Meg and Taylor, are from Fairfield, Connecticut which is a suburb of New York City. This weekend, my mission was to prove to my friends that there is more to Ohio than small towns and farmland. We had less than 48 hours to explore Cleveland, so I took them to as many hot spots as possible with the small amount of time that we had.
When we first got to my house Friday, we did not plan on leaving for the rest of the night. Meg and Taylor got to try Chick-fil-A for the very first time and obviously loved it. There is something about Chick-fil-A chicken that makes it taste so much better than any other fried chicken. If you know me, you know I don’t go out of my way to eat fried chicken… ever… EXCEPT… if it’s Chick Fil A.
Saturday morning, we woke up early and had a very long, full and fun day. We started our day at my favorite

IMG_2095.jpegcafe for lunch, Stone Oven at Eaton. When I am home, Stone Oven is a lunchtime MUST HAVE. I swear (my mom will back me up on this) Stone Oven has the best tuna salad in the city. I typically only eat wheat bread, but the bread at Stone Oven is made fresh, so I always get my tuna salad on delicious sourdough bread. Obviously, I get couscous as my choice of side.

After lunch, we spent some time exploring Chagrin Falls. Chagrin Falls is full of local restaurants and boutiques. It looks straight out of a storybook. Gypse Soul and Winds of Change are two of my favorite stores in Chagrin Falls, so we shopped around a little bit. We were super lucky because Winds of Change was having an amazing 80% off sale! We also went to Knuth which isn’t in Chagrin Falls, but it is defiantly my favorite boutique in Cleveland.
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Saturday night, we went to Ohio City, which is a neighborhood in downtown Cleveland. Of course, I had to take my friends to Townhall for dinner. The wait for Townhall was a little bit over an hour, but if you have ever been to Townhall, you know it is well worth the wait. Like usual, all of the food was extremely fresh and delicious. I love how Townhall is constantly updating their menu with new, tasty options. It is defiantly my favorite restaurant in Cleveland.
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We ended the night nowhere else, but Mitchell’s Ice Cream. I am a die hard Mitchell’s fan and seriously don’t know how I survive school, without it. (yes, I know I’m being dramatic). I have been hyping up Mitchell’s to Meg and Taylor literally since the day I met them, so they had VERY high expectations. They said the ice cream was defiantly worth the hype and loved it! I know where we will be going back next time they visit!
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On the drive home, we drove around to see the rest of the city. I love that Cleveland is a big city, but small enough to drive around and see all of the sights. We drove through The Flats, passed The Q (sadly, Meg is a Golden State Warriors fan, so this was a tough sport for her to see), Progressive Field and East 4th Street. We saw the worlds largest outdoor chandelier in the theater district and the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame.
I think I proved to my friends that there is actual civilization in Ohio and that Cleveland is by far the best city in Ohio. Now we are off to visit their hometown in Connecticut and spend a few days in New York City!

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