Thursday, August 24, 2017

cleveland, part one

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have my post about squeezing into Cleveland Clinic much earlier than expected to hopefully find some answers about my stomach.
Kyle and I left for Cleveland on Sunday to have some time just the two of us. My appointment wasn't until Tuesday morning, so we planned to spend all of Monday exploring Cleveland. Neither of us had been before, so we were incredibly excited to see all the sights.

We stayed at Home 2 by Hilton. It was one of the cheaper hotels in the area, but it had great reviews online and it looked like a decent hotel. It was on the smaller side, but I actually prefer that. I am 110% satisfied with our stay there! It was moderately quiet. I feel like no hotel I've ever stayed at, even the really fancy ones, have had thick walls. But that was literally the only downfall. The bed was obnoxiously comfortable, the staff was so friendly, and their breakfast (free, by the way) was delicious. Bonus: there was free parking, which was surprisingly difficult to find in Cleveland. There was no room service, but there were a ton of restaurants around the area. We will definitely stay here again!

and a kitchen?! win! 

Since there was no room service, we headed out to find somewhere to eat for dinner. We decided on the Winking Lizard (yes, they really have a lizard. his name was Pickles). It was literally some of the best food we have ever eaten! I think it's a local restaurant because we had never heard of it before, but there were quite a few of them around the Cleveland area. I wish we had one near us because lawd their food was good.

I was only able to eat about half of this before my stomach started acting up but it was seriously the best flatbread I've ever had. 

On Monday, the first place we went was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It definitely did not disappoint. Kyle and I both come from musical families, and we are both musicians, so it was right up our alley. If you're ever in Cleveland, I highly recommend coming here. It's a little pricey, but it's huge and worth every penny.

there were SO many of these papers that artists had brainstormed famous songs on. I just grabbed a photo of this one because my mom loves the Bee Gees!
the view from the top of the building!
exact lay out of the first office of Rolling Stone

they had an entire circular room at the very top of the building filled with every Rolling Stone cover. it was so, so neat.
After we left the Hall of Fame, we wanted to explore downtown and find somewhere to eat for lunch. While I'm a country girl at heart, I love downtown areas. I love the tall buildings, the architecture, the history. Even though it was out, I thoroughly enjoyed exploring downtown Cleveland. We walked the majority of the area, finally reaching the Terminal Tower. It was one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen, inside and out. 

Cleveland Cliffs
Terminal Tower 
City Hall

There's actually a huge mall in the inside of Terminal Tower, along with some restaurants and a movie theater. We ate at the Tower Deli and even though it was small (like ten tables, max), their food was delicious. Another restaurant I wish we had here! After lunch, Kyle and I debated going to the game later that night. There was both a football and a baseball game, and we decided against it because we had to wake up super early for my appointment the next day, and we knew the city was going to be insane that night.

Having time to kill, we decided to go see a movie. We saw The Hitman's Bodyguard and it was hilarious. Too many cuss words, but a really good movie. And LOL to us. We totally forgot about the eclipse and we were in the movie during the entire thing. #oops.

We left after the movie and explored a little more of downtown on the way back to our car. We stopped at the Cleveland Public Library and I thought I died and went to Heaven. It was beautiful and I never wanted to leave.

shirt: similar HERE

The streets were starting to get crowded at the point. The baseball/football games were starting in a couple of hours, and it was around 5 so everyone was getting out of work. Kyle and I definitely felt out of our element, but I surprisingly loved the feeling of the bustling streets!

We went back to our hotel room to relax our feet and refresh, and then we headed out to the Hard Rock Cafe and Casino. We had dinner there, and although the food was good, dare I say that the Winking Lizards was better? Although, I have to eat a salad 97% of the time that we go out to eat because it's the only thing my stomach tolerates most of the time. So maybe I'm not the best judge, haha. We gambled for a little while and then headed back to the hotel to watch a movie. I made Kyle watch a Lifetime movie with me, and it was actually good, haha.

I'm going to save my experience with Cleveland Clinic for another post because it's too much to write all in one post. But, I will say that I loved our experience exploring Cleveland and I would go back in a heartbeat!

Have you ever been to Cleveland? What's your favorite part if you have?


  1. I would love to go to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. That is SO cool. I can't wait for your next post! I've been wondering how everything went.

    1. You definitely should if you are ever out that way!