Category Archives: Travel

Toeing the Towpath

Ohio’s nature offers some really great backdrops for blog photos, especially since we have a National Park fairly close to Cleveland.  The other day we took a stroll down the Towpath at Boston Mills in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (#CVNP).  The Towpath follows the path of the Erie Canal and follows along the Cuyahoga River.  Today, there are 35 numbered locks from Akron to Cleveland, although there were many more functional locks in the 1800’s.  If you’re intrigued, there is much more information available online about the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath.

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It’s pretty interesting to see a picture of the Lock from it’s functioning days then viewing it present day.

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Wearing Jessica Simpson black top and booties (similar), Big Star jeans,( similar), Velvet shrug and necklace made by me, Scarf from a market in London, Calvin Klein coat, (similar).

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If you’re ever touring CVNP, stop by Boston Mills along the Towpath, there is a Visitor Center and the Boston Store where you can take a pit stop for a snack or two. :d

An Ohio Fall

These last couple weeks of October seem to be the perfect time to view the changing colors of the leaves.  It’s always so exciting to see when they start changing and then like a light switch, suddenly there are bursts of color all around.

We re-visited the Ledges in Cuyahoga Valley National Park for this post, this time to see all of the warm and wonderful hues.  Honestly, it was a nature-tastic treat.  Not only were the views awesome, but so were the aromas…you know, that crisp, crunchy leaf smell of fall with a hint of cool air? Ahhh. :)

Pretty much every fall, I always find myself saying, “I could never live somewhere that doesn’t experience all 4 seasons” because Autumn is by far the most aesthetically pleasing… especially if you live somewhere like Ohio where, let’s be honest, it is a totally picturesque season.

(Warning: Photo-heavy post ahead) ;)

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Sweater-Gap (years ago)
AG Slim Straight Jeans (similar here)
Necklaces-handmade and thrifted
Boots-Mom’s! ;)
Purse-Dooney & Bourke, thrifted

Viewing Fall

Happy Sunday!  I just wanted to post a few photos of a wonderful Cleveland gem that was the backdrop of a beautiful wedding of friends this weekend.  Maple Side Farms has grown ever more popular as a wedding venue around here, and for good reason.  For a Fall gathering especially, there are a limited number of places in Ohio where you can get a view like this one.

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Cheers!

Meadow Yellow

There are a lot of great parks around #CLE and the surrounding area.  We are very lucky to have the Cuyahoga Valley National Park practically in our backyard.  Well, near and around the CVNP, there are plenty of other little parks to explore.  We took a hike along a trail with a great view, and stopped by just a small metropark in the area, and came across this beautiful yellowy meadow.

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This bridge is along the Towpath trail.

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This little spot looks like a great place to do some yoga or reading :)

Lock[ed] Treasure

I’ve really been enjoying getting to know more of the nooks and crannies of our wonderful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, aka #CVNP.  Each place is like a little piece of treasure, some more hidden than others.  We wandered around the park near Deep Lock Quarry, which was the biggest lock (#28) of the entire Ohio Erie Canal.  It’s about 17 feet deep which is pretty impressive to see in person and to picture how it had been utilized in the past.

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Top: made by me

Shorts: thrifted Levi’s 501’s and cut off. Belt also thrifted.

Shoes: Target

Purse: Vintage Coach

Bracelet: Target (? Long time ago!)

Great Blue Heronry

Today I’m going to share a sparkly gem within the Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  It’s the Heronry on Bath road.  We stopped there back in February but were quick to learn that the heron’s nesting season wasn’t until March which would be the best time to view them.  So, back we went to the Heronry in mid-March, and it was an irreplaceable experience.  It was so awesome to see sooo many Great Blue Herons.  There were probably 100+ nests, and to see the large quantity of Herons was just amazing.

Though it can be quite noticeable  from some of my photos, I’m quite a nature lover and I always have been.. perhaps due to my upbringing but really, nature is one of the greatest places to find solitude. This is also probably why I just stood there on the side of Bath Road, in awe at what I was witnessing because I had never seen so many Great Blue Herons in one place before, and to see them in a natural habitat was super cool.  For being such tall (something like 4 feet!) and lanky birds, Great Blue Herons are absolutely mesmerizing and wonderfully graceful.

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Do you see how awesome it is? If you are a nature aficionado and haven’t been to this Ohio Heronry, please go…you will love it (And bring a zoom lens ;) ).

Le Petit Post

Sorry it’s been a while! June is always a super busy month , it seems.  So this is going to be a small post, too. 
I just wanted to share a couple photos from our dinner last week at Le Petit Triangle in Ohio City.  We had only gotten brunch there before, which was equally as fantastic.
First, they have a really great cocktail list, but for dinner I got a yummy steak and the husband got a chicken dish with mostly lemon and olive flavors.  For dessert, we split one of their amazing chocolate souflees.  One thing I love about their menu is how perfect the portions are. Not too much or too little.

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Le Petit Triangle, my friends, is one of CLEs gems. Give it a go. You will leave perfectly satisfied.