We took a weekend trip to Cleveland, Ohio to see the Indians play at Progressive Field as a part of our baseball tour. Cleveland is notorioursly known as "the mistake on the lake". It's just been down on its luck for years. Everyone thought it was cursed with terrible sports teams, until the Cavs just won the NBA Championship. Upon visiting Cleveland though, this place is NO mistake.
West Side Market will amaze you.
West Side Market is an indoor/outdoor market with over 100 vendors. It's located in this gorgeous historic building and it's a great way to buy local. I wasn't a huge fan of the whole meat side of things, but I LOVED the fruit and veggie market. I was like a kid in a candy store.
You can play in the waves of Lake Erie.
All Brandon wanted to do when we were in Cleveland was to see Lake Erie. I had already seen it before in upstate NY, but I had never experienced it like THIS. I didn't remember how blue the water was! It was also a particularly stormy day, so the waves were crashing on the rocks behind us and got soaked. We were out there playing on the rocks and letting the rain and the waves soak us. It was magical.
Cheer the Indians on at Progressive Field!
I kid you not when I tell you that this is one of the nicest stadiums I have ever been to. You can read my recap of Progressive Field HERE.
Celebrate Christmas all year at The Christmas Story house.
I had no idea The Christmas Story house was located in Cleveland, but it is, and it's now a museum! You can take tours of the house and the whole block is basically dedicated to The Christmas Story. It's worth checking out if you're a fan of the movie!
Rock out at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
You're going to want to check out Cleveland's main tourist attraction, the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. It's located right on the water, and the day that we were there, they were offering a free concert!
The friendly Midwest attitude is real, you guys.
I love meeting new people while traveling and it was almost impossible to not meet new people here. I don't know if we had a sign on our back saying, "Talk to us!" but people were so friendly and helpful. When we went to the baseball game, it seems like Brandon and I barely got to talk to each other because we were too busy becoming friends with the people sitting next to us. The Midwest friendliness is alive and kickin', y'all.