Cleveland, I’ve Missed You!

20140524_153352_2So if you are a regular follower of my blog, you probably noticed a serious void the last two weeks or so. I promise I had good reason. I’ve been on vacation in the beautiful state of Alaska, where they refer to us as part of the “lower 48”. Typically when I go on vacation, I cut myself off from technology so that I can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

That being said, this is the first time that I’ve left a vacation where I was looking forward to coming back to Cleveland’s weather. I know, I sound like a crazy person. But while I loved Alaska, they already had fall like weather there, so I was dying to get back to some real summer weather before we plunge into our six month winter. After only being gone a couple of weeks, I am surprised by all of the changes that I continue to see around the city. September is an exciting month for Cleveland. These include the arrival of fall beer and pumpkin spice lattes. Life is good everybody!

Here’s what we have to look forward to: 

  • The 9 makes it official debut by this weekend. Taking what was quite the eyesore on East 9th and turning it into swanky apartments, hotel rooms, restaurants and entertainment venues, The 9 is spicing up an integral part of the street. Be sure to check out the Mediteranean restaurant or head to the rooftop bar for a drink. Take advantage before Cleveland’s chilly winter creeps in.
  • The Garlic Festival spices up Shaker Square on September 6th and 7th. Looking for delicious food, all with a touch of garlic? Not only will you witness cook-offs between “garlic masters”, but you can sample food or relax in the live music  area. Start your day off right at noon with this fun event – just don’t go leaning in for any kisses at this one. Tickets are $8 for the day.
  • September 23 marks the “soft” opening of the Hofbrauhaus in the Playhouse Square district. The grand opening will be later in October this year. I doubt you’ll have trouble finding a place to sit with their 450 seats in the beer hall, and additional 1,000 seats in the beer garden. Be prepared to make some new friends as seating is communual seating at large tables to give this bar a true European vibe.  

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