Greetings friends! You immediately receive bonus points if you were able to guess what this week’s blog title is quoting. If not, you’ll find out soon enough! Either way, keep reading. This week brought us to Ohio! Jefferson, Ohio to be exact, we planned to explore Cleveland, Ohio too. It included our final Thousand Trails stay, sad day right? We decided it would not be monetarily beneficial to renew the membership when in just a few short months we will be stationary (gasp.) and possibly back in regular living quarters! But we’ll discuss that more when the time comes. For now, Jefferson Ohio. We parked Gurdy at the lovely Kenisee Lake Campground complete with full hook-ups (my favorite) and a pool!
Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County
Our first excursion in Jefferson was to visit some of the covered bridges of Ashtabula County. There are 17 covered bridges in this county and you can take a driving tour of them! Luke found this activity and it proved to be a really enjoyable motorcycle ride. We didn’t visit all 19, only 4 and I included by best pics for you guys.
After a day of exploring covered bridges and catching up on sleep from driving, we were ready to tackle Cleveland Ohio! We headed towards downtown first, about an hour from our campground. There are some gorgeous buildings downtown, Tower City Center being one of those!
One of the stops I was most excited for downtown was The Arcade! One of America’s first indoor shopping centers built in 1890 at a cost of $875,000. It received a marvelous renovation in 2001 for $60 million (wow!) and I’m so glad it did. I wish malls were still this ornate today. The Arcade houses a hotel and variety of upscale shops these days.
West Side Market
The oldest indoor/outdoor space in Cleveland is West Side Market. It is home to 100 vendors offering meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, dairy, flowers, ready-to-eat foods, spices and nuts. I know we’ve visited a lot of markets, I just really enjoy them. I found this one particularly notable because it was so much more than a typical farmer’s market (the fresh veggies were actually in a separate hall beside the original structure).
You could find just about everything here, fresh pastries, pies, all the sweets, freshly ground meats, cuts of fish, spices, perogies, and even homemade ravioli! As I said, it’s a lot more than a regular farmer’s market. Definitely, worth the stop should you make your way to Cleveland!
Mitchell’s Ice Cream
Mitchell’s Ice Cream seems to be a Cleveland staple that can’t be missed so after West Side Market, we made our way there! They are serving up a ton of homemade fun ice cream flavors but take out only. That’s okay because there’s plentiful outdoor seating in this part of town! I opted for turtle brownie while Luke tried out caramel chocolate brownie swirl. The brownie chunks were so fudgy and clearly homemade.
Edgewater Park is the perfect stop to take an afternoon stroll and catch some perfect views of Lake Erie. There were lots of kites in the sky and people relaxing on the rocks at the water’s edge.
The Cleveland sign is at the Edgewater park! However…we were not smart enough to find it this time around. Ah well, all the reason to visit again one day!
A Christmas Story House (Hence the title)
If you’re familiar with the movie “A Christmas Story” you’ll have guessed by now where the blog title came from. It turns out the house used in the film is in Cleveland, leg lamp and all! We snapped several pics and checked out the gift shop. The tour of the home was a little pricey for us but I hope one day I can come here with my grandpa and take the tour because he LOVES this film. You can also stay at the house during the holidays or most any time of the year, but it books out way in advance!
This wrapped up our time in Cleveland but we weren’t done with Ohio quite yet…
We made a stop at Jefferson Diner, the oldest diner in town before our stay at Kenisee Lake came to an end. Understandable how it’s been in business so long after sampling the grub! Luke ordered a Frisco burger and I got a meatloaf melt. I must encourage you to try a meatloaf melt if you’ve never had one, it is so stinking good; sauteed onions, mushrooms, cheese, and meatloaf slices on homemade bread. Oh, did I mention their fries are hand-cut and made in house too? Mmm, delish.
That wraps up our week in Ohio, you’ll notice we’re moving states a bit quicker these days. It’s a bit of a race to beat the approaching winter temps and freezes. Wish us luck and stay tuned for more from EmbryAdventureCo! Miss last week’s post? Here it is.