Ready to Clue Into More of Cleveland in 2013

Happy New Year! While I sit here watching videos from today’s Philadelphia Mummers Parade (the country’s oldest – and arguably most fun – folk parade), I’m grateful for a quiet start to 2013.

Scott’s and my New Year’s Eve was much more subdued than usual as we enjoyed a small gathering over at BEaLittleWeird‘s house with dinner, boardgames and Xbox.

After Cleveland’s a Plum and @LZone‘s HollaDays Party on Sunday (see their awesome New Year’s Baby snowglobe on the left) and a very early wakeup Monday morning, I was in the mood for only a couple glasses of bubbly last night.

The upside to this is that I woke up refreshed and ready for the new year this morning.

It’s a good start especially since readiness is my theme for 2013.

I was recently reading about Ohio EMA’s Resolve 2B Ready 2013 campaign – simple resolutions that incorporate smartphones and other technology into emergency preparedness plans. (Learn more by downloading FEMA’s app or visiting

Image Source:

It made me consider whether I was ready for what 2013 will bring in all areas of my life. I’m happy to say I at least feel more ready than in years past thanks to spending much of my holiday downtime prepping for a few of my larger goals.

When it comes to my blog, I’ve been planning what new adventures I want to go on.

Sure, 2012 was a blast – chairing Jump Back Ball and an awesome 30th birthday were two highlights I’m particularly grateful for. But I’m ready to throw a few new experiences into the mix.

Last month one of my favorite Cleveland food bloggers Bite Buff asked for recommendations for her 2013 To Dine list — new-to-her restaurants that she’s going to explore throughout the year.

I love Bite Buff’s adventurousness in doing this each year – I’ve tried more than a few new restaurants thanks to her reviews.

And this year I was especially inspired by her call for reader recommendations.

So I’m taking a page out of her book and asking for suggestions on local attractions to clue into.

Although I have a few ideas in mind, I know there are plenty more out there.

If there is a museum, attraction or Cleveland experience I haven’t written about that you think I should, leave a comment or email clueintocleveland (at) gmail (dot) com. 

Nearby roadtrip ideas are also very welcomed.

Thanks for being a part of the last year with me and I hope 2013 brings you joy, success and fulfillment!

Please follow and like us:


  1. First, I would like to say a lot of the little random things I thought of I searched and found you had already made mention of, I do have a few things you haven’t done (or at least written about) yet!

    Going for a run/walk in Lakewood Park: Being right on the lake this park has breathtaking views. My favorite time to go is at sunset. It just feels worlds safer than Edgewater. They have outdoor concerts in the summertime and it’s nice to hear the background noise of children’s laughter from the pool there.

    Ox Roast/Tractor Pull in Mantua: This was a family tradition growing up and I re-discovered it this year when I took three first-timers. The ox roast sandwich (with horseradish) alone is worth the trip, but if you’ve never seen a truck/tractor pull you’re in for a pleasant surprise there too. This year it is 7/19-7/21.

    Summer afternoons at Shooters: Located right on the lake it’s a perfect Saturday afternoon spot. Boats can pull directly up and dock. It’s particularly fun to visit during the airshow!

    Summer Sunday volleyball at Battery Park: Truly an all levels of volleyball get together. When I first started going I had never played a game of volleyball in my life. Everyone sections off according to skill level, beers are had, music is played, and drinks/food at Redstone or YOLO are followed after.

    Wednesday Oysters at Nauti Mermaid: If you like oysters, or know someone that does, this is a must. If you don’t like oysters, this is still a really fun place. Modeled after key west crab shacks, the food really delivers. Wednesdays are also $10 surf and turf burgers, a burger with a crab cake on top, so, so good.

    Hopefully these help! If you have any questions or want a partner in crime, I’m in :)

  2. I’m from the west side suburbs of Cleveland originally, but I now have relocated to the Akron area, and I will tell you there are a ton of little hidden gems here. I recommend a trip to Stan Hywet and lunch at the Lockview. :)

  3. Via Twitter:

  4. Via Twitter:

    @adhicken …midtown happenings. Midtown is really picking up, faster than I even expected. So for 2013 I would say Clue into MIDTOWN,The Agora— Patricia Kellogg (@PatriciaKellogg) January 2, 2013

  5. Via Twitter:

    @adhicken …100th anniversary, Maple Madness in March in Burton. Ghosts of Burton in October. Middlefield Cheeze House factory. Whitehouse— Patricia Kellogg (@PatriciaKellogg) January 2, 2013

  6. Via Twitter:

    @adhicken …Whitehouse Chocolates, and Buckeye Chocolates. Both on Kinsman Road in Geauga. Amish Tours & Buggy Rides. What more do you need??— Patricia Kellogg (@PatriciaKellogg) January 2, 2013

  7. Pingback: Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 1.4.2013 | poise in parma

  8. Pingback: Tri-C JazzFest Giveaway: Lionel Loueke Trio at MOCA

  9. Pingback: Guest Post: Smiles All Around in Oberlin, Ohio

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>