Christmas All Year

There is a hidden gem on the outskirts of Cleveland Ohio. This Ohio town is home to the house that was used for some of the scenes from the cult classic ” A Christmas Story “. At 3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH 44109 you can relive some of your favorite moments from the movie. During the tour of the house you’re encouraged to climb under the sink just like Randy , solve little orphan Annies message using the decoder pen and take photos next to the leg lamp. After you’ve posed with the lamp, held the blue ball and walked down the staircase feeling like Ralphie your  guide will lead you across the street to an actual museum. At the actual museum you will find the real props from the movie including one of the original Red Rider BB Guns. Before you leave don’t forget to check out their huge gift shop where you can buy anything from a can of Simoniz to your very own bunny costume.   I love YELP and per their reviews  The Rowley Inn was the best place to get some grub close to this iconic landmark,  its located on the corner of the intersection right by the house. The food was fantastic and the portions were huge. Its a small bar  ( all ages welcome to eat ) and it gives you the feeling of what it would have been like to walk into Cheers. An added bonus, if you take your tour ticket with you, they take 10% off your dinner cost. So for all you Christmas lovers this is a great way to celebrate anytime of the year.

 

Acadia

This past May, we had the opportunity to explore the upper New England states with our main destination being Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island right outside Bar Harbor Maine. Maine is a picturesque state with its craggy cliff sides meeting the deep blue ocean.  Although Acadia is full of hiking trials we couldn’t seem to stay away from Sand Beach.  The water was a whopping 41 degrees but that didn’t seem to matter to most beach goers.  People of all ages were jumping in … and running right back out. The only hang up with Sand Beach were  the dang birds. They were as aggressive as the Squirrels  in NYC, so picnicking on the beach made me feel like I was back home hiding in the closet, stuffing chocolate in my mouth as fast as I could so I wouldn’t have to share with the kid…  ( you moms know what i’m talking about ). After surviving what felt like a reenactment of Alfred Hitchcocks the Birds we headed up to Cadillac mountain to catch the sunset.  Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard so it offers not only an amazing sunset but its the first place to catch the sunrise in the United States. So if you’re thinking about hitting the east coast I would consider taking the trip up to Maine. I’ll tell you more about Bar Harbor in an upcoming post, I will give you the details on the place we stayed, places we ate and things to see around that charming little town.

Lets Explore America

A couple of years ago we decided to see all 50 states before Addi graduated high school. Right now our total stands at 28! This past May we finished up the upper New England states… except for Delaware. Seeing that we’re not far from Delaware, we may make the 1st state our last state to see. One of our favorite things about traveling is exploring our National Parks! We love our National Parks!!! I consider myself a pretty thrifty vacationer and I’ve got good at making our money stretch, so we’re able to take more trips throughout the year. National Parks are not only beautiful but so economical and this is the year my daughter will get the 4th Grade pass (https://www.everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/) . The 4th grade pass will allow us into the National Parks for free. Our plan is to see 9 national parks between now and next summer so the savings will be significant. So if you have a child that will be a 4th grader this year be sure to check out the link above. My next post I’ll share some of the parks we have already visited , the places we have stayed and trails we have hiked.