In the wake of all of the LeBron drama, I figured I’d let you all know about the awesome things that Northeast Ohio {Cleveland AND Akron} have going for them:

1. Cleveland Browns, Cavs, and the Indians. Yes, professional sports teams. They may not be winning sports teams, but they are professional sports teams. Some places {clears throat — Syracuse} aren’t lucky enough to have a single professional team.

2. The Flats. Lots of people keep themselves entertained day in and day out in the flats!

3. Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Not to mention the Akron Art Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. I’ve visited zoos in other cities, and I don’t think Cleveland realizes what an awesome zoo we have. It is huge!

4. Fantastic restaurants. Not only is it home to Michael Symon’s Lola, but also to Jonathan Sawyer’s The Greenhouse, Melt Bar and Grilled {which was recently featured on Man Vs. Food}, Chrissie Hynde’s Vegiterranian, and my personal Akron fave, Crave {which is where BF took me on our first date}.

5. We are within short driving distance to Cedar Point and Kalahari. I’ve not yet been to Kalahari but have been begging BF to take me. We are also a short car ride from Put-In-Bay, a great weekend destination.

6. In addition to fun attractions, we have an awesome hospital system right at our fingertips. The Cleveland Clinic is incredible.

7. Cleveland Yoga. By far the most amazing yoga studio I have been to. The community and the practice are so strong!

8. BF and I and {most of} our families and friends live here. What else could a girl ask for?

But really Northeast Ohio is just a great community with great people and plenty of things to do and see. I’ve been here and there and everywhere, but I’m still proud to say I’m from Northeast Ohio.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Southern Champagne Wishes July 12, 2010 at 2:54 am

Wow! It sounds like there's lots of fun things to do in Ohio. Maybe I should plan a trip there. I've also heard there was good shopping in Cleveland!

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Jenny @ Practically Perfect... July 12, 2010 at 4:30 am

The whole time I read this post, I kept hearing “Cleveland Rocks!” from the Drew Carey show theme song, ha ha! So many people skip over the Midwest!

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Jessica July 12, 2010 at 6:41 am

Let it be known that I really love where I come from and I'm proud of it, but you make this place sound so boring!

I'm moving to Cleveland…

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Amanda July 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm

The Cleveland Zoo is amazing! The rain forest is like nothing I have ever seen before!

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Brittany July 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I think a lot of people make Ohio out to be such a boring place, but there's actually quite a lot to do here! And that's only one of the 3 big cities. Great post!!

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Token Yankee July 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Good list, I am dying to go to Cedar Point.

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Kristin July 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Awww, Cedar Point. I haven't been in years. I was born in Toledo and lived in Maumee until I was 10. Ahhhhhh, memories.

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Lil' Woman July 13, 2010 at 4:15 am

You'll have to get your butt to PA or me to Ohio soon!!

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