Ohio City Exploration – 5 Reasons To See CLE’s Ohio City

The more that I get to visit the Cleveland area, the more that I want to visit the Ohio City neighborhood to get lunch or just explore. Cleveland gets a bad rap from people who aren’t from the area (it’s really an amazing city), and areas like this prove that Cleveland really has a ton to offer! Need more reasons to get to the city? Here are 10 reasons I love Ohio City, and think you should put it on your travel bucket list!

5. Ohio City has coffee with a view!

 

 

At Passenger’s Cafe you can grab a coffee and pastry, and if the weather is pleasant, you can head to their rooftop patio to sip and enjoy the view of the city, as well as do some good people watching on the streets below. Passenger’s is also a hostel, with plenty of area to work in their cafe downstairs. The staff is always so nice, they have tons of fun art, and its a great way to catch a break during a busy day.

We usually make this stop at the end of the day, following a trip to the Cleveland Flea or just some exploration!

4. Get your groceries at Ohio City’s West Side Market!

 

The West Side Market is literally one of the most gorgeous area’s I’ve found in Cleveland. Full of vendors selling tons of different foods, you can get a taste of so many different cultures! If you’re craving it, you can probably find it here, and it’s authentic as can be. I love to go in and wander, because there is so much to see. Plus, the building that holds the market is a gorgeous historic building, because it’s the oldest market in all of Cleveland!

Fan of sweets like me? There are tons of vendors who have any sort of dessert you could possibly imagine, and they are all beautiful! Most of the vendors do take card, but it’s always a good idea to bring cash, just in case! There is nothing worse than not being able to get your favorite treat!

3. Check out the Many Boutiques in Ohio City!

 

I love a good shopping day. Ohio City has so many tiny, cute shops to walk through and browse! Salty Not Sweet is one of my favorite little shops, full of fun references to pop culture, handmade items from local artisans, and more! They always have different things, and this would be a perfect shop to hit up if you need a unique gift.

2. Grab Some Ice Cream in Ohio City!

If you’re a fan of ice cream, you need to make a stop at Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream! You can get a scoop of your favorite flavor, then head back and watch the factory team pack up ice cream for the Cleveland area! It is such a fun spot and is one of my family’s favorite stops to make. There’s a flavor for everyone, and you can take some home too!

1. Check Out all the Fun Murals in Ohio City!

 

Ohio City is full of tons of fun, unique murals! The Cleveland Post Card mural is one of my favorites, but it seems that they are ever changing which makes them more fun! We like to explore and find new murals, because, well, they make for really cool instagram shots!

Have you ever been to the Cleveland area? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO

Em

Return to Basin White – Luxury Shopping at Disney’s Grand Floridian

Ah, Basin White. One of my favorite little spots in the entire Walt Disney World Resort. I am always down for a trip to the Grand Floridian to try out all of their scrubs, soaps, and bath products. In the past (on a now long gone blog) I shared my trip and they even reached out and sent me some treats! Since then, I’ve certainly learned a bunch about writing, and decided that I would love to do a little do over of that post. Hence, return to Basin White.

Where Can I Find Basin White?

As a frequent Disney visitor, I’ve learned a fair amount about cute little spots to hang out at or visit. I love getting to see all the resorts that are along the monorail, but the Grand Floridian is certainly the best along the route.

The hotel itself is gorgeous, has an amazing quick service if you need a quick bite, and has tons of comfy couches on to crash after a long day hiking around the parks. However, my absolute favorite part of the Grand is Basin White.

Basin White is a little shop on the second floor that is immediately to your left when entering the building from the monorail. It has an adorable windowed facade that matches the hotel itself, and is stocked full of tons of bath bombs, shower bars, and super lovely cast members.

 

Seriously, its the most lovely little shop.

My mother and I like to go and try the scrubs, then follow up with the matching lotion. My personal favorite is anything in the Lemon Sugar scent (delicious!). They pretty much have anything you could possibly need bath wise while in Disney, plus more.

This trip, I picked up a tub of Lemon Sugar Body Butter, a spearmint scented lip balm, and a bar of soap with a rainbow that they had special for pride month. It always feels like a super special treat getting to shop around and see what new things I want to try on my trips.

So, What Can I Get at Basin White Exactly?

Basin White offers pretty much anything you could ever need for a comfy, lovely bath. They have bath bombs, salts, scrubs, shampoo bars, and more. They even have ready made gift baskets for you to take with you! All of their products are online so you can check them out here. My one bit of advice would be to make sure that you keep your goodies in a checked bag instead of your carry on. Some of the items exceed the maximum amount of liquid that you can have in a bag, and you don’t want to have to throw it away! This stuff is so luxe and you’re going to seriously fall in love, just like I have.

What is in Basin White’s Products?

You can shop with a clear mind because all of Basin’s products are cruelty free! Products are also free of any alcohols, mineral oils, or parabens, and are made in the United States! To me, that a win-win! Ethically sourced and produced products are super important, so I am so happy that one of my favorite brands shares the same views.

Have you ever visited a Basin White or Basin location? What’s your favorite way kind of bath products to relax with? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO Em