Winter In Cleveland Doesn’t Have to Be Cold

The weather in Cleveland this week holds a chilly reminder that winter is coming! (I’m enjoying slightly warmer temps in Atlanta today for work.)

Sometimes you need to get out of the house and escape somewhere warm. You don’t necessarily need to get on a plane to do so. Here are two of my favorite warm places to go during a cold Cleveland winter.

The Rain Forest at the Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo

You can read about my visit there here

The Glass House at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens Continue reading

Not a Bad Way to Spend a Wednesday Evening

On Wednesday evening, I had the opportunity to attend an event at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. It’s one place that has been on my list of things to do since moving to Cleveland three years ago.

Somehow, it’s not terribly easy to convince my man that an afternoon spent in the gardens is an afternoon well spent. I’m working on it though, because I want to go back.

I had been planning to park a few blocks away in a parking lot that offers public charging for electric vehicles. Unfortunately, when I arrived the five spaces with access to the four chargers were parked up. Which would have been fine if 4 of the 5 cars weren’t regular, internal-combustion-engine powered cars (aka ICEd). So I headed over to the garage at the Bontanical Gardens.

The first thing I noticed before even entering the building was how nice everyone was! I took the stairs instead of the elevator and ended up one floor too early to enter, a security guard gave me directions and was very nice. The lady who validated my parking at check-in was also nice.

As part of the event, we were allowed access to the gardens and glass house. I only walked some of the gardens and across the terrace area and it was beautiful! I wrapped up my visit with a tour of the Glass House, which is a great place to go in general but would be especially fun on a rainy or cold day.

All of the brightly colored statues are made of Legos and are part of the Building Blocks of Nature, Nature Connects Experience. Continue reading