my favorite kind of houseguest

This past weekend, a friend who now lives in Charlotte, came back to Cleveland to visit for a long weekend. Because I visited her a few weeks ago, Amber was excited to hang out in Cleveland for a few nights with my friends and see how much downtown has changed since our high school days of going to the flats and the rooftop of Velvet Dog.

In order to kick off the weekend, we headed back to our hometown to sip on a few glasses of sangria and catch up on the patio of Corks wine and bistro. We decided take a little tour through the downtown area (it's only a few blocks total) to grab ice cream from our favorite place and then head to the town hall to take pictures on the cannon, which is no longer in the spot we remembered. (If you come from a small town, chances are you did photo hunts in high school and we thought there was no time like the present to reenact our teen years.)

at the infamous five points stop and center of town
twist cones with crunch and sprinkles is a MUST!

in Ziggy's, our favorite hometown bar
Both Amber and I were looking forward to Saturday because it was our first trip to Krusty's Summer Sauce Camp. Years ago when I started reading Alexa's blog, she talked about this amazing awesome day of draft beer, sun and beer pong with a fun group of strangers. What's not to love?!? I've unfortunately missed it the last few years with weddings and BlogHer last year in San Diego but made sure it was on my calendar at the start of summer.

best spot of Whiskey Island; "grab harder" butt shot; Krusty's; staying cool by the lake

Those are made of duct tape!
To wrap up the night, more friends came out for dinner at the Greenhouse Tavern for Moscow mules, chicken wings, crispy hominy and a few other appetizers before finishing the night out at a few bars.

All in all, Amber had a fabulous time and Saturday's afternoon festivities served as great practice because I'm headed to Key West for the first time with two girlfriends for five glorious days of white sand and turquoise water where I'll be trying every bar's version of a mojito and restaurant's take on key lime pie.


Dj said...

I didn't realize you were from Amherst (I also just recently started following). I love Corks & Stubbys. They've done a great job with the place.

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

it was great meeting amber and i'm so glad you got to experience your first krusty's!!

Fizzgig said...

this looks like a great time, and there is nothing like revisiting old "haunts" with a good friend!!

key west? sooo jealous!!

Kristian said...

Great post! You don't see many about Amherst so you know I'm going to share it!

Rachel Emma of Daydream Frenzy said...

sounds like a great weekend! these pictures are so fun! :)

Daydream Frenzy

Floral Crown Giveaway