Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather was fantastic... there is a little bit of crispness in the air, but there's still a hint of summer with the warmer temps. I love it.
A few weekends ago, Tim and I took a little time away to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. While our honeymoon was extravagant (and aaaamazing), we chose to keep it low-key and low-budget to cheers to one year. We booked a condo right on the water (literally, take 10 steps out the back door and you're in the lake - see above photo) in Port Clinton, and hopped around to Put-in-Bay and Marblehead. Tim and I took turns cooking authentic Spanish and Italian meals that we enjoyed on our honeymoon, and hauled a ton of groceries from the West Side Market with us, including a POUND of prosciutto for sandwiches and pizza. Ohmygod, was I in food heaven.
Our condo in Port Clinton was a 2-minute walk from the Jet Express, so we were lucky enough to not pay for parking or stress about running late to catch the jet. If you've never been to the Bay, you HAVE to go to The Boardwalk and get the lobster bisque. It's phenomenal; full of heavy cream, ridiculously unhealthy, with huge chunks of lobster.... and one of the best things I've ever tasted. Get the peel & eat shrimp for an extra hands-on experience.
If you ever have time to drive out to Marblehead and take Route 2 (Lake Road) all the way back to Cleveland, I highly recommend it. It's a stunning drive along the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail, which is a 293-mile long stretch that hugs the coast of Lake Erie. I would have been content to just sit and stare at the sparkling water by the Marblehead Lighthouse for hours... it was the calmest, most serene I've felt in a long time, surrounded by a panoramic view of Lake Erie. It's seriously gorgeous there.
Even though we only took a few days off and drove an hour away from home, it felt like the perfect getaway to reboot and celebrate the past year we've spent as a married couple. By the way, everyone says it - but man, did time fly! Seven years of dating + one year of marriage = 8 amazing years.