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Memorial Day 2018: Jimmy Buffett + Lake Erie + Cleveland, Ohio

June 11, 2018

Hey, y’all!

I recently went up to Cleveland, Ohio to celebrate Memorial Day with my friends Shelby and Evie.

If you didn’t know, I was born a Parrothead. I would truly struggle to tell you how many Jimmy Buffett concerts I have attended. While I’ve been to many shows, his are, by far, my favorites. He plays the classics. The fan base — well, we are an interesting one. Always lively, always fun, always dressed to the nines for the occasion. One of the reasons that I love his concerts so much is that my father, the late JC Phelps, was a huge Parrothead. When I listen to his music, I feel a level of connectivity with him and my childhood.

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My friend Evie’s family is from the Cleveland area and they live right on Lake Erie, which was so beautiful. I walked the shoreline early one morning and found so much peace in doing so. It was my first time at a Great Lake!

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Another highlight of the experience was eating at Barrio in Lakewood, Ohio. The food – and drinks – were great. I also loved the decor. Prior to the Buffett concert, we shared a pitcher of blood orange margaritas; if you don’t have a margarita when you see Buffett, you’re doing it wrong in my book.

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While it was a quick trip, it was a fun one – and one that I will certainly remember.

Fins up, Parrotheads!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, and Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

Best,

JC

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

  • Reply
    mayaogriffin
    June 11, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I grew up listening to Jimmy Buffett through my parents constantly playing his music! Those blood orange margaritas look so good. I feel like blood orange is the perfect balance between sweet and tart, perfect for a Marg!!

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    Hannah
    June 12, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Yes to Jimmy Buffett!! Some of my favorite songs to listen to on the beach/in the summer time are by Jimmy! Also, so glad you got to The Great Lakes! I’m originally from Michigan and my parents are only half an hour from Lake Huron!

    Hannah // http://www.thedaintybouquet.com

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    Nicole of What Nicole Wore
    June 12, 2018 at 1:02 am

    I’ve never been to Cleveland but that lake view looks GORGEOUS! Sounds like the perfect way to spend the long weekend.

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    Sophisticated Chaos
    June 12, 2018 at 1:13 am

    This is so awesome! Especially the connection you feel with your dad! I love it!

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    Johnna
    June 12, 2018 at 1:41 am

    I love Jimmy Buffett! Also, we just took my daughter for her first Great Lakes visit this weekend–also Lake Erie, but not Cleveland.

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    Whitney S.
    June 12, 2018 at 2:20 am

    It sounds like you had such a wonderful time. Sadly, I haven’t spent much time on any lake!! *hides eyes*

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    Heather C. Watson
    June 12, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Legacy Parrothead here, too. I legit can’t tell you how many Buffett shows I’ve seen with my dad. (Same with the Allman Brothers!)

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