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

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.

7 thoughts

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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