Kate Bigam Kaput is a thirtysomething writer, editor, and social media strategist who has, for more than a decade, maintained the popular lifestyle blog GreatestEscapist.com. Originally from Cuyahoga Falls, Kate now lives in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood with her husband, Mike, and their cats, Helo and Dora (named for characters from Battlestar & Harry Potter, respectively).
Before becoming an official Clevelander, Kate lived in more than 10 places in 10 years. After college, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she spent four years working as an activist and communications professional for a progressive nonprofit. She has also lived in Red Bank, N.J. (where most people didn’t actually sound like Snooki) & Portsmouth, N.H. (where most people did actually sound like actors from The Departed). Though she still loves the East Coast, Kate moved back to Ohio in 2014 – and doesn’t plan to leave again!
Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University and has a professional background in public policy, communications, and social media. Currently working as the digital communications manager for a large non-profit, she’s also an occasional freelancer and aspiring future author whose writing has appeared in print in Cleveland Magazine and online in the Washington Post‘s Soloish, Glamour, Esquire, and other publications. One of her essays was published in an anthology of Jewish millennials.
Kate’s 10 Favorite Things about Northeast Ohio
- Proximity to family: One of the primary reasons I moved home was to be closer to my mom and the rest of my family, though they’re spread out in Columbus and Cincinnati. Luckily, it’s quick and easy to get from place to place!
- Coffee shop options: As someone who works from home, I spend a lot of time in coffee shops – and Cleveland has lots of great ones to choose from. My favorites are Civilization, Beviamo, and the Rising Star in Little Italy.
- Fish fry season: This Jewish gal had never experienced the joy of the Lenten fish fry until moving to Tremont. Now, I plan my week around them. I especially love the one at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.
- The friendliest people: Of all the places I’ve lived, people here are the nicest. My husband wishes I wouldn’t get the life story of every Lyft driver, but when they’re all this chatty, how can I resist?!
- Local beer: I wasn’t a big craft beer fan until my thirties. Luckily, that was around the same time I moved to Cleveland, which is chock-full of the best local brews. Platform’s Yammy Yammy and Saucy Brew Works’ Habituale have my heart.
- Winter: You heard me: I love winter. Life doesn’t stop for Clevelanders just because the weather gets cold. Instead, we throw parties! Hello, Brite Winter.
- So much culture: Northeast Ohio offers so many entertainment opportunities, from festivals to museums to the Cleveland Flea to shows at Playhouse Square. There’s never a shortage of “What should we do this weekend?” options.
- All that food: From shopping options like West Side Market and Ohio City Provisions to a wealth of restaurant choices (I’m working my way through The complete 2017 A-list dining guide), there’s always something new and delicious to be eaten… and Instagrammed.
- Inexpensive prices: I still get giddy when I see a bar’s dollar-draft night, not to mention the comparison between rent costs here and in coastal cities. I wouldn’t call Cleveland cheap these days, but costs are still low, especially for everything this city has to offer.
- Lake Erie: Come summer, there’s so much to do on the North Coast, from swimming to stand-up paddle boarding to attending Edgewater Live to hopping the ferry to Put-In-Bay.