48 Hours in CLE
How to Spend Two Days in CLE
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Only have two days to spend in Cleveland? That's definitely not enough time to experience all that The Land has to offer. Despite that, we've put together a 48-hour trip that'll give you a little taste of what we're all about.
BREAKFAST: Beer + Donuts = Perfect. Get yourself to Brewnuts in the Gordon Square Arts District where they make this oh-so-perfect pairing possible by making decadent donuts from a variety of tasty beers. And, yes, there's plenty of brew on tap, too.
MORNING: Head to the ultimate homage to rock music: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This multi-level, interactive museum will take you through the history and evolution of rock music. Make sure to block off a few hours to get the full experience.
LUNCH: The West Bank of the Flats, which flanks the Cuyahoga River, is home to Merwin's Wharf, an American-style restaurant with stunning waterfront views and great food. The patio sits along the edge of the river and is a respite for kayakers and boaters. It has an outdoor fireplace, outdoor bar, cornhole and giant Jenga.
AFTERNOON: Take an afternoon pub crawl in Ohio City along West 25th Street and sample a few Cleveland signature beers. Start next door to the West Side Market at Market Garden Brewery for any of their 14 beers on tap and small plates. Then head across the street to Great Lakes Brewing Co., with its famed Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Wrap up at Nano Brew, with its three bars and two-story patio complete with larger-than-life games like Jenga and Connect Four.
DINNER: East 4th Street is one alley you need to see. Some of Cleveland's most celebrated restaurants and entertainment hubs pepper this pedestrian-only street, including Chef Michael Symon's new barbeque joint Mabel's BBQ, the upscale Lola, always on-point The Greenhouse Tavern, beer emporium Butcher & the Brewer, pint-lovers Flannery's Pub and indoor/outdoor Corner Alley. It's the place to be before games.
EVENING: Depending on what season you're in town, you can cheer on one (or more) of our three major league sports teams or our minor league hockey team. And, bonus, all of these teams - the Cleveland Indians (MLB), Cavaliers (NBA), Browns (NFL) and Monsters (AHL) - are located in Downtown Cleveland.
LATE NIGHT: If a late night is on your agenda, then the best spot is the Flats East Bank, a massively revived area of Downtown that's built-up with brand new cocktail bars, craft breweries, unique eateries, clubs and a swath of outdoor patios energized with thumping music.
Start at Punch Bowl Social for billiards, bowling or darts and, of course, a bowl of (spiked) punch. Then, get to FWD Day + Nightclub, a completely outdoor nightclub with DJs, bands and even a Vegas-inspired swimming pool. End the night at swanky Magnolia, a secret speakeasy. (TIP: go to their website to receive an entry password.)
BREAKFAST: Start the day off right at the tried-and-true Tommy's Restaurant in Coventry. This place has been around for more than four decades. And, while you can still order the standard eggs and bacon, Tommy's is known for also serving up healthier items for vegetarians, vegans and people with food allergies.
MORNING: Nearby University Circle is a collection of world-renowned arts and cultural institutions - all grouped together in an easily walkable square mile. Tour the Cleveland Museum of Art's high-tech Gallery One - it's free, and an absolute must-see. Or, brush up on your Cleveland history Cleveland History Center where you can scope the world's first DeLorean and Lebron James' championship-winning size-16 shoes.
LUNCH: Next, head up Mayfield Road and into Little Italy. Have lunch at one of the local favorites like Mama Santa's for Sicilian pizza, Mia Bella for Mediterranean cuisine or Guarino's for the homemade pasta with red sauce. Leave room for dessert from Presti's Bakery (cannoli) and Corbo's Bakery (cassata cake).
AFTERNOON: If the weather's looking good, go to Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. The Beach House at Edgewater Beach on Cleveland's west side rents stand-up paddleboards and umbrellas. BrewBoat CLE takes peddling patrons on a beery cruise along Lake Erie. The Nautica Queen does happy hour cruises. And, Lake Erie Watersports rents kayaks and jet skis.
DINNER: Check out the neighborhood of Tremont, where there's a wealth of taste opportunities. There's Sokolowski's University Inn, a third-generation Polish cafeteria serving pierogi, halushki and all things amazing. Edison's Pub has some of the best pizza we've ever tasted. Tremont Taphouse is known for its beer, as much as its food. The South Side has incredible chicken and waffles. And, of course, there's always Prosperity Social Club, a cool hangout with an extensive beer list and Cleveland-style menu.
EVENING: There's no better place to check out a concert than in the very town where the term "rock ‘n' roll" was coined. For big tours, check the concert schedules at the biggies like the Quicken Loans Arena, Blossom Amphitheater, FirstEnergy Stadium, Progressive Field and the Wolstein Center. You also can find national acts at more intimate Cleveland venues like House of Blues and Jacob's Pavilion at Nautica.
Need a Place to Crash?
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From Playhouse Square to the West Side Market, there's a lot more in Cleveland that's totally worth checking out. And, we know that no two visits are ever alike. So, start by taking a peek at Destination Cleveland's event calendar, scope our major attractions and plan your dining.