Conquer the Winter Blues in CLE Style
Destination Cleveland Suggests These Winter Hot Spots to Tackle the Cold Weather
CLEVELAND (Feb. 15, 2017) - As cold temperatures persist and the snowflakes continue to fall, the urge to stay indoors and avoid Old Man Winter's wrath increases. Instead of curling up on the couch, residents should kick off the blankets and take on the North Coast winter in Cleveland style. From tobogganing at the Metroparks to jamming out at Brite Winter, Destination Cleveland's list of winter weather activities will shake any case of the winter blues.
Take Advantage of the Outdoors
Tobogganing at Mill Stream Run Reservation
Who says sled riding is just for kids? Certainly not the Cleveland Metroparks.
Located 30 minutes outside of Downtown, Mill
Stream Run Reservation offers sled riding lovers of all
ages the chance to slide down Ohio's tallest and fastest ice
chutes, reaching speeds of 40 mph. After an icy plunge, stop at the Chalet next
door and warm up with hot chocolate and snacks. Passes for both single and
unlimited rides are available.
16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville, 44136
Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort
and snowboarding are among the most popular winter sports, and Clevelanders can
take to the slopes right in their own backyard. Featuring 88 acres of downhill
adventure right in the heart of the Cuyahoga
Valley National Park, Boston Mills/Brandywine caters to winter
enthusiasts of all abilities with bunny slope runs to black diamond adventures
between the two resorts. There are also 20 lanes of snow tubing for non-skiers
7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula, 44264
Race to the Rink
Cleveland Monsters Games
The 2016 Calder Cup Champion Cleveland Monsters are off to a strong start this season and continue to conquer at The Q. Perfect for a night of family fun, attendees can enjoy three periods of exciting ice hockey action as well as contests, activities and giveaways in between periods and during timeouts. Guests can take advantage of the home game promotions such as College ID Nights, Special Jersey Nights or 1-2-3 Fridays, which means a special price on food and drinks. Tickets start at just $10. Group discounts available. Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Ice, Cleveland, 44115
Fill Your Plate with Cleveland Dining Delicacies
Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week
Feb. 17-26, Downtown Cleveland will be the destination for diners. Thanks to Downtown
Cleveland Alliance's 10th Annual Restaurant Week, foodies have the unique opportunity to select from
specially crafted three-course meal options (priced at $15, $30
or $40) at more than 50 restaurants. Guests will be asked to vote for their
favorite meal in each of the following award-winning culinary categories: "Judge's
Choice," "Best New Restaurant," "Restaurant of the Year"
and "Best Dining District." In the spirit of friendly competition,
the week is themed The Hungry Games - Battle of the Districts. May the odds be
ever in the restaurants' (and diners') favor. For additional restaurant options
throughout the Greater Cleveland area, diners can check out Cleveland
Independents Restaurant Week from March 3-16. More details will be announced
before the event.
Downtown Cleveland, various locations
Skip the Bar Crawl and Stay Put
Tabletop Board Game Café
Take game night to the next level at the Tabletop
Board Game Café in Ohio City. Bring a crew and challenge them to play one
(or five) of more than 1,000 games offered. Game choices include classics like
Clue and Pictionary and modern favorites like Cards Against Humanity. Staff members
are available to facilitate game play or demonstrate how to play a new or
unfamiliar game upon request. Beer, wine and food can be purchased to round out
an evening of friendly competition.
1810 W. 25th Unit 3, Cleveland, 44113
The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar
Too tired to dance the night away?
Residents can instead rock out at The
Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar. Two pianists go head-to-head performing songs
hand-picked by the audience, which guarantees that no show will be alike. Performances
are full of energy, and the audience is strongly encouraged to sing and dance
along, if the music moves them.
1163 Front Ave., Cleveland, 44113
JACK Cleveland Casino
Cleveland Casino, visitors can press their luck at 1,600 slot machines, 125
table games, or in the 30-table poker room. And, when stomachs start to
grumble, both bottomless and locally focused dining options are available. JACK
Cleveland Casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week which means visitors
can gamble anytime they want - even at 3 a.m. on a Monday. Need a break from
the slots and tables? Step right outside and take a spin around the Cleveland Foundation Ice Rink in
100 Public Square, Cleveland, 44114
Splash through the Weekend at an Indoor Water Park
Great Wolf Lodge
When there's a 33,000-square-foot indoor water park an hour west of Cleveland,
summer fun is always nearby. More than an indoor playground, Great
Wolf Lodge is a complete recreation hub with a 42,000-square-foot
entertainment area, a full-service hotel, five dining options, 100-game arcade,
plenty of children's activities, a spa and a fitness center.
4600 Milan Road, Sandusky, 44870
Cool Celebrations to Warm Up the Weekends
Brite Winter Music Festival - Saturday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Think outdoor music festivals are best held in warm weather? Think again. Brite
Winter, an annual celebration
of Cleveland's creative culture, features more than 35 bands and artists performing
at six different indoor and outdoor stages. The free event will feature plenty
of music as well as ice carving creations, food trucks, fire pits, s'mores
making, a wintertime beach party and much more. Festival performers include
local favorites such as The
Lighthouse and the Whaler, The
Modern Electric, Ottawa, Wesley Bright & the Honeytones, Big Jul Green and Morgan Mecaskey.
The Flats West Bank, 1153 Main Ave., Cleveland, 44113
Cleveland Kurentovanje - Monday, Feb. 20; Tuesday, Feb. 21; Friday, Feb. 24; Saturday, Feb. 25
Kurentovanje is a four-day festival that celebrates the Slovenian heritage
and their cultural figure the Kurent, which is believed to chase away winter
and welcome the springtime. As the home of the highest concentration of
Slovenians outside of Slovenia, there is no better place than Cleveland to
experience this annual event. The free festival will showcase dancers in
authentic Slovenia attire, ethnic food and drink, musical and cultural
performances, and a parade led by dancing Kurents.
6409 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, 44103
DON'T FORGET: Destination Cleveland's Cleveland Concierge Team is also available to help residents and their visiting family and friends explore the region. Contact our team through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, live chat at www.thisiscleveland.com, or stop in the Cleveland Visitors Center (334 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44114) Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. to plan your adventure.
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