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In Cleveland, we’ve got world-class experiences without the world-class ego. And for that, you’re welcome.
World-class experiences without the world-class ego.
Here in Cleveland, we’ve got beef cheek in our pierogi, truffles on our hot dogs and beer in our donuts. Balance.
Whether you’re into the thread count of your linens or just a place to crash for the night, we’ve got a hotel room with your name all over it.
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Maybe you’re not from the frigid climate of the Midwest, so allow us to welcome you to the magic of a Cleveland spring — a time when 51 degrees signals the season for short sleeves, beach walks and drop-top convertibles.
Sure, it might still be a little chilly, but that’s no reason to keep your winterized skin under wraps. Plus, spring is the perfect time to visit Cleveland as residents everywhere climb out of their caves and hit the great outdoors to peruse, booze and eat their way to a banging summer bod.
Here’s how to do it in 48 hours.
Before heading out, ALWAYS be sure to check each location’s website or call ahead for individual business operating hours and safety procedures.
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History runs deep in Cleveland, so get acquainted early by pulling up a patio seat at Yours Truly in iconic Playhouse Square. Family-owned and operated, this local mini-chain serves up everything that breakfast dreams are made of, including their famous Killit Skillet: two eggs, bacon, sausage, golden hash browns with onion, green pepper, mixed cheese and toasted ciabatta.
Cruise over to the Cleveland Botanical Garden where you’ll find 11 different outdoor areas, each with their own special charm. The latest addition is the Kitchen Garden, a stretch of culinary herbs and plants that’ll whet your whistle and get your brain geared up for lunch.
But first, don’t leave without taking a trip through The Glasshouse, an indoor section of the gardens that mimics the deserts of Madagascar and the rainforests of Costa Rican. Alongside indigenous plants from those regions, you’ll also rub elbows with over 50 species of native butterflies, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
There's nohting like dining al fresco in the springtime, when the air is cool, crisp and sweet smelling. While it's not a picnic, hitting E. 4th St. and the fantastic patio at Saigon is the next best thing. This authentic Vietnamese eatery serves up unbelieveable flavor through traditional cooking techniques. Their pho is phenomenal, the stir-fry's to die for and their rice and rice noodle dishes are light and perfect for early afternoon dining.
Spring is the perfect time to snag a spot on your FitBit challenge leaderboard — without getting embarrassingly aggressive on the gym’s treadmill. So, take a walking tour through Cleveland’s downtown, one of the most architecturally rich places in the city. Hit up Tours of Cleveland for a two-hour learning sesh through The Land.
For dinner, get yourself to Il Rione Pizzeria, a humble shop with a cult-like following. If you haven’t noticed a trend yet, businesses in Cleveland love to repurpose old buildings and Il Rione is no different. The 1917 brick-walled former pub now turns out simple New York-style pies with high-caliber, no-frills toppings. Fan favorites include the Clam Pie and the classic Margherita, plus the Blood Orange Salad with goat cheese, pistachio and mint.
It’s not a trip to Cleveland unless you’ve downed a few local craft beers. And, Terrestrial Brewing Company makes a strong case for a top spring pick. Housed in a chic industrial building with a myriad of windows, light pours in from all angles, but it’s the patio seating that’ll catch your eye and beckon you outside. Overlooking Edgewater Park and Lake Erie, there are few places better to throw back a few signature IPAs, pet a couple of dogs and soak in the first rays of the season.
Whatever you do, do NOT head back to the hotel to call it a night. Instead, stay outside and enjoy that refreshing sping air coming off the lake for just a little longer. A short trip down the road at Lakewood Park stand the famed Solstice Steps, a newer addition to the park that has quickly become a nieghborhood favorite. Take a seat on the enormous stone steps on either the upper or lower promenade and watch the sun sink slowly into Lake Erie.
Keep the island vibes rolling with a nightcap at Porco Lounge and Tiki Room, a fun dive thematically decorated with tropical flair serving up inventive cocktails using fresh-squeezed juices and house-made mixers. This joint is pretty tiny and fills up fast, but it’s worth the wait to close out the evening on a high note.
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Channel the romance of Paris to kick off your morning at Le Petit Triangle Cafe in Ohio City. The adorably quaint cafe opens at 10, so sleep in like a true Parisian artist before snagging a coveted sidewalk seat. Order an espresso and a croissant or opt for the heartier buckwheat crepe stuffed with decadent boursin cheese and smoked salmon.
Continue your artistic daydream with a morning of retail therapy in the Gordon Square Arts District, a two-mile stretch of independent businesses in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Get lost in the modern, handmade jewelry at Océanne, pick up a new purse at fine leather retailer Fount, or stop into Artful Living for holistic teas and unique home goods.
If your sweet tooth wasn’t satiated at breakfast, pop into Brewnuts for a donut infused with local beer. Just be warned: these babies usually sell out by midday.
Head next to the Hingetown district of Ohio City where the James Beard-nominated delicatessen Larder awaits your arrival. Helmed by an ambitious trio of chefs, Larder is located in a reclaimed fire house that pays homage to the neighborhood’s past.
On the menu are any number of Eastern European-inspired delights, including fall-apart-tender pastrami, koji fried chicken and a rotating collection of fermented pickles and krauts. With a classically trained pastry chef also on staff, you won’t want to leave without sneaking a piece of babka or one of the deli’s black and white cookies.
Hop on board a 15-person-powered Cleveland Cycle Tours bike and peddle around town learning about Cleveland’s diverse history while periodically stopping to imbibe at the local watering holes. If you’re traveling solo, it’s possible to buy an individual seat and meet a few new friends.
After working up an appetite on the bike, check out Barrio’s huge patio for tacos and margs. The menu features “build-your-own” options with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free choices clearly marked, so everyone eats happy at this relaxed spot.
Afterwards? Two words: ice cream. Tremont Scoops reopens in the spring, signaling the end of the winter doldrums with 24 flavors, ice cream sandwiches and chocolate-covered bananas.
What’s a visit to Cleveland without a sports outing? Catch the Tribe in action at Progressive Field and cheer on the home team with all of the team's diehard fans.
To round out the night, make a pitstop at The Spotted Owl. This old-school tavern is modernized for the current day, but you’ll still feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Their cocktail wheel makes it easy to communicate your drinking desires, ensuring you’ll end up with a new favorite bevvy before the evening ends.
Cleveland Botanical Garden, located in Cleveland’s University Circle cultural district, is an ever-changing 10-acre urban oasis where visitors find enrichment and inspiration through fabulous gardens,...
Run, bike, swim or enjoy a beautiful sunset at Edgewater Beach, located on Lake Erie in Cleveland, just minutes from downtown. Grab a bite to eat at the new Beach House with gorgeous lakefront and...
Located on E. 4th Street, offering the most authentic Vietnamese cuisine along with a wide selection of exotic cocktails and wines. Come in and see what everybody is raving about.
A Cleveland tradition since 1981, an ideal choice for a great breakfast, a business or catered lunch meeting or to bring the family for dinner. Nine locations throughout NE Ohio, with a new location...
Progressive Field is an urban ballpark in the truest sense, both architecturally and aesthetically. Built within the physical boundaries of three main streets in downtown Cleveland (Ontario to the...
Located between the historic Cleveland neighborhoods of Tremont and Ohio City, Porco Lounge and Tiki Room is a hidden oasis of fun and escape. From a lushly appointed decor, to award winning...
Home to the original build-your-own tacos. A fast-casual environment with insanely delicious queso, guacamole and chef-driven taco specials!
Try the Cocktail Wheel Experience
We offer the Cocktail Wheel Experience at both of our locations. It’s an opportunity to explore how you are feeling (or how you’d like to feel) along with your...
FOUNT is a design and production house with a focus on fine leather handbags and accessories. Cleveland, Ohio.
Neighborhood brewpub with unique takes on various ales and lagers. Patio boasts views of Lake Erie. Family friendly. Growler friendly. Dog friendly.
Our vegan friends know all too well that finding ice cream can be a near impossible feat. Thankfully, Tremont Scoops serves hearty helpings of vegan-friendly sweet treats, ice cream and other frozen...
Beer + Donuts = Perfect. Get yourself to Brewnuts in the Gordon Square Arts District where they make that oh-so-perfect pairing possible by making decadent donuts from a variety of tasty beers....
We offer exciting and educational walking tours of beautiful and historic Downtown Cleveland!
Our Downtown Highlights Tour combines all the highlights of downtown in one great walking tour. This...
Looking for the kind of restaurant that offers great music, top-shelf drinks and some of the best brick-oven pizza made right in front of you? Stop looking. Il Rione Pizzeria has it all.
This charming local haunt has the look and feel of a true Parisian Café. Whether you’re meeting a colleague for lunch, a few friends for a glass of wine after work, or just starting your morning with...
James Beard Foundation nominated Eastern European delicatessen and bakery with Jewish deli roots. From knish to pastrami to chocolate babka, we've got your cravings covered.
This sister-owned and operated lifestyle boutique is for those who choose to live well. They believe that arts inspire, and your home should have heirloom-quality products that reflect your...
Hop on board a 15-person-powered Cleveland Cycle Tours bike and peddle around town learning about Cleveland’s diverse history while periodically stopping to imbibe at the local watering holes. If...