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April
29

You'll Be Singing in the Rain With These 8 April LoLo Gifts

LoLo Gifts - April 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

April showers may bring May flowers, but you don't have to wait that long to enjoy this month's free offers, courtesy of Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts. 

We love sharing our enthusiasm for all the wonderful small businesses in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati. So get out of the rain and into these delightful shops for coffee, donuts, and more!

April Gifts:

Columbus: Donuts

Wooster: $10 Certificate

Cleveland: A Latte

Kent/Stow: A Shaken Iced Latte

Medina: Tea & Scones

Akron: A Burger & Fries

Canton: A Flight

Cincinnati: Doughnuts

Columbus: Donuts

Resch's Bakery

4061 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43227

Tired of those bland, cellophane-wrapped donuts from the gas station convenience store? Head over to Resch's Bakery for a delicious, artisan-crafted donut, with flavors including powdered sugar, French crullers, and glazed cake.

About Resch's Bakery

Founded in 1912, Resch's Bakery was the American dream for the namesake family that immigrated to Columbus from Germany. As the bakery moves into its second century,  the sixth generation of Reschs continues the legacy of their ancestors, turning out top-quality cakes, pies, donuts, pastries, cookies, and rolls.

Contact and Hours

614.237.7421

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Wooster: $10 Certificate

The Carpenter's Cup

116 W. Main St., Smithville, OH 44677

How do you build your perfect cup of coffee? Use your $10 certificate to get your go-to drink or try something new at The Carpenter's Cup.

About The Carpenter's Cup

For customers at The Carpenter's Cup, the charming shop is as much a part of the experience as the crafted coffee and tea drinks. The comfortable indoor area features displays of local art and custom wood products. There's also an outdoor seating area where you can do some great people-watching as you savor your drink.

Contact and Hours

330.669.0084

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cleveland: A Latte

Lekko Coffee

2529 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

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Iced or hot, a creamy latte is a perfect coffee drink for all seasons. Stop by Lekko Coffee for a latte that will jump-start your morning or give your afternoon a pick-me-up.

About Lekko Coffee

For owners Matt and Laura Ashton, Lekko Coffee is all about being conscientious global citizens. In addition to supporting the Cleveland community, the shop provides a living wage for all members of their supply chain and staff.

Contact and Hours

440.476.1159

Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Kent/Stow: A Shaken Iced Latte

Scribbles Coffee Co.

237 N. Water St., Kent, OH 44240

James Bond famously preferred his drinks shaken, not stirred. 007 would definitely approve of the handcrafted, shaken iced lattes made with care at Scribbles Coffee Co.

About Scribbles Coffee Co.

Best friends Jenn and Beth wanted to create a cozy spot where others could hang out with old friends and make new ones. Scribbles Coffee Co. is a warm, welcoming place where you can chat, read, write, study, or just sit back with one of their amazing coffee or tea drinks. 

Contact and Hours

330.346.0337

Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Medina: Tea & Scones

Miss Molly's Tea Room and Gift Shop

140 W. Washington St., Medina, OH 44256

Take a trip to jolly old England without leaving Medina. Partake in the soothing tradition of tea and scones with an afternoon at Miss Molly's Tea Room.

About Miss Molly's Tea Room and Gift Shop

Authentic Victorian decor and award-winning food are a couple of reasons why Miss Molly's Tea Room and Gift Shop has been recognized as one of the best tea rooms in North America. Enjoy the variety of the sandwich sampler paired with the strawberry pretzel salad, a three-layer treat that totally satisfies that sweet/salty craving.

Contact and Hours

330.725.6830

Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday Nights: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.

Akron: A Burger & Fries

Bob's Hamburg

1351 East Ave., Akron, OH 44307

Like peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese, burgers and fries are one of those iconic food pairings that never gets old. Skip the fast food for the real deal at Bob's Hamburg.

About Bob's Hamburg

Bob's Hamburg truly takes the philosophy, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" to heart. Not only are they in the original location and building, but the burgers are still cooked on the same griddle Bob himself used back in 1931. Today, this beloved old-school streetcar diner remains the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Akron.

Contact and Hours

330.253.2627

Tuesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Canton: A Flight

Unhitched Brewing Company

115 S. Mill St., Louisville, OH 44641

The microbrew movement has opened up a whole new world of options for beer lovers. Find your new favorite when you sample a flight at Unhitched Brewing Company.

About Unhitched Brewing Company

Local history is deeply embedded in Unhitched Brewing Company. The name pays tribute to George Dilger, one of Louisville's earliest brewers, who delivered his product via horse and wagon. Also, the brewhouse and taproom are located in the old Louisville Bowling Alley. Reclaimed wood from the lanes was used to make the bar and tables. 

Contact and Hours

330.871.8021

Wednesday and Thursday: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 10 p.m. 

Cincinnati: Doughnuts

Starlight Doughnut Lab

4603 Carter Ave., Norwood, OH 45212

"Laboratory" is defined as "a place providing opportunity for experimentation." Taste the sensational new flavors they're creating at Starlight Doughnut Lab.

About Starlight Doughnut Lab

Ben Griewe and Jack Nowlin gained devoted fans selling their Instagrammable doughnuts at local establishments and events. In February, they opened Starlight Doughnut Lab, where they feature six core flavors and six rotating flavors each month. Choose from options such as a churro, everything bagel, and brownie batter.

Contact and Hours

513.404.5694

Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

It's Raining Freebies!

April 2022 LoLo Gifts - Cutler Realtors

We're showering you with great offers like these every month. Contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to find out how easy it is to join the program. 

April
22

Northeast Ohio: Spend the Weekend in Cleveland

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Cleveland rocks, and we're not just talking about music. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is a perfect blend of sights, sounds, and activities that represent the best of Northeast Ohio.

Whether you're off on a romantic weekend, a family getaway, or an adventure with friends, put these amazing places in Cleveland on your must-see list.

Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106

With more than 750,000 guests each year, the internationally renowned Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most-visited art museums in the world. Founded in 1913 by a group of local industrialists, the museum holds a comprehensive collection of more than 61,000 works, highlighted by their well-regarded holdings of Egyptian and Asian art. Even the neoclassical building itself is a stunning work of art, while its setting of Wade Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except Friday when hours are extended until 9 p.m. Admission is free for all visitors.

West Side Market

1979 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Out of three vibrant public markets that served Cleveland's diverse and growing population in the early 20th century, only West Side Market remains. While local residents still flock to the market for shopping and dining, it's no longer a hidden gem. Tourists from across the country visit the market, drawn by glowing coverage from national sources such as Food Network and Travel Channel. The iconic tower with its Seth Thomas clock presides over more than 100 vendors selling top-quality meats and seafood, fruits and vegetables, baked goods, specialty items, and ready-to-eat foods. West Side Market is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kimpton Schofield Hotel

2000 E. Ninth St., Cleveland, OH 44115

The Kimpton Schofield Hotel is quirky and colorful yet classic and traditional, much like Cleveland itself. Housed in a landmark downtown building restored to its original facade, the charming boutique hotel features pet-friendly guest rooms with pillow-top beds, luxury linens and bath accessories, and Victorian-style artwork. Amenities range from a fully-equipped fitness center to complimentary Micro Kickboard scooters for kids to use. Visit the website for information about special offers and hospitality packages.

Playhouse Square

1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

Live theater offers a magical energy that's different from other forms of entertainment. Playhouse Square has the distinction of being the largest performing arts center in the country outside of New York City. As one of Broadway's touring partners, Playhouse stages first-class productions of Waitress, To Kill a Mockingbird, and other eagerly anticipated shows. Playhouse Square also serves as home to the Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland International Film Festival, DANCECleveland, and Tri-C Jazz Fest. Visit the website to view the full calendar of events and ticket information.

Cleveland Metroparks

4101 Fulton Pkwy., Cleveland, OH 44144

Most urban parks are an oasis of greenery tucked away inside a city. Cleveland Metroparks is a dazzling network of 18 reservations that circle the city, earning it the nickname of the "Emerald Necklace." The system sprawls across more than 24,000 acres, including 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, nature education centers, and countless fishing spots. In the midst of this exciting variety of activities is the glittering centerpiece of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Park grounds are open 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. seven days a week, extended to 5 p.m. from April through October. Tickets are $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 2-11.

Butcher and the Brewer

2043 E. Fourth St., Cleveland, OH 44115

Butcher and the Brewer offers an inventive take on two staples of the Cleveland culinary scene: meat and beer. An in-house butcher and charcutier handle the former, while the latter is brewed on-site in the century-old, 13,000-square-foot building. Long tables and public house-style seating promote a convivial atmosphere, complemented by communal dining from the creative menu of small plates. Customer favorites include the crispy pork belly and kimchi, an Asian-flavored take on Italian arancini. Butcher and the Brewer is open 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday.

Stone Gables Inn

3806 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44113

Are conventional hotels a little too cookie-cutter for your taste? Immerse yourself in the authentic Cleveland experience with a stay at Stone Gables Inn. This delightful boutique hotel is located in a picturesque historic mansion in trendy Ohio City, whose motto is "A Complete Cleveland Neighborhood." Owners Jeff and Connie bought the inn after spending many nights there themselves while renovating a nearby duplex. Each guest room has a private bathroom, and there is no front desk, which adds to the homey ambiance. Visit the website for rate information and reservations.

A Christmas Story House & Museum

3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44109

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A favorite holiday tradition comes to life at A Christmas Story House & Museum. The green-trimmed Victorian in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood has been restored to the same appearance it had as the Parker home in the classic holiday movie. Megafans can actually spend the night sleeping in Ralphie's and Randy's beds in the home's private third-floor loft. Across the street is the museum, which holds memorabilia such as props and costumes, and the gift shop, where you can purchase a leg lamp of your own. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adults and $11 for ages 3-12.

International Women's Air & Space Museum

Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Rd., Cleveland, OH 44114

Aviator Amelia Earhart and astronaut Sally Ride are just two of the pioneers whose accomplishments are honored at the International Women's Air & Space Museum. Exhibits such as "Women of NASA" and "Link GAT-1 Flight Simulator" are part of the museum's goal to showcase the history and culture of women in flight for current and future generations. Museum hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, while the gift shop is open weekdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free for all visitors.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, but I Like It

In honor of Cleveland's status as the home of rock and roll, which musician or group would be #1 in your personal hall of fame?

December
23

12 Reasons to Move to Ohio in 2021

12 Reasons to Move to Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Did you know the Center of the World is in Ohio? Yes, there actually is an unincorporated community by that name near Youngstown, not far from the Pennsylvania state line.

But there are a number of truly compelling reasons why one of the state's slogans is, "Center of the Universe." If you're looking for a new home in 2021, here are a dozen fascinating features that make a great case for finding it in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati.

  1. Cleveland Rocks!
     

    America's musical legacy includes genres from country to gospel, but none is more deeply entrenched in our country's spirit than rock and roll. Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed coined that iconic term, so it's only fitting that the city was chosen to be the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei, the Hall was dedicated in 1995 and includes 338 inductees. 

  2. Marching to a Different Drum

    Most big cities have a number of first-class historical, scientific, and art museums, and Cleveland is no exception. But if you prefer exploring culture that's a little offbeat, you're in luck. Cleveland features several delightfully quirky collections that pay tribute to the weirder side of life. Start your journey by checking out the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and the Dittrick Museum of Medical History.

  3. Thrills, Chills, and Spills

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    Lake Erie's shoreline is also the site of another type of rockin' and rollin'. Cedar Point in Sandusky proudly bears the title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World." With its world-record 71 rides, 17 of which are roller coasters, the park has been an annual summer tradition for countless families. As the second-oldest amusement park in the United States, Cedar Point's humble beginnings date back to 1870, when it consisted of a public beach, beer garden, and dance floor.

  4. Dotting the "I"

    More than 60,000 students can't be wrong: Ohio State University is one of the largest and most prestigious institutes of higher learning in the country. OSU's top academic programs are matched by collegiate sports teams that frequently sit atop the national rankings. The marching band's halftime performance of Script Ohio, with a sousaphone player dotting the "i," has become one of the most enduring and beloved traditions of Saturday afternoon football games at the "Horseshoe."

  5. I Triple-Dog Dare Ya!


    Warm, witty, and relatable, A Christmas Story has become a holiday classic for all ages. Reenact your favorite scenes at the actual house that served as the Parker family home, located in Cleveland's historic and elegant Tremont neighborhood. Right across the street is the companion museum, where you can view memorabilia such as Randy's snowsuit and purchase your very own "fra-gee-lay" leg lamp.  

  6. Prost!

    With the rise of microbreweries, domestic beers began to rival imports in terms of variety and quality. Hipster towns such as Denver, Seattle, and Portland are often considered leaders in this movement, but did you know that Columbus ranks in the top five U.S. cities for craft beer production?  Untappd, an app focusing on all things beer-related, gives high marks to local favorites Hoof Hearted, Pretentious Barrel House, and Columbus Brewing Company.

  7. All Roads Lead to Columbus


    Do you enjoy having family and friends come to visit? It's a little-known and astonishing fact that 48 percent of the U.S. population lives within a 500-mile radius of Columbus. Major urban centers such as Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. are no more than a day's drive away. Toronto and Ottawa are also within that radius, adding some international flair.

  8. Fast Food Nation

    As the birthplace of Wendy's and Buffalo Wild Wings and the headquarters of White Castle, Columbus has plenty of fast food cred. That's just one of the reasons why the city has become well-known as Test Market, USA. Thrillist, Business Insider, and other sources have long noted that Columbus is the go-to for Starbucks, Burger King, and other national brands testing new products. The city's diverse demographics are valued as an ideal cross-section of the national population.

  9. Living on the Square in Cincinnati


    Fans of classic sitcoms immediately recognize Fountain Square from its cameo in the opening credits of WKRP in Cincinnati. As downtown's shopping, entertainment, and cultural hub, Fountain Square is truly the heart and soul of this vibrant city.

  10. Crossing the Line

    Cincinnati's fabulousness can't be contained by just one state. The metropolitan area spills across the Ohio River into Kentucky, incorporating such charming cities as Florence, Union, and Walton. Cross the historic, Brooklyn Bridge-esque John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge to travel from Cincinnati to Covington, which is the actual home of the Cincinnati International Airport.
     
  11. It's All About the Chili

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    Chili is a dish that lends itself to a wide range of ingredients and preparations. But Cincinnati still managed to put itself on the culinary map with a unique version that keeps people coming back for more. More of a sauce than a stew or soup, Cincinnati chili is almost always served on top of hot dogs or spaghetti noodles. Unexpected seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate give the chili a Mediterranean flavor. Order it 3-way topped with cheddar cheese, add onions or beans to make it 4-way, or go for the works with 5-way. 

  12. The Color Purple

    Get a good workout or embrace eco-friendly forms of transportation with a brisk walk across the Newport Southbank Bridge. The span, familiarly known as the Purple People Bridge due to its distinctive color, is a half-mile-long pedestrian bridge connecting Cincinnati and Newport, KY. 

The Three Cs

Cleveland, Columbus, or Cincinnati: which one is the perfect fit for you?

May
29

Northeast Ohio: Historical Buildings You Have to See

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A breath of fresh air and the open road does us all good every now and then. For anyone trying to balance the need to maintain distance from others with a desire to get out and explore, a scenic drive might be just the answer.

If that sounds like you, then Northeast Ohio is a great place to be. Be sure to check out these amazing historical buildings on your driving tour in the Cleveland area!

Tiedemann House

4308 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44113

 
 
 
 
 
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Commonly known as Franklin Castle, the Tiedemann House has overlooked Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood from its perch on the north side of Franklin Boulevard for more than 125 years. This spectacular stone mansion is a prime example of Victorian architecture in the American Queen Anne Style, complete with turrets, gargoyles, and more than 80 windows. The Tiedemann House also has more than 20 rooms, including a ballroom that runs the entire length of the fourth floor. The house is rumored to be haunted and also to include as-yet-undiscovered secret rooms and passageways used by bootleggers during prohibition. 

Old Stone Church

91 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

 
 
 
 
 
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The Old Stone Church looks oddly out of place among the high rises that surround it in present-day Downtown Cleveland. It wasn't always that way. Cleveland was a very different city when this Presbyterian church was first dedicated in 1834. But even as time has moved on all around it, the Old Stone Church remains virtually unchanged. It's the oldest building on Public Square and the second-oldest church within the city limits. No visit to Cleveland is complete without taking some time to admire this incredible piece of living history. 

Rockefeller Building

614 W Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

A memorable high-rise office building in Downtown Cleveland, the Rockefeller Building was built between 1903 and 1905. Seventeen stories tall and massively wide, the building was one of the city's most imposing structures at the time of its completion. The famous American business magnate John D. Rockefeller oversaw the construction of the building, which partly swallowed up the Weddell House, its historical neighbor. The Rockefeller family sold the building to Cleveland businessman Josiah Kirby in 1920, only to buy it back shortly thereafter to prevent the name "Rockefeller" from being removed. 

The Louis Penfield House

2203 River Road #9685, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094

 
 
 
 
 
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Nestled in the quiet Cleveland suburb of Willoughby Hills, the Louis Penfield House was built in 1955 and designed by none other than famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. With its floating staircase and several walls made entirely of windows, the house has a number of features typical of Wright's unique architectural vision. Many of those windows offer incredible views across the home's 30-acre plot to the Chagrin River. And while there are a handful of Frank Lloyd Wright homes scattered across Northeast Ohio, the Louis Penfield House is the only one where guests can spend the night. 

Terminal Tower

50 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

 
 
 
 
 
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One of Cleveland's signature landmarks, the 52-story Terminal Tower was formally dedicated in 1930, after a long process of demolition, excavation, and construction that lasted four years. Built during the peak of the "skyscraper boom" in the '20s and '30s, Terminal Tower was the second-tallest building in the world when it opened its doors. Today, it's the second-tallest building in Cleveland (after Key Tower), and it remains one of the city's most recognizable structures, with hundreds of LED lights that illuminate the building's iconic spire in different colors throughout the year. 

Dunham Tavern

6709 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103

 
 
 
 
 
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Dunham Tavern is the oldest building in Cleveland. Originally built as a private residence by the Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham family in 1824, the structure was expanded with the addition of a taproom. It was used for many years as a tavern and stagecoach stop, gradually falling into disrepair until it was purchased and restored by landscape architect A. Donald Gray in 1932. Dunham Tavern was then re-opened as a museum, which it remains to this day. Visiting the Dunham Tavern Museum is like stepping back in time, offering an unmatched glimpse into a time when Ohio was at the very edge of the Western frontier. 

Saxton McKinley House

331 Market Ave. S, Canton, OH 44702

 
 
 
 
 
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Built in 1841 by the grandfather of Ida Saxton McKinley—first lady and wife of President William McKinley—the Saxton McKinley House is a beautiful Victorian building in Canton, Ohio. With its expansive porch and irregular massing, this incredible three-story brick house was Ida's childhood home. The couple lived there for years prior to his election as president and the house served as a stage for William's campaign. Today, it's the only surviving home with direct ties to the McKinleys in their hometown of Canton. The Saxton McKinley House is managed as a First Ladies National Historic Site and is home to the National First Ladies Library.

St. Stanislaus Church

3649 E. 65th St., Cleveland, OH 44105

 
 
 
 
 
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Cleveland offers no shortage of spectacular churches, but few can match the grandeur of the St. Stanislaus Church. Known by the full name Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, the church was built in 1873 and served Cleveland's growing Polish Catholic community. Many Polish immigrants settled in the part of Cleveland known then as Warszawa—today it's called Slavic Village—and the splendid architecture of St. Stanislaus Church was as prominent then as it is todayThe church itself, as well as its surrounding neighborhood, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Find Your History

Northeast Ohio offers a rich history of architecture dating back centuries. Did we forget to mention your favorite Cleveland area landmark? Let us know in the comments section!

February
19

Cleveland: Find Your Om at These Yoga Studios

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Did you know the history of yoga in the United States dates back to the close of the 19th century? Over time, yoga has grown from a mystical program associated with the hippie movement and New Age philosophy, to a popular fitness style practiced by more than 36 million Americans of all ages.

With a number of benefits ranging from heart health and pain relief to stress reduction and better sleep, yoga could be considered a nearly perfect form of exercise. Improve fitness and gain inner peace with yoga instruction at these serene but challenging studios in the Cleveland area.

Yoga Roots

3459 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights 44118

 
 
 
 
 
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Has an attack of cold feet kept you from trying a yoga class? Problem solved—literally—at Yoga Roots. Restorative yoga classes, designed to provide a calming interval day between more vigorous sessions, are held in a room with heated floors to help you relax. Owners Kim and Scott Curtis, whose own kids make frequent appearances around the studio, founded Yoga Roots to help others in the community discover the same benefits they've received from practicing yoga. New students get a week of unlimited classes for only $20, and members may bring a friend along for one free session. Check the calendar for special events such as "Yoga and Music" and "Candlelight Meditation."

Yoga Strong

1104 Prospect Ave. E., Cleveland 44115

 
 
 
 
 
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Weights aren't the only way to build strength and power. Yoga Strong specializes in Vinyasa style, sometimes referred to as power yoga.  Poses are synchronized with deliberate breathing and linked with graceful transitions, resulting in a flow that enhances physical and spiritual fitness. Focus on toning and sculpting at Barre Fly, a studio adjacent to Yoga Strong offering barre and aerial yoga classes. Explore other aspects of the yoga lifestyle at weekend workshops such as Blacklight Yoga, Bungee Barre, and Inversions. Attend any class as a drop-in for just $8 (cash only).

Bikram Yoga

4850 SOM Center Road, Moreland Hills 44022

 
 
 
 
 
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The term "yoga" encompasses a variety of styles, which allows everyone to find a form that suits them. Bikram Yoga is a precise, deliberate form consisting of 26 poses performed in a specific sequence over a 90-minute period. Each pose focuses on a particular part of the body with a goal to promote synergy of body and mind working as one. Studios are heated to loosen tight muscles, improve flexibility, and reduce risk of injury. Try one month of unlimited classes at Bikram Yoga for $49.

Chagrin Yoga

524 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls 44022

 
 
 
 
 
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Bikram-style is also featured at Chagrin Yoga, which has been serving the Cleveland area since 2009. In 2015, the studio underwent a total renovation, incorporating state-of-the-art elements such as recycled rubber/vinyl flooring and a Reznor high-heat and humidity system. While Bikram is the main event at Chagrin Yoga, they keep it lively with workshops on other related topics such as Yoga Nidra, a sleep-based form of meditation, and Reiki healing. For all-over wellness, sign up for a massage, Ayurveda, or reflexology session. Newcomers can choose between introductory specials of unlimited classes at $30 for 14 days or $59 for 30 days.

Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki

2959 Hampshire Road, Cleveland Heights 44118

You'll feel right at home in more ways than one at Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki. The studio is located in a charming Craftsman bungalow that was included in the 2011 Cleveland Heights Home Heritage Tour. Owner/instructor Judith Eugene has trained students ranging from age 3 to 93, so you can feel comfortable with her regardless of age or fitness level. Judith is also a trained Reiki Master who offers this healing and stress reduction service to both animals and their humans. Yoga classes are scheduled in quarterly sessions, but you can drop in for a test run before enrolling. If you have allergies, please note that Loving Hands is home to two adorable studio kitties.

Pink Lotus Yoga

18103 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 44107

 
 
 
 
 
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At Pink Lotus Yoga, the family that takes yoga together stays fit together. Preteen and teen classes blend yoga instruction with games, music, and props to introduce kids to the benefits of yoga in a playful, non-competitive way. Rather than specialize in one form, Pink Lotus offers classes in several different styles and intriguing variations such as Yindalini, a blend of Indian and Chinese yoga, and Yang, which draws on martial arts techniques. During the last two years, Pink Lotus has co-sponsored a series of outdoor yoga sessions at various parks around Lakewood.

Vision Yoga & Wellness

1861 W. 25th St., Cleveland 44113

 
 
 
 
 
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Are you a Boomer living in a Millennial world? Vision Yoga & Wellness, located in the heart of Cleveland's trendy Ohio City neighborhood, welcomes you to Boomer Yoga. Traditional Hatha yoga poses are held for longer amounts of time, resulting in a slower pace and greater body awareness. Boomer Yoga is one of the drop-in Community classes for just $5. Students of any age will appreciate Vision Yoga's stress- and pain-reducing services, including massage, Reiki and craniosacrial therapy, which involves light touching of the skull and sacrum. In 2016, Vision Yoga expanded to Vision Underground, a second location in the basement of St. John's Episcopal Church. The additional studio allows Vision Yoga to better accommodate the ever-growing student base and offer a wider range of services.

Cleveland Yoga

2026 Murray Hill Road, Room 210, Cleveland 44106

 
 
 
 
 
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While yoga's roots reach back thousands of years, its dynamic nature makes it fresh and relevant today. Cleveland Yoga is an affiliate of Baptiste Yoga, a relatively modern form originating in 1940. Baptiste is a power Vinyasa style performed in a room heated to 90 degrees to stimulate circulation and keep muscles flexible. Poses, meditation, and inquiry, which is self-transformation, are the three main elements of Baptiste Yoga. The Little Italy studio is also home to the Cleveland Yoga Run Club, which meets at 8:45 a.m. each Sunday for a 45-minute run followed by a 75-minute Hot Power class.

CoreSIX Yoga

24350 Center Ridge Road, Westlake 44145

 
 
 
 
 
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Yoga is about personal development, but its group format lets you become part of a community. CoreSIX Yoga has a mission to promote that sense of community by welcoming anyone interested in learning and making their classes accessible to all. On Saturdays, CoreSIX hosts a Powerful Flow yoga class followed by Happy Hour. Participants bring a beverage of choice and light snack to enjoy as they spend time socializing in a relaxed atmosphere.

Oasis Yoga + Wellness

33180 Station St., Solon 44139

 
 
 
 
 
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Yoga meets the 21st century at Oasis Yoga + Wellness. In addition to an extensive selection of Vinyasa Flow classes, Oasis has TRX, a strength training program using two adjustable nylon straps and your own bodyweight. Wellness services include infrared sauna and Samadhi float tank to boost the immune system, release toxins, and relieve pain and stress. Oasis has an introductory special of $49 for one month of unlimited classes, and memberships include discounts on wellness services, workshops, and private yoga instruction.

Namaste

Do you have a favorite yoga studio to add to the list? Share it with us!

October
17

Your Guide to Cleveland's Best Museums

Cleveland has served as a center of art, culture and education for over a century. As a result, our communities have developed some of the world's best museums displaying art, architecture, gardens, history, global cultures and more.

Whether you're a local or just visiting, you should definitely take a few days to explore all of the museums our amazing city has to offer. To help you get started on your museum bucket list, we rounded up some of our favorites in the greater Cleveland area—from contemporary art museums to the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—where you can learn something new and have fun while you do it. Enjoy!

 

Baseball Heritage Museum

6601 Lexington Avenue

Baseball is practically a religion here in Cleveland, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that we have our own Baseball Heritage Museum! Here, you'll find photographs, letters, programs, uniforms and other game-used treasured memorabilia that helped shape the history of one of America's greatest pastimes. You can stop by on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to see interesting artifacts from all over the country including a signed Al Lopez ball, vintage Buckeyes jerseys and so much more.

 

A Christmas Story House

3159 West 11th Street

A Christmas Story House Cleveland, OH

Since its release in 1983, "A Christmas Story" has been a seasonal classic. It just wouldn't be Christmas without watching Ralphie Parker sulk in his bubblegum pink bunny pajamas and desperately wish for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. While "A Christmas Story" is a movie that is close to pretty much every American's heart, for Clevelanders—it's so much more. Located just outside of downtown Cleveland in Tremont,  A Christmas Story House is now open to the public year-round as a museum. When you visit, you'll be able to take photos next to the famous leg lamp or under the sink, act out your favorite movie scenes and more! For an inside look, check out Everything You Need to Know About Cleveland's Famous "A Christmas Story" House.

 

Cleveland Grays Armory Museum

1234 Bolivar Road 

The Cleveland Grays is a social organization devoted to the promotion of patriotism and the preservation of the military heritage of Greater Cleveland. While they've had several homes from the time of their founding in 1837, today they're located in one of the oldest standing buildings in downtown Cleveland. The breathtaking, red-bricked, Romanesque Revival style armory is definitely worth the visit, and the museum inside is just as historic and interesting as the exterior.

 

Cleveland History Center

10825 East Boulevard

Founded in 1867, the Western Reserve Historical Society is Cleveland's oldest existing cultural institution. It was created to help oversee the collection and preservation of documents and objects relating to various aspects of national, regional and local history. You can see those pieces of history—which includes everything from Lebron James' championship shoes to the very first map of Cleveland—at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle.

 

The Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Boulevard

As one of the most distinguished and comprehensive art museums in the world, the Cleveland Museum of Art is certainly worth spending a full day exploring. The museum celebrated its 104th birthday this year, and through renovations and changes in ownership has gathered a collection of more than 45,000 works of art—wowza!

 

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Drive

If you're interested in the natural world, there's no better place to explore than the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Here you'll find interesting exhibits, wild animals, hikes, classes and so much more. When you visit the museum, you'll have the chance to delve deep into the past at the dinosaur hall; discover the outer reaches of the universe in the Shafran Planetarium; and experience natural wonders in outdoor galleries. You can traverse the museum any day of the week and even in the evenings on Wednesday. Click here for a full list of admission prices and daily hours.

 

Cleveland Police Museum

1300 Ontario Street

When exploring all of the local museums Cleveland has to offer, you don't want to miss the Cleveland Police Museum, which showcases the history of the local police department all the way back to the 19th century. Exhibits include a fallen officer memorial, a section of the museum dedicated to the motorcycle unit and collections featuring artifacts from famous Cleveland crimes. You can visit on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

The Children's Museum of Cleveland

3813 Euclid Avenue

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Offering one of the most welcoming and fun atmospheres amongst Cleveland museums, this family staple is dedicated to inspiring creativity, curiosity, lifelong learning and motivating tomorrow's visionaries. Exhibits include a two-story, children's construction site, an industrial science "laboratory", a sun-filled art studio, a young performers' theater and so much more! Admission for individuals one-year-old and older is $12 and you can discover and play any day of the week except for Thursdays.

 

Dittrick Medical History Center

11000 Euclid Avenue

The Dittrick Medical History Center, located on the Case Western Reserve University campus, explores the history of medicine through artifacts, archives, rare book collections and more. As you explore, you'll learn all about what illness and treatment looked like in earlier eras as well as infectious disease crises and management. Housing over 175,000 artifacts, this free museum offers a window into the past for both visitors and researchers alike. While the museum is currently closed for building repairs, they hope to open their doors again in January 2020.

 

Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Avenue

Venture to the Great Lakes Science Center for a day full of engineering and experimenting at this iconic family favorite. Exhibits include a giant domed theater that shows movies and educational flicks, a NASA exhibit, the William G. Mather Steamship, electrifying science phenomena, Legos and more.

 

International Women's Air & Space Museum

1501 North Marginal Road

Located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport, only seconds from the Lake Erie shore, the Women's Air & Space Museum collects, preserves and showcases the history and culture of women in all areas of aviation and aerospace. Here you can learn about more women than just Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride as well as their contributions to the world. Admission to the museum is completely free and you're welcome to visit any day of the week.

 

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage celebrates individuals whose leadership, vision and humanity have changed our region for the better. And trust us, you'll be inspired before you even step inside. The building is faced with more than 126 tons of Golden Jerusalem limestone shipped from Ashdod, Israel and, since the museum's opening in 2005, has become one of the city's most prominent landmarks. Serving to educate, challenge and inspire visitors every day, the museum hosts exhibits as well as educational tours for all ages.

 

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

11400 Euclid Avenue

If modern art is your thing, make sure to visit the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art. Even if you don't go inside, the building itself is a statement worth seeing—but you should definitely go inside. Many local artists have found their feet here, and today you'll find ever-changing exhibitions that will shock and inspire.

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1100 East 9th Street

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Considered one of the most renowned attractions in the region, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a must-visit for both visitors and locals alike. This beautiful, modern museum nestled along the shore of Lake Erie showcases some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and musical figures throughout history. Explore six levels of exhibits spanning decades of rock and roll history seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays until 9 p.m.

 

Have Fun Exploring!

Did we miss your favorite learning location in Cleveland? Let us know in the comments!

September
10

19 Essential Fall Events + Festivals in the Cleveland Area This Year

Fall is finally upon us! Crisp morning walks through crunchy leaves, homemade apple pie, pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters—there are so many things we love about this season in Ohio. Don't miss out on these important rituals by attending one of the fall festivals and events happening in and around Cleveland this year!

And because we can't wait until the official first day of fall, we are starting the harvest party a bit earlier in September! From art shows to pumpkin festivals, here are the essential Cleveland events you can't miss this fall.

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September

Rocky River Falls Arts Festival

Where: Old Detroit Area, Rocky River

When: September 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Rocky River Falls Arts Festival was first established in 2009 to celebrate the talents of Rocky River residents and highlight the merchants in the Old Detroit Shopping Area. After 11 years, the only thing that has changed is the sheer size of the event. This year, 57 vendors are planning to participate! You'll also get to enjoy plenty of local food trucks and live music all throughout the day.

 

Village Peddler Festival

Where: Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland

When: September 14-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Village Peddler Festival at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland is back for its 38th year! The 2019 event will feature live music, more than 175 arts and crafts exhibitors, delicious food, a corn maze and many activities for children! The event will also showcase a massive farmers' market filled with gourmet and harvest-time specialties that you can spend the entire afternoon exploring.

 

Harvest Moon

Where: Cleveland Botanical Garden

When: September 20, 6 p.m.

This fall, experience the Cleveland Botanical Garden under the stars at their annual Harvest Moon dinner! Enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by Cleveland's top chefs while surrounded by elegant, natural beauty at the gardens. The dinner will take place outside, under the harvest moon, around the Conway Family Reflecting Pool on the Geis Terrace. In addition to delicious food and beautiful sights, guests will also be treated to live music and locally brewed beers from the Boss Dog Brewing Company, the Butcher and the Brewer, the Great Lakes Brewing Company and Platform Beer Company.

 

Elyria Apple Festival

Where: Ely Square, Elyria

When: September 20-22, Times TBA

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The Elyria Apple Festival began in 1980 after locals Bill Fitch and Al Murphy witnessed the success of the Circleville Pumpkin Festival and decided to hold a fall festival to Elyria—with one major change. Instead of pumpkins, they wanted to prominently feature the numerous apple growers in the area, and thus, the Elyria Apple Festival was born! This year, you can expect a variety of apple-themed fun, including an apple pie baking contest, an Apple Festival Princess Pageant, an apple art show and so much more.

 

Apple Butter & Cider Weekend

Where: Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland

When: September 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

This weekend at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark is all about apples! Bring the whole family to taste some delicious, locally made apple cider—and even make your own. Visitors will also be able to peruse the Showman's Circle area, which will feature a farm-themed playground and covered shelter for live animal demonstrations. Plus, you won't want to miss the hay maze, corn maze, harvest-themed crafts and much more!

 

Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival

Where: Lincoln Park

When: September 28 & 29, Saturday 12-7 p.m. & Sunday 12-5 p.m.

The Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival is one of Cleveland's longest-running music and arts festivals—setting up shop every fall for over 21 years. This year, the festival will feature over 130 juried artists and crafters. And don't forget the music and dance performances; the beer and wine garden; the children's village and much more!

 

Rockin R' Ranch Old West Pumpkin Fest

Where: Rockin R' Ranch, Columbia Station

When: Every Weekend, September 28-October 27, 12-5 p.m.

Rockin R' Ranch Old West Pumpkin Fest is one of Ohio's largest fall festivals, packed full of fun events for the whole family. Head to Columbia Station any weekend, September 28-October 27, and enjoy pony rides, a pumpkin slide, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, an animal petting farm, face painting and a Zombie Hunt 3D paintball experience! You can purchase tickets, which cost $11, online and at the ticket window on site.

 

Ohio City Street Festival

Where: West Side Market 

When: September 29, 12-8 p.m.

Head to West Side Market on the last weekend of September for a day-long fall celebration! West 25th Street will be full of the best food, drink, retail and arts entertainment Ohio City has to offer. Music and arts programming will take place throughout the day and the Kid Zone will offer fun for the whole family—including face painting, a balloon animal artist, inflatables and more.

 

October

Pumpkin Ale Fall Festival

Where: Lake Metroparks Fall Festival

When: October 4, 6-10 p.m.

Pumpkin beer lovers rejoice! The Pumpkin Ale Fall Festival is back and bigger than ever, featuring a fantastic selection of local beer, wine and food makers along with some spectacular entertainment. Visit their website to check out the full, impressive lineup!

 

Goblins in the Garden at Holden Arboretum

Where: Holden Arboretum Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, Kirtland 

When: October 5-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Get the Halloween festivities started early at the Holden Arboretum! This annual family-friendly, not-too-scary celebration offers endless daytime trick-or-treating for costumed little ones (and costumed dogs!) in a festive garden setting.

 

Corn & Pumpkin Festival

Where: Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland

When: October 5-6 & 12-13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate the harvest season at Lake Metroparks Farmpark this year with the Corn & Pumpkin Festival! There, you'll be able to help husk, shell and grind the corn; make corn husk dolls; explore a 3-acre corn maze; and paint a masterpiece on a pumpkin.

 

Brew at the Zoo

Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When: October 10, 6-10 p.m.

Adults 21 and over are invited to enjoy a variety of Cleveland's best craft beers, live music, animal encounters and more during this after-hours Halloween event at the Cleveland Zoo! General admission tickets include unlimited samplings and small bites of pub fare.

 

Boo at the Zoo

Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When: October 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27, 5-9 p.m.

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Boo at the Zoo is considered Cleveland's sweetest Halloween tradition. And you have three weekends to enjoy the festivities at the zoo, including treat stations, unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel and train rides, a hay maze, a Monster Mash dance party and much more!

 

Apple Butter Festival

Where: Century Village Museum, Burton

When: October 12-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Since its inception in 1949, the Apple Butter Festival has been drawing in thousands of people from all around the country to Century Village in Burton—and the moment you get within a mile of the festival you'll smell why! This old-fashioned autumn event features freshly made apple butter slathered on everything. Take a moment to watch the famous butter being made in copper kettles before going to get some for yourself. You'll also get to taste delicious apple fritters, tour historic buildings, visit with artisans and more!

 

Hauntaquarium at The Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Where: The Greater Cleveland Aquarium 

When: October 18-19 & 25-27, 6-9 p.m.

Hunt for treasure at this unique pirate-themed Halloween party at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Activities include a magic show, face painting, animal encounters, games, a DJ-ed dance party, a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, pumpkin animal enrichment, costumed scuba divers, and various special appearances. Tickets are $12 for non-pass holders (both adults and children) or $10 for pass holders (both adults and children). Children under 2 years old are free.

 

12th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Where: Kauffman Park, Lakewood

When: October 19, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

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We can't leave our four-legged family members out of the Halloween fun! LakewoodAlive invites all dogs (and their owners) to the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park in Downtown Lakewood. The festival starts at 12:30 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony announcing winners for several categories, including Best Dog and Child, Best Dog and Adult, Best Dog and Group, Spookiest Pooch, and Best in Show.

 

I-X Center Trick-or-Treat Street

Where: I-X Center

When: October 19-20 & 26-27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Don't miss this exciting Halloween tradition at the International Exposition (I-X) Center! Trick-or-Treat Street features creatively themed and not-so-spooky Halloween houses dishing out candy, plus pony rides, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Get your tickets for $13 in advance or $14 the day of!

 

November

The Cheese & Wine Fest Cleveland 2019

Where: Lago Custom Events

When: November 16, 5-9 p.m.

Do you love cheese? Then you're in for a treat this November! Back for its third year, the Cheese and Wine Fest will once again feature cheeses from around the world along with various wines that pair perfectly with them. This event will be held at Lago Custom Events on the east bank of the Flats. You can purchase a ticket to this cheesy event here.

 

Winterfest

Where: Downtown Cleveland

When: November 30, 10 a.m.-8p.m.

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To end the fall season and officially welcome in the holidays, join Downtown Cleveland at the annual Winterfest! All day long, you and your family can experience the magic of the holidays, with lights, entertainment and activities for people of all ages. In the evening, don't miss the free horse-drawn carriage rides, the tree lighting ceremony, the fireworks show and more!

 

How do you celebrate fall?

Let us know what your favorite fall events in Cleveland are!

August
20

14 Kid-Approved Restaurants in the Cleveland Area

It can be hard to eat out with a family—trust us, we know. And while it may seem tempting to head directly to the drive-thru or a fast-casual spot, you don't have to anymore! There are plenty of restaurants in Cleveland that now offer specially designed kids' menus, specials and fun atmospheres that make dining with the kids easier than ever.

To help make your dinner selection a bit easier, we rounded up some of our favorite restaurants in the Cleveland area that are 100% kid-approved. Happy eating!

 

100th Bomb Group

20920 Brookpark Road, Cleveland

 
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This unique dining destination is located right across from the runways of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Your kids will be entertained—and well-fed—as they watch the planes take off and land at the airport. Plus, the adults should be pretty happy too! The food at 100th Bomb Group is just as good as the view, from decadent brunch staples like French toast to upscale dinner options like filet mignon.

 

Bearden's

19985 Lake Road, Rocky River

When looking for a family-friendly spot to feed your little rascals, you can't go wrong with Bearden's. They offer juicy steakburgers (including one with peanut butter on it!) along with grilled cheese, fried clams, sandwiches and much more in their retro diner. So head over to Rocky River and get a blast from the past, or you can find their food truck roaming the streets of Cleveland with plenty of burger goodness in stock.

 

Corner Alley

402 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 

Visit Corner Alley downtown for a family outing you won't soon forget. Before you eat, you can entertain the kids with a round of bowling in the posh alley. With its delicious menu options, craft beer on tap and invigorating cocktails, the Corner Alley is anything but your typical bowling experience—it even made the Food Network's list of 15 Great Bars for Fun and Games.

 

Crust

2258 Professor Avenue, Cleveland | 3000 St. Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland

Not only does Crust have some of the best pizza in town, but they also happen to be a fantastic place to dine with the family. Their pizza dough is made every morning in-house, resulting in a perfect thick crust that your entire entourage will love. Plus the sheer magnitude of pizza toppings that they offer—from pepperoni to fried eggs—will please even the pickiest of eaters.

 

Happy Dog

5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland

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Do you have a hotdog aficionado in your family? Then you definitely don't want to miss Happy Dog. This neighborhood corner bar is the epitome of the Cleveland experience, offering a hip and friendly atmosphere, live music, beer on tap and hot dogs (of course). Pick your dog, and then smother it with any combination of 50 topping choices—including some quirky ones like Froot Loops, Cheetos and chunky peanut butter.

 

Honey Hut

Five Locations Around Cleveland

We couldn't create a list of kid-approved restaurants in Cleveland without including at least one fabulous ice cream spot! Honey Hut Ice Cream is a Cleveland staple, offering delicious ice cream in a multitude of flavors at their five different locations around the city. While you definitely can't go wrong with any choice at Honey Hut, we recommend their signature Honey Pecan flavor which will ruin all other butter pecan ice creams for you forever.

 

Forage Public House

14600 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood

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While many restaurants dumb down the kids' menu, at Forage Public House, you won't find a chicken finger in sight. Instead, kids can order from a selection of Amish chicken wings, Great Lakes Grilled Cheese, New Creations Sirloin Steak and Roasted Scottish Salmon. The adult menu is even more exceptional, boasting options like poutine and mushroom fettuccine with seasonally foraged mushrooms.

 

Johnny Mango World Café

3120 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland

Just because you're eating with the kids, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your sense of culinary adventure! This colorful Ohio City dining spot offers food that spans the globe, with a menu of wholesome and healthy food. They serve everything from Caribbean fried plantains, fried rice and Bangkok barbequed chicken to vegan and gluten-free options like nachos or fried tofu.

 

Mamma Santa's Pizzeria

12301 Mayfield Road, Cleveland

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Mamma Santa's has been cooking up delicious and authentic Sicilian dishes since 1961. Still settled in their original location, in a building that is over 100 years old, Mamma Santa's offers a variety of tantalizing options from pizza to handmade pastas. Because the restaurant is still family-owned, they have a family focus and work hard to ensure that every guest, regardless of age, is happy.

 

Merwin's Wharf

1785 Merwin Avenue, Cleveland

Located on the waterfront in Cleveland's Flats, Merwin Wharf is a casual eatery featuring some of the best views of the Cuyahoga River around. Your little ones will love to sit outside and take in the views of the boats and natural beauty that surrounds the restaurant. The large menu is almost as impressive as the view, offering homestyle eats like fish tacos and an enormous pretzel—perfect for sharing.

 

Punch Bowl Social Club

1086 West 11th Street, Cleveland

While this Flats lounge is considered a hotspot for adults at night, it is certainly a kid-friendly oasis during the day. The kids' menu features a plethora of delicious items like a banana almond butter sandwich, chicken tacos, mac n' cheese and flatbreads. Before or after you eat, explore all of the activities at Punch Bowl Social, such as putt-putt golf, bowling, arcade games and private karaoke!

 

Sokolowski's University Inn

1201 University Road, Cleveland

Cleveland's oldest family-owned restaurant was established in 1923, and since has drawn in a wide array of big names, including celebrities, presidents and musicians. Sokolowski's specializes in Polish and Eastern European cuisine, including Salisbury steak, chicken paprikash and pierogis. Here, you'll find hipsters and suburban families sitting side by side with tourists and steelworkers, all lured in by comforting dishes—just like you will be.

 

Swensons

14510 Cedar Road, University Heights and seven other locations

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Swensons is actually known as basketball star LeBron James' favorite burger joint in town, and we're not surprised in the least. The old-school drive-in eatery serves a simple menu of burgers, fried dishes, sides and shakes, and although the venue doesn't take itself too seriously, the food is nothing to scoff at! So treat yourself and the family to an old-school dining experience and make sure to grab the Galley Boy, which is an award-winning and mouthwatering double cheeseburger topped with two special sauces.

 

Townhall

1909 West 25th Street, Cleveland

Townhall believes that healthy does not mean perfect but that balance is the key to a happy and healthy life. They are committed to being completely GMO-free and serving mostly organic food to their customers. Their kids' menu is one of the best in town—tasty and fun enough to impress your little ones and healthy enough to make you feel good too! Choices include grilled chicken strips, Kobe burgers and cheese flatbread all served with a choice of fresh fruit or fries.

 

Where does your little one like to dig in?

Tell us all about your favorite family-friendly dining spots in the comments!

August
8

The Book Lover's Guide to Cleveland

Cleveland has always had a thriving literary community. Not only have we been home to thousands of renowned writers, poets and even comic book illustrators, but our locals love to promote the benefits of reading through incredible bookstores, little free libraries and free bookish events. And if you're an inspiring author, Cleveland offers tons of helpful resources for publication and promotion as well.

To help us pay homage to our flourishing literary community, and to highlight some of our favorite book destinations, we rounded up some of our favorite bookstores, bookish organizations, events and resources. Enjoy!

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Bookstores | Libraries | Organizations + Programs | Annual Events | Book-Loving Businesses

Bookstores

Appletree Books

12419 Cedar Road

Bookstores Cleveland

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First opened in 1975, Appletree Books offers a well-curated selection of new book titles in multiple genres for both children and adults. Along with finding a new favorite book, here you can also pick up locally made greeting cards, journals, letterpress cards, puzzles, bookends and candles.

 

Horizontal Books

1921 West 25th Street

While the prices might fool you, Horizontal Books is not a used bookstore. You can buy one book with a 50 percent discount, two books with a 60 percent discount, and three or more books for a 70 percent discount—and all of the novels are brand new. While they don't have a place to lounge and grab a coffee in-store, West Side Market is just a short walk away!

 

Fireside Book Shop

29 North Franklin Street, Chagrin Falls

Before it was a cozy bookstore, Fireside Book Shop was an auto supply store with an apartment above. After being purchased in 1968, the shop underwent major renovations to become the quaint store we know and love. It may be the incredible selection of new and used books that attract you to Fireside, but it will be the adorable resident Icelandic Sheepdog, Zolla, who'll have you coming back.

 

Loganberry Books

13015 Larchmere Boulevard

Loganberry Books was established in November of 1994 by Harriett Logan. Today, they offer a wide selection of over 100,000 books, including new and used titles, leatherbound and modern first editions along with popular fiction books. You can find this adorable shop on the border of Shaker Heights and Cleveland—just look for the massive book mural on the side of the building!

 

Visible Voice Books

2258 Professor Avenue

Bookstores Cleveland

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Whether you have a specific book in mind or are just looking to get lost in a sea of pages, Visible Voice Books is the perfect spot for you. Not only do they offer a curated selection of new and secondhand books, magazines, journals and literary gifts, you can also stop into their popular cafe and grab some coffee, tea, or even beer and wine!

 

Libraries

Libraries have always been a haven for book lovers and our hometown library is no different. Here in the Cleveland area, we have two different library systems that you can visit: the Cleveland Public Library and the Cuyahoga County Public Library, offering a combined total of 56 locations around Northeast Ohio.

While we definitely won't judge if you spend an entire visit to the library perusing the stacks, there are plenty of other things you can do there as well, like utilizing the computers, taking computer classes, reserving meeting spaces, participating in a book club, and so much more.

 

Organizations + Programs

 Literary Cleveland

Bookstores Cleveland

Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library via Literary Cleveland

Literary Cleveland is a nonprofit organization that helps support the local literary community by providing classes, workshops, readings, conferences and publishing opportunities. They've been growing since 1974 and are now home to over 350 members, including writers, poets, readers and other passionate individuals, all across Northeast Ohio.

 

Northern Ohio Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

If you have a special interest in children's literature, you should consider joining the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. This organization is geared towards bringing writers, illustrators, publishers, librarians, agents and other individuals in the children's publishing world together to network and promote the literary community. They normally meet every third Saturday to discuss current writing subjects and to help work out concerns of local writers and illustrators. Along with monthly meetings, they also host regular field trips and retreats along with an annual conference.

 

Creative Summit Writer's Roundtable

Bookstores Cleveland

Along with teaching meditation techniques, the Shambhala Meditation Center in Cuyahoga Falls also hosts a creative writers round table on the third Monday of each month. The goal of the monthly meeting is to share creative writing and provide feedback on others' work. Are you interested in attending? Visit their website to learn more about how to join and what types of writing you can bring.

 

Annual Events

Cleveland Inkubator

This annual literary event is Northeast Ohio's largest free annual festival for writers and readers. Hosted by Literary Cleveland, the event consists of four whole days of workshops, craft talks, panels, readings and a fair featuring all of your favorite local bookstores, presses, literary journals, writing groups and organizations!

 

CLE Reads Book Festival

Bookstores Cleveland

The CLE Reads Book Festival is an annual event that promotes literacy and diversity in the Cleveland community. Each year, the festival highlights local authors along with award-winning writers from all across the country. In addition to meet-and-greets and autograph signings, local bookstores, providing books and bookish goodies to attendees, are also always in attendance.

 

Cleveland Book Week

For three years, the Cleveland Foundation has put on a special literary-themed event that takes place over one full week in the fall. The 2019 event will be running from September 21-29 and featuring a series of free events to celebrate the 83rd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony. Check out their website for the full list of scheduled events!

 

William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage

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Hosted by the Cuyahoga County Public Library, the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage is a series that brings the world's best writers to Cleveland to talk about their craft. The 2019 season takes place from September through May, with special events hosted at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University almost monthly. You can find a full list of scheduled events and purchase tickets on their website.

 

Book-Loving Businesses

Bookhouse Brewing

1526 West 25th Street

Located in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood, Bookhouse Brewing is a book and beer lover's dream! The brewery is nestled in the historic building that once housed the Jacob Baehr Brewery, which was famously run by Magdalena Baehr, "Cleveland's Widow Brewer" after her husband passed away. The quaint taphouse is also a free library, meaning every book you see when you walk in is free to take—they just ask that you bring one (or two, or three) to take its place. While they gladly accept books any time, the best time to stop by is the first Tuesday of every month during their monthly book swap!

 

Read On!

Do you have any tips for other Cleveland bookworms? Let us know in the comments!

June
27

11 of Our Favorite Food Trucks in Cleveland

It's no secret that Cleveland loves its food trucks. From Cajun and pizza to Korean and brunch, we have a little bit of everything for when your next craving strikes! In fact, Walnut Wednesday, Cleveland's biggest food truck event, has made them even more popular — bringing together almost 20 food trucks in one place every Wednesday from May through September. Whether you're in the mood for gourmet burgers, Texas BBQ, or anything in between, there are so many amazing food trucks to choose from in Cleveland. But, out of the hundreds in the area, there are some that stand apart from the rest. We parked some of our favorite mobile eateries in Cleveland on this list. But because these trucks move around frequently, make sure to visit their schedules before heading out the door. Bon Appétit!

Krav Food Truck

Schedule Krav's menu is a melting pot of flavor, featuring Mediterranean-inspired fare with hints of Korean and Latin influences throughout. And if that wasn't enough — these Northeast Ohio locals love putting a Cleveland twist on dishes like their Korean Polish boy with kimchi slaw. Or if you're looking to go classic, grab their traditional Cleveland Cheesesteak (we recommend a scoop of Asian slaw on top, but that's just us).  

Fire Truck Pizza Company

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Photo courtesy of Fire Truck Pizza Company

Housed in old fire trucks, Fire Truck Pizza Company is serving up some of the best pizza in Cleveland. Their refurbished trucks are equipped with a wood-burning oven, directly imported from Italy, that cook at temperatures over 800 degrees. Grab a piece of their signature pizza, the Bacon Honey, made with house-made garlic white sauce topped with bacon, mozzarella, and a blend of secret spices, drizzled with honey. Add a scoop of their homemade ice cream to your order and you'll have yourself a perfect summer afternoon!  

Betty's Bomb Ass Burgers

Schedule This female-owned and -operated food truck is a Cleveland favorite, serving gourmet burgers and homemade cheesy tots to hungry locals. They also cater, so you can hire them for your dream wedding, a corporate event, or even just an intimate anniversary dinner for two. But when you do pay them a visit, or have them come to you, make sure to place an order for Betty's Poutine, cheesy tots topped with braised beef, cheese curds and homemade gravy!  

Smokin' Rock N' Roll Truck

Schedule Smokin' Rock N' Roll Truck was the dream of two music career professionals, Billy Morris and Todd Chaisson, who started writing recipes instead of learning songs. They partnered up and decided to give the food truck scene a good college try and we're so glad they did. Today, they serve up some tasty smoked meats and vegetables daily — with a heaping side of Rock and Roll of course!  

Proper Pig Smokehouse

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Photo courtesy of Proper Pig Smokehouse

Texas BBQ, home-smoked meats and bacon on a stick — need we say more? The Proper Pig Smokehouse started out with just two friends and a utility truck they purchased off of Craigslist. Today, it's one of the most popular food trucks in the area and an extremely successful restaurant in Lakewood. Don't miss their tantalizing selections like the Lake Erie Crusher, a hot sausage sandwich with slaw, or any of their juicy smoked meats that you can buy by the pound.  

Manna

Schedule Not only does Manna donate a portion of their proceeds to hunger efforts, but they also serve one of the most diverse menus in the area. Dive into a plate of slow-roasted beef brisket with cherry cola BBQ sauce, an Asian chicken sandwich, duck confit or their famous lobster roll (or all of the above — we won't judge).  

Zydeco

Schedule Zydeco is a unique, Cajun and Creole-influenced mobile restaurant providing delicious New Orleans-inspired dishes to the greater Cleveland area. The booming business is owned and operated by Chef Johnny Schulze from Baton Rouge, so you can rest assured that he knows how to create fantastic and authentic Cajun dishes. They move around a lot, so make sure to take a look at their weekly schedule so you can find them during your next lunch break!  

Slyman's Tavern

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Photo courtesy of Slyman's Tavern

If you've ever looked up the hashtag #CleFoodie on Instagram, then you've probably seen hundreds of drool-inducing photos of Slyman's famous corned beef sandwich. The hefty dish is several inches thick, layered with 12-14 ounces of corned beef. So clear your day and head to Slyman's food truck, which you can usually find tucked away in a Cleveland suburb or feeding crowds at a local festival, and indulge in the best sandwich you'll ever have — we promise.    

Beachcombers

Schedule Founded by Culinary Institute of America graduates, chefs and brothers, J.J and Kevin Altomare, the Beachcomber Truck offers a diverse menu full of coastal-inspired dishes. You'll find everything from buffalo chicken pierogies to Caribbean chicken over coconut rice — all made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  

DonutLab

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Photo courtesy of Matt West via DonutLab

Cleveland's first and only mobile mini donut kitchen, the DonutLab is a dessert food truck where you can get a bag of hot, fresh donuts or even a donut parfait. We recommend ordering a bag of their simple, yet amazing, powdered sugar mini donuts and a side of their raspberry sauce for dipping!  

The Brunch Box

Schedule We firmly believe that you shouldn't have to wait until the weekend to enjoy our favorite meal of the day: brunch. That's why we love stopping by the Brunch Box whenever we can. Enjoy fresh eggs, bacon and croissants all week long along with other delicious staples like salads and sandwiches. You can usually find them at the VA Medical Center, but make sure to check out their schedule on their Facebook Page.  

Hungry yet?

Did we miss your favorite Cleveland food truck? Let us know in the comments and make sure to tag us on Instagram using #CutlerExplores the next time you head out to Walnut Wednesday!
June
6

How to Celebrate Father's Day in Cleveland This Year

Father's Day is on June 16th and will be here before you know it! While we think dads should definitely be celebrated year-round, we aren't going to pass up an opportunity to show him a little extra love. The big day is coming up fast, but if you haven't planned out your itinerary yet — don't worry! We've rounded up a list of some of our favorite dad-friendly activities in the area. From hitting the trail to spending the day at the spa, there are plenty of things you can do this Father's Day in the Cleveland area to show your appreciation!

Go Outside

Father's Day in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks

This Father's Day, spend a little time outside. Whether you're looking to delve deep into nature on a summer hike or to spend the day wandering around the city on foot — there are plenty of ways to enjoy nature in Cleveland. Cleveland is one of the most bike-friendly cities around, with several bike trails, a community bike share program, and the Bike Rack: a bicycle parking lot located on East 4th Street. One of our favorite trails in the city is the Emerald Necklace Trail, which consists of over 70 miles of asphalt and trail bridges, featuring spectacular views of rich greenery and lush landscaping. For a more adventurous route, take the weekend to explore the famous Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which runs from Lake Erie to New Philadelphia! If biking isn't your dad's jam, Cleveland has so many other outdoor activities to offer, including rock climbing, surfing, fishing, kayaking and so much more!

Watch Some Wildlife

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest is a great way to spend Father's Day! Not only will you get the chance to traverse over 183 acres and meet wild animals, but you can also visit a unique rainforest attraction that offers dozens of more species to be wowed by! Explore interesting aquatic wildlife at the Cleveland Aquarium. Head down to the Flats district and enjoy exploring over 70,000 square feet of local and exotic species of fish. Plus, dads, stepdads and grandpas get free admission on their special day!   And, if you want to really wow him, take him on an epic train ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Every year, this tourist attraction provides special rides all day on Father's Day, from special crafting sessions to craft beer tastings — all while the beautiful northern Ohio countryside slides right past your window! These events sell out quickly, so make sure to call (800) 468-4070 or visit their website to make a reservation.

Admire Classic Cars

Father's Day in Cleveland Head down to the Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron for their 62nd Annual Father's Day Car Show! There you can peruse over 400 classic, antique and collector cars manufactured from 1915-1944. Afterward, stay to explore the stunning mansion, the breathtaking gardens and enjoy some of their other fun festivities like natural crafts, live music and the pedal car racetrack for the youngest of car enthusiasts!

Go on a Brewery Tour

Cleveland is home to so many incredible craft breweries, each with a different style and personality. Spend Father's day trying to visit a few (or all!) local breweries that you haven't tried yet. A self-guided brewery crawl is flexible and allows you the time to enjoy each space (and share a beer or two) with your dad. We recommend starting off with a stop at the Cleveland Visitor's Center (even if you've been here your entire life) to pick up a Cleveland Brewery Passport, which will make your self-guided tour even more fun! Then head to a local brewery and get a server to stamp your passport. A couple of our favorites include the Brew Kettle, the Great Lakes Brewing Company, Terrestrial Brewing Company and the Jolly Scholar. After you've spent the day partaking in some of our delicious, local brews and exploring the city — stop back by the Visitor's Center and turn in your passport for the chance to win fabulous prizes!

Enjoy a Delicious Meal

Father's Day in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Carrs & Co Photography via Architectural Justice

One of the best ways to show your father figure a great time is to treat him to a delicious meal! Whether you're looking to sit down to a relaxing brunch, a casual lunch or a luxurious dinner — Cleveland's highly rated restaurant scene never disappoints. For brunch, we recommend Architectural Justice, a European-style cafe that is stunningly designed and offers sophisticated dishes and to-die-for coffee. Or, pay a visit to Astoria Cafe and Market, where you can peruse the eclectic market before sitting down to eat! If you're looking to spoil your dad with a fancy dinner, why not get dressed up and head to the Blue Point Grille, an upscale seafood restaurant located in the heart of downtown. They offer the freshest seafood around, along with breathtaking views of the skyline. We also highly recommend LockKeepers, a hidden gem in Valley View that has the best overlook of the Cuyahoga River in the city. Or put a personal touch on the day by making a meal yourself! We have complete faith in you. For ingredients, stop by a local farmers' market where you can explore all of the different booths and get tips from the ingredient growers themselves. Top it all off with a bottle of wine from Heinen's and it will be a meal your dad won't ever forget.

Take Him to Get Pampered

Spa days aren't just for the ladies — so why not take your dad to get pampered on his special day? Head over to the Sacred Hour Wellness Spa in Lakewood and set him up with a massage, facial or wrap. And, if you want to be pampered alongside your dad, call and reserve a Spa Party, where you can get a relaxing massage, manicures, facials, body scrubs and a steam! Afterward, feel free to settle into one of their private yoga classes and put both your mind and body at peace.

Learn Something New

Cleveland is full of opportunities to learn, so why not spend the day learning something new with your dad? We're home to some of the best museums in the Midwest, so whether your dad loves science, history, art or Rock and Roll — there's a place where he can geek out about it. Explore the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an iconic, music-minded museum filled with pop culture memorabilia. Peruse art at the Cleveland Art Museum, where the buildings, which are connected by a stunning atrium, are just as much a part of the experience as the paintings and sculptures. Pop by the A Christmas Story House & Museum, the home where the classic Christmas movie was filmed (you can even stay there for the night if you're looking to get a "Christmas in June" experience). Or stop by the Great Lakes Science Center, a renowned museum and education facility where you can learn all about the environment of the Great Lakes region of the United States.

See a Show

Treat your dad by taking him to see his most anticipated film of the year. For a classic movie-going experience, pay a visit to the Capitol Theater, a historic theater that was built in 1921. Or visit Aut-O-Rama in North Ridgeville, a drive-in theater where you can hang out in the comfort of your car or bring lawn chairs and a blanket to sit on! Cleveland also happens to be home to an amazing performing arts scene. Besides New York City's Lincoln Center, we have the largest performing arts center in the United States: Playhouse Square. This theater district is full of glamorous theaters that draw well over a million visitors annually. There are plenty of shows lined up for this Father's Day weekend, so get dressed up and hit the town for his favorite comedic or musical act!  

Happy Father's Day!

Why are you thankful for your dad? Share the love in the comments!  
March
26

10 of the Most Famous Buildings in Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio is known for a lot of things; we're the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, we've got a diverse and delicious food scene, and you won't find more dedicated sports fans. However, what you may not know is that it's our gorgeous buildings that cause thousands of visitors to flock to Cleveland each year. Our distinctive architecture was even featured on Fodor's list of reasons to visit Cleveland, and for a good reason. Our city is full of history, gargoyles, Corinthian columns and, of course, beautiful homes. We rounded up the buildings you must see at least once while you're in the area. From the famous Cleveland Arcade to the more obscure Tinkham Veale University Center, you'll find these architectural wonders and more on our list. So, grab your phone and get ready to fill your Instagram feed with some Cleveland history.  

The Allen Theatre

1407 Euclid Avenue Located in the famed Playhouse Square of Cleveland, the Allen Theatre was originally built in 1921 as a 3,080-seat movie palace theater. It was designed by Detroit Architect, C. Howard Cane who was a master movie-palace architect in his time. A 2012 renovation transformed this historic building into an intimate, 514-seat repertory theater with superb acoustics, lighting and comfortable seating.  

The Arcade

401 Euclid Avenue Arcade Cleveland The Arcade Cleveland opened in May of 1890 as the first indoor shopping center in America. It was designed by John M. Eisenmann and George H. Smith and financed by some of most esteemed businessmen of the late 19th century including John D. Rockefeller and Charles Brush. It is now one of Cleveland's most popular landmarks and premier destinations for shopping and dining. You can even stay in the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel that occupies the top three levels of the Arcade!

Grays Armory Museum

1234 Bolivar Road The Cleveland Grays is a social organization devoted to the promotion of patriotism and the preservation of the military heritage of Greater Cleveland. While they've had several homes from the time of their founding in 1837, today they're located in one of the oldest standing buildings in downtown Cleveland. The breathtaking, red-bricked Romanesque Revival style armory is definitely worth the visit, and the museum inside is just as gorgeous and historic as the exterior.

The Cleveland Trust Company Building

900 Euclid Avenue Cleveland Architecture

Photo courtesy of Heinen's Grocery Store

This artistic building that is settled on the southeast corner of Cleveland's most prominent downtown intersection began with a competition. In 1903, the Cleveland Trust Company merged with the Western Reserve Trust Company and the combined company launched a competition to see who would design a new headquarters. The winner was George Browne Post, a renowned architect who had previously designed the home of the New York Stock Exchange. Today, this glorious building is home to a Heinen's Grocery Store where you can have a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

Key Tower

127 Public Square The Key Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Ohio and one of the most recognizable symbols of Cleveland. It was originally built as the Society Center and was the headquarters for the Society Corporation. The building reaches 57 stories or 947 feet to the top of its spire. If you can convince security to let you visit the top floors, you're in for a breathtaking view of Northeast Ohio.

The Cleveland Public Library

325 Superior Avenue New to Cleveland

Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library

The Cleveland Public Library is definitely a stunning building, but it also houses one of the largest collections in the United States — nearly ten million items. Designed by the prominent architectural firm of Walker & Weeks in 1925 with the addition of the Stokes Wing in 1997, the library's two buildings on Superior Avenue command an entire city block.

Old Stone Church

91 Public Square First Presbyterian Church, or the Old Stone Church, is located on the northwest quadrant of Cleveland's Public Square. Built in 1853, it is one of Cleveland's most famous religious buildings and has become a symbol of the city's birth and development.

Terminal Tower

848 Public Square Cleveland Architecture Terminal Tower is a 52-story skyscraper located on Public Square downtown. It was built during the skyscraper boom of the 1930s and was the second-tallest building in the world when it was completed. While it was booted out of that spot in 1964, it remains the second-tallest building in Ohio. While you can't go to the top of the Key Tower, you can head up to the observation deck of the Terminal Tower. On a clear day, you can see up to 30 beautiful miles of Northeast Ohio.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

2230 Euclid Avenue The Trinity Episcopal Cathedral stands across the street from Cleveland State University and was designed by architect Charles F. Schweinfurth. The gothic cathedral was completed in 1907 and added the Trinity Commons program and office space in 2002. You can make a reservation to tour this awe-inspiring structure here.

West Side Market

1979 West 25th Street West Side Market is Cleveland's oldest publicly owned market, originally opened in 1912 after outgrowing several other marketplace spaces. The gorgeous structure we know and love today was designed by the architectural firm, Hubbell and Benes and cost about $680,000 to complete. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors of all different cultures that sell the finest meats and vegetables, fresh seafood, baked goods, dairy and cheeses and even fresh flowers.

Tinkham Veale University Center

11038 Bellflower Road Tinkham Veale University Center is a stunning, modern building at Case Western Reserve University. Designed by renowned architects Perkins+Will in 2014, this university center serves as a meeting place for students, housing plenty of dining facilities, meeting rooms and offices for student organizations. It looks like something out of a futuristic movie and is definitely worth the drive by, or maybe a fly by, so you can catch a view of the incredible grass-lined roof.  

What is your favorite Cleveland wonder?

Did we miss your favorite Cleveland building? Let us know in the comments!
March
7

The Newcomer's Guide to Cleveland | 12 Things You Need to Know

Nestled along the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is one of Ohio's most famous cities, full of things to do, see and, of course, eat! Over the past few years, Cleveland has definitely increased in popularity, named one of the best cities for Millenials, best places for nightlife and a top foodie city. The city offers an overwhelming collection of historic buildings, breweries, beautiful homes and a friendly, open community of residents — so we don't blame you for wanting to live here! Before you make the move to our amazing city, there are a few things you should know. From our rock and roll history to the mustard you should choose, we've created a complete guide to help you transition to being a Clevelander — a little easier.

The Cleveland Basics:

  • Estimated Population (2019): 390,000
  • County: Cuyahoga County
  • Land Area: 77.70 miles
  • Water Area: 4.76 miles
  • Rainfall: 39.12 inches
  • Snowfall: 68 inches
  • Average Annual High Temperature: 59.6°F
  • Average Annual Temperature: 51.4°F
  • Average Annual Low Temperature: 43.1°F
 

1. Being friendly is in our DNA

New to Cleveland Unlike a lot of other big cities in the United States, we actually like visitors! Because most of us are actually transplants from around the world, we don't mind the hoards of tourists sightseeing in our amazing city — we don't blame them! Clevelanders are often seen chatting with neighbors on the sidewalk or visiting with the clerk at the local grocery store and will definitely wave to you when merging into traffic. It's a quality we love about our community!  

2. Our weather can be indecisive

When you move, you'll definitely want to invest in a good ice scraper, snow boots, a raincoat, umbrella and a quality sunblock. As Clevelanders like to say "Only in Ohio can you experience all four seasons in the same week," which is completely true due to our rapidly changing weather patterns in the area.  

3. But we still love the outdoors

New to Cleveland Even with the ever-changing weather here in Cleveland, we still love the outdoors. Cleveland touches two Lake Erie beaches: Edgewater Park and Huntington Reservation, both of which offer dog and swim beaches, paddleboard and kayak rentals, fishing piers, picnic areas and more. We also love to run, with several famous marathons happening each year in the area. But, no matter what your outdoor passion is, we have a space for it — from rock climbing and surfing to bouncing in bounce houses.  

4. LeBron James is more than just a basketball player

Born and raised in Akron, LeBron James is our hometown hero. Not only is he a basketball legend, but he's our superstar. He's one of us, a favorite son who returned home and brought a championship to our city, lifting a 52-year curse.  

5. You'll definitely become a sports fan

New to Cleveland Because we're home to The Browns, the NBA Champion Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians, it's hard not to be a die-hard sports fan in Cleveland. Pretty soon you'll be painting your face, donning a jersey and heading out to Jacobs Field (or Progressive Field, it is a name change we're still having a hard time accepting).  

6. We're a foodie's paradise

Cleveland has long been celebrated for our dining scene by publications like the Los Angeles Times, Thrillist, (The Cutler Blog!) and many more. Guy Fieri has even featured several local Cleveland spots in many episodes of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives because the food here is so good. We've got incredible burgers, grilled cheese, hot dogs, hot chocolate and more. Not to mention the growing health food scene that is sweeping our amazing city.  

7. And our brews are next level

New to Cleveland With all of the amazing things going on in Cleveland, you might wonder how Clevelanders keep up. The answer: coffee from our nationally recognized coffee houses. From coffee king, Phoenix Coffee who has been roasting locally for over 25 years to newbie Six Shooter Cafe, we have a coffee shop for every taste. We also love our beer! Over the past few years, Cleveland's craft beer scene has exploded, making us one of the best beer cities in the nation. In fact, we're home to the Great Lakes Brewing Company, the first brewpub and microbrewery in Ohio.  

8. Your choice of mustard is important

When most baseball fans order a hot dog during a game, they reach for the yellow mustard — unless they're in Cleveland. Here we like our mustard brown and full of vinegar and we take it very seriously.  

9. Our architecture is famous

New to Cleveland

Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library

Thousands of visitors come to Cleveland each year, just to marvel at the exquisite buildings. In fact, our distinctive architecture was featured on Fodor's list of reasons to visit Cleveland, and for a good reason. Our city is full of history, gargoyles, Corinthian columns and, of course, beautiful homes. If you haven't yet, be sure to pay a visit to the Arcade, the Cleveland Trust rotunda and the Cleveland Public Library for a little taste of the stunning landmarks from around the area.  

10. And so is our theater district

Besides New York City's Lincoln Center, Cleveland is home to the largest performing arts center in the United States: Playhouse Square. This theater district is full of glamorous theaters that draw well over a million visitors annually. Visit the area and catch a show or just stop in to try one of the many incredible restaurants in the area — plus you won't be able to resist taking a photo of the dazzling sparkling lights that adorn the streets!  

11. We're the Rock and Roll Capital of the World

New to Cleveland Our city is teeming with rock and roll history. We hosted the first-ever major rock concert in 1952, the Moondog Coronation Ball that featured Tiny Grimes, Paul Williams, the Hucklebuckers and many more musical geniuses. The show was hosted by Alan Freed, a Cleveland DJ who many consider the originator of the term "Rock and Roll". All of that rock and roll history along with our amazing record stores, rockin' venues like the Agora and the House of Blues and the world famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — make us a must-visit destination for music lovers.  

12. It's actually cheaper to live here!

The overall cost of living in Cleveland is nearly 10% lower than the national average. It's the perfect place for first time home buyers or Millenials who are just getting their start. Plus, our job market is on the rise too. Our biotech and IT fields are booming as well as advanced manufacturing — so no matter what you love to do, you can do it in Cleveland and live in an incredible (and affordable!) home while you do it!  

Welcome to Cleveland!

If you've yet to find a home in Cleveland, we are here to help! There is a wide variety of homes for sale in Cleveland, ranging in size, style and price point. Take a look at the many homes available in the area and contact us if we can help make your home search, or your move, easier!
February
26

A Complete Guide to Downtown Cleveland's 9 Unique Neighborhoods

Downtown Cleveland is home to nine incredible and unique neighborhoods full of art, music, great food and more. From gorgeous historic structures to shiny modern skyscrapers, the city center is teeming with excitement and history. There is really no wrong choice when considering where to live or what to do in Downtown Cleveland, but we've created a complete guide to the nine different districts to make your exploration a little easier.

North Coast Harbor

Downtown Cleveland North Coast Harbor is home to Cleveland's most notable attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center. This neighborhood is located on the shore of Lake Erie, bringing together the energy of the city and the tranquil waters of the lake. Plus, there is a ton to do in the area all year long, from summer food trucks and yoga events to the North Coast Harbor Ice Fest. Neighborhood highlights: The Goodtime III, FirstEnergy Stadium, Steamship William G. Mather, the International Women's Air & Space Museum and Voinovich Bicentennial Park.    

The Campus District

"Arts, eds and meds" are what define the Campus District. Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and St. Vincent Charity Hospital anchor this eastern Cleveland neighborhood. With all of the great schools in the area, this is the perfect spot downtown if you're interested in expanding your education, or even raising a family! Plus, with all of the incredible restaurants, shops, galleries, art and sporting events — you won't ever run out of things to do! Neighborhood highlights: Trinity Cathedral, Wolstein Center, Becky's Bar and Grill, Aladdin's Baking and Phoenix Coffee.  

The Flats

Downtown Cleveland

Photo courtesy of  Orville McEachron Photography via The Flats.

No matter who you ask in the area, they'll tell you that the Flats are back. Thanks to a multi-million dollar makeover to both its east and west banks, this waterfront neighborhood is thriving. Today, you'll find fantastic restaurants, bars, shops and a boardwalk with a complimentary green space in the area. Make sure to take one of the area's famous water taxis from one side to the other to get the true Flats experience! Neighborhood highlights: Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Jacobs Pavilion, Punch Bowl Social, Shooters on the Water and Lago.  

NineTwelve District

Formerly known as the Financial District, this neighborhood features office buildings mixed with stunning downtown residences and beautiful restaurants. In the summertime, Perk Plaza, the neighborhood's funky urban greenspace, turns into a food truck hub — perfect for those on the 9-to-5 schedule downtown. Neighborhood highlights: Heinen's, the 9 Cleveland, the Swetland Building and Omeleggedon Smokehouse Cafe.  

Gateway District

Downtown Cleveland The Gateway District is a downtown hub for major concerts, professional baseball, basketball and hockey games. The area is home to many downtown hotels, retail stores and more than 60 restaurants and bars. This neighborhood is also home to the famous 5th Street Arcade, a century-old architectural landmark that is home to some incredible shops and a hotel. Neighborhood highlights: Quicken Loans Arena, Progressive Field, Flannery's Irish Pub, Greenhouse Tavern and the Chocolate Bar.  

East 4th Street

Downtown Cleveland

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Pedestrian-friendly East 4th Street is the epitome of urban development. With strings of overhead light bulbs, an abundance of patio seating and ever-present street life, this up-and-coming downtown neighborhood is hard to ignore. This is all due to a tenacious developer, who was determined to put life into a block of vacant and struggling storefronts in the heart of our beloved city. If you're not ready to buy a home, check out their amazing apartments! Neighborhood highlights: The Corner Alley, CLE Clothing Company, Pickwick and Frolic, Zocalo Tequileria and Erie Island Coffee Company.  

Civic Center District

The Civic Center District is an essential Cleveland stop. This area is home to the city's landmark skyscraper, Terminal Tower, as well as the Cleveland Mall, one of the city's public parks that is a grassy oasis in the middle of downtown. Don't miss the JACK Cleveland Casino, which used to be the Higbee Department Store featured in the famous "A Christmas Story" movie! Neighborhood highlights: Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, and the Cuyahoga County Courthouse.  

Warehouse District

Downtown Cleveland

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In the mid-19th century, the Warehouse District was home to warehouses for hardware, marine and garment businesses, as well as offices for the shipping industry. Today, the Victorian-era buildings are preserved on the outside but are now filled with fine dining eateries, wine bars, clubs and urban lofts. Neighborhood highlights: Dive Bar, Blue Pointe Grille, Barley House, the Nauti Mermaid and Johnny's Downtown.  

Playhouse Square

You can't miss the massive marquees and twinkling lights of Playhouse Square, Cleveland's official theater district. This area's collection of glamorous theaters draw well over a million visitors annually. Aside from New York's Lincoln Center, this is one of the largest theater districts in the United States with staples like the Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Theater. Neighborhood highlights: DYNOMITE, Cowell & Hubbard and the plethora of venues.  

Happy Exploring!

What is your favorite Downtown Cleveland neighborhood? Let us know in the comments!
January
22

The ABC's of Cleveland, OH | The City's Landmarks and Unique Features from A-Z

We all know our traditional ABC's. We've spent years reading, writing and reciting them. But, can you say the same for the ABC's of Cleveland? Today, we're swapping apple for Arcade and frog for the Free Stamp — because it's always fun to think about what makes Cleveland so great! We rounded up the essential landmarks, foods, attractions and sports teams here in Cleveland to create our own localized version of the ABC's. Enjoy!  

A: Arcade

Arcade Cleveland The Arcade Cleveland opened in May of 1890 as the first indoor shopping center in America. It is now one of Cleveland's most popular landmarks and premier destinations for shopping and dining. You can even stay in the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel that occupies the top three levels of the Arcade!

B: Buckeyes

Cleveland may be home to some of the most passionate sports fans in the world, but even though we love the Ohio State Buckeyes — the delicious confections have an even bigger place in our hearts. The chocolate and peanut butter candies are a must-try treat made by the local Cleveland chocolate company; Malley's Chocolates.

C: A Christmas Story

The exterior shots of the Parker Residence in the classic Christmas movie, "A Christmas Story", were actually filmed right here in Cleveland! Located in the Tremont neighborhood, this modest 19th century Victorian home has been completely restored and is open year-round as a museum. For more information about this Cleveland landmark, check out our guide to Everything You Need to Know About Cleveland's Famous "A Christmas Story" House.

D: Downtown

Photo courtesy of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Downtown Cleveland is home to eight incredible and unique districts full of art, music, great food and more. Here you'll find one of the best art museums in the country: the Cleveland Museum of Art and the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York: Playhouse Square. From gorgeous historic structures to shiny modern skyscrapers, the city center is teeming with excitement and history.

E: Erie

Lake Erie is the eleventh largest lake in the world and also happens to be located right next to our beloved town of Cleveland. This Great Lake offers opportunities for fun year-round! Spend the day on the beach or fishing in the lake. In the cooler months, you can go ice boating or pay a visit to a picturesque snow-covered lighthouse.

F: Free Stamp

For those who love visiting "The World's Largest…" landmarks throughout the United States, you're in for a treat. The World's Largest Rubber Stamp is located Downtown in Willard Park! This Cleveland landmark is 28 feet tall and 48 feet long and was originally commissioned by Standard Oil of Ohio (now Amoco) in 1985 before being donated to the City of Cleveland in 1991.

G: Great Lakes Brewing Company

Great Lakes Brewing Company cleveland

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The Great Lakes Brewing Company was the first brewpub and microbrewery in Ohio and offers fantastic beers, grub along with daily tours of their facility. Since they opened in 1988, the Great Lakes Brewing Company has become an integral part of Cleveland's identity and has been one of the forces behind the revival of the Ohio City neighborhood.

H: Hope Memorial Bridge

This unique 5,865 foot-long art deco inspired bridge crosses the Cuyahoga River and connects Lorain Avenue and Carnegie Avenue. While the bridge itself seems pretty normal, it's the massive sculptures that have made this bridge both a must-see and controversial landmark. The pair of statues designed by sculptor Henry Hering and architect Frank Walker are titled the "Guardians of Traffic", and symbolize the progress in transportation.

I: The Indians

abc's of cleveland Cleveland just happens to be home to one of the most famous baseball teams in the country: The Cleveland Indians. Since they were established in 1901, they've brought home two World Series championships!

J: Jokes

Because of its strong publishing and artistic values, Cleveland has been the home of many talented graphic artists over the years including Willard Combes, Roy Groves, Jim Herron and Ray Osrin to name a few. And we can't forget about Bill Watterson, creator of "Calvin and Hobbes", who grew up in Chagrin Falls and went on to work for Sun Newspaper.

K: Key Tower

The Key Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Ohio and one of the most recognizable symbols of Cleveland. If you can convince security to let you visit the top floors, you're in for a breathtaking view of Northeast Ohio.

L: Lolly the Trolley

Photo courtesy of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Both tourists and locals alike can take tours of Cleveland on Lolly the Trolley, which showcases the different neighborhoods around Cleveland and allows you to experience them in a whole new light. They even offer packages for weddings, groups, and reunions so you can make your party one your guests won't forget.

M: Mustard

When most baseball fans order a hot dog during a game, they reach for the yellow mustard — unless they're in Cleveland. Here we like our mustard brown and full of vinegar and we take it very seriously.

N: Natural History Museum

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is located right outside of Downtown Cleveland and offers an abundance of things to do. While the inside is definitely worth a visit, it's the outdoor animal exhibits and dinosaur statues that are the most popular attractions.

O: Orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra

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The Cleveland Orchestra has been producing beautiful music for over 100 years and is known as one of the "Big Five" symphony orchestras in the United States. In 2012, Gramophone Magazine ranked the Cleveland Orchestra as number seven on its list of the world's greatest orchestras and The New York Times referred to it as "America's most understatedly amazing orchestra".

P: Polish Boy

Before you can fully embrace the title of Clevelander, you have to try our most famous sandwich: the Polish Boy. A grilled kielbasa, tucked into a sturdy hotdog bun, topped with coleslaw, french fries and barbecue sauce — it doesn't get any better than that. Grab one at Whitemore's BBQ, The Rib Cage or Seti's Polish Boys just to name a few.

Q: The Q

Home to the 2016 NBA National Champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Q, or the Quicken Loans Arena, is the go-to destination in Cleveland for basketball, hockey and other indoor sporting events. Last year, the Q underwent incredible renovations which have extended its lifespan by another 18 years.

R: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Cleveland ohio landmarks Birthplace of the term "Rock and Roll", it isn't a surprise that Cleveland was chosen as the home for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Visit the famous museum to see exhibits featuring famous rock and roll artists, rock and roll photography and art, publications and more.

S: Superman

One of the most successful literary creations of the 20th century was actually invented in Cleveland: Superman. Jerry Siegel, creator of the Man of Steel himself, first thought up the character when he was 18 and living in Cleveland.

T: Terminal Tower

While you might not be able to reach the top of the Key Tower, you can head up the Terminal Tower, the second tallest building in Ohio, and look out from their observation deck. On a clear day, you can see 30 beautiful miles of Northeast Ohio.

U: University Circle

University Cleveland abc's downtown

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University Circle is a cultural hub in Cleveland home to institutions like the Natural History Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Case Western Reserve University along with dozens of shops and restaurants.

V: Very Important Figures

The list of famous Clevelanders includes celebrities such as Steve Harvey, Bob Hope,  Paul Newman, Dr. Oz, Drew Carey, Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Jim Brickman, Kid Cudi, Toni Morrison and so many others.

W: West Side Market

Cleveland Ohio Things to do West Side Market is Cleveland's oldest publicly owned market, originally opened in 1912. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors of all different cultures that sell the finest meats and vegetables, fresh seafood, baked goods, dairy and cheeses and even fresh flowers.

X: I-X Center

For more than 30 years, the International Exposition (I-X) Center has been a staple of Northeast Ohio. Their most popular events each year include an indoor amusement park, car shows and home and garden shows.

Y: Youtube

The 2009 Youtube video "HASTILY MADE CLEVELAND TOURISM VIDEO" by a user named bishopvids has garnered over eight million views. While a lot has changed in almost 10 years, the humor of Cleveland residents has stayed the same.  

Z: Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest is a great way to spend a day! Not only can you traverse over 183-acres and meet wild animals, but you can also visit a unique rainforest attraction that offers dozens of more species to be wowed by.  

Now you know your ABC's!

Can you think of any others that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!
January
1

Where to Eat Healthy in Cleveland, OH | Vegan + Gluten-Free Options

Whether you're looking to accomplish a new resolution, make a lifestyle change or just explore more culinary options, eating healthy is something that many of us try to strive for. Luckily, Cleveland is home to plenty of nutritious (and delicious!) options which will make sticking to your 2019 resolution much easier. We've found the best places to eat healthy in Cleveland this year. From juice bars and bakeries to dinner and dessert — there's something for everyone. Enjoy!

Boaz Cafe

2549 Lorain Avenue | Menu healthy restaurants in cleveland

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From the family that brought you Aladdin's Eatery — Boaz Cafe is serving up Mediterranean flavors with wholesome ingredients in the heart of Ohio City. At Boaz Cafe, you're encouraged to experiment. Customize a dish to your liking or dietary needs and even build your own bowl or pita roll. They also offer smoothies and fresh-pressed juices from their innovative juice bar so you can be healthy on-the-go!

Zoma

2240 Lee Road | Menu Zoma is Cleveland's best Ethiopian restaurant and it's no wonder why! They offer delicious food made from fresh ingredients. Zoma's goal is to be a place that you want to visit over and over again and help enhance relationships through good food.

Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar

3120 Bridge Avenue | Menu This colorful Ohio City dining spot offers food that spans the globe, with a menu of wholesome and healthy food. They serve everything from Caribbean fried plantains, fried rice, and Bangkok barbequed chicken to vegan and gluten-free options like nachos or fried tofu. Just because you're eating healthy doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your sense of culinary adventure!

Cafe Avalaun

4640 Richmond Road | Menu Healthy restaurants in Cleveland Ohio

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Cafe Avalaun is Cleveland's premier 100% gluten-free cafe, bakery and creperie. They offer an abundance of gluten-free bakery items, crepes, fresh salads, daily soups, paninis and more. Their weekly farm-to-table meals can be customized to support a wide range of lifestyles including dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, Paleo, Whole30 and even 21-Day Sugar Detox diets.

Daily Press

6604 Detroit Avenue | Menu Jodi Rae Santosuosso, creator of Daily Press, started working in her family's restaurant when she was very young. After living in California for 10 years and using pressed juice to keep her high-stress lifestyle going, she moved back to Cleveland. Using her love of juice and history of restauranteering, she opened Daily Press. They offer a wide range of delicious toasts, paninis, salads and, of course, pressed juices!

Market Eatery

5205 Northfield Road | Menu Market Eatery is a healthy dining option that you don't want to miss in Cleveland. They have a ton of healthy (and delicious!) dishes from smoothies and juices, plant-based burgers, waffles, salads and even healthy desserts. You can even order online through their Instagram account.

Cleveland Vegan Cafe

17112 Detroit Avenue | Menu healthy in cleveland

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Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Cleveland Vegan Cafe creates incredible dishes without the use of animal products. They are committed to being both environmentally and health conscious and will work with you on any of your dietary needs — both in their cafe and their catering service. They offer some truly life-changing vegan options such as "Herbed Lentil Sausage Patties," "Classic Mac n' Cheez" and "Mushroom Stroganoff."

Zaytoon

1150 Huron Road | Menu Inspired by the meals his mother and grandmothers made from scratch, David Ina always gravitated towards making innovative food from fresh ingredients. After gaining a degree in the culinary arts, David opened Zaytoon, where he can share his love of feeding people and sharing the food of his heritage every day. They offer delicious and healthy options made from the freshest ingredients available in Cleveland.

Rebol

101 West Superior Avenue | Menu Rebol is a restaurant and bar that serves organic, non-GMO and nutrient-rich food. Visit them for all of your healthy eats that include vegan, paleo, keto and gluten-free options. Their meat is grass-fed, antibiotic free and hormone free and their dressings and sauces are free of refined sugars. They also serve bulletproof as well as regular zero-toxin coffee that ensures you aren't ingesting any pesticides while sipping your morning brew. Check them out in Cleveland, or their Dublin location which is coming soon!

Beet Jar

1432 West 29th Street | Menu Beet Jar's journey hasn't been entirely smooth sailing. After introducing the Beet Jar brand by doing juice pop-ups throughout 2013, owners Molly Pamela and Joseph Joseph had to do some crazy things to open their official juice bar including camping outside a Vitamix store for 18 hours to get their first blenders. Because of their sacrifices, Beet Jar is doing great today and offers delicious, organic juice, salads and their famous signature sandwich: the Bravacado.

Tremont Scoops

2362 Professor Avenue | Menu Vegan in Cleveland

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It's always nice to indulge now and again. At Tremont Scoops, you can get vegan, lactose-free ice cream and sorbet as well as gluten-free ice cream and cones! Make sure when you grab your dairy-free milkshake to ask for the heavenly vegan whipped cream!

Sweet Melissa

19337 Detroit Road | Menu Located in Rocky River, Sweet Melissa's offers plenty of healthy options for brunch, lunch and dinner. Make sure to try their tofu scramble, the butternut squash salad or the baked eggplant, or check out their happy hour at 4 p.m. every day.

Tommy's Restaurant

1824 Coventry Road | Menu Soon after opening as a soda fountain in 1972, Rolling Stone voted Tommy's Restaurant the "Best Milkshake East of the Mississippi" and the menu has stayed the same ever since. No matter what your diet is, vegan, vegetarian, health-conscious, or just plain hungry, Tommy's has something for you on their menu!

Townhall

1909 West 25th Street | Menu Vegan Gluten Free Paleo Cleveland

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Townhall believes that healthy does not mean perfect but that balance is the key to a happy and healthy life. They are committed to being completely GMO-free and serving mostly-organic food to their customers. They offer a wide range of menu items from vegan and paleo to delicious milkshakes for you to splurge on.

Liquid Fresh Planet

11002 Clifton Boulevard | Menu Founded in Cleveland in 2002, Liquid Fresh Planet offers amazing whole fruit smoothies, salads, stuffed toasted pitas, delicious juices and acai bowls. They believe that you truly are what you eat so you should eat healthy and good food prepared from local ingredients. Check out their gallery for some truly drool-worthy photos!

What about you?

Did we miss your favorite spot to eat healthy in Cleveland? Let us know in the comments!
December
11

Everything You Need to Know About Cleveland's Famous "A Christmas Story" House

"Fragile… Must be Italian." "Naddafinga." "You'll shoot your eye out!" Since its release in 1983, "A Christmas Story" has been a seasonal classic. It just wouldn't be Christmas without watching Ralphie Parker sulk in his bubblegum pink bunny pajamas and wish desperately for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. While "A Christmas Story" is a movie that is close to pretty much every American's heart, for Clevelanders — it's so much more. The famous home where the Parker's story takes place is located just outside of downtown Cleveland in the Tremont neighborhood. A Christmas Story House has become a Cleveland landmark and is now open to the public year-round as a museum.

The History Behind the "A Christmas Story" House

A Christmas Story House Cleveland

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While a lot of "A Christmas Story" was shot in Toronto, Canada, the exterior shots of the Parker residence were of a modest 19th-century Victorian home in Cleveland. The creators of the movie scoured Cleveland neighborhoods to find the perfect place that would resemble story creator Jean Shepard's childhood home. They finally found it at 3159 West 11th Street. Bob Clark, director of the film, ultimately chose this specific home because it gave off a classic-American feel while also having features that they were looking for such as steel mills in the backyard, a wrap around porch and an empty lot next door — perfect for the crew to set up camp. In December of 2004, Brian Jones, a San Diego entrepreneur, bought the house on eBay for $150,000. He had been a massive fan of the movie since childhood and had even founded his own business based off of the film; the Red Rider Leg Company, which manufactures replicas of the "major award" Ralphie's father wins. The previous owners of the home had remodeled the house, installing new windows and covering the original wood siding with blue vinyl. Jones watched "A Christmas Story" frame by frame to draw detailed plans of the interior and spent $204,000 to gut the structure and reconfigure it into the floor plan we know and love. Today, the house sits as a near-replica of the set.

The "A Christmas Story" House Today

A Christmas Story House is open year-round, seven days a week excluding major holidays. When you visit, you'll be able to tour the home and have an incredibly interactive experience. Take photos next to the famous leg lamp or even under the sink, act out your favorite movie scenes, and more! You can even stay in the house overnight in the private third floor with up to five of your friends or family members. Or, for a more eclectic experience — you can stay next door at the Bumpus House, the fictional home to Ralphie's hillbilly neighbors and their 785 smelly hound dogs. The interior of the Bumpus House is decorated in a 1940's style with a slight redneck flair, while still providing all the modern amenities you could want. You can see the inside of the suites available here. A Christmas Story House Cleveland

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The neighborhood is also home to two more "A Christmas Story" inspired buildings — the museum and gift shop! At the museum, you can see behind the scenes photos, props, costumes and memorabilia. While you're there, be sure to check out the Higbee's Department Store holiday toys, Randy's snowsuit and zeppelin he receives for Christmas and even the family car! After spending a day immersed in the Ralphie's world, you'll definitely want to pick up a souvenir, which you can do at the A Christmas Story Gift Shop. There, you can purchase your own leg-lamp in any size you please as well as apparel, miniature figurines and more. If you can't make it to the gift shop in person, visit their website where you can purchase memorabilia from "A Christmas Story", "Christmas Vacation", "Home Alone" and many more classic holiday movies.

Local Holiday Festivities

The lovely neighborhood of Tremont has fully embraced the holiday attraction and is filled with festive events all season! A Christmas Story House

Walkabout Tremont: Light Up Your Holidays

When: December 14th, 5-10 p.m. Soak up some art this holiday season at Walkabout Tremont! Art galleries and retail shops will have extended hours, with special art installations displayed around town. Several bars and restaurants will host live music and special menus. Get a little holiday shopping done while supporting local artists and businesses! You can see a full itinerary and list of the featured art on display here.

Tremont Light Displays

Throughout the Christmas season, Tremont homes are adorned with beautiful lights and decorations. Make sure to visit this suburb after dark to take in the breathtaking displays! Also, make sure to drive by A Christmas Story House while you're at it — the festive lights and perfectly backlit leg-lamp in the window make for a stunning sight.

Holiday Spirits

The Rowley Inn

1104 Rowley Avenue The Rowley Inn A Christmas Story House

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This holiday season, The Rowley Inn, the restaurant right across the street from A Christmas Story House, will be serving up several "A Christmas Story" themed cocktails and dishes! Make sure to check out this special spot and see where the cast and crew of the movie hung out after filming.  

Miracle at the Spotted Owl Pop-Up

710 Jefferson Avenue The Spotted Owl

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Join the Spotted Owl during their special Christmas cocktail popup this season! They'll be hosting this special event until December 30th in their vintage 1850's bar space. The bar will be decorated head-to-toe in Christmas decor and they'll be serving up original Christmas cocktails every day!

I Triple-Dog-Dare You

…to have a fantastic Christmas! For other local holiday events, check out our Complete Guide to 28 Holiday Events in the Akron and Canton Area or Where to See Santa in Cleveland This Year.  
September
19

What To Do in Cleveland, Ohio | The Ultimate Weekend Itinerary

Cleveland is a fantastic city worth exploring — whether you're a visitor just passing through or you've lived in the region for decades. In fact, many Ohioans have yet to experience all that this vibrant city has to offer! Take a look at our weekend itinerary for Cleveland, offering a general overview of some highlights of the city. Here are some of the best things to do in Cleveland if you only have a couple of days to see it all!

DAY ONE

Start With Coffee

Any good day starts with a cup of coffee and a pastry. Cleveland has no shortage of local coffee shops, like duck-rabbit coffee in Tremont. This vibrant cafe roasts its own coffee in-house and offers a simple menu of tried-and-true options, ranging from pour overs to lattes, and cold brew to turmeric and ginger tea. Starting your day at this particular shop means you're not far from the rest of the activities on the morning's itinerary!  

Must-Visit Attraction

A Christmas Story House Cleveland, OH While you're in Tremont, you cannot pass up a visit to the Christmas Story house. Opt for a quick photo op outside the house, which includes the iconic leg lamp in the window, or linger a bit longer to explore the museum across the street. The museum features original props, costumes and various memorabilia from the film, in addition to hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. This legendary house and its accompanying museum are open year-round seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Eat Lunch

Make your way to the nearby Ohio City neighborhood, filled with endless things to do and see. For a list of other ideas during your visit, take a look at the many things to do in Ohio City — from theaters to churches and ice cream shops to restaurants. Some of our favorite lunch spots in Ohio City include The Flying Fig, Bakersfield, Town Hall and Crop Bistro.  

Explore Ohio City

Ohio City Cleveland, OH Linger in Ohio City a bit longer (and work off the food you just devoured) and explore West Side Market, Cleveland's oldest public market, which is home to 100 vendors offering meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, dairy, flowers, ready-to-eat foods, spices and nuts. Continue to wander throughout this trendy neighborhood, popping in and out of shops, like Room Service, Wild Cactus Boutique and XHIBITION. Top off your visit with a sweet treat at Mitchell's Ice Cream, considered the best ice cream shop in Cleveland. The Mitchell's flagship is located in a former theater in the heart of Ohio City, which is where all of the production is done!  

Visit a Brewery

This area has no shortage of breweries either, including the renowned Great Lakes Brewing Company, which has a brewpub and a seven-barrel brewhouse situated side-by-side. Other nearby favorites include Market Garden Brewery and Hansa Brewery. Venture out of the area to visit Noble Beast or Masthead Brewing Co., or fit in several breweries by hopping on board the Cleveland Brew Bus, which makes stops at some of the city's best breweries, including Platform, Terrestrial and Forest City Brewery.  

Grab Dinner

Salt+ Cleveland, OH

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If you can't get enough of Ohio City, you may consider visiting SOHO Chicken + Whiskey for a delicious and hearty Southern dinner focused on — you guessed it — chicken and whiskey! Otherwise, some of the best dinner spots in the city include Il Rione Pizzeria, Edwins, Gigi's on Fairmount, Red, the Steakhouse, Salt+, and The Greenhouse Tavern. If you're looking for a particularly fancy option, you might want to make a reservation at one of the most romantic restaurants in Cleveland!  

See a Concert or Show

Top off your eventful day with a show at one of the best venues in the city. Check out the line-up for upcoming shows at any of the many music venues in Cleveland, such as The Beachland Ballroom in Waterloo, the Grog Shop in Coventry, or the famous Agora Ballroom. If theater is more your scene, take a look at the schedules for Playhouse Square, considered one of the nation's largest theater districts, boasting nine venues attracting acts of all sizes and styles. More affordable venues include the Cleveland Public Theatre in Gordon Square and Dobama Theatre in Cleveland Heights.  

DAY TWO

Start With Coffee

Pour Cleveland

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Try out another exceptional coffee shop to kick off day two, this time sticking closer to the heart of downtown. Pour Cleveland is a bright and modern multi-roaster pour over and espresso bar with a simple menu and a focus on crafting exceptional coffee. Ask about the current pour over or opt for a latte or hot cocoa.  

Must-Visit Attraction

Considered one of the most renowned attractions in the region, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a must-visit for both visitors and locals alike. This beautiful modern museum nestled along the shore of Lake Erie showcases some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and musical figures throughout history. Explore six levels of exhibits spanning decades of rock and roll history seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays until 9 p.m.  

Go to the Beach

 
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While you're near the water, make a point to visit Edgewater Park, a massive park along the shore of Lake Erie. This 147-acre park features 9,000 feet of shoreline, dog and swim beaches, boat ramps, a fishing pier, picnic area and grills, and a rentable pavilion. The Edgewater Beach House is a modern lakefront eatery with a great selection of beer and delicious food.  

Eat Lunch

Speaking of dining along the lake, there are plenty of waterfront restaurants in Cleveland to choose from! Alley Cat Oyster Bar is an excellent oyster bar along the Cuyahoga River in the Flats East Bank entertainment district. Mainstays include oysters, mussels, clams, lobster, fresh fish, chicken, steak, chowders, soups and salads. Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar is a modern Mexican eatery situated along Lake Erie serving an array of Mexican fare complemented by a robust tequila menu. The lush patios both upstairs and down offer beautiful lake views and cozy fire pits. Coastal Taco Bar + Chill is a casual and vibrant Mexican eatery nestled along the river next door to Punch Bowl Social. Coastal Taco offers an incredible selection of tacos, chips and guacamole, and unbeatable margaritas.  

Explore Downtown Cleveland

Things to Do in Downtown Cleveland The downtown area of Cleveland has experienced a renaissance in recent years, ultimately making it one of America's hottest cities in 2016. From gorgeous historic structures to shiny modern skyscrapers, the city is teeming with excitement and history. The Cleveland Museum of Art was ranked the second best museum in America by Business Insider in 2016 — and it's easy to see why. The mission statement of this award-winning museum is to create "transformative experiences through art, for the benefit of all the people forever." That also means admission is free to all! Admire an impressive work of art in the form of architecture at The Arcade, America's first indoor shopping center established in 1890. Today, this stunning building is home to the Hyatt Regency Cleveland, boutique shops, various services, a food court and fine dining destinations. Take a stroll through the new Public Square, a beautifully landscaped two-block central plaza in the heart of the city. The square was part of the original town plat overseen by Moses Cleaveland in 1796 and now acts as an integral part of the city's landscape. The three tallest buildings in Cleveland all face the square, including Key Tower, 200 Public Square and the Terminal Tower.  

Visit the Cultural Gardens

If time allows, escape the busyness of downtown with a visit to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park just outside the city. The lush grounds host more than 30 gardens, all designed and cultivated by distinct cultural or nationality groups, representing the diversity and multiculturalism of the city. The gardens are often driven through rather than explored by foot and admission is free!  

Grab Dinner

Butcher and the Brewer Cleveland, OH

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The renowned East Fourth block is home to some of the most exceptional eateries in the city. In fact, one celebrity chef (and James Beard Award-winner!) runs two restaurants in this adorable pedestrian-only alleyway adorned with string lights. Michael Symon runs Lola Bistro, a sleek New American eatery, and Mabel's BBQ, a swanky, industrial-chic BBQ joint with a wide selection of bourbons. Also, don't miss Butcher and the Brewer for delicious brews and a wide array of seasonal and local bites.  

Find a Speakeasy

Top off the ultimate Cleveland weekend with a visit to one of the most secretive (and not-so-secretive) watering holes in the city. Visit the Prohibition-era Speakeasy in Cleveland Heights, Society Lounge on East Fourth, or Luxe Kitchen & Lounge, each of which offer an exclusive and sophisticated feel, serving up some of the best creative concoctions in the city.  

Happy Exploring!

Which hotspots would you add to the itinerary? Let us know in the comments below!
September
12

The 13 Best Pumpkin Patches, Apple Orchards and Corn Mazes to Visit Near Cleveland, Mapped

This post was updated on August 20, 2019, to reflect current information. 

Fall is officially here! Though we had a tough time bidding summer farewell, we are thrilled at the prospect of a new season filled with vibrant colors, warm apple cider and plenty of pumpkins. Visiting a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard is a beloved tradition here in Ohio, as it allows us to soak up some autumn sunshine, take a hayride and gather some amazing fall bounty. Whether you're looking to gather some apples for making pie, pick-your-own pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern or simply wanting to enjoy some good old-fashioned family fun, these local orchards and patches should provide you with some incredible fall memories. Enjoy!    

Bauman Orchards

161 Rittman Avenue, Rittman Bauman Orchards

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If you make the hour-long journey to Bauman Orchards in Rittman, you will be treated to more than 40,000 apple trees and 18 different varieties (10 available to pick yourself). Visitors can pick their own apples from September 1 through October 13, and afterwards, are invited to enjoy fresh-pressed apple cider (and maybe a few baked goods) in the market. Looking for a pumpkin, gourd or squash for eating or decorating? You can find those in the market as well. Tip: Don't miss the Fall Festival on September 21, September 28 and October 5! There will be pick-your-own apples as well as live music, pony rides, a hay maze, homemade caramel apples, a petting zoo and more.  

Beriswill's Farm Market and Corn Maze

2200 Station Road, Valley City Since 1955, the family at Beriswill Farms has grown and raised a wide range of agricultural products including corn, soybeans, vegetables, pumpkins and cattle. During the fall months, you can come get lost in the giant corn maze and pick the perfect pumpkin to carve!  

Brasee's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

18421 State Route 58, Wellington A day full of family fun awaits you at Brasee's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. The farm is open this fall on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 15 to October 29, where you can get lost in the eight-acre maze, explore the petting zoo, enjoy a cup of cider and pick the perfect pumpkin to carve at home.  

Derthick's Corn Maze

5182 Twinsburg Warren Road, Mantua Derthick's Corn Maze is a favorite amongst northeast Ohio families for a number of reasons — the gigantic and ornate maze, the cow train, the two 300-foot ziplines, and the pick-your-own pumpkin patch are just a few of those reasons! Come see what all of the fuss is about starting opening day (September 14) and on weekends through the end of October.  

Hillcrest Orchards

50336 Telegraph Road, Amherst Cleveland Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches Hillcrest Orchards strives to grow the highest quality apples, the largest pumpkins, the juiciest peaches and the happiest family memories. On weekends during the fall, you will be treated to a fun wagon ride out to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch, as well as sage picking advice to help you harvest the cream of the crop. Make sure to check the 2018 ripening calendar before planning your visit.  

Mapleside Farms

294 Pearl Road, Brunswick Mapleside Farms is nothing short of idyllic. The orchard is set on rolling hills and includes more than 4,000 apple trees with 17 different varieties of apples. For this reason, it's a popular destination for stocking up on fruit, but the venue also hosts concerts and other fun community events year-round. It's a great destination for building new seasonal traditions — watching the fall sunsets, enjoying hayrides or digging into a freshly baked apple pie!  

Miller's Apple Hill, Ltd.

50549 Telegraph Road, Amherst   This family-owned market is a favorite year-round, but especially during the fall months. Starting in September, bring the family and pick-your-own-apples in the scenic orchards. After you have picked your fill, peruse the market for fresh pastries, baking supplies and more. The Apple Pickin' Spree on September 29 offers free admission, wagon rides, great food, crafts and pick-your-own apples. Pumpkin Land (set up throughout the fall) includes fun photo opportunities and a large play area for the kiddos.  

Monroe's Orchard and Farm Market

6313 Pioneer Trail, Hiram Monroe's

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Monroe's Orchard is a must-visit location for families looking for a fun day out in the sun. You'll find fresh fruits year-round, but it would be a shame to miss the sight of the bountiful apple orchards and the pick-your-own pumpkins during the fall months. The Apple Harvest Festival begins on the last Saturday of September, and is also when the pumpkins are available!  

Patterson Fruit Farm

11414 Caves Road, Chesterland The team at Patterson Fruit Farm enjoys providing food for their local community and sharing the farming experience with families who stop by for a day of adventuring! During apple season (August through early winter), the farm invites you to take a wagon ride and pick-your-own apples from more than 30 varieties grown on site. And if you're looking for a true dose of seasonal fun (and maybe a pumpkin or two), Fun Fest runs from September 15 through October 28. The festival boasts a full lineup of family-friendly activities, including horse-drawn wagon rides, giant haystacks, a corn maze, pumpkin painting and more!  

Pick 'N' Save Orchard

1222 Ledge Road, Medina Most of the customers at Pick 'n' Save Orchard are regulars that return year after year. This is likely due to the unparalleled hospitality and family-friendly environment that has become a tradition here. The farm is a wonderful destination for fruit picking year-round (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, oh my), but the apples are the main event. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays to see for yourself!    

Red Wagon Farm

16081 East River Road, Columbia Station Red Wagon Farm is known for its incredible selection of local produce, which (depending on the season) includes pick-your-own strawberries, peaches, sweet corn, tomatoes and more. During the fall months, don't miss the pumpkin festival, which runs on weekends from September 22 to October 28 this year. Activities include wagon rides, a corn maze, face painting, delicious food, and a selection of seasonal homegrown produce in the market — including pumpkins, of course.  

Rittman Orchards & Farm Market

13548 Mount Eaton Road, Doylestown Rittman Orchards has a reputation for being one of the most fun (and most scenic) destinations in the fall! The market (open year-round) offers a wide variety of baked goods and fresh produce, but fruit-picking is the real draw of this location. Strawberries, peaches, apples and more are all available for you to grab straight from the source. View the apple chart to see what's ripe.  

Sage's Apples  

11355 Chardon Road, Chardon Sage's Apples | Cleveland Apple Orchard

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Sage's Apples is celebrating its 151st anniversary this year and it's no surprise why it has been so successful for so long! The farm grows more than 50 varieties of apples and sells a wide range of fresh produce in its market year-round. While you aren't actually able to pick-your-own apples at this location, the market offers several delicious varieties that you won't be able to find anywhere else, as well as a spectacular selection of melons, berries, peppers, corn and other local fruits and vegetables. It's certainly worth a visit!  

Enjoy the fall season!

Do you have a favorite spot you frequent this time of year? Share them with us in the comments!
July
6

The 10 Most Picturesque Waterfalls Near Cleveland, Mapped

TLC once sang "don't go chasing waterfalls," but they must not have lived in Cleveland. In this gem of a city, we are lucky to be surrounded by abundant natural beauty, including a number of sparkling waterfalls within easy reach. If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few moments, chasing waterfalls might be just what the doctor ordered. We rounded up 10 incredible waterfall hikes (or leisurely walks) in the area, so grab your camera, your loved ones, your favorite picnic lunch, and explore one of these local treasures!    

Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls is among the most popular attractions in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and there's no mystery as to why. The spectacular falls cascade 65 feet into a lush gorge surrounded by natural moss and colorful foliage. The boardwalk allows you to view the waterfall from an elevated platform — and you can also take stairs down to the gorge to explore the sandstone below. There are two ways to get there. You can either start at the Brandywine Gorge Trailhead and hike the easy 1.5 miles to the platform, or extend the hike by parking at Stanford House and walk 3.8 miles to your destination. The longer hike takes you past gorgeous vistas, colorful wildflowers and serene forests, so you will hardly notice the additional distance. The falls are a wonderful place to spend a hot summer afternoon, but for your safety, the National Park Service asks that visitors refrain from climbing the rocks or jumping the fences.  

Mill Creek Falls

Standing 48 feet in the air, Mill Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall in Cuyahoga County. The falls are tucked away in the Garfield Park Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, and the picturesque surroundings make for a gorgeous hike during any season. Hike just over a mile and a half from the trailhead in Garfield Park to reach Mill Creek Falls. Once you're there, you can take in the majesty from one of two different observation decks!  

Great Falls of Tinker's Creek

There are so many metroparks in the Cleveland area, it can be tough to decide which one to visit first. But here's one reason that Viaduct Park deserves your attention — the Great Falls at Tinker's Creek are nothing short of picturesque, surrounded by charming woodlands and gorgeous cliffs. It's the perfect destination for a romantic picnic, or for simply enjoying some peace and quiet.  

Blue Hen Falls

Blue Hen Falls

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Visit one of the prettiest destinations in Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Spring Creek drops fifteen feet over smooth Berea sandstone to a layer of Bedford shale below — and when the sun is sparkling through the trees just right, it's a photographer's dream! The hike to get there is not strenuous. Walk a half mile on the Blue Hen Falls Trail from the trailhead at 2001 Boston Mills Road, crossing Spring Creek via an old wooden bridge, until you reach your destination.  

Buttermilk Falls

If you'd like to see two waterfalls in one day, we recommend linking Blue Hen Falls and Buttermilk Falls. These two idyllic destinations are located within easy reach of each other — in fact, you can hike between them! Take the hike up to Blue Hen Falls using the instructions listed above, and then trek an additional 1.2 miles down to Buttermilk Falls. The hike is a bit steep (and sometimes slippery) so make sure to wear hardy footwear! But the reward at the end is definitely worth it. Splash around in the falls to cool off before returning to the Blue Hen trailhead.  

Paine Falls Park

Photo courtesy of Lake Metroparks

If you're looking for minimum hiking with maximum views, Paine Falls Park is your spot. Conveniently located along I-90, the small metropark features restrooms, grills, a picnic area, picturesque bridges and a stunning, two-tiered waterfall. It's the perfect rest stop on a trip, but also a wonderful destination for a peaceful afternoon.  

Bridal Veil Falls

Named for the veil-like effect the water makes when flowing over small pieces of sandstone, Bridal Veil Falls measures 30 feet tall in the heart of Walton Hills, Ohio. You can reach the falls easily from the Buckeye Trailhead! Walk just a quarter mile down to the perfect viewing platform. The area is spectacular with or without water, but we recommend visiting after a heavy rain to ensure that the falls are flowing.  

Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls

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Chagrin Falls (the namesake of the small town they reside in) are unique in that they are located smack dab in the center of an urban area. The falls are perfect for an afternoon picnic, fishing or even a quick dip! In fact, they made our list of the best swimming holes near Cleveland. Walk down the stairs from the street to access all of it!  

East Falls and West Falls at Cascade Park

Visit two falls in one trip by heading to the aptly named Cascade Park in Elyria, Ohio. Flanking the Black River, the 135-acre park is filled with lush greenery, wildlife and several pedestrian trails for exploring. The West Falls (the taller of the two), stand at 35 feet and shadow a 50-foot cave that allows you to view the cascade from the other side — a fun adventure on warm weather days. The East Falls are slightly smaller but definitely worth the visit! The water tumbles over impressive rock formations and sandstone to crash into the basin below. While you're here, look out for the remains of an old mill on the banks of the Black River!  

Lanterman's Falls

Lanterman's Mill dates back to 1845, and is recognized as one of Mahoning County's most historic landmarks — and one of its most picturesque! The mill overlooks Lanterman's Falls, which makes for a great photo from the outside. But don't leave without venturing in — the mill still offers stone-ground flours and gifts to the public, and is staffed by knowledgeable people who can inform you about the history of the area!  

Enjoy your waterfall adventure!

June
29

9 Romantic Lodges on Lake Erie to Escape to This Season

Those living on America's East or West coast might have the ocean at their doorstep, but they don't know what they're missing. Lake Erie, which spans Ohio's entire northern border and stretches all the way to Buffalo, New York, boasts pristine sandy beaches, lush surroundings, nearby vineyards and plenty of romantic lodges to take it all in. Regardless of the season, a vacation to Lake Erie is always a great idea. That's why we rounded up 10 of the most irresistibly romantic lodges near the coast! Next time you're booking a getaway, look to one of these charming inns — each guaranteed to provide you with memories to last you a lifetime.  

The Lakehouse Inn

5653 Lake Road East, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio

Lakehouse Inn & Winery

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The Lakehouse Inn is an ideal escape for two in the heart of Lake Erie Wine Country. It features spectacular views of the coast, a luxurious, full-service spa, plush accommodations, a farm-to-table restaurant and a full production winery. Choose between eight guest rooms, four lakefront cottages and a full beach house, and spend your days walking on the beach, wine tasting and relaxing with loved ones.  

Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast

47 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, Ohio Enjoy endless warmth and top-notch hospitality at this spectacular, Irish-inspired bed & breakfast, which offers uniquely decorated rooms, fabulous architecture, an elaborate 11-foot fireplace, beautiful grounds and so much more. Situated just a few miles away from the most popular trails and beaches in the Great Lakes Region (and very close to more than 30 wineries), Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast is the perfect destination for a fun-filled getaway with your sweetheart.  

Barcelona Lakeside Bed & Breakfast

8223 East Lake Road, Westfield, New York

Barcelona Lakeside Bed & Breakfast

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Nestled in the heart of Lake Erie Wine Country, the Barcelona Lakeside Bed & Breakfast looks like something straight out of a luxury travel magazine. The Inn is somehow both warm and luxurious at once, offering afternoon tea, coffee and freshly baked cookies at check-in, lovingly decorated guest rooms, cozy fireplaces, and a delightful breakfast every morning. During hot summer days, bask on the beach with a good book, or opt for a tour of the nearby vineyard. And then by night, settle around the fire pit and enjoy views of the stars and the lake.  

Farrell House Lodge

1104 Fremont Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio If you're looking for a healthy dose of Southern charm on the shores of Lake Erie, look no further than Farrell House Lodge. This 1890's replica of a Southern mansion is situated just a few miles southeast of Sandusky, Ohio on more than 65 acres of scenic woodlands. The property also plays host to a two-mile stretch of Ohio's legendary Cold Creek, which shelters three species of trout and offers plentiful fishing opportunities. But apart from fishing, the Lodge also allows for relaxing and enjoying quality time with loved ones in an idyllic paradise.  

Walden Inn

1119 Aurora Hudson Road, Aurora, Ohio

Walden Inn

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Located just a few miles outside of Cleveland, the Walden Inn is the only five-star accommodation near the shores of Lake Erie. The grounds are nothing short of picturesque, with lush trees, lakes, streams and meadows spanning the gently rolling hills, and the amenities are untouched by any other resort in the area. The full-service spa is one of the most highly rated in the state of Ohio, and the entire feel of the place is irresistibly romantic! After treating yourself to a spa day, enjoy a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant and retreat to your room — which comes stocked with fine linens, plush bathrobes, a fully-stocked bar and a luxurious bathtub.  

Sawmill Creek Resort

400 Sawmill Creek Drive, Huron, Ohio The Sawmill Creek Resort is a home away from home — just a bit more luxurious. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, the resort aims to provide its guests with a true Lake Erie getaway filled with adventure and outdoor exploration. Here, you'll find plentiful opportunities for ziplining, golfing, swimming, boating, trekking the nearby trails or even embarking on a hot air balloon ride to take in the views from above! Once you're done playing, you can relax on the beach, dine in the restaurant or rest in your luxurious room (most feature a private whirlpool tub).  

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

4888 North Broadway, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio

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This spectacular lakeside getaway is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Ohio, and it's not difficult to see why! Boasting breathtaking views of Lake Erie's southern shore and the surrounding countryside, the Lodge allows you to savor the flavors of wine country, explore the nearby trails on a rental bike, take a zip line canopy tour or simply sit on the beach — the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Once you're done enjoying the outdoors, dine in the highly rated on-site restaurant, cozy around the fire pit with a refreshment, or retreat to your luxurious room.  

Victorian Tudor Inn

408 West Main Street, Bellevue, Ohio Situated just minutes from Lake Erie and Cedar Point Amusement Park (known as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World), the Victorian Tudor Inn is about as charming as it gets. The small, family-owned inn is filled with plush bedding, antique furniture, and homey decor — which results in a warm, welcoming feel that is sometimes hard to come by away from home. Additionally, guests will be treated to a fabulous, multi-course breakfast every morning — far beyond the typical Continental Breakfast experience.  

The Kimpton Schofield Hotel

2000 East Ninth Street, Cleveland, Ohio

Kimpton Schofield

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Voted the #1 hotel in Cleveland in 2018 by U.S. News and World Report, and the top hotel in the Midwest in 2017 by Condé Nast Traveler, the Kimpton Schofield Hotel's reputation precedes it. And for those looking for a little bit of city life mixed in with their Lake Erie getaway, there is no better place! This luxury hotel is set inside a landmark building in the heart of downtown, and features plush accommodations, playful decor and easy access to the city's most popular attractions. Of course, the hotel is so gorgeous, you might have a difficult time leaving!  

Enjoy your trip!

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