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April
22

Northeast Ohio: Spend the Weekend in Cleveland

Spend the Weekend in Cleveland - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

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?

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!
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

Photo courtesy of East 4th Street.

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

Photo courtesy of Phoenix Coffee.

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!

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