Cleveland, Ohio was a surprise! We stopped there on a Midwest trip, and didn't expect to spend any time there. We were quickly caught up in the World Series excitement, since the Cleveland Indians were playing the Chicago Cubs. This city on the shore of Lake Erie was rocking, and it was a great time to visit!
Where to Go
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
This Hall of Fame & Museum honors all the greats that had a part in influencing Rock & Roll over the years. Not just the musicians, but people behind the scenes too. The building was designed by architect I. M. Pei, constructed on the edge of Lake Erie, and opened in 1995. In addition to a main gallery, there are visiting exhibits and special events throughout the year. There is also a yearly induction ceremony for the artists who have been voted in by a panel of experts in the music industry.
A Christmas Story House
Who doesn't love Ralphie Parker in the movie A Christmas Story? In the Tremont section of Cleveland stands the actual 19th century Victorian home that was used in the filming of the movie. It is a museum open all year containing all the costumes and props used in the movie, as well as rare photographs of the filming. The gift shop is hysterical and you can buy a Major Award Leg Lamp for your own front window!
Great Lakes Brewery
The slogan here is "FRESH BEER. FRESH FOOD. LOCAL FLAVOR." Boy do they deliver. This place was great! This Ohio Brewpub has great beer. They have their year round favorites like Dortmunder Gold® Lager, Eliot Ness® Amber Lager, and Edmund Fitzgerald® Porter. Then there are the great seasonals like the Christmas Ale™ which arrives in early November complete with Santa delivering the first keg to the brewpub where it is tapped and all patrons get a free sample! The brewery takes over an entire city block in the Ohio City neighborhood. The mahogany bar in the taproom has a colorful history and there is a bullet hole behind the bar on the side of the mirror (marked with a little flag) that was fired by Eliot Ness. There is a brew house, a beer garden, outside patio, and a basement beer cellar. Tours of the production brewery across the street are offered for $5 on Fridays & Saturdays, and include four 5oz beer samples of your choice. Not only do you learn about the beer, but you also get the history of Cleveland.
The food in the brewpub is top notch and the beers are used in the soups, sauces and entrees. The brat/pierogi platter was delish!
The Great Lakes Brewing Co. Gift Shop has a great selection of all things beer, including some great Ugly Christmas Sweaters for your beer bottle!
West Side Market
Since 1912, the West Side Market has been home to 100 vendors dealing in everything food. You can buy the prime ingredients for a meal or just enjoy the readymade favorites in a great venue! The market is open year round but closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and major holidays. Sample everything!
Try and leave the confines of the city itself and venture to the shores of Lake Erie. The Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail takes you on a scenic tour of the beach towns along the shore. There are an abundance of vineyards & wineries in this area. You can stay at the Lodge at Geneva On The Lake and take their wine shuttle ($30pp) to area vineyards and enjoy the wine tastings.
The Cleveland area makes for a great weekend!
Cover image via wkyc.com
Written by Jeanne Maria
After years of working hard, Jeanne now just does what she wants. Painting, writing, traveling, daily beach walks with her puppy, and the occasional cocktail make her a very happy person. Life is too short, make a long bucket list and get to it!