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Friday, January 1, 2016

Cleveland Rocks!

While I didn't have time to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during my brief two-day visit, I came to the conclusion that Cleveland definitely knows how to rock AND roll. A city with a cool vibe, friendly people, breweries galore, delectable food, and fine architecture.

I couldn't have chosen a better place to stay than the Cleveland Hostel. What a gem in a remarkable neighborhood! Ohio City is home to Great Lakes Brewing, phenomenal bars/restaurants, and the popular West Side Market. The Cleveland Hostel is comfy, clean, tastefully decorated, and extremely accommodating. I will be back for a summer visit to relish the rooftop deck.

Cleveland is quite walkable in the three areas I spent time in - Downtown, University Circle, and Ohio City. Public transportation is abundant, and the RTA HealthLine is a convenient way to get from downtown to University Circle. As always, I encourage walking to feel like a local.

Destination Cleveland (visitor's bureau) - I can't thank Lauren Crawford enough, CLE's finest concierge, for her patience and generous assistance regarding my late night bus dilemma!
Heinen's Grocery Store
The Corner Alley
Pure & Supreme Cuisine
Carl B. Stokes Court House
Playhouse Square (theaters)

The astonishing ceiling at Heinen's

The Corner Alley

Monday Special at Pure & Supreme Cuisine

Carl B. Stokes Court House

Bridge along Superior Ave gets you from downtown to Ohio City
Talk to the hand
I got a sneak peak inside the Palace Theatre

University Circle
Cleveland Museum of Art
Peter B. Lewis Building
Happy Dog Tavern
Barking Spider Tavern
The Glidden House
Wade Oval
Wander the grounds of Case Western Reserve University

The Cleveland Museum of Art is a must!

C-Curve by Anish Kapoor

The remarkable atrium

The startling Peter B. Lewis Building by Frank Gehry
Create your own dog - garlicky escarole, banh mi pickled veggies, spanish onions & roasted garlic aioli over an artisan grain meal veggie dog. YUM!

Great beer list and free live music
Pssst - make sure you check out the bathroom
The beautiful Glidden House (boutique hotel)
Guitar on the grounds of Glidden House
Wade Oval looking festive

One of many gorgeous buildings at Case University
Ohio City
Great Lakes Brewing
West Side Market - open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Velvet Tango Room - go during happy hour from 4:30-7 
TownHall - I recommend Monday night for the Vegan Night Menu and $3 craft beers
Bar Cento- I recommend the Vegan Pizza
Glass Bubble Project
Cuyahoga County Archives
Wander around the neighborhood to see some of the extraordinary homes.

I indulged in all 5 delectable beers on the right for a mere $1.50 each!
West Side Market
Spicy Chica at the Velvet Tango Room
Spicy Curry Noodle Bowl at Town Hall - love everything about this place!

Cuyahoga County Archives
Would love to take a class at the Glass Bubble Project


I wanna travel the world in this baby.

Cleveland has captivating utility boxes!

Now plan your own adventure -

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