Our trip in January was largely for a family event, but I’ll share some of our previous experiences. The Maltz Museum www.maltzmuseum.org is an extraordinary and relatively new museum dedicated to Jewish Heritage. In the summer, you can choose a Cleveland Orchestra concert at Blossom http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/ or an Indians Game downtown in Progressive Field. Before the game, check out Danny’s Deli 1658 St Clair Ave NE – just a 5 minute walk. Great corn beef!
In the winter, have dinner at Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Lolita (900 Literary Rd, 44113) then check out a Orchestra concert at Severance Hall. If that’s not your style, head to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, then to Dynomite Burgers, 1302 Euclid Ave for a great burger.
If you are in the mood for a stroll or a bike ride, Cleveland boasts numerous parks throughout the city – making what Clevelanders proudly call the Emerald Necklace. The city also has a 183-acre zoo divided into several areas: Australian Adventure; African Savanna; Northern Trek; The Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building; The RainForest; and Waterfowl Lake.
The Rapid Transit runs everywhere, throughout downtown, from Hopkins Airport all the way to the east side neighborhood of Shaker Heights. If you have a car, you can continue east to Chagrin Falls, a sweet village with great shopping.
There are numerous chain hotels at every price level and in every location. The downtown area has experienced a renaissance and excellent restaurants now border the Cuyahoga River in the area known as the Cleveland Flats. Tours on foot, Segway, trolley, and boat are available.
We had our warm clothes from our trip to NYC, including our warmest, waterproof coat, gloves and hat. When we prepared to travel onward to Cancun, we packed everything into compression bags, rolled them up and placed them into one of our suitcases, leaving them untouched until we returned to ABQ.