Vacation in Cleveland!

Travel and Leisure Magazine has Cleveland listed as one of the top 50 places IN THE WORLD to visit in 2015!!!!! Come on home!  And now we are in their top 10 cities for foodies, as follows:

7. Cleveland, Ohio 14 of 21  
The rust belt city offers some old-fashioned, even old-world, charms. Readers ranked it at No. 5 for its rich food halls, like West Side Market—with spices, baked goods and delis—which dates back to 1912, when it catered primarily to the city’s immigrants. Today, you can also still tuck into great Polish cuisine—like chicken paprikash, bratwurst, pirogues and stuffed cabbage—at Sokolowski’s University Inn, a James Beard American Classic award-winner now in its third generation of family ownership. Still, you don’t get into the top 10 by living completely in the past; Cleveland also delighted readers with its trendy street food and bars (like Happy Dog, where hot dogs come with vodka sauerkraut or Bloody Mary ketchup) and upscale, New-American spots like Lola Bistro, run by Iron Chef Michael Symon. 

AND - Fodor's just put Cleveland in their Top 25!!!

And now the Los Angeles Times, which includes Cleveland alongside Cuba, Los Cabos, Mexico, and Charleston, South Carolina.

Add the New York Times - 21 out of 52 places to visit in 2015. Make your plans!

More good news for Cleveland: Wine Enthusiast named Trentina, owned by chef Jonathan Sawyer, is the only Ohio restaurant on the list.

On its list of best cities for foodies, NerdWallet ranks Cleveland 18th of 50. The only other Ohio city on the list was Columbus, at No. 22. Cleveland finished ahead of Washington, D.C., Chicago and Dallas.

If you are coming to the reunion or thinking about it, we hope these ideas will help you plan your time here. The following are helpful websites where you can do some research:   This website is  part of Destination Cleveland. Everything you ever wanted to know is here, including a Visitor's Guide. If it's not enough, try the sites below.     

Among the attractions we would recommend are the museums (Art, Natural History, Botanical Gardens, the new Museum of Contemporary Art, the Historical Society, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Aquarium and the Great Lakes Science Center). The Historical Society now has the original Euclid Beach Carousel. With a $9 senior admission, you get 2 free rides. Please Google the museums. There will be some wonderful exhibits this summer. A bonus at the Art Museum is lunch at Provenance or Provenance Cafe. Chef Douglas Katz is the creative mind behind the menus.

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (The Museum of Diversity and Tolerance) will be having a special exhibit entitled Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American.  ( If you are unfamiliar with this museum, it is in Beachwood. Anyone who grew up in Cleveland will enjoy its permanent exhibit, which reminds us of all the places we knew. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy it!

Cinderella will be playing at Playhouse Square (the 2nd largest theater district in the country after Lincoln Center!) from July 21 through August 2. (See

A new venue is the Music Box at the West Bank of the Flats. The website is Their schedule doesn't go to the end of July yet.

The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra plays at Blossom Music Festival in the summer. Sunday, August 2, (7 p.m.) at Blossom is "Wicked.  Les Misérables.  Chicago. These iconic shows gave us the heroines we love . . . and the villains we revile — the unforgettable Divas of Broadway.  Treat yourself to a Wicked-good evening of Broadway showstoppers, featuring selections from Wicked, Les Miz, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Chicago, and more." Go to for more information.

Some neighborhoods of interest are Cedar-Lee, Coventry, Tremont, Gordon Square, and the East 4th street restaurants, including Michael Symon's Lola and Pickwick & Frolic - home to Hilarities 4th Street Theater.

Nearby attractions include Cedar Point, Lakeview Cemetery, the USS Cod Submarine Memorial, the Christmas Story House, the Westside Market, and the Emerald Necklace (aka the Metroparks). Don't forget Amish country.

We also have the new Horseshoe Casino, the Hard Rock Rocksino and Thistledown Racino.

To see the city from other points of view, you can research Lolly the Trolley, the Goodtime II, and the Nautica Queen. All have websites and tour information or see the websites above.

Yes, you will need a car to get to many of these places. But your trip will be well worth it, and considerably cheaper than New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles!

Just an FYI - apartments and condos are being built all over downtown and occupancy is over 90%. Heinen's has opened a store there in the old Cleveland Trust rotunda. It's a new city! And, fear not, Corky and Lenny's, Jack's, and Geraci's are still here!

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