I know what you are thinking…. CLEVELAND???
If you are looking for a weekend getaway within driving distance from south western Ontario – you should check out Cleveland. This was one of the best surprises we have come across in a long time. It reminds me of a cross between Washington DC with all its large stately buildings and memorials, Montreal with its pedestrian only streets lined with sidewalk cafes and patios and New York City for its Theatre District.
We used hotwire to book our hotel and scored a room in this gorgeous four star Historical Downtown Hyatt hotel that normally rents for $179/night and up to $550 a night (that’s what it said on the back of the door!!!) for just $50! I LOVE hotwire!!! Our room overlooked east 4th street, was spacious and clean.
We could have hung out on east 4th street the entire weekend. Happy hour means $1 domestic beers and half price appetizers! There’s something for everyone here from pub grub to fine dining and we even found this great place called the green house that not only has it’s own local gardens and works with local farms to provide a great dinner with a low carbon foot print but, they have even taken the interior decor into consideration when renovation this old building – the cool barrel style chandeliers are made from old bicycle tires!!! AND THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!
This being the 4th of July weekend and our lesser known July 1st holiday weekend (Canadian Holiday to celebrate Canada’s Birthday) we expected some fire works but were blown away with the nightly light show from Thursday to Sunday! It was wonderful!
We didn’t get any photos (because you know how hard it is to watch fireworks and photograph them?!?!?!) but this is where we sat and watched them – they exploded between the bridge and the skyline – ahhhh, it was gorgeous! This restaurant was pretty good too – called the Ponte Vecchio – translated means Old Bridge. It’s in a weird spot – litterally located on an old bridge and not really in the best neighbourhood, but once the sun goes down and you look at this view you will understand it’s location.
We found ourselves wandering the streets, taking in the scenery and snapping so many photos we ran out of time and had to choose between the science center – which I hear is super cool with it’s hundreds of hand on exhibits, indoor tornado, and many more exciting displays…. AND the Rock and Roll hall of fame – we chose rock and roll baby! It was very cool to see the clothing, cars, video clips, letters, postcards and music sheets written by the musical greats such as The Rolling Stones, Beatles and Cindy Lauper. There are no interior photos of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame because photos were prohibited! There is a free coat & camera check on the lower level. AND I GOT TO SEE A MOCK UP CASE!!!… very similar to my work as a visual merchandiser! A mock up case is a place the exhibit creators make a mock up of the merchandise they are going to receive to give them a visual of what it’s going to look like when the real artefacts arrive.
We learned that Jim Morrison’s grave is the most visited place in all of Paris – i thought it would have been the Eiffel Tower or the Mona Lisa! …who knew?
Hope you enjoy Cleveland as much as we did!