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Cleveland, Ohio 72-Hour Vacation

The Lake Effect
Exploring the Hottest Spots in Cleveland's Diverse Neighborhoods



Tremont offers an eclectic mixture of galleries, shops and world-class dining
Tremont offers an eclectic mixture of galleries, shops
and world-class dining

DAY 3

For the full Cleveland experience, it's only fair that you spend a day exploring the city's near-West Side. The Glendennis Bed and Breakfast in Ohio City is an ideal base of operations, as it is in close proximity to many of the area's key attractions.

For breakfast, head to Lucky's Café in Tremont. It's the brainchild of chef/owner Heather Haviland, who has a legion of devotees, thanks to her tasty breads, desserts and savory dishes. Her menu is a graced with local ingredients, including items grown in the café's garden. You may have a wait, but it's worth it. If your stomach starts growling a bit too loudly, however, Le Petit Triangle Café in Ohio City offers the most Euclidian dining space in the city, as well as a host of tempting French bistro classics, including croque monsieur (and madame), and an ever-changing list of crêpes.

Tremont Gallery
Tremont Gallery

The Tremont neighborhood is one of the city's greatest success stories, as the once downtrodden area has quickly given rise to a series of gentrifying measures and an influx of residents drawn as much for the attractive cost of living, as the eclectic mixture of galleries, shops and world-class dining.

Women who are in the market for some new fashions should head to Tremont. Visitors to Powter Puff Boutique will find edgy, playful clothes, including signature party dresses, while Pinky's Daily Planner fills its racks with classic, vintage styles and jewelry, in addition to custom pieces created by local designer Stephanie Fralick. Art lovers also will find a seemingly endless array of galleries throughout the neighborhood. Atmosphere Art Gallery showcases an eclectic sampling of art chosen by owner and artist Alan Christianson. The gallery is regular host to visiting artist lectures and occasional live performances. Even if you're no art lover, you'll find plenty to admire when you walk into Eye Candy Gallery. The space brims with an assortment of colorful art representing a blend of mediums. Billing itself as a "contemporary urban oasis," Banyan Tree delivers a carefully edited selection of chic home décor, unique gifts and jewelry and clothing from local and international artists. Both galleries, in addition to the Banyan Tree, are located on Professor Avenue, and the galleries and boutiques are all in walking distance.

West Side Market
West Side Market

No trip to Cleveland is complete without a stop at the West Side Market on Lorain Avenue in Ohio City. Opened in 1913, it's one of the country's largest, continually operating markets. Outside, you'll quickly notice the enormous complex's clock tower and neo-classical architecture. Inside, your senses will be wonderfully assaulted: the hustle and bustle of throngs of shoppers, the reverberation of many languages filling the air along with an intoxicating blend of smells, a kaleidoscopic array of food stuffs and never-ending opportunities for tastings. The market serves as the embodiment of Cleveland's ethnic diversity, with nearly every nationality and food represented among the dozen of vendors located within the market. This is an ideal spot to pick and choose your lunch, which you can eat on the second story balcony of the market, while looking down on the whirlwind of activity below. Or, you may head over to the adjoining West Side Market Café for a quick bite.

On the neighboring Market Street is another Cleveland legend—though not nearly as old. Since 1988, Great Lakes Brewing Co. has been supplying Northeast Ohioans with an award-winning variety of microbrews. More than just a brewery, the facility is among the most eco-conscious in the city, with delivery vehicles that run on bio-diesel, strict recycling and sustainability practices—not to mention a beer garden with radiant-heat floors, straw bale-insulated walls and a retractable roof that allows in sunshine. The brewery offers regular tours of its facility, but you're just as welcome to enjoy a pint without knowing everything there is to know about Cleveland's oldest operating brewery.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Dinnertime is when things get interesting in this happening part of the city. Across the street from Great Lakes is chef Karen Small's Flying Fig restaurant. Small was one of the city's first chefs to fully embrace farm-to-table ideas, creating seasonal menus that focus on what is locally available. The cuisine, however, is global, and the bar is a favorite watering hole among some of Cleveland's other top toques. Closer to the Glendennis is Momocho, a hip, and exciting Ohio City restaurant highlighting modern Mexican cuisine with dishes that incorporate a modern flair, unique twists.

Further dining options are available in Tremont. Lolita, on the site of Symon's original Lola and still owned by the famed chef, is one of the city's best, most consistently booked restaurants—true even before he was crowned an Iron Chef. The menu shares its sensibilities with the downtown Lola, though the atmosphere is decidedly more casual—think your favorite neighborhood boîte—and the kitchen is in the very capable hands of executive chef Andy Strizak.

Parallax is routinely among local media's picks for best seafood restaurants in town. Chef Zack Bruell has been a figure of the Cleveland dining scene for nearly two decades. His culinary wanderlust has earned accolades from peers and diners for its inventiveness and approachability. Fahrenheit is another Tremont hot spot, led by chef Rocco Whalen, who honed his skills under the direction of Wolfgang Puck. The boisterous restaurant is a favorite among Clevelanders and those from the outlying suburbs, offering a menu with consistently well-conceived dishes that reflect Whalen's love affair with Asian cuisine and appreciation of contemporary American bistro fare.

Bar Cento
Bar Cento

For an all inclusive dinner and night out, it's hard to beat Bar Cento. Located directly across the street from the West Side Market, it serves an Italian menu 365 days a year until 2 a.m., as well as 99 Belgian beers and 100 wines from around the world. Chefs Michael Nowak and Adam Lambert use local and organic ingredients to craft this laid-back haunt’s seasonal menu with love. Right next door to Bar Cento is McNulty's Bier Market, which specializes in Belgian beer, putting dinner and a pleasant late-night evening all in one.

For more information, contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland, 800-321-1001, 216-621-4110 or www.positivelycleveland.com.


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