Going to Cleveland for Convention? Follow the Mayor’s advice for a good time…

By Jane Campbell, WCGA member and former Mayor of Cleveland (2002-2006) and first female Mayor of Cleveland

For my friends in the Women’s Congressional Golf League –

So Sally is always looking out for you and after our game yesterday when we were talking with a few reporters who were on their way to Cleveland she asked me to write about a few highlights of my beloved hometown.

We do have a great food scene. One of my personal favorite Chefs is Zack Bruell who now has eight restaurants – all different and all delightful. You will never go wrong at his place.

You should also check out Rocco Whalen whose Fahrenheit restaurant in the Tremont neighborhood is great food and a fun atmosphere.

For the view, a not to be missed cocktail at the new bar that just opened at the downtown Hilton lets you see our Great Lake, our working port and the river, as well as the town.

Exploring and enjoying

A walk down E. 4th Street is full of fun places to eat and drink as is a walk at our newly redeveloped East Bank of the Flats along the Cuyahoga River. Crossing the bridge to the West Side Market, Cleveland’s ethnic food market for over 100 years, is totally worth the time. Once you are there a stop at the Great Lakes Brewing company across the street or one of the other brew pubs is always fun.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is totally worth the time and right on the Lakefront. The music and the clothes worn by performers bring back memories…

If you are looking for an experience a bit more sophisticated jump on the Health Line, our bus rapid transit to University Circle. Our Art Museum is one of the finest in the world – and the dining experience there is great as well with a restaurant by Doug Katz, another one of Cleveland’s fine independent restaurateurs. The Botanical Garden has a magical butterfly garden and is a wonderful respite from the politics of the day. The Natural History museum is great fun with a set of dinosaur bones that seemed just HUGE when I was growing up. The Cleveland Orchestra is playing at their summer home, Blossom Music Festival just south of Cleveland so you can see Severance Hall but will miss the “best band in the land” according to Time Magazine. I expect you will go to the convention in the evening so a trip to Blossom while wonderful might not be in the cards for this trip.

Getting some exercise –
With all of the good food and drink a walk might be in order. The Cleveland Lakefront state park is great for a walk on the beach. Our emerald necklace of metropolitan parks rings the county and many of the metro parks have quality public golf courses. The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath trail connects Cleveland to Canton along the old Erie Canal – a great place for walking, running or biking (rental bikes are available).

Enjoy your stay!