Heading to Philly – So much more to enjoy than cheesesteaks…

For WCGA members and friends heading to Philly –

I can’t compete with Jane’s inside knowledge of Cleveland, but I do consider myself a Philly girl and still cheer for the Eagles, so here are a few of my suggestions.

Philly has a great food scene but some of the best restaurants are BYO. Yes, pack your bags with a few bottles of wine. You’ll save a ton on the bill and avoid having to try and find a PA state store. The best BYOs are usually small table places, so go ahead and make a reservation. My favorites are Modo Mio (cash only but so worth it as 4 courses/$35 and equal to any restaurant in DC), Monsu, Radicchio Café, or Pumpkin.

If you like LeDiplomate in DC, you can check out one of Stephen Starr’s many restaurants in Philly. I like the rooftop of the Continental downtown for drinks.

Exploring and enjoying
A walk in Old City is always a nice way to pass the time. You can start on Market Street and walk north on 2nd or 3rd streets to see cute boutiques, the Betsy Ross house, or walk on Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuous residential street in the country. If you walk over to 6th street, check out National Constitution Center (just as impressive as the Newseum) or go south to play tourist at the Liberty Bell.

The Reading Terminal is perfect to pick up a quick lunch and try some authentic local food. Walk outside to the LOVE statute and have a picnic lunch. Or walk a few more blocks to the famous public park, Rittenhouse Square, which is surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and bars.

If you feel like walking off the good food from the Reading Terminal, walk along the Ben Franklin Parkway and check out Philly’s world-class museums. The Barnes, with its world renowned post-impressionist, early modern art collection has to be seen to be believed, and the Rodin Museum is the third largest collection in the world.

Locally, as a way to address graffiti, arts have been encouraged with public murals. To date, there are 3,600 murals around the city and worth one of the tours if you have time. If you find yourself on South Street, go check out Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Garden.

Night life
Philly has a similar vibe to Baltimore with a ton of cute neighborhoods with their own local bars and nightlife. My favorites are in Northern Liberty – head to Standard Tap and have a relaxed, fun time. N. 3rd is close by for dinner and drinks too.

Hope you enjoy your stay!

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!

WCGA Spotlighted at Women’s Golf Month Reception

IMG_1703On June 22, WCGA was proud to join with other women’s golf organizations in the area to co-host the Women’s Golf Month Reception. This annual event attracts nearly 300 women who come to network, shop, and learn about mentoring opportunities for the Girls Golf program. The keynote, Kathryn Carson, Chief Legal Officer for the United States Golf Association, shared insights into the future of the sport but also provided a personal story of how golf helped her with overcome a career setback and come out ahead.