Home Sweet Cleveland


Everyone that knows me knows how much I love my Cleveland. Whether you’re new to town or a life-long resident here are some of my favorite spots:

1. Brian Jones Art Gallery-Little Italy. Brian’s art is bold & inspiring. He’s also a musician which comes out in many of his pieces. If you’re lucky, he’ll be strumming his guitar when you visit. http://www.brianjonesart.com/3/artist.asp?ArtistID=7655&Akey=9B782DLQ

2. St. Stanislaus Church-Slavic Village. Even if you’re not Catholic, or religious whatsoever, this gorgeous piece of history is worth checking out. One of the first Polish Catholic churches in America, it was built in 1891 and still holds services in Polish. http://ststanislaus.org/index.html

3. University Circle. So much to see & do in just this location! Cleveland Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, Children’s Museum, Botanical Gardens…that’s just a few of culturally amazing and fun things to do. Oh, and a lot of it is FREE! Also, it’s just around the corner from Little Italy, Coventry (another hip spot), and Case Western Reserve University. http://www.universitycircle.org/

4. Lilly’s Chocolates-Tremont. Since opening in 2008, this shop to me is THE place to buy chocolates. Amanda & Josh (the fabulous owners) created an amazing space that offers tastings, gifts and a very cool selection of craft beer & wines.  http://lillytremont.com/

5. Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Whether you are just kinda into music or you are a true aficionado, the Rock Hall has something for everyone. Six floors filled with memorabilia, costumes, original documents, listening stations, movies…you can easily spend a whole day. But I recommend 2 just to make sure you see everything! Currently the ‘Women In Rock’ exhibit is open on the 5th and 6th floors and I highly recommend not missing it! (My fave piece is Cher’s costume…). Also, you must watch the Hall of Fame Inductees movie on the 3rd floor before checking out the Inductee signature wall. It’s about 3 hours long, but you’ll be so engaged in singing and dancing along to all the great music that you won’t believe how much time has passed. It’s my absolute favorite part of the whole museum. http://rockhall.com/

6. Banyan Tree-Tremont. One-of-a kind designer clothes, accessories & home decor. Loooove it. http://www.shopbanyantree.com/

7. Evie Lou-Tremont. Another heavenly clothing store,  Kim Crow’s Evie Lou is a perfect spot to find the latest fashions. It offers a lot of eco-friendly designs & for all sizes! http://evielou.com/

8. Clifton Martini & Wine Bar-Cleveland. Located on Clifton Blvd between the Shoreway & Lakewood, this quaint restaurant and lounge is a great place to relax with friends or take a date. I recommend their pizzas and Spicy Martini. http://cliftonmartini.com/

9. Cleveland Botanical Gardens-University Circle. Words can’t fully express how gorgeous the gardens are. But beyond the beauty of the place are the list of exciting things happening there, such as Greenhouse Explorations, T’ai Chi in the Gardens, story time in the gardens for the youngsters and even an upcoming Gingerbread Competition! http://www.cbgarden.org/

10. Playhouse Square-Downtown Cleveland (Theatre District). Originally constructed in the 1920s, this is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in downtown Cleveland. It consists of the Ohio, State, Hanna, Allen, Palace and e.14th theatres, Kennedy’s Cabaret and Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre. Everything from National Broadway tours, movies, Comedy tours, Cabaret acts and Musical Acts ranging from Dave Koz to Vince Gill play here. The Playhouse also has an educational department where they offer workshops and master classes. http://www.playhousesquare.org/default.asp?playhousesquare=1

Hope to have encouraged you to check out these great places, and if you’re an out-of-towner I hope I’ve inspired you to check out my home sweet home…Cleveland.

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