First Impressions: Cleveland


visit-cleveland-motherhood-menagerieThis was our first trip to Cleveland, but will definitely not be our last.  We barely scratched the surface of all this creative city has to offer.  It’s bursting at the seems with music, art, architecture, and beer…lots and lots of beer.

The Arcade – Originally built as the first indoor shopping mall in the US (1890), it is a decadently beautiful building that is now home to a hotel, spa, and small shops.  Every Saturday they offer free architecture walking tours rain or shine.



East 4th Street District – The food, oh my gosh, the food.  This is also where House of Blues is located which usually has a pretty good line up coming through given Cleveland is the home of rock and roll and all.  Be sure to check out The Butcher and The Brewer, Zocalo, and Erie Coffee Company.

Pour Cleveland – If you are a coffee snob (hand raised), visit Pour. My single origin espresso was delightful, alongside the husband’s Chemex.  Good stuff right here.   Also–the interior is two thumbs up.

POUR Cleveland


Cleveland Museum of Art – Free!  And its one of the largest collections, with the largest breadth, I’ve ever seen in a city museum outside of NYC.  The current exhibit was Painting the Modern Garden:  Monet to Matisse and it was beautiful.  Heartbreakingly beautiful.  If you’ve never understand how intricately woven art and history really are, I highly recommend visiting this exhibit.  However, you will need to go to Cleveland because that is this exhibit’s only US stop.



The Circle – If you make it to the art museum, you’re already at the circle.  It’s very Bostonian feeling loop of museums and history.  If the weather is perfect, grab a bike rental and enjoy this historic part of the city away from downtown.









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