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6 Reasons You Should Move to Cleveland

So you’re considering moving to Cleveland? I’m not surprised. Cleveland has a lot to offer, despite what you may have heard. It is being reborn as a vibrant city buzzing with possibility, alive with hope. Here are a few reasons why Cleveland is an awesome place to live right now.

  1. The cost of living is extremely low, about 12% lower than the national average. If you are looking to live an urban lifestyle and have access to all the fun amenities that come with it but don’t want to shell out 3,000 dollars a month for a studio apartment, Cleveland may be right for you.  Right now as I browse through apartments.com I am looking at a beautiful one bedroom, one bath, 1200 sq/ft loft in one of our more expensive neighborhoods for $1250. Wouldn’t it be nice to actually be able to afford to enjoy living in the city instead of living paycheck to paycheck for an apartment the size of a closet?
  2. THE FOOD. Listen, I know everyone claims this about their city. But seriously, Cleveland has some truly incredible restaurants. Maybe it’s because we’re smack dab in the middle of farm country so produce and meats never have to travel very far, or because we’re located on a lake giving us access to plenty of fresh seafood… err lake-food? You may not have 50 options for each category like you would in New York or Chicago, but we guarantee you will never run out of delicious restaurants to try if you move to Cleveland.
  3. Speaking of the lake, did we mention that we aren’t landlocked? Maybe it’s just us, but nothing soothes the soul like looking out over a huge body of water. Lake Erie might not be a swimmer or surfer’s dream, (although we have seen some pretty dedicated surfers shredding at Edgewater) but it sure is nice to get out on a boat or a jet-ski or just sit and have dinner on one of our many waterfront patios. There are a ton of beaches that you can take the kids or your dog to, or maybe just sit and enjoy the sunset over the lake. It’s a little piece of paradise on a warm summer day.
  4. Have a bit of wanderlust? Another great thing about Cleveland is its location in relation to other US cities. Living in Cleveland we are able to do weekend trips in so many other fun places. We are a short drive from Pittsburgh, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Buffalo, Detroit, and Cincinnati. If you’re willing to go a bit farther, we are just about an eight-hour drive from New York City, Nashville, St. Louis, and Ashville, NC. Living in a post-Covid world, having so many cities you can visit without hopping on a plane is a huge benefit.
  5. The people are SO nice here. Maybe it’s the midwest mindset, or they’ve been underdogs their entire life, from previously humbling sports teams to being dubbed “mistake on the lake”, Clevelanders have not been fed with a silver spoon. But what has come from that is a sense of brotherhood and kinsmanship that I’ve never experienced elsewhere. They are cheering for Cleveland, and in order to do that, they have to cheer for each other. There is a mindset of collaboration over competition here because when Cleveland succeeds, we all win. If you’re coming from LA or NYC — the level of politeness will blow your mind.
  6. Afraid to live in the city because you don’t want to feel trapped in a concrete jungle? You MUST experience the Cleveland Metroparks. There are 18 reservations with over 100 hiking trails and nearly 23,000 acres of unadulterated nature await you. The Emerald Necklace is the perfect place to unwind and lose yourself in the great outdoors.

There are so many other perks of living in CLE that are coming to mind as I close out this list.  The beautiful architecture, the shops, the Indians games, the fact that there is almost ZERO traffic here, as well so many other amazing things. If I’m being honest, though, reading this list is only but a step in the right direction. To experience the grit and the glory that is the Sixth City and to truly understand the quality of life that awaits you here, you have to come to see for yourself. We may just surprise you.

Food, Lifestyle, Top Picks, Travel

77 Things to do in Cleveland this Summer

Have your best summer yet! Here’s a list of 75 things that you can do in Cleveland, most of them any day of the week. If you’re in The Land, boredom is not an option.

  1. Have a picnic at Wendy Park
  2. Get boujee by the pool at FWD Day + Night Club
  3. Cool off with some shaved ice at Westcott’s Arctic Ice
  4. Have a drink on the Collision Brewing Company Patio
  5. Rent a jet-ski at Great Lakes Watersports
  6. Do the shuffle at Forest City Shuffleboard
  7. Play giant jenga at Nano Brew
  8. Enjoy a glass of wine on the Rocky River Wine Bar patio
  9. Have lunch by the water at Merwin’s Wharf
  10. Take a hike in the Emerald Necklace
  11. Behold a waterfall at the Rocky River Reservation
  12. See a concert at Jacob’s Pavillion
  13. Fly a kite at Edgewater Park
  14. Check out the view from Azure Rooftop Lounge
  15. Act like a kid at Cedar Point
  16. Feed the giraffes at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  17. Take a tour of the U.S.S. Cod
  18. Take a stroll down East 4th St.
  19. Watch the boats go by at Shooters on the Water
  20. Enjoy University Circle, especially the Cleveland Art Museum (it’s free!)
  21. Watch a movie under the stars in Coventry
  22. Take your puppy to the Downtown Cleveland Dog Park
  23. Have an ice cream cone at Mason’s Creamery
  24. Hear local bands at Edgewater Live on Thursdays
  25. Splash in the fountains at Cleveland Square
  26. Waste a day in Margaritaville
  27. Wine and dine under twinkling lights on the Vosh/Georgetown patio
  28. Explore with Cleveland Cycle Tours
  29. Go for a swim at Foster Pool
  30. Feed the ducks at Clague or Walker Park
  31. Take a ride on the Cleveland Brew Bus
  32. Chill on the giant waterfront staircase at Lakewood Park
  33. Live your best life on the patio at Platform Brewery
  34. Spend the day at the Cleveland Museum of Art
  35. Eat everything in sight at Little Italy
  36. Ride scooters around downtown
  37. Take a stroll down the Erie Canalway
  38. Get spooked by the Haserot Angel
  39. Drink something tropical at Porko
  40. Visit one (or all) of Cleveland’s many community gardens
  41. Sit by the fire at Das Schnitzel Haus
  42. Play mini-golf and eat candy at Sweeties
  43. Wine tasting at Heinen’s downtown
  44. Enjoy a cup of fair trade, organic coffee on Dewey’s patio
  45.  Visit the market at Cavotta’s Garden Center
  46. Take in the view at Voinovich Park
  47. See the sights on Lolly Trolly
  48. Check out a book from the Cleveland library, then read it outside
  49. Drink frosé at The Plum
  50. Get naughty-cal on The Goodtime III
  51. Try paddleboard yoga at SUP Cle
  52. Demolish a hot dog at Happy Dog
  53. Visit the rooftop bar at Greenhouse Tavern
  54. Pasta on the patio at Lockkeepers
  55. Have a beer or play volleyball at Whiskey Island
  56. Party your pants off on the Punchbowl Social roof deck
  57. Go shopping and eat lunch at Crocker Park or Pinecrest
  58. Reel in your catch on Fishcrazy Charters
  59. Learn to rock climb at Nosotros
  60. Explore nature at Brookside Reservation
  61. Play kickball at Tuland Park
  62. See the skyline at Bar 32
  63. Walk around the shops in Gordon Square (or Shaker) Square.
  64. Eat a corndog on a picnic table at Larder
  65. Bask in the sun at Euclid Beach Park or Huntington Beach
  66. Take pictures at the Cleveland script signs
  67. Go to the reflection pond at University Circle
  68. Watch the baseball game on the huge screen on the patio at Jukebox
  69. Ride bikes on the Tow Path
  70. Play volleyball at Mulberry’s in the Flats
  71. See CLE from a new angle on a helicopter tour with Paratus Air
  72. Kayak on the Cuyahoga River
  73. Have a refreshing bubble tea at Thai Thai
  74. Throwdown at Cleveland Axe Throwing
  75. Drink and drive at Topgolf (get it?)
  76. Go-karting at Airport Go-Karts
  77. Visit Squires Castle! Wear hiking boots to explore the woods behind it.

How many of these can you check off this summer? Anything on your summer to-do list that we missed?

Food, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Reviews, Tips, Top Picks, Travel

15 Things to do Indoors in Cleveland

 

by Megan Breehl-Pitorak

Summer is the season to live outdoors, especially for local Clevelanders who need quality vitamin D time to recover from long, brutal winters. But even in the summer rainy days happen and we don’t think you should let a little rain drain the fun out of summer! We’re sharing 15 indoor places in and around Cleveland to explore when you need to escape the weather.  

We know there’s plenty more too, so after you’ve read through, leave a comment with your favorite indoor activity or place to help our readers get even more ideas!

 

Photo via @oh_sograceful

1. Cleveland History Center

It’s important to understand the history of your city, so why not start with a trip to the Cleveland History Center? It covers everything from WWI and women in politics, to the automotive industry and the city’s historic mansions, to the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, which may look familiar as you can see it from the sidewalk outside (And yes, you can ride it!).  

Photo via FreshWater Cleveland

2. Grog Shop

The Grog Shop has a show lined up 365 days of the year, so whether you’re looking to enjoy music with friends on the weekend, or you’re in need of an impromptu date night to liven up a mundane Monday, be sure to check out the Grog Shop’s calendar. We love the variety of entertainment they offer – from comedy acts and hip-hop artists, to ‘80s dance nights. 

Photo via BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio

3. BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio

Get your hands dirty during an art class at BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio in the Waterloo Arts District. The studio, tucked behind Six Shooter Coffee, offers two-hour wheel classes for $60. You’ll get to learn how to make a cup, bowl, and plate. The price includes not only the experience, but you’ll also get to take home the pieces you make, so you can feel proud as you sip your morning coffee from your handmade mug.  Click here to see the studio’s upcoming class dates.

Photo via Sacred Hour

4. Sacred Hour Spa 

#Selfcare is not a trend; it’s a lifestyle. Why not turn a rainy day in CLE into an opportunity to zen-out at the beautiful Sacred Hour Spa, located in nearby Lakewood. The Korean Scrub sounds like pure bliss, or you could go for the glow with a facial treatment. See all the spa services here.

 

Photo by Dean Kaufman via MoCa

5. MoCA

If you haven’t been yet to MoCA in Uptown Cleveland, now is the time to go, as it’s celebrated its 50th anniversary with FREE admission. What we love about MoCA: it’s a smaller museum so you can get your art fix even if you only have a half hour or so to spare. Also, the MoCA gift shop is a hidden gem of unique gifts and treasures you’ll want to snag for yourself and others. 

Photo via Cleveland Scene

6. Cleveland Museum of Art

You didn’t think we’d recommend MoCA and not mention the Cleveland Museum of Art, did you? Cleveland is lucky to have accessible art at our fingertips, and the Cleveland Museum of Art — which is also free — is at the epicenter of that community. 

Photo via Skyzone

7. Skyzone

Remember the days when nothing could be more fun than going to your friend-with-the-trampoline’s house? (If you were that house, we’re jealous.) Skyzone is the ultimate playground for adults — kids welcome too — where you can jump around a giant building filled with trampolines, foam pits, and…need we say more? We know you were sold at “trampoline.” Learn more here.

Photo via Tabletop Cafe

8. Tabletop Cafe

Tabletop Cafe, Cleveland’s first and largest board game cafe, has over 1,000 games to choose from. WHAT?! Grab a friend and go play a game that will bring on major childhood nostalgia. They have a yummy menu of sandwiches, flatbreads, and other snack foods to keep you fueled to win, as well as a brunch menu for a Sunday Funday tradition waiting to happen. 

Photo via Playhouse Square

9. Playhouse Square

We don’t mean to be predictable, but there’s a reason Playhouse Square is on every Cleveland to-do list. We’re fortunate to have such a strong performing arts hub (second largest in the country to NYC, guys!) with a stacked calendar of shows and events nearly every day of the week. 

Photo via Van Aken District

10. Van Aken District

While new to town, the Van Aken District is quickly becoming the East Side’s coolest gathering spot. The new food + shopping hub offers a small street with trendy boutiques, but we recommend heading to the food hall on the days you’re looking to hide from the weather. From On The Rise pastries, to the best veggie sandwich and bowls in town at Brassica, your taste buds will forever thank you. 

Photo via Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

11. Botanical Gardens

Sometimes we just need to be around nature, and rain or shine, there are two great indoor gardens to explore in the city of Cleveland. The impressive Cleveland Botanical Garden in University Circle is set up on one side as a Costa Rican rainforest and on the other as the desert of Madagascar. If you’re on a budget, head to the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse in the Cultural Gardens, which offers free admission, but is just as beautiful and calming to stroll through. 

Photo via Limelight

12. Limelight

Having one of those weekends where you need to get some work done? Mix it up and get a day pass to one of Cleveland’s co-working spaces.  Limelight offers a $20 day pass to its vibrant space, which includes access to computers, printers, scanners, coffee and tea, and meeting rooms.  

Photo via West Side Market

13. West Side Market

The West Side Market is a point of pride for the city of Cleveland. The rich history of the building and the community of vendors and shoppers that have come through its doors since 1912 is remarkable and a city tradition we hope lives on forever. Support the great businesses that make up the market by grabbing a bite to eat and fresh ingredients for your next authentic Cleveland home-cooked meal. PS: The market is now open on Sundays, too!

Photo via AffoGATO Cat Cafe

14. AffoGATO Cat Café 

Cleveland’s first cat café opened earlier this year, and we are here for it. Not just because it’s a place to go to snuggle the little furballs when you need a mood lift, but because it houses adoptable cats and creates a safe space for them to interact with people and other cats. The café is in a separate area than the cat lounge, so if you immediately thought, “Ew, cat hair and food,” don’t worry; you can have your cake — and cats too. 

Photo via Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

15. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad 

Hop aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for a change of scenery. This is a great option for parents who want to get the kids out of the house, but also don’t have the energy to chase them around.  The train goes through the CVNP and has a few different boarding stations. Learn more here.

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