Mistake on the Lake no more, Cleveland has become a destination for foodies, entrepreneurs and the king of the NBA, looking to extend his reign as we go to print with this issue (fingers crossed).
There’s a special energy to Believeland these days, and the trip won’t even take a full hour of your time (perfect for leafing through the latest issue of About).
Plan a getaway around one of the many festivals and fairs happening in the area.
Our top pick this summer is Night Market Cleveland, an exciting farmers’ market, makers’ market, food festival and entertainment series mash-up, celebrating cultural diversity and local talent.
Looking for some rising stars? Head to the Gordon Square neighborhood and shop FOUNT fine leather goods at its recently opened flagship. Each bag and accessory is handcrafted in Cleveland. While you’re there, browse the racks at HausFrau Record Shop and new and pre-owned menswear boutique, Trunk Collective.
It’s not quite New York City, but with a giant, glittering chandelier beckoning you to the stage at Playhouse Square, you can count on an incredible mix of Broadway musicals, plays, ballets and more. •••
One short hour north on I-77 as the crow flies
STOPS ALONG THE WAY:
START WITH DESSERT:
Have your cake and eat it, too … first thing in the morning with Tiramisu pancakes from Jack Flaps.
East Fourth Street is the perfect destination for dining, nightlife and entertainment. Just blocks from sporting events, the JACK Casino and House of Blues, you can enjoy craft brews at Butcher and the Brewer (we recommend the curiously delicious albino stout) and grown-up bacon cheese fries from Greenhouse Tavern.
Shot skis, Neil Young and giant flagons of ale at Hofbrauhaus Cleveland.
Take in a Tribe game at the coolest place in the park: The Right Field District for just $13. The party is standing room only and the first drink is on the home team!