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. •••

WHAT TO DO:

GETTING THERE:

One short hour north on I-77 as the crow flies

STOPS ALONG THE WAY:

Akron

START WITH DESSERT:

Have your cake and eat it, too … first thing in the morning with Tiramisu pancakes from Jack Flaps.

LUNCH:

Some of the most inventive culinary menus are coming out of Ohio City, and the best of the crop is Crop Bistro & Bar, offering modern American fare served inside a spectacular 1920s bank lobby.

DINNER:

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.


DRINKS:

Shot skis, Neil Young and giant flagons of ale at Hofbrauhaus Cleveland.

FLOWER POWER:

Pluck an everlasting bouquet of paper flowers from Love, Anji or find some great vintage lighting and furniture from Land of Plenty.

ROCK OUT:

Whether you prefer your rock of the Hendrix variety or the geology variety, Cleveland has the cure for what ails you at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center.

TREND SPOT:

Tremont has some eclectic, fashion-forward boutiques, such as April Snow Boutique and Banyan Tree, vintage consignment shops and local cocktail haunts.

BATTER UP:

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!

About The Author

Vice President

Jess Bennett leads a dynamic team in overseeing all facets of About magazine, Stark County's award-winning lifestyle monthly, and other specialty publications. Bennett was previously the director of marketing and events for the Canton Regional Chamber, where she directed all advertising, marketing, PR and web, including promotion and publicity for more than 70 events annually. She is the founder and volunteer executive director for Indigo Ink Press, a nonprofit literary publishing house in Canton. She currently serves on the board of the YWCA of Canton, is a winner of the ‘Thrive Under 35′ marketing award and the Twenty Under 40! award, presented by ystark! and The Repository.

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