Hiking North Chagrin Reservation

Hiking North Chagrin Reservation

If you like to hike, one of the best parks in the Cleveland area is the Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation, which is also the home of Squire’s Castle. North Chagrin reservation has the odd distinction of crossing over and being part of three different towns, Mayfield Village, Willoughby Hills, and Gates Mills. It is a very large park that follows the path of the Chagrin River. The park is a lovely place to picnic, stroll, or walk your dog, but it also has several trails of different lengths and levels of difficulty. If you are a horse owner, there

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Cleveland Dog Parks

What is a dog park? Simply stated, a dog park is a place where people and their dogs can play together. As the name implies, these places offer dogs off-leash play areas while their people enjoy the park-like setting. Amenities, such as fencing, water, parking, and even grass, vary greatly among these places, but ‘off-leash’ and ‘park’ are the key elements that dog owners desire. The ability to share activities with canine family members at a dogpark is important and increasingly recognized by cities nationwide. For some dog owners, a dog park may provide the only opportunity for owners to

Best New Hotels In Cleveland

Best New Hotels In Cleveland

Since Cleveland was the host of the 2016 Republican National Convention, it’s no surprise that the Greater Cleveland area has recently become a hot spot for the construction of new hotels. The building of the new convention center has spawned the need for the city to have at least 16,000 hotel rooms within close proximity to the downtown area. The result is that over the past year and a half, the Cleveland metro area has become the home to six new hotels. Whether you’re just visiting Cleveland, or are already a resident that has a need for a hotel room,

Anatolia Cafe (Cleveland Heights)

If you are looking for delicious food, and ethnic experience, one of the best restaurants in town is Anatolia Cafe, on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.   Anatolia Cafe features Turkish cuisine, which is made freshly at the restaurant. The Lee Road location is a large upsize to a separate building from their old digs at Cedar Center a few years ago.  The new space has a very lovely wine bar as you walk into the left, and the main restaurant to the right.  There is plenty of space for both large and small groups.  You can also order food for

Best Independent Coffee Shops in Cleveland

Best Independent Coffee Shops in Cleveland

Coffee has become part of the morning routine for many of us, and some of us even like to keep the coffee flowing throughout the day. Whatever your preference, you know what a pick me up a good cup of coffee can be. Not only is coffee warm, aromatic, and delicious, it also gives us a great opportunity to sit down and take a few minutes for ourselves or to share our time while socializing with friends and family. It’s easy to fall into the habit of rushing out the door and running through the drive-through of a coffee chain

Christmas Story House and Museum

Are you a fan of the holiday movie A Christmas Story? Did you know that it was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio? The Christmas Story House and Museum (Tremont) that A Christmas Story was filmed in resides in the city of Cleveland, Ohio in the Tremont neighborhood.  The house is open for tours year-round, and there is also A Christmas Story House Museum and gift shop adjacent to the house, which features original props, costumes, and memorabilia from the film, as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. Among the props and costumes are the toys from the Higbee’s window, Randy’s

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

On the east side of Cleveland, in the suburb of Beachwood, OH, you can find a very unique local attraction, The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.  Cleveland has had a very vibrant Jewish community that has had a large impact on the global community, and this museum that was opened in 2005, was designed with one mission, to build bridges of tolerance and understanding by sharing Jewish heritage through the lens of the American experience. Because while it is true that some of the Jewish American experience is unique to the Jewish community, much of the history is common from

Children’s Museum of Cleveland

If you have children 8 years old and under, one of the best places to take them in Cleveland is The Children’s Museum of Cleveland in University Circle. The Children’s Museum is literally a museum for children. Exhibits are interactive and meant to be touched, and are child-sized. Activities are meant to catch a child’s attention and give them the opportunity to freely explore the museum and learn. Over the past two decades, the Children’s Museum has become the only cultural and educational resource completely dedicated to young children in the Cleveland area. The Children’s Museum is dedicated to the

Cleveland’s Terminal Tower History

Terminal Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in the city of Cleveland, towering over Public Square in the center of the city. Standing in Public Square, Terminal Tower is still the most majestic building in the city even though it is no longer the tallest building in Cleveland. (Key Tower is taller.) The Cleveland Union Terminal and Terminal Tower project was the largest construction project of the 1920s in the city. Terminal Tower was built during the 1920s and 1930s and was the tallest building in North America outside of New York City until 1964. The unprecedented engineering

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Top Haunted Houses in Cleveland

Cleveland Haunted Houses & Ghost Tours Did you know that Ohio is the state with the most haunted places in the entire United States?  Well, Cleveland OH certainly has its share of murder, mystery, and mayhem, and luckily there are some fun and spooky ghost tours so that we can learn about some of them. The Torso Murder Tour One of the tours, The Torso Murder Tour, is a 2 hour guided bus tour of the landmark sites of the Kingsbury Run murders, where 13 headless, mostly unidentified bodies terrified a city and shocked a nation. Guests will learn about