An exceptional group of prints is just one of the permanent collections in the newly renovated Cleveland Museum of Art.
In the same University Circle neighborhood, the Cleveland Botanical Garden is an urban escape.
Two miles to the west, busy Tommy’s serves inventive vegan and vegetarian fare—the milk shakes alone are worth the stop.
At beautiful Lake View Cemetery, self-guided audio tours include stops at Wade Chapel to see the awe-inspiring Tiffany window and the hilltop monument housing the flag-draped casket of President James A. Garfield.
Downtown’s vibrant East 4th Street entertainment district contains Michael Symon’s premier meat-and-potatoes restaurant, Lola Bistro, and rockin’ nightlife.
During the summer, listen to Cleveland Orchestra alfresco at Blossom Music Center.
Cleveland Airport Marriott (from $99) shatters airport hotel stereotypes with its hardwood floors in the room entrances, super-soft king beds, and locally sourced small plates and salads at Amp 150 restaurant.
A half-hour south, 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park has more than 100 miles of trails and plenty of peace.
Waffle flavors change with the season at Lucky’s Cafe; we loved the vanilla bean topped with peaches and strawberries.
At West Side Market, the vendors reflect Cleveland’s melting pot heritage.
Head to Progressive Field for an Indians baseball game.
Beer comes first at the 1860s tavern Great Lakes Brewing Company, with five year-round and nine seasonal craft beers; try the flights for $16.50.
More information: (800) 321-1001; positivelycleveland.com
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Rock fans make pilgrimages to this I.M. Pei-designed glass pyramid along Lake Erie to spend a day celebrating the genre’s evolution and the artists’ spirits, sounds and antiestablishment points of view. (216) 781-7625; rockhall.com
One big party
Summer in Cleveland starts with Parade the Circle (held the second Saturday in June), where art comes to life as stilt-walkers, belly dancers and costumed revelers take to the streets in the University Circle neighborhood. Nearly 75,000 Clevelanders rush to Wade Oval for the parade, free activities and live music that follow in Circle Village. (216) 791-3900; universitycircle.org
Stay to remember
The converted 1910 French Gothic Glidden House mansion delivers luxury with posh guest rooms, pampering amenities and a European-style breakfast buffet in the parlor. Little Italy and all the museums along University Circle are within walking distance. From $149. (216) 231-8900; gliddenhouse.com