Cleveland is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to visit. Located only 30 miles north of Medina, it's the perfect place for me to get my urban fix.
While Medina isn't puny, it does have a sort of rural personality. Farmland is only minutes away from our house, and a few of our new friends actually own their own farms and make a living doing so. We even know people who have their own lake for fishing!
Then there's the story about the Allens being woken up at 4am to find a neighbor's cow eating their raspberries, and the hilarity that ensued when they tried to get the cow back to it's home. Doesn't that remind you of a scene from Anne of Green Gables?
Sure, we've only been to Cleveland three times so far, but it has left its mark on me. During those three visits, we've enjoyed a carnivorous romp at Brasa, taken a driving tour of Tremont, discovered the wonders of the West Side Market, lunched at Sushi Rock, and watched our dear friend Michael Miller perform at a downtown bar.
Some interesting facts about Cleveland:
Cleveland is the 33rd largest city in the United States and is home to Playhouse Square Center, the second largest performing arts center in the United States. Cleveland has served as the setting for several major studio and independent films (This Is Spinal Tap, Major League, Almost Famous, American Splendor, The Soloist, etc.), and Langston Hughes attended high school in Cleveland in the 1910s. Apparently, Cleveland was originally spelled 'Cleaveland' (a fact I just learned by watching TV Land's show, Hot In Cleveland - love that Betty White!).
Not to mention, the Cleveland culinary and tourism scenes are alive and well. We have a growing list of places we want to try, including Momocho, Empress Ethiopian restaurant, and a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich joint called Melt, The Bodies exhibit, Fashion Week, The Rock Hall, and Cleveland's International Film Festival. Plus, for only eight dollars, you can tour the home that made leg lamps popular.
You know you want to move here.