For most people Cleveland is firmly off the radar when it comes to romantic holiday destinations, but, for those willing to give the city a chance, there are a number of excellent attractions that are perfect for couples.
The city’s West Side Market is a well-known culinary attraction and a good place to start our romantic adventure. Wandering through its aisles of fresh and cooked-food stalls is a hugely satisfying experience for food enthusiasts and it’s made even better by the market’s historic setting
If the weather’s nice outside, buy some food at the market and have a romantic picnic at Edgewater Park, which is just a few minutes away by car. This park is set on Lake Erie and offers great views of the city skyline.
One neighborhood that couples should make a point to visit while in Cleveland is University Circle. Here visitors will find tree-lined streets, historic houses and a host of attractions suitable for couples.
The Cleveland Botanical Garden is in the neighborhood and is the place to go for a romantic stroll. Once visitors are done exploring its ten acres of manicured gardens they can visit the garden’s glasshouse, which has sections devoted to both the Costa Rican rainforest and the Madagascar spiny desert.
Art lovers, meanwhile, will be pleased to know that University Circle hosts both the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA).
The Cleveland Museum of Art should be travelers’ first stop, as it is the larger of the two museums and houses a collection of more than 40,000 pieces that spans several centuries and continents. The museum’s huge endowment has allowed it to collect some truly exemplary pieces and keep the admission free at the same time.
Nearby, MOCA has only just moved into its new, visually striking home, which was designed by acclaimed architect Farshid Moussavi. MOCA, however, is a non-collecting institution, which means that its appeal to visitors is dependent upon the exhibitions it hosts. Of course, there are a number of rotating exhibitions that often feature prominent artists from around the United States and some up-and-comers from the Cleveland Area, but be sure to look at the schedule in advance.
Another high-culture activity in University Circle is the Cleveland Orchestra. Founded in 1918, the Cleveland Orchestra is a member of the “Big Five” club of the nation’s premier symphony orchestras. Playing out of the stately Severance Hall, a night out at the orchestra can be incredibly fun and romantic. Dressing up in suits and cocktail dresses and enjoying wine over intermission, what’s not to like?
To get the most of their trip to Cleveland, couples should consider staying at the Glidden House Hotel. This stunning boutique hotel is situated right in the heart of University Circle, just across the street from the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and its early 20th century architecture harkens back to a time when travel was more glamorous and much less arduous.
The Glidden House Hotel is also perfect for couples looking to tie the knot, as the hotel hosts a number of events and weddings. Just imagine the scene, as a handsome couple expresses their unadulterated love underneath a gazebo on the hotel’s well-kept grounds before retiring into the gothic-style mansion for a banquet with friends and family.
Those wishing to venture outside of Cleveland – honeymoon perhaps? – can check out some of the many wineries in Ashtabula and Lake Counties, which are both just east of the city. The areas around the towns Madison and Geneva-On-The-Lake are particularly scenic.
All in all, Cleveland is a pretty cool place and travelers would be wise to give it a chance.