There is an ache in us that only travel can fill. Somewhere between alarm clock buzzes and red traffic lights there’s a space within us that knows that we should be and could be somewhere greater. So pencil in those saved PTO days, and roam there. Wander to a place that offers an intelligent escape. Find yourself in one of the many hotels in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
Why Cleveland? It’s industrial, it’s cosmopolitan, it’s a lakeside retreat, and it’s a Midwestern city that still has some of that Rust Belt grit in its swagger. As you find yourself wandering through your everyday routines, know that hotels in Cleveland await. Waiting for you to take a seat amongst the roaring crowds of a Cavaliers game, waiting for you to unfurl on the sands of Lake Erie, and waiting for you to press your fingertips against the glass of famous rock and roll memorabilia. Be a part of something here. Find your perfect hotel in Cleveland, and get to know Ohio.
For the Sports Fans
There is a king of Cleveland and his castle is the Cavaliers Arena. We’re talking about “King James” himself, LeBron James. Much has been written about Cleveland’s own son. Born in Akron and drafted at the age of 18, James was thought of as the area’s golden child, the one who would bring greatness to the sports-obsessed landscape of Ohio. He did bring those championships rings—first in Miami for the Miami Heat—then finally, finally in Ohio, with the 2016 championship of the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Golden State Warriors. While you’re in town, visit a Cavaliers game, and know what it means to feel the thrill of anticipation pump in your blood. If hometown pride is seeing your team through the best and worst of times, then go to a Cleveland Browns football game at FirstEnergy Stadium (better known as the Dawg Pound) to see die-hard fans give it their all despite the weekly heartbreak these days. Or get in a seventh inning stretch with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field to partake in the great American pastime of baseball. Paint your face with bright colors and join in the crowds. Select your pick of downtown Cleveland hotel rooms early, as the rooms closest to the arenas and fields sell out quickly.
For the Gourmands
If you are only here for a short while and are staying at one of the many hotels near Hopkins International Airport, if there is one thing you need to do it is grab some local custard. There are some dishes that change your life, and frozen custard is one of them. Thick and creamy. Authentic. No hipster Mason jar distractions or strange toppings you only pretend to know how to pronounce. Just perfect, creamy frozen custard that locals still dream about when they travel away from home. Let this native treat—especially from East Coast Custard—wrap its way around your heart and change your palette forever. Order the Turtle Sundae. You won’t be disappointed.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
As Ice Cube once said during N.W.A.’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Rock and roll is not an instrument. It’s not even a style of music. It’s a spirit.” The spirit to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable, the will to bend expectations, and the talent to change the course of taste is what makes the musicians of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends. Roam into the interactive museum and see Joey Ramone’s leather jacket, Johnny Cash’s guitar, and Stevie Wonder’s harmonica, amongst other tokens of greatness. As you walk back to your Cleveland lodging, you might just feel inspired to make a little music of your own. And what is travel if not to spin your thoughts in new loops and patterns? The Rock and Rock Hall of Fame is regarded as one of the top things to do in Cleveland, so don’t leave it off your list!
West Side Market
A century old and still kicking—it’s a goal most of us aspire to. In Cleveland, the West Side Market holds the torch as one of the city’s oldest institutions. Framed by a dome ceiling made of bricks and tall glass panes emitting the soft hues of sunshine, the market is home to a cornucopia of fresh seafood, crafts, and meats wrapped in parchment. Even if you only wander through the aisles window shopping, the view can’t be beat. It’s open year-round so you can hide amongst the trinkets when the Ohio breeze blows strong. You may just find a treasure worth bringing home.
PLACES TO BE
A part of us always yearns for the sea. Maybe it’s the everlasting crescendo of the waves or the slight burn of the sand beneath our toes, but whatever it is, it beckons us to the water’s edge. Lake Erie is a beacon to most wanderers around Ohio, and for good reason. The beaches here are stunning. Stretch your limbs at Maumee Bay State Park Beach, Huntington Beach, and East Harbor State Park Beach, to name some of the top destinations. Unspool your towel upon the strand and allow the seagull calls to narrate the soundtrack of the day. When you’re figuring out where to stay in Cleveland, try grabbing a spot near the shore—these rooms are some of the most popular rooms in town. And don’t miss the islands around Lake Erie. Board a ferry to Put-in-Bay or Kelleys Island State Park Beach for hotels near Cleveland where memories are created to last a lifetime.
When you follow the sounds of guitar strings and pint glasses clinking together, you’ll end up at the Flats. Situated at the juncture of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River, the Flats is where restaurants rise from the land, where stages play host to bands every weekend, and where boutiques welcome any traveler looking for a new treasures to bring home with them. To be here is exactly where you always wanted to be all along.
There is nothing that says your life must be ordinary. There is no rule stating you can’t seek a place full of contrasts, face paint, and crashing waves to fill your imagination. So seek it. Find yourself in Cleveland hotels and get to know what this Ohio city has to offer you. Wander wisely.