Wedding Weekend: Cleveland, Ohio


The best thing about going to a wedding (besides, um, bearing witness to the undying love and union of two people) is the excuse to visit a place you’ve never been before. Chicago or L.A. might be on your travel wish list, but not necessarily Cleveland, Ohio. (Or perhaps it’s just a bit farther down.) This summer we had fun exploring the (former) home of LeBron James (sorry guys), The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one mean honey latte. Below, some of our stops and some things on the list for next time. . .

Lola

‘Iron Chef’ Michael Symon’s candlelit restaurant dials up the fancy factor, but the friendly service makes for a more relaxed vibe. The standouts we tasted were Beef Cheek Pierogis with wild mushrooms and horseradish creme fraiche (tender, doughy and rich), Smoked Berkshire Pork Chop with polenta and grilled onions, and Maple Bacon Ice Cream (part of the ‘6am Special’) for dessert.

Lucky’s Cafe

A true neighborhood joint serving a Heavenly breakfast — we tried the vanilla bean waffles with strawberry and rhubard compote and the mac and cheese (not a breakfast food but way too good to wait for the appropriate meal.) The menu is made from as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, including herbs from their backyard garden. I’m still craving the local-honey-sweetened latte.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Behold Jerry Garcia’s guitar and the Trabant cars from U2’s 1992 Zoo TV Tour set design. The coolest thing about this place might be architect I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid sitting on the edge of Lake Erie.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Decked with twinkling tea-lights, the terrace at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens made for a particularly enchanting wedding reception venue. During cocktail hour we strolled through the Rose, Woodland and Japanese Gardens, and dinner and dancing happened around a lovely pool dotted with floating water lilies.

And with only 36 hours in Cleveland, we left a few places for next time, including The Cleveland Art Museum, Coventry Village and Tommy’s Restaurant. Feel free to weigh in with your picks!

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