Neighborhoods: Tremont

(photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Life) http://greaterclevelandlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Tremont_Cleveland_Neighborhood.jpg
(photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Life)

Contributed by Emily Poirier

Tremont, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods, and the former location of the defunct Cleveland University which has since become the lovely Lincoln Park, is an up and coming neighborhood full of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and historic attractions.

Located west of the Cuyahoga River and south of the Ohio City neighborhood and Downtown, the most popular and walkable Tremont area is centered around the Chelsea Building, one of the oldest high rise buildings in the city.

Tremont is home to a number of noteworthy restaurants including Lolita, a trendy spot from the well-known chef and restaurateur, Michael Symon, and more casual eateries featuring sunny patios like The South Side and Fat Cats. No meal in Tremont is complete without a visit to Lily’s Handmade Chocolates, a treat for both chocolate lovers and craft beer devotees, or a stop at one of the two ice cream shops, Tremont Scoops and Churned.

Lemko Hall (photo courtesy of THD3 via WikiMedia) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lemko_Hall_7-10-11.jpg
Lemko Hall (photo courtesy of THD3 via WikiMedia)

Aside from food and sweet confections Tremont boasts numerous other attractions. This includes quirky clothing and accessory stores like Evie Lou and Banyan Tree, a seemingly endless number of art galleries like Brandt Gallery, Eikona Gallery, and Inside-Outside Art Gallery, and The Loop which is in a league all its own as a two story coffee shop with an extensive record store hidden away on the second floor.

The area is also known for its historic churches which offer a range of different architecture styles like St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Movie buffs will especially enjoy A Christmas Story House and Museum, the original home featured in the 1983 film, and adjacent museum that are both open to the public for tours. And Lemko Hall on West 11th Street, a building with a rich history of its own that is now home to retail establishments and condominiums, but is best known for being the location of the wedding reception in the 1978 movie, The Deer Hunter.

(photo courtesy of Fresh Water) http://www.freshwatercleveland.com/
(photo courtesy of Fresh Water)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information

Tremont City Guide. Cleveland.com

Tremont Historic District. National Park Service

 

 

 

 

Neighborhoods: Ohio City

By Jeremy Feador, Host Committee member

Guardians of Traffic (photo courtesy Einar Einarsson Kvaran via WikiMedia) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HHLorain-pylon2.jpg
Guardians of Traffic (photo courtesy Einar Einarsson Kvaran via WikiMedia)

Ohio City, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cleveland, is now one of the most popular areas to hang out and grab a beer. A short car ride or long walk from the convention center, Ohio City’s main thoroughfare, West 25th Street, is where you can grab some food and check out a ballgame at the bar.

If you are looking for a place to run, start at Progressive Field and make the one mile run over the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge over to West 25th. You’ll enjoy some neat views of Cleveland and be greeted by The Guardians of Traffic.

The Westside Market, which has been covered in previous blog posts, is always a nice stop. However, if you are visiting Ohio City, there is a good chance you are checking out one of the fabulous microbrews. Perhaps the most well-known is Great Lakes Brewing Company. GLBC offers quite a few history themed beers (The Wright Pils, Elliot Ness Lager, Burning River Pale Ale) and a cozy atmosphere to enjoy your delicious brew. Rumor has it that Elliot Ness’ gun went off while in the bar (before it was GLBC) and the bullet hole can still be seen. GLBC also offers tours on Fridays and Saturdays.

Great Lakes Brewing Company (photo courtesy GLBC) https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/
Great Lakes Brewing Company (photo courtesy GLBC)

Across the street you can visit Market Garden Brewery. August in Cleveland is usually very enjoyable, so grab a beer and join some friends in Market Garden’s patio. Follow in the footsteps of Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio and visit Townhall, another spacious eatery that offers a variety of beers. For the bike enthusiast, stop by Nano Brew. Offering 24 beers on tap, including some of their very own creations, Nano Brew also offers bikers the ability to tune-up their bikes. A partnership with the Joy Machines Bike Shop has helped to create the Nano Brew Bike Tune-up Station inside the bar.

If you are hungry for history (and food) make sure you stop by Mitchells Homemade Ice Cream and Crop Bistro. Mitchells, an award winning local ice cream shop offers a variety of flavors. They even collaborate with GLBC to create (non-alcoholic) beer ice cream. The Ohio City location opened in 2014. The building dates back to 1919 and was once a performance space for vaudeville acts.

Speaking of rehabbing historic buildings, if you are looking for a fancy dinner, try Crop Bistro. Located in a former bank building, the grandiose building has lovely golden ceilings and a spacious feel. Originally built in 1925, the original bank vault still sits intact. In fact, you can even grab dinner in the vault!

Cleveland’s Ohio City has come a long way in the last 30 years. Whether it is to grab a beer, ice cream cone, or dinner, making the trip to Ohio City is well worth it!

Crop Bistro (photo courtesy Crop Bistro) http://cropbistro.com/
Crop Bistro (photo courtesy Crop Bistro)

 

More information:

Ohio City website

Ohio City Guide Cleveland.com

Ohio City (City of Ohio). The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University

Nano Brew (photo courtesy of Discovering Cleveland) http://discoveringcleveland.com/nano-brew/
Nano Brew (photo courtesy of Discovering Cleveland)

Neighborhoods: Coventry Village

By Jill Tatem, Host Committee member

These days there may be more tattoos than tie-dye, but Coventry still retains the quirky independence that made it Cleveland’s hippie haven in the ’60s.

About 2 miles east of University Circle, in Cleveland Heights, Coventry Road between Mayfield Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard is two blocks of restaurants, bars, and shops.

You can find burgers and fries, vegan, Thai and Japanese cuisine, comfort food of all varieties, and one of the best milkshakes you’ve ever had (Tommy’s). Besides a wine bar (La Cave du Vin), Coventry offers concerts (Grog Shop), and numerous happy hour venues.

Coventry has, not one, but two, independent bookstores (Mac’s Backs and Revolution Books). You can find vintage toys and collectibles (Big Fun), vinyl records (Record Revolution), clothing and accessories — for you and your pets, Cleveland souvenirs and work of Cleveland artists (In the 216), and a real hardware store (Heights Hardware).

Be sure to visit Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park. Even if there’s no yoga or outdoor movie showing, it is a fun place to finish your Coventry visit.

More details are available at http://coventryvillage.org, including a Google Map.

 

Other Cleveland Heights shopping and dining districts include

Cedar Fairmount

Cedar Lee 

Fairmount Taylor

Coventry Village (Photo courtesy THD3 Wikimedia Commons)
Coventry Village (Photo courtesy THD3 Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

Happy Hour in Cleveland

By Jill Tatem, Host Committee member

One of the dangers of a packed and stimulating conference program is data clog. Experienced archivists know that taking breaks to refresh, relax, and chat with colleagues is essential. Fortunately, downtown Cleveland offers a range of venues for happy hour rejuvenation.

Some of those restaurants and bars also offer glimpses of Cleveland’s historic architecture, including:

A grocery store may seem a strange location for happy hour, but Heinen’s downtown is not your typical grocery store. Housed in the renovated Cleveland Trust Rotunda at East 9th and Euclid, the 2nd floor Lounge offers numerous wine and beer selections, small plates, people watching, and wonderful views of this renovated historic building.

 Downtown neighborhoods with concentrations of bars and restaurants are

The Host Committee’s restaurant spreadsheet offers more choices, both in these downtown neighborhoods and farther afield.

Cleveland RTA’s C-Line Trolley provides free transportation from the Convention Center to all these areas all day on weekends and evenings on week days.

Happy Hour guides are available from

 Cheers!

(photo courtesy Susan Frazier via Flickr Creative Commons)
(Happy Hour. photo courtesy Susan Frazier via Flickr Creative Commons)

Eating in the CLE

"The Greenhouse Tavern Snags Award for Best Vegetarian Sandwich in America" (image courtesy of Instagram user @thegreenhousetavern)
“The Greenhouse Tavern Snags Award for Best Vegetarian Sandwich in America” (image courtesy of Instagram user @thegreenhousetavern)

By Janet Carleton, Host Committee cochair

Cleveland is blessed with a multitude of great food! We’ve had plenty of posts about food so far, and more to come.

But don’t worry about missing any–just select the tab on this blog devoted to food. It includes a Google Map of spots from the hearts & stomachs of the Host Committee, all posts in the Food category, and perhaps best of all, a Google spreadsheet sortable by name, neighborhood, etc., at http://bit.ly/SAA15-HC-food.

From Top Chefs and James Beard winners to ice cream to vegetarian to ethnic to comfort food and everything between–Cleveland has it.

10 Iconic Cleveland Foods: Pierogi" (image courtesy of clevescene.com
“10 Iconic Cleveland Foods: Pierogi” (image courtesy of clevescene.com)

And legal beverages?

We’ve got coffee, tea, beer (20 local breweries), wine (more wineries per square mile than any other winery region), mixed drinks, and more.

And don’t forget–for all things food truck (56 area food trucks!) see http://www.cleveland.com/food-trucks/.

Walnut Wednesday fills the streets. Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer (image courtesy of Cleveland.com)
Walnut Wednesday fills the streets. Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer (image courtesy of Cleveland.com)

 

“Beer Is Proof that God Loves Us and Wants Us to Be Happy”

By Jill Tatem, SAA Host Committee

OK, so Benjamin Franklin didn’t say it, but it is still a sentiment to embrace, especially in Cleveland.

Great Lakes Brewery (photo by butforthesky.com on Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Great Lakes Brewery (photo by butforthesky.com via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

With around 20 local breweries, a cold one on a hot August day isn’t far away. We have IPAs, lagers, stouts, ales, porters; light, dark, red, black; and some that I can only describe, tactfully, as novelty offerings.

There are plenty of guides:

Don’t take our word for it. Here are some not-to-miss recommendations from a Chicago-based beer aficionado for Cleveland’s beers.

If transportation is a problem, there’s always the Cleveland Brew Bus, which offers a variety of tours and tastings. Sign up for a planned tour, or gather 15 other SAA beer enthusiasts for a custom tour.

And if you like your beer mixed with pastry, Brewnuts is the place for beer-based doughnuts. Words don’t do justice to these morsels–some things you just have to experience to appreciate!

For those interested in breweries of yesteryear, check out:

Cheers!

Cleveland, City of Light, City of Magic, You’re Calling Me*

Lorain Carnegie Bridge pylon
Lorain Carnegie Bridge pylon. Cuyahoga County Engineer’s Photography Collection. Cuyahoga County Archives. Accessed January 8, 2015. http://images.ulib.csuohio.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/cca/id/1451/rec/64

Travel and Leisure called Cleveland one of the best places to travel in 2015. Fodor’s 2015 Go List features Cleveland as well; its rust belt chic comparable to the natural wonders of Patagonia, Chile, the otherworldliness of Iceland, and the beaches of Uruguay. With culinary kings like Michael Symon, one of the top orchestras in the world, and stunning museums like the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland is the place to be in 2015. And with a mandate from Council and the membership-at-large to experiment with new ideas, SAA is shaking things up for its 79th Annual Meeting in Cleveland! The most obvious change is the venue itself: SAA will meet in a convention center rather than a conference hotel. The Cleveland Convention Center was just completed in 2014 and is a sleek, beautiful space, located just steps away from the three conference hotels and a vibrant downtown district.

And getting here is easy! Cleveland sits within a 500-mile radius of nearly half of the U.S. population! Upon arrival, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) links busy travelers through four RTA rail lines that snake all over the city and to the airport, connecting with 69 different bus routes. For just $5, visitors can snag a one-day Cleveland Pass that allows for unlimited rides. The slick, modern HealthLine Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) secured an Excellence in Engineering award, connecting downtown hotspots to hospitals and restaurants. Once downtown, take advantage of the city’s free RTA trolley network, bring your bike, or use your feet. The website Walk Score names Cleveland the 16th most walkable largest city in the U.S. Everything you need during your stay in Cleveland will be only moments away!

Cleveland Rocks!

No trip to Cleveland is complete without a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum—lucky for all of you this year’s All-Attendee Reception will be held there! The Rock Hall experience includes four theaters, multiple interactive stations, and seven floors of exhibits that tell the story of the world’s most powerful art form through handwritten lyrics, colorful costumes, history-making photographs and videos, and iconic albums that make rock and roll a religion for some, and a force for social change throughout the world. And don’t forget to plan a visit to the Museum’s Library and Archives, located in the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts on the Cuyahoga Community College Metro campus.

Cleveland is also home to a vibrant live music scene. Cleveland features everything from the Happy Dog’s Polka Happy Hour with DJ Kishka, to the hot jazz of Nighttown, Take 5, and the Velvet Tango Room, to the indie rock and alt-country vibes of the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, to the punk, metal, and rap of Euclid Avenue’s legendary Agora, to the more mellow, eclectic mix of the two-story Music Box Supper Club. Interested in local music? With local bands the caliber of the Cloud Nothings, Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites, Herzog, and Welshly Arms, you can’t miss. And if you’re up for expanding your record collection, vinyl snobs welcome! My Mind’s Eye in Lakewood and Music Saves and Blue Arrow in the funky Waterloo District will satisfy your cravings for all genres of recorded music as well.

First Class Cuisine

Northeast Ohio also has a burgeoning foodie community. Whether you’re looking for exotic cuisine, farm to table fare, or some of the best microbrews around, Cleveland has it all: Food Network-famous chefs like Michael Symon, celebrated restaurants like the Greenhouse Tavern, and award-winning food trucks like the Hodge Podge Truck. The West Side Market and Great Lakes Brewing Co. are cornerstones to Cleveland’s culinary and craft beer movement. In January of this year, the Conde Nast Traveler named Cleveland “America’s Best Beer City”, highlighting small-batch startups Platform, Nano, and Market Garden.

Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland Metroparks. Courtesy of ThisisCleveland.com.

Parks

In the Cleveland Metroparks, more than 21,000 acres and 18 reservations surround Cleveland like an “Emerald Necklace.” The reservations follow the rivers and creeks that flow throughout the region, while the Metroparks include hundreds of miles of walking, biking, and horse riding trails as well as numerous picnic areas, nature education centers, golf courses, and countless fishing spots, as well as the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park includes 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron that are administered by the National Park Service. The park has many hiking and biking trails, such as the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which follows a former stretch of the 308-mile Ohio and Erie Canal, and offers a number of examples of nineteenth and early twentieth-century sustainable farming and pastoral or rural living, as well as art exhibits, outdoor concerts, and scenic excursions and special event tours on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Cultural Heritage Institutions

Cleveland and the surrounding areas are home to a number of museums, universities, and other cultural institutions just awaiting your discovery!

Admission to the world-class permanent collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art is always free. Founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever,” it’s also home to one of the country’s top art libraries. Experience the museum’s $350 million makeover through the new West Wing gallery and get techy at the interactive Gallery One, a 40-foot touchscreen “Collection Wall.” Also available in the cultural mecca that is the University Circle area—only seven miles and an easy bus ride from the meeting site at the Convention Center—are the Cleveland Institute of Art, Institute of Music, Botanical Garden, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Natural History, Case Western Reserve University, Dittrick Museum of medical history, Children’s Museum, home to the Cleveland Orchestra Severance Hall, and Western Reserve Historical Society. The dramatic Museum of Contemporary Art rises 60 feet from a hexagonal base to a square top by London architect Farvid Moussavi (2012) and Case’s Peter B. Lewis Center was designed by Frank Gehry (2002).

In downtown Cleveland, just blocks from the Convention Center, lie the I.M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the International Women’s Air and Space Museum, the Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland State University, the USS Cod WWII submarine, and of course Playhouse Square, the largest theater district in America outside of New York. The Great Lakes Science Center, located only steps away from the Rock Hall, includes both the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and the historic Great Lakes freighter William G. Mather.

Other nearby cultural heritage institutions include the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Christmas Story House and Museum, the world’s largest privately-owned collection of Hollywood Christmas movie props and costumes Castle Noel, the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, the Transformer Station (home to cutting edge contemporary art), Cleveland Public Theatre, Oberlin College, and the Superman House, where local writer Jerry Siegel and illustrator Joe Shuster developed the comic series. Northeast Ohio also boasts some of the best public libraries and local history collections in the country—check out any number of the nearby branches of the Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library and local historical societies!

Within an hour drive are Akron and Canton, Ohio, which offer the 70 stunning acres of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which is home to the world’s largest collection of documents related to professional football.

Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame. Courtesy of ThisisCleveland.com.

Keep an eye out for information on repository tours, coming soon!

History

Want to know more about Cleveland history? One of the top 10 largest U.S. cities between 1890-1960, Cleveland has a storied past and much is still on display for visitors with an eye for history. Two comprehensive websites full of interesting essays and images are the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and Cleveland Memory. Cleveland Memory features collections such as the Cleveland Press morgue, and many exhibits including “Notable Blacks of Cleveland,” “Ethnic Women of Cleveland,” and “Elliot Ness.” Want to see a timeline of everything Cleveland? How about historic sites by neighborhood on a Google map? The Encyclopedia offers these and more. And if presidential history is your thing, Ohio isn’t called “The Mother of Presidents” for nothing. With eight presidents, you’ll find presidential sites around the state, including in northern Ohio.

*Title refers to the Randy Newman song from 1972, “Burn On.”