Neighborhoods: Tremont

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(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.

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(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)

Come out and Play in the Cleveland Metroparks

By Leslie Cade, Host Committee Member

23,000 acres, 18 park reservations, 300 miles of hiking, biking, and bridle trails, 14 miles of lakefront, 23 fishing areas, 8 golf course, and one nationally acclaimed zoo make up Cleveland’s “Emerald Necklace,” the chain of Metroparks  that surround the city.

You can have just about every type of fun in the sun from biking, hiking, running, swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, golfing, zip-lining, geocaching, and exploring nature, culture, and history.

Waning Sun along the Towpath (photo by Ben Sanborn via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Waning Sun along the Towpath (photo by Ben Sanborn via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

The Metroparks calendar for August is chock-full of activities from corn roasts, organized hikes, and the Whiskey Island SUP Festival & Race. The Cleveland Metroparks is also a finalist in the National Parks and Recreation gold medal award, which recognizes excellence in park system management and programming.

The Metroparks are just the beginning. The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, known locally as simply “the towpath,” connects Cleveland through the parks to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  You can hike or bike 85 miles from Cleveland to Akron following the historic Ohio and Erie Canal.  In Cleveland, you can sample a 1.2 mile stretch at steelyard commons on the near west side.

The Towpath in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (photo by Jasperdo via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
The Towpath in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (photo by Jasperdo via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

So come on out and play while you’re in town!

Walk This Way: Exploring Cleveland’s Architecture, History, and Points of Interest

By Jill Tatem, Host Committee member

Downtown Cleveland (photo courtesy of Laszlo Ilyes via Flickr creative commons license)
Downtown Cleveland (photo courtesy of Laszlo Ilyes via Flickr creative commons license)

Heritage Tourism: Take a Hike Tours

Five free walking tours guided by actors portraying Cleveland’s historic figures. Each lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Reservations, especially for groups, should be made by calling 216-771-1994. Each area’s tour is offered on specific days and times: Playhouse Square (Tuesday at 6 pm); Gateway District (Wednesday at 6 pm); Civic Center (Thursday at 6 pm); Warehouse District (Saturday at 10 am); Canal Basin Park in the Flats (Sunday at 10 am). Free.

 

Arcade (photo courtesy of MK Feeney via Flickr creative commons license)
Arcade (photo courtesy of MK Feeney via Flickr creative commons license)

City Prowl

If you prefer the Do-It-Yourself approach, City Prowl offers downloadable audio walking tours for Prospect/E.4th St; The Arcades; Warehouse District; Bank Lobbies; Public Square (now under construction, however). Free.

 

 

Lolly the Trolley

Lolly the Trolley in the Flats (photo courtesy of Ron Dauphin via Flickr creative commons license)
Lolly the Trolley in the Flats (photo courtesy of Ron Dauphin via Flickr creative commons license)

If you prefer your tours sitting down, consider Lolly the Trolley. One- and two-hour City Sightseeing tours include the Flats, Downtown, Warehouse District, Ohio City, West Side Market, Playhouse Square, University Circle, the Cultural Gardens and Rockefeller Greenhouse. Make reservations by calling 1-800-848-0173. Charge.