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)

 

Northeast Ohio: Quick Trips to Surrounding Counties

Map of counties surrounding Cuyahoga County and Cleveland
Map of counties surrounding Cuyahoga County and Cleveland. Map of Ohio counties (image courtesy Ohio Department of Transportation)

By Jillian Carney, Host Committee member

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Cleveland while you are attending SAA this August?  Try taking a quick trip to one of the surrounding counties to experience all that Northeast Ohio has to offer! From coastline to countryside, there is something for everyone to see or do.

For more information on upcoming events or activities, check out the county visitors bureau’s websites below:

Lake County: http://www.lakevisit.com

Geauga County: https://www.destinationgeauga.com/

Portage County: http://www.centralportage.org/

Summit County: http://www.visitakron-summit.org/

Medina County: http://www.visitmedinacounty.com/

Lorain County: http://www.visitloraincounty.com/

Northeast Ohio Wineries

By Rita Knight-Gray, Host Committee member

Grapes (Image courtesy of Mike laan via Flickr, creative commons license.)
(Image courtesy of Mike laan via Flickr, creative commons license.)

On the south shores of Lake Erie, along the Grand River Valley and 50 miles from downtown Cleveland, are more wineries per square mile than any other winery region. This area is home to award winning Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Ice Wines. Enjoy touring wineries, sampling wines and grape juices, evening concerts or exploring various museums, covered bridges, antique shopping, and dining at the many eateries.

Browse the Ohio Wines website for history and more information on Ohio’s wine country.