We as Clevelanders are pretty comfortable with the image of Cleveland as a great Midwestern town, with a lot to offer within our region. But as Cleveland becomes more and more of a hub of film making, actors such as Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, Kevin Costner, and currently, Katherine Heigl are seen out and about truly enjoying our town. Which got me to thinking that Cleveland really is fit for a celebrity. Here are just some of the reasons why:
Most Clevelanders will tell you that one of the best things about our town is the food scene. Cleveland boasts world-class chefs creating menus that rival anything you could find in New York or LA.
The Greenhouse Tavern – Chef Jonathon Sawyer, Chef Brian Goodman, and Pastry Chef Matt Danko have a host of awards and nominations between them, including from the prestigious James Beard Foundation. The creativity and sheer deliciousness of the food at The Greenhouse Tavern are exactly the reason why. These chefs and this restaurant mark Cleveland as a national dining destination time and again.
Lola and Lolita – Chef Michael Symon is a nationally-known figure from the Food Network to The Chew to the New York Times bestseller list. But at heart, he’s a hometown Cleveland guy and his restaurants in Cleveland consistently turn out high-quality, inspired dishes. Lolita is my personal favorite, but both offer a different experience and unique insight into Chef Symon’s culinary talents.
Dante and Ginko – Chef Dante Boccuzzi has worked all over the world, including New York’s celebrated Aureole. His signature restaurant in Tremont, Dante, along with Ginko’s out-of-this-world sushi showcase a world’s worth of travel and culinary expertise.
The food scene isn’t the only way to indulge in the finer things in life in Cleveland. Cleveland has a vibrant and exciting arts scene as well.
Cleveland Museum of Art – World-class is often used to describe the Cleveland Museum of Art, which houses an impressive collection of artwork, interesting special exhibits, a beautiful new atrium, and a couple tasty restaurants too.
Cleveland Orchestra – Recently voted Favorite Orchestra in the WORLD, the Cleveland Orchestra makes beautiful music in an equally beautiful setting. Severance Hall rivals any concert hall you can find for beauty and a true overall experience.
Playhouse Square – The largest theater district outside New York City is right here in Cleveland. From musicals to plays, from concerts to family events, the theaters of Playhouse Square have something for everyone. And the ever-expanding and revitalized Playhouse Square neighborhood means going to the theater never looked so good!
What celebrity about town doesn’t want to do a little shopping? Here are some great spots to exercise your credit card.
Yellowcake Shop – From a Clevelander who knows her way around celebrity status from her time on Project Runway, Valarie Mayen’s shop offers trendy and interesting fashions.
CLE Clothing Co. – Now that you see all the great things Cleveland has to offer, you’ll want some Cleveland swag to show your Cleveland pride.
West Side Market – After being inspired by some of Cleveland’s finest chefs, you’ll want to try your own culinary creations. There is no better place for fresh, tasty, interesting ingredients or to enjoy a piece of 101-year-old Cleveland history.
Take some time to see the things that make Cleveland, well, Cleveland.
Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – Cleveland’s best known landmark is a must-visit for any lover of music.
Cleveland Metroparks – The Emerald Necklace is an impressive network of parks, trails, and urban green space that runs throughout the greater Cleveland area. There’s no better place to experience the natural beauty in Cleveland and appreciate Ohio’s four seasons.
The Terminal Tower – Now that the Observation Deck is open, go on up to the top of Cleveland’s original skyscraper and check out the views of our lovely city.
Whether you’re an actual celeb or just want to feel like one, Cleveland offers so many great, big-city-level attractions, all with our signature friendliness and genuine lack of pretension (and probably a lot less paparazzi). Cleveland truly is fit for a celebrity!