Jennie Thomas and Janet Carleton 2015-04-01 11:08:23
Travel + Leisure recently cited Cleveland as one of the best places to travel in 2015. Fodor’s 2015 Go List features Cleveland as well, noting that the city’s rustbelt chic is 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 the SAA Council and the membership at large to experiment with new ideas, SAA is shaking things up for its 79th Annual Meeting in Cleveland, August 16–22. The most obvious change is the venue itself: SAA will meet in a convention center rather than a conference hotel. The Cleveland Convention Center, completed in 2014, is a sleek, beautiful space, located just steps away from the three conference hotels and a vibrant downtown district. Cleveland Rocks! No trip to Cleveland is complete without a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum—and lucky for 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. Cleveland is also home to a vibrant live music scene, featuring 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; from 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 and the more mellow, eclectic mix of the two-story Music Box Supper Club. Interested in local music? With local bands of the caliber of the Cloud Nothings, Wesley Brite and the Hi-Lites, Herzog, and Welshly Arms, you can’t miss. And if you’re up for expanding your record collection, vinyl snobs are 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. 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 awardwinning food trucks like the Hodge Podge Truck. The West Side Market and Great Lakes Brewing Co. Are cornerstones of Cleveland’s culinary and craft beer movement. In January 2015, Conde Nast Traveler named Cleveland “America’s Best Beer City,” highlighting small-batch startups Platform, Nano, and Market Garden. 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 plus numerous picnic areas, nature education centers, golf courses, fishing spots, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park includes 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron that are maintained 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 canal and offers a number of examples of nineteenth- and early twentieth–century sustainable farming and pastoral or rural living, art exhibits, outdoor concerts, scenic excursions, and special event tours on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Museums A Christmas Story House: Relive A Christmas Story at Ralphie’s actual house used in the film—completely restored to its movie splendor. Take a nostalgic journey through the Parker house to see behindthe- scenes pictures and original props. Children’s Museum of Cleveland: A resource for all young children, parents, and caregivers to engage in fun, innovative, and interactive play that accelerates the child’s creativity, development, and education, and inspires lifelong learning. Cleveland Institute of Art: CIA’s Reinberger Galleries exhibit work from emerging artists, CIA renowned faculty, and nationally and internationally exhibited contemporary artists working in media ranging from photography to large-scale installation. Cleveland Museum of Art: Admission to this world-class permanent collection 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.” Cleveland Museum of Natural History: Founded in 1920, the CMNH’s mission is to inspire through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, and the fostering of health and leadership to a sustainable future. Enjoy exhibits, a planetarium, hands-on Discovery Center, and outdoor wildlife and nature gardens. Great Lakes Science Center: Get hands-on, minds-on family fun at this science center, where you can see and touch hundreds of hands-on exhibits, visit the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, view and learn in the six-story OMNIMAX Theater, climb aboard the historic William G. Mather Great Lakes freighter, and marvel at daily science demonstrations. International Women’s Air and Space Museum: Discover the achievements of women in air and space at this museum through exhibits honoring Amelia Earhart, women astronauts, and much more. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of women in aviation and space and documenting their continuing contributions today and in the future. Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage: The Museum promotes an understanding of Jewish history, religion, and culture and builds bridges of understanding with those of other religions, races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds. The Museum also serves as an educational resource for Northeast Ohio’s Jewish and general communities through the stories of individuals and families, the Temple- Tifereth Israel Gallery (an internationally recognized collection of Judaica), and a special exhibition gallery. Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland: As Cleveland’s forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, MOCA connects visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our time with the works of artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Frank Gehry. Western Reserve Historical Society: Founded in 1867, Western Reserve is one of the largest private historical societies in the United States. It documents the history of Northeast Ohio through the Archives/ Library, Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Hale Farm and Village, and the Outdoor Living History Museum, which includes the Hay-McKinney and Bingham-Hanna houses, extensive exhibits on the settlement of Cleveland and the surrounding Western Reserve (of Connecticut), and the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing. History One of the ten largest US cities between 1890 and 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 (http://ech.case.edu/) and Cleveland Memory (http://www .clevelandmemory.org/), which features such collections as the Cleveland Press morgue and 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 all of this.
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