Cleveland is but a four-hour drive away from the Queen City. And maybe it’s the lake or our frenemy status, but the place kinda feels like it’s in a totally different state. If you forget the silly rivalries long enough, however, you might just discover a perfect weekend day trip. We plotted our ideal course, with plenty of great stops along the way:
On The Way: Fox in the Snow Cafe
Drop in to Fox in the Snow Cafe in Columbus for a half-way pick–me–up. Get a drip coffee and a freshly made pastry (or three.)
High Street Art Walk
Take your coffee to-go and take in the art scene on a walk up and down High Street. The Short North Arts District has plenty of galleries to pop into as well as outdoor murals covering building walls.
Lunch: West Side Market
After a good stretch, get back on the road to CLE. Once you make it, head to West Side Market for lunch. What started as an open air marketplace is 1840 has grown into the Cleveland landmark it is today. Here you’ll find a mix of prepared foods, butchers, fruit vendors, international food stands, and cheese shops.
The Flats Boardwalk
Ready to walk off your lunch? Drive over to The Flats East Bank and take the boardwalk along the Cuyahoga River.
A Pint at Great Lakes
Great Lakes Brewing Company was a pioneer in the craft beer scene (since the 1980s!) and always has city favorites on tap. If you didn’t stop at Great Lakes, did you really go to Cleveland?
Dessert: Mitchell’s Ice Cream
The last stop on your trip has to end on a sweet note. Take the short walk over to Mitchell’s Ice Cream and indulge in the good stuff. They create unique flavors like Porter Chocolate Chunk and Geauga Maple Walnut by utilizing local and seasonal ingredients.