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Diners Delight

Digesting all of that arts and culture can make a person very hungry. Good thing you’re never far away from a satisfying snack or a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.

We recommend an overnight stay at the beautifully restored Glidden House to take a well-earned rest in between culinary adventures.

Day 1

Arrive in time for the 10 am opening of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and stroll the museum galleries free of charge. (yes, we said FREE!). Enjoy a thoughtful lunch at the sit-down restaurant Provenance, or move fast through the sophisticated cafeteria-style Provenance Café, both under the careful watch of local chef/owner Douglas Katz. Head back to catch everything you’ve missed.

Head to Uptown, just a ten minute walk, an energizing shopping and dining district frequented by students of nearby Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Pick up a bauble at the trendy Banyan Tree or the must have “dress-like-a-local” tee or hoodie from CLE Clothing Co. And don’t pass by the Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibitions or the carefully curated MOCA ArtSpace Gift Shop.

Coquette Patisserie, a bakery and wine bar, offers indoor and outdoor seating for relaxing and taking in the vibe. Known for fanciful macarons and other French pastries, this little hamlet also offers Champagne flights and a well-balanced cup of coffee. (Go ahead, splurge on the bubbly!).

End the evening with a late reservation at Trentina, the nationally-recognized culinary masterpiece by James Beard Award winner Jonathan Sawyer. This petite former carriage house offers a 12-course tasting menu that will expand your notions of fine dining.

Day 2

Enjoy the morning breakfast at Glidden House, or venture a few doors down to the University Coffee House. Take your morning walk or run along Wade Oval, where you’re likely to catch part of the CircleWalk, a series of interpretive story poles identifying points of interest.

Wander through the Cleveland Botanical Garden before heading to Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood where there is no shortage of galleries and shops to explore and, of course, restaurants. Stop at the Little Italy Visitors Center (corner of Mayfield and Random) for a directory and take in the sights from the bustling corner, just across from Tony Brush Park and across the street from the heart of Little Italy – Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The historic Murray Hill School House is now home to merchants, artisans, and galleries and Urban Orchid is in the Church Gallery Annex just next door.

Your most difficult task of the day will be deciding where to dine but between the hot, bubbly Sicilian pies of the legendary Mama Santa’s; homemade pasta and sauce served up with a side of Cleveland gusto at La Dolce Vita; a hearty, authentic meal at Etna, a cozy hideaway from days gone by; or an intimate, romantic table for two at Nora. If coffee and cannoli is more your style, you’ve got options!

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