Nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, surrounded by forests and rolling hills, Cleveland is a slice of Americana with a contemporary vibe that adds just enough spice to keep you coming back for more. From the festivities of America’s favorite pastime – sports, of course – to some of the country’s most innovative chefs, this is a city that keeps growing, creating, and reaffirming the best that the USA has to offer. You’ll feel it in the air as soon as your plane lands, but if you just can’t lift a finger until you’ve had a good night’s sleep, check into Howard Johnson Inn Cleveland Airport and let your dreams take over. You’ve plenty of time to explore this fascinating city.
Some say the team is named after Paul Brown, the team’s legendary first coach and general manager. Others may tell you that it is actually named in honor of boxer Joe Louis, who was nicknamed the “Brown Bomber." One thing is for certain: If you’re visiting during football season, September through December, a Browns game is a can’t-miss event, and Cleveland downtown hotels are in excellent proximity to FirstEnergy Stadium.
The revelry begins before you even enter the stadium; gather with other jubilant devotees in the parking lot to partake of ice cold beverages and bean-bag toss games. Known as some of the league’s most enthusiastic fans, you’re sure to find the spirit contagious. Inside, the stands buzz with energy as 73,000 supporters cheer on their favorite champions. Not football season? Cleveland State University is known for its excellent sports teams and has plenty of nearby accommodation, like University Hotel & Suites. And once you’ve applauded your heart out, you might be wondering…
Where Euclid Avenue, Ontario Street, and Superior Avenue meet, you’ll find many of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Downtown Cleveland hotels allow you to indulge in fine fare from celebrity chefs, without going far. Iron Chef America winner Michael Symon’s B Spot is here, so you can treat yourself to a delectable burger – and get a little mischievous with a spiked milkshake. Famous “green chef" Jonathon Sawyer cooks up Asian fusion seasoned with herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop garden at Noodlecat.
Looking to take a bit of an adventure? Journey southwest to the Ohio City neighborhood, where Cupcake Wars champion Courtney Bonning is baking up a storm at Bonbon Pastry & Café. A mile east, James Beard Rising Star nominee Dante Boccuzzi’s Italian specialties will delight your taste buds. You could surely spend your whole vacation seeking out posh noshing from the lakefront to the southern borders of this acclaimed foodie city.
While the elated roar of the crowd at a Browns game is euphoric, and the tantalizing tastes of avant-garde chefs are enticing, do not be distracted. You must first choose where you’d like to lay your head at night. Travelocity has an incredible selection of cheap hotels in downtown Cleveland and beyond, so you can truly have it all on your next vacation.
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