It was a sunny and warm late summer day when Cleveland’s Downtown Alliance encouraged Clevelanders to take tot he streets in celebration of our vibrant neighborhoods. The SPARX City Hop provided tons of freebies and discounts at some of the top art galleries, restaurants and bars. What a treat to open my RSS feed of the NY Times and see the review of Cleveland in their travel section. Brett Sokol’s “36 Hours in Cleveland” took readers to many of the hot spots that my husband and I also toured Saturday. The Times toured university Circle and the Warehouse district as well as the trendy Tremont district.
Bill and I took to the trails Saturday morning with the Akron Bicycle Club from the Canal Visitor center in Valley View. A brisk ride on our tandem along the Ohio and Erie Canal towpath took us to the Harvard Road-Jennings intersection where the group divided. A few enterprising dads with kids and friends turned left to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Others turned right to head around Steelyard Commons to the Tremont district. Bikes were parked, helmets removed and everyone took to the streets and to the Art Fair at Lincoln Park. Bill and I strolled looking at art booths and eating great food from the neighborhood. This however did not replace the later stroll to investigate the galleries and boutiques. Of all the music, I think we enjoyed the stel band the most. being me, I had to stop to talk to friends, old and new at several of the nonprofit booths, including Positively Cleveland. Here I chatted with Cathy Garlitz. She was working the booth during the day before heading over to the Old Stone Church on Public Square for the opening reception for the exhibit of the Top Ten for the Downtown Cleveland AlliancePhoto Challenge 2009. Her photograph taken at the Parade on the Circle won an honorable mention and is on display through December.
After lunch Bill and I dropped back on our bike and headed through the Flats to the Warehouse district. Although this is known for the great restaurants, we enjoyed the classic car show. I still can’t figure out how Bill missed the Ferrari.
Time to head home. We took to the streets to head back out through Broadway to Washington Park for a quick dip in the pool at our daughter’s and on back along the Emerald Necklace to the towpath. Back at the car we logged 28 miles. Total calories for the day in the negative! A perfect Cleveland day.