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November 05, 2012

Older Adults, Change It Up with a Short Drive to World-class Cleveland

If you’'ve already discovered Oberlin as a focal point for fine art, culture, shopping and food, and are considering calling it home, then you’'ll enjoy knowing exciting Cleveland is only a short 45-minute drive away. If you’'re looking for a change of pace, discover the next town over. With world-renowned museums, first class dining and Broadway theater, Cleveland has something for everyone. Kendal at Oberlin residents and Kendal at Home members are explorers, who know a life in motion is headed in the right direction, and sometimes that’'s beyond the Oberlin must-sees. Try these hand-selected venues and dining highlights in historic and vibrant Cleveland.

Culture and Art

  • Cleveland Museum of ArtWho would have known friendly Midwestern Cleveland is home to an internationally recognized art museum, featuring many of the world’'s finest artists. Whether it’'s European, African, Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Medieval, contemporary, or photography galleries you’'re interested in, there’s a never-ending feast for the eyes. Experience something different with the CMAs mix of new exhibits, special events, performances, films, lectures, and tours. And when you need a break, check out the restaurant and café. With a 2013 museum expansion and all of University Circle’s cultural and artistic venues just out the door, the CMA is a must for anyone seeking a new look at some of the classics.
  • Playhouse Square:  For the largest performing arts hub outside of New York City, head to Playhouse Square’s cultural epicenter of Broadway shows, musicals and more. The top rate performers will wow you with all the magic of live performance. More than a million people a year come to Playhouse Square for its diverse range of shows including concerts, dances, plays, comedy, opera, ballet, speakers and more. Make sure you book your tickets in advance.


  • Dante: Some say Cleveland is transforming into one of the latest modern fine dining cities, and Dante stands out as one of the best restaurants in town. When you’'re looking for classic cuisine with a twist in the historic Tremont district, enjoy some of the unique plates from Chef Dante Boccuzzi. For something new to wet the palette, try the grilled seafood trio including prawns, scallops, and squid or Hawaiian tuna steak with braised daikon and bok choy. This former bank building boasts a traditional, comfortable atmosphere with a beautifully designed interior featuring local art. Relax with a five course tasting menu or order a la carte.

Hot Spots

  • East Fourth Street: East Fourth is one of Cleveland’s latest revivals that combines vibrancy and sophistication near downtown Public Square. Come alive with the completely renovated, now walking-only street in a cute, exciting lit-up area, perfect for a special evening of dining, entertainment and exploration. Indulge in top notch restaurants like Chef Michael Symon’s sophisticated signature Lola, Terry Tarantino’s travel-inspired La Strada, or environmentally conscious Greenhouse Tavern by Chef Jonathon Sawyer.  If music and laughs are your thing, hit the House of Blues for the best beats in town or Hilarities comedy club, one of the largest theaters in the nation made for comedy. Before or after dinner, be sure to take a short stroll and visit the small shops or get a cup of coffee at Erie Island Coffee Company.
  • West Side Market:  If fresh produce and novelty treats tantalize your tastebuds, then you can’'t miss the premiere indoor market in historic Ohio City. Rain-or-shine, the market is home to some of the best and freshest food in Ohio. The market offers dairy, produce, meat, seafood, baked goods, organics, specialty items, and more from more than 100 family-owned businesses. You can even find ready-to-eat treats like candy and nuts. Since 1840, tourists and food show hosts have flocked to the West Side Market. If all the great choices are a little overwhelming, take the New Shopper Tour from an expert and find out where all your new soon-to-be favorites are. The tour is available the last Saturday of the month, lasts less than an hour and includes a Market shopping bag.

With all these cultural icons, great eats and interesting venues in downtown Cleveland, there’s something to please even the most discerning and experienced tastes. Just when you think you’'ve seen it all, remember to check out all of the unique experiences in Cleveland. Be sure to read our next blog featuring attractions for older adults in the northeast Ohio area.

If you would like to learn more about Kendal at Home or Kendal at Oberlin, contact us today

photo credit: Cecilia Sherrard - YouShouldOwn.com


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