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Labor Day weekend

My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Cleveland for Labor Day weekend. I'm originally from SF and this trip is mainly for my BF to watch his favorite team (Indians) at their home ballpark.

I'm trying to research safe areas to stay or venture off to and what areas/streets to avoid during the day and at night.

I have a bunch of questions, but my main concern is safety around the areas (Progressive Field and looking into checking out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame). Any suggestions or tips would be great!

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1. Re: Labor Day weekend

The area around Progressive Field is considered safe and, if you read reviews, visitors feel comfortable walking there, but it is an urban area.

Hotels convenient to both East 4th St. and Progressive Field (within a 5-minute walk of each other) include the Radisson, Residence Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hyatt, Renaissance, and Ritz-Carlton. The latter two are in Tower City, which is connected to Progressive Field by a pedestrian walkway and also includes a shopping mall, several restaurants, a movie theater and the Horseshoe Casino.

http://www.east4thstreet.com/dining

The Warehouse District is a further 5- to 10-minute walk from East 4th St. and includes many clubs and restaurants. The Marriott is located close to the Warehouse District.

The Hampton is well located. The Wyndham offers free shuttle service (check), is on free trolley lines and the 24/7 Healthline, and has easy transportation to within five minutes of Progressive Field. See transportation in the following travel article.

Read about the Rock Hall in the following travel article (which will continue to be expanded and updated in coming weeks), and read through this forum for threads discussing restaurant options.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-c198218/Clevel…

Enjoy your visit to Ohio's North Coast!

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You'll be fine walking from the Stadium to area hotels. I often make the walk myself from E4th Street (a popular restaurant/bar spot) to the Stadium. The closest hotel to the stadium is probably the Hilton Garden Inn, however if you want to be close to the bar scene for pre/post game stay in a hotel on the northeast side of the stadium; that will also make getting to the Rock Hall easier. The Hyatt and Marriott at Key Center are both great hotel options. Neither are a super far walk from W6th Street either (another popular bar area). No real streets to avoid, but definitely make sure you check out the ones I mentioned above, especially E4th street - just following the after game crowd will lead you there. If you want to take a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the last 2 hotels I mentioned are right on a free trolley route (green bus, L-line) that will take you there. It runs on weekends from 10a-530p. Feel free to ask your other questions!

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The Hilton Garden Inn is across the street from the Progressive Field, but there can be little pedestrian traffic when there is no game at Progressive Field and it's about 10 minutes further from East 4th St. than the non-Tower City hotels listed in post 1 (the Renaissane and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Tower City are closer to the Warehouse District and an additional five minutes from East 4th St.). The Hilton reportedly offers free shuttle service, however.

The Doubletree Lakeside is on the north side of downtown and is the closest hotel to the Rock Hall. It offers free downtown shuttle service (check on hours and availability), but is at least a 15-minute walk to East 4th St. and Progressive Field. There is relatively little pedestrian traffic in that area, especially after dark.

Taxis are very cheap in downtown ($5 plus tip the last time I checked).

Edited: 24 July 2013, 06:59
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Thanks so much for all the info! That was a HUGE help!

Are there any "must see" places or "must try" foods you guys would recommend? Depending on other sights to see, I'm debating if renting a car would be useful or a waste of money.

Lastly, how is the weather around that time of year? (End of summer/Early fall)

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As for food my two favourite places on E4th are Greenhouse Tavern and Lola which offer nice patios in summer, if the weather (who knows what it will be doing!) plays along. Greenhouse Tavern is a green restaurant offering creative dishes with organic and local ingredients. They have also a pretty cool and creative drink menu. Lola is a celebrity chef's restaurant (Michael Symon) and therefore you should plan to get reservations well in advance. Both places are on opentable.com.

In terms of must see places - what categories do your interests fall? I wouldn't think a car is completely necessary. There are other cool districts aside from downtown proper that I could suggest that wouldn't require a car. You can get a public transportation day pass for $5. You could then ride the Healthline bus (big grey bus down Euclid Ave) to University Circle area. All our museums are there; our art museum was just renovated and is well liked. The botanical gardens are there too. Another trip would be to travel in the other direction and take the rapid train (from Tower city on public square) one stop on the red line to the W25th street stop. There are more restaurants and cool bars there with patios. Great Lakes Brewing Company is there which you can tour. My favourite restaurant, Flying Fig, is across the street. And depending what day you are in town you can stop into the historic West Side Market. The Nautica Queen boat also has dinner cruises and themed cruises which could be a fun evening or lunch time activity.

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6. Re: Labor Day weekend

Exactly what days will you be in northern Ohio? The Cleveland Indians only play Monday, 9/2, on Labor Day weekend. Is that the game you're going to attend?

Are you flying into Cleveland Hopkins? The Red Line rail rapid runs from Cleveland Hopkins (the station is next to luggage pick-up) to Tower City downtown.

What kind of food do you like? Are you carnivore, vegetarian, or vegan?

Do you like art museums, history, partying, culture, a botanical garden or an arboretum, zoos, biking, beaches, music (what genres?), performing arts, roller coasters, islands, hiking, ice cream, adventure, shopping, or any other special interests?

The top tourist attractions in northern Ohio, in no particular order, would include Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world; Ohio Amish Country, the largest Amish community in the world; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Cleveland's professional sports teams; the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the best in the U.S.; PlayhouseSquare, the nation's second largest unified theater district with some of the nation's best performance spaces; and the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the world's best with two of nation's best performance spaces -- Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center.

You'll definitely want a rental car for Ohio Amish Country or Cedar Point.

Have you ever been to Niagara Falls, four hours northeast of Cleveland?

Here's is the Cleveland events calendar from Aug. 31 on:

www.positivelycleveland.com/play/events/…

Actually, the above calendar seems deficient. E.g., Blossom Music Festival is omitted.

It's actually slow this year because traditionally it's dominated by the Cleveland National Air Show, which was canceled for this year because military acts/exhibits were canceled due to the federal budget sequester.

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We made the trip from SF to Cleveland last month and stayed at the Marriott Key Center off Public Square.

We got a great rate there and the rooms have been recently renewed, although they tend to be a bit small.

This hotel is where almost all of the opposing ball teams stay. The staff there was extremely friendly and competent.

The Cleveland Public Library on Superior near the Marriott has a Superman exhibit until September 14.

This is worthwhile if you are interested in that sort of thing, particulary the early history of its creation in Cleveland.

Lola restaurant on E 4th Street is very good. If you don't like the indigenous food, a Chipotle recently opened on Euclid near E 4th Street. We found some members of the Hollywood film crews that were in town eating there.

No need for a car if you are going to be there just for the weekend and focus on downtown and nearby areas (such as West Side Market). If you want or need to visit suburban areas, you will need a car.

Going to the Art Museum and other sights near University Cirle a car could be helpful, but it is not worth getting a car just for that. Fortunately, hotel valet parking is much, much cheaper in Cleveland than is SF.

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9. Re: Labor Day weekend

To correct the implication of the last paragraph of post 8, University Circle is easily visited from downtown using the 24/7 Healthline bus rapid, which connects University Circle to Public Square. If you enjoy art museums, botanical gardens, or classical music, University Circle is well worth a visit.

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the best in the world and Severance Hall's interior often is considered the most beautiful among U.S. concert halls. The excellent Cleveland Institute of Music also offers a robust performance schedule in season, often with free admission.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the best in the U.S., especially with a renown Asian art collection which won't be fully reinstalled in new galleries until January. It somewhat uniquely offers free admission to its general galleries, and is otherwise one of the most pleasant and visitor-friendly art museums that I've ever visited, with plentiful natural light and ample seating points of emphasis.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden is excellent, especially during the growing season when its outdoor gardens are in full glory.

Also, check out the very good Cleveland Institute of Art, an art school especially noted for its design instruction. It offers exhibits and a renown film series which complements the CMA's unique emphasis, for an art museum, on film and masters of the performing arts.

The CMA often offers themes in which exhibits are integrated with its performing arts program, even with the menu in the Provenance restaurant, separate from the Provenance Cafe, reflecting the selected cultural emphasis.

Edited: 30 July 2013, 21:33
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10. Re: Labor Day weekend

Thank you all.

I just booked our flights & hotel for Labor Day weekend. Flying in 08/31 and flying out 09/03. We will be going to the Indians vs Orioles game on 09/02. That's actually the reason while we're staying until the 3rd. I'm hoping for good weather.

I myself am not really into art. My boyfriend is into architecture, history and rock music (mainly 80s). Food wise, we love Japanese but are always open to different types, especially local places (not chains).

I don't think we will be renting a car so all the attractions and stops would have to be close in distance. Thanks again for all the amazing info. I can't wait to finally see Cleveland :)