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Cleveland in March

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Cleveland in March

We'll be in Cleveland Mar 2-4. Besides the R&R Hall of Fame, what should we include in our itinerary? We'll have a car, but haven't gotten our hotel yet...probably close to R&R. We lean toward historical attractions. Is Lolly the Trolley worth the time? We'd like to see some of Lake Erie, but I think it may be too cold for the outdoors. Is it too early for any of the maple syrup festivities? We'll be driving down to Columbus from here. This is our first visit to the area.

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1. Re: Cleveland in March

Definitely go to Melt bar and grilled, excellent food and good prices and there is something for everyone....there is the submarine tour beside the r and r HOF, definitely worth a gander.... And possibly a Cavaliers game could be put on the docket....

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March is a very unpredictable month here in Cleveland. One day you may have a large amount of snow and a few days later you'll have a beautiful sunny day in the 50's. The average high at the beginning of March is in the upper 30's. If you're lucky, you might see the mid to upper 40's.

March is when the maple sugar really starts flowing and there are several festivals scheduled for March 2nd. Here is a link to a list and if you scroll down to March, you'll find several. We always enjoy the Burton festival. Burton is a nice little town with an authentic log cabin in town square. We've never been to the Lake Farmpark's festival but I am sure it is nice.

www.northernohiotourism.com/Ohio_Pancakes.htm

http://www.burtonchamberofcommerce.org/

lakemetroparks.com/programs/maplesugaringsea…

Lolly the Trolley would be a good choice to see the city and learn some of its history. It's been years since we have been on it but I would say it is worth it.

http://www.lollytrolley.com/city.htm

Edgewater Beach probably has the best lake access close to downtown. They have a nice pier and park area. This is the perfect place to go if you get lucky and have a nice sunny day while you are here.

TranscendentalEye, a regular poster here can offer many great ideas of things to see and do in the Cleveland area. I'm sure he'll respond once he sees your post. (or she'll respond once she sees your post) (TE, I don't know if you're male or female :-) sorry)

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For historical attractions, in the following "Day Trips" travel article, see Kirtland (Mormon history attractions -- the Mormon church was first organized in Kirtland and the first Mormon Temple was built there and is open to the public there), Mentor (James A. Garfield National Historic Site; check hours), Mohican region (Malabar Farm State Park); Mansfield (Ohio Reformatory); Canton (Pro Football Hall of Fame; William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum; First Ladies' National Library); and Akron (Stan Hywet Hall). Visiting Ohio Amish Country's eastern Holmes County is living history, close to stepping back into 19th century America on the area's back roads.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s407/Cleveland…

In Cleveland, you might enjoy the Western Reserve Historical Society. Historical buildings include the Terminal Tower and Tower City; The Arcade; the West Side Market (living history); the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Public Square; and Lake View Cemetery with the James A. Garfield Monument and John D. Rockefeller's grave site. Likely the two best historic attractions in Cleveland proper, apart from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, are the U.S.S. Cod and the Steamship Mather, but they will be closed in March. The International Women's Air & Space Museum is located in Burke Lakefront Airport's terminal, a short walk/drive from the Rock Hall.

Severance Hall is an historic art deco palace, often considered the most beautiful concert hall in the U.S., as well as the home of the renown Cleveland Orchestra and a mecca for classical music lovers around the world. Check the schedule and see if there is an event of interest there during your trip. PlayhouseSquare is the largest theater renovation project in the world and offers a wide plate of attractions. Check both Severance Hall and PlayhouseSquare for tours at the time of your trip. The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the best in the U.S. and has free admission to its general galleries (there are parking and special exhibit fees), and certainly offers a wide range of historical artifacts, some thousands of years old.

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

The Cleveland Museum of Art has one of the best Asian art collections in the U.S. At the time of your visit, it will feature a mammoth exhibit of modern Japanese art featuring masterpieces from the Tokyo National Museum.

clevelandart.org/events/exhibitions/remaking…

See "Remaking Tradition" here on page 4 for a more lengthy discussion of the Japanese modern art exhibit.

<<The exhibition at Cleveland marks the first time that a collection of modern art of this size from the Tokyo National Museum has been introduced outside of Japan.>>

clevelandart.org/sites/…Jan-Feb_2014_web.pdf

Most visitors enjoy Lolley the Trolley tours, including the longer tour that includes Lake View Cemetery. It's a good way to orient yourself to Cleveland, as are to a lesser extent the free downtown bus trolleys.

Maple sugar season should be in full swing in early March. For Kirtland in the "Day Trips" travel article linked above, check out Lake Metroparks Farmpark, which has been ranked as one of the best in North America. It has a good sugar bush, including a modern syrup gathering system as well as historic displays. It also will have many newborn animals, including those of endangered livestock breeds. The park also has a collection of historic tractors.

Also search for maple syrup tours in Geauga County and Holmes County, or search for the visitors bureaus in both counties.

In early March, it likely will be cold, but Wendy Park (see Cleveland Tips travel article) or Mentor (for more natural lakeshore environments) are good locations to explore Lake Erie. See Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve (with 1 1/2 miles of wild beach), Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve (a National Natural Landmark; check hours), and Mentor Headlands Beach State Park, which includes the Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, which is one of the finest surviving beach and dune communities in Ohio.

parks.ohiodnr.gov/headlandsbeach#nearby

See also Mentor in the "Day Trips" travel article.

Enjoy Cleveland!

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With a handle like "Wendy-n-Tom," I'm surprised that you care about my gender! :-) Definitely, sports-loving male, but I'm glad that my posts don't give it away.

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Definitely consider stopping at Malabar Farm State Park on your way to Columbus. It's just off I-71. However, check the schedule for the Big House, the best attraction there.

On your way to Columbus, you could visit Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, then Canton, then Ohio Amish Country southwest of Canton around Walnut Creek on your way to Columbus. Malabar Farm State Park is just west of Walnut Creek located near Lucas. The Malabar Farm Restaurant there is a locavore favorite of foodies.

Check out the Hartville Marketplace between Akron and Canton.

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Thanks for all your great suggestions (and accept my apologies for responding so tardily). We leave Sunday, and the weather is not going to be our friend; heavy thunderstorms are predicted for Houston, our departure city, and a snowstorm for Cleveland, our destination. We're staying at the Residence Inn downtown so we may be limited to that area. Many of the sites TE posted aren't open yet so I guess that just gives us reason to return in nicer weather. Maybe by Tuesday, we can enjoy some of your suggestions on the way to Columbus. Thanks again.

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The Residence Inn is a good base of operation. Lots of nearby options.

If the weather gets in your way -- and it might -- post here and we'll try to walk you through it.

Right now, local weather stations are reporting the heaviest snow (8 inches) will fall in a band between Columbus and Akron (about 30 miles south of Cleveland.

The walk between the hotel and Rock Hall is going to be FRIGID, though, with the wind off the lake.

Since you're staying downtown, hit the W. 4th restaurant district nearby (Greenhouse is one of our favorites...and celebrity Cleveland chefs Michael Symon (Lola) and Zack Bruell (Chinato (Italian)) have restaurants there). For more casual Asian, check out Greenhouse's sister restaurant around the corner, Noodlecat...and for great fusion, modern Pure Vida (a door or two away)...all within a couple of blocks walk of your hotel.

For a nice historic peek into Cleveland and its people, drive (or taxi) over the Cuyahoga River (five minutes from downtown, if that) to West Side Market....a place where Clevelanders have been buying everything from tomatoes and lettuce to paprika bacon and pierogies for 100 years. Literally -- it's the 100th anniversary. It's not open Sunday, but is on Saturday and Monday. It's a great place to grocery shop, but for your purposes, grab a meal (Noodlecat has an outpost...there's a crepe stand...gynormous gyros...sausage sandwiches). And do like the locals....carry your food to the front corner of the building by crepe shop...head up the steps...and eat your food while watching all the action unfold below.

If you like beer, the street outside is the beer district -- starting with Great Lakes Brewing (one of the og brewers who started the national craft revolution in the 1980s) and many other brewers and places to grab and brew and more.

Enjoy.

Dress warm.

Remember -- there is no bad weather, only bad clothing (at least that's what my mom always said...but she didn't have to commute in a foot of snow...

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Cleveland currently is expected to get 3 to 6 inches of snow, not a big deal in Cleveland, with the storm ending in late evening Sunday. I would expect most snow to be cleared by Monday morning. The West Side Market is open Monday at 7 a.m. It's a bit of history as one of the nation's last great public food markets. You could visit before heading to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The West Side Market has free parking, or you could walk to Tower City and take the Red Line to the West 25th St. station, a very short walk from the market. If you buy RTA day passes for $5, you could then return to Tower City and take the Waterfront Line to the Rock Hall.

The 24/7 Healthline bus rapid runs down Euclid Ave., easily reached from the Residence Inn (ask at the desk). You could take it to University Circle.

Your big problem may be Columbus. It may get a much heavier snowfall than Cleveland given the forecasts and is much more poorly equipped to handle snow. Columbus may be somewhat in shutdown on Tuesday depending upon how the storm plays out.

Holden Arboretum in Kirtland may be beautiful Monday morning in a blanket of fresh snow. You could call and see if the sugar bush at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland will be operating Monday (sap may not be flowing with all of the cold weather).

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Thanks, Amagar and TE, for the updates. It sounds like we can spend our time eating if nothing else, and that's certainly one of my favs! We found out about 8:30 tonight that we can fly out tomorrow with no penalties or fare adjustments so we hope to avoid any flight cancellations. Yikes, I hope we can make it to Columbus. We have Wed night tix for the Eagles concert...that's what started this whole venture.

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You should be able to make it to Columbus as interstate 71 will be plowed and treated. It is the city streets that may be an issue. Even going to Canton or Ohio Amish Country should be OK on Tuesday. The latter also should be beautiful with a covering of snow.