West Side Story

For most people, when it comes to romantic holiday destinations, Cleveland is firmly off the radar but, for those willing to give the city a chance, there are some excellent attractions that are perfect for couples.

A well-known culinary attraction and a good place to start our romantic adventure is the city’s West Side Market that’s worth the try for couples. For food enthusiasts, strolling through its aisles of fresh and cooked-food stalls is a hugely satisfying experience and the moment made even better by the market’s historic setting.

Purchase some food at the market and have a romantic outdoor meal at Edgewater Park if the weather’s nice outside, which is just a few minutes away by car. This park offers great views of the city skyline and is set on Lake Erie.

While in Cleveland, one neighborhood that couples should make a point to visit is University Circle. For couples who love to reminisce the yesteryears, they will find tree-lined streets, historic houses and a host of attractions that are really suitable for them.

Another great place to visit is the Cleveland Botanical Garden and is the place to go for a romantic stroll. Visitors can visit the garden’s glasshouse, which has sections devoted to both the Costa Rican rainforest and the Madagascar spiny desert once visitors are done exploring its ten acres of polished gardens.

There’s a must do for art lovers as they will be pleased to know that University Circle hosts both the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA).

The Cleveland Museum of Art is the larger of the two museums and accommodates a collection of more than 40,000 pieces that spans several centuries and continents, should be travelers’ first stop. From the museum’s huge endowment, it has allowed it to collect some truly exemplary pieces and keep the admission free for all visitors at the same time.

Not far away is MOCA, and has only moved into its new, visually noticeable home, which was outlined by acclaimed architect Farshid Moussavi. MOCA, however, is exceptional for it’s a non-collecting institution, which means that its appeal to visitors in the exhibitions it hosts.

Couples should also consider staying at the Glidden House Hotel to get the most of their trip to Cleveland.