Getting away with your girlfriends is sometimes necessary and choosing a location for your getaway can make or break your trip. Complete with stunning views, unmatched social scenes, and authentic charm, Cleveland is the perfect place for a girls trip and the city promises to be nothing short of amazing. From tranquil nature hikes to exciting attractions, this city has something for everyone.
With so many options, deciding how to spend your girls weekend getaway can feel overwhelming. But fear not. Below is a list of must-dos when it comes to exploring, eating, and going out in the city that rocks.
What to Do:
Take a Cleveland Bike Tour
One of the best ways to see the city is via bike ride with Cleveland Bike Tour. Cruise down history-rich city streets and learn about how Cleveland came to be what it is today. As a national leader in historic preservation, Cleveland does an excellent job of appreciating both tradition and growth and the tour meanders from Playhouse Square to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the Gateway District (and everything in between).
See Thunder Down Under at Club Velvet
Start off your Cleveland getaway by heating things up. Club Velvet at Hard Rock Rocksino hosts Thunder Down Under, a stunning and tantalizing performance by male dancers and the perfect activity to kick off an exciting night out with girlfriends. Thunder Down Under comes to Club Velvet every few months, so check the events calendar to make sure you and your group of ladies get a seat!
Explore the Cleveland Zoo
An essential part of any Cleveland getaway is a trip to the zoo. The Cleveland Zoo spans over 183 acres and is home to hundreds of animals including bears, cheetahs, elephants, and all kinds of reptiles and birds. The zoo also offers a variety of educational programs that help visitors deepen their knowledge as they explore the park.
Where to Eat:
West Side Market Cafe
West Side Market Cafe offers a unique dining experience. All ingredients are sourced from the acclaimed West Side Market vendors and then put in the hands of talented chefs to create each dish. The result is craft, homestyle meals that will both satisfy your craving for delicious food and fuel you for a day of Cleveland exploring.
Blue Point Grille
Located in downtown Cleveland’s spirited Warehouse District, Blue Point Grille sets a new standard for hip fine dining and is a must-do during your girls trip. Feast on fresh, gourmet seafood dishes paired with a wine choice from Blue Pint’s award-winning list and enjoy stunning views through the dining room’s towering windows. It’s no wonder why Blue Point has earned the Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoons Award for “Best Seafood Restaurant” multiple years in a row.
Doc and Lennie’s
Dine like a local during your Cleveland getaway at one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Doc and Lennie’s serves up some of the best barbeque dishes in the city. Hearty mac and cheese, flavorful meats, and rich sauces take comfort food to the next level in this humble, charming establishment.
Where to Go Out:
Corks Wine Bar
No girls weekend getaway would be complete without a trip to an award-winning wine bar. Located in historic downtown Willoughby, Corks Wine Bar serves up some of the best wines, beers, and hors d’oeuvres in Cleveland. The warm, charming atmosphere at Corks makes it easy to relax and enjoy the evening with friends. The wine bar fosters a casual, social environment, perfect for unwinding after a long day of exploring.
The award-winning Barley House, located in the Warehouse District, is a must-visit if you’re looking to explore Cleveland nightlife. In the daytime, traditional American cuisine, over twenty beers on tap, and a friendly atmosphere characterize this Cleveland staple. As the sun goes down, Barley House transforms into one of Ohio’s hottest nightlife spots, perfect for celebrating during your girls trip.
It only makes sense that a city famous for its rock ‘n’ roll roots would be home to a renowned part-concert-hall-part-supper-club music and food venue. Music Box is located on the West Bank of the flats in downtown Cleveland and has hosted some of the country’s best musical talent over the years. Fresh seafood and traditional American fare live on the Music Box menu, rounding out the experience and making it a one-stop nightlife destination.
Cleveland is packed with gorgeous scenery, historical attractions, and buzzing shows and nightlife, making it the perfect destination for a fun girls weekend getaway. Spend quality time with your girlfriends while exploring and enjoying all that the city that rocks has to offer.