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-See the Pros and Cons of life in CLE here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=21675.msg332327#msg332327
-See the Pros and Cons of Beachwood vs University Heights here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1343.msg1718049#msg1718049

Airports:
-CLE is about 15 minutes from downtown and 25-30 minutes from the Jewish community.  It's a focus city for Frontier, Spirit, and United.
-The RTA (Rapid transit train) at Brookpark station has free parking and is just 1 train stop (3 minutes) to the stop inside the airport. The train costs $2.50 and the schedule is here: http://www.riderta.com/routes/redline/schedules/current#WestboundWeekday
An uber from Brookpark station to CLE is about $10.
-Uber between the Jewish community and CLE is about $30.
-CLE off-site parking is about $9/day, on-site parking is $13-$18/day, and curbside valet parking is $25/day.

-CAK is 40-45 minutes from the Jewish community and located nearby the NFL Hall of Fame.
-Uber between the Jewish community and CAK is about $45.
-CAK parking is $7/day for long-term and $15-$18/day for short-term.

-PIT is 90-105 minutes from the Jewish community. It offers nonstop service to Iceland on WOW, seasonal nonstop service to Paris on Delta, and seasonal nonstop service to Frankfurt on Condor.

Hotels:
-There is a new Hyatt Place in Legacy Village within walking distance of the Jewish community, though it's located just outside of the Eruv. It costs only 5K points/night.
-There is an SPG (Aloft) in Beachwood, but it's 3.5 miles to the jewish community.
-There is a Sheraton on the west side by the airport (30 minutes drive), a Westin downtown, and an Aloft in the flats.
-There is a highly regarded Sheraton Suites by Cuyahoga Falls/Akron.
-There is a nice Hyatt Regency downtown (25 minutes drive) in a unique vintage arcade building and an excellent spa that gives hotel guests 25% off and accepts SpaFinder certs from Costco that can be purchased for an additional 20% off.
-There is a Hyatt Place in Independence located between the airport and Jewish community with a free airport shuttle.

Transportation:
-There is a subway/light rail connecting the airport with downtown, University Circle (where the Case campus and many museums are) and the Jewish community area, but renting a car is pretty much required.

CLE Metro Activities:

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Museums:
-Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Downtown)
-Great Lakes Science Center (Downtown)
-NFL Hall of Fame (Canton)
-National Inventors Hall of Fame. (Akron)
-Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the best in the nation and it's free (University Circle)
-Children's Museum  (University Circle)
-Museum of Natural History and Planetarium (University Circle)
-Auto-Aviation museum has lots of vintage cars and more (University Circle)
-Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (Beachwood)
-Polka Hall of Fame (Downtown)

Amusement parks/Thrill rides/Game Rooms:
-Cedar Point has been voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" for 16 consecutive years. It has the best and several of the top 10 coasters in the world. (Sandusky, open May-October)
-IX Indoor Amusement Park (Open March/April)
-Chalet Tobogganing (November-March) on the west side.
-Fun-n-stuff (Arcades, later tag, mini golf, rock climbing, roller skating, mini go karts for the little ones, regular go karts, bumper boats, batting cages, etc.)
-Whirly ball is a spin-off of Basketball played on bumper cars.
-Dave & Busters is on the west side near Crocker Park.
-African Safari Wildlife Park Sandusky
-Kalahari Indoor Waterpark and Soak City outdoor waterpark in Sandusky.
-Memphis Kiddie Park (Amusement park for kids)
-Jumpyard for kids
-Playground World for kids
-Swings & Things

Beaches/Water Activities:
-North Coast Harbor Marina has Jet skis for 100/hr and 60/half hr. Paddle boats, kayaks, and paddle boards are $25/hour or $15/half hr (Downtown).
-Edgewater beach park
-Mentor Headlands beach park
-Geneva on the lake.
-Jet Pack Water Adventures in Sandusky

Sports:
-The Indians, Cavs, and Browns provide major league sports entertainment in downtown Cleveland along with the minor league hockey Lake Erie Monsters.  Browns games are great with some of the best/craziest fans in the NFL and the Indians have a glatt kosher hot dog stand.
-There are minor league Indians teams in Akron and in Eastlake on the east side of Cleveland.

Other activities:
-Segway tour of Downtown CLE
-Zoo and Rainforest (Free for CLE residents on Mondays)
-Aquarium (Downtown)
-Horseshoe Casino, Smoke-free! (Downtown)
-Cleveland Orchestra, one of the "Big Five" American orchestras (University Circle)
-Playhouse Square, second largest theater complex in the United States with Broadway shows at a fraction of the cost on Broadway.
-East 4th downtown pedestrian street district (bars/comedy shows/bowling/casino).
-Lake Erie Islands/Put-in-Bay.
-Big Fun novelty toy store (Cleveland Heights)
-Chagrin Falls is a quaint village on the east side to walk around and you to can be chagrined by the falls.
-Outdoor Ice Skating. (University Circle)
-Amish country.
-Horseback Riding

Shopping:
-Legacy Village is an outdoor mall in the Jewish community.
-Beachwood Place is an indoor mall in the Jewish community.
-Eton is a high-end strip-mall near the Jewish community.
-Crocker Park is an excellent outdoor mall on the west-side of town.
-West Side Market is a world-renown indoor food and produce market in Ohio City west of downtown (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)

Hiking/Nature:
-Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Train rides.
-The "Emerald Necklace" is a chain of green Metroparks with great hiking that surrounds Cleveland.  October should be perfect to view the fall foliage.
-Acacia reservation is in the jewish community.
-Squire's Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.
-Squaw Rock in South Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

Nearby Cities:
-Erie/Presque Isle Beach (1.5 hours)
-Pittsburgh (2 hours)
-Columbus (2 hours)
-Detroit (2.5 hours)
-Niagara Falls (3 hours)
-Toronto (4 hours)
-Chicago (6 hours)
-Baltimore (6 hours)
-NYC (7 hours)
-Lakewood (8 hours)

Microbreweries:

-Bottlehouse microbrewery (You can bring your own food!)  (Cleveland Heights, 4.5/5 DD stars)

-Great Lakes Brewpub and Brewery in Ohio City (Don't miss the mob-era bullet holes, tours available, 4.5/5 DD stars)

-Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City

Kosher Eateries:

1. Bagel Shoppe (South Euclid, 4/5 DD stars) closes at 2pm.
Don't miss the excellent Jalapano bagels and ask them to add garlic crunch inside ($0.95).  Great Challah as well.

2. BlueStar Cafe (Woodmere)
Non-C"Y sit-down dairy and sushi/meat dishes to go.
https://www.bluestarcle.com/

3. Chef Dave's (Beachwood, 4/5 DD stars) does restaurant nights and buffet nights several times a month. 
Check https://chefdavescatering.com for upcoming dates.

4. Contempo Cuisine (University Heights, 3.5/5 DD stars) does restaurant nights occasionally.
Check https://www.facebook.com/pages/Contempo-Cuisine-Catering/1532410530341368 for upcoming dates.

5. Ellie's Waffles and Ice Cream (Beachwood, 3/5 DD stars) has decent french onion soup, good waffles, soft and hard ice cream, and below average bakery goods, coffee, chocolates, and smoothies.

6. Kantina (Cleveland uptown/University Circle, 4/5 DD stars): Burger, Kantina Burger, Shnitzel, Shnitzel fried steak , Cookie Dough Shake, Buffalo chicken, Felafel, and Fries are all very inexpensive and great.
http://www.kantinakatering.com/

7. Kinneret Pizza (Cleveland Heights, 3.5/5 DD stars) closes at 7pm.
Very good plain pizza, order with extra sauce and well done. Avoid the toppings. 
Excellent garlic knots. Very good homemade onion rings and cauliflower.  Sushi is very good when fresh. Good spicy fries and decent Eggplant Parmesan.  Soft serve Ice Cream with 8 flavor choices.  There is a salad bar and a lot of other choices on the menu.

8. Issi's Pizza (South Euclid, 3/5 DD stars) closes at 8pm.
The pizza is made in a conveyor belt oven. You'll either like it or hate it.  Try the felafel pizza with extra sauce and request it made well done.

9. Jerusalem Grill (South Euclid, 3.5/5 DD stars), closes at 9pm.
Good Shnitzel, good deli sandwiches like the New Yorker, on Mondays a Felafel+soda is $5. Decent burgers and subpar chinese also available.

10. Sababa (South Euclid, 2.5/5 DD stars), closes at 9pm
Decent Sushi, Japanese, and Israeli food.

11. Subway (Beachwood, 3/5 DD stars) close at 9pm
Typical Subway with parve cheese available.

12. Sushi 2 Go (Cleveland Heights, 4.5/5 DD stars, $5 delivery available)
https://www.sushi2gocleveland.com/menus

13. The glatt kosher hot dog stand at Progressive Field (Downtown Cleveland, 4/5 stars) near section 149 is open during Indians games and is under Cleveland Kosher.
Bring your own water bottles to avoid paying $5 for water!

14. Tiferes Pizza (Cleveland Heights, 3.5/5 DD stars), closes at 10pm or can call and ask about later hours. Closes at 12 on Motzei Shabbos
http://www.localjewishnews.com/2017/01/09/tiferes-pizza-authentic-italian-artisan-pizza/

-Ungers Bakery & Kosher Market (Cleveland Heights, Donuts: 4.5/5 DD stars, other bakery goods: 2/5 DD stars) closes at 8pm, but often may let you in later as they have bakers there all night long.
My favorites are the custard and cinnamon donuts. Others love the Miami and glaze donuts.

-Chocolate Emporium (South Euclid) has chocolates made on-site as well as other gifts.

-Tibor's (Beachwood) has a deli with lots of prepared food and good spicy homemade salami and beef jerky.  They also carry bakery goods from Ungers and from Word of Mouth which are excellent. They close at 7pm.

-Boris' (University Heights) is yet another butcher/deli with kosher grocery items that also carries Pride of the Farm Ice Cream.

-Heinen's (University Heights) has a great kosher grocery section with prepared meals from Contempo Cuisine catering and bakery good from Contempo Cuisine and Lax & Mandel. 

-Costco (Mayfield Heights) has a large kosher section.

-Amy Joy Donuts (South Euclid, Cholov Stam)

-Coldstone Creamery (University Heights, Cholov Stam)

-Mitchell's Ice Cream (Beachwood and Ohio City, Cholov Stam).

-Shannon Road Ice Cream makes the best gosh darn parve Ice Cream you've ever tried in your life, guaranteed.
Don't miss Peanut Butter Cup, Snickerdoodle, Cookie Dough, or Toffee Bar.
Better than Klein's milchig Ice Cream by a wide margin. CRC Pareve and Cleveland Kosher Hasgachos.
Website: http://www.shannonroadicecream.com/

Available by the pint/quart/gallon in these stores:
          *Boris' Kosher Meats
          *Tibors' Kosher Meats
          *Unger's Kosher Bakery and Food
          *Merchant's Market in Legacy Village (Single serve sizes available here)

-BG Sweets makes incredible coated popcorn in all kinds of amazing flavors.  Licky Sticky S'mores, Peppermint Patty, and Nutty Buddy are all excellent.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #45 on: June 09, 2010, 12:41:12 PM »
This is Cleveland, nothing's open late.
City guide:
BE=Beachwood
UH=University Heights
SE=South Euclid
CH=Cleveland Heights
CL=Cleveland

For weekdays:
-The Bagel Shoppe (UH, 3.5/5 DD stars) closes at 2pm
-Kinneret Pizza(CH, 4/5 DD stars) closes at 7pm
-Issi's Pizza (SE, 1.5/5 DD stars) closes at 8pm
-Contempo Cuisine Steakhouse (UH, 4/5 DD stars) has last seating at 8pm
-Jerusalem Grill (SE, Chinese Menu 4/5 DD stars, Regular Menu 2/5 DD stars), Sababa (SE, 1.5/5 DD stars), and Subway (BE, 2.5/5 DD stars) close at 9pm
-The glatt kosher hot dog stand at Progressive Field is open during Indians games (CL, 7pm-10pm weeknights).

-Lax & Mandel Bakery (SE, 0 Stars) closes at 7pm.
-Ungers Bakery & Kosher Market (CH, Donuts: 4.5/5 DD stars, other bakery goods: 2/5 DD stars) closes at 8pm, but often may let you in later as they have bakers there all night long.
-Tibor's (BE) has a deli with lots of prepared food and good spicy homemade salami.  They also carry bakery goods from Ungers and from Word of Mouth which are excellent. They close at 7pm.
-Shimon's Deli (CH) also carries some prepared foods and closes at 6pm.

Later than that, there's also Chocolate Emporium & Ice Cream Parlor (BE, Cholov Yisroel and Cholov Stam available), Amy Joy Donuts (SE, Cholov Stam), Coldstone Creamery (UH, Cholov Stam), and Mitchell's Ice Cream (BE, Cholov Stam)

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #46 on: June 09, 2010, 12:43:07 PM »
 Thanks looks like a straight drive over to the Airport area as no way will I be out of NY at Noon

 did J Grill 1 time and that was 1 time way too many

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #47 on: June 09, 2010, 12:45:35 PM »
what restaurant is opened the latest at night? till what time? and milhig or fleshhig?

 heading to Detroit with a night over near CLE a Hampton for $71 (seems no more SPG for me in Clev too expensive way above $100 used to be apx $79, will miss the SS in CF)

 probably wont be there much before 9pm anything still opened at that hour?
What do you mean you will miss the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls? It's still in SPG as a cat.3 that often has 2,800+$45 rooms.
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« Reply #48 on: June 09, 2010, 12:48:16 PM »
Thanks looks like a straight drive over to the Airport area as no way will I be out of NY at Noon

 did J Grill 1 time and that was 1 time way too many
Jerusalem Grill apparently just started making good Chinese food. I'll try it out for myself sometime soon and report back.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #49 on: June 09, 2010, 12:49:26 PM »
What do you mean you will miss the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls? It's still in SPG as a cat.3 that often has 2,800+$45 rooms.

 Id rather stay at that Hampton get 1 of 4 towards a free Hilton stay especially at $71 then stay at the SS and not get any credit.

Now if there wasnt any decent promos going on and I couldnt score an ElCheapo Rate be it at MR or HH then Id consider it, but there are a few Fairfields in the area with the Room saver coupon for $69, so Id do taht before the SS with no credit to be had. Just my opin

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #50 on: June 09, 2010, 09:13:08 PM »
Jerusalem Grill apparently just started making good Chinese food. I'll try it out for myself sometime soon and report back.

 if its anything like their other food SAVE your $$$, I had already ordered before the next person did.They ordered shwarma and the girl opens the fridge took out a plastic bucket and threw some on the grll to heat up. Thats when I knew I was in TROUBLE.Never saw that anywhere else ever and unfortuantely my food was already cooking otherwise I most certainly would have CXed it!

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #51 on: June 09, 2010, 12:55:17 PM »
Id rather stay at that Hampton get 1 of 4 towards a free Hilton stay especially at $71 then stay at the SS and not get any credit.

Now if there wasnt any decent promos going on and I couldnt score an ElCheapo Rate be it at MR or HH then Id consider it, but there are a few Fairfields in the area with the Room saver coupon for $69, so Id do taht before the SS with no credit to be had. Just my opin
I know you're not a Hyatt fan, but surely you'd be better off spending the ~$71 at the nicer (IMO) Hyatt Place in Cleveland/Independence and get a few thousand AA miles as well as 1 of 2 stays towards a free Hyatt night worldwide!
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #52 on: June 09, 2010, 12:57:59 PM »
if its anything like their other food SAVE your $$$, I had already ordered before the next person did.They ordered shwarma and the girl opens the fridge took out a plastic bucket and threw some on the grll to heat up. Thats when I knew I was in TROUBLE.Never saw that anywhere else ever and unfortuantely my food was already cooking otherwise I most certainly would have CXed it!
Yup, their Shwarma is a big-time no-no, but their Shnitzel with french fries in a homemade Pita is not bad.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #53 on: June 09, 2010, 01:09:53 PM »
I know you're not a Hyatt fan, but surely you'd be better off spending the ~$71 at the nicer (IMO) Hyatt Place in Cleveland/Independence and get a few thousand AA miles as well as 1 of 2 stays towards a free Hyatt night worldwide!

its not that Im not a Hyatt fan, I am for those that it works for

 take my Aug trip to SYD I arrive Fri @ 6;30am so I booked a HInn in town for $105 since I just want a place to restup and shower before heading to a friends for Shabbos. MS Ill stay near SYD since I have a 9am flight to CNS.Back Weds night from CNS @ 8pm = no real time to enjoy the Park H where I slept a night last yr with a friend B4 heading early to The Blue Mts, as I have a Weds 1pm flight out

 even the 4P with C&P works out better. But both the PH and 4P are a schelp from the train

 theres just not enough places Id want to use them at. Then I dont think at this time of the yr it pays to get comped to their Diamond level, so till at least 7/1 no Hyatts for this guy

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #54 on: June 09, 2010, 01:20:41 PM »
its not that Im not a Hyatt fan, I am for those that it works for

 take my Aug trip to SYD I arrive Fri @ 6;30am so I booked a HInn in town for $105 since I just want a place to restup and shower before heading to a friends for Shabbos. MS Ill stay near SYD since I have a 9am flight to CNS.Back Weds night from CNS @ 8pm = no real time to enjoy the Park H where I slept a night last yr with a friend B4 heading early to The Blue Mts, as I have a Weds 1pm flight out

 even the 4P with C&P works out better. But both the PH and 4P are a schelp from the train

 theres just not enough places Id want to use them at. Then I dont think at this time of the yr it pays to get comped to their Diamond level, so till at least 7/1 no Hyatts for this guy
Is it not worth making 5 stays, costing maybe $400, to get some 30,000 AA miles?
The 2.5 free nights are just icing on that.

There's a new PH in Carlsbad, CA that just took over the Four Seasons that may be worth checking out for free on your next west coast MR...

I know Hyatt's can be scarce in places, but there's simply no program as lucrative as Gold Passport for actual hotel stays.  And their bottom-tier Hyatt Places are really quite nice for their category.  Very large rooms with 42" flat screens, pullout couch, and a nice free breakfast with Starbucks teas and coffee...
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« Reply #55 on: June 09, 2010, 01:29:47 PM »
Is it not worth making 5 stays, costing maybe $400, to get some 30,000 AA miles?
The 2.5 free nights are just icing on that.

There's a new PH in Carlsbad, CA that just took over the Four Seasons that may be worth checking out for free on your next west coast MR...

I know Hyatt's can be scarce in places, but there's simply no program as lucrative as Gold Passport for actual hotel stays.  And their bottom-tier Hyatt Places are really quite nice for their category.  Very large rooms with 42" flat screens, pullout couch, and a nice free breakfast with Starbucks teas and coffee...

 in a few ways no. Im trying not to stay at a Hampton since a FS HH is worth 500 miles or 750 miles if put into US and Im using that to get to 120k with US, also Hyatt will be program #4 and theres only so many that I can keep top level with and *W is 1 and with 1m+ pts with HH it pays to keep Diamond with them till those pts are used up. Then theres 1m+ pts with Marriott as well so ther it pays to kep at least gold till those are used up thats 50 - 15 nights ayr = 35. Just no way to get Hyatt done as well

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #56 on: June 09, 2010, 09:34:54 PM »
Well I went to Jerusalem Grill tonight and am happy to report that they have a new Chinese Chef who makes a wicked Sesame Chicken!
2 thumbs up!

The Sweet and Sour Chicken was pretty good too.

The Chinese menu is pretty small, the only other entrees were Moo Goo Gai Pan, Pepper Steak, and Vegetable Stir-Fry.

The rest of the menu is all pretty lousy, as is the service.  Definitely a "to-go" type of place when you need a Chinese-fix.

Also next door, Sababa has a brand new menu with Sushi that I have yet to try since getting really bad food a couple months ago.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #57 on: June 10, 2010, 03:39:28 AM »
Dan, I thought u said u won't touch raw fish with a ten foot pole?
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #58 on: June 10, 2010, 06:14:18 PM »
Dan, I thought u said u won't touch raw fish with a ten foot pole?
When did I say I ate raw fish?

in a few ways no. Im trying not to stay at a Hampton since a FS HH is worth 500 miles or 750 miles if put into US and Im using that to get to 120k with US, also Hyatt will be program #4 and theres only so many that I can keep top level with and *W is 1 and with 1m+ pts with HH it pays to keep Diamond with them till those pts are used up. Then theres 1m+ pts with Marriott as well so ther it pays to kep at least gold till those are used up thats 50 - 15 nights ayr = 35. Just no way to get Hyatt done as well
Steve2, there's an Indians game tonight in downtown.
You can get a $5 ticket and get some $5 grilled A&H glatt kosher hot dogs at the game if you're interested.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #59 on: June 10, 2010, 06:41:47 PM »
sorry Dan, when you said sushi, the first thought that comes to mind is raw fish...but i guess you're right, there's other kinds too...Enjoy!
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