Holiday Hosting in NEO – The Best Places to take Out-of-Towners

‘Tis the season for making merry, often with out-of-town guests! And as your family descends for a visit, you might be wondering about the best places to take them around town.

Here are the best places to introduce visitors to Northeast Ohio in the most efficient way. We’ve tried to pinpoint neighborhoods that offer great options from food, to culture, to shopping, to holiday décor.

University Circle

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Cleveland offers a wealth of museums, with something for everyone to enjoy. Take the art lover to the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art. The kids will love the dinosaurs at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Introduce your guests to Cleveland history at the new CLE Starts Here exhibit at the Cleveland History Center. And get in the holiday spirit with stops at Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Rink at Wade Oval.

While you’re in the University Circle area, grab dinner at Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Trentina, or head to Uptown for some casual options like Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern, ABC the Tavern, and The Corner Alley.

Ohio City

Market - Garden - Clock - TowerWhile your guests are in town, you may want to make them a home-cooked meal. What better place to shop for ingredients than Cleveland’s famous West Side Market?! While you’re in the neighborhood, grab a pint at one of Cleveland’s many craft breweries in Ohio City, such as Great Lakes Brewing Company, The Market Garden Brewery, or Hansa Brewery.

Plus, get some holiday shopping done at Salty Not Sweet Boutique and Room Service.

Downtown Cleveland 

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See the lights on Public Square and Playhouse Square. Grab a glass of wine at the beautiful rotunda at Heinen’s Downtown. Have dinner on East 4th Street, with everything from BBQ to haute cuisine. Grab a Cleveland-themed gift at CLE Clothing Co. or in the 5th Street Arcades. Downtown really is the heart of it all!

Gordon Square

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With lots to offer from food to shopping to culture, Gordon Square is the perfect neighborhood to take your out-of-town guests. Catch a film at the historic Capitol Theater, then stroll down the street for a step-back-in-time sundae at Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop. Have dinner at Spice Kitchen and Bar and a nightcap at XYZ the Tavern. And be sure to stop in for a luxe gift at Fount.


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Take in the unique exhibits at the Akron Art Museum. See the decorations and go for a spin around the rink at Lock 3 Winter Fest. Check out the gorgeous lights and historic grandeur at Stan Hywet Deck the Hall. Akron offers so many great ways to keep visitors entertained!

Wherever you take your visitors, enjoy introducing them to all that Northeast Ohio has to offer, in the holiday season and beyond! 

Featured image: via Kevin Goodman

Jen Rome
Jen Rome

Jen Rome is the author of Why CLE?, a lifestyle blog that is continually providing readers with new answers to why living in Cleveland is so wonderful.

Jen is a born and raise Clevelander who has lived in Washington, DC and Denver, Colorado, but always come back home by choice, not by chance.