Unexpected Cleveland: Cultural, Culinary, Viticultural

Cleveland downtown at night as seen from Lake Erie North Shore

My early Cleveland awareness came from the movie Howard the Duck, and I quote, “Hey, if I had some place to go I certainly wouldn’t be in Cleve-Land.” (Thank you, George Lucas!) From the more recent TV series 30 Rock, I learned that NYC women all look like models in “The Cleve” (Thank you, Tina Fey!) Now, what’s with all these distortions to a perfectly normal name? Legend has it that a local newspaper lost an “a” from General Moses Cleaveland’s last name to fit it into a masthead back in the day. Today, there’s the visitors bureau’s new slogan, “Discover the Unexpected Side of Cle+.” So, on a recent trip to C-Town I was ready to make some discoveries, and the unexpected side of Cleveland turned out to be rather spectacular.

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