Romantic Things to Do in and Around Cleveland

Cleveland's West Side Market
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    Romantic Cleveland

    Cleveland offers dozens of romantic things to do, from watching the sun set over Lake Erie to creating a picnic at the West Side Market to exploring the Larchmere Blvd. antique district. Learn more about Cleveland's romantic side.

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    Watch the Sun Set Over Lake Erie

    Sunset over the Lake Erie Shore
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    Whether you enjoy the view from Cleveland's Edgewater State Park, on the city's near west side, or Mentor Headlands Beach on the far east side, the sunset over Lake Erie is one of the loveliest views in town. In the warmer months, bring a picnic dinner and dine as you watch the sun sink unobstructed into the horizon. Or, stroll hand-in-hand along the beach and enjoy the view.

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    Discover the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

    Rockefeller Park Greenhouse, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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    There's just something magical about the Cleveland Greenhouse. Built at the turn of the (20th) century, the structure houses a tropical garden with a large variety of colorful orchids, a desert garden with cacti and other succulents, and a rain forest with citrus trees and other interesting plants.

    Located at the edge of University Circle, the greenhouse is rarely crowded. In the summer, you can explore the 270 acres of outdoor gardens, including the precisely manicured ​Japanese garden. During the holiday season, the indoor gardens are filled with red, white, and pink poinsettias.

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    Enjoy a Meal on One of Cleveland's Restaurant Patios

    During the warmer months, especially between Memorial Day and Labor Day, it seems that every Cleveland restaurants sports at least a small patio. Reserve a table outside and enjoy the sunny summer and fall days.

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    Explore the Larchmere Antique District

    Located one block north of Shaker Square on Cleveland's east side, Larchmere Boulevard is home to a fascinating mix of antique stores, bookstores, stores selling handcrafted items, and eclectic eateries. Make sure to have a burger at the historic and funky Academy Tavern.​

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    Shop for Picnic Ingredients at the West Side Market

    The West Side Market, at the edge of Ohio City in Cleveland, is a cultural and culinary gem. Opened in 1912, the market combines graceful Neo-Classical/Byzantine architecture with a vibrant produce and meat, poultry, and dairy market. Pick up ingredients for a picnic to take to nearby Edgewater Park or buy the makings of a memorable dinner that the two of you create together.

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    Take in a Concert at Jacobs Pavilion

    The music is almost secondary to this concert stage's lovely setting along the Cuyahoga River. You'll share a view of the downtown Cleveland skyline, the ore boats plying down the river, and the bridges all festively lighted. The Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica hosts a variety of musical entertainers from May through September each year. The outdoor venue is small and intimate—the perfect spot for romance.​

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    Sample Ohio Wines

    Lake and Ashtabula Counties, just east of Cleveland, are home to dozens of unique and tasty wineries. Many have restaurants and tasting rooms where you can enjoy their wares. Most offer tours of the facility, and some, such as Chalet Debonne in Madison, even host musical events throughout the year. Particularly romantic is the lakeside Lakehouse Inn and Winery in Geneva-on-the-Lake.

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    Sip Champagne (or Chardonnay) at a Cleveland Wine Bar

    Cleveland has a collection of unique, cozy, and sometimes quirky establishments that serve wine by the glass - or the bottle. Cuddle up to someone you love and share a bottle of wine, a plate of cheese and a romantic wine bar setting.

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    Stay at an Area Bed and Breakfast Inn

    What's more romantic than a night away from kids and work and chores? The Greater Cleveland area is home to a delightful and romantic collection of Bed and Breakfast inns. From stylish city retreats to country estates, there's something for every taste, from the Irish-themed Fitzgeralds Irish Bed and Breakfast in Painesville's historic district to the luxurious Eagle Inn at Geneva-on-the-Lake.

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    Go Ice Skating Together

    Northeast Ohio offers a variety of places to ice skate both indoors and outside. The best of these is ​Winterhurst, the multi-rink facility in Lakewood. It is the haunt of former Olympians Carol Heiss Jenkins and Tonia Kwiatkowski, but Winterhurst also offers a variety of public skating hours and events.