But the truth is, those are just a starting point. With so many cool things happening in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, I am constantly redefining my personal Best of Cleveland list by snapping pics of dishes I love, bookmarking that community festival that was a blast and taking a mental note of that you’ve-got-to-buy-it product my friends were gushing about.
You can find 50 of my latest obsessions in our annual Best of Cleveland package, starting on page 91. Curated by our nine-person editorial team, we love that these items, dishes, spots and activities all help make Cleveland a fun city to explore.
But our editors are just a small piece of the Cleveland Magazine puzzle. How do the rest of the staffers at the publication live their best Cleveland lives? We wanted to give some of them a chance to share their favorites. I know I’ll be adding their ideas to my list.
Corey Galloway, account and marketing coordinator
Best brewery: Platform Beer Co. “They literally can’t make a bad beer. I dare you to disagree. Also they do Non-Profit Tuesdays and cool stuff with the community.”
Carol Bennett, senior accountant and benefits administrator
Best CLE smell: Aladdin’s Baking Co. “Whenever the spot on Carnegie Avenue is baking its pita bread.”
Jennifer Natale, account manager
Best date night: ThornCreek Winery & Gardens. “It is a hidden gem. Not only does it have amazing wine, but there’s also breathtaking gardens that have now become one of Northeast Ohio’s best venues for weddings.”
Rachel Hagenbaugh, associate editor, custom publishing
Best local event: The Chardon Square Arts Festival. “It’s my can’t-miss event. This outdoors event takes place the first Sunday in August in the quaint, park-like historic downtown square.”
Julie Gill, office assistant
Best dessert: The Chocolate Bar. “It has never steered me wrong with dessert. The Baileys cheesecake is my favorite.”
John Daters, director of digital strategy
Best outdoor spot: Any of the Cleveland Metroparks. “I like the quote that goes something like: Everyone should spend an hour a day in nature — unless you’re busy, then you should spend two hours.”
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September 25, 2019