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Old 01-13-2019, 03:50 PM
 
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3. Lake Chautauqua. Not sure if that is cheating, but I really have been wanting to make it there for quite a while. I know it is in New York, but the institution is only about 90 minutes from my nearest freeway exit, and so it seems like a good idea.
Has your fiancée seen Niagara Falls and/or Letchworth State Park? Also "cheating," but within four hours of eastern Greater Cleveland.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:03 PM
 
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Default Sailing

Here's an apparently excellent option. I expect you might find some sailing lessons at Chautauqua as well.

Lake Erie Sailing School - #1 Sailing school, lessons and charters on Lake Erie

As an alternative, check out the Whirlpool jet boat tours at Niagara Falls, where you can experience one of the world's most powerful rivers. Sit in the front seats of an open-air boat for the most fun; bring a change of clothing. Perhaps best experienced while young with good hearts. Just joking. It's more like a fun theme park ride, although potentially very, very dangerous if something goes wrong (like flying on a jet plane).

https://www.whirlpooljet.com/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...o.html#REVIEWS

The Niagara River power plants divert 50-75 percent of the water from Niagara Falls, depending upon season and time of day. The water is returned to the river above the starting point for the jet boat tours.

https://www.niagarafallsusa.com/plan...lls/fun-facts/

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Old 01-13-2019, 05:56 PM
 
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2. Some of the Western Reserve towns I haven't really spent much time in. Oberlin is probably the biggest priority one, not sure I have ever been there. Bedford doesn't have the history or form/charm of some of the other towns on the list, but it still has a historic presence, and I have an interest in seeing what it is about. I want to patronize the character filled remaining areas it has. I like the proximity it has to many great areas within the CVNP. Last but not least, Canal Fulton. I want to take a Canal ride, and the city in general just looks interesting to me. I see this as something I would do in combination with a bike ride on the Towpath.


4. Parks that I want to hit up that I haven't yet had an opportunity. In no exact order, of particularly high priority are
-Bedford Reservation section of CVNP
-Hinckley Reservation, esp. the ledges
-More of the Towpath Trail
-etc.
In Oberlin: visit the Allen Art museum, definitely worth the visit if you're into art: Allen Memorial Art Museum - Oberlin College There is also an Aladdin's restaurant in Oberlin for good eats, plenty of other nice local cafes also

In Bedford, make sure to visit the history walk and the Great Falls of Tinker's Creek: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/...-tinkers-creek
The walk is short but the history and waterfall is great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEbz4QQybcc

In Bedford Reservation, there are two must see trails:
1. Start at the Gorge overlook and take the hiking trail going towards Bridal Veil Falls, this trail goes into the woods, not the paved hike+bike trail. You will traverse multiple creek valleys with small and larger waterfalls as these small creeks fall into the larger Tinker's creek gorge. Its about 2 miles to get to the Egbert picnic area where you can walk right up to the edge of the gorge and peer down into the rocky Tinker's creek. Be careful here. Walking back to the overlook you're in for a total of 5 miles. It's a great hike, took it this morning with the freshly fallen snow.
https://www.google.com/search?q=bedf...634340823!5i15

Some crazy kayakers on Bridal Veil Falls - at flood stage, this flows into Tinker's creek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ygw_bXz4dQ

2. Take Button Rd (off of Dunham) to get to the Bridle Trail parking lot. Start on the trail that goes right alongside Tinker's creek. In the May timeframe this trail is loaded with wildflowers like the Virginia Blue Bells. Continue on the trail as you go up stream of Tinker's creek. Eventually you will come to a fork, the right fork will dead end into the creek and is worth the excursion to check it out. Go back and take the left fork which will climb about 200 ft upward out of the valley, now you're on the rim of the gorge and this trail basically continue for several miles, in the woods with several great overlooks into the Gorge.
https://www.google.com/search?q=bedf...182493216!5i16

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Old 01-14-2019, 10:09 AM
 
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In Oberlin: visit the Allen Art museum, definitely worth the visit if you're into art: Allen Memorial Art Museum - Oberlin College There is also an Aladdin's restaurant in Oberlin for good eats, plenty of other nice local cafes also

https://www.google.com/search?q=bedf...182493216!5i16
...Oberlin is definitely worth a day's visit esp on a nice day for good walking... Its a hip, historic and interesting little college town out in the middle of cornfields. Oberlin was the first majority-white American college to admit African American and women students (making Oberlin the first true coed college) in the 1830s. Following that tradition, the campus was a hotbed of abolitionist protest (it was a secret station on the Underground Railroad) prior to the Civil War -- the Oberlin Incident, where students and faculty successfully fought the return of a runaway slave against an armed militia, was a major flash-point leading up to the Civil War... The Allen museum and Aladdin's are great stops, in addition to the historic Apollo movie theater and the College's internationally famous Conservatory of Music which, I understand, regularly presents free concerts of its staff and students as well as hosting nationally famous artists -- the latter, usually, at the famed (and gorgeous) Finney Chapel, nearby. The campus is quite attractive and vibrant, esp when school is in session... You also might check out the Memorial Gateway across from Tappan Square, the center of town, which commemorates the slaughter of missionary families during the infamous 1899/1900 Boxer Revolution in China.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:17 AM
 
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...Oberlin is definitely worth a day's visit esp on a nice day for good walking... Its a hip, historic and interesting little college town out in the middle of cornfields.

The campus is quite attractive and vibrant, esp when school is in session... You also might check out the Memorial Gateway across from Tappan Square, the center of town, which commemorates the slaughter of missionary families during the infamous 1899/1900 Boxer Revolution in China.
That memorial is quite haunting.
Nothing like bicycling in and around Oberlin in the fall. Great rail-trail multipurpose path going through town as well.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:53 PM
 
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That memorial is quite haunting.
Nothing like bicycling in and around Oberlin in the fall. Great rail-trail multipurpose path going through town as well.
Yes it is -- entire families, including children (and babies) were slaughtered during the senseless Boxer's Rebellion (while I understand some of the Chinese resentment towards US imperialism and perceived cultural superiority of those days, these murders of individuals who believed they were spreading good, esp the killing of their totally innocent offspring, were absolutely the wrong way to handle it)... and correction (to myself) it is actually on Tappan Square across Peters Hall, the quirky old Romanesque academic hall built in the 1880s, with the still-functioning Taylor Observatory & planetarium on top...

One other self-correction, what I referred to as the "Oberlin Incident" is actually formally referred to as the "Oberlin-Wellington Rescue" where faculty & students risked jail time -- indeed, their lives -- to harbor and protect a runaway slave moving through the Underground Railroad. Oberlin's liberal -- even radical -- tradition lives on today... a large part of why I'm very partial to the school.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:48 PM
 
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It was an intentional play on words. I found it kind of pricey. It was not spicy. My opinion, try to stick with low meat or no meat options - I think that's their forte with the local produce. Sorry for being cheeky.
Update on Spice Kitchen, apparently they're going to offer "a large-format dinner featuring local, sustainably raised meats." https://www.cleveland.com/entertainm...xperience.html
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:21 AM
 
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Default Irie Jamaican Kitchen on East 185th St. in Euclid

Although it's a little ways up East 185th St. from I-90, I'll definitely check out this reasonably priced, Jamaican restaurant.

https://www.cleveland.com/top-restau...11/post_6.html

It has received very good reviews on yelp.com. One recent review notes that the police eat there, always a good sign.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/irie-jamaican-kitchen-euclid
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