21.03.2007 - 25.03.2007
Ohio is the 40th state that my loved one and I have visited together. It was a spur of the moment trip and with so many citiies in Ohio to choose from, we decided on Cleveland because there seemed to be a lot to do there.
We stayed at the Flex complexhttp://www.flexcleveland.com/flexcleveland.htm. Of course, its really a bathhouse but who cares! The place was impressive, with brand new facilities including an indoor pool, hotel rooms, a cafe, computers and a cavernous steam room. There were some disadvantages in staying there: noise every night, the room was so small, the cafe hours were unpredictable, and there was no expedient way of checking people in. The staff was friendly and tried their best to acoomodate everyone considering the place just opened a couple of weeks prior to our arrival. The facilities were clean and there's ton of opportunities to shoot, er take a load off with the spacious gym, the jacuzzi and the pool.
But I digress, the gay night life was pretty exciting in Cleveland. When we arrived, the smoking ban had just taken effect but there were a handful of bars that allowed it. The best of the bunch include Cocktailshttp://cocktails-cleveland.com/ which has a fierce karaoke night. Note to tourists, these guys can blow..and they can sing too. So newcomers might to really sell their song. The Leather Stallion http://www.leatherstallion.com/ has a nice staff and is a good place to start off or end up. During our first night, the locales chatted with us and talked about the going's on in that neighborhood and really made us feel at home. Their theme nights get crazy from what I heard so I'm sorry I missed that. The Grid [/urlhttp://www.thegrid.com/] is probably the twinkiest bar but they have some good looking men there. Thursdays is Stripper night and sometimes they have an amateur strip contest. Don't be surprised if you catch an eyeful.
As for the touristy stuff, there's the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum,an impressive science museum and during our visit, the Diana exhibit was in town. Cleveland also has a happening theater district. When we were there, we saw Linda Evans and Joan Collins is some forgettable show. You know its bad when the a bit player wearing a thong is the highlight of the evening.
There was one memorable Restaurant called Baptiste and Dupree...this guy knows his stuff and he cooks everything himself so all the meals have a touch of home to them. Its more a creole /southern cuisine restaurant. Small place located near a strip mall but it gets busy during sunday. His jambalaya and his fudge nut clusters are memorable.
Three to five days is plenty to visit Cleveland but its worth returning to this city because there's always something new in it.