Cleveland is one of the suggested destinations in this New York Times article on vacation alternatives for budget-conscious travelers.
The Times says that inflation is “putting a damper on travelers’ plans”, it selected “a few affordable suggestions for trips focused on wine, culture, food, the outdoors and more”.
His Cleveland goal is to eat. From the article:
The safest way to explore Ukraine right now might be to eat in Cleveland, which has strong Eastern European roots and a concentration of Ukrainian shops and restaurants in suburban Parma.
“You can’t have a restaurant in Cleveland without having some kind of pierogi,” said Natasha Pogrebinskaya, a Ukrainian native and chef at the South Side restaurant in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, distinguishing the dumpling that many cultures d Eastern Europe claim. (she recommends eating them the Ukrainian way, with sour cream and dill).
“A lot of restaurants aren’t specifically Polish or Ukrainian or Hungarian, but they have Eastern European dishes,” said Susan Chapo, owner of Relish Cleveland, which runs food tours. Its signature tour visits the city’s West Side Market, opened in 1912, for pierogies, bratwurst, homemade ice cream and more ($71 pp for three hours).
Chapo then adds: “You can eat well here, cheaply.”
This also applies to housing. The Times notes that an Airbnb condo near the market costs $97 a night.
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