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City Highlights Weekend in Cleveland

Program Number: 21254RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/29/2013 - 9/1/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Price starting at: $598.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Independent City Discoveries
Meals: 6; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Perched on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland’s thriving cultural scene and charming neighborhoods make it the perfect place to discover over a long weekend. Join a local expert for a walk along the Public Square and admire the city’s impressive architecture. Marvel in the array of produce and gourmet foods at the West Side Market, and attend a show-stopping theatrical production at Playhouse Square. Along the way, landmarks such as the St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral offer a look into the colorful history of the city.




Highlights

• Admire the fine collections at the Cleveland Museum of Art, located in beautiful Wade Park — a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
• Float along the Cuyahoga River during a study cruise and explore Cleveland’s shoreline as it opens up to Lake Erie.
• Join a historian at the Western Reserve Historical Society for an insightful look at how millionaires and struggling immigrants built this dynamic city.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, use of public transportation.



Coordinated by University of Texas at Austin.




Cleveland

Cleveland is a city of half a million settled on the south shore of Lake Erie. In its industrial heyday, wealthy residents invested in arts and cultural institutions that today keep the city rich in cultural events. The downtown offers some striking turn-of-the-century architecture, and Cleveland is also home to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
  Cleveland, Ohio 3 nights
 Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 1460 E. Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114 USA
phone: 216-241-6600
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ohio/hampton-inn-cleveland-downtown-CLEDTHX/index.html
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact for details Please contact UT - Austin for details.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact for details Please contact UT - Austin for details.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM You will be staying at Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
11:00AM You will be staying at Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Health and Safety questionnaire and Release and Indemnification Agreement must be completed and returned to the Program Provider at least six weeks prior to the program.
  Parking availability:
Self parking is available at the hotel for an additional charge. Road Scholar participants receive discounted parking from the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cleveland, Ohio
  Nearest city or town:  Cleveland, Ohio
  Nearest highway: 77, 71, Ohio Turnpike, 90
  Nearest airport:  Cleveland Hopkins Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Cleveland, Ohio
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Cleveland Hopkins Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Imagine That
phone: 866-956-8632
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approximately $45-$50, cost subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-40 minutes depending on time of day 

 

Distance:

 

35-40 miles

   

see www.sendmearide.com for additional information

 

Cleveland Hopkins Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ohio Connection
phone: 216-324-8999
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$52-$55, price subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30-40 minutes depending on time of day 

 

Distance:

 

35-40 miles

 

Cleveland Hopkins Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Rapid Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25-30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

Take the Red Line to the Tower City stop. Exit Tower City and go up to street level. Exit through the main lobby and cross the terminal plaza. Head down Superior Avenue, through the Public Square, for 6 blocks. At the corner of Superior and 9th, the hotel will be on your left.

 

Cleveland Hopkins International

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $35 - up to 4 riders for one fare
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

Taxi's available outside the airport terminal.

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate Highways From I-71, I-77, and I-90 Eastbound - Exit at East 9th St., north to Superior Ave. The hotel is on the left, at corner of E 9th and Superior. From I-90 Westbound - Follow Route 2 and exit at East 9th St., south on E 9th to Superior Ave. The hotel is on the right. GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5023592 Longitude: -81.6888917
  From Pennsylvania and points east Merge onto I-80 West via the ramp on the left (Portions toll) - (Crossing into Ohio). Merge onto I-480 West via Exit 187 toward Cleveland/Streetsboro. Keep right to take I-480 West via Exit 26A-B toward Cleveland. Merge onto I-77 North via Exit 20B toward Cleveland. Take the I-90 East exit on the left toward Erie PA/E 9th Street. Take Exit 163C toward E 9th Street. Turn slight right onto E 14th Street. Turn slight right onto Orange Ave/US-422/OH-8/OH-87. Continue to follow US-422 West/OH-8 West/OH-87 North. Turn right onto US-20/Superior Avenue East/US-322/US-6. Continue to follow Superior Ave East/US-322/US-6. The hotel will be on the right.
  From the airport- CLE TAKE INTERSTATE 71 NORTH, EXIT AT E 9TH ST, NORTH TO SUPERIOR AVE. HAMPTON INN DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND IS ON LEFT AT CORNER OF E 9TH AND SUPERIOR. Distance from Hotel: 13 mi. Drive Time: 20 min.
Elevation Note: Cleveland has an elevation of 1100 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome & Introduction to Cleveland
(Thursday, August 29)

Note: Orientation at 4:00 PM in hotel.



   
 Afternoon: REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION: 4:00pm. in the hotel conference room. Pick up your Road Scholar arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, list of participants, maps, and other important information we will review. The on-site coordinator will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive late, pick up your packet at the hotel front desk. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. This City Highlights Weekend in Cleveland is a new Road Scholar "Flex" program. It is different from other programs with more opportunities for you to dine out and explore on your own. You will have the kind of expert-led learning opportunities you expect from Road Scholar, designed to showcase some of Cleveland’s most notable attractions. Several meals have been excluded from the program cost and you will have a large block of free time for personal independent exploration. Your arrival packet will include recommendations for free time activities and dining options. During free time, the Group Leader will be available to lead optional informal activities and dining out that you may join at your own cost if you wish. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. We hope you enjoy this new "Flex" program and the highlights of what's on in Cleveland this weekend.
 Dinner: Get to know your fellow participants in a welcome dinner at an intimate restaurant near the hotel.
 Evening: Begin your stay with a night on the town as you catch a show in the largest performing arts district outside New York- Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Watch a play or musical at one of nine theaters in the district, just a few blocks from your hotel. Or, the group may go to the House of Blues or another venue in the 4th Street entertainment district to hear live music.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Highlights: Lake View Cemetery, Lunch Cruise on Lake Erie, Guided Bus Tour of Tremont and West Side Neighborhoods
(Friday, August 30)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Discover the west side of the city on a visit to the West Side Market, which began operations in 1840. Your guide will share information about the market’s operations and how the character of the original building was preserved during recent renovations. Continue on to St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, modeled after churches in Moscow, which ministered to other ethnic groups who had not yet established their own ethnic churches in the early 20th century. Get special access to the inside of the Cathedral to admire its elaborate interior. See other points of interest in the Tremont neighborhood.
 Lunch: FIELD TRIP: Climb aboard the Nautica Queen to float from the Flats on the Cuyahoga River to Lake Erie and along the Cleveland shoreline. Get a new perspective on the city as you view it from the water, while hearing more about the city’s development and enjoying a delicious lunch. Learn about the origins of the city as an important port on Lake Erie as you travel under historic bridges on your journey to Lake Erie, where you’ll hear about the city’s growth as you see the downtown skyline. You’ll develop an appreciation of both the old and the new as you travel from the city’s original port areas to its modern downtown area, symbolized with shoreline icons such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Learn more about the history of Cleveland at the Western Reserve Historical Society, located in the University Circle area of the city. An experienced historian will provide an overview of the city’s colorful history, and explain how the influence of both millionaires and struggling immigrants shaped the city. The rest of the afternoon and evening will be yours to explore on your own. You may want to visit attractions in the University Circle area, such as the Lakeview Cemetery, the Botanical Gardens, or Severance Hall, the home of the renowned Cleveland Orchestra. You can remain with the group leader at the Western Reserve Historical Society Museum (at your expense) to visit carefully preserved historic homes and see the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection. Or, you may want to use the city’s public transportation system to visit another area of interest- your group leader can help you choose a destination. There is something for everyone in this dynamic city.
 Dinner: Select a restaurant of your choosing as you explore the city on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Cleveland Museum of Art, Free Afternoon and Evening to Explore on Your Own
(Saturday, August 31)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Travel by city bus to the Cleveland Museum of Art in University Circle. Museum staff members will tell you about the collections, new exhibition space, and the museum’s rich history. Docent-led exploration of the permanent collections will be followed by additional time on your own to peruse the museum's extensive galleries. The museum is located in the city’s University Circle area, an idyllic setting that is home to a large concentration of cultural, medical and educational institutions.
 Lunch: Box lunch at the newly renovated museum café.
 Afternoon: The rest of your afternoon and evening are unscheduled, so you may explore some the city’s diverse attractions. You may choose to spend time with your group leader at the nearby Botanical Gardens, at your expense. There are many interesting choices available for your afternoon and evening. You will receive a list of nearby points of interest from which to choose. In the evening, you may want to hear the renowned Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, or find a sporting event, play, or musical performance to attend.
 Dinner: Dinner unscheduled to explore the many restaurant options in the city. You may join the group leader for a meal in the lively 4th Street entertainment district at your expense, if you wish.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn Cleveland - Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Walking Tour of Public Square; Check-out and Departure
(Sunday, September 1)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Venture into the downtown area with on a guided walking tour of the Public Square and Mall, the result of an ambitious city planning scheme that combined commercial development with urban beautification efforts. Observe how commercial buildings, public transportation and open parkland are joined in this vibrant central district. Learn about important buildings from the city’s past, and how different architectural styles come together to form the city’s unique skyline. The program will conclude at the end of the walking tour, on the plaza of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. You can choose to explore the Hall of Fame (at your expense) or just walk a few blocks back to your hotel. The Hall of Fame museum documents the entire history of Rock and Roll and its precursors. Explore seven floors of exhibition space with 18 permanent exhibits highlighting the history behind the birth of rock and roll and spanning to today's popular artists. Peruse six special rotating exhibition areas, and six interactive listening exhibits, acknowledging the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. View 126 minutes of film in five different theaters, including the Hall of Fame, a dramatic multi-media gallery on three giant screens to tell the story of Rock Hall inductees.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Cleveland's Downtown Architecture


Author: Shawn Patrick Hoefler


Description: Downtown Cleveland has many architectural landmarks that define this big, proud city on the lake. Most famous is Terminal Tower, the "grand dame" of Cleveland skyscrapers, which was the tallest office building outside of New York City from 1930 until 1967. Other notable high-rises such as the BP building, Key Tower, and the new Federal Court House with its distinctive lighted cornice also dominate the city's beautiful Lake Erie skyline. And then there are the details-the terra-cotta "starburst" motif on the exterior of the Standard Building, the extensive metal decorative work inside the gargoyle-encircled atrium of The Arcade, and the immense stained-glass dome of the Cleveland Trust Rotunda.



Cleveland: A Concise History


Author: Carol Miller and Robert Wheeler


Description: Excellent overview of Cleveland's history.



Cleveland: Then and Now


Author: John Grabowski and Diane Ewart Grabowski


Description: Cleveland Then and Now features fascinating archival photographs contrasted with specially commissioned, full-color images of the same scene today. This is a visual lesson in Cleveland history.



Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro


Author: Leonard Slatkin


Description: Conducting an orchestra is something that is seen as well as heard, but it is quite misunderstood when it comes to knowing what this person actually does for a living. This most mysterious of jobs is brought to life for the music lover as well as for the aspiring maestro in a new book by Leonard Slatkin. Drawing on his own experiences on and off the podium, Slatkin brings us into the world of the baton. He tells tales of some of the most fascinating people in the musical world, including Frank Sinatra, Leonard Bernstein, and John Williams. He takes the reader to the great concert halls and orchestras, sound stages in Hollywood, and opera pits around the globe. Mr. Slatkin recounts his controversial appearance at the Metropolitan Opera, his creation and direction of summer music festivals, and a shattering concert experience that took place four days following 9/11. Life in the recording studio and on the road as well as health issues confronting the conductor provide an insider's glimpse into the private world of public figures. Covering everything from learning how to read music to standing in front of an orchestra for the first time, what to wear, and how to deal with the press, Conducting Business is a unique look at a unique profession.



George Szell: A Life of Music


Author: Michael Charry


Description: This book is the first full biography of George Szell, one of the greatest orchestra and opera conductors of the twentieth century. From child prodigy pianist and composer to world-renowned conductor, Szell's career spanned seven decades. Michael Charry, a conductor who worked with Szell and interviewed him, his family, and his associates over several decades, constructs a lively and balanced portrait of Szell's life and work from his birth in 1897 in Budapest to his death in 1970 in Cleveland.



Showplace of America: Cleveland's Euclid Avenue, 1850-1910 (Ohio)


Author: Jan Cigliano


Description: Grand boulevards lined with elegant residences were found in many 19th-century American cities: none, however, was more exclusive than Cleveland's Euclid Avenue. Distinguished for its opulent architecture and the social caliber of its residents, Euclid Avenue was a very visible symbol of Cleveland's prosperity for over 50 years. A fascinating study of the area's development and how pollution, traffic and commercialism contributed to its decline.



The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History


Author: David Van Tassel and John Grabowski


Description: ech.case.edu





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