Warning: picture heavy post but it’s SO worth it because there is an awesome giveaway at the end!
My friend Alicia of Poise in Parma won a Twitter Tour from @BikeCLE and John, Caity, and I were lucky enough to be invited along! It was especially such a perfect tour for Caity, visiting from PA, to gain a bit of history from some of the Cleveland hot spots I’ve mentioned. Wait, who am I kidding — I’ve lived here for 7 years and didn’t know half of what I learned on this tour!
So let’s get started with this recap! We met Anne and Joe, the owners of GLTC, at The Brown’s Stadium where our bikes were set up.
A mini photo shoot ensued as we were waiting for Alicia, Hans, and Dawn to arrive. Oh yeah, we also got fitted for our bikes at this time.
Our tour was the downtown tour, which featured 21 stops! The first four were all closely nestled to each other: The Brown’s Stadium, The Great Lakes Science Center (un-pictured), The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Steamship WIlliam G. Mather.
Next, we biked past the construction site for Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center which should help in the revitalization efforts Cleveland downtown has been making.
Then it was off to the War Memorial Fountain aka the Freedom Statue — I guess there are a lot of names for it.
After taking fun fountain photos, it was time to see the Old Stone Church.
Onto Moses Cleaveland (then they dropped the a to make Cleveland) Statue and the terminal tower.
Our next stop was up to E. 4th where a lot of hot spot restaurants are including renowned chef Michael Symon’s restaurant Lola. I believe he’s up to four restaurants in Cleveland — one being a quick 5 minutes away from our East side suburb of Beachwood (B. Spot in Woodmere for those of you who know it.)
We also got to see the building where The Bike Rack will be. This is going to be a place for downtowners to store their bikes while they are working — The Bike Rack mission also hopes to increase the use of bikes in our town and decrease the dependence on cars. At this spot in the tour we also talked about the Quicken Loans Arena — aka The “Q” — home to the Cavaliers.
Then it was onward to the Erie Cemetery! Yes, I said a cemetery. Apparently this one is famous, especially due to Toc O Sot being buried there. This was all news to me. Anyway, we also learned that it was good luck to put a pebble on his head stone.
Next it was onto one of Alicia’s favorite places in Cleveland — Playhouse Square. You can tell how much she loves the theatre just by how animated she is when telling us her fun fact about the chandelier room.
As we neared the end of our tour, we stopped by the Tower Press and The Plain Dealer, which is Cleveland’s newspaper. Apparently our newspaper is one of the biggest in the nation for circulation! I was quite impressed.
When we proceeded to the St. John Evangelist Church, I fell in love! Just look at this building! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that my home town church in PA (and school for 5 years + where I got married) was St. John the Evangelist Church too — cue awwwwww.
The tour then finished up at the Cleveland Public Library and at the Federal Reserve Bank — which I didn’t know we had! Also, did you know that the Cleveland Public Library is where the practice of letting patrons retrieve their own books started? I didn’t!
This tour was packed with history and fun facts. I highly recommend that you contact GLTC to schedule your very own Cleveland tour or look into tours in your own city! Oh and if you want to know more of the history or fun facts from the spots we visited, just ask me in the comments and I’ll answer you with what I learned! I know I shared a bit of these facts, but there is so much more!
Ohh and last but not least (in terms of photos… ha) I managed to sneak in some other fun shots aside from our designated tour spots. Did you know that Cleveland has a ton of neat art sculptures scattered around? I should show you pictures from Case’s campus sometimes, we had crazy awesome sculptures there.
A big thank you to GLTC for hosting a twitter tour and to Alicia for inviting us along! We had a great time!
Now, what I know you have all been waiting for: You have the opportunity to win a bike tour too! Anne and Joe have graciously offered one of my readers to win a tour for FOUR PEOPLE!! You can choose whichever tour you’d like from their website and have until the end of September to use your tour.
To enter for a chance to win the bike tour giveaway for four people, here are your options:
- Like BikeCLE on facebook.
- Follow BikeCLE on twitter.
- Visit GLTC and tell me which tour you are most interested in winning!
Please leave a separate comment for each option you do, so you have more entries into the giveaway.
You have until Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST to enter. A winner will be announced Friday, June 24th in the morning.
Disclosure: I’m not sure that I need a disclosure since Alicia won this twitter tour and I was invited along, but I will write one anyway. Alicia was provided this tour for free. While on the tour, Anne offered bike tour giveaways to us both. I was not asked or required to post a review of my experience with GLTC, but I am doing so because I had a wonderful time!! As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.