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Planning Your Trip

From an inventive local dining and libations scene to beautiful natural retreats, Cleveland can take you from the beach to the brewery in one day. Near the hotel, discover world-class museums, shopping, museums, sports and entertainment, and outdoor recreation.

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What to Pack

Whether a weekend getaway or business trip brings you to Cleveland, it’s smart to be prepared. Pack for lots of walking along Lake Erie, a visit to Core Fitness Club, a locally sourced meal at TURN Bar + Kitchen and perhaps a sporting event.

Business Travel
  • Preparation is key to packing light. Know the weather and what you’ll be doing, then bring along your hardest-working items to do double or triple duty.


  • Wear your suit jacket on the plane to save room — the hotel can press it for you later. Roll up belts and ties and pack them in your shoes, then place them in a dust bag, for even more space.

  • For women, think multipurpose: a long scarf to wrap up in on the plane or dress up an evening look; chic mules you can slide into for a meeting or dash through the terminal.

  • Some devices to make your trip more pleasant: noise-canceling headphones or earbuds, a portable charger and a reliable, ergonomic suitcase to tote your essentials.
Exploring the City
  • A revitalized downtown, artsy former industrial areas, and new restaurants and breweries give Cleveland visitors more to explore than ever.


  • Cleveland is cold and snowy in winter and warm and humid in summer; fall and spring are lovely but can be unpredictable. A packable down jacket, like those from Canada Goose and Moncler, stands up to Cleveland’s cold while being ultra-lightweight and versatile for travel.

  • Bring at least one pair of comfortable, flat shoes for walking plus one pair of dressier shoes for the evening.

  • Finding the right daytime bag is worthy of your attention. Something that goes with everything and leaves your hands free, like a roomy leather tote or sleek backpack — is best for toting your essentials while you’re on the go.
Weekend Getaway
  • A pleasure escape of just two or three days still lets you see the ultimate sights of this iconic Midwestern city.


  • A light, organized weekend bag is the first step to an ideal trip. Bring a few basics (a white shirt, and jeans) that you can dress up or down with the right accessories and shoes (one flat and/or athletic, one dressy) for each activity.

  • Whether you’re exploring the Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace or kayaking the Cuyahoga River, be sure to have your camera — perhaps even a GoPro or an aerial drone — along for the ride.

  • Bring sneakers and workout gear to squeeze in a gym session at the Core Fitness Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland.
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What to Reserve

Cleveland’s most coveted experiences may require advanced planning. If you're hoping to attend a local sporting event or theater performance, visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or snag a table at the restaurant of the moment, our concierge will assist you with creating the perfect itinerary.

A bridge with arches leads to a city at night
A bridge with arches leads to a city at night

A romantic getaway. A culinary tour. A 24-hour adventure. Our Ladies and Gentlemen have crafted the perfect itineraries for experiencing Cleveland, Ohio.