Day Trip: Toledo, Ohio
This is the second post in our series, “Day Trip.” (Check out the first, Flint, Michigan). Our goal with this series is to feature culturally interesting jaunts within an hour or two of Royal Oak which may be interesting to our readers. It’s also our hope to help our readers save their cash by giving them ideas for trips near home while promoting travel in our region.
Okay, I know what you might be thinking, “Toledo?! I go there for a cheaper flight sometimes . . . Or, I’ve driven through it on the way to Cedar Point or Cincinnati…” But before you write it off, take another look. This city features some great restaurants at great prices, a top-notch museum featuring both classical art and new architecture, the renowned Toledo Zoo, and The Old West End, a historic neighborhood of Victorian Arts & Crafts, and Edwardian style houses. For some ideas of where to start and what to do, check out the rest of this post, after the jump . . .
Okay, now we’ll give you a couple of ideas to get you started. One suggestion is to leave in the late morning (after a stop at Cafe Muse in Royal Oak, perhaps, for breakfast). The trip is normally about an hour, but you’ll need to tack on another 20 minutes or so to get around the closure of I-75.
1. Lunch @ Georgio’s Cafe International
A little taste of Europe in downtown Toledo. Features great seafood and steaks as well as Greek dishes. The atmosphere is a little — shall we say, unchanged (they opened in 1986 and the mirrored wall must have been chic back then) — but the food is really good. I’m sure they’re great for dinner, but another added benefit of going at lunch time is that the prices are quite reasonable! I agree with Zagat, below, the lamb shank was phenomenal!
A delight in every way, this Downtown Continental with a superb and varied international menue serves ample amounts of excellent fish and the best lamb shanks ever; Quiet elegance and pleasant service makes this a romantic, special place. –Zagat Survey
2. Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. In our more than 35 galleries, Sculpture Garden, and new Glass Pavilion, discover important, popular, and outstanding works of art, including paintings and sculptures by Bearden, Cézanne, Calder, Close, Cole, Degas, van Gogh, El Greco, Holbein, Kiefer, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Turner; masterworks from antiquity and Asia; decorative arts; and highlights from our renowned glass collection. —Toledo Museum of Art
First things first — the Toledo Museum of Art is FREE! It’s massive collection is well-displayed and easily accessible. Taking a cue from the Detroit Institute of Arts, the works have are labeled descriptively, to help the viewer get a bit of education during their visit. There are also a couple of very interesting buildings — the elegant Glass Pavillion, opened in 2006 and the University of Toledo Center for Visual Arts, built by Frank Gehry. (We’ll be recruiting Chai to do a guest post on the Glass Pavillion soon!)
Have you visited Toledo? What are the “must sees”? Let us know what we missed in the comments below.