Never let it be said that book sellers are stuffy old blokes who sit on a stool behind a counter with their eyeglasses sliding down their nose. Sometimes we like to take a walk on the wild side! Last night I had two martinis at John Q’s and later rode a mechanical bull (21 seconds!) at The Cadillac Ranch in downtown Cleveland before returning to the hotel to work on this BLOG until 2:00 a.m. Ron is the one who talked me into this bit of excitement, and he had his turn on the bull himself.
John Q’s is a very nice restaurant and bar a few blocks from the Hyatt, where Ron and I had cocktails in a cozy booth with velvet drapes (like sitting on an old train!). Very romantic. They also had an outdoor patio where we enjoyed the beautiful evening and great conversation with staff and locals. How we got from that to bull riding down the street is beyond me…ask Ron!
We stayed at the historic Hyatt Regency in Cleveland, a gorgeous turn of the century building with an indoor arcade featuring restaurants and shops, rising four stories to an atrium ceiling, and lovely old brass railings around each level of the walkways. Our room was $119 and included a full breakfast at their restaurant (anything off their menu, which was excellent food, beautifully served). All of the service at this hotel was top notch.
We were greeted at the door by John, the singing doorman. He was delightful and got our Cleveland stay off on the right foot.
Our room was lovely, with 14-foot ceilings, beautifully appointed, and had huge windows looking out at the beautiful Cleveland Public Library directly across the street. I must confess I have skirted the edges of Cleveland many times on the interstate, but have never explored the downtown area. Both Ron and I were awed by the beautiful architecture, parks, statues, fountains and friendly fun people.
Cleveland by night and day:
We checked out of the hotel, retrieved our vehicle, and drove out to Loganberry Books at 13015 Larchmere Boulevard in Cleveland. Tomorrow I will update you on our book hunting visit at Loganberry, and the closing day of our two-week book scouting journey.