So, What is the Solheim Cup?
The Solheim Cup is a golf tournament held every two years. Twelve select women from the LPGA compete. Starting in 1990 and taking place in a different location each year, the Solheim Cup has been to many cool places! The 2019 competition took place in Scotland and we are so excited for Toledo to host the 2021 Summer competition.
This year, the Solheim Cup is scheduled to start on August 21st and go through September 6th. The Cup will take place at Inverness Country Club and it is expected to about 100,000 spectators will attend!
Toledo has a lot of fun things planned for this week. You can expect to see restaurants and venues queuing up local artists and extra fun to celebrate. And don't forget Gwen Stefani and Chris Young will also be here to celebrate the Solheim Cup with everyone at Promenade Park!
One thing you should know is, Toledoans have a lot of love for the Glass City and we can’t wait to share it with those who will be visiting for the Solheim Cup!
Need a break from golf? No problem. Here are our favorite fun things to do in Toledo.
In no particular order, here are some of our favorite local businesses to visit when in Toledo for Solheim!
1. Check Out Our Local Coffee Shops and Roasters
- Black Kite
- The Flying Rhino, locally roasted
- Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters, locally roasted
- Plate One
- Rustbelt Coffee
- Almost Human, locally roasted
- Grounds for Thought, locally roasted
2. Visit Downtown Toledo!
In preparation for the Solheim Cup and all of our visitors, downtown Toledo has been working night and day finishing up construction to ensure that we are in top shape for our new friends.
While downtown has been filled with orange cones, exciting things are coming such as new restaurants, shops, parks, hotels, and even a river walk and cycle track. In particular, we can't wait to welcome award-winning restaurant from of Detroit, Bobcat Bonnie's among all of our new additions and redevelopment.
Toledo will be looking its best for you! In addition to all of the work, there are also fun events for you to attend. ProMedica is going to be hosting two nights of concerts for the Cup at Promenade Park. Sitting alongside the Maumee River, Promenade Park is the place to be for lively events, concerts, good food, and good vibes.
Need to grab a bite after a day on the course or before nighttime festivities? Here are some of our favorite restaurants that are staple to downtown Toledo:
- Ye Olde Durty Bird
- The Heights
- The Blarney Irish Pub
- Packo's at the Park
- Fowl and Fodder
- Manhattan's Pub 'n Cheer
- Carlos Poco Loco
- Maumee Bay Brewing Company
- Adam's Street Cafe
3. The Metroparks
With 19 parks in Toledo, the Metroparks offers a little something to everyone. Taking time to disconnect from the virtual world allows room to explore what nature has to offer and even discover something new about yourself.
As the Metroparks say, go out and discover the Toledo you didn't know existed. Click here to see what the Metroparks has to offer.
4. Shop Local - Toledo's Best Small Businesses
If we've learned anything in the last year, it is the importance of shopping small and supporting local businesses. Toledo's local businesses are what makes Toledo what it is today. There are so many unique local businesses in the community that each have different creative spins we think you'll want to see.
Listed below are some of the best local businesses that you'll love to support and return back home with a souvenir that is perfectly Toledo:
- Handmade Toledo
- Boochy Mama's
- Jūpmode (shameless plug)
- House of Dow
- Boyd's Retro Candy
- The Art Supply Depo
- Gathered Glass
5. Awesome Golf Spots in Toledo
Photo by usga.org
Let's Par-Tee! With there being over 30 golf courses in the Toledo area, the local golf community has many hidden gems and here are a few that we would like to share with you...
- Toledo Country Club
- Ottawa Park Golf Course, public
- Highland Meadows Golf Club
- Inverness Club
- Detwiler Park Golf Course, public
- Heather Downs Country Club, public
- Bedford Hills Golf Club, public
- Fallen Timbers Fairways, public
- Maumee Bay State Park Golf Course, public
- The Legacy, public
6. Art Runs Deep in Toledo
Photo from toledomuseum.org
Founded in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has been widely recognized for their innovation, quality collections, and unique educational programs. They offer around 45 collections with over 30,000 pieces open to the public, free of charge. Whether you're an art lover, history buff, or both, the Toledo Museum of Art is for you.
Murals are planted all around Toledo and they're fun Easter eggs to find. Click here to find out where some of our unique murals are located.
Toledo, being an incredibly talented and creative city, has many places that offer different art collections, galleries, and classes!
- Fuller Art House
- 20 North Gallery
- Paula Brown Gallery
- Secor Galleries
- River House Arts
- Truth Art Gallery
- Toledo Museum of Art
7. The Toledo Zoo
Photo from dgl-ltd.com
Recently voted the best U.S. zoo, the Toledo Zoo offers up to 9,000 different animals from 800 species. You will be able to explore the Arctic tundra, tropical rainforest and Africa in only one trip!
The Toledo Zoo offers various activities to all ages and is a tradition for many Toledo families.
8. Taste Test Locally Brewed Beers!
If you’re a fan of craft beers, our local breweries are a must see! From golden ales, to IPAs, to a classic stout, our local breweries brew some of the best beer you’ll ever have. Be sure to check out their websites for menus or local food truck options!
- Earnest Brew Works
- Funky Turtle Brewing Company
- Maumee Bay Brewing Company
- Patron Saints Brewery
- Inside the Five Brewing Company
9. The Farmer's Market
The Farmer's Market is a perfect opportunity to explore downtown Toledo and support the local vendors here. From plants, to homemade soaps, to local coffee stands, the Farmer's Market has lots of products for you to test, try, and buy.
Head over to Toledo's Historic Warehouse District on the corner of Market and Superior to purchase from the best vendors in town. Make sure to wear your comfiest shoes and bring your biggest tote bag.
Click here for more information.
Toledo is Un-fore-gettable.
It is almost impossible to fit all of the great things Toledo has to offer in one week... but, we would like to see you try.
We are so excited to have people come from all over the world to visit our favorite city. Toledo is ready for the Solheim Cup and we hope you're just as excited as we are.
Remember, You'll do Putter in Toledo!