Official Visitors Guide - Spring/Summer 2016 - Cincinnati USA

Page 1

OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

S P R I N G /S U M M E R 2 016

Cincinnati USA

EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS Cincinnati USA parks

THE HOT LIST Standouts in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

SOMETHING TO SAVOR Culinary delights


THE CROWN JEWEL OF THE QUEEN CITY. Seamlessly blending classic opulence and contemporary elegance, The Renaissance® Cincinnati Downtown Hotel comes in a historic package the famed Bartlett building. Nestled in the heart of Cincinnati’s downtown historic district, the hotel is just steps from numerous Fortune 100 corporate headquarters, stadiums, shops and restaurants. D. Burnham’s, the hotel’s signature restaurant offers creative farm-to-fork cuisine and classic cocktails. With 323 well-appointed rooms, 40 spacious suites, 14,000 sq. ft. of unique event venues and Certified Event Planners, our hotel sets the stage for unforgettable business and social events. Discover stately elegance with a modern flair at The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel.

Visit RenaissanceCincinnati.com to learn more. RENAISSANCE CINCINNATI DOWNTOWN HOTEL 36 East Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 t: 513.333.0000, RenaissanceCincinnati.com © 2016 Renaissance Holdings, Inc.


EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR AN ESCAPE Put thrills front and center with a true casino resort. Embrace the exhilaration of your favorite slots & table games, conquer our award-winning, Tom Fazio golf course and savor perfectly prepared steaks at 19 Steak & Seafood. Plan your next escape at BelterraCasino.com.

YOUR EVERY DAY ESCAPE. BelterraCasino.com | 1.888.BELTERRA Must be 21 years or older. This is not intended for excluded patrons. For help with a gambling problem in Indiana, call 1.800.994.8448. For help with a gambling problem, call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1.800.589.9966. Š2016 Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.


50 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Suite 1100 Covington, KY 41011 859.581.2260 • CincinnatiUSA.com President & CEO Linda Antus Director of Marketing and Communications Heather W. Kessler Marketing Manager Amber Potter Communications Manager Casey Kroger Director of Operations Marianne Yauger Visitor Operations Manager Julie Brock

Cincinnati USA! W E L COME T O

Board of Directors Michael Laatsch, Chair Western & Southern Financial Group Edgar Smith, Jr. World Pac Paper, LLC Rachael Hadaway 84.51 Libby Korosec Enquirer Media Mike Conway Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. Dan Fay Commonwealth Hotels, Inc.

Cityscapes. River views. Rolling hills. We have all of that and more in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky! Our dynamic river region is full of endless things to do—whether you are bringing the kids or planning a romantic getaway for two. Cheer at a baseball game, cruise the Ohio River or enjoy a culinary experience at one of the hot spots for dining. (We have a few suggestions for you in the “Savor Cincinnati USA” story!) Love the outdoors? Flip to “Let’s Go to the Park” for places to swing, splash, slide and sightsee. You can also walk and bike our trails or stroll along the riverfront—with four pedestrian-friendly bridges, it’s easy to get back and forth from Cincinnati to Northern Kentucky! In this edition of the Cincinnati USA Official Visitors Guide, you’ll also find “The Hot List” full of new experiences, fun fests and can’t-miss moments. Delve into the arts and culture scene with “Arts & Culture for All.” From Shakespeare and Broadway to street art and outdoor music festivals, there is a theater, gallery, or music experience waiting for you. We’ve also included a calendar of events with plenty of ideas for things to do this spring and summer. In Cincinnati USA you’ll find an affordable escape with fun for all ages and interests. Whether it’s your first time visiting, or you are returning again, we always offer more to explore and memorable moments in our unique river region. With this much to experience in our region, you’ll want to stay close to CincinnatiUSA.com for endless things to do all year long!

Louise Hughes P&G Retiree

CINCINNATI USA TOURISM PARTNERS Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau 800-543-2613 meetNKY | Northern Kentucky CVB 877-659-8474 Cincinnati USA Visitor Center, Fountain Square 513-534-5877

OTHER RESOURCES Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber 513-579-3100 Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 859-578-8800 Downtown Cincinnati Inc. 513-421-4440

PR O D U C E D B Y

441 Vine St., Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45202 513.421.4300 • 513.562.2788 fax cincinnatimagazine.com Publisher Ivy Bayer Custom Publishing Editor Kara Renee Hagerman Custom Publishing Art Director Danielle Johnson Art & Production Manager Julie Whitaker Advertising Director Tammy Vilaboy Marketing Director Chris Ohmer

Linda Antus

President & CEO, Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

Content is based on information provided at the time of publication. Every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. Events, amenities, locations, dates and times are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit CincinnatiUSA.com.

2 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Custom Publishing Account Manager Maggie Wint Goecke Advertising Designer Emily Nevius Contributing Writers Anne DeWeese, Kathleen Doane, Jessica Gordon, Baihley Grandison, Amy Hattersley, Bryn Mooth, Alex Talks, Elizabeth Miller Wood Custom Publishing & Special Sections Interns Lauren Moretto, Alexandra Crumb

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


The hotel that puts you at the center of it all!

2012, 2013, 2014 2015 & 2016

TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

Hampton Inn & Suites Uptown/University is close to downtown and major tourist a ractions like the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati Museum Center, Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium, and the Newport Aquarium. And conveniently located near Interstates 75, 71 and 74.

132 rooms including studio suites

Free hot breakfast

Meeting space accommodates 115

Beautifully decorated, spacious lobby

24-hour fitness center

Indoor pool

All Hampton Inn & Suites rooms are equipped with HD TV, work desk and lap desk. Enjoy free high-speed internet throughout the hotel. Blocks away from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

HAMPTON INN & SUITES UPTOWN/UNIVERSITY • 3024 VINE STREET

For Reservations or Group Information, contact 513.281.2700 or e-mail: CVGUP_suites_hampton@hilton.com


Contents TA B L E O F

28 The Hot List

The list of things to explore and experience in the Cincinnati USA region is nearly endless. We’ve compiled a go-to guide to get you started.

36 Savor Cincinnati USA

Get a taste of the culinary delights that help define our region as one for foodies.

42 Let’s Go to the Park

Touring Cincinnati USA by visiting its parks is a wonderful way for the whole family to discover the region.

46

Arts & Culture For All

When it comes to culture and entertainment, Cincinnati USA has its act together. Whatever your taste in music, theater or art, there’s something for everyone.

4 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Plus

13

Cincinnati USA Snapshot

An ode to Cincinnati-style chili, 5 Things for $5 or Less and more. Plus, a calendar of events.

100 Sightseeing & Tours

Explore the Cincinnati USA region on one of these tours.

102

Getting Around Town

A guide to making your way around Cincinnati USA.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

PHOTOGRAPH BY KIRK RHEIN

Features


Welcome to Our Hometown! While our name may not be familiar, we’ve been right outside your window for a long time … your airplane window, that is. CFM International, headquartered in Cincinnati, is the largest supplier of commercial aircraft engines in the world. For more than 30 years, people have been I9>7§?>§ 9B2EC§1>4§ ?59>7§19B<9>5BC§@?G5B54§2I§?EB§AE95D¿§B5<912<5¿§3<51>§ jet engines. Since our founding, we have delivered nearly 30,000 engines, serving more than 550 of the world’s best airlines. Every two seconds of every day, a CFM56-powered airplane takes off somewhere 9>§D85§G?B<4Á§ <<§D81D§5H@5B95>35§=51>C§1§<?D¿§5C@5391<<I§G85>§D85§D1;5?66§ 9C§I?EBCÁ§ >:?I§I?EB§CD1I§9>§ 9>39>>1D9§r§1>4§I?EB§ 978D§8?=5´

CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE.


Discover Cincinnati’s hidden history with a stroll through Over-the-Rhine. Descend below the city streets to a hidden crypt where some of Cincinnati’s first residents were buried. Explore newly discovered tunnels vital to Cincinnati’s brewery heritage. Finally, end the tour with a visit to a local bottling plant and tap room. Find tour times and tickets at AmericanLegacyTours.com.

GET TICKETS & TOUR TIMES AT

www.AmericanLegacyTours.com


BARONS BREW BUS Our brewery bus tour visits four greater Cincinnati breweries where you will taste over 14 different beers. Expert guides will entertain you with stories of Cincinnati’s legendary brewing heritage while pouring your next beer. Join us on the next bus. Tickets available at AmericanLegacyTours.com.

QUEEN CITY IS HAUNTED Discover stories of grisly murders, ghastly deaths and other disturbing tales buried deep within Cincinnati’s storied past. Guides will enthrall you with the heinous history of the Queen City that might just keep you up at night! Get spooked on this haunted walk. Tickets available at AmericanLegacyTours.com.

NEWPORT GANGSTER TOUR Explore the streets where the mob made their millions, gamblers lost their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. Discover how this little town gave birth to the modern day gaming industry. Tickets available at AmericanLegacyTours.com.

1919: THE YEAR THAT CHANGED BASEBALL American Legacy Tours, together with the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, are proud to present 1919: The Year That Changed Baseball. This walking tour of downtown Cincinnati celebrates the city’s central role in shaping the game of baseball. Discover the “Father of the World Series.” Tickets available at AmericanLegacyTours.com.

PRIVATE & GROUP TOURS Did you know that American Legacy Tours provides guided bus tours for more than 100 buses each year? We can customize a tour for your group no matter the size. From two hours to two weeks, our friendly staff is here to help you plan your perfect outing or event. Please contact us at questions@americanlegacytours.com for more information.


Table of Contents Downtown

Uptown

South

North

East

West

51

52 Downtown 64 Uptown

The Reds, Cincinnati Museum Center, Findlay Market and more

Cincinnati USA Regions

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati Art Museum, Krohn Conservatory and more

A GUIDE TO EVERY AREA

CI

g

SA

p

Middletown Oxford 127 177

75

Williamsdale

Hamilton

INDIANA

Monroe

63

Lebanon

North

OHIO

Brookville

129

129

42

Mason Fairfield

75

4

52

3

275

128

127

Northgate

126

West

Miamitown

27

College Hill Mt Airy 562

264

Northside

Bridgetown

Greendale

50 Price Hill

O

H

IO

Downtown

Aurora

18

ER R IV O

HI O

275

25

Amelia

52

O

Cold Spring

South

71

Batavia

27

H

IO

Camp Springs

Alexandria

VER

127

Union

East

Highland Heights

RI

Rising Sun

32

471

Crestview Hills Erlanger

Eastgate

Mt Washington

Newport Fort Covington Thomas

Crescent Springs

Florence

50

Mt Carmel 52

RIVER

Burlington

50

275

Newtown

Mt. Adams

50

Hebron

Petersburg

50

Bellevue

Delhi

275

50

Milford

Mariemont Hyde Park

Over-theRhine

Lawrenceburg

71

Oakley

75

350

Uptown

Norwood

Clifton

Westwood

275

Blue Ash Kenwood

White Oak

74

Dent 50

Loveland

Sharonville

Harrison

9

Independence

Rabbit Hash

New Richmond

OHIO

75

Walton

Verona 42

75 71

KENTUCKY

82 North 92 East 96 West

Kings Island, EnterTRAINment Junction, IKEA and more

42

Springdale

74

BB Riverboats, Newport Aquarium, Florence Freedom, Creation Museum and more

71

Liberty Township

127

Okeana 1

72 South

Coney Island, Loveland Bike Trail, Belterra Park Gaming and more

Metamora, Brookville Lake, casinos, Henke Winery and more

Warsaw

8 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016



LOOK FOR THE PIN! Cincy USA Tourism Ambassadors are ready to serve you! Have a question? Need directions? Want advice on a great place to eat? They can help! Just look for hospitality professionals wearing the pin.

The CINCINNATI USA VISITOR CENTER is brought to you by:

ĂŒ Find information on dining, shopping, hotels, attractions, recreation and more!

Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through April 30 Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily starting May 1 Fountain Square, 511 Walnut St., downtown (in between Chipotle and Rock Bottom Brewery), 513-534-5877

Visit CincyUSA.com/visitors for directions and parking information.

10 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

In partnership with:

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


You’ll find you stay close to each other, too. Touch a live shark, take a cruise on an iconic riverboat and experience Ohio’s oldest public market. There’s more to explore, new adventures to be had and memories to be made all year long.



Snapshot

SEASONSinCINCY Share snapshots and stories about your favorite Cincinnati USA moments and be entered to win prizes!

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Tag photos on Twitter or Instagram:

CincinnatiUSA.com/sweepstakes

PHOTOGRAPH BY J. MILES WOLF

C I N C I N N AT I U S A

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 13


Snapshot

Ode to CINCINNATI-STYLE Chili Ì It’s sweet, it’s savory, and it’s a little thinner than traditional chili. And it’s ours. Whether you love it or

loathe it, you simply must try this regional delicacy when you’re in town. Because in Cincinnati USA, chili is done differently. In place of chunks of meat and sizeable beans, you’ll get savory soupiness and creative accoutrements like spaghetti, hot dogs and mustard. In place of an overtly tomato-y base, you’ll taste hints of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and maybe even chocolate. So pick your place: the classic and ubiquitous Skyline Chili, its rival chain Gold Star Chili, or maybe a mom-and-pop version like Price Hill Chili, Blue Ash Chili, Camp Washington Chili or Dixie Chili. Grab your fork; it’s chili time. —ELIZABETH MILLER WOOD Heaped with cheese.

How tot Eat I

With a not a s fork, poon. (And cu

t the pa sta like a casse role it aroun . Don’t twirl d your fork!)

With uce. hot sa

With a s ide of oyste r crackers .

Poured over spaghetti, hot dog, fries, potato or burrito— never alone in a bowl.

CHILI TERMS 101 2-Way

Chili + spaghetti (also called chili spaghetti)

Cheese Coney

Small steamed bun topped with a hot dog, mustard, chili, onions and cheese

3-Way

Chili + spaghetti + cheese

Coney

Cheese coney minus the cheese

4-Way

Chili + spaghetti + cheese + onions or beans

Chili Cheese Fries

French fries with chili and cheese

5-Way

Chili + spaghetti + cheese + onions + beans

Chili Sandwich

Steamed bun with chili, mustard and onions

Vegetarian 3-Way

Spaghetti + black beans + rice + cheese

Oyster Bombs

Adding a dab of hot sauce to an oyster cracker

CROSS THAT

BRIDGE Ì A river as mighty as the Ohio demands ample bridging to facilitate all the over-and-back action between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Here are some of the region’s most iconic bridges. —E.M.W.

14 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

JOHN A. ROEBLING SUSPENSION BRIDGE

NEWPORT SOUTHBANK BRIDGE

— OPENED 1867 —

— OPENED 1872 —

Sometimes called the “singing bridge” because of the hum its metal-grate frame makes when driving over it, the Roebling connects The Banks in downtown Cincinnati to Covington, Kentucky. It’s a popular artery for both strolling pedestrians and commuting motor vehicles. The blue beauty was a prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, which opened nearly two decades later.

Rarely called by its real name, the “Purple People Bridge,” as most locals know it, has been a pedestrianonly thoroughfare since 2003, connecting Newport on the Levee in Northern Kentucky and Sawyer Point in Cincinnati.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


Ì 5 THINGS for

CAREW TOWER OBSERVATION DECK PHOTO BY JEREMY KRAMER; GRAETER’S PHOTO BY RYAN KURTZ; BRIDGE ILLUSTRATIONS BY DAN ZETTWOCH

$5 OR LESS

1

2

CAREW TOWER OBSERVATION DECK

A SCOOP OF GRAETER’S BLACK RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM

From the 49th floor of this iconic building—located smack in the hub of downtown’s business district— guests can revel at 360-degree views of the Ohio River, Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Northern Kentucky and beyond. $4 adults 12 and over, $2 children ages 6–11, 513-579-9735 DOWNTOWN

3

4

5

LOVELAND CASTLE

KROHN CONSERVATORY

GRILLED CHEESE DONUT AT TOM + CHEE

UPTOWN NORTH

Yes, it’s a real stone castle in the middle of the suburbs. Built in 1929 by Sir Harry Delos Andrews, a former World War I medic with a penchant for European castles, it’s the perfect destination for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and those who believe in happily ever after. $5 adults 13 and older, $3 children ages 12 and under, Loveland, 513-683-4686, lovelandcastle.com

SOUTH EAST WEST

NORTH

Of all the fabulous flavors—and believe us, there are many— at this hometown ice creamery, black raspberry chip is the most beloved (and best-selling) of them all. Oregon blackberries and generous chocolaty chunks make it a don’t-miss delicacy. $4, multiple locations, graeters. com DOWNTOWN

Opened in 1933, this urban tropical oasis boasts more than 3,500 plant species from around the world, plus a famous rainforest waterfall. Annual events like the holiday show and the butterfly show have become yearly traditions for both locals and visitors. $4 adults, $2 children ages 5–12 (admission increases slightly for special events), Eden Park, 513-421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn-conservatory

Gooey cheddar cheese comes stuffed between two halves of a grilled glazed donut in this unlikely masterpiece of sweet-and-salty deliciousness. Whether you call it breakfast, lunch or dessert is up to you. $3.95, multiple locations, tomandchee.com SOUTH DOWNTOWN NORTH WEST

UPTOWN

TAYLOR-SOUTHGATE BRIDGE

CLAY WADE BAILEY BRIDGE

— OPENED 1995 — Cincinnati USA’s youngest bridge, the TaylorSouthgate, replaced the Central Bridge and is equipped with two pedestrian paths, one of which connects to U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

DANIEL CARTER BEARD BRIDGE

BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE

— OPENED 1974 —

— OPENED 1976 —

— OPENED 1963 —

This three-lane, cantilever bridge spans 675 feet and carries U.S. Route 127 and U.S. Route 42 from Cincinnati to Covington, Kentucky. It was named for a former Kentucky newspaper reporter.

Named after the cofounder of the Boy Scouts of America, who was a Cincinnati native, the twin-span steel-tied arch bridge is often dubbed the “Big Mac Bridge” because of its likeness to the McDonald’s golden arches. It carries Interstate 471 between Cincinnati and Newport, Kentucky.

This double-decker, cantilevered truss bridge is a carrier for Interstates 71 and 75 from Cincinnati into Covington, Kentucky. It is named for former Kentucky congressman Brent Spence, who retired in 1962 and was the state’s longest serving congressman at the time.

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 15


Snapshot

Cincinnati USA in the

HOLLYWOOD

1

SPOTLIGHT

Ì Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have become a hotbed of cinematic action in recent years. Want to see the spots where the stars have been? Visit these local landmarks, all of which were captured on camera. —E.M.W. 2 1 MAURY’S TINY COVE: The lounge-y paneled walls and throw-back red booths of Maury’s Tiny Cove made it the perfect setting for an intimate encounter during a scene for Carol, set in 1952. This Westside steakhouse institution has been a local favorite since 1949. 2 DOWNTOWN WYOMING: Thanks to a flurry of fake snow and festive decorations on the tree-lined streets of this quaint northern neighborhood, viewers who watched A Christmas Melody (which debuted on the Hallmark Channel in December 2015) would have never guessed that the Mariah Carey–directed holiday musical was actually filmed there during the peak of Cincinnati’s fall foliage. Carey starred in the film, along with Lacey Chabert.

3

3 ARNOLD’S BAR AND GRILL: First opened as a tavern in 1861, Arnold’s is the oldest watering hole in Cincinnati. The exposed brick courtyard was transformed into a smoky night in Mexico in Marauders, a shoot-em-up thriller starring Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista, Christopher Meloni and Adrian Grenier, scheduled to hit theaters in 2016. 4 HOLY CROSS MONASTERY AND CHURCH: Though vacant since 1977, this Mt. Adams landmark set the scene for a boxing match in the film Miles Ahead (scheduled for release in April 2016), a film starring Don Cheadle that follows the life and music of Miles Davis. The property is currently undergoing renovation to become a high-end event center.

4 5

5 ROSE HILL AVENUE: Mount up some Greek letters and throw an old couch on the lawn, and it’s not hard to imagine how the grand homes of this picturesque North Avondale street could double as a fraternity house, which is exactly the role one played in the flick Goat, starring Nick Jonas.

16 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


Best Hike Ever. Make your best memories at a Great Park. For a full list of trails, visit

greatparks.org.


Take Me Out to the

BALL GAME Ì A trip to Great American Ball Park (GABP) is more than just a baseball game—it’s a fun experience for the entire family. Here’s how to get the most from your visit. —E.M.W.

Ì CINCINNATI REDS HALL

Ì BEER HERE

OF FAME & MUSEUM

This 16,000-square-foot exhibition space takes visitors on a journey through Reds baseball history with rare memorabilia, a Redsthemed “man cave” and hands-on activities for kids. On June 24–26, the Reds will celebrate Pete Rose’s legendary career during a Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

Ì BYOB

OK, you can’t bring your own beer, but you can bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages into the stadium as long as bottles are plastic and everything is sealed.

Whether it’s craft or draft, GABP has you covered. Twenty self-serve, pay-by-theounce draft beer stations make it easy to grab a quick Bud. Fancy something craftier? Head to the Reds Brewery District Bar, an 85-foot bar that pours 60 taps of local and craft favorites. Or grab a pint and stay a while at The Bootleggers Bar, a speakeasy-themed hangout with craft and domestic selections.

Ì LOCAL FLAVOR

In addition to ballpark staples like hot dogs and nachos, GABP also dishes up hometown favorites like LaRosa’s pizza, Skyline Chili coneys, Frisch’s Big Boy hamburgers and Taste of Belgium waffles.

Ì FAN ZONE

Sure, we’d love our kids to sit still for nine innings, but when they need to burn off some energy, the Fan Zone playground and wiffle ball field are the destinations of choice.

Ì PAMPERS NURSING SUITE

Opened in 2015, this suite, one of the first at a MLB stadium, makes it easier to bring even the littlest Reds fans to games. The homelike suite is stocked with comfy rocking chairs, a private bathroom, changing stations, a kitchenette, a refrigerator and lockers for storage. Plus, flat-screen TVs mean mom won’t miss a minute of the game.

Ì REDS HEADS KIDS CLUB For Reds fans ages 3–12, there’s no cooler club than this. A $30 membership comes with Reds gear, free game tickets and tons of members-only perks throughout the season. Reds Rookies is for children under age 3, and Club Red is for fans ages 13–17.

Visit CincinnatiUSA.com/Reds for ½ price ticket info, parking and other Reds details. 18 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016



Snapshot

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The Art of the Brick

Conservation on View: Zaragoza’s Retablo of St. Peter at the Cincinnati Art Museum Through April 24, 2016 Cincinnati Art Museum 513-721-2787 | cincinnatiartmuseum.org FREE Chief conservator and paintings conservator Serena Urry will be on view cleaning The Retablo of St. Peter, a Spanish altarpiece attributed to Lorenzo Zaragoza. Other 2016 exhibits at the Art Museum include 30 Americans (March 19–August 28), The Etching Revival from Daubigny to Twachtman (February 13–May 8) and Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt (June 18–September 11).

Taft Museum of Art 513-241-0343 | taftmuseum.org This exhibit shares the origins of impressionism, showcasing Charles Francois Daubigny, a sometimes-overlooked impressionist painter. Museum partners with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for French Weekend May 6 & 7.

The Thirteenth Amendment Through June 30, 2016 National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 513-333-7500 | freedomcenter.org A rare, handwritten copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, the federal law abolishing slavery, will be on display.

A Day in the Life…As the Betts Family Lived in the Mid 19th Century

Final Friday

Through May 14, 2016 The Betts House 513-651-0734 | thebettshouse.org Showcasing the tools and tales of everyday life for a Cincinnati family in the mid-1800s.

Last Friday of each month Pendleton Art Center finalfridayotr.com FREE The last Friday of each month, get a close look at art and meet the artists in galleries throughout Over-the-Rhine.

Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape

Cincinnati International Wine Festival

Through May 29, 2016

March 3–5, 2016

20 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Through May 1, 2016 Cincinnati Museum Center 513-287-7000 | cincymuseum.org Explore the world’s largest display of Lego art, more than 100 works by artist Nathan Sawaya.

Duke Energy Convention Center 513-723-9463 | winefestival.com The Midwest’s premier wine festival features a plethora of selections from various wineries.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus March 3–6, 2016 U.S. Bank Arena 513-421-4111 | usbankarena.com Come enjoy “the greatest show on Earth” in the Queen City!

Jason Alexander with Cincinnati Pops Orchestra March 4–6, 2016 Music Hall 513-381-3300 | cincinnatipops.org Known for his role on Seinfeld, Jason Alexander brings comedy to the stage, detailing his journey into Broadway. Other Pops productions include Magical Music of Broadway with Lea Salonga (April 22–24) and Mary Chapin Carpenter (May 10). SPRING / SUMMER 2016



Snapshot Cincinnati Reds Baseball April 4–October 2, 2016 Great American Ball Park 513-765-7000 | reds.com The Reds open the season against the Philadelphia Phillies. Come for the baseball and also enjoy hometown food favorites, craft beer and a fun-filled Fan Zone.

Bockfest March 4–6, 2016 Downtown and Over-the-Rhine 513-604-9812 | bockfest.com FREE Three-day celebration of Bock Beer, the coming of spring and Cincinnati’s brewing heritage. Also enjoy tours of historic breweries.

To Kill a Mockingbird March 5–April 3, 2016 Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 513-421-3888 | cincyplay.com Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents this American classic! Other 2016 productions include Mothers and Sons (March 19–April 17), Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing (April 23–May 21), and Bad Dates (April 30–June 12).

Gaelic Storm March 7, 2016 Taft Theatre 800-745-3000 | tafttheatre.org Gaelic Storm will perform its mix of rock, country and folk. Other performances at the Taft Theatre include Brit Floyd–Space & Time Continuum (March 11), Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy (March 12), The Cult (March 28) and more.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage March 8, 2016 Music Hall 513-621-2787 | cincinnatiarts.org 22 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

The production includes live musical performance; scenes from the Star Trek films and TV series will play during the production.

The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 12 & 17, 2016 Downtown and Fountain Square 513-621-4400 | myfountainsquare.com FREE Watch the parade and enjoy a celebration with Irish food, music and refreshments. On Thursday, March 17, keep the celebration going on the Square with bands and beer.

Mercy Heart Mini Marathon and Walk March 13, 2016 Downtown Cincinnati 513-281-4048 | heartmini.org Join thousands of participants to help fight heart disease and strokes at the Heart Mini, in its 39th year.

Wild Sweet Love with the Cincinnati Ballet March 18 & 19, 2016 Aronoff Center for the Arts 513-621-5282 | cballet.org Wild Sweet Love will take the audience on a wild journey through the ups and downs of love. Other 2016 productions include Ballet Toybox (March 20) and Directors Choice, with the work of groundbreaking female choreographers (April 29–30).

Annapurna March 22–April 10, 2016 Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati 513-421-3555 | ensemblecincinnati.org A love story set in the wilds of Colorado. Other 2016 productions include Violet (May 3–22).

Celtic Woman March 24, 2016 Aronoff Center for the Arts 513-621-2787 | cincinnatiarts.org Celtic Woman, known for music that celebrates Irish tradition in a contemporary style, performs new music.

2016 International Butterfly Show “Butterflies of the Caribbean” March 26–June 19, 2016 Krohn Conservatory 513-421-5707 | butterflyshow.com Since 1996 the Butterfly Show has entertained and educated more than one million people, young and old, dazzled by more than 25,000 butterflies flying free among the vibrant and colorful flowers and fascinating artifacts.

Seahorses: Unbridled Fun Opens April 2016 Newport Aquarium 859-261-7444 | newportaquarium.com Seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, shrimpfish and pipefish will be in special viewing tanks at the aquarium. SPRING / SUMMER 2016



ADRIAN ESPARZA, OTRO LADO/THE OTHER SIDE, 2008, SERAPE (BLANKET), NAILS; PHOTOGRAPH BY MARTY SNORTUM, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

Snapshot

Cut, Fold, Recreate April 22–August 14, 2016 Contemporary Arts Center 513-345-8400 | contemporaryartscenter.org FREE Witness several artists’ renditions of everyday objects into works of art. Other 2016 exhibitions include Matt Kish & Robert Del Tredici (April 22–August 14).

Zoo Blooms

FC Cincinnati

April 1–30, 2016 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden 513-281-4700 | cincinnatizoo.org The Zoo explodes with color and features the largest tulip display in the Midwest. Every Thursday is Tunes & Blooms, a free evening concert in the garden.

April 9, 2016 Nippert Stadium 513-977-5425 | fccincinnati.com The new Cincinnati professional soccer franchise plays its first home game against Charlotte Independence.

Spiral Stakes

April 9–24, 2016 The Carnegie 859-957-1940 | thecarnegie.com In this musical, a young couple struggles to find a balance between their careers and their relationship.

513-549-7175 | constellafestival.org Constella Festival presents nine events, unique collaborations between international artists in partnership with many of the city’s finest performing arts organizations, to spotlight the rich musical fabric of Cincinnati.

A Night with Janis Joplin

Cincinnati Flower Show

April 2, 2016 Turfway Park 859-371-0200 | turfway.com Since 1972, this horse race has taken over Turfway Park each spring as a nine-furlong competition on the park’s main track.

Shrek the Musical JR. April 8–10, 16 & 17, 2016 Taft Theatre 513-569-8080 | thechildrenstheatre.com The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati performs the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning hit film.

Julius Caesar presented by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company April 8–May 7, 2016 Cincinnati Shakespeare Company 513-381-2273 | cincyshakes.com Shakespeare’s tale of Rome’s most beloved leader. Other 2016 productions include Antony and Cleopatra (May 13– June 4). 24 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

The Last Five Years

April 13, 2016 Aronoff Center for the Arts 513-621-2787 | cincinnatiarts.org A musical journey that celebrates Janis Joplin and her influences, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James and more.

Lee Brice with Tyler Farr & Dylan Scott April 15, 2016 BB&T Arena 859-442-2652 | thebbtarena.com Country music concert.

Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts April 15–24, 2016 Various venues, downtown Cincinnati

April 13–17, 2016 Yeatman’s Cove 513-677-2799 | cincyflowershow.com Enjoy a beautiful garden and floral exhibit along the banks of the Ohio River. The show will feature signature floral displays, horticultural pavilions, urban spaces and dramatic table settings.

Flying Pig Marathon Powered by P&G May 1, 2016 Downtown Cincinnati 513-721-7447 | flyingpigmarathon.com This event, now in its 18th year, draws runners from all over the world who enjoy its picturesque course, as well as the SPRING / SUMMER 2016


family-oriented fitness events that take place throughout the weekend, including the P&G Health & Fitness Expo.

Zoo Babies May 1–31, 2016 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden 513-281-4700 | cincinnatizoo.org Meet the newest arrivals at the zoo.

TORUK: The First Flight May 4–8, 2016 U.S. Bank Arena 513-421-4111 | usbankarena.com Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, the Cirque Du Soleil live show brings you into a magical world.

Party in the Park Wednesdays, May 4–August 17, 2016 Yeatman’s Cove 513-579-3111 | party-in-the-park.com FREE A summertime tradition, this weekly riverfront party features beer, wine and live music.

Appalachian Festival May 6–8, 2016 Coney Island 513-251-3378 | appalachianfestival.org Celebrate the region’s rich Appalachian heritage. This festival is full of old-time music, handmade crafts, food and fun.

Curiosity Saturday Saturdays, May–August, 2016 Washington Park 513-621-4400 | washingtonpark.org FREE Kid-friendly activities the whole family is sure to love!

Crafty Supermarket May 7, 2016 Clifton Cultural Arts Center craftysupermarket.com FREE This juried indie craft show features artists and crafters from all over the country.

Cincy-Cinco Festival May 7 & 8, 2016 Fountain Square cincy-cinco.com FREE Celebrate on the Square with festive music, margaritas and caprianas.

Evgeny Kissin presented by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra May 8, 2016 Music Hall 513-381-3300 | cincinnatisymphony.org A one-night-only performance by Grammywinning pianist Evgeny Kissin. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Cabaret

Midwest MIND, Body & Beauty Expo

May 10–22, 2016 Aronoff Center for the Arts 513-621-2787 | cincinnati.broadway.com The acclaimed Broadway classic returns! Other 2016 productions include Disney’s Newsies (March 1–13), The Book of Mormon (March 29–April 3) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (April 20–24).

May 27–29, 2016 Woodlawn Community Center 513-375-7622 | mmbbexpo.com The Midwest MIND, Body & Beauty Expo is where natural hair and beauty, health and wellness and learning converge. On Memorial Day weekend, bring the family to this unique event.

Maifest

Taste of Cincinnati

May 13–15, 2016 MainStrasse Village 859-491-0458 | mainstrasse.org FREE This festival celebrates the arrival of spring. The 37th annual festival will feature fabulous food, arts and crafts booths and entertainment, ranging from traditional German music to rock and roll.

May 28–30, 2016 Downtown Cincinnati 513-579-3187 | tasteofcincinnati.com FREE One of the nation’s longest-running culinary arts festivals. Guests will be delighted by the culinary temptations, live music and more during Memorial Day Weekend.

Jazz, Arts & Wine Festival

May 31, 2016 U.S. Bank Arena 513-421-4111 | usbankarena.com Breakout artists and Ohio natives Twenty One Pilots take the stage. Other performances at U.S. Bank Arena include Rihanna, Billy Joel, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

May 13 & 14, 2016 Newport on the Levee 859-291-0550 | newportonthelevee.com FREE Music, art and wine lovers are invited to this two-day festival.

Florence Freedom May 13–September 1, 2016 UC Health Stadium 859-594-4487 | florencefreedom.com Northern Kentucky’s minor league baseball team kicks off its season against the Windy City Thunderbolts.

May Festival May 20–22, 27 & 28, 2016 Music Hall and Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption 513-381-3300 | mayfestival.com Featuring the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, it is the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western hemisphere.

City Flea May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20 Washington Park thecityflea.com FREE Cincinnati’s urban flea market features local artists, food vendors and more.

LIVE at the Levee Summer Concert Series May 26–September 8, 2016 newportonthelevee.com FREE The 16-week-long concert series with feature headliners like The Naked Karate Girls, Soul Girls and The Rusty Griswolds on the Levee every Thursday.

Twenty One Pilots

Cincinnati Fringe Festival May 31–June 11, 2016 Multiple venues, downtown 513-300-5669 | cincyfringe.com Produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati, this festival draws local, regional, national and international artists who invade downtown and Over-the-Rhine for 12 days of artistic expression in mediums including theater, dance, music, poetry, visual art and film.

PNC Summer Music Series May 31–September 22, 2016 Fountain Square 513-621-4400 | myfountainsquare.com FREE Enjoy live music on the Square all summer long.

Dixie Chicks June 1, 2016 Riverbend Music Center 513-232-6220 | riverbend.org Rock on with the Dixie Chicks at this popular summer concert venue. Other performers during the summer include 5 Seconds of Summer (July 26), Journey and The Doobie Brothers (July 29) and Josh Groban with Sarah McLachlan (August 12).

Summerfair June 3–5, 2016 Coney Island CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 25


Snapshot

Western & Southern Open August 13–21, 2016 Lindner Family Tennis Center 513-651-0303 | wsopen.com Catch the biggest stars of tennis in action, including 2015 champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams. The tournament also features fare from local restaurants and entertainment.

513-531-0050 | summerfair.org One of the area’s largest craft festivals, it features a wide range of work, from paintings and fiber arts to ceramics, metalwork and wood works.

513-733-1555 | theabercrumbiegroup.com/blackmusic/ Pay tribute to Black Music Month with stellar performances by national and regional artists.

Bunbury Music Festival

Ault Park Concours d’Elegance

June 3–5, 2016 Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove bunburyfestival.com This three-day music festival, which features more than 80 performances on four stages, was named one of 2012’s Essential Summer Festivals by Yahoo! Music.

June 12, 2016 Ault Park 513-321-1951 | ohioconcours.com The 39th annual Concours kicks off with “An Italian Icon—Ferrari.” Other displays include “100 Years of BMW” and “The Pick Up Truck.”

Taste of Newport

Second Sunday on Main

June 5, 2016 Monmouth Street between Sixth and Ninth Streets 859-655-6341 | newportky.gov FREE Music, events, food and drinks!

June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, 2016 Main Street, between 13th and Liberty 513-241-2690 | secondsundayonmain.org FREE On the second Sunday of each month, enjoy a hip, eclectic neighborhood event with food and craft vendors, workshops, classes and activities.

Newport Italianfest June 9–12, 2016 Newport Riverfront 859-292-3666 FREE Italianfest was named a Top 20 Festival Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. Enjoy authentic Italian food and live Italian music performances by entertainers from around the nation.

A Celebration of Black Music June 10 & 11, 2016 Horseshoe Casino 26 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Die Fledermaus by Cincinnati Opera June 16 & 18, 2016 Aronoff Center for the Arts 513-241-2742 | cincinnatiopera.org Other 2016 Cincinnati Opera productions include Fellow Travelers (June 17– July 10), Fidelio (July 7 & 9) and Tosca (July 23, 27, 29).

Goettafest at MainStrasse Village June 17–19, 2016 MainStrasse Village 859-491-0458 | mainstrasse.org FREE Sample this Cincinnati favorite in everything from goetta pizza to goetta omelets and enjoy games, children’s activities, arts and crafts, music and entertainment.

Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival June 18 & 19, 2016 Eden Park juneteenthcincinnati.org FREE This festival celebrates AfricanAmerican culture and the end of slavery in America.

RoeblingFest 2016 June 18, 2016 Roebling Point Business District roeblingbridge.org FREE A festival celebrating the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, a National Historic Landmark.

Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival June 25, 2016 Sawyer Point cincinnatipride.org FREE Two-hour parade, music, drag queens, beer and spirits, and a Family Fun Zone. This event is family-friendly and open to the public. SPRING / SUMMER 2016


Panegyri Greek Festival

Summer Series at Devou Park

June 24–26, 2016 Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church 513-591-0030 | holytrinity.oh.goarch.org Greek festival with baklava and souvlaki, folk dancing, crafts and Greek music.

July 9, August 6, September 3, 2016 Devou Park 859-431-6216 | kyso.org FREE Join the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for this free concert series!

Christmas in July

July 22 & 23, 2016 Paul Brown Stadium 513-924-0900 | cincymusicfestival.com This major event brings jazz, R&B, blues and hip-hop music performers, stars from today and yesterday, to Paul Brown Stadium.

June 27–July 31, 2016 EnterTRAINment Junction 513-898-8000 | entertrainmentjunction.com Enjoy the attractions and make your way to the North Pole, where you can get a mid-year checkup with Santa himself.

Northside Rock ‘n’ Roll Carnival July 1–4, 2016 Hoffner Park northsiderocks.com FREE Music, events, food and drinks, and a parade on the Fourth of July.

LaRosa’s Balloon Glow

Cincinnati Music Festival

Porkopolis Pig & Whiskey Festival July 28 & 29, 2016 Horseshoe Casino 513-665-4700 | citybeat.com/pigandwhiskey Live music, the region’s best barbecue, and 30 varieties of bourbon, scotch and whiskey.

July 3, 2016 Coney Island 513-232-8230 | coneyislandpark.com Live music, rides and plenty of familyfriendly entertainment at Coney Island. Once night falls, lay back and watch the evening sky illuminate with hot air balloons and a fireworks display.

Glier’s Goettafest

Red, White and Blue Ash

Buckle Up Music Festival

July 4, 2016 Blue Ash Summit Park 513-745-8550 | blueashevents.com FREE The 31st year of this Independence Day celebration with fireworks, big-name entertainment, food and activities for kids.

Bacon, Bourbon & Brew Festival July 8–10, 2016 Riverboat Row, Newport cincinnatifestivalsandevents.com FREE A festival dedicated to Porkopolis’s favorite things: bacon, bourbon and beer.

NASCAR Racing at Kentucky Speedway July 9–11, Sept. 23 & 24, 2016 Sparta, Kentucky 859-578-2300 | kentuckyspeedway.com The 2016 season includes top-tier NASCAR and open-wheel action trucks and more. The biggest names in racing return for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on July 9. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

August 4–7, 2016 Newport on the Levee 859-291-1800 | goettafest.com FREE Celebrate a popular area food item, goetta—a German dish of pork, beef and oats—and enjoy live music, dancing, games and much more. August 5 & 6, 2016 Summit Park, Blue Ash 614-461-5483 | buckleupfestival.com This country music festival, which debuted in 2014, returns this year, featuring artists Brad Paisley and Chase Rice.

Ohio River Paddlefest August 6, 2016 Coney Island ohioriverpaddlefest.org One of America’s largest paddling events on the Ohio River. Proceeds benefit programs of Green Umbrella and Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo.

FREE Enjoy fresh seafood, including live Maine lobsters, from more than 15 participating vendors, as well as live entertainment.

Cincy Blues Fest August 12 & 13, 2016 Sawyer Point cincybluesfest.org Enjoy more than 40 local and national blues acts, food and fun at this annual festival produced by Cincy Blues Society.

Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion August 19–21, 2016 Various locations 513-247-0205 | myblackfamilyreunion.org A three-day weekend with concerts, communities and corporations coming together to focus on the historic values of the Black family.

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha August 25–27, 2016 Sawyer Point 513-477-3320 | cincybrewhaha.com FREE Eighty-five comedians on four stages and more than 130 beers to taste—and the comedy is FREE.

Germania Society Oktoberfest August 26–28, 2016 Germania Park 513-742-0060 | germaniasociety.com This authentic celebration kicks off the Oktoberfest season with live entertainment, German beer and food.

Taste of Blue Ash August 26–28, 2016 Summit Park 513-745-8500 | blueashevents.com FREE 30th annual event includes a variety of local cuisine, musical entertainment, festival rides, games and strolling entertainment.

Western & Southern/ WEBN Fireworks at Riverfest

Great Inland Seafood Festival

September 4, 2016 Riverfront 513-686-8500 | riverfestcincinnati.com FREE Enjoy the city’s annual farewell to summer. It’s an all-day celebration along the Ohio River culminating with one of the world’s largest fireworks displays set to music.

August 11–14, 2016 Newport Riverfront 513-477-3320 | greatinlandseafoodfest.com

Ì Visit CincinnatiUSA.com for a complete list of events. Event dates and details are subject to change at any time without notice.

Hamilton County Fair August 10–14, 2016 Hamilton County Fairgrounds 513-761-4224 | hamiltoncountyfair.com Performances, live music and traditional fair activities at the annual event.

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 27


[THE CINCINNATI USA 2016]

HOT list

hether you’re joining the crowds at the riverfront for the Bunbury Music Festival, browsing the shops of historic MainStrasse Village or wheeling through the city’s parks via bike-share system Red Bike, there’s plenty to do in Cincinnati USA for young and old alike. It’s the only place you can explore a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark (starting in July), where you can take the kids to see the stars through the world’s oldest functioning telescope, and where you can imbibe quality brews at the largest Bockfest of its kind. The list of things to explore and experience in the Queen City is nearly endless—so we’ve compiled a go-to guide to get you started. By Baihley Grandison

W

28 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


1

3

street art PHOTOGRAPHS BY J. MILES WOLF

1

James Brown, the subject of Mr. Dynamite, is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential musicians of the 20th century—in addition to being a strong, outspoken advocate for civil rights and black self-empowerment—who spent the formative years of his career at the Cincinnati-based King Records label. © 2015, Artist: Jenny Ustick, 1437 Main St., downtown DOWNTOWN

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

2

4

2

Campy Washington is a tongue-in-cheek play on the neighborhood name, Camp Washington, and the design, inspired by a nearby theatrical costume shop, is one of Cincinnati’s most original murals. © 2008, Artist: Scott Donaldson, 3025 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington UPTOWN traditional 3 Blending wedding lace patterns with a bold graphic style, Love Blooms marks the eastern entrance of the famous Reading Bridal District, the largest bridal district in North America. © 2014, Artist: Elizabeth Hatchett, 11 Benson St., Reading

NORTH

5

4

5

Celebrating the ongoing preservation and revitalization of Clifton Heights, Wilkommen to Clifton Heights immortalizes one of Cincinnati’s most diverse and unique urban communities, and includes iconic structures of the area. © 2009, Artist: Jenny Ustick, 2392 Wheeler St., Clifton Heights UPTOWN Created in commemoration of the Newport Aquarium’s 15th anniversary, the 300-foot-long Shining Seas mural required 15 artists to complete. © 2014, Artist: Rosalind Tallmadge, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport on the Levee SOUTH

Ì To see more street art, visit ArtWorks at artworkscincinnati.org

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 29


fun fests CINCINNATI INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL Whether you’re a wine savant or merely a casual partaker, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival is worth checking out. Most of the festivities—which include winery dinners, Grand Tastings, a charity auction and luncheon, and memorial golf tournament—take place at the 750,000-square-foot Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati and draw more than 100 wineries from around the world (providing more than 700 vinos to sample). Know too that here, your imbibing ben-

30 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

efits a good cause: In the festival’s 25-year history, more than $4.6 million in event proceeds has been donated to dozens of charities around the tri-state. March 3–5, 2016, winefestival.com DOWNTOWN

tours, a 5k race, delicious food, a homebrew competition and, of course, plenty of bock beer—for three full days of merriment. March 4–6, 2016, bockfest.com DOWNTOWN

BOCKFEST

INTERNATIONAL BUTTERFLY SHOW

Cincinnatians’ beer consumption once more than doubled that of the national per capita average, making it one of the most prolific brewing cities in the U.S. Today, as the largest and oldest festival of its kind (it’s now in its 24th year), Bockfest fondly recalls that amazing beer heritage. A parade in downtown Cincinnati and ceremonial “blessing” of the first keg kicks it off, and there are more than enough fun happenings—live entertainment, historic walking

Every summer for the past 20 years, the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park has transformed its indoor gardens into a butterfly gala, setting more than 10,000 butterflies loose in one of its greenhouses for visitors to mingle with and admire. This year’s theme is “Butterflies of the Caribbean,” and it will feature butterflies from the West Indies as well as the tri-state area. March 26–June 19, 2016, 513421-5707, cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn-conservatory UPTOWN

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

PHOTOGRAPH BY GARY KESSLER

International Butterfly Show


Taste of Cincinnati Taste of Belgium

Riverfest

CINCY FRINGE FESTIVAL More than 40 entertainment troupes from around the world perform during this 12day arts and theater festival that embraces the quirky, eccentric and offbeat—the “fringe” of artistic expression. The event, hosted by Know Theatre in Over-the-Rhine, is held in dozens of theaters, storefronts, bars, churches and coffee shops throughout downtown Cincinnati. The performances themselves—of which there are more than 200—are largely unorthodox, encompassing a wide range of styles. May 31–June 11, 2016, cincyfringe.com DOWNTOWN

BUNBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL

TASTE OF CINCINNATI Cincinnati USA is a foodie town, and what better way to experience the region than a full-on extravaganza devoted to all things edible? Held downtown and spanning five city blocks, Taste of Cincinnati congregates more than 40 restaurants and food trucks from around the city, along with plenty of beer and wine-tasting stations, live music, carnival rides and games. The second longest–running culinary arts festival in the country, Taste offers a slew of delectable selections, like Thai basil lime popsicles from Streetpops, grilled cheese donuts from Tom + Chee or fried-cheese ravioli from Pompilios. It’s also a free event, so mark your calendars! May 28–30, 2016, tasteofcincinnati.com DOWNTOWN

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

One of Cincinnati USA’s largest music festivals has drawn such headliners as Walk the Moon, Fall Out Boy, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, Paramore and Fun, earning shout-outs from USA Today and Forbes for being one of the best summer music festivals in the country. Held at Yeatman’s Cove and Sawyer Point along the riverfront, the festival features plenty of local food and craft beer vendors on site as well, so you can sample the native cuisine while enjoying the musical acts. About 50 alternative and indie rock acts are expected to perform at the three-day festival this year. June 3–5, 2016, bunburyfestival.com DOWNTOWN

GLIER’S GOETTAFEST You may or may not be familiar with Cincinnati’s renowned goetta (that’s “get-uh”), but spend a day at Glier’s Goettafest—the largest goetta festival in the world—and you’ll become well acquainted with the concoction, a mixture of sausage, oats and spices. All food vendors are required to incorporate it into their

offerings, so expect things like goetta calzones, goetta brownies and bacon-goetta nachos. The Newport on the Levee event also includes carnival games, beer, fireworks and live bands. August 4–7, 2016, goettafest.com SOUTH

RIVERFEST Riverfest is the ultimate end-ofsummer bash in Cincinnati USA. Held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, the daylong event at the riverfront Sawyer Point Park begins with lots of food, music and quirky contests, like the Rubber Duck Regatta, where roughly 100,000 rubber ducks are dropped from the Purple People Bridge to race down the Ohio River. It concludes with an epic fireworks display by renowned Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, with the rockets launched from barges in the river and coordinated to music by local radio station WEBN. September 4, 2016 DOWNTOWN SOUTH

UNIQUE GEM

Arnold’s Bar and Grill

Built in 1861, Arnold’s is one of the oldest taverns in Cincinnati, and its historic locale, friendly service, live musical entertainment and plentiful food and drink selection—including vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree options and local craft beer—have earned it multiple awards, including being dubbed one of the best/must-see bars in America by Travel + Leisure, Esquire and Men’s Journal magazines.

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 31


around the world like Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki. The weeklong tennis event also includes daily special events like Graeter’s Kids Day (face painting, balloon artists and free ice cream samples) and Military and Uniformed Personnel Appreciation Day (half-price day passes for all members of the military or civic employees), plus plenty of local food vendors, nightly wine tastings and live musical performances. August 13–21, wsopen.com NORTH

don’t miss MAINSTRASSE VILLAGE Throughout the mid-to-late 1800s, this historic district in Covington, Kentucky, was a lively German village. Today, it retains much of its heritage—hosting two German festivals, Oktoberfest and Maifest—and is a popular shopping and restaurant destination. You can easily explore the entire village in an afternoon, from Stoney’s Village Toy Shoppe on West 6th Street to Ottoman Imports on Main, before stopping to grab lunch, dinner or drinks at one of the dozen area restaurants and bars. mainstrasse.org SOUTH

RED BIKE This bike-sharing service allows you to easily rent a two-wheeler from one of 50 self-serve hubs around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Take one for a spin for just $8 per 24-hour period; all you have to do is a quick checkin at a Red Bike station every

32 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

NASCAR at Kentucky Speedway

hour (if you want to bypass the hourly check-in, you can pay an additional $20 usage fee). The bikes come fully equipped with lights, bell and basket— for picking up lunch or souvenirs! It’s perfect for exploring the region in an eco-friendly way while also enjoying the outdoors. cincyredbike.org DOWNTOWN UPTOWN SOUTH

WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN For more than 100 years, the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament has been held in Cincinnati, drawing top-ranked talent and Hall of Famers from

UNIQUE GEM

Rabbit Hash, Kentucky

NASCAR AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY Kentucky Speedway hosts multiple NASCAR events each year, from the Camping World Truck Series to the XFINITY Series to the NSCS Quaker State 400, in addition to other racing series and driving schools. The 1.5-mile speedway sits on more than 1,000 acres of land in Sparta, Kentucky, and is only a 40-minute drive from downtown Cincinnati. Whether you decide to come down for just a day or spend a whole weekend—the track has multiple campgrounds with more than 3,000 campsites—it’s guaranteed to be a fun-filled trip. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, July 7 & 9, kentuckyspeedway.com SOUTH

This historic small town on the edge of the Ohio River is known primarily for two things. It is home to the Rabbit Hash General Store, which has been in operation since 1831 and is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it loves to elect canine mayors. Other notable points of interest: nearby Rabbit Hash Museum and the rustic Old Hashienda Inn.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


2

3

1 5

4

7

6

8 9

shop local 1 Puma Couture faux fur vest, $199, Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, Covington, fabulousfurs.com SOUTH

4 Hand-carved wooden Cincinnati coaster, $10, Grainwell, Covington, grainwell.com SOUTH

2 New Riff flask, $11.99, New Riff Distillery, Newport, newriffdistilling.com SOUTH

5 Senate: Street & Savory cookbook by Daniel Wright, $39.99, The Booksellers on Fountain Square, downtown

3 Union Terminal Bookends, $225, Rookwood Pottery Company, Over-the-Rhine, rookwood.com DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN

6 Charley Harper, An Illustrated Life mini-book, $29.95, Fabulous Frames & Art, Montgomery and downtown, charleyharper.com

7 Cincinnati rubber stamps, set of 6, $44, 21c Museum Hotel gift shop, downtown, individual stamps available online, steamwhistlepress.com DOWNTOWN

8 Fahrenheit 513 Dark Chocolate, $9, Maverick Chocolate Co., Over-the-Rhine, maverickchocolate.com DOWNTOWN 9 Cincy T-shirt, $25, Cincy Shirts, downtown, cincyshirts.com DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN NORTH

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 33


Ark Encounter

new in 2016 LIBERTY CENTER The area’s newest outdoor mega-complex is more than just a shopping center. In addition to dozens of high-end retail stores including Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer and Rookwood Pottery Company, and fine dining options such as Brio Tuscan Grill, The Cheesecake Factory and Nori Japan, the 100-acre Liberty Center has a children’s Discovery Center, comedy club, movie theater, parks and residential housing. It also hosts multiple special events, such as children’s story time and yoga classes. 513-6640900, liberty-center.com NORTH

34 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Hippos at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

ARK ENCOUNTER This massive true-to-life replica of Noah’s Ark opens this summer, allowing visitors to travel back in time to the era of the biblical Great Flood. Located less than one hour south of Cincinnati, the gigantic structure—at 510 feet long and nearly 50 feet tall, and the largest wooden timber structure in the world—will be able to house 10,000 people and includes hundreds of displays showing what life was like on the Ark, plus live shows and a petting zoo. Opens July 7, 855-248-3275, arkencounter.com SOUTH

TROPICAL PLUNGE AT SOAK CITY Kings Island is known for its extreme rides, and the newest addition to its Soak City

Waterpark is no exception. The Tropical Plunge is 65 feet tall— almost seven stories!—and will house six different water slides, including one that starts in an “Aqua-Launch” chamber, where the floor drops out from below any soul brave enough to plunge into its near-vertical downward chute. Another slide features four 360-degree loops, taking riders on a 449-foot-long twisting, spiraling adventure. The addition of the Tropical Plunge attraction expands Soak City to a whopping 35 acres, with 30 other slides, two coves and wave pools, a relaxing lagoon, and an action river and children’s area. Soak City opens on May 21, Kings Island opens on April 16, 513-754-5700, visitkingsisland.com NORTH

TYPHOON TOWER AT CONEY ISLAND Cincinnati’s favorite classic amusement park is gearing up for its biggest water park expansion yet: the Typhoon Tower, a 16,000-square-foot interactive water playground. The attraction will include two 130-foot water slides and more than 70 activity stations—water blasters, tipping buckets, fan sprayers, suspended water dumps and more—along with the world’s largest Hydro Storm, a 33-foot-tall apparatus at the center of the Tower that can,

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


Tropical Plunge at Soak City

UNIQUE GEM

Chateau Laroche

(aka Loveland Castle)

at any time, drench visitors with a 1,300-gallon deluge of water. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Opens May 28, 513-232-8230, coneyislandpark.com EAST

SEAHORSES AT NEWPORT AQUARIUM This April, the Newport Aquarium is set to open the most interactive seahorse exhibit in the country. Seahorses: Unbridled Fun showcases 10 different species of seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, shrimp fish and pipefish. Guests can get an up-close look at the animals, view rare videos of their unusual behavior and interact with sculptures that highlight their physical characteristics. Kids can even create their own seahorse or sea dragon using custom technology. Opens in April, 859-261-7444, newportaquarium.com SOUTH

UNIQUE GEM

Cincinnati Observatory

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

HIPPOS AT CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN The Cincinnati Zoo has been around for more than 140 years and is consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country, boasting more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species. This summer, it will be adding to its ranks with a brand-new hippo exhibit, opening as part of the zoo’s eight-acre Africa section. The $7.3 million hippo habitat will be home to two Nile hippos and will include an interactive play area for children along with an underwater viewing space. Opens in July, 513-2814700, cincinnatizoo.org UPTOWN

It took more than 50 years to construct the Loveland Castle, and the fine handiwork of the 86-year-old castle is evident to this day. Situated along the banks of the Little Miami River, the chateau’s must-see offerings— knight-led tours, picnics on the grounds, a museum with an extensive collection of period weaponry—offer the perfect escape to take you back to medieval days of yore.

DOWNTON ABBEY FASHION AT THE TAFT MUSEUM OF ART

The National Historic Landmark— former home of President Taft’s half brother, Charles Taft—is hosting Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, an exhibit of more than 36 period costumes and jewelry worn by your favorite characters from the show. Opens July 2, 513-241-0343, taftmuseum.org DOWNTOWN

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of hit PBS show Downton Abbey at the Taft Museum this summer.

CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER

Known as the “birthplace of American astronomy,” and a National Historic Landmark, the 19th-century observatory is set atop Mt. Lookout and boasts beautiful views. The main building— designed by famed architect Samuel Hannaford, whose portfolio includes Cincinnati’s Music Hall and City Hall— is home to the world’s oldest telescope that’s still in use today.

In February, the museum’s state-of-the-art OMNIMAX theater welcomes National Park Adventure, a stunning tour narrated by Robert Redford celebrating the 100th anniversary of America’s national parks, from the rock-studded deserts of Joshua Tree National Park to the murky swamps of the Everglades to the crystal clear lakes of Glacier National Park and more. Opens February 12, 513-287-7000, cincymuseum.org DOWNTOWN

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 35


SAVOR CINCINNATI USA GET A TASTE OF THE CULINARY DELIGHTS THAT HELP DEFINE OUR REGION AS ONE FOR FOODIES. By Bryn Mooth

36 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


Farm to Table FRANCES KRONER SLEEPY BEE CAFE MAKES BREAKFAST AND LUNCH UNEXPECTEDLY HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS.

A row of hand-blown glass artworks hanging on the wall inevitably prompts a smile: They resemble slices of toast with grinning faces. The display perfectly captures Sleepy Bee Cafe’s menu and aesthetic—in fact, its very purpose: to serve healthy, delightful food with a side of artistry, a sprinkling of sustainability and a generous pinch of whimsy. Think of a daytime restaurant (breakfast, brunch and lunch), and a family-focused one, at that, and you might imagine large portions of food that’s more comforting than it is good for you. Not at the Sleepy Bee. Chef Frances Kroner has crafted a seasonal menu of good-for-you yet satisfying comfort food favorites using wholesome local and organic ingredients. Kroner serves meats from Kentucky’s Marksbury Farm, dairy products from Snowville Creamery just east of Cincinnati, honey from Carriage House Farm, plus local bread, maple syrup, eggs and Amish poultry. The kitchen

sources organic and local produce through two small distributors, Green BEAN Delivery and Ohio Valley Food Connection. Owners Dr. John Hutton, a pediatrician, and Sandra Gross, an artist, already had deep roots in Cincinnati’s Oakley neighborhood (they coown a beloved children’s bookstore, Blue Manatee, and an art workshop/gallery, Brazee Street Studios) when they set out to open a café in 2013. The Oakley location saw rapid success, wowing an audience of savvy locavore diners, fitness buffs who appreciate the sensible menu offerings and parents who love the healthful yet kid-friendly dishes. A year later, the team opened a second location in Blue Ash (plans call for a third café downtown). Like its sister, it’s a casual, comfortable space the community has embraced. “John, Sandy and I all really like spreading our mission,” Kroner says. “It feels good to be able to share this kind of food with more people.”

CONNECTING FARM & TABLE PHOTOS BY (TOP) GINA WEATHERSBY PHOTOGRAPHY; (RIGHT) JEREMY KRAMER

In the farm-to-table equation, it’s often the “to” that’s challenging. Chefs have a hard time finding local ingredients in the quantity, availability and consistency they need. So Cincinnati chefs have taken creative steps to source locally. For his Montgomery lunch spot, Fond, chef Ethan Snider relies on relationships with growers that he built while selling his gourmet hummus at farmers’ markets. Chef Stephen Williams of locavore-focused Covington restaurant, Bouquet, brings that same emphasis to his new quick-service deli, Son & Soil. And the new Ohio Valley Food Connection transports produce and meat from local farmers to area restaurants.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 37


Eat JOSE SALAZAR

Over the past five years, Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine has become the dining scene’s epicenter. Chefs, attracted by the chance to capture the zeitgeist of a resurgent district, opened an array of focused—and wildly popular—dining spots. Now, those same chefs are looking to other quarters. Nicola Pietoso, whose namesake restaurant Nicola’s paved the way in OTR, opened the more casual Cinque in Montgomery, while his son, Cristian, launched Forno Osteria+Bar in East Hyde Park and Americano Burger Bar on Race Street to complement his Via Vite on downtown’s Fountain Square. Jared and Nick Wayne opened a second outpost of their popular OTR trattoria, A Tavola, in Madeira and Taglio, a pizza joint in Columbia Tusculum. Daniel Wright plans a second iteration of his wildly popular OTR street-food place, Senate, in suburban Blue Ash. Look for chef-driven restaurants in other neighborhoods (visit CincinnatiUSA.com/restaurants for a full listing), from Northside to Covington—and beyond.

CHEF JOSE SALAZAR CAME TO CINCINNATI FOR ITS PACE, AND STAYED FOR ITS CULINARY SCENE.

Born in Colombia. Raised in Queens, New York. Trained in some of the top restaurant kitchens in New York City. Jose Salazar could have opened his eponymous restaurant anywhere. He landed in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine. Salazar came to the region in 2008 to take the helm at The Palace in the Cincinnatian Hotel. It was a leap to a Midwestern community for a big-city boy who’d studied at the New York Restaurant School and worked for top chefs like Georges Vongerichten and Thomas Keller. Salazar wasn’t immediately sold on the city. “We were looking for a place to raise our son who’d just been born,” he says. “Once I toured

38 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

the city, I figured, why not? It was only after we moved here that we realized how great a place it is to work and live.” Salazar wowed diners at The Palace and was named 2011 People’s Choice: Best New Chef/ Great Lakes by Food & Wine. Yet he dreamed of running his own place. Four years ago, he and his wife contemplated leaving town to pursue that opportunity. But they didn’t. “We gave it a lot of thought,” he recalls. “Simultaneously, Cincinnati was at the beginning of this renaissance. The question went from, ‘where should I go?’ to ‘why should I go?’”

At his small Over-the-Rhine bistro, Salazar New American Restaurant, and his newly opened downtown Latin-Spanish spot, Mita’s, the food is rooted here. “The amount of ingredients we source locally is remarkable,” Salazar says. “Eighty percent of the menu comes from ingredients within a couple hundred miles, and most of it within a 40-mile radius.” Salazar is one of the city’s preeminent chefs and a catalyst for its dining scene. But he takes a more modest view. “I don’t see myself as a leader; we push ourselves to be better and hopefully that makes the city a better place to dine out.”

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

PHOTOS BY (TOP) GINA WEATHERSBY PHOTOGRAPHY; (BOTTOM) JEREMY KRAMER

GREAT DINING, ALL AROUND TOWN


Drink MOLLY WELLMANN MOLLY WELLMANN’S BAR BUSINESS COMBINES HER LOVE OF COCKTAILS AND LOCAL HISTORY.

PHOTOS BY (TOP) FOX PHOTOS; (RIGHT) RYAN KURTZ

LOCAL SPIRIT Newport’s New Riff Distilling brings a modern twist to traditional spirit making. New Riff, which opened in 2014, expects to release its first barrel-aged bourbon and rye whiskies in 2018, according to general manager Hannah Lowen; in the meantime, cocktail aficionados can enjoy the distillery’s Kentucky Wild Gin. It’s truly of its place, with native botanicals like goldenrod (Kentucky’s state flower) and local spicebush added to gin’s traditional flavorings of citrus, spice and juniper. The building itself is worth a visit: Take a grain-to-barrel tour through a soaring, glass-enclosed space anchored by a sixstory copper still. Distilled spirits have a long history in these parts. They’re on the rise again.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Molly Wellmann’s eyes light up when she talks about history. Especially when that history connects her two passions: Cincinnati and cocktail culture. From notorious local Prohibition-era bootlegger George Remus, to the stories behind vintage libations, to the region’s long tradition of bourbon- and beer-making, Wellmann is a walking Wikipedia of Cincinnati’s boozy past as a hub for distilling and brewing. Wellmann has harnessed her enthusiasm for cocktails and history in a group of neighborhood watering holes and craft cocktail bars stamped with her own personal touch. “All of my bars are like you’re walking into a party in my house,” Wellmann says. “You come in, you sit down, you’re greeted, you’re taken care of, you enjoy a great cocktail and great conversation.” Myrtle’s Punch House in upand-coming East Walnut Hills typifies Wellmann’s aesthetic. Historically, she says, Cincinnati neighborhoods were anchored by two institutions: the church and the tavern. Just a block north of Myrtle’s, the steeple of St. Fran-

cis de Sales soars above Madison Road. “The whole point of opening Myrtle’s was the community,” she says. “The church was there. We brought the tavern.” Other Wellmann Brands spots are just as neighborhood-centric. She calls Neon’s, with its dogfriendly beer garden (and the only Wellmann bar with a TV), “Overthe-Rhine’s patio.” Japp’s–Since 1879, housed in an old wig shop on resurgent Main Street, is a step back in time, with classic drinks and vintage beauty ephemera bedecking the space. At the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar in Covington, bartenders get six months of training in everything whiskey. Wellmann’s bartenders create inspired cocktails using juices, syrups and mixers made in house with local ingredients where possible. This seventh-generation Cincinnatian says the local hospitality scene is unlike any other city’s. “There’s a magic in Cincinnati that you can’t find anywhere else,” she says. “I’ve lived in San Francisco and traveled extensively, and I’ve always found Cincinnati to be so comfortable, so approachable.”

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 39


Sweets THE BONBONERIE

Before cupcakes were trendy, before donuts were topped with bacon, before macarons were having their moment, there was Opera Cream Torte. Cincinnati may be known for ice cream (the popular hometown Graeter’s brand drew a shout-out from Oprah), but its signature fancy dessert is Opera Cream Torte—layers of dark chocolate cake studded with chocolate chips, filled with white chocolate buttercream and dressed in dark chocolate ganache. While you’ll find it on the dessert menu of countless local eateries, the very best place to get an Opera Cream Torte (go ahead: buy a whole cake) is where it’s made: at The BonBonerie in O’Bryonville. Sharon Butler and Mary Pat Pace opened The BonBonerie in 1983, and it remains a beloved source for classic European-style pastries. Its pies and cakes have graced family tables for more than 30 years—pumpkin cheesecakes at Thanksgiving, festive Yule Logs

40 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

for Christmas, lemon blueberry cakes for summer birthdays. Cincinnati brides elicit nods of approval when they mention that their wedding cakes came from The BonBonerie. Butler and Pace launched their sweet business well before restaurants paid much mind to dessert, before pastry chefs became food TV stars. Locals appreciate the bakery’s throwback approach. “We have established ourselves as a place for people to add that special

thing for their event or meal,” Butler says. “They come here because they can’t get it anywhere else. We are from a time when the details mattered, like a doily in a box. Our theme has always been for things to be beautiful and delicious.” Both the bakery and its sister tearoom—where you can enjoy breakfast or a light lunch and a cup of coffee or tea, along with The BonBonerie’s signature scones— live up to Butler’s vision: beautiful and delicious.

SAVE YOUR FORK Classical pastry technique and modern, farm-to-table cooking collide in Megan Ketover’s kitchen. Pastry chef at downtown’s AAA-Five-Diamond restaurant, Orchids at Palm Court, Ketover is homegrown, having graduated from the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. Her creations change frequently to incorporate seasonal fruits and flavors; they’re the perfect grace notes to end a memorable meal. Ketover has won accolades from foodies nationwide as a participant on Bravo network’s Top Chef Just Desserts, and the American Culinary Federation named her Pastry Chef of the Year/Northeast. We won’t brag on her; we’ll just save room for her desserts.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

PHOTOS BY (LEFT) GARY KESSLER; (RIGHT) RYAN KURTZ

AT THE BONBONERIE, YOU CAN WATCH BAKERS AS THEY CREATE CLASSIC, BEAUTIFUL CAKES AND COOKIES.


Place HISTORY REIMAGINED ACROSS THE REGION, GLORIOUS OLD BUILDINGS ARE FINDING NEW LIFE AS BARS, TAPROOMS AND ENTERTAINMENT SPACES.

Pull open the heavy doors, walk up an imposing staircase and into a soaring space. It might feel like you’ve stepped into a church. And you have, sort of. This is Taft’s Ale House, formerly home to the oldest protestant congregation in Cincinnati—and now home to one of the city’s newest craft breweries. The space is spectacular on both macro and micro scales. The former sanctuary of St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, built in 1850, retains all of its majesty, with nearly 50-foot ceilings and towering gothic windows. Every detail—renowned Rookwood tiles, hand-turned woodwork, ironand-glass interior walls—was locally made. Head brewer and co-partner Kevin Moreland admits his obsession in creating Taft’s Ale House—after all, beer-brewing is all about the details, too. Moreland drew inspiration from the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Mt. Auburn, the birthplace of the 27th president. “It was all about capturing what the church may have been in the 1850s during Taft’s childhood,” he says.

Others in brewing, entertainment and hospitality are transforming landmarks in new ways. In Over-theRhine, Rhinegeist crafts beer in a massive brick building constructed in 1895 as the Christian Moerlein bottling plant. Northside’s St. Patrick’s Church, dedicated in 1859, is home to Urban Artifact brewing, while across the river in Newport, Grace Methodist Episcopal, completed in 1866, now showcases local and touring bands nearly every night as Southgate House Revival. And in Covington’s MainStrasse district, owners Emily Wolff and chef Paul Weckman have updated a pre-Civil War brick building (which they saved from demolition) into a hopping spot, Frida 602, for tacos, Cuban sandwiches and flights of mezcal, tequila’s trendier cousin. “These great buildings are part of the fabric and history of their neighborhoods, and communities want to hold onto them,” says Michael Burson, president of the city’s Historic Conservation Board. “Whatever we can retain enhances our city.”

CRAFTING BEER SINCE THE 1800s

PHOTOS BY (TOP) RICK ARMON; (RIGHT) AARON M. CONWAY

Cincinnati’s craft beer boom is more a recurrence than a novelty. Before Prohibition began in 1920, the city was home to 36 breweries producing beer in the lager style favored by its growing German population. Today, there are more than 20 breweries in the region, plus those slated to open in 2016. Local craft brewing has expanded beyond lagers to embrace heavily hopped styles, seasonal brews, barrel-aged and wild-fermented beers. Classic local brands like Christian Moerlein and Hudepohl have returned to market. Just as they could in the 1800s, Cincinnatians and their guests can raise a stein of beer brewed right in their own backyard.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 41


Cincinnati Nature Center

let’s go to the

PARK! By Jessica Gordon

There’s something to be said for seeing the world through a child’s eyes— which means it’s time to head out for some playtime in the park, of course! Touring Cincinnati USA by visiting its parks is a wonderful way for the whole family to discover the region. Many of these amazing green spots are woven right into the neighborhoods that surround them. So while you swing, splash and slide, you’ll be sightseeing—and experiencing a taste of life like a local, too.

42 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


Twin Lakes at Eden Park

Alms Park

This charming hilltop park offers a sweeping view of the very spot where the Little Miami River feeds into the Ohio River’s gigantic bend. You’ll also see the comings and goings at Lunken Airport (many small private planes take off and land from there), as well as the panoramic hills and valleys of Northern Kentucky. 711 Tusculum Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, cincinnatiparks.com EAST

Bellevue Beach Park (Thomas J. Wiethorn Memorial Beach Park)

Just across the river in Bellevue, Kentucky, you’ll find a charming little park that curves along the river’s edge and offers a unique perspective of Cincinnati’s downtown skyline. 665 Frank Benke Way, Bellevue, bellevueky.org/ about/parks SOUTH

SCENIC CINCINNATI USA CINCINNATI USA BOASTS MANY OVERLOOKS THAT OFFER BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. HERE ARE SEVEN SPOTS IN PARKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER THAT GIVE YOU SOME BREATHTAKING LOOKS AT THE CITY SKYLINE AND SURROUNDING SCENERY.

TWIN LAKES AT EDEN PARK PHOTO BY NICK DEWALD

Mt. Echo Park

For a Westside vantage point, take a 10-minute drive west of downtown to Mt. Echo Park. The overlook here offers a sweeping view of downtown, the Ohio River and Kentucky’s riverside hills. While you’re there, stop by the unique Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired shelter supported by two massive stone chimneys at its center. 202 Crestline Dr., East Price Hill, cincinnatiparks.com WEST

Bellevue Hill Park

This Clifton Heights park used to be the end point for the Cincinnati incline. Alas, the incline is gone—but the scenic view remains. Other vestiges of the past worth seeing are the huge circular concrete cupolas that were installed as a festive touch for all the outdoor dance parties once held here. 2191 Ohio Ave., Clifton Heights, cincinnatiparks.com UPTOWN

Twin Lakes at Eden Park

Within its 186 acres, Eden Park houses the Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, Mirror Lake and its 60-foot geyser, a gazebo dating to 1904 and, finally, the Twin Lakes. The remnants of an old quarry, these two small lakes with their footbridge and surrounding walking paths offer a picturesque view of the winding Ohio River. 950 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams, cincinnatiparks.com UPTOWN

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Smale Riverfront Park

From this lush and lovely park that follows the curves of the Ohio River on the Cincinnati side, you get an up-close-andpersonal view of downtown Cincinnati as well as Newport and Covington, Kentucky, across the river. It’s a truly memorable spot that will leave you with plenty of Instagram-worthy shots (hint: snap at least a few of the Roebling Bridge, the first suspension bridge in the country). West Mehring Way, downtown, mysmale riverfrontpark.org DOWNTOWN

Devou Park

Drive over the river and up a curving Covington road to glimpse Cincinnati USA at her absolute best. From this high vantage point, you get a sweeping view of the entire city skyline, end to end, with the tranquil Ohio River in the foreground and the park’s pretty greenery framing the scene. It’s a picture that practically takes itself. 790 Park Lane, Covington, covingtonky.gov/ visitors/parks/devou-park SOUTH

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 43


TAKE A HIKE NO MATTER YOUR LOCATION, YOU’LL FIND A FAMILY-FRIENDLY HIKING TRAIL WITHIN A SHORT DISTANCE. ALL OF THE TRAILS LISTED ARE PART OF INTERCONNECTED NETWORKS, SO YOU CAN WALK FOR AS LITTLE AS A QUARTER MILE—OR MUCH FARTHER, IF YOU LIKE.

MAKING A SPLASH Need to cool off? One of the top destinations for some serious water fun: Washington Park. It has a 7,000-square-foot interactive water feature with 130 pop-up jets that shoot water at varying heights and intervals, sometimes even synchronized with lights and music. You can also stop by Smale Riverfront Park for a unique take on water play. One interactive water feature mimics a natural creek with stepping-stones, while another is an in-ground model of the Ohio riverfront that teaches kids about flood prevention and water flow by allowing them to manipulate metal pieces to trap and release water. There are also misters to provide a little cool relief (instead of an actual soaking). At Sawyer Point Park, east of Smale, little ones can experience the Armleder Sprayground at the north side of Yeatman’s Cove. Farther afield (about 20 minutes east of downtown) is Parky’s Wetland Adventure Playground at Woodland Mound Park, a small water park with slides and big animals for climbing. washingtonpark.org, mysmale riverfrontpark.org, cincinnatiparks. com, greatparks.org/parks/ woodland-mound DOWNTOWN EAST

Word to the Wise: MAKE SURE KIDS WEAR SWIMSUITS TO ANY OF THESE ATTRACTIONS—THEY WON’T BE DRY FOR LONG!

44 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Ault Park

Tower Park in Ft. Thomas. The wooded, hilly trails lead you close to the banks of the Ohio River, although you’ll have to look closely to catch a glimpse of the water through the thick leafy canopy. The entrance to the park is marked by a 102-foot stone water tower, with one of the trailheads accessible from the parking lot at the first left turn after the entrance. ftthomas.org SOUTH Ault Park. This 223-acre park offers miles of well-maintained trails that many local hikers don’t even know exist. You’ll find one of the trailheads on the north side of the formal garden and pavilion area, just to the right of a small picnic area. cincinnatiparks.com UPTOWN

California Woods Nature Preserve. If you choose this park as a hiking destination, be sure to seek out the boardwalk-style portions of the trails. They’re built a bit off the ground, so it feels like you’re suspended in the greenery. You’ll find the trailheads just outside the Nature Center, which is filled with hands-on exhibits for the kids. cincinnatiparks.com EAST

Mt. Airy Forest. You could easily spend an entire morning or afternoon exploring this nearly 1,500-acre park, the largest in the city about 15 minutes northwest of downtown. Kids will love if you pick a trail that begins or ends at the oneof-a-kind Everybody’s Treehouse, the only handicap-accessible treehouse in Ohio. cincinnatiparks.com WEST

TRAVELING WITH YOUR CANINE BUDDY? HERE ARE THREE SPOTS TO STRETCH THEIR LEGS (AND YOURS).

BARK IN THE PARK The most convenient spot if you’re staying downtown is the small (12,000 square feet) but well-designed dog park within Washington Park. It features a small creek and tiered water fountain for dogs and their people, with benches set up along the perimeter. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org

Otto M. Armleder Park is about 20 minutes east of downtown, but it offers much more room to run. It has dedicated areas for small and large dogs with tons of shade trees and benches, as well as plenty of water hoses for cleaning up muddy pups. 5057 Wooster Pike, Mt. Lookout, cincinnatiparks.com

DOWNTOWN

UPTOWN

1

2

If your pup needs tons of space, Simmonds Family Dog Park at Miami Whitewater Forest is the largest off-leash dog park in the region, at 11 acres. It has four separate fields, trees and structures for shade, and agility equipment and play zones. 8715 HamiltonCleves Rd., Cleves, greatparks.org WEST

3

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


5

SCHOOLED BY NATURE

FAMILY-FUN ACTIVITIES

Visit a rainforest at Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park. OK, it’s not a real one, but it sure feels like it! 1501 Eden Park Dr., Mt. Adams, cincinnatiparks.com

(OPPOSITE PAGE) AULT PARK PHOTO BY TOM SCHIFF; (THIS PAGE) CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL PHOTO BY KIRK RHEIN; HIGHFIELD DISCOVERY GARDEN PHOTO BY AARON M. CONWAY

1

UPTOWN

a cicada, a giraffe, a 2 Ride flying pig or even a rhinoceros on Carol Ann’s Carousel in Smale Riverfront Park. West Mehring Way, mysmaleriverfrontpark.org DOWNTOWN

Go stargazing at the intimate 20-seat Wolff Planetarium in Burnett Woods at the Trailside Nature Center. 3251 Brookline Ave., Clifton, cincinnatiparks.com

3

UPTOWN

Watch an authentic German mechanical puppet show in Goebel Park in Covington. The

4

production happens every hour, on the hour—just keep your eyes on the historic Carroll Chimes Clock Tower. Also, this park has a unique approach to grounds maintenance: goats. That’s right. A crew of female goats grazes spring through fall to keep grass and weeds neatly trimmed. 501 Philadelphia St., Covington, covingtonky.gov SOUTH Check out super-creative, innovative and huge play areas at Summit Park in the city of Blue Ash, about 20 minutes north of downtown. It’s one of the newest parks in the region—and a current local favorite. This park, still in development, has a great lawn and concert stage, and is home to a farmer’s market. A dog park is in the works. 4335 Glendale Milford Rd., Blue Ash, blueash.com/summitpark NORTH

5

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOME KIDFRIENDLY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS, TRY ONE OF THESE DESTINATIONS.

The Cincinnati Nature Center

in Milford offers a rare glimpse of what the area looked like more than a century ago. You’ll find family-friendly hiking trails and the Rowe Visitor Center, full of interactive exhibits. Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, cincynature.org EAST

At Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens, kids will have a ball exploring seven small play areas packed with fun, engaging, hands-on educational experiences. Check the website for the times of the daily educational programs, including interactive experiences in the extensive vegetable and herb gardens. 10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn, greatparks.org NORTH

Carol Ann’s Carousel

The big draw at Big Bone Lick State Park in Union, Kentucky, about

Summit Park

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

30 minutes south of downtown? Bison! You’ll get an up-close look at these huge animals, plus get to enjoy tons of hiking trails and a brand new museum filled with displays on ice age mammals and Native American history. 3380 Beaver Rd., Union, Kentucky, parks.ky.gov SOUTH

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 45


ARTS & CULTURE

FOR ALL Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

hen it comes to culture and entertainment, Cincinnati has its act together. Whatever your taste in music, theater or art, there’s something for everyone. Cincinnati USA’s rich cultural offerings are key to its unique identity. From its 18th-century beginnings as a frontier settlement, music was a social and civilizing influence that made the wilderness feel like home. Today, Cincinnati offers one of the most robust cultural scenes in the Midwest, with all five major arts disciplines represented, including ballet, opera, art museum, symphony and theater. It is home to several orchestras, a large community of working artists and artisans, Cincinnati Opera (the nation’s second oldest opera company), Cincinnati Ballet and a variety of museums and theaters. By Kathleen Doane

MidPoint Music Festival

46 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

BUNBURY PHOTOGRAPH BY TRAVIS ESTELL

W


Bunbury Music Festival

The area’s strong interest and commitment to cultural entertainment can be traced to several organizations that were founded in the late 1800s. Musically, the May Festival is a choral extravaganza that started in 1873 and continues to this day. Each year, guest soloists from around the world join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus onstage at Music Hall for two weekends of choral masterpieces. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1893, performs with world-class artists from September through April. That strong orchestral tradition has generated a number of other organizations as well, including the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Two recent additions to the scene, the Constella Festival and concert:nova get classical music out of the concert hall and into smaller venues—think pub crawls—for a more intimate experience, mixing it up with visual artists and musicians of all types. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians also form the Cincinnati Pops, an ensemble that partners with country, pop and Broadway stars throughout the season. During June and July, Cincinnati Pops moves to Riverbend Music Center, an outdoor amphitheater along the Ohio River next to Coney Island. In fact, outdoor entertainment abounds during the summer. Riverbend also hosts national pop, rock and country stars on tour, and Horseshoe Casino’s year-round roster of touring artists moves to the outdoor stage in summer. Fountain Square, in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, has free events nearly every night, featuring a diverse variety of music from roots to reggae and fun aimed at every member of the family. Similarly, Washington Park, across from Music Hall, has free programming most nights throughout the summer, from concerts to outdoor movies on a giant screen to cultural and food fests. Several events attract fans and artists from all over the country each year. In July, Paul Brown Stadium, home to the Cincinnati Bengals, stages one of the country’s major jazz, R&B, soul and hip-hop events, the Cincinnati Music Festival. The Bunbury Music Festival, held in June, and MidPoint Music Festival in September are prime opportunities to hear your favorite indie bands. Country music’s biggest stars turn out for the Buckle Up Music Festival, which moves this year to the outdoor stage at Summit Park in the northern suburb of Blue Ash.

MUSIC

Buckle Up Music Festival

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 47


Like the region’s musical heritage, the area’s theater scene is built upon a 19th-century tradition when downtown Cincinnati had five large theaters that presented plays, concerts and operas by local and visiting troupes. Today, that legacy is thriving. The Tony Award–winning Playhouse in the Park has two venues that present an eclectic season of established and new works. Ensemble Theatre and Know Theatre are dedicated to providing audiences with provocative new works while Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s mission is grounded in its namesake, the works of William Shakespeare as well as the Classics. It’s not necessary to travel to the Big Apple to catch the latest Broadway blockbuster. Broadway in Cincinnati brings them to the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Aronoff, designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, presents a wide range of performances throughout the year, from visiting dance companies to concerts by nationally known artists, and is the home of the Cincinnati Boychoir. The local theater community takes an edgy turn each June at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The 17-day event brings local, national and international playwrights and artists together to present new works that range from the wonderful to the wickedly weird.

THEATER

48 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Playhouse in the Park Know Theatre

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATI SHAKESPEARE COMPANY PHOTO BY MIKKI SCHAFFNER; PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK PHOTO COURTESY PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK; KNOW THEATRE PHOTO BY DANIEL WINTERS

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company


VISUAL ART

If your cultural fix lies more with the visual arts, you’ve come to the right place. The region has a multitude of museums devoted to art, history and a number of unusual collections. The Cincinnati Art Museum, the largest in the region with more than 65,000 objects, spans 6,000 years of art history. It’s also one of the nation’s oldest public museums, sitting atop Mt. Adams since 1886. The Taft Museum of Art is an historic house museum in the heart of downtown Cincinnati which has a number of European and American masterpieces and decorative arts. The house also features several large murals painted in the 1800s by early AfricanAmerican master, Robert Duncanson. A few blocks away, the Contemporary Arts Center, one of the country’s oldest organizations devoted to 20th and 21st century artists, can trace its roots to 1939. In 2003, it moved to its present home designed by renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. Just around the corner, a more unusual gallery space can be found in the chic 21c Museum Hotel, which features rotating exhibitions by nationally known living artists. Preserving and presenting the area’s history is the mission of several institutions. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which opened to international acclaim in 2004, marks the location where thousands of slaves crossed the Ohio River to Cincinnati making their way to freedom. The museum traces the history of slavery and abolition and addresses modern-day slavery throughout the world. Inspiring exhibits about freedom heroes throughout history challenge visitors to become freedom fight-

21c Museum Hotel

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

American Sign Museum

ers for today’s oppressed. Cincinnati Museum Center, housed in one of the country’s most important Art Deco–style public buildings, Union Terminal, contains the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum and the Cincinnati History Museum. It’s also home to an OMNIMAX Theater, traveling exhibitions throughout the year and a huge model train display. In Covington, just south of the Ohio River, the Behringer-Crawford Museum is a repository of Northern Kentucky’s history and cultural legacy. The local museum world isn’t all about art and history. Quirky Vent Haven in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, is the world’s only museum devoted to ventriloquism. In Cincinnati, the American Sign Museum is the country’s premiere institution dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of American signage, and the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati pays homage to 200 years of firefighting and the nation’s first professional fire department, founded here in 1853. Kids can operate the lights and siren on a real fire engine and slide down a fire pole. Still, it’s not necessary to go to a museum to sample the area’s rich arts scene. A number of annual craft fairs and regular neighborhood art walks, such as Final Friday in Pendleton and Over-the-Rhine, Second Sunday on Main in Overthe-Rhine and Northside’s Second Saturday, feature work of local artists and craftspeople of all stripes. The area’s cultural wealth and vibrant arts scene is unsurpassed in the region, making Cincinnati USA a 24/7 destination whatever your pleasure. CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 49


Hart Productions invites you to visit one of our 2016-2017 events: Cincinnati Baby & Beyond Expo July 30-31, 2016

Greater Cincinnati Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show September 30 -October 2, 2016

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market

Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show

November 11-13, 2016

November 11-13, 2016

Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show速

Cincinnati Golf Show速

January 13-15 & 18-22, 2017

Cincinnati Hunting & Fishing Show速 January 20 -22, 2017

January 13-15, 2017

Cincinnati Home & Garden Show速 February 25 - March 5, 2017

The Garden Market February 25-March 5, 2017

More info at

hartproductions.com


4

27

C

A N T N I I U C IN Regional Map SA Franklin

Middletown

Oxford 127 177

75

Williamsdale

Hamilton

INDIANA

Monroe

63

Lebanon

North

OHIO

Brookville

129

129

42

71

Liberty Township

127

Mason Okeana 1

Fairfield

75

4

52

3

42

Springdale

74

275

128

127

Northgate

126

West

Miamitown

27

College Hill

74 Mt Airy 562

264

Northside

Bridgetown

Over-theRhine Price Hill

O

Petersburg

H

IO

Downtown

Aurora

18

Crestview Hills Erlanger

R

E R IV O

HI

25

O

Union

275

Highland Heights

Amelia

52

O

Cold Spring

South

71

East

Batavia

471

H

IO

27

Camp Springs

Alexandria

VER

127

32

RI

Rising Sun

Eastgate

Mt Washington

Newport Fort Covington Thomas

Crescent Springs

Florence

50

Newtown Mt Carmel

52

RIVER

Burlington

50

275

Mt. Adams

50

Hebron

50

Bellevue

Delhi

275

50

Milford

Mariemont Hyde Park

50

Lawrenceburg 350

71

Oakley

75 Greendale

Uptown

Norwood

Clifton

Westwood

275

Blue Ash Kenwood

White Oak

Dent 50

Loveland

Sharonville

Harrison

9

New Richmond

Independence

Rabbit Hash

OHIO

75

Walton

KENTUCKY

Verona 42

75 71 Warsaw

Because there is so much to explore in every corner of Cincinnati USA, we divided the entire area into six regions: Downtown, Uptown, South, North, East and West. Here’s where you’ll find out about some must-see spots all over Cincinnati and in Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. These tried-and-true attractions, world-class museums, professional sporting events and award-winning restaurants are sure to deliver an experience to remember. Here’s to making the most of your stay in Cincinnati USA. ILLUSTRATION BY DAN ZETTWOCH

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 51


75

Downtown 127

2

52

27

75 OHIO

1

Over-the-

3

3

42

ILLUSTRATION BY DAN ZETTWOCH

71

5 71 52 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


5 SPOTS

71

Must-See

1 Cincinnati Museum Center

3

Explore the Cincinnati History Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science or the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, or see a major special exhibition. Housed in Union Terminal, a train station and iconic symbol of Cincinnati and the Art Deco style, Cincinnati Museum Center has three museums and an OMNIMAX Theater under one roof. 513-287-7000, cincymuseum.org

42

2 Findlay Market Findlay Market, in historic Over-theRhine, is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market. You’ll find two dozen indoor merchants selling produce, meat, fish, deli and ethnic foods. On Saturdays and Sundays the market really comes alive with dozens of outdoor vendors, street performers, a farmer’s market and a beer garden. You can also take an organized tour of this local landmark. Closed on Mondays, 513-665-4839, findlaymarket.org

71

3 Music Hall Music Hall, home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Pops, is a National Historic Landmark. World-renowned performers like Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Maya Angelou, Elton John and Eric Clapton have graced its stage. 513-744-3344, cincinnatiarts.org/music-hall

Rhine

42

4 Cincinnati Reds The Reds’ legacy goes way back, including the Era of the Big Red Machine (1970–1976), when the Reds—America’s first professional team—were the hottest in the country. Enjoy a game at Great American Ball Park and visit the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum to see the team’s three World Championship trophies and other memorabilia. 513765-7923, reds.com, redsmuseum.org

4 ER

471

OHIO SPRING / SUMMER 2016

V I R

5 Smale Riverfront Park With the river, public art, playgrounds, a Cincinnati-themed carousel and family-friendly events, Smale Riverfront Park is an urban oasis. This expansive green space at the front door of Cincinnati has become a favorite gathering spot of locals and visitors alike. mysmaleriverfrontpark.org CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 53


Downtown Fountain Square

Cincinnati Cyclones* 513-421-7825 | cycloneshockey.com Professional hockey team playing at U.S. Bank Arena that has won the Kelly Cup twice, in 2008 and 2010. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal* 513-287-7000 | cincymuseum.org Learn more on pages 35, 49, 53, 59, 85. Cincinnati Opera* 513-241-2742 | cincinnatiopera.org Learn more on page 46. Cincinnati Parks 513-352-4080 | cincinnatiparks.com Learn more on pages 43, 44, 45, 59. Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park* 513-381-REDS | reds.com Learn more on pages 18, 53. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum* 513-765-7923 | redsmuseum.org Learn more on page 18.

PHOTOGRAPH BY J. MILES WOLF

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company 513-381-2273 | cincyshakes.com Learn more on page 48.

21c Museum Hotel* 513-578-6600 | 21cmuseumhotels.com Learn more on page 49. Aronoff Center for the Arts* 513-621-2787 | cincinnatiarts.org Learn more on page 48. ArtWorks Murals 513-333-0388 | artworkscincinnati.org Learn more on page 29. The Betts House 513-651-0734 | thebettshouse.org In 1996, the oldest surviving brick building in Cincinnati opened to the public as a museum. This remarkable survivor of Cincinnati’s period of settlement offers exhibits and programs on architecture, historic preservation and construction technologies. 54 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Contemporary Arts Center* 513-345-8400 | contemporaryartscenter.org Learn more on pages 49, 67. Carew Tower* 513-241-3888 Learn more on page 15. Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 513-569-8080 | thechildrenstheatre.com Introducing young audiences to the performing arts through professional, fully staged productions that appeal to parents and educators while teaching morals and values.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati 513-421-3555 | ensemblecincinnati.org Learn more on page 48. Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati* 513-241-2345 | cincinnati.broadway.com Learn more on page 48. Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati* 513-621-5553 | cincyfiremuseum.com Learn more on page 49.

Cincinnati Ballet* 513-621-5282 | cballet.org Learn more on page 46.

Fountain Square 513-621-4400 | myfountainsquare.com Learn more on pages 47, 59.

Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium* 513-621-8383 | bengals.com Who Dey! Watch the Bengals when they take the field in fall 2016.

Greater Cincinnati Police Museum 513-300-3664 | gcphs.com Funded solely by donations, this museum houses some of the country’s oldest police artifacts.

Cincinnati Boychoir 513-396-7664 | cincinnatiboychoir.org Learn more on page 48.

Know Theatre of Cincinnati 513-300-5669 | knowtheatre.com Learn more on page 48. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Things to Do

Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra* 513-381-3300 | cincinnatisymphony.org Learn more on page 47.


Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati* 513-252-0777 | horseshoecincinnati.com Learn more on page 47. Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati* 513-651-0734 | historicgreatercincinnati.org Explore the architecture, history, lifestyles and culture of the Ohio River Valley at more than 20 museums, historic homes and sites in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. Music Hall* 513-744-3344 | cincinnatiarts.org Learn more on pages 47, 53. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center* 513-333-7500 | freedomcenter.org Learn more on page 49. Old St. Mary’s Church* 513-721-2988 | oldstmarys.org Oldest church in Cincinnati. Built in 1842 by German immigrants in Overthe-Rhine. Bavarian-style stained-glass windows illuminate old world charm. Free guided tours. Over-the-Rhine* 513-241-2690 | otrchamber.com Historic neighborhood with trendy eateries, cool boutiques, lively watering holes and art galleries. The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County* 513-369-6900 | cincinnatilibrary.org More than 4.5 million books and nonprint media; free Wi-Fi and computer usage; cafe and shop; major genealogical research center; and a space for makers. Tours available by request. Smale Riverfront Park mysmaleriverfrontpark.org Learn more on pages 43, 44, 45, 53, 59. Taft Museum of Art* 513-241-0343 | taftmuseum.org Learn more on pages 35, 49, 67. Taft Theatre 513-232-6220 | tafttheatre.org Opened in 1928, Taft Theatre is a marvelous display of neo-classical and Art Deco architecture. Renovated in 2011, Taft hosts some of the biggest names in music, comedy, television and Broadway. Washington Park washingtonpark.org Learn more on pages 44, 47. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Wheel Fun Rentals* 513-658-4161 | wheelfunrentals.com Learn more on page 101.

Shopping 5th Street Gallery 513-579-9333 | 5thstreetgallery.com A collaborative collection of Cincinnatiarea artists presenting fine art glass, paintings, clay, sculpture, photography, jewelry, floral and wearable art. Batsakes Hat Shop 513-721-9345 Located downtown for nearly a century, providing custom-made or off-the-rack hats. Booksellers on Fountain Square* 513-258-2038 | booksellersonfountainsquare.com Experience the downtown Cincinnati bookstore with books for all ages, gift items, greeting cards and more. Also has a cafe that features tasty entrees, Madisono’s gelato and LavAzza coffee.

The Library Friends Shop* 513-369-6920 | friends.cincinnatilibrary.org Unique and affordable gifts for all ages and tastes. Wide variety of greeting cards. Thousands of gently used books, a wide selection of puzzles and toys, office and desk accessories and jewelry. Macy’s Fountain Place* 513-361-4200 | macys.com Starting as a small dry goods store in New York in 1858, Macy’s is now one of the largest department store retailers in the world. This beautiful downtown location anchors Fountain Square. MiCA 12/v 513-533-1974 | shopmica.com Contemporary design-based gifts and home accessories, including work from local and national designers. Ohio Book Store 513-621-5142 | ohiobookstore.net Explore five floors of books and magazines at this book lovers store, operating in downtown Cincinnati since 1940.

Cincy Shirts* 513-510-5774 | cincyshirts.com Beginning as a web store, Cincy Shirts now has a retail store stocked with Cincinnati-themed T-shirts and autographed Cincinnati memorabilia.

Park+Vine 513-721-7275 | parkandvine.com Old-time general store meets 21st century eco chic. Eco-friendly merchandise and a lunch counter with healthy vegan options.

Dick Waller’s ArtPlace* 513-281-7726 | dickwaller.com Intimate art gallery inspiring a sense of wonder, freedom and spontaneity. Beautiful expressions and contrasts. Also featuring other local artists.

Rookwood Pottery Company Store 513-579-1209 | rookwood.com Browse thousands of pieces of Cincinnati’s famous Rookwood Pottery at this 1,000-square-foot store.

Findlay Market* 513-665-4839 | findlaymarket.org Learn more on pages 53, 98. I Love Cincinnati Shop* 513-381-4401 | ilovecincinnatishoppe.com Cincinnati-themed apparel, gifts and souvenirs, as well as merchandise to cheer on your favorite local teams. On the skywalk level of Carew Tower. Jack Wood Gallery 513-321-7077 | jackwoodgallery.com Gallery in Over-the-Rhine featuring vintage poster art. Koch’s Sporting Goods 513-621-2352 | kochsports.com Cincinnati’s oldest and finest sporting goods store. Largest selection of Reds, Bengals and collegiate apparel, hats, jerseys and souvenirs.

Saks Fifth Avenue 513-421-6800 | saksfifthavenue.com Located on 5th Street, this famous upscale retailer sells exclusive designer collections for men and women. Sloane Boutique 513-579-8111 | sloaneboutique.com Sloane Boutique caters to the edgy and urban woman who embodies an effortless chic style. Located in Gateway Quarter in Over-the-Rhine. Tiffany & Co.* 513-721-2022 | tiffany.com The epitome of American luxury. Tiffany & Co. sells jewelry, sterling silver, china, crystal, stationery and fragrances. Urban Eden 513-260-8434 | irisbookcafe.com/urban-eden Fine art and contemporary craft by local and regional artists. CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 55


Downtown Wooden Nickel Antiques 513-241-2985 | woodennickelantiques.net Wooden Nickel opened in 1976 and started out specializing in architectural antiques. Now it buys and sells antique back bars, fireplace mantels, stained glass and chandeliers.

Dining A Tavola* 513-246-0192 | atavolapizza.com Learn more on page 38. Abby Girl Sweets* 513-335-0898 | abbygirlsweets.com Named after the owners’ daughter, Abby, all cupcakes at this bakery are baked fresh from scratch, including the flavor of the week. Abigail Street 513-421-4040 | abigailstreet.com A restaurant with a Mediterranean flair, where the emphasis is on seasonal foods meant to be shared. Americano Burger Bar 513-345-6677 | americanoburgerbar.com

features a wide variety of flavorful cuisine. Cocktails are available in the bar and lounge.

Features steak burgers, boozy milkshakes, gelato and hand-cut fries. The Anchor 513-421-8111 | theanchor-otr.com Urban fish shack and oyster bar in Over-the-Rhine serving innovative seafood specialties.

Boca* 513-542-2022 | bocacincinnati.com Fine French restaurant that was honored by Travel + Leisure as one of the best in the U.S.

Arnold’s Bar & Grill* 513-421-6234 | arnoldsbarandgrill.com Learn more on pages 16, 31. Bakersfield OTR* 513-579-0446 | bakersfieldtacos.com Hot spot in Over-the-Rhine with a Mexican-inspired menu and plenty of Kentucky bourbons. The Banks* thebankscincy.com Riverfront development with restaurants such as Crave, Holy Grail Tavern & Grille and Orange Leaf. Bistro on Elm* 513-352-2189 | millenniumhotels.com/cincinnati Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the Millennium Hotel’s restaurant, which

Boi Na Braza* 513-421-7111 | boinabraza.com Based on the churrasco cooking of Brazilian gaúchos who roasted meat on skewers over an ember fire pit. The restaurant style is all-you-can-eat meat with a side station buffet. BRU Burger Bar* 513-463-6003 | bruburgerbar.com This restaurant features sirloin, chuck and brisket burgers in a location on Fountain Square. Busken Bakery* 513-246-4390 | busken.com With several area locations and daily fresh items, Busken is available for catering, lunch or a morning treat. The bakery’s iced sugar cookies are a local favorite.

Discover these thrilling exhibitions! Daubigny • Monet • Van Gogh

February 20–May 29, 2016

July 2–September 25, 2016

This groundbreaking exhibition gives a new perspective on the birth of Impressionism. The Taft is the exclusive U.S. venue.

Relive the memories of Downton Abbey®! Don’t miss seeing 36 dazzling costumes, accessories, and film stills from the British hit drama.

www.taftmuseum.org

Images, left to right: Charles François Daubigny, Sunset near Villerville (detail), about 1876, oil on canvas. The Mesdag Collection, The Hague. The cast of Downton Abbey®. ©Carnival Films. Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2015 Carnival Film & Television Limited. All Rights Reserved.

56 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Impressions of Landscape


Campanello’s Restaurant* 513-721-9833 | campanellos.com Featuring home-cooked Italian cuisine and a full-service bar for more than 40 years. Coffee Emporium 513-651-5483 | coffee-emporium.com With four area locations and assorted artisan roasted coffee and teas, this locally owned coffeehouse is a favorite among residents and visitors alike. CRAVE* 513-241-8600 | craveamerica.com Offers a fresh spin on American cuisine with a focus on the seasons. Also has a modern sushi bar and award-winning wine list. The Cricket Lounge* 513-381-3000 | cincinnatianhotel.com In the Cincinnatian Hotel, the Cricket Lounge is a cozy and stylish lounge that serves delicious food from lunch until midnight. Extensive wine-by-theglass menu and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Currito 513-579-1333 | currito.com Cincinnati-based burrito chain with

internationally inspired burritos, real fruit smoothies and salads. Multiple locations. D. Burnham’s* 513-333-0000 | dburnhams.com A contemporary Midwestern American restaurant inside the Renaissance Hotel featuring locally sourced ingredients. Domino’s Pizza* 513-241-4900 | dominos.com Located within walking distance from all of the downtown hotels and the Duke Energy Convention Center. Serves pizza, sandwiches, salads and chicken. The Eagle Food and Beer Hall 513-802-5007 | theeagleotr.com Serves classic comfort food including fried chicken, corn bread, and kale and spinach dip, all housed in a former post office. Fins Feathers & BarBQ 513-621-3467 Specializing in barbecue, turkey ribs and salmon croquettes as well as specialty homemade sides, including candied yams, cole slaw, baked beans, potato

salad, macaroni & cheese, greens, cornbread and homemade desserts. French Crust Café* 513-621-2013 | jrcincy.com/french-crust-café A charming café specializing in downto-earth French cuisine with all of the fancy fixings. Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants* frischs.com More than 50 Cincinnati USA locations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drive-thru. Featuring the Big Boy double-decker hamburger, soup, Salad ‘n’ Fruit Bar and Breakfast Bar. Gilpin’s Steamed Sandwiches 513-421-4223 Features more than 70 steamed sandwiches, including gluten-free options, steamed cheeseburgers and the Donut Bacon Cheddar Burger. Open until 3 a.m. Gomez Salsa 513-381-1596 | gomezsalsa.com Walk-up/takeout window featuring authentic tacos and fresh salsa. Catering available.

One of the first institutions in the U.S. dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, the Contemporary Arts Center showcases “art of the last five minutes.” The iconic Zaha Hadid-designed Rosenthal Center sets the stage to explore new frontiers, be challenged by provocateurs and feed your creativity.

NOW FEATURING FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER | 6th & Walnut St., Downtown Cincinnati | contemporaryartscenter.org SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 57


Downtown Quan Hapa

Krueger’s Tavern 513-834-8670 Inspired by European taverns of decades past, with house-made sausages and a huge selection of canned beer. Enjoy the rooftop bar and patio.

Graeter’s* 513-381-4191 | graeters.com Learn more on page 15. Happy Belly on Vine 513-873-8619 Features clean, healthy eating on-thego, from breakfast options to soups, wraps, sandwiches, smoothies and clean sweets. Hathaway’s Diner* 513-621-1332 | hathawaydiner.wix. com/hathawaysdiner Nostalgic coffee shop/diner in historic Carew Tower. Featuring affordable comfort food, including daily specials, shakes and malts, and breakfast available all day long. Holtman’s Donuts* 513-381-0903 | holtmansdonutshop.com This sweet shop is a local favorite, serving all sorts of donuts including the maple bacon donut. Multiple locations. Holy Grail Tavern & Grille 513-621-2222 | holygrailcincy.com Directly across the street from Great American Ball Park, Holy Grail has 31 HD TVs and an outside patio. Huit Craft BBQ* 513-381-4848 | huitfoodbar.com A non-traditional barbecue joint that’s easy and fun. Items prepared with one thing in mind: cultivating flavor. Ingredients (Some Assembly Required)* 513-852-2740 | ingredientsforyou.com Innovative restaurant concept that combines made-to-order gourmet meals and fresh, healthy ingredients in a casual grab-and-go atmosphere. Located in the atrium of the Westin Hotel across from Fountain Square. 58 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Istanbul Cafe* 513-421-5100 | istanbulcafecincy.com Authentic, freshly made Turkish Mediterranean cuisine. Lamb, chicken kabobs, grilled and delicately seasoned. Walking distance from downtown hotels and Fountain Square. Izzy’s* 513-241-6246 | izzys.com Chow down on classic corned beef Reuben and potato pancakes at this Cincinnati deli. Multiple locations. Jean-Robert’s Table* 513-621-4777 | jrcincy.com/jrtable Delectable French fare by Jean-Robert de Cavel. Stop in for the French Lunch Tray Expressly at the Bar, a four-course lunch (soup, salad, savory and sweet). Menu changes weekly. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse* 513-784-1200 | jeffruby.com The finest steaks and an exclusive experience have earned Jeff Ruby’s a number of awards. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville* 513-250-3318 | margaritavillecincinnati.com Escape to your favorite island destination and indulge in the coastal-inspired menu. Jimmy G’s* 513-621-8555 | jimmy-gs.com Modern steakhouse with a contemporary American twist. Executive Chef Jimmy Gibson has 30 years of experience working at five-star restaurants. Kaze Restaurant & Bar* 513-898-7991 | kazeotr.com Independently owned Japanese gastropub and sushi bar with a contemporary dining room, bar/lounge and year-round landscaped beer garden.

McCormick & Schmick’s* 513-721-9339 | mccormickandschmicks.com This seafood restaurant on Fountain Square features a menu printed daily by the chef, employing seasonal seafood from around the world and fullflavored beef. Metropole* 513-578-6660 | metropoleonwalnut.com The restaurant at 21c Museum Hotel serves dishes cooked in a wood-burning fireplace, including charred beets and braised pork shank. Mita’s 513-421-6482 | mitas.com Learn more on pages 38, 98. Moerlein Lager House* 513-421-2337 | moerleinlagerhouse.com Along the river adjacent to The Banks, this restaurant and brewery serves Christian Moerlein’s award-winning craft beers and even offers tours of the facility. Montgomery Inn* 513-721-7427 | montgomeryinn.com Ribs slathered in Montgomery Inn’s signature barbecue sauce keep guests coming back for more. Multiple locations. Morton’s The Steakhouse* 513-621-3111 | mortons.com Serving USDA prime-aged beef since 1978 in an upscale atmosphere overlooking Fountain Square. Nada* 513-721-6232 | eatdrinknada.com Authentic Mexican flavors served in a modern way. Nada serves a killer Sunday brunch with a Mexican take on brunch classics. Nation Kitchen and Bar* 513-381-3794 | nationkitchenandbar.com Nation strives to be an extension of your living room by providing a comfortable environment with great food and drink selections at an affordable price. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

PHOTOGRAPH BY J. MILES WOLF

The Mercer OTR* 513-421-5111 | themercerotr.com An Italian-European restaurant in the newly constructed Mercer Commons building serving fine dishes like risotto and a porterhouse for two.


Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub* 513-564-9111 | nicholsonspub.com Authentic Scottish tavern and pub across from the Aronoff Center. Classic British Isles dishes and American favorites, and a large selection of singlemalt scotches. Nicola’s Ristorante 513-721-6200 | nicolasotr.com Learn more on page 38. O’Malley’s in the Alley* 513-381-3114 | omalleysinthealley.com Friendly atmosphere, great food, drinks and daily specials. Cincinnati’s second oldest bar. Ollie’s Trolley 513-381-6100 Family-owned business specializing in comfort food and catering, including macaroni & cheese, ribs, deep-fried turkey, collard greens, cornbread and sweet potatoes. Won the Best of Roadside Dining Award on the Food Network. Orchids at Palm Court* 513-421-9100 | orchidsatpalmcourt.com Learn more on pages 40, 98. The Grille at Palm Court features weekday pasta bar and full menu. Bar at Palm Court offers relaxed fare, specialty cocktails and live entertainment Friday and Saturday. The Palace Restaurant* 513-381-3000 | palacecincinnati.com Fine dining within the historic Cincinnatian Hotel. The menu changes seasonally and features eclectic cuisine. Palomino* 513-381-1300 | palomino.com A vibrant “urban Italian” restaurant, bar and rotisserie known for its hardwoodfired Mediterranean cooking. Panera Bread* 513-241-0000 | panerabread.com Freshly baked breads and pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Multiple locations. Papa John’s Pizza* papajohns.com For better ingredients, better pizza, call for prompt delivery or carryout. Pho Lang Thang 513-376-9177 Upbeat Vietnamese spot at Findlay Market serving Pho, Banh Mi and Bun Thit Nuong. Pi Pizzeria* 513-721-8900 | pi-pizza.com SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Award-winning deep dish and thin crust pizza with 20 American beers on draft. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available. Plum Street Café* 513-651-4341 | plumstcafe.com Celebrating more than 25 years, this family-owned establishment is just a half block from the Duke Energy Convention Center. Full bar, open seven days a week. Pontiac 513-579-8500 | pontiacbbq.com A barbecue restaurant serving Texasstyle brisket and pulled pork and offering a large selection of bourbon. Potbelly Sandwich Shop* 513-381-5572 | potbelly.com Listen to live music while enjoying a toasty sandwich or crave-worthy salad. Finish your meal with a fresh baked cookie or hand-dipped milkshake. The President’s Room* 513-721-2260 | thepresidentsrm.com Chef Jeremy Luers is in the kitchen at this modern American restaurant with lasting Italian and German influences, as well as well-curated wines and classic cocktails. Prime 47* 513-579-0720 | prime47.com Known for its USDA prime steaks, exquisite cuisine, extensive wine selection and outstanding service. Quan Hapa 513-421-7826 | quanhapa.com A gastropub serving unique Asian street food, including Asian-inspired wings and Okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style pancake. Red Roost Tavern* 513-354-4025 Located inside the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Savor a carefully crafted menu cultivated from the freshest local foods and satisfy your appetite for unique culinary surprises. Rock Bottom Brewery* 513-621-1588 | rockbottom.com Clean, classic beer recipes, brewed in-house and paired with a made-fromscratch menu. On Fountain Square. Rusconi Pizza 513-721-2253 | rusconipizza.com Pizzas, hoagies, wings, calzones, pasta and more in downtown Cincinnati. Full-service bar includes a cocktail list, craft beers, draft beers, and a spirits and wine list.

LOCALS SPEAK!

TERRI WEEKS Blog: travel50stateswithkids.com adventuresaroundcincinnati.com Niche: Family Friendly

————————————

What are three can’t-miss attractions for visitors? Fountain Square is the heart of downtown Cincinnati. From festivals in the warmer months to ice skating in the winter, it seems like there’s always an event going on. Smale Riverfront Park is Cincinnati’s newest park and offers an indoor carousel, play areas, fountains and swings with a view of the river. Cincinnati Museum Center is located at Union Terminal, a gorgeous historic landmark, and houses three museums and an OMNIMAX theater.

What’s the best free family-friendly activity in Cincinnati? Our parks, definitely. The Cincinnati Parks are wonderful, plus there are many other county and community parks around the region. Our parks offer play areas, recreational opportunities, beautiful gardens and natural beauty. They have something for everyone. Many of the parks also offer free programs and events.

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 59


Downtown Ruth’s Chris Steak House* 513-381-0491 | ruthschris.com Enjoy a petite filet or porterhouse at this upscale steakhouse at The Banks.

Silver Ladle* 513-834-7650 | silverladle.com Offers fresh salads, signature soups and chilis, delicious sandwiches, stuffed burgers and more for lunch and dinner.

Salazar Restaurant 513-621-7000 | salazarcincinnati.com Learn more on page 38.

Skyline Chili* skylinechili.com Learn more on pages 14, 18.

Scotti’s Italian Restaurant 513-721-9484 | scottiscincinnati.com Open since 1912, Scotti’s is one of America’s longest-running restaurants. Some favorite dishes at this Italian restaurant are spaghetti carbonara and steak samorilla.

Sotto* 513-977-6886 | sottocincinnati.com Trattoria with a rustic ambience and classic, no-frills Italian fare like Bistecca Fiorentina or Short Rib Cappellacci.

Senate 513-421-2020 | senatepub.com Learn more on page 38. Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli 513-421-2253 | servatiipastryshop.com Cincinnati baking tradition, with three generations of European masters. Fine pastries, coffee, freshly baked breads, cakes and pretzels baked all day long. Awarded Cincinnati Magazine’s Hall of Fame Bakery. Multiple locations.

Sports Page Restaurant* 513-721-0067 | sportspagecincinnati.com Serving breakfast and lunch in downtown Cincinnati since 1977. Delicious ice cream. Streetpops 513-446-7505 | streetpops.com Streetpops is mobile, fun and friendly, serving handcrafted, all-natural gourmet popsicles from both its brick-andmortar location in Over-the-Rhine and from small pushcarts around the city.

Sung Korean Bistro* 513-721-7864 | sungkoreanbistro.com Traditional Korean cuisine, including Kimchi, Dolsot Bibimbab, Bulgogi, delicious marinated pork and beef ribs, grilled spicy chicken, noodles, seafood appetizers and vegetable dishes. Taqueria Mercado* 513-381-0678 | taqueriamercado.com A traditional Mexican restaurant. Happy Hour and live music on the weekends. Open daily. Taste of Belgium—A Belgian Bistro* 513-381-4607 | authenticwaffle.com Beloved Over-the-Rhine eatery serving authentic Belgian waffles and other breakfast delights. Multiple locations. Tom + Chee 513-381-2433 | tomandchee.com Learn more on page 15. Trattoria Roma* 513-723-0220 | trattoriaroma.net Cozy Italian trattoria with candlelit wine bottles on red-checked tablecloths. Serving fresh seafood, fresh veal, pastas and both Northern and Southern authentic Italian cuisine.

Going Up?

30 AMERICANS MARC H 1 9 – AUGUS T 2 8 , 2 0 1 6 Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection

{

Monday–Thursday 9-5:30 Friday 9-6:00 Saturday & Sunday 10-7:00 Closed Holidays

{

Photo Credits: Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network

Adults (12 & up) $4 Children (6-11) $2 5 & under free

free admission for more information, please visit: cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Glenn Ligon, America, 2008, neon sign and paint. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami. © Glenn Ligon

441 Vine Street • Cincinnati, OH 45202 60 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Come and visit the highest open-air Observation Deck in the city on the 49th floor of Carew Tower, 574 feet above the streets of downtown Cincinnati.


Via Vite* 513-721-8483 | viaviterestaurant.com Learn more on page 38. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant 513-421-0110 | washingtonplatform.com Casual seafood, oysters, pastas, sandwiches and salads served in a restored turn-of-the-century saloon. Locally owned and operated since 1986. Yard House* 513-381-4071 | yardhouse.com Upscale casual eatery at The Banks with 160 beers on tap. ZBGB zbgb.co New America restaurant and gourmet burger bar featuring Prime-grade aged beef, locally raised lamb and artisan hamburger buns baked daily. Zula Restaurant & Wine Bar 513-744-9852 | zulabistro.com Zula pairs great wine and craft beer with your choice of entrée; hot steamy mussels, hot and cold plates and Artisan Z flat breads.

Nightlife 16-Bit Bar + Arcade 513-381-1616 | 16-bitbar.com/cincy A retro watering hole offering classic arcade games, old-school cocktails and an awesome beer selection. Below Zero* 513-421-9376 | belowzerolounge.com Lounge that is gay-friendly, with more than 100 vodka selections as well as other fine liquors, a video jukebox and cabaret shows. The Blind Pig* 513-381-3114 An updated version of a speakeasy. From the patio you can see the city, the stadiums and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Christian Moerlein Malt House Taproom 513-825-6025 | christianmoerlein.com Tour Moerlein’s underground Moore Street Malt House for free, enjoy a beer and take a growler to go. Cocktail Terrace at 21c* 513-578-6600 | 21ccocktailterrace.com

Located on the rooftop of the 21c Museum Hotel, the Cocktail Terrace is open seasonally and offers views of the city to enjoy cocktail hour. The Drinkery 513-549-7417 | drinkeryotr.com Over-the-Rhine’s neighborhood drinking establishment and live music venue, featuring some of the area’s best original music. HalfCut* 513-381-1952 | halfcut.com Sample local and rare craft beers at the bar or get growlers (32 and 64 oz. jugs) to go and enjoy fresher, straightfrom-keg beer, wherever you want. Igby’s 513-246-4396 | igbysbar.com Three stories of hyper-stylized spaces. Cool cocktail menu and shareable plates, including salads and oysters. Ivy Lounge 513-421-3800 | ivycincinnati.com A cocktail lounge that offers artfully infused craft cocktails, local brews and a small bites menu amid a warm, ambient atmosphere.

Cincinnati Parks Explore NAture! SUMMER CAMPS & FAMILY PROGRAMS

for more info visit www.cincinnatiparks.com SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 61


Downtown Japp’s–Since 1879 513-381-1524 | wellmannsbrands.com/japps1879 Learn more on page 39. Knockback Nat’s* 513-621-1000 A neighborhood bar with great food, great people, and of course, great drinks. Lachey’s Bar 513-275-0740 | lacheys.com Drew and Nick Lachey have brought a sports bar, lounge and full-service restaurant, with beer and wine on tap and a menu of upscale bar food, to Over-the-Rhine. The Lackman 513-381-0741 | lackmanbar.com Throw back a beer, including microbrews, domestics and imports, in the restored building of brewer Herman Lackman. Mixx Ultra Lounge* 513-621-6499 | mixxcincy.com Learn more on page 67. MOTR Pub 513-381-6687 | motrpub.com Popular hangout featuring local art, live rock bands and hearty fare.

Mynt* 513-621-6968 | myntcincinnati.com Upscale establishment on Fountain Square with an excellent Happy Hour, three bars, live entertainment, DJ, huge patio and a kitchen serving fresh food. Neons Unplugged 513-827-9361 | wellmannsbrands.com/neons Learn more on page 39.

Schwartz’s Point Jazz Club 513-651-2236 | schwartzspoint.com Housed in a triangular building at Vine and McMicken, it’s one of the best spots in the region for jazz music. Sundry & Vice* 513-721-8423 | sundryandvice.com This apothecary-themed cocktail bar in OTR features cocktails named for patent medicines, the often ineffective “cures” of the era.

Rhinegeist 513-381-1367 | rhinegeist.com Learn more on page 41.

Taft’s Ale House* 513-334-1393 | taftsalehouse.com Learn more on page 41.

Rhinehaus 513-381-2277 | rhinehausbar.com A sports bar in Over-the-Rhine that offers more than 12 TVs and 16 rotating taps. The Righteous Room 513-381-4408 | therighteousroom.com Warm, intimate bar and lounge across from the Aronoff Center. Enjoy half-price happy hours Monday–Saturday. Scene Ultra Lounge 513-381-4327 | scenecinci.com Features an eclectic array of music, a

spacious yet intimate bar and an exotic granite ice bar.

Tin Roof* 513-381-2176 | tinroofbars.com A spot at The Banks for live music, with a full menu of snacks, sandwiches and quesadillas. Tina’s* 513-621-3567 | tinasbar.com Family-owned-and-operated restaurant and bar for more than 30 years. A laid-back, leave your bags at the door type of place.

SUNLITE POOL & WATERSLIDES

More than just a pool, Sunlite boasts four waterslides, six diving boards, and an acre of shallow water guarded by a Platinum award winning team. NEW for 2016 is Typhoon Tower, a massive water play structure that erupts with 1300 gallons of water and features 2 slides and 73 spray zones!

26 CLASSIC RIDES

Coney Island’s unmatched collection of family and kiddie amusement park rides is sure to please guests of all ages.

FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy the EuroBungy Dome, three live stage shows, Miniature Golf Course, the Games Arcade, Coney Island Kids Town and more!

62 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

CONVENIENTLY LOCATED JUST 10 MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI!


Top of the Park* 513-651-1234 | residenceinncincinnatidowntown.com Rooftop lounge at the Residence Inn with views of Lytle Park, the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. Small bites, wines, beer and handcrafted cocktails. Open seasonally.

Hotels Free Breakfast

Free Parking

Fitness Room

Pet Friendly

Internet

Airport Transportation

Restaurant Indoor Pool

Guest Inn & Suites 513-241-8660 | guestinnandsuites.com 800 W. Eighth St., Cincinnati, OH 45203

Hampton Inn & Suites— Cincinnati Downtown* 513-354-2430 | hamptoninn3.hilton.com 617 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza* 513-421-9100 | cincinnatinetherlandplaza.hilton.com 35 W. Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Business Center Room Service

Millennium Hotel Cincinnati* 513-352-2100 | milleniumhotels.com/cincinnati 150 W. Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown* 513-333-0000 | renaissancehotels.com 36 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown* 513-651-1234 | residenceinncincinnatidowntown.com 506 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

21c Museum Hotel* 513-578-6600 | 21cCincinnati.com 609 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Homewood Suites— Cincinnati Downtown* 513-354-2440 | homewoodsuites3.hilton.com 617 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Symphony Hotel & Restaurant* 513-721-3353 | symphonyhotel.com 210 W. 14th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Cincinnatian Hotel* 513-381-3000 | cincinnatianhotel.com 601 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati* 513-579-1234 | cincinnati.hyatt.com 151 W. Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Westin Cincinnati* 513-621-7700 | westin.com/cincinnati 21 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Outdoor Pool

Two of the newest hotels in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati!

105 Suites • For the Extended Stay Traveler

144 Rooms & Suites • For the Business & Leisure Traveler Fully Equipped Kitchens in Every Suite

2 Hotels at 1 Historic Address!

The Former Cincinnati Enquirer Building 617 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Hampton Inn & Suites: 513-354-2430 (Main) • 513-354-2431 (Fax) • cincinnatidowntownsuites.hamptoninn.com Homewood Suites: 513-354-2440 (Main) • 513-354-2441 (Fax) • cincinnatidowntown.homewoodsuites.com

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 63


127

Uptown

Northside

75

27

Clifton

1

2

52

Camp Washington

University of Cincinnati

75

71 42

3 Mt. Adams

ILLUSTRATION BY DAN ZETTWOCH

Cincinnati 3 42

71

5 SPOTS Must-See

64 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

1 American Sign Museum More than 19,000 square feet of exhibit space is chock-full of vintage and neon signs that span a century. There’s also a working neon shop where visitors can observe and ask questions. Step inside the American Sign Museum and take a walk down memory lane. 513-541-6366, americansignmuseum.org

2 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Featuring more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has one of the largest zoo collections in the country. It is also one of the country's greenest zoos, with dedicated green building, renewable energy and water conservation initiatives. Don’t miss the new hippo exhibit. 513-281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org SPRING / SUMMER 2016


71 562 4

Norwood

71 Oakley

5 OHIO 561

Hyde Park

3

Mt. Lookout 50

East Walnut Hills 50

4

O

52

H

RIVER O I

52

471 3 Cincinnati Art Museum Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features a collection of more than 65,000 works spanning 6,000 years, plus a number of national and international traveling exhibitions each year. General admission is always free, and parking is just $4. Closed on Mondays, 513-721-2787, cincinnatiartmuseum.org SPRING / SUMMER 2016

4 Krohn Conservatory Krohn Conservatory was built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco movement. Inside aluminum and glass walls, guests can peruse more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. Special programs throughout the year include the popular butterfly and holiday shows. 513-352-4080, cincinnatiparks.com/krohn-conservatory

5 Cincinnati Observatory Located in Mt. Lookout, the Cincinnati Observatory is a National Historic Landmark, the oldest observatory in the Western Hemisphere, and home to the world’s oldest telescope, from 1845, still in use by the public. 513321-5186, cincinnatiobservatory.org

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 65


Uptown Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Experience Cincinnati heritage year round, where 750 acres offer picturesque landscapes, diverse topography and 1,200 labeled plant species in a world-class horticultural garden. University of Cincinnati* 513-556-6000 | uc.edu Founded in 1819, UC offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. UC is a public research university with an enrollment of more than 43,000 students.

Things to Do 20th Century Theater 513-731-8000 | the20thcenturytheatre.com Learn more on page 75. American Sign Museum* 513-541-6366 | americansignmuseum.org Learn more on pages 49, 64. Cincinnati Art Museum* 513-721-2787 | cincinnatiartmuseum.org Learn more on pages 49, 65, 67. Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra 513-723-1182 | ccocincinnati.org Learn more on page 47. Cincinnati Observatory Center* 513-321-5186 | cincinnatiobservatory.org Learn more on pages 35, 65. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park* 513-421-3888 | cincyplay.com Learn more on page 48. Cincinnati Revolution Professional Ultimate* 513-756-3552 | cincinnatirevolution.com The Cincinnati Revolution is a professional ultimate disc team in the American Ultimate Disc League. Entertaining and family friendly. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden* 513-281-4700 | cincinnatizoo.org Learn more on pages 35, 64. 66 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Drake Planetarium & Science Center* 513-396-5578 | drakeplanetarium.org Cincinnati’s only educational planetarium and STEM venue open to the general public. Esquire Theatre 513-281-2803 | esquiretheatre.com Learn more on page 67. Harriet Beecher Stowe House* 513-751-0651 | stowehousecincy.org Home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the Beecher family. Hours vary by season. Hebrew Union College— Skirball Museum* 513-487-3098 | huc.edu/research/museums Opened in 1875, the Skirball Museum has a long history as one of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America. Holy Cross Monastery and Church 513-888-8694 | facebook.com/monasteryeventcenter Learn more on page 16. Krohn Conservatory* 513-421-4086 | cincinnatiparks.com Learn more on pages 15, 45, 65. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum* 513-681-7526 | springgrove.org

Xavier University* 513-745-3000 | xavier.edu A private, coeducational university that provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Ranked second among 142 master’s-level colleges and universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

Shopping Bob Roncker's Running Spot 513-321-3006 | runningspot.com Local chain featuring top footwear brands such as Asics, Saucony, Merrell and Keen. Has locations in O'Bryonville, Glendale, Loveland and Newport. Casablanca Vintage 513-541-6999 | casablancavintage.com Longtime Northside retailer with a large vintage inventory cultivated over 26 years. Castle House 513-871-2458 | castlehouse.com Located in Hyde Park Square, Castle House was founded 55 years ago and specializes in designer clothing and shoes for girls, boys and infants. Duck Creek Antique Mall 513-321-0900 | duckcreekantiquemall.com Featuring 170 dealers in a 22,000-square-foot, beautifully restored building. The Fig Leaf 513-321-2970 | thefigleaf.com Provides quality, handcrafted jewelry, accessories and gifts. Owned and operated by a mother-daughter team. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHELLE CURLEY

William Howard Taft National Historic Site* 513-684-3262 | nps.gov/wiho The only National Park Service site in Cincinnati. The birthplace home is a memorial to the nation’s 27th president and 10th chief justice.


LOCALS SPEAK! Greenwich House Gallery of Fine Art 513-871-8787 | greenwichhousegallery.com Cincinnati’s largest fine art gallery, located in historic O’Bryonville. Finest quality art and conservation framing to discriminating collectors for more than 22 years. Diverse array of artistic styles in painting and sculpture.

Popular open-air shopping center with Nordstrom Rack, Nike outlet, Whole Foods, REI and dozens of other shops and restaurants.

Hi-Bred 513-240-4664 Located in up-and-coming East Walnut Hills, Hi-Bred has vintage jewelry, clothing, furniture and more.

Ten Thousand Villages 513-871-5840 | tenthousandvillages.com Unique fair trade items from around the world including jewelry, home decor and accessories.

Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine* 513-533-4329 | hydeparkgourmet.com Nationally acclaimed specialty food and wine store with a European-style shopping experience. Unique products, specialty cheeses, chocolates, stellar wine selection and award-winning gift baskets.

Three French Hens 513-321-1161 | threefrenchhenshydepark.com Offers ladies clothing, accessories and great gifts featuring Bourbon & Boweties, Mariana Jewelry, Baabaazuzu Hats, Capri Blue Candles and much more.

indigenous 513-321-3750 | indigenouscraft.com An eclectic collection of contemporary craft from more than 150 artists.

Dining

Joseph-Beth Booksellers 513-396-8960 | josephbeth.com Celebrating 25 years! Independent book-selling company featuring books, gifts, toys and more. Two locations. Kismet 513-871-7879 Fun and affordable boutique featuring women’s apparel, jewelry, accessories, shoes and gifts. Malton Art Gallery* 513-321-8614 | maltonartgallery.com Offers a comprehensive, curated selection of art in all mediums in a beautiful, light-filled gallery space. Neusole Glassworks/ JJS3 Foundation* 513-751-3292 | neusoleglassworks.com An exciting public access glass facility devoted to creating and promoting glass art. Offers pieces created for sale in the gift shop, custom glass design services and educational instruction in all of the techniques used at the Neusole. Redtree Gallery 513-321-8733 | redtreegallery.net Monthly art shows and a large selection of local handmade works to peruse while you have lunch or espresso. Rookwood Commons & Pavilion* 513-241-5800 | shoprookwood.com SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Shake It Records 513-591-0123 | shakeitrecords.com One of the country's most eclectically stocked record stores, with 40,000 musical selections.

CRYSTAL KENDRICK Blog: crystalkendrick.com Niche: Arts, Culture, Music

————————————

What’s your favorite theater venue in town? The Esquire Theater in Clifton. Independent films, talk-back sessions and the best popcorn in the city!

Aglamesis Bros. 513-531-5196 | aglamesis.com Makers of gourmet chocolates and premium ice creams since 1908. Come visit its nostalgic turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor. Aladdin’s Eatery* 513-871-8333 | aladdinseatery.com Aladdin’s Eatery serves deliciously healthy, nutritious Lebanese-American food in a relaxed, casual atmosphere with superior, friendly service. Allyn’s Cafe 513-871-5779 | allynscafe.net Cajun American restaurant featuring several house specialties like Big Al’s seafood platter, crawfish and shrimp etoufee and New Orleans BBQ shrimp. Ambar India Restaurant 513-281-7000 | ambarindia.com Authentic cuisine from Northern India, including savory tandoori oven dishes and exotic curries. Andy’s Mediterranean Grille 513-281-9791 | andyskabob.com Authentic and traditional Middle Eastern cuisine complete with Lebanese coffee and a smoking pipe. Arthur’s 513-871-5543 | arthurscincinnati.com Around for over half a century, Arthur’s has burgers, sandwiches and salads, and only serves local draft beer. Two locations.

Museums, museums— how does one choose? We do not have to choose. Three of our largest museums offer free admission at some point during the week. Visit the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, the Taft Museum on Sunday and the Cincinnati Art Museum any day, as it is always free!

Finish this sentence: I really want to impress my date, so I’m planning a trip to… Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen for dinner and MIXX night club for dancing!

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 67


Uptown The BonBonerie 513-321-3399 | bonbonerie.com Learn more on page 40. Bow Tie Café 513-621-2233 | bowtiecafe.com Your stop for coffee, conversations and cocktails. Offers a wide selection of coffees and teas, and an expansive menu. BrewRiver GastroPub 513-861-2484 | brewrivergastropub.com Celebrate Cincinnati USA’s brewing legacy with a glass at BrewRiver Gastro Pub. Fine dining with a casual pub atmosphere. Buca di Beppo 513-396-7673 | bucadibeppo.com Italian cuisine served family style. Camp Washington Chili* 513-541-0061 | campwashingtonchili.com Learn more on page 14. The Capital Grille* 513-351-0814 | thecapitalgrille.com Nationally acclaimed for its dry-aged steak, fresh seafood and award-winning wine list of more than 350 labels, presented with professional, attentive service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance.

The Celestial Steakhouse* 513-241-4455 | thecelestial.com Four-star and four-diamond awardwinning steakhouse enhanced by a spectacular view of Cincinnati from high atop Mt. Adams. City View Tavern 513-241-8439 | cityviewtavern.com A little tavern with great city views, burgers and Bloody Marys. Cock & Bull English Pub* 513-533-4253 | candbpublichouse.com Award-winning fish and chips and traditional public house fare. Draft beers on tap from around the world at three locations—Hyde Park, Covington and Glendale. Dewey’s Pizza 513-731-7755 | deweyspizza.com Local favorite serving signature pizzas like the Ryan’s Inferno, a buffalo chicken pizza, as well as salads and calzones. Multiple locations. Don Pablo’s 513-631-1356 | donpablos.com

TexMex restaurant serving big, bold flavors in a festive and informal Mexican atmosphere. Multiple area locations. Dutch’s 513-871-1446 | dutchscincinnati.com Cozy beer and wine bar and deli in Hyde Park with rotating tap selections and a lunch and dinner menu. Eli’s BBQ 513-307-8318 | elisbarbeque.com Travel + Leisure named Eli’s, and its hickory-smoked pulled pork, on the 2013 America’s Best New BBQ list. Multiple locations. Enoteca Emilia 513-834-5773 | enotecaemilia.com An Italian wine bar featuring pastas, artisanal pizzas and other unique dishes. Fireside Pizza 513-751-3473 | firesidepizzawalnuthills.com Along with Fireside’s brick-oven-onwheels, there is now a permanent location in the old #16 Firehouse in Walnut Hills.

RECENTLY RENOVATED

DRURY INN & SUITES CINCINNATI - SHARONVILLE 2265 East Sharon Road | Cincinnati, OH 45241 I-75 & Sharon Road | Exit 15

• • • • • • • •

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Extras Aren’t Extra!® Free Hot Breakfast Free Hot Food & Cold Beverages at the 5:30 Kickback® Free Wifi Throughout the Hotel 24-Hour Business & Fitness Centers Indoor/Outdoor Pool with Whirlpool Microwaves & Refrigerators in Every Room

1-800-DRURYINN DruryHotels.com 68 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


Forno Osteria+Bar 513-818-8720 | fornoosteriabar.com Learn more on page 38. Hangover Easy 513-221-5400 | hangovereasycincinnati.com Laid-back breakfast spot serving playful twists on morning classics. J. Alexander’s* 513-531-7495 | jalexanders.com J. Alexander’s is a contemporary American restaurant known for its wood-fired cuisine. Reservations accepted. Jean-Robert’s Le Bar A Boeuf* 513-751-2333 | jrtable.com A modern French bistro serving beef, wagyu beef, bison, lamb and fish, garnished with compound butters and classic sauces. A separate lounge allows visitors to enjoy views of the Ohio River from the patio. La Poste Eatery 513-281-3663 | laposteeatery.com Located in Clifton’s Gaslight District. Menu creations are like the neighbor-

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

hood, American, but with many different influences. The Littlefield 513-386-7570 | littlefieldns.com Bourbon bar and bistro restaurant with a beautiful outside patio in Cincinnati’s eclectic Northside neighborhood. Live at the Ludlow Garage 513-221-4111 | liveattheludlowgarage.com Intimate concert venue featuring national and regional bands that serves dinner and drinks to your seats. Maribelle’s eat + drink 513-321-9111 | maribellestavern.com Fresh menu with local and seasonal ingredients. Daily menu changes showcase culinary creativity. Saturday and Sunday brunch. Gluten-free and vegan friendly. Mecklenburg Gardens Restaurant* 513-221-5353 | mecklenburgs.net Oldest restaurant in Cincinnati—since 1865. Unique outdoor beer garden that appeared in The Atlantic’s list of best beer gardens in America. On the

National Register of Historic Places and features German cuisine and lighter American fare. Melt Eclectic Deli 513-681-6358 | meltcincy.com Local favorite serves vegetarian, omnivorous and vegan options, including delicous melted sandwiches. Mt. Adams Bar & Grill* 513-621-3666 | mtadamsbarandgrill.com Neighborhood bar and restaurant with a year-round porch and friendly prices in the heart of historic Mt. Adams. Nectar 513-929-0525 | dineatnectar.com Serves contemporary cuisine using quality local and organic products. The small changing menu and wine list reflect the best of the season. Next Chapter* 513-381-1905 | mtadamschapter.com Offers everything from burgers and tacos to live bands and DJs in Mt. Adams.

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 69


Uptown

The Precinct* 513-321-5454 | jeffruby.com/precinct The first restaurant of Jeff Ruby's steakhouses, opened in 1981. The Rookwood Bar & Restaurant 513-421-5555 | therookwood.com Housed in the former Rookwood Pottery Co., the restaurant features freshly prepared food and craft beverages in a historic Cincinnati setting. Ruth’s Parkside Cafe* 513-542-7884 | ruthscafe.com Located in the American Can Building, Ruth’s is dedicated to providing great dining and an eclectic atmosphere to the Northside community. Seasons 52* 513-631-5252 | seasons52.com With a seasonal menu and an awardwinning wine list, Seasons 52 offers a sophisticated environment and live entertainment. Sleepy Bee Café* 513-533-2339 | sleepybeecafe.com Learn more on page 37. Stone Bowl Korean 513-533-9600 | stonebowloakley.com Authentic, gourmet Korean home-style dishes without MSG. Serves sushi at half price. Sugar n’ Spice Restaurant* 513-242-3521 | sugar-n-spice-restaurant.com Serving breakfast and lunch since 1941. Huge fluffy omelettes, wispy thin pancakes, creative sandwiches and specials. Tavern on the Hill 513-421-3309 | mtadamstavernonthehill.com A sports pub in historic Mt. Adams. Homemade fare and daily food and drink specials. Tea ‘n’ Bowl 513-744-9800 | teanbowluc.com Offers Asian cuisine from Cantonese, SzeChuan and Southeast Asia and specializes in bubble tea. Delivery available. Teak Thai Cuisine & Sushi Bar* 513-665-9800 | teakthaicuisinecincinnati.com Authentic Thai cuisine from Pad 70 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Thai, Crispy Duck, curry dishes and stir-fry to alluring arrangements of sushi and sashimi. Zip’s Café 513-871-9876 | zipscafe.com Repeatedly hailed as the home of one of the best burgers in town, Zip’s is a genuine, venerable neighborhood bar.

Nightlife Blind Lemon Café* 513-241-3885 | theblindlemon.com A touch of old-world charm surrounded by beauty and history. Enjoy nightly entertainment in the lush garden with cold-weather bonfires and cocktail specialties. The Comet 513-541-8900 | cometbar.com Cool atmosphere, live local acts, more than 150 beers to choose from and enormous San Francisco–style burritos. Listermann Brewing Company 513-731-1130 | listermannbrewing.com A homebrew shop/brewery hybrid with a cozy taproom offering up to 10 freshly made beers. Longworth’s* 513-381-5111 | mtadamslongworths.com Located in the heart of Mt. Adams, where visitors and locals come to have a fabulous time. MadTree Brewing Company 513-836-8733 | madtreebrewing.com Ohio's first modern brewery to can its craft beers. The favorite local spot recently announced plans for a new location in Oakley. Mt. Adams Pavilion 513-744-9200 | mountadamspavilion.com Four big patios overlooking the scenic Cincinnati skyline, DJs inside and live music outside during the warmer months. Myrtle’s Punch House* 513-834-8589 | wellmannsbrands.com/myrtles Learn more on page 39. Northside Tavern 513-542-3603 | northsidetav.com/cincy Free live music and two bars serving local brews on tap. Urban Artifact 513-620-4729 | artifactbeer.com Learn more on page 41.

Hotels Free Breakfast

Free Parking

Fitness Room

Pet Friendly

Internet

Airport Transportation

Restaurant Indoor Pool

Business Center Room Service

Outdoor Pool The Clifton House Bed And Breakfast* 513-221-7600 | thecliftonhouse.com 500 Terrace Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220 Courtyard by Marriott Cincinnati Midtown/Rookwood* 513-672-7100 | marriott.com/cvgnw 3813 Edwards Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209 Elysian Place 513-470-9725 | elysianplacellc.com 2161 Elysian Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219 Gaslight Bed and Breakfast 513-861-5222 | gaslightbb.com 3652 Middleton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220 Grace And Glory Bed and Breakfast 513-321-2824 | graceandglorybb.com 3539 Shaw Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208 Hampton Inn & Suites Uptown University Area* 513-281-2700 | hamptoninn3.hilton.com 3024 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45219 Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati* 513-487-3800 | kingsgatemarriott.com 151 Goodman Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45219 Parker House Bed and Breakfast 513-579-8236 | parkerhousecinci.com 2323 Ohio Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219 Quality Inn & Suites 513-242-1010 | qualityinn.com 130 W. Mitchell Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45217 SpringHill Suites Cincinnati Midtown* 513-381-8300 | marriott.com/cvgdt 610 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

O Pie O 513-274-3238 | opieo.com Sweet and savory handcrafted pies inspired by the seasons, including flavors like Honey Vinegar and Bourbon Pecan.


BENEFITING

PRESENTED BY

JUVENILE ARTHRITIS

CINCINNATI, OHIO

The pride of Italy, in the middle of Ault Park. This year’s Ault Park Concours d’Elegance features Ferrari, an Italian icon. Also featured: 100 Years of BMW | The Cars of Donald Healey All-American Workhorse: The Pickup Truck 50th Anniversary of the Ford GT40 1-2-3 Sweep of Le Mans Plus: 13 classes of classic, vintage and exotic automobiles and motorcycles

IMAGE COURTESY OF

GARY KESSLER • KESSLER PHOTOGRAPHY

OHIOCONCOURS.COM


South

50

275

R

O

I

R VE

1

I O Petersburg H

8

275 20

O

H

IO RI

Hebron

VER

Cresc Sprin

KENTUCKY

Cres

Burlington

Erlange

18

Florence

ILLUSTRATION BY DAN ZETTWOCH

2

Union

Rabbit Hash

5 SPOTS 72 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

75

127

338

Must-See

71

1 Creation Museum The Creation Museum brings the Bible to life with its 75,000-square-foot, state-ofthe-art facility in Petersburg, Kentucky, and 160 interactive exhibits. Guests can walk through the Garden of Eden, check out the busy work site of Noah’s Ark, cruise on the zip lines and come face to face with T. Rex all in a day’s visit. 888-582-4253, creationmuseum.org

2 Florence Freedom Families can catch Florence, Kentucky’s minor league baseball team Florence Freedom from May through September at the University of Cincinnati Health Stadium. Regular ticket promotions make Freedom games fun and affordable. 859-594-4487, florencefreedom.com

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


562

75

74

East

71

75 Cincinnati Bellevue

4 5

50

3

Newport Covington

ent ngs

Fort Thomas

471

tview Hills

275

R

Cold Spring

Camp Springs

27 3 Devou Park In Devou Park, visitors can ride their bikes, picnic near an amazing overlook of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline, or visit the Behringer-Crawford Museum to learn about Northern Kentucky’s rich history. The amphitheater is home to the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s free summer concert series. 859-292-2151, covingtonky.gov/visitors/parks/devou-park SPRING / SUMMER 2016

IO

4 BB Riverboats BB Riverboats offers sightseeing, dining and specialty cruises along the majestic Ohio River on boats with Victorian decor and romantic riverboat-era charm. Book the Historic Cincinnati Sightseeing Cruise or Captain’s Lunch, or take the little ones on Pirates of the Ohio, a special event with pirate games for the entire family. 859-261-8500, bbriverboats.com

I ER

9

OH

V

er

Highland Heights

KENTUCKY 5 Newport on the Levee Newport on the Levee is an entertainment center right across the river from downtown Cincinnati where guests can dine, shop, see a movie and walk along the Ohio River. It is home to the Newport Aquarium and features a year-round schedule of events. 859-291-0550, newportonthelevee.com CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 73


South Shopping

Newport Aquarium

Historic Bellevue shopbellevueky.com A charming historic district filled with an eclectic array of shops, salons and eateries. Be sure to check out Shop Bellevue! on the first Friday of every month; businesses are open late and many offer open houses and specials. Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs 859-291-3300 | fabulousfurs.com Fabulous-Furs, which sells faux fur coats, vests, wraps and stoles, has been profiled in People magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

From beloved attractions like the Newport Aquarium to a vibrant dining and nightlife scene, the riverfront in Northern Kentucky is a happening spot. And it’s just a short stroll across a bridge from Cincinnati.

Things to Do Axis Alley* 859-652-7250 | axisalleylevee.com A boutique bowling experience that features upscale bowling, billiards and a high-energy bar and lounge. BB Riverboats* 859-261-8500 | bbriverboats.com Learn more on page 73. Behringer-Crawford Museum 859-491-4003 | bcmuseum.org Learn more on page 49. Bellevue Beach Park bellevueky.org/about/parks Learn more on page 43. The Carnegie 859-491-2030 | thecarnegie.com Largest multidisciplinary arts venue in Northern Kentucky, with galleries, theater and education center. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption* 859-431-2060 | covcathedral.com One of only 35 basilicas in the U.S., this cathedral features stunning gothic architecture and one of the world’s largest church stained-glass windows. Devou Park 859-292-2151 | covingtonky.gov Learn more on pages 43, 73. Falcon Theatre 513-479-6783 | falcontheater.net A professional theater company produc74 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

ing a wide range of shows, from comedy and drama to musicals and classics. GameWorks* 859-581-7529 | gameworks.com Eat, drink and play all under one roof. Hundreds of the latest and greatest arcade games, prize games and old school classics like billiards and darts. Goebel Park covingtonky.gov Learn more on page 45. Kentucky Symphony Orchestra 859-431-6216 | kyso.org Learn more on page 47. Madison Theater 859-491-2444 | madisontheateronline.com Learn more on page 75. MainStrasse Village 859-491-0458 | mainstrasse.org Learn more on page 32. Newport Aquarium* 859-261-7444 | newportaquarium.com Learn more on pages 29, 35. Newport on the Levee* 859-291-0550 | newportonthelevee.com Learn more on page 73. Sushi Cincinnati 513-335-0297 | sushicinti.com Learn to roll sushi, then enjoy what you rolled. Fun two-hour Rolling & Dining Experience.

Dining AmerAsia 859-261-6121 Fresh Asian cuisine, including the Dragon’s Breath wontons, and an eclectic selection of beers. Beer Sellar 859-431-6969 Floating restaurant and barge that offers live entertainment, skyline views, a full bar, 135 bottled beers, 60 taps and one great jukebox. Dinner served. Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar 859-491-7777 | bouquetrestaurant.com Learn more on page 37. Bourbon & Broad* 859-491-5555 | bourbonandbroad.com A unique bar and restaurant experience with a taste of Louisiana, a sip of Kentucky and the sound of Nashville. Amazing food and incredible nightlife with live music every Friday and Saturday. BRIO Tuscan Grille 859-431-0900 | brioitalian.com Features steaks, house-made pasta specialties and flatbreads prepared in an authentic Italian oven. Multiple locations.

Tower Park ftthomas.org Learn more on page 44.

Brothers Bar & Grill* 859-291-2767 | brothersbar.com American bar comfort food, with great specials daily.

World Peace Bell 859-655-7700 | southbankpartners.com This 66,000-pound bell was built in France and brought to Newport to ring in the new millennium in honor of World Peace Day. Viewings by appointment.

Buckhead Mountain Grill* 859-491-7333 | eatatbuckheads.com Rustic lodge overlooking the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati that serves steaks, chicken, ribs, salads, sandwiches and more. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

RIVERFRONT— NORTHERN KENTUCKY

The Party Source 859-291-4007 | thepartysource.com From beer kegs and wine to specialty foods and party supplies, your destination for everything you’ll need to throw the best party.


Chart House Restaurant* 859-261-0300 | chart-house.com Fresh seafood and steaks with a spectacular view of the Cincinnati skyline and the Ohio River. Dee Felice Cafe 859-261-2365 | deefelicecafe.com Casual New Orleans–style Cajun and Creole dishes, with live jazz performances Wednesday through Sunday. Dick’s Last Resort* 859-581-2500 | dickslastresort.com Restaurant and bar offering American fare and an interesting experience. Dixie Chili & Deli 859-291-5337 | dixiechili.com Learn more on page 14. Frida 602 859-815-8736 Learn more on page 41. Game Time Sports Bar & Grill* 859-341-8439 | gametime2012.com Your corner sports bar on the Levee. Have one of 20 mouthwatering burgers and a cold beer before, during or after the big game on our spacious patio. Goodfellas Pizzeria/ Wiseguy Lounge 859-916-5209 | goodfellaspizzeria.com Learn more on page 98. The Gruff 859-581-0040 | atthegruff.com Fresh, quality food and a creative atmosphere with a full bar and eat-in restaurant featuring brick-oven pizzas as well as sandwiches, salads and other specialties. Hofbräuhaus* 859-491-7200 | hofbrauhausnewport.com America’s first authentic Hofbräuhaus, with traditional Bavarian fare and classic German lagers. Hooters Restaurant* 859-291-9191 | hooters.com Known for its world-famous chicken wings, great food, fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality served by the Hooters Girls.

Mitchell’s Fish Market* 859-291-7454 | mitchellsfishmarket.com The menu is updated daily to feature the market catch of the day, along with the weather report where it was caught. It also offers a variety of seafood options grilled or broiled, blackened, cooked Shang Hai style or prepared to your taste. Multiple locations.

Son & Soil 859-360-6268 Learn more on page 37.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant 859-491-6659 | covington.mollymalonesirishpub.com Offers traditional Irish fare, a large selection of Irish whiskey and Scotch and 28 craft and import beers on tap.

York St. Café* 859-261-9675 | yorkstonline.com Located in an 1880s-era pharmacy, it’s your prescription for a great night out. York Street Café is a romantic restaurant, lounge, live music venue and art gallery all in one.

Newberry Bros. Coffee* 859-261-9463 | newberrybroscoffee.com Café and bistro in the Historic East Row/Mansion Hill District of Newport. Offering organic and fair-trade coffee roasted on site, with an espresso bar and lunch menu. Newberry’s Bistro has more than 500 types of bourbon and rye whiskeys. Nuvo at Greenup 859-415-1308 | nuvoatgreenup.com An intimate American restaurant that uses locally sourced products on its menu featuring small plates. Bar includes seasonal beer, wine and cocktails. Otto’s 859-491-6678 | ottosonmain.com A funky deli with a brightly colored interior, mismatched chairs and light-hearted decor. Otto’s serves creative, flavorful dishes in a casual atmosphere. Packhouse 859-415-2312 | packhousemeats.com A no-frills, full-service hangout and hashery serving up hand-packed meats and cold drinks. No tipping allowed.

LOCALS SPEAK!

KELLY PAINTER KAMPSEN Blog: cincymusic.com Niche: Music and Nightlife

————————————

Name your top three music venues. My top three are Southgate House Revival, 20th Century Theater and The Madison.

Pompilios* 859-581-3065 | pompiliosrestaurant.com Homemade Italian cooking for the past 80 years. Prides itself on its handmade sauces and traditional items.

Joe’s Crab Shack 859-581-6333 | joescrabshack.com A plethora of seafood choices, cocktails and featured seasonal menu items.

Redondo Taqueria* 859-652-7260 | redondolevee.com The food, made with high-quality ingredients including handmade tortillas and fresh meats and produce, is the show at Redondo.

Keystone Bar & Grill 859-261-6777 | keystonebar.com Sample craft beers, single-batch bourbons or a mixed drink, enjoy a full lunch or dinner menu, and relax with friends at this contemporary bar and grill. Three locations.

Riverside Korean Restaurant 859-291-1484 | riversidekoreanrestaurant.com Authentic Korean dishes served in traditional Korean style on the floor or in an American-style table or booth. Known for its Dolsot Bi Bim Bab.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Wertheim’s Restaurant 859-261-1233 This German restaurant specializes in schnitzels, homemade potato pancakes and German sausages.

Finish this sentence: Cincinnati USA’s bestkept secret is… Rabbit Hash, in Kentucky. It’s an amazing place to go for Friday Barn dances, Sundays by The Stove and the many other events that happen year round. It’s a laidback little town with a whole lot of charm! CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 75


South Zola Pub and Grill* 859-261-7510 | zolapubandgrill.com Delicious food served in an upbeat, fun atmosphere. Full menu ranges from appetizers and salads to sandwiches and burgers and a fully stocked bar. Live music Wednesday–Saturday.

Nightlife Ei8ht Ball Brewing 859-291-0036 | ei8htballbrewing.com Brewery at the Party Source with 42 craft beers on tap. Funny Bone Comedy Club 859-957-2000 | levee.funnybone.com A comedy club featuring stand-up acts from all over the country. Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar 859-491-8900 | gangstersduelingpianobar.com One of the most entertaining bars in the tri-state. All of the music performed by the pianists is by request. It also offers a full-service food and bar menu.

the river. Live music everyday with a Tiki bar atmosphere. New Riff Distilling* 859-261-7433 | newriffdistilling.com Learn more on page 39. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar* 859-581-1777 Learn more on page 39. Southgate House Revival 859-431-2201 | southgatehouse.com Learn more on pages 41, 75. Thompson House 859-261-7469 | thompsonhousenewport.com Features live music, comedy and other events with multiple bars and stages throughout the venue.

Hotels

J.B. Fins* 859-291-9191 J.B. Fins is the hottest outdoor bar on

Free Breakfast

Free Parking

Fitness Room

Pet Friendly

Internet

Airport Transportation

Restaurant Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool

Business Center Room Service

Christopher’s B&B 859-491-9354 | christophersbb.com 604 Poplar St., Bellevue, KY 41073 Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter 859-261-2900 | marriott.com 10 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington, KY 41011 Comfort Suites Riverfront Newport 859-291-6700 | choicehotels.com 420 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071 Courtyard by Marriott Covington 859-491-4000 | marriott.com 500 W. Third St., Covington, KY 41011 Embassy Suites Cincinnati RiverCenter 859-261-8400 | embassysuites.com 10 E. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, KY 41011 Extended Stay America Covington 859-581-3000 | extendedstayhotels.com

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Adventure is always underfoot at the state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot Creation Museum. Our world-class exhibits, planetarium, and beautiful outdoor gardens with paved trails, along with our petting zoo, zip lines, and aerial challenge course create a day or two of excitement for everyone in the family! Visit us at CreationMuseum.org

76 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


650 W. 3rd St., Covington, KY 41011

600 W. 3rd St., Covington, KY 41011

Gateway Bed and Breakfast 859-581-6447 | gatewaybb.com 326 E. 6th St., Newport, KY 41071

Hotel Covington hotelcovington.com 638 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011 OPENING SUMMER 2016

Hampton Inn Cincinnati Riverfront 859-581-7800 | cincinnatiriverfront.hamptoninn.com 200 Crescent Ave., Covington, KY 41011 Hampton Inn & Suites Newport hamptoninn.com 222 York St., Newport, KY 41071 OPENING 2016 Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati Southeast Newport 859-957-2320 | hiexpress.com 110 Landmark Dr., Bellevue, KY 41073 Holiday Inn Cincinnati Riverfront 859-291-4300 | holidayinn.com/cvg-riverfront

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront 859-491-1200 | cincinnatiradisson.com 668 W. Fifth St., Covington, KY 41011 Taylor Garden B&B 317-523-5270 316 Overton St., Newport, KY 41071 Weller Haus B&B 859-391-8315 | wellerhaus.com 319 Poplar St., Bellevue, KY 41073

MORE TO SEE & DO— NORTHERN KENTUCKY Things to Do Ark Encounter 855-248-3275 | arkencounter.com Opens in July. Learn more on page 34.

BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University 859-442-2652 | thebbtarena.com This 10,000-seat arena features firstclass concerts, family shows and a wide variety of sporting events. Big Bone Lick State Park 859-384-3522 | parks.ky.gov Learn more on page 45. Boone County Arboretum 859-384-4999 | bcarboretum.org The nation’s first arboretum within an active recreation park setting, with more than 3,000 trees and shrubs over 121 acres. Brianza Gardens and Winery* 859-445-9369 | brianzagardensandwinery.com Winery with beautiful scenery—vineyards, formal gardens and walking trails. Open on Saturdays and by appointment. Camp Springs Vineyard 859-448-0253 | campspringsvineyard.com This small farm vineyard, part of the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail Tour, produces white, red, fruit and flower wines, and wine jelly.

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 77


South

Dinsmore Homestead 859-586-6117 | dinsmorefarm.org A unique historic site where visitors can learn about rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Eagle Bend Alpacas 859-750-3560 | eaglebendalpacas.com Working farm boasting the largest alpaca herd in Kentucky, located on an 1830s historical property. Educational tours for groups and on-site shopping in the Fiber & Gift Shoppe. Earth Joy Tree Adventures 859-635-0320 | climbtreeswithearthjoy.com Northern Kentucky’s first recreational tree-climbing company designs fun and challenging playgrounds in nature where you feel safe to be yourself, connecting to trees, nature and others. Florence Freedom 859-594-4487 | florencefreedom.com Learn more on page 72. James A. Ramage Civil War Museum 859-344-1145 | fortwright.com Learn about the defense of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati during the Civil War. The Museum preserves and interprets Northern Kentucky’s unique role in the Civil War through archaeology, education and research. Kentucky Speedway* 859-578-2300 | kentuckyspeedway.com Learn more on page 32. StoneBrook Winery* 859-635-0111 | stonebrookwinery.com Small family winery in Camp Springs, Kentucky, that produces high-quality, award-winning grape and fruit wines. Part of the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail Tour. Turfway Park* 859-371-0200 | turfway.com Live Thoroughbred racing September through October and December through April. Simulcast racing year-round. Admission and parking are free every day (with the exception of Spiral Stakes Day in March). Vent Haven Museum 859-341-0461 | venthavenmuseum.com Learn more on page 49. 78 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

World of Golf 859-371-8255 | landrumgolf.com Facility in Florence offering a golf course, private instruction, practice facilities, golf simulator, miniature golf and events.

Shopping Crestview Hills Town Center 859-341-4353 | shopcrestviewhillstowncenter.com Popular shopping center with stores such as Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer and Sephora, as well as restaurants.

Grandview Tavern & Grille* 859-341-8439 | grandviewtaverngrille.com Casual, upscale restaurant with everything from homemade gourmet pizza to fresh fish and steaks. Happy hour daily, live music nightly, 16 flat-screen TVs and a patio. Guru India Restaurant 859-341-5858 | guruindiarestaurant.com Authentic cuisine from Northern India. Famous for its savory tandoori oven dishes and exotic curries, cooked fresh.

Field and Stream 859-331-0364 | fieldandstreamshop.com A store for all things outdoor including fishing gear, hunting items and outdoor equipment.

Jo An Japanese Restaurant 859-746-2634 | joanjapanese.com Serves authentic Japanese cuisine and is consistently rated as the top restaurant for Japanese food in the Cincinnati area.

Florence Antique Mall 859-371-0600 | florenceantiquemall.com A 50,000-square-foot showroom with an amazing selection of antiques, collectibles, clothing and furniture.

Knotty Pine on the Bayou 859-781-2200 | knottypineonthebayou.com Casual and cozy Cajun cuisine, off the beaten path. Reservations highly recommended.

Florence Mall 859-371-1231 | florencemall.com Anchored by Sears, Macy’s and JCPenney, this mall also offers a double-decker carousel and a children’s play area.

Matsuya Japanese Restaurant 859-746-1199 | sites.google.com/site/matsuyaky/home Sushi, tempura, teriyaki, tabletop hot pots and much more. Family-owned for more than 10 years.

The Friendly Market 859-488-1053 | thefriendlymkt.com A year-round indoor market and seasonal outdoor market.

Oriental Wok 859-331-3000 | orientalwok.com The Wong family landmark since 1977. Enjoy specialties like the spicy Volcano Chicken, and vegetarians can rejoice with items like five-spice tofu over spinach. Two locations.

Gap Clearance Store 859-586-3320 | gap.com Huge clearance center offering Gap brand merchandise at bargain prices. Rabbit Hash General Store 859-586-7744 | rabbithash.com A working general store since 1831 in the heart of historic Rabbit Hash, a slice of Americana from another era. TJ Maxx* 859-261-1042 | tjmaxx.com TJ Maxx offers a fresh array of fashionable, brand-name family apparel, home fashions and more. Multiple locations.

Dining Flipdaddy’s Brilliant Burgers & Craft Beer Bar* 859-431-2337 | flipdaddys.com Gather with friends, family or co-workers and enjoy ultra-fresh, beefed-up brilliant burgers and an outstanding selection of the finest craft beer.

Tousey House Tavern 859-586-9900 | touseyhouse.com Traditional Southern cuisine served in a restored 1800s building in quaint Burlington, Kentucky. Walt’s Hitching Post 859-360-2222 | waltshitchingpost.com Classic American cuisine in Northern Kentucky, including legendary smoke house ribs complemented by Walt’s secret sauce.

Nightlife Bobby Mackey’s 859-431-5588 | bobbymackey.com A live music venue featured on the show Ghost Adventures, Bobby Mackey’s is known for paranormal activity and offers haunted tours on the weekends. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Creation Museum* 888-582-4253 | creationmuseum.org Learn more on page 72.


Hotels Free Breakfast

Free Parking

Fitness Room

Pet Friendly

Internet Restaurant

Airport Transportation

Indoor Pool

Business Center

Outdoor Pool

Room Service

America’s Best Value Inn Florence 859-283-2030 | abviflorenceky.com 7810 Commerce Dr., Florence, KY 41042 Ashley Quarters 859-525-9997 | ashleyquarters.com 4880 Houston Rd., Florence, KY 41042 Baymont Inn and Suites Florence 859-371-0081 | baymontinns.com 30 Cavalier Ct., Florence, KY 41042 Best Western Florence 859-525-0090 | bestwestern.com 7821 Commerce Dr., Florence, KY 41042

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Bodewell Bed and Breakfast 859-250-4789 | bodewellbnb.com 5009 Petersburg Rd., Petersburg, KY 41080

Country Hearth Inn Erlanger 859-342-7111 | countryheartherlanger.com 599 Donaldson Rd., Erlanger, KY 41018

Budget Inn 859-371-4700 | qualityinn.com 7915 U.S. 42, Florence, KY 41042

Country Inn & Suites Cincinnati Airport 859-689-0700 | countryinns.com 759 Petersburg Rd., Hebron, KY 41048

Burlington’s Willis Graves B&B 859-689-5096 | burligrave.com 5825 N. Jefferson St., Burlington, KY 41005

Country Inn & Suites Wilder 859-441-3707 | countryinns.com/wilderky 1010 Town Dr., Wilder, KY 41076

Cincinnati Airport Marriott 859-586-0166 | cincinnatiairportmarriott.com 2395 Progress Dr., Hebron, KY 41048

Courtyard by Marriott Cincinnati Airport 859-647-9900 | courtyard.com/cvgca 3990 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger, KY 41018

Comfort Inn Airport Turfway Road 859-647-2700 | comfortinn.com 7454 Turfway Rd., Florence, KY 41042

Courtyard Cincinnati Airport South/Florence 859-371-6464 | marriott.com 46 Cavalier Blvd., Florence, KY 41042

Comfort Suites Cincinnati Airport 859-980-0555 | choicehotels.com/hotel/ky160 775 Petersburg Rd., Hebron, KY 41048

Days Inn Florence 859-371-4800 | daysinn.com 50 Cavalier Blvd., Florence, KY 41042

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 79


South Days Inn Fort Wright 859-331-1400 | daysinn.com 1937 Dixie Hwy., Fort Wright, KY 41011 Doubletree by Hilton Cincinnati Airport 859-371-6166 | cincinnatiairport.doubletree.com 2826 Terminal Dr., Hebron, KY 41048 Econo Lodge Richwood 859-485-4123 | econolodge.com 11165 Frontage Rd., Richwood, KY 41094 Econo Lodge Erlanger 859-342-5500 | econolodge.com 633 Donaldson Rd., Erlanger, KY 41018 Extended Stay America Florence 859-282-7829 | extendedstayamerica.com 7350 Turfway Rd., Florence, KY 41042 Extended Stay America Florence/Meijer Drive 859-746-0172 |

extendedstayamerica.com 200 Meijer Dr., Florence, KY 41042 First Farm Inn 859-586-0199 | firstfarminn.com 2510 Stevens Rd., Petersburg, KY 41080 Hampton Inn Cincinnati Airport North 859-689-1960 | cincinnatiairportnorth.hamptoninn.com 755 Petersburg Rd., Hebron, KY 41048 Hampton Inn Cincinnati Airport South 859-283-1600 | cincinnatiairportsouth.hamptoninn.com 7393 Turfway Rd., Florence, KY 41042 Hampton Inn & Suites Wilder 859-441-3049 | hiltonhotels.com 10 Hampton Lane, Wilder, KY 41076 Hilton Cincinnati Airport 859-371-4400 | hilton.com 7373 Turfway Rd., Florence, KY 41042

Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport 859-371-2233 | holidayinn.com/cvg-airport 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd., Erlanger, KY 41018 Holiday Inn Express Richwood 859-493-0900 | hiexpress.com 12928 Frogtown Connector Rd., Richwood, KY 41094 Holiday Inn Florence 859-980-1700 | holidayinn.com 7905 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042 Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Airport South 859-283-2111 | homewoodsuites.com 1090 Vandercar Way, Florence, KY 41042 Hyatt Place Cincinnati Airport 859-647-1170 | hyatt.com 300 Meijer Dr., Florence, KY 41042 La Quinta Inn & Suites Florence 859-282-8212 | lq.com

Come enjoy many of the traditions from Germany that have made Hofbräuhaus famous. From the traditionally decorated rooms to the bier that is brewed on-site using the same recipes since 1589 and of course the excellent German fare. 800 GOODALE STREET • COLUMBUS, OHIO 43212 w w w. h o f b r a u h a u s c o l u m b u s . c o m 80 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

200 EAST THIRD STREET • NEWPORT, KENTUCKY 41071 w w w. h o f b r a u h a u s n e w p o r t . c o m SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Craft Bier of Bavarian Kings


350 Meijer Dr., Florence, KY 41242 Magnuson Hotel Florence 859-371-2700 | magnusonhotels.com 8050 Holiday Pl., Florence, KY 41042 Microtel Inn & Suites 859-746-8100 | microtelinn.com 7490 Woodspoint Dr., Florence, KY 41042 Motel 6 Cincinnati South 859-283-0909 | motel6.com 7937 Dream St., Florence, KY 41042 Motel 6 Florence 859-980-1380 7820 Commerce Dr., Florence, KY 41042 Motel 6 Richwood 859-485-2330 | comfortinn.com 164 Winning Colors Dr., Richwood, KY 41097 The Old Hashienda 859-586-7744 | rabbithash.com

T O W N

10021 Lower River Rd., Rabbit Hash, KY 41005

Stay Lodge of Florence 859-746-2400 | staylodgehotels.com 8035 Action Blvd., Florence, KY 41042

Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Airport 859-746-0300 | choicehotels.com/hotel/ky145 1805 Airport Exchange, Erlanger, KY 41018 Red Roof Inn Cincinnati Airport 859-727-3400 | redroof.com 630 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger, KY 41018 Residence Inn by Marriott Cincinnati Airport 859-282-7400 | residenceinncincinnatiairport.com 2811 Circleport Dr., Erlanger, KY 41018

Super 8 Fort Mitchell 859-341-2090 | super8.com 2350 Royal Dr., Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 Travelodge Florence 859-371-0277 | travelodge.com 8075 Steilen Dr., Florence, KY 41042 Wildwood Inn 859-371-6300 | wildwoodinnky.com 7809 U.S. 42, Florence, KY 41042

Rodeway Inn Florence 859-283-1221 | rodewayinn.com 7928 Dream St., Florence, KY 41042

Wingate by Wyndham Cincinnati Airport 859-727-0144 | wingatehotels.com/erlanger 605 Viox Rd., Erlanger, KY 41018

Springhill Suites Cincinnati Airport South 859-371-3388 | springhillsuites.com 7492 Turfway Rd., Florence, KY 41042

WoodSpring Suites 859-371-0611 | woodspring.com 40 Cavalier Blvd., Florence, KY 41042

C E N T E R

STYLE YOURSELF at Crestview Hills

Over 65 shops and restaurants make this Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s shopping destination. Located just 10 minutes from both downtown Cincinnati and the airport, we offer a beautiful and convenient place to shop and dine. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

For a complete list of stores, restaurants, directions and events, visit our website at: www.ShopCrestviewHillsTownCenter.com CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 81


Oxford

North OHIO 129 Hamilton

127 Okeana

Fairfield 4 27

52 128

74

275

West

S

1

Colerain Township

White Oak ILLUSTRATION BY DAN ZETTWOCH

College Hill

74 50

Mt Airy

264

275 75

5 SPOTS Must-See

82 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

1 Winton Woods Parky’s Farm is a 100-acre farm at Winton Woods featuring indoor and outdoor playgrounds, picnic shelters, a garden, an orchard and live animals. Winton Woods is also home to the 156-acre Winton Lake, where guests can rent boats and canoes and kayaks, and the Winton Woods Riding Center, which offers horseback riding lessons year-round. 513-5213276, greatparks.org/winton-woods

2 IKEA Browse the giant showroom of design possibilities at IKEA; note what you love along the way and pick up your goods downstairs. Also, make a pit stop for Swedish meatballs in the cafeteria and let the kids play in the Smaland Play Area. 513-779-7100, ikea-usa. com/westchester SPRING / SUMMER 2016


Middletown

75

63

Monroe

4

Liberty Township

129

3

747

2

OHIO

42

West Chester

Mason

5

3

71

Springdale Sharonville Blue Ash 126

Kenwood

75 Bond Hill

562

East

71 275 50

3 EnterTRAINment Junction Indoor theme park EnterTRAINment Junction features the world’s largest indoor model train display, including more than two miles of track. The enormous train layout is the size of more than half of a football field. 513-898-8000, entertrainmentjunction.com SPRING / SUMMER 2016

50 4 Cincinnati Premium Outlets Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe features 100 outlet stores including Coach Outlet, Cole Haan Outlet, Converse, J.Crew Factory, Joe’s Jeans, OFF 5th, Samsonite, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and more. There’s also a playground for the kids. 513-539-0710, premiumoutlets.com/cincinnati

5 Kings Island Kings Island is the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest, featuring worldclass thrill rides like Banshee, the longest inverted roller coaster in the world, and The Beast, the longest wooden roller coaster in the world. Kids can enjoy PEANUTS-themed Planet Snoopy and Soak City Waterpark, home to 50 water activities and a 650,000-gallon wave pool. 513-754-5700, visitkingsisland.com CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 83


North Kings Island

Heritage Village Museum* 513-563-9484 | heritagevillagecincinnati.org Guests experience 19th-century life through entertaining, educational, nostalgic tours led by costumed interpreters. Houdini’s Room Escape* 513-549-5419 | houdinisroomescape.com Uniquely designed escape rooms that put you in the game with your friends, family or fellow puzzle-lovers. Hueston Woods 513-523-6347 | parks.ohiodnr.gov/ huestonwoods Nearly 3,000 acres for hiking, fishing, canoeing and fossil hunting. Kings Island* 513-754-5700 | visitkingsisland.com Learn more on pages 34, 83, 94.

The Beach Waterpark* 513-398-7946 | thebeachwaterpark.com Tons of water thrills, from The Cliff, a five-story slide, to the 750,000-gallon heated wave pool. Black Ops Global* 513-208-9232 | blackopswarzone.com Cincinnati’s only indoor Airsoft field. Fun, safe war games with a flexible layout and onsite pro shop. Bonnybrook Farms* 937-289-2500 | bonnybrookfarms.com Offers Chuck Wagon dinner rides, corporate picnics and events, Lantern Light wagon rides and fall farm days at their beautiful and historic 370-acre working farm. Caesar Creek State Park 513-897-3055 | caesarcreekstatepark.com This 7,900-acre park offers outdoor recreation activities and a nature preserve. CoCo Key Water Resort 513-771-2080 | cocokeycincinnati.com An exciting 50,000-square-foot indoor water park, complete with palm trees and a year-round 84-degree temperature. Dave & Busters* 513-671-5501 | daveandbusters.com A combination of food, drinks and game play in an ideal environment for celebrating all-out fun. EnterTRAINment Junction* 513-898-8000 | entertrainmentjunction.com Learn more on page 83. 84 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Escape The Room Challenge* 513-759-7666 | escapetheroomchallenge.com Enhance group communication and foster teamwork with this hands-on experience. It requires teamwork, communication, collaboration and trust to succeed. Full Throttle Indoor Karting* 513-341-5278 | cincykarting.com Offers everyone, from the complete novice to the experienced racer, a fun and competitive place to race. Drive stateof-the-art go-karts on a professionally designed indoor racetrack. Game On! Sports Complex* 513-432-5100 | gameoncinci.com A welcoming, comfortable lounge with TVs, a fireplace, a full bar and free Wi-Fi overlooks the 2/3-regulation turf soccer field and the four NCAA volleyball courts. Home to The Academy of Sports Performance. Glendower Historic Mansion 513-932-1817 | wchmuseum.org/ planvisit/glendower_mansion One of the finest examples of residential northern antebellum Greek Revival architecture in the Midwest, Glendower is furnished circa 1845 to 1865. Costumed interpreters lead tours of the mansion. Go Bananas Comedy Club 513-984-9288 | gobananascomedy.com Providing comedy in Cincinnati since 1990 and is constantly searching for the newest and freshest comics to help induce guests’ laughter.

Lazer Kraze* 513-339-1030 | lazerkraze.com Located in both northeast Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Lazer Kraze features multi-level laser tag arenas and indoor trampoline parks. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad 513-933-8022 | lebanonrr.com Offers themed train rides, including the Civil War Train, the Great Train Robbery and the Pumpkin Patch Express. Meier’s Wine Cellars* 513-891-2900 | meierswinecellars.com Founded in 1890, Meier’s is Ohio’s oldest and largest winery, and it features a tasting room and wine store, winemaking supplies and gifts. MetroParks of Butler County 513-867-5835 | yourmetroparks.net MetroParks includes more than 3,000 acres throughout the county at Voice of America MetroPark, Rentschler Forest MetroPark, Sebald Park, Governor Bebb MetroPark and others. Miami Valley Gaming* 513-934-7070 | miamivalleygaming.com Enjoy 1,600 gaming machines, four great restaurants and live harness racing. Ozone Zipline Adventures* 513-932-3756 | campkern.org/ozone Breeze through and above the canopy of the Little Miami River Valley. Ozone has 12 zip lines ranging in length from 250 to 1,300 feet. Heights vary from 10 to 200 feet. Parky’s Farm at Winton Woods 513-521-3276 | greatparks.org/learn/parkys-farm Learn more on page 82. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Things to Do


LOCALS SPEAK! Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum 513-868-8336 | pyramidhill.org Outdoor museum with more than 60 monumental pieces of sculpture in an environment of meadows, forests and various gardens. Scene 75 Entertainment Center* 513-965-4050 | scene75.com 90,000-square-foot entertainment center featuring a full-service restaurant, two bars, indoor go-karts, laser tag, arcade, bouncing inflatables, mini golf and more. SkyZone 513-671-1333 | skyzone.com Indoor trampoline park with a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes and the Foam Zone. Summit Park Blue Ash 513-745-8570 | blueash.com/summitpark Learn more on pages 45, 47. Trammel Fossil Park sharonville.org Learn more in “Locals Speak,” this page. Topgolf topgolf.com A 65,000-square-foot golf facility with more than 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, plus lessons, games and full food and beverage menu, set to open this summer. Wake Nation 513-887-9253 | wakenationcincinnati.com The first and only cable wake park in the Midwest. Wakeboard, waterski, kneeboard, and wake skate on a 10-acre lake without a boat. Warren County Historical Society Museum* 513-932-1817 | wchsmuseum.org Award-winning regional history museum featuring a large collection of Shaker furniture, an extensive historical library and a comprehensive 19th- and 20th-century collection. Warren County Park District 513-925-1109 | co.warren.oh.us/parks Operates many green spaces, including Warren County Armco Park, Landen Deerfield Park, Morrow Park and Carmody Park/Twin Creek, among others. THE WEB extreme entertainment* 513-860-2882 | funattheweb.com Entertainment center featuring Laser Web laser tag, inside-track electric indoor go-karts, Jurassic Par mini-golf and Hang Ten miniature bowling. ZipCity USA* 513-632-5261 | zipcityusa.com SPRING / SUMMER 2016

ZipCity provides all the fun you can have on trampolines, with the added excitement of being the only indoor zip line park and rock wall facility on Earth.

Shopping Bass Pro Shops at Forest Fair Village 513-826-5200 | basspro.com One of America’s premier retailers for pursuits in the great outdoors, from fishing and hunting to camping and more.

LAURA HOEVENER Blog: adventuresaround cincinnati.com Niche: Family Friendly

Bridgewater Falls 513-895-6800 | shopbridgewaterfalls.com More than 60 acres of shopping, dining and services in the heart of Fairfield Township in Butler County. Includes retailers such as Target, Best Buy and JCPenney.

————————————

Cabela’s 513-342-5300 | cabelas.com This outdoor retailer offers a huge inventory of hunting, fishing and camping supplies, plus boats and ATVs.

Name three of your family’s favorite places to spend a Saturday afternoon. We love to go to the Cincinnati Nature Center for a hike. The Little Miami Bike Trail is great too. The CUT Detective Agency at Cincinnati Museum Center is another favorite. This is a great program where you can practice your detective skills throughout the museum and solve mysteries and turn them in to the Agency to earn coins you collect to get prizes.

Caesar Creek Markets 937-382-1660 | caesarcreek.com One of the largest outdoor markets in the Midwest. Visitors are treated to a huge selection of items for sale at more than 500 outdoor spaces. It also features seven buildings with air-conditioning and heat for year-round shopping. Cincinnati Premium Outlets* 513-539-0710 | premiumoutlets.com/cincinnati Learn more on page 83. Deerfield Towne Center 513-770-0273 | deerfieldtownecenter.com Home to more than 50 national brand stores, including Whole Foods Market and ULTA Beauty, and specialty boutiques like James Wolf Jewelers. Also features furniture stores, fine restaurants and Regal Cinema. Frontgate Outlet Store 513-603-1444 | frontgate.com Founded in 1991 as a direct marketing catalog company, Frontgate has grown to be a recognized leader in catalog and online shopping for the home environment. The outlet store features luxurious indoor and outdoor furniture as well as home goods and gifts. IKEA* 513-779-7100 | ikea-usa.com/westchester Learn more on page 82. Jungle Jim’s International Market 513-674-6000 | junglejims.com Explore international cuisine at Jungle

What’s the best littleknown and free attraction for families? Trammel Fossil Park is a little-known, and free, hidden gem. The Roebling Murals in Covington are also a treat that show the history of the area in a series of 18 panels. They are all intricately painted and look so three-dimensional and lifelike. Add a walk across the Roebling Bridge and maybe some ice cream for a fun adventure.

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 85


North Jim’s, which has aisles organized by country. Also features American groceries, beer and wine and fresh produce. Kenwood Towne Centre 513-745-9100 | kenwoodtownecentre.com Valet parking and luxury retailers like Nordstrom, Coach and Lacoste, and specialty boutiques including The Art of Shaving and the LEGO store. Liberty Center 513-644-0900 | liberty-center.com Learn more on page 34. Northgate Mall 513-385-5600 | mynorthgatemall.com Shopping center in Colerain Township with 100 specialty shops, three department stores, and tenants such as DSW, ULTA Beauty and Marshalls. Ohio Valley Antique Mall* 513-874-7855 | ohiovalleyantiques.com One of the largest multi-dealer antique malls in the region, with 65,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles.

Tanger Outlets Jeffersonville* 740-948-9090 | tangeroutlet.com/jeffersonville Tanger offers 100 brand-name stores with savings up to 65 percent. Trader Joe’s 513-984-3452 | traderjoes.com Cincinnati’s only location of the popular national seller of innovative, hard-to-find, great tasting foods and wines. Trader’s World 513-424-5708 | tradersworld.info Enjoy shopping values on antiques and collectibles, new and used merchandise, tools, fruits and vegetables and pet supplies at this modern market. Treasure Aisles 513-539-4497 | treasure-aisles.com Miles and miles of aisles with everything from furniture to jewelry to tools and electronics. Open weekends year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.

Tri-County Mall 513-671-0120 | tricountymall.com Features department stores including Macy’s, Dillard’s and Sears, and many specialty retailers. Venice Antique Mall* 513-738-8180 | venicepavilionantiques.com Home to more than 80 dealers with more than 14,000 square feet of shopping in a historic building.

Dining Aroma Restaurant & Sushi 513-791-0950 | aromacincinnati.com Upscale Asian-inspired restaurant serving fresh fish and more than 50 sushi rolls. Barresi’s Italian Restaurant 513-793-2540 | barresis.com Beloved by its patrons for its authentic Italian cuisine, which is a blend of tastes from the southern olive oil region near Calabria and the northern city of Genoa. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 513-671-1805 | bjsrestaurants.com Serves everything from deep-dish pizza and baby back ribs to handcrafted beers

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Rogers Jewelers* 513-745-9966 | rogers-jewelers.com Trusted full-service jeweler for more than 100 years. Multiple locations.

Stone Creek Towne Center stonecreektownecenter.com Major tenants in this 540,000-squarefoot center include JCPenney, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy, Olive Garden and Logan’s Roadhouse.

86 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


in a high-energy, child-friendly environment. Also in Florence, Kentucky. Blue Ash Chili 513-984-6107 | blueashchili.com Learn more on page 14. Bombay Brazier 513-794-0000 The only four-star Indian restaurant in Cincinnati. Full bar and large wine selection. Reservations recommended. Brazenhead Irish Pub 513-229-0809 | thebrazenhead.net This 16,000-square-foot location seats 650 people with three bars, all built in Ireland and shipped to Ohio. There are 30 rotating draft beer taps and one of the largest selections of scotch in the area. Chuy’s 513-793-2489 | chuys.com Chuy’s specializes in Mexican food using fresh ingredients by hand rolling its tortillas, making salsa fresca every hour and using fresh New Mexican Chilies. Also in Florence, Kentucky. Cincinnati Dinner Train 513-791-7245 | cincinnatirailway.com/dinnertrain

Four-course dining on restored 1950sera train cars while watching the scenery slowly pass by.

list and a modern casual dining experience. The menu consists of steak and seafood along with salads and soups.

Cinque Ristorante by Nicola’s* 513-231-5555 | cinquerestaurant.com Learn more on page 38.

deSha’s 513-247-9933 | deshas.com Savory American entrées and inventive side dishes served in a warm wooden lodge atmosphere.

Cobb Liberty Luxury 15 & Cinebistro 513-463-0470 | cobbtheatres.com Movie watching on a whole new level. At Cinebistro, enjoy a chef-created dinner as you watch the show. Cock & Bull (Glendale) 513-771-4253 | candbpublichouse.com Featuring award-winning fish and chips, 60 craft beers on tap and a weekend Bloody Mary bar, Cock & Bull is a place to watch the game and enjoy a brew.

Eddie Merlot’s 513-489-1212 | eddiemerlots.com An American steakhouse showcasing prime aged beef and seafood as well as unique dishes like its filet mignon pot stickers.

College Hill Coffee Company and Casual Gourmet 513-542-2739 | collegehillcoffeeco.com A charming, sunny gathering place with an extensive menu, fresh coffee and a large selection of international teas.

Eli’s Sports Bar & Grill 513-738-3547 | elissportsbar.com Local watering hole atmosphere featuring deep-fried Buffalo-style wings in 10 succulent sauces. Three locations.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 513-488-1110 | coopershawkwinery.com Cooper’s Hawk offers an extensive wine

Out WORLD OF THIS

Dingle House Pub & Grub 513-874-7468 | dinglehouse.com Experience the traditional dishes of a local Irish pub served by a friendly, kilted staff.

Emanu 513-351-7686 | emanuea.com Share Ethiopian food on a common plate and break “injera” (bread) with friends.

FUN!

World Class Laser Tag

Indoor Trampoline Park

TWO GREAT LOCATIONS! 7082 Columbia Rd. • Maineville (Mason), OH (513) 339-1030 Just south of Kings Island on Columbia Road 1335 Donaldson • Erlanger, KY (859) 371-KRAZ (5729) Minutes from CVG Airport

For today’s hours and specials visit LazerKraze.com For Every Kids Laser Tag Mission Purchase, 1 Adult Receives SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Arcade

Fresh Made Pizzas

Half Price Play

Must be used same day as purchase. Must bring in coupon. Expires August 25, 2016.

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 87


North

Flip Side Burgers 513-755-6238 | flipsideburger.com Flip Side’s burgers are made exclusively from Ohio-raised, grass-fed beef. At Liberty Center. Fond: Lunch & Deli fondlunchdeli.com Learn more on page 37. The Friendly Stop 513-771-7427 | friendlystop.com Excellent pub fare and full bar in historic Glendale since 1907. Gabby’s Cafe 513-821-6040 | gabbyswyoming.com A family-owned restaurant serving gourmet pizzas, delicious pasta, one of Cincinnati’s best burgers and much more. Draft beer, wine and full bar. Gigi’s Cupcakes* 513-985-4440 | gigiscupcakesusa.com Gigi’s Cupcakes in Kenwood bakes more than 30 varieties of cupcakes, cheesecake and cookies weekly. Golden Lamb 513-932-5065 | goldenlamb.com The oldest continually operating business in Ohio offers a classic menu, intimate candlelit tables—and a rich history. Gold Star Chili* goldstarchili.com Learn more on page 14. Grand Finale 513-771-5925 | grandfinale.info A romantic restaurant in an elegant Victorian home with decadent dishes and divine, over-the-top desserts. Half Day Cafe 513-821-2323 | halfdaycafe.org A neighborhood family operating a neighborhood restaurant. The menu at Half Day reflects the seasonal—and sometimes daily—availability of fresh and local ingredients. HD Beans & Brew Cafe 513-793-6036 | hdbeans.com Spot where you can get everything from coffee to spirits and football to jazz. Free Wi-Fi and karaoke. Artisan locally roasted coffee and local craft brews. Jag’s Steak and Seafood 513-860-5353 | jags.com Jag’s eclectic menu offers an extensive list of sushi and sashimi, Yellowfin Tuna, Chilean Sea Bass and Alaskan King 88 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Crab. The restaurant consists of six distinct and richly appointed dining rooms steeped in mahogany and fine art.

Pappadeaux 513-671-4473 | pappadeaux.com Learn more on page 67.

Jeff Ruby’s Carlo & Johnny* 513-936-8600 | jeffruby.com/carlojohnny Housed in an historic mansion that was once a casino and gangster hideout, this award-winning steakhouse oozes intimacy and character.

Parkers Blue Ash Tavern* 513-891-8300 | parkersblueash.com Prime rib, steaks, burgers and craft beers combine with amazing salads, spectacular seafood and a wine list honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Kona Grill 513-644-0900 | konagrill.com Modern American cuisine, award-winning sushi bar, shaded patio and excellent happy hours. At Liberty Center.

Pies & Pints 513-755-7437 | piesandpints.net Unique hand-stretched pizza pies baked directly on stone hearths and a hearty selection of beers on tap. At Liberty Center.

La Petite France* 513-733-8383 | lapetitefrance.biz Has served fine, classic French cuisine like escargot, pâté maison, mousse and crepes for 30 years. The restaurant has two French dining rooms: one formal, the other a more casually decorated bistro. Maggiano’s Little Italy* 513-794-0670 | maggianos.com Menu features both classic and contemporary Italian recipes, from pastas to steaks and seafood to specialty desserts. Marty’s Hops and Vines 513-681-4222 | martys-hopsandvines.com Grown from the owner’s love of the British pub—a comfortable and relaxing place to enjoy friends and refresh from a busy day, Marty’s features fine wine, craft beer and a small-plate menu. Max & Erma’s* 513-830-3044 | maxandermas.com Relaxed and contemporary, offering generous salads, stacked deli sandwiches, fresh pastas and delicious hand-cut steaks. Daily seafood specials and luncheon buffet. Five other area locations. Melting Pot 513-530-5501 | meltingpot.com Melting Pot is a restaurant specializing in all things fondue. From cheese to chocolate, Melting Pot serves most dishes with a dipping sauce for an interactive food experience. MVP Sports Bar & Grille* 513-794-1400 | mvpbarandgrille.com MVP is a family-owned sports bar, grille and live music venue, offering a family atmosphere for lunch and dinner and sports on flat-screen TVs. Northstar Café thenorthstarcafe.com Serves imaginative New American cuisine with an emphasis on organic ingredients. Also has an in-house bakery, fresh juice bar and lineup of local beers.

Quatman Cafe 513-731-4370 | quatmancafe.com Known for its award-winning cheeseburgers and casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Also serves chili, homemade soups and cold brews. Rivertown Brewing Company 513-827-9280 | rivertownbrewery.com A brewery and taproom serving handcrafted lagers and ales in the village of Lockland. Romano’s Macaroni Grill* 513-671-2747 | macaronigrill.com Inspired by Italian trattoria cuisine, the menu features expertly handcrafted rustic dishes and Italian classics. The Root Beer Stand 513-769-4349 | therootbeerstand.com Classic American fare and old-fashioned charm. This place signifies summertime. The Silver Spring House 513-489-7044 | thesilverspringhouse.com A fun and relaxing restaurant and bar, famous for its “Cincinnati’s Best” citrusmarinated grilled chicken, great atmosphere and open-air dining. Soho Japanese Bistro 513-759-6876 | sohojapanesedining.com The biggest hibachi in Cincinnati and some of the freshest sushi in the Midwest. Stone Creek Dining Company 513-489-1444 | stonecreekdining.com Blends contemporary elegance and comfort with incredible food and excellent service. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week in historic Montgomery and West Chester. Red Squirrel 513-741-4800 | myredsquirrel.com Family-owned chain serving its original double-decker sandwiches using only the finest quality products. Rodizio Grill 513-777-4777 | rodiziogrill.com SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Embers Restaurant* 513-984-8090 | embersrestaurant.com Contemporary American steakhouse offering mouthwatering steaks and the freshest seafood and sushi. Weekly food and drink specials.


America’s first Brazilian steakhouse restaurant known for its authentic and traditional recipes, handcrafted daily. At Liberty Center. Tony’s* 513-677-1993 | tonysofcincinnati.com Understated upscale atmosphere where diners enjoy prime steaks, seafood and Mediterranean dishes and choose from an eclectic list of drinks. Towne Square Atrium Restaurant* 513-793-4500 | crowneplaza.com/blueash Located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel of Blue Ash. Serves breakfast and lunch. Trio Bistro 513-984-1905 | triobistro.com Across the street from Nordstrom and Kenwood Towne Centre, Trio’s casual dining menu offers delicious steaks, fresh seafood, specialty pizza and creative daily chef specials. Vincenzo’s 513-771-0022 | vincenzos.net Vincenzo’s opened in 1996 as a tiny 14-table restaurant. It has grown to a larger fine-dining restaurant serving authentic Italian fare prepared to order with the finest ingredients. Vinoklet Winery, Restaurant & Vineyard* 513-385-9309 | vinokletwines.com The only working winery with a vineyard in Hamilton County, with scenic rolling hills and eight award-winning labels.

Hotels Free Breakfast

Free Parking Pet Friendly Airport Transportation Business Center Room Service

Cincinnati, OH 45236

Clarion Hotel—Cincinnati North* 513-563-8330 | choicehotels.com 3855 Hauck Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241

Coco Key Hotel Cincinnati* 513-771-2080 | cocokeyhotelcincinnati.com 11320 Chester Rd., Sharonville, OH 45246

Comfort Inn Northeast* 513-683-9700 | choicehotels.com 9011 Fields Ertel Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45249

Comfort Suites Forest Park 513-551-5028 | comfortsuitesforestpark.com 1234 Omniplex Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45240

Courtyard by Marriott Blue Ash* 513-733-4334 | marriott.com/cvgba 4625 Lake Forest Dr., Blue Ash, OH 45242 Crossland Economy Studios Cincinnati Springdale Tri-County Mall 513-771-2457 | crosslandstudios.com 11645 Chesterdale Rd., Springdale, OH 45246

Doubletree Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Blue Ash* 513-489-3636 | cincinnatiblueash suites.doubletree.com 6300 E. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241 Drury Inn & Suites Cincinnati North* 513-771-5601 | druryhotels.com 2265 E. Sharon Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241 Econo Lodge Sharonville 513-771-0370 | econolodge.com 11620 Chester Rd., Sharonville, OH 45246 Embassy Suites Northeast Blue Ash* 513-733-8900 | cincinnatinortheast blueash.embassysuites.com 4554 Lake Forest Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45242 Extended Stay America Blue Ash-Kenwood Road 513-469-8900 | extendedstayamerica.com 11145 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242 Extended Stay America Blue Ash-Reagan Highway 513-793-6750 | extendedstayamerica.com 4260 Hunt Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242

Crossland Studios Cincinnati Sharonville 513-771-7829 | crosslandstudios.com 11457 Chester Rd., Sharonville, OH 45246

Extended Stay America Blue Ash-Reed Hartman 513-985-9992 | extendedstayamerica.com 4630 Creek Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242

Atrium Hotel and Conference Center* 513-771-7171 | thehotelatrium.com 30 Tri County Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45246

Crowne Plaza Cincinnati Blue Ash* 513-793-4500 | crowneplaza.com/blueash 5901 Pfeiffer Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242

Extended Stay America Cincinnati Springdale I-275 513-671-4900 | extendedstayamerica.com 320 Glensprings Dr., Springdale, OH 45246

Baymont Inn & Suites Sharonville 513-771-6888 | baymontinns.com 10900 Crowne Point Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45241

Days Inn & Suites Cincinnati 513-631-8500 | daysinncincinnati.com 5410 Ridge Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45213

Fitness Room Internet Restaurant Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool

Best Western Plus Hannaford Inn & Suites* 513-936-0525 | bestwestern.com 5900 E. Galbraith Rd., SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Days Inn Sharonville 513-554-1400 | daysinn.com 11775 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott North Sharonville* 513-842-9112 | marriott.com/cvgsn 11440 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45246

Glendalia Boutique Hotel 513-376-9645 | theglendalia.com CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 89


North

Hampton Inn Blue Ash* 513-791-2822 | hamptoninn.com 4640 Creek Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242

Hilton Garden Inn Cincinnati Sharonville* 513-772-2837 | cincinnatisharonville.hgi.com 11149 Dowlin Dr., Sharonville, OH 45241

Cincinnati, OH 45241 La Quinta Inn & Suites Sharonville* 513-771-0300 | lq.com 11029 Dowlin Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45241

Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati Kenwood 513-794-0700 | hamptoninn.com 2000 Ronald Reagan Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45236

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Blue Ash* 513-985-9035 | hiexpress.com 4660 Creek Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242

Hawthorn Suites Blue Ash* 513-733-0100 | hawthorn.com 10665 Techwoods Circle, Blue Ash, OH 45242

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Sharonville* 513-771-9080 | hiexpress.com 11160 Dowlin Dr., Sharonville, OH 45241

Livinn Hotels* 513-772-7877 | livinn.com 11385 Chester Rd., Sharonville, OH 45246

Howard Johnson Inn Cincinnati North 513-825-3129 | hojo.com 400 Glensprings Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45246

Motel 6 Cincinnati Norwood 513-531-6589 | motel6.com 5300 Kennedy Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45213

Hyatt Place Blue Ash* 513-489-3666 | blueash.place.hyatt.com 11435 Reed Hartman Hwy.,

Motel 6 Sharonville East 513-563-1123 | motel6.com 3850 Hauck Rd.,

Hawthorn Suites Cincinnati* 513-354-1000 | hawthorn.com 11180 Dowlin Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45241 Hilton Garden Inn Blue Ash* 513-469-6900 | cincinnatiblueash.stayhgi.com 5300 Cornell Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242

FAMILY FEUDS ENCOURAGED! The Web Extreme Entertainment is the Tri-State’s premier entertainment center! The WEB offers fun activities, featuring four amazing attractions:

• Laser Tag • Go-Karts

• Glow Golf • Mini-Bowling

For more fun, play at our huge arcade and win some great prizes. Then grab a bite to eat at the Winners Café! Bring your whole family in for a memorable experience at an incredible value!

La Quinta Inn Cincinnati North 513-671-2300 | lq.com 12150 Springfield Pike, Springdale, OH 45246

CHUCK WAGON DINNER Bonn ybrook Fa Work up an appetite rms on our 370 acres with farm animals, fishing pond, 80 ft. underground slide, giant slingshots and more! Enjoy a dinner of our own pulled pork, chicken and farm-fresh sides. Then board the wagon to ride out to the Old Chuck Wagon S’Mores! for homemade cakes, cookies and s’mores Saturday Evenings

June, July, Aug. & Sept. Reservations

Bonnybrook Farms

7172 Cincinnati-Dayton Road West Chester, Ohio 45069 513-860-2882 Fri–Sat: 11am –Midnight Sun–Thurs: 11am–10pm

FunAtTheWeb.com 90 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Relea se C a tch ‘n

3779 St Rt 132 Clarksville, OH 45113 20 min. east of Kings Island 937.289.2500

www.BonnybrookFarms.com SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

10 Village Square, Cincinnati, OH 45246


Sharonville, OH 45241 Quality Inn & Suites 513-825-9600 | qualityinn.com 11967 Chase Plaza Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45240 Quality Inn & Suites Sharonville 513-771-9309 | qualityinn.com 2463 E. Sharon Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241 Quality Suites* 513-530-5999 | choicehotels.com 11349 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash, OH 45241

Red Roof Inn Sharonville 513-771-5552 | redroof.com 2301 E. Sharon Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241 Residence Inn by Marriott Blue Ash* 513-530-5060 | marriott.com/cvgri 11401 Reed Hartman Hwy., Cincinnati, OH 45241 Residence Inn by Marriott Sharonville* 513-771-2525 | marriott.com 11689 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45246

Red Roof Inn Blue Ash* 513-793-8811 | redroof.com 5900 Pfeiffer Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242

Six Acres Bed and Breakfast 513-541-0873 | sixacresbb.com 5350 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224

Red Roof Inn Cincinnati North-Mason* 513-683-3086 | redroof.com 8870 Governors Hill Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45249

Sonesta ES Suites* 513-772-8888 | sonesta.com 2670 E. Kemper Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Cincinnati North 513-825-9035 | marriott.com 12001 Chase Plaza Dr., Forest Park, OH 45240 Super 8 Motel 513-671-0556 | super8.com 330 Glensprings Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45246 Towneplace Suites Blue Ash* 513-469-8222 | marriott.com/cvgts 4650 Cornell Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241 Value Place Sharonville 513-769-9500 | valueplace.com 4020 Hauck Rd., Sharonville, OH 45241 Wingate by Wyndham Cincinnati Blue Ash* 513-733-1142 | wingatecinci.com 4320 Glendale-Milford Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242

$5( <28 83 72 7+( &+$//(1*(" /$8*+ <285 :$< (;3(5,(1&( 7+( 21( +285 :25/'¡6 /$5*(67 7+528*+ 7+( *5($7(67 )81+286( 21 ($57+ 75$,1 ',63/$< 21( :$< 287

/RFDWHG 1H[W WR (QWHU75$,1PHQ W -XQFWLRQ

$0(5,&$¡6 0267 $0$=,1* )$0,/< $775$&7,21

6TXLUH &RXUW :HVW &KHVWHU 2KLR (QWHU75$,1PHQW-XQFWLRQ FRP SPRING / SUMMER 2016

²

(6&$3(7+(5220&+$//(1*( FRP 0XVW %RRN 2QOLQH /LPLWHG $YDLODELOLW\ CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 91


North

275

East

75

126

Kenwood

562

71

74 Fairfax Mariemont

75

71

50 Newtown

50 OH

IO

R

471

ILLUSTRATION BY DAN ZETTWOCH

50

75

RI

VE

West

Cincinnati

71

52

Mt. Washington

1 2

275 92 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


71

5 SPOTS Must-See

4 Loveland

1 Coney Island In addition to classic amusement rides and North America’s largest flat-surface swimming pool, Coney Island is home to an 18-hole miniature golf course, an arcade, a kid-sized version of an Old Western Town and a EuroBungy Dome where guests can experience the rush of bungee jumping without the risk. 513-232-8230, coneyislandpark.com

2 Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center

3

Catch live racing on the only turf racetrack in Ohio at Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center on the grounds of the historic River Downs Racetrack. Visitors can also enjoy gaming and dining at one of several restaurants including Market Buffet. 513-232-8000, belterrapark.com

Milford

3 Loveland Bike Trail

50

275 Mt. Carmel

Eastgate

5

The Loveland Bike Trail is part of a 70-mile paved trail that weaves through the Little Miami Scenic State Park following an old railway line. Riders and walkers can take in stunning views of the Little Miami River and spot Canadian geese, ducks and deer along the way. One of four trailheads is in Milford. 513-683-0468, lovelandbiketrail.com

4 Loveland Castle Sir Harry Delos Andrews laid every brick of Chateau Laroche, the Loveland Castle, by hand. Upon his death, he willed the property to the Knights of the Golden Trail, who still guard it to this day. Its beautiful gardens are perfect for a picnic and the site is popular for Scout “overknights,” weddings and paranormal investigations. 513-683-4686, lovelandcastle.com

5 Jungle Jim’s Eastgate

52

OHIO

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

With more than 200,000 square feet of shopping space and more than 150,000 products from around the world, Jungle Jim’s is an exotic grocery destination. Take a store tour, watch a food demonstration and visit the gift shop at the Eastgate location. The flagship store is located in Fairfield. 513-674-6000, junglejims.com

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 93


East Things to Do Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center* 513-232-8000 | belterrapark.com Learn more on page 93.

ERIN WOITESHEK Blog: abirdandabean.com Niche: Family Friendly

————————————

What’s the best nature park in Cincinnati? There are so many great places to hike around Cincy, but our favorite is the Cincinnati Nature Center. You can get a passport and they will stamp a little boot on it when you complete a hike. Then you earn prizes, like water bottles and compasses. My kids love this!

Blooms & Berries Farm Market 513-697-9173 | bloomsandberriesfarmmarket.com Learn more on page 98. Cardboard Boat Museum 513-553-4146 Dozens of cardboard boats that have taken part in the Cardboard Boat Race on the Ohio River. Chateau LaRoche, Loveland Castle & Museum 513-683-4686 | lovelandcastle.com Learn more on pages 15, 35, 93. Cincinnati Nature Center— Rowe Woods 513-831-1711 | cincynature.org Learn more on pages 45, 85, 94. Coney Island* 513-232-8230 | coneyislandpark.com Learn more on pages 34, 93, 94. East Fork State Park 513-734-4323 | parks.ohiodnr.gov/ eastfork One of Ohio’s largest state parks at 4,870 acres. Loveland Bike Trail 513-683-0468 | lovelandbiketrail.com Learn more on pages 85, 93.

Cincinnati has several amusement parks and water parks. Name your top two. Kings Island and Coney Island. These two places are so nostalgic for me. I love taking my kids and watching them make the same memories I made as a kid.

Riverbend Music Center 513-232-6220 | riverbend.org Learn more on page 47. Tri-State Warbird Museum 513-735-4500 | tri-statewarbirdmuseum.org Formed in 2003 with a commitment to preserve the aircraft of World War II, educate visitors on America’s role in WWII, and to honor the veterans who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Shopping Finish this sentence: I wish more visiting families knew about… all the great things just over a bridge in my hometown of Northern Kentucky. We have so many amazing restaurants, cool bookstores, great coffee shops and fun parks. Come on over to the Bluegrass State. Give us a try.

94 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Anderson Towne Center 513-232-2075 | atcstores.com Shopping center that is home to favorites such as UNO Chicago Grill, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Moonstone Salon, Chico’s, Macy’s and more. Coolest Toys on Earth 513-831-8697 | coolesttoysonearth.com Superior and extraordinary toys from around the world, for all ages and all budgets.

EastGate Mall 513-752-2294 | shopeastgate-mall.com EastGate Mall houses Dillard’s, Sears, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Yankee Candle Company, Hollister Co., Bath & Body Works and more. Eisele Gallery 513-791-7717 | eiselefineart.com One of Cincinnati’s oldest and most respected fine art galleries, specializing in original paintings by noted 19th and 20th century American/European artists and recognized living artists. Jungle Jim’s International Market Eastgate 513-674-6000 | junglejims.com Learn more on page 93. Sara Benjamin’s 513-272-2280 | sarabenjamins.com Contemporary women’s boutique located in the quaint village of Mariemont that offers everything from jeans to dresses.

Dining 20 Brix 513-831-2749 | 20brix.com Upscale wine bar and restaurant with more than 100 selections of wine and a full dinner menu. Bella Luna Restaurant 513-871-5862 | bellalunacincy.com Features a traditional Italian menu with old favorites and new twists to satisfy every palate. An OpenTable.com Diner’s Choice Winner. dilly. bistro, bar & bottle shop 513-561-5233 | dillycafe.com Restaurant and bar in historic Mariemont with extensive beer and wine selections and accolades from BeerAdvocate.com and Wine Spectator. El Coyote 513-232-5757 | elcoyotecincy.com El Coyote has been serving steaks, chops and Tex-Mex for 30 years. Fifty West Brewing Company 513-834-8789 | fiftywestbrew.com Housed in a renovated farmhouse, FiftyWest sells brews—Punch You in the EyePA is popular—and has an extensive menu. Flipdaddy’s 513-272-2337 | flipdaddys.com The classic burger joint redefined. Twenty-four craft beers on tap, 14 HDTVs and outdoor dining. Multiple locations. Mt. Carmel Brewing Co. 513-240-2739 | SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

LOCALS SPEAK!


mtcarmelbrewingcompany.com Take a tour or visit the taproom of this full-fledged brewery; local favorites include the Amber Ale, Nut Brown Ale and IPA. Padrino 513-965-0100 | padrinoitalian.com From the family who owns 20 Brix, this cool pizzeria serves gourmet pizzas, classic pastas, Italian hoagies and fresh salads. Paxton’s Grill 513-583-1717 | paxtonsgrill.com Housed in one of Loveland’s oldest buildings, Paxton’s is a family-friendly establishment providing good food at reasonable prices in a comfortable setting. Quarter Bistro 513-271-5400 | qbcincy.com In historic Mariemont Square, Quarter Bistro offers a comfortable setting for both a night on the town or a relaxing afternoon on an enchanting patio. Sky Galley 513-871-7400 | skygalley.net Restaurant at Lunken Airport with large glass windows, wide variety of menu choices and a large selection of beer.

Taglio facebook.com/eattaglio Learn more on page 38. Tano Bistro & Catering 513-683-8266 | foodbytano.com Contemporary bistro highlighting fresh ingredients with a menu that changes with the seasons. Terry’s Turf Club 513-533-4222 Guy Fieri, host of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, came here to taste the over-the-top, award-winning burgers at this retro-styled restaurant. The Works Brick Oven Restaurant 513-697-8408 | theworkspizza.com Housed in a landmark Loveland building, The Works serves pizza, calzones and sandwiches prepared in its brick oven.

American-style ale based on English beers with a dark amber color. Blank Slate Brewing Company 513-979-4540 | blankslatebeer.com Fork in the Road is a favorite, but this brewery also creates selections outside the range of standard German styles. The Sandbar 513-533-3810 | thesandbarcincinnati.com Outdoor cabana bar, seven volleyball courts, a large grass area for corn hole, cozy indoor bar with seven flat-screen TVs and a pool table, and an awningcovered deck overlooking the marina.

Hotels

Nightlife Bad Tom Brewing 513-871-4677 | badtomsmithbrewing.com Impressive beer list includes the flagship Bad Tom Smith, a reddish brown ale. Other favorites include Brother Clement and Old Abe American Ale, an

Free Breakfast

Free Parking

Fitness Room

Pet Friendly

Internet Restaurant

Airport Transportation

Indoor Pool

Business Center

Outdoor Pool

Room Service

Best Western Mariemont Inn 513-271-2100 | mariemontinn.com 6880 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

Looking for something fun to do? Visit Cincinnati’s East Side!

Stonelick Hills

Coney Island

Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

Belterra Park

visitclermontohio.com

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 95


West 1

2 52

Brookville

129

52

74

74 Harrison

INDIANA

OHIO

1 50

ILLUSTRATION BY DAN ZETTWOCH

Greendale Lawrenceburg 50 R

350 50

96 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Aurora

I OH

IV

4 ER

O

3

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


127

5 SPOTS Must-See

1 Metamora Visit Indiana’s only functioning canal town, historic Metamora, and experience life as it was in the 1800s. Stop by the gristmill and pick up a bag of stone-ground flour before taking a ride in a canal boat through the only wooden aqueduct in the country. Other attractions include a gem mine, carriage rides and the Metamora Museum of Oddities. metamoraindiana.com

127

2 Brookville Lake

North

With miles of hiking trails, boating, nationally known fishing, two beaches and more than 400 campsites, Brookville Lake is an ideal family vacation destination for nature lovers. Historical bonus: traces of prehistoric Native American mounds and 450-million-year-old Ordovician fossils can still be seen around the lake. 765-647-2657, brookvillelake.com

27

128

3 Hillforest Mansion

Miamitown

126

275

Dent 264

Bridgetown

Addyston

74

5

4 Casinos

Westwood

71 50

Cincinnati

Price Hill

Delhi

O H IO

South SPRING / SUMMER 2016

RIVE

R

75

Get away for a weekend and play the slots and a variety of table games at your choice of three world-class Indiana casinos: Belterra Casino in Florence (belterra casino.com), Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg (hollywoodindiana. com) and Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun (risingstarcasino.com).

5 Henke Winery

50

275

Overlooking the Ohio River, this Italian Renaissance–style mansion and National Historic Landmark was built for industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff and his family. Check out the home’s broad overhangs, arched windows and balconies via individual or group tours, group luncheons and tea times. 812-926-0087, hillforest.org

71

Established in 1996, Henke Winery consistently earns medals in international wine competitions. Stop in for a glass and stay for the eclectic American cuisine, local art and live music. 513-662-9463, henkewine.com

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 97


West Things to Do

campgrounds, and some of the bestpreserved fossils in the region.

Belterra Casino Resort belterracasino.com Learn more on page 97.

Whitewater Valley Railroad 765-825-2054 | whitewatervalleyrr.org A 19-mile scenic railroad stretching from Connersville to Metamora, Indiana. Special events like Easter Bunny Express and The Polar Express throughout the year.

Brookville Lake 765-647-2657 | brookvillelake.com Learn more on page 97.

LAURA AND DAVID ARNOLD Blog: cincinnatinomerati.com Niche: Food and Drink

————————————

What’s your favorite new restaurant in town? I would have to say Mita’s (downtown). It’s great to have more restaurant activity west of Vine Street. Plus, I Iove having those plantains be within walking distance!

Cincinnati Escape Room* 513-432-4263 | cincinnatiescaperoom.com Completing the escape room requires communication, teamwork and curiosity from all players. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts 513-241-6550 | cincinnatilandmark productions.com/ccpa Regional performing arts theater in a former cinema hosting musicals, plays and events for children. Dagaz Acres 812-594-2727 | dagazacres.com Outdoor zipline adventures and teambuilding leadership center in Rising Sun, Indiana. Great Parks of Hamilton County 513-521-7275 | greatparks.org Learn more on pages 44, 45, 82. Hillforest Mansion 812-926-0087 | hillforest.org Learn more on page 97.

Cincinnati has several farmers markets in the warmer months. Name your favorites. We mostly shop at Findlay Market year round. We also have a great time strawberry picking at Blooms & Berries Farm Market in Loveland in the summer.

Name your go-to date night restaurant spot. Orchids at Palm Court is a fantastic place to visit when you really want an exceptional evening with your special someone, and you can always hit the bar for happy hour if you are worried about breaking the bank. If you’re thinking drinks and more casual fare, we really like the Wiseguy Lounge above Goodfella’s Pizza in Over-the-Rhine. 98 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

Hollywood Casino* 888-274-6797 | hollywoodindiana.com Learn more on page 97. Perfect North Slopes 812-537-3754 | perfectnorth.com Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and lessons. Rising Star Casino Resort* 812-438-1234 | risingstarcasino.com Learn more on page 97.

Shopping Bargains and Buyouts 888-729-6074 | bargainsandbuyouts.com Closeout and liquidation retail outlet with everything for your home. Dillard’s West Town Clearance Center 513-244-3489 | dillards.com Dillard’s branded and private label merchandise at 50–60 percent off original prices. Metamora, Indiana metamoraindiana.com Learn more on page 97.

Dining Barnesburg Tavern & Grille 513-741-1200 | barnesburgtavernandgrille.com American-style menu and 13 huge flatscreen TVs. Great Crescent Brewing 812-655-9079 | gcbeer.com Family-owned-and-operated brewery and coffee shop in Aurora, Indiana, that was named in Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best of the City” issue in 2014. Henke Winery* 513-662-9463 | henkewine.com Learn more on page 97.

Strike & Spare Western Bowl 513-574-2222 | westernbowl.com A Cincinnati landmark since 1950, with 68 lanes of automatic scoring, games, food, drink and entertainment. Home to the Hoinke Classic bowling tournament.

Incline Public House 513-251-3000 | inclinepublichouse.com A hilltop restaurant with sweeping scenes of downtown Cincinnati and dishes prepared in a wood-fired oven.

Scallywag Tag 513-922-4999 | scallywagtag.com Cincinnati’s premier pirate-themed family entertainment center. Play laser tag, blacklight miniature golf and arcades.

Kreimer’s Bier Haus 513-353-2168 | bierhauswest.net Kreimer’s has served authentic German dishes for more than 30 years. Enjoy a glass of Kreimer’s own brew on its expansive outdoor patio.

Warsaw Federal Incline Theater 513-241-6550 | cincinnatilandmark productions.com/incline New contemporary venue for plays and musicals staged by Cincinnati Landmark Productions in East Price Hill. Whitewater Memorial State Park 765-458-5565 | in.gov Sprawling park in Liberty, Indiana, with nine miles of horseback riding trails,

LaRosa’s Pizzeria 513-347-1111 | larosas.com What started as a small pizzeria on the West Side is now a go-to for pizza night, serving pizza, pasta, calzones and hoagies. Multiple locations. Market Street Grille 513-202-0200 | marketstreetgrille.com Tucked in the heart of the business SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

LOCALS SPEAK!


district in downtown Harrison. Features American-style fare and a Sunday brunch. Maury’s Tiny Cove 513-662-2683 | maurys-steakhouse.com Learn more on page 16. Nick & Tom’s Restaurant & Bar 513-574-4242 | nickandtoms.com Enjoy a casual roadhouse atmosphere at this local favorite. Price Hill Chili 513-471-9507 | pricehillchili.com Learn more on page 14. Primavista* 513-251-6467 | pvista.com Romantic Italian restaurant with beautiful views and classic fare, from Scallopine alla Discepoli to Osso Buco Milanese. Putz’s Creamy Whip 513-681-8668 | putzscreamywhip.com This family-owned establishment has been serving up tasty treats every summer since 1938. Tap & Screw Brewery 513-451-1763 | tapandscrew.com Tap & Screw Brewery is Cincinnati’s first microbrewery on the West Side, featuring brewed beer on site, freshly made food and local wines.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Thai Taste Thai Cuisine and Sushi Bar 513-421-6151 Hidden gem specializing in authentic Thai cuisine, including Thai curries and noodle dishes. Also has a sushi bar. Two locations. Vitor’s Bistro 513-481-5333 | vitorsbistro.net International upscale fine dining restaurant and bistro in the heart of Westwood. You can even dine with Chef Vitor at his Chef’s Table, a one-on-one experience. Wild Mike’s 513-451-9464 (Delhi location) | wildmikeswings.com A sports bar serving brews, wings, burgers, sandwiches and much more, including daily specials. Three area locations.

Hotels Free Breakfast

Free Parking

Fitness Room

Pet Friendly

Internet

Airport Transportation

Restaurant Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool

Business Center Room Service

Best Western Plus Whitewater Inn* 513-845-4970 | bestwesternohio.com 391 Comfort Dr., Harrison, OH 45030 57 rooms

Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati West 513-574-6000 | hiecincinnatihotel.com 5505 Rybolt Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45248 115 rooms

Holiday Inn Express Harrison 513-367-1111 | hiexpress.com 10906 New Haven Rd., Harrison, OH 45030 62 rooms

Super 8 Harrison 513-367-5200 | super8.com 10900 New Haven Rd., Harrison, OH 45030 100 rooms

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 99


WALKING TOURS AFK Geocaching*

513-235-2436 | AFKgeocaching.com Explore art, history and culture through Geocaching. Geocaching is an anywhere, anytime scavenger hunt that uses your smartphone to find hidden containers at selected locations.

American Legacy Tours*

859-951-8560 | americanlegacytours.com Tours exploring many aspects of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s heritage, like the Queen City Underground Tour and the Newport Gangster Tour.

ArtWorks Mural Tours

513-333-0388 | artworkscincinnati.org Traverse Cincinnati through the artist’s eyes; stroll through downtown to experience the towering murals and how they came to be.

Betts Longworth Historic District (BLHD) Walking Tours

513-651-0734 | thebettshouse.org Relish in the unique architecture and history of the Longworth neighborhood, which has stood for more than 200 years.

Mt. Adams Walks

513-235-3957 | mtadamstoday.com Learn about historical sites in Mt. Adams through this guided walking tour. 100 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

BB Riverboats

TOURS BY AIR Bella Balloons Hot Air Balloon Rides*

513-932-3552 | flybellaballoons.com Provides scenic views of Ohio’s beautiful landscapes year-round, at sunrise and near sunset. Post-flight celebration includes champagne and flight certificate presentation. Reservations required.

TOURS ON WHEELS Cincinnati Bike Center

513-282-4260 | bikeandpark.com/city/cincinnati Queen City and Riverfront bike tours offered. Segway tours for sightseeing on the riverfront.

Cycling Backroads

513-321-7465 | flamingoair.net Soar over the river region of Cincinnati USA and experience the skyline from an aerial view.

513-279-2452 | cyclingbackroads.com Tours on two wheels are available at the Spring Grove Cemetery to see park settings and plant species, or Overthe-Rhine to see why this urban district is becoming one of Cincinnati’s most popular destinations.

Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon Co.

Elegant Carriage

Flamingo Air Sightseeing Tours

513-932-9007 | hotairballoonrides.com Scenic and exciting hot air ballooning adventures offered in both the morning and evening.

Higher Ground Helicopters Flight Academy

513-217-6700 | hghelicopters.com Guests enjoy 30-minute hands-on helicopter tours.

Stratus Helicopters

513-533-4354 | stratushelicopters.com Get a birds-eye view of the city. Scenic helicopter tours of Cincinnati. Located at Lunken Airport.

937-903-5156 | elegantcarriage.com Horse-drawn carriage rides in downtown Cincinnati, Newport and Covington.

Pedego Cincinnati

513-206-8891 | pedegoelectricbikes.com Pedego sells, rents and provides electric bikes for guided tours of Cincinnati. Leave a smaller carbon footprint and get there faster.

The Garage OTR—Home of Segway of Cincinnati*

513-225-1583 | segwayofcincinnati.com Segway tours of downtown Cincinnati, the riverfront and Eden Park on a Segway Personal Transporter. SPRING / SUMMER 2016

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sightseeing & Tours


Wheel Fun Rentals* 513-658-4161 | wheelfunrentals.com Offering a unique variety of two-, threeand four-wheel bikes. Self-guided bike tours of the riverfront and downtown Cincinnati.

toric, architectural and cultural sites. This tour visits parts of Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. It is for private groups and fits up to 30 people total.

See the Sights of Cincy & NKY 859-384-4010 | seethesights.net Fully experienced uniform step-on guides for groups cover the local sights in a two-hour or customized city tour of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, including tales of the Underground Railroad, folk stories, trivia and haunted places.

TOURS BY SEA BB Riverboats*

tour of the Northern Kentucky Back Roads Wine Trail.

Pedal Wagon* 513-201-7655 | pedalwagon.com The Pedal Wagon is a 15-person pedalpowered rolling party. Take in Cincinnati on a two-hour pub crawl or enjoy scenic cruises through Cincinnati.

Taste the World at Findlay Market & in OTR 513-602-5602 | cincinnatifoodtours.com Escorted walking tour of Cincinnati’s oldest continuously operated public market or its neighborhood in Over-theRhine. Sample small bites at each stop.

859-261-8500 | bbriverboats.com Lunch, dinner, sightseeing and specialty cruises (for adults and kids) aboard an authentic riverboat.

Queen City Riverboats and Destiny Yacht* 859-292-8687 | queencityriverboats.com Custom cruises for groups from 30 to 325; sightseeing, lunch, dinner, appetizer and cocktail cruises.

Ride the Ducks Newport*

SEGWAY TOUR PHOTO BY GARY KESSLER; BREWERY TOUR PHOTO BY J. MILES WOLF

859-815-1439 | newportducks.com Sightseeing from a duck’s eye view on this tour that traverses land and water in an amphibious vehicle.

FOOD & BEVERAGE TOURS Cincinnati Brewery Tours 513-604-9812 | cincinnatibrewerytours.com Historical tours of Cincinnati’s rich brewing heritage, both above and below the ground.

Cincy Brew Bus* 513-258-7909 | cincybrewbus.com Cincinnati’s original and premier craft brewery taproom tasting tours. Private and public tours available Monday through Sunday all year round. Experience the tri-state’s brewing renaissance.

Cincy Wine Wagon

STEP-ON GUIDES

513-258-7909 | cincywinewagon.com Tour and taste at three local wineries, learning about customs and flavors along the way.

Able Scotsman Tours*

Craft Connection Brewery Tours*

513-351-7673 Enjoy an informative and fun tour of the Cincinnati USA sights or customize your own tour.

937-367-8054 | craftconnectiontours.com Using the Hop On tour bus, you will visit your choice of three or four local craft breweries in Cincinnati. Transportation, tours and tastings are all included in pricing.

Accent on Cincinnati* 513-721-8687 | accentcinti.com Destination management services include sightseeing tours, event decor, entertainment and coordination, airport meet and greet and citywide shuttle management.

Cincinnati Heritage Programs Tours* 513-287-7031 | cincymuseum.org/programs/heritage Offers historical, cultural and architectural tours around Greater Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Trolley 513-467-9888 | cincinnatitrolley.com Trolley tours of Cincinnati include a Queen City Tour, which samples hisSPRING / SUMMER 2016

TOUR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS VENUES Scotts Ballpark Tours at Great American Ball Park* 513-765-7923 | redsmuseum.org Get a behind-the-scenes look at the home of the Cincinnati Reds. Includes admission to Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

Paul Brown Stadium Tour* 513-455-4805 | bengals.com Come see the home of the Cincinnati Bengals! Tours Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–2 p.m., April 1–June 30. Reservation required. For more information and a complete list of tours, visit CincinnatiUSA.com

Riverside Food Tours 859-289-0035 | riversidefoodtours.com This historic tour will enliven the midnineteenth century lifestyle and allow you to experience fine stores and eating establishments in the area.

Night Shift Limousine 513-658-5466 | nightshiftlimousine.com Limousine service and guide to all that is unique in Cincinnati USA. Wineries, distilleries, microbreweries; standard or custom tours. Offers a

Cincinnati Brewery Tours CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 101


Getting Around Town So many ways to see the sights!

WAYS TO WALK From Over-the-Rhine to the Northern Kentucky riverfront, the neighborhoods around downtown Cincinnati are filled with cool and diverse shops, restaurants, museums, parks and attractions— and you can easily reach them on foot. There’s so much to explore, and all it takes is a short walk to reach your next destination.

ity connecting to downtown Cincinnati, at $1.50 per ride. 859-331-8265, tankbus.org

Ì Uber, Lyft and Drivr. Uber

Ì Four pedestrian-friendly

Ì Explore an entire urban neighborhood or entertainment district by foot. Each one—including Over-the-Rhine, the Central Business District, The Banks, Newport on the Levee, Covington and Bellevue, to name a few—offers its own diverse mix of shopping, dining and entertainment. Have dinner or drinks, explore boutiques and enjoy a night out, all in the same neighborhood—no need for wheels. 102 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

WAYS TO RIDE Ì Southbank Shuttle. Southbank Shuttle Trolleys, operated by TANK, service Newport, Covington and downtown Cincinnati every 15 minutes for $1 per ride. Get to a Reds game from your Northern Kentucky hotel or ride from Fountain Square to Newport on the Levee. tankbus.org

Ì Taxi Service. Find taxi stands at the airport and at most of the riverfront and downtown hotels. Community Yellow Cab, 513-241-2100; Elite Taxi, 859-630-6948; Towne Taxi, 513-761-7700

Ì Metro. Offers nearly 50 local service routes throughout Greater Cincinnati starting at $1.75 per ride. Now you can purchase a day pass for $4.50 for unlimited rides in Zone 1 (Downtown and Uptown) until 3 a.m. 513-6214455, go-metro.com

Ì Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK). Operates 30 bus routes throughout Northern Kentucky neighborhoods, with the major-

WAYS TO BIKE Ì Cincy Red Bike. Fifty stations are located Downtown, Uptown and in Northern Kentucky to conveniently rent your ride. An $8 day pass offers unlimited 60-minute rides. Learn more on page 32. cincyredbike.org SPRING / SUMMER 2016

PHOTOGRAPH BY J. MILES WOLF

bridges. The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Purple People Bridge, Taylor Southgate Bridge and Clay Wade Bailey Bridge connect our region and make it easy to traverse the Ohio River. Whether you want to get to the Reds game from your Northern Kentucky hotel or head to Newport on the Levee after exploring Smale Riverfront Park, the bridges are a safe and convenient way to get there.

and Lyft are app-powered rideshare programs available throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Drivr gives you a lift in a Tesla Model S, a luxury electric car. uber.com, lyft.com, godrivr.com


PACKAGES AND OFFERS Book, Save, Enjoy! Find exclusive hotel packages

and discounted offers at CincinnatiUSA.com.

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

CINCINNATIUSA.COM \\\ 103


20

To Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Ohio

59

28

Over-the-Rhine

16

39 38 65

1

32

27 To 33 T En 56 o IK terT

Horseshoe Casino

To EA RA IN To Sha m Am ron en tJ er vill un ica e C cti n S on on ign ve M ntio us eu n Ce m nt er

29

15 50

Mount

58 19

Downtown

3 22

25 30 61

60

10 37

55

National Underground R ailroad Freedom Center

41

31 4

18

Great American Ball Park Home of the Reds

ne nti rpe Se

64

ll Wa

47 Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Cincinnati

To Indiana 48 Perfect North Slopes 12 Casinos

40

BB Riverboats 5 o erb Riv

ow at R

Newport Aquarium

43

54 53

To Behringer-Crawford Museum

45

Northern Kentucky Convention Center

Covington

Newport

To Ark Encounter To Creation Museum To Kentucky Speedway To Turfway Park

8

MainStrasse

104 /// OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

2 23 34 63

Newport on the Levee 44 51

66 Newpor World Peace Bell

17

24

*= Member of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

57

11 The 13 Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Carnegie

SPRING / SUMMER 2016


To T he To Be Kin gs Is ach lan d

7

35

Cincinnati USA Regional Map Cincinnati USA Visitor Center

9

ark 21 aP d err lan elt ey Is d52 B To Con ben er To iver ent R C To usic M

36 14 26

1. American Sign Museum 2. Ark Encounter 3. Aronoff Center for the Arts

49

4. The Banks 5. BB Riverboats 6. BB&T Arena

Adams

16. Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

To

23. Creation Museum

a en Ar &T BB

24. Devou Park 25. Duke Energy Convention Center 26. Eden Park 27. EnterTRAINment Junction 28. Findlay Market

SPRING / SUMMER 2016

46. Party Source 47. Paul Brown Stadium 48. Perfect North Slopes 49. Playhouse in the Park 50. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

53. Riverwalk Statues

22. Contemporary Arts Center

Points of Interest Southbank Shuttle Pedestrian-friendly

45. Northern Kentucky Convention Center

18. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

21. Coney Island

66

44. Newport on the Levee

51. Ride the Ducks

20. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Parking Garages Parking Lots

43. Newport Aquarium

17. Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport

19. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Kentucky

39. Music Hall

42. New Riff Distilling

15. Cincinnati City Hall

t

38. Memorial Hall

9. Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment Center

14. Cincinnati Art Museum

6

37. Lytle Park

41. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

13. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

46

36. Krohn Conservatory

8. Behringer-Crawford Museum

12. Casinos (Indiana)

42

35. Kings Island

40. National Steamboat Monument

11. The Carnegie

Bellevue

34. Kentucky Speedway

7. The Beach Waterpark

10. Carew Tower

62

33. IKEA

29. Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati 30. Fountain Square

52. Riverbend Music Center 54. Roebling Murals 55. Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove 56. Sharonville Convention Center 57. Smale Riverfront Park 58. St. Peter in Chains Cathedral 59. Taft Historic Site 60. Taft Museum of Art 61. Taft Theatre 62. Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park 63. Turfway Park 64. U.S. Bank Arena 65. Washington Park 66. World Peace Bell

31. Great American Ball Park 32. Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

CINCINNATIUSA.COM


VISITING

PLAYING

LIVING

WORKING

STAYING

AND MORE!

the banks The Banks - A World-Class Riverfront Destination. Nestled along the river with the new 40-acre Smale Riverfront Park and Cincinnati's major sport venues, The Banks offers great restaurants, live music joints, family-friendly activities, professional sports and more. Whatever your age or interest... it's happening on the river at The Banks! within walking distance from all downtown events!

great restaurants!

plenty of parking! (nearly 8,000 spaces!)

live! work! play!

BURGERFI • CRAVE • FOUR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP • HOLY GRAIL • JEFFERSON SOCIAL JIMMY JOHN’S • MOERLEIN LAGER HOUSE • ORANGE LEAF • RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE SANTO GRAAL RISTORANTE & PIZZARIA • TASTE OF BELGIUM • TERVIS • TIN ROOF WELCOME CENTER • YARD HOUSE • BIKE RENTALS • AND SO MUCH MORE!

thebankscincy.com