9/28/2016

A Weekend in Cincinnati!

Jon and I recently visited Cincinnati, Ohio. We left Thursday morning and returned Sunday night. About a month ago we realized there were some really cheap fares going with Frontier ($150 return each!) so we thought why not?! Its somewhere neither of us had ever been. And while Cincinnati probably isn't everyone's first thought when it comes to a weekend away we had an awesome time and I would totally go back there again.

Thursday
We arrived at about 6pm on Thursday went to our hotel and then headed out to Over-The-Rhine or OTR as the locals say! We went to Tafts Ale House (a must visit) for a beer and some beer cheese (better than it sounds!). We then headed to The Anchor for dinner which was really good too! After dinner we crossed the road, headed into Washington Park and enjoyed the PNC Summer Series concert of the night which was a bluegrass band. Washington Park is amazing! Seriously one of the best parks I've ever been to! Great dog park, live music, kids play area, scheduled sports activities - kickball was happening the night we were there and an outdoor bar that operates when there's an event.


Cincinnati Music Hall


Friday
On Friday we were up early and went for a walk to Findlay Market, the area we walked through is definitely in transition but once we were at the market itself it was really nice. For lunch we stopped at Pho Lang - it was so good, really generous portions for reasonable prices. There was definitely a bit of a lunch rush. If we visit Cincy again I'd definitely head back to Pho Lang for lunch. We then caught an Uber down to Smale Park - they had amazing porch swings lined up a long the river. Perfect activity after some Pho! From Smale Park we decided to walk across the bridge to Kentucky - just so we could say we 'walked to Kentucky'. We met up with some family who also happened to be in town that weekend at a Taste of Belgium for dinner, this was also in OTR - such a cool area!


Colorful Row Home near Findlay Market


Saturday
On Saturday morning we rented a car and drove out to Hyde Park (only about 10 minutes from downtown). We walked around Hyde Park square stopped in at Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine. I bought some tea - my now new favorite tea, Palais Des Thes Oolong, it's seriously heaven. We went to Ault Park for a little walk around, such a beautiful place. We headed over to Clifton for lunch. some obligatory Skyline Chili, definitely different and really not too bad - great if you're a cheese lover! We went back to the hotel for a little afternoon nap, and then made our way back to Clifton for dinner at Harvest Restaurant. This definitely felt like the slightly fancy but very comfortable local restaurant. The food was great, the staff were excellent and the atmosphere was just perfect. It felt like the perfect place for a date night, or birthday, or literally any excuse you can think of to go.



Ready for some Pho and Pho Lang!


Sunday
For breakfast we made our way to Maplewood Kitchen and Bar. The line was long but the mimosa while you wait was definitely helpful! I had some delicious avocado benedict and the slo glow cold pressed juice. From there we returned our rental car and uber-ed to the airport. A seriously great weekend! If you get the chance to visit Cincy - do it! A great city on the rise!





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