I recently spent a weekend in Cincinnati! My dad lives in Michigan and I live in Nashville so it’s the perfect spot in the middle. We didn’t really know what was in Cincinnati but ending up having the best time! Here’s what we did!
We stayed outside of Cincinnati in a little hotel in Mason, OH. It’s about 20 minutes away. It’s a very small town but has a homey little downtown area! We got in late Friday night and went to a restaurant called Wildflower Café. It’s an old house that they built out to fit a restaurant! It’s adorable and the waiters are excellent.
The next day we got up early and went to downtown Cincinnati and did some exploring! We started our day in an area called Over-the-Rhine. It’s definitely Cincinnati’s cool cultural hub. We had brunch at the Taste of Belgium. My dad and I shared the waffles and a crepe, which were scrumptious! After we were stuffed, we walked around shopping in all the different boutiques! This was by far my favorite area in Cincinnati! Great sightseeing. They have murals everywhere in this part of town. If you’re super interested I heard they do mural tours!
Slowly made our way to some art museums! I absolutely love going to art museums; it’s so inspiring to see what goes on in other people’s heads. We went to the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati and got lucky because we walked in on a tour of the 21c Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center! It was great because we wouldn’t have thought of going to the Contemporary Arts Center, but they were both super cool.
After that we walked around some more and ran across an international festival happening in a nearby park! We ate lunch at the Maplewood Kitchen and Bar. It was so aesthetically pleasing + great food! ☺ We both got salads, which were healthy and LOADED with yummy goodness.
After lunch, we tried out the Bird/lime scooters for the first time! We were making our way over to the Great American Ball Park to see the Reds play! We scooted around a park right on the river, which is a great place to get some steps in. I would recommend checking to see if the Reds are playing because they have a clean stadium and the ticket prices aren’t bad at all!
After the ballgame, we were pretty wiped out. We found a local movie theater in Mason and relaxed with some popcorn!
We didn’t do much on day 3 since we had to travel. However, we did wake up EARLY and went on an air hot balloon ride! It was amazing!! We booked through a company called Gentle Breeze.They were great; explained everything super well, interacted with the riders a lot and let us help assemble and disassemble the balloon. We even got a champagne toast at the end! For breakfast we went to The Mason Grill, which was recommended to us. It was just a hole in the wall type place but had amazing breakfast. After that I made my way back to Nashville!
Overall, I was very impressed with Cincinnati. I would have never thought of visiting there but ended up being a great trip!