5 Expert Tips for Experiencing All Cincinnati Has to Offer

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Cincinnati was the first major city founded in the United States after the Revolutionary War, giving it a status of the first purely American city. It combines the sophistication of a urban area with the comfortable appeal of a small town. Here are some insider tips to help you feel like royalty when visiting the Queen City.

Where to Stay?

21c Museum Hotel

Yes, Cincinnati has the dependable Hiltons and Hyatts where you can be assured of a comfortable stay. But if you’re looking for chance to experience the real flavor of Cincinnati, this is the place. What was once the historic Metropole Hotel in the heart of downtown now houses this 156-room boutique hotel and contemporary art museum. The rooms are luxurious yet have a residential feel. You’ll appreciate thoughtful amenities such as the heated bathroom floors, free wi-fi and 42-inch HDTV flat screens. It’s no wonder that this stylishly inviting hotel was voted #1 hotel in the U.S. in the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards by Conde Nast Traveler.

609 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Where to Eat?

Jean-Robert’s Table

Midwesterners love their red meat, and there is no shortage of fine steakhouses in Cincinnati. However, they appreciate creative dining as well, which is why they’ve been flocking to this restaurant that was named the best in the city by Zagat. The namesake chef/owner serves classic French cuisine with a contemporary American twist in a casually elegant setting. He doesn’t turn up his nose at red meat. Try the popular French Chateau Burger with bleu cheese, caramelized onions, bacon and tomato on a brioche bun. Enjoy breakfast, a light lunch or a relaxing coffee and pastry break at French Crust Cafe, their sister restaurant less than two blocks away.

Jean-Robert’s Table: 715 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

French Crust Cafe: 915 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Looking for Culture?

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum

Who says culture has to be an indoor activity? Enjoy a leisurely walk through meadows and forests while viewing the stunning collection of sculptures at this outdoor museum. The park also features an indoor museum that displays Greek, Egyptian, Etruscan and Roman sculptures dating back thousands of years. The ongoing goal at Pyramid Hill is to establish a collection demonstrating the complete history of sculpture. Park hours are 8 am-5 pm year-round, weather permitting.

1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, OH 45013

Are You a Sports Nut?

Cincinnati Reds @ The Great American Ball Park

Major league baseball’s first professional team plays their games in this beautiful waterfront stadium. Are you visiting during the off-season? There’s still plenty to see and do here. The Reds Hall of Fame is open year-round for guests to enjoy the interactive museum exhibits, player appearances and other fan-centric events. Indulge your inner athlete in the Play Ball! gallery, where you can try your hand at throwing a fastball over the plate or making an leaping catch in the outfield.

100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

How to Get There?

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Cincinnati rose on the banks of the Ohio during the days of riverboats and it’s grown into a large metropolitan area. Many of the city’s attractions are spread out geographically, so you won’t want to spend the time and trouble reading maps, dealing with traffic and hunting for parking. Contact A Savannah Nite to book a car service that provides efficient, stress-free travel wherever you want to go. 

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