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Our Journey In: Cincinnati, OH

Last week, Tristan and Dominic tagged along with me on a business trip to Cincinnati. I’ve probably been to this city half a dozen times by now, so it was really nice to finally show my boys around.

Any time I wasn’t in meetings, we were catching up with friends and seeing the city.  Although I’ve been here many times, I never really got to play “tourist,” so it was a great change of pace.


Note that the weather changes constantly in the Midwest.  When we first booked our flights, the weather prediction was completely sunny.  Each time I checked after that, it would bounce from cloudy, to rainy, to sunny, and back.  Unfortunately, on the day I had the most free time from work, it rained.  We still made the best of it!  We somehow walked over to Over-the-Rhine for lunch and ate at The Eagle, a spot my husband was eyeing on Yelp.  Over-the-Rhine is really an up-and-coming area for Cincinnati.  Since I started visiting the city, a lot of new restaurants have popped up here, and it seems to be the go-to place to catch up with friends after work.


The fried chicken at The Eagle was tasty, but not as crispy as we were hoping!  What a great spot though.  The vibe just made us think of how we would’ve loved to revisit a spot like this pre-baby.  Haha.
The Eagle | 1342 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
After that, we headed over to Holtman’s for donuts.  They had this pumpkin donut iced with cream cheese frosting that was DELICIOUS.  Their donuts are soft, moist and fluffy.  My husband got the maple bacon which was good, but he couldn’t get himself to finish it… so I just indulged for him. 🙂
Holtman’s Donuts | 1332C-2 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH



We had plans to walk around Washington Park, so we waited a bit at Holtman’s to see if the rain would slow down.  It actually started to rain even harder, so we just decided to head back to the hotel to rest before dinner.

For dinner, we met up with one of my coworkers and her fiance at Montgomery Inn for ribs and their saratoga chips.  Most people say it’s not the best barbeque in town, but it’s the spot to check out when you’re a tourist.  Plus, my husband saw it on Food Network, so we had to go.  I agree it’s not the best, but the location and view was great.  Guess who was disappointed that he couldn’t eat more ribs?

Montgomery Inn | 925 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202For our second day, I had some time before my afternoon meeting, so we headed out to Moerlein’s for an early lunch.  On that walk over, we walked passed the Great American Ballpark so we stopped for a few photos here.

Great American Ball Park | 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Moerlein Lager House is right on the water so there’s a great view of the river and the bridge.  It’s also a great place if you like to take a walk after a heavy meal because Smale Park is right around the corner – so that’s just what we did after lunch.

Moerlein Lager House | 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202


This is the Roebling Bridge.  If it looks familiar at all, it’s because it was the prototype to the Brooklyn Bridge.  That’s something I’ve learned that has fascinated me about being able to visit smaller cities due to business.  A lot of these places have the prototypes for more popular buildings – such as in North Carolina where the prototype of the Empire State Building is built.
Smale Park, from what I understand, is a pretty new recreational area for Greater Cincinnati.  I’ve seen it in passing many times, but this was my first time walking around it.  A lot of great things to look at and enjoy, and a great space to go for a jog.  We particularly loved the giant chess set.  I’m not so sure Dominic felt the same.

Smale Riverfront Park | 100 W Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at Graeter’s for some ice cream.  I go here almost every time I visit Cincinnati to get their black raspberry chocolate chip.  There is something about it that’s so addicting.  I always try to sample a few new flavors too, but I haven’t had the courage to get a full scoop of anything different.  We hung out here and caught up with a few other coworkers before Tristan and Dominic headed to the hotel, and I headed to work.

Graeter’s | 511 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

After work, we made plans to have dinner with another one of my favorite coworkers.  She took us over to Newport, Kentucky to have pizza at Dewey’s.  I actually really wanted to come this way because I knew my husband would appreciate the great view of Cincinnati from the other side of the river once the sun went down.

Dewey’s Pizza | 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071

I mean, really.  Check out this view of the city.  I wish there was a spot at home that was just ideal for getting a skyline shot like this.  The one we found in Seattle is another favorite of ours.


After this, we made a quick stop at a nearby White Castle.  Yes, we did.  The first time I was here, I had to try it, so I knew my husband would need to too.  It’s not on the West Coast!  We haven’t been to a state where White Castle was readily available, so it just had to make its way into our itinerary.

It was obviously a quick trip, but it was so nice to take a break from cooking and cleaning. Snuggling with my boys on a fluffy hotel bed without a care for chores was just what I needed to help recharge, so I’m thankful that I had to head out for this business meeting for a few days and that it worked out for my boys to come with me. A little taste of the Midwest never hurt anyone. In fact, for a small city, they really do have pretty good food. Now we’re back on our normal routine, and it’s as sweet as ever!
We have one more trip booked for this year, then on to plan a big 2016 vacation!
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