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Christmas in the Queen City

From the extravagant lights to the towering trees and live nativity scenes, no city does the holidays quite like Cincinnati. After all, it was voted one of the 10 best cities to celebrate the season. For light displays like you’ve never seen, hop in your car and head to Coney Island’s Christmas Nights of Lights. Stay warm while you drive through the more than 2 miles of lights all perfectly synchronized the music playing from your radio. The Cincinnati Zoo magically transforms each year into a “Wild Wonderland” that has been voted the best zoo lights display in the country. Visitors can skate down to Swan Lake, catch a black-light puppet show, ride the Toyland Express and search for fairies. But for the queen of Christmas head to The Christmas Ranch. The ranch has seven Christmas shops for finding stocking stuffers, a bakery and café, train rides and even pictures with Santa. And, of course, the entire property is decorated to the nines!

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Where to Caffeinate in Cincinnati

When morning breaks and it’s time to get out of bed, a cup of joe to give you a jolt becomes crucial. You’re never short of options in Cincy where coffee flows freely. Sidewinder Coffee and Roastery keeps things fresh with their own twists on the staples. Try their house lattes such as the French Kiss or sip the White Rabbit while you play with the resident rabbit Violet. The curators behind Collective Espresso traveled the country looking for the ingredients that make the perfect coffee shop. What they came up with was a café with a focus on serving the best coffee in its purest form. The Coffee Emporium has not only been recognized as one of the best coffee houses around, but it’s also the oldest in Cincinnati. The in-house roasted coffee comes from small family-owned farms with attention to tradition and sustainability that is passed straight from crop to cup. Find more coffee, latte art and live music this month at the Cincinnati Coffee Festival

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Cincinnati's Quirky Side

Creative collections and quirky obsessions celebrate the peculiar side of life and make it enchanting. Even Cincy has her own scene for celebrating the absurd. Ease in at the American Sign Museum where the electric blaze and neon buzz will light up your senses. With signs dating back to the 1800s, a walk through the collection is a true track of history. We all recognize the waving cats—or Maneki-Neko—the Japanese symbol for good luck. But did you know the city has an entire Lucky Cat Museum dedicated to the sitting feline? The cat has been around for more than 100 years and every iteration—from plush to wood and overly adorned—is welcome in the collection that now numbers more than 1,000. For one last strange sight, visit Cincy’s ‘shroom house—a collaged home built out of all found materials by Local architect Terry Brown.

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Cincy's Savory Staples and Classic Cuisine

No stay in Cincy would be complete without a culinary cruise through the creative foodie spots that have come to define the Queen City. Perhaps the most crucial cuisine on the list, the saucy-topped pile of spaghetti known as Cincinnati chili, has been satisfying stomachs since 1922. Go to Camp Washington Chili—named by the Smithsonian Institute as one of the most iconic food stops in America—for one of the best bowls around. Taste of Belgium serves up stateside spins on that wonderful international indulgence: waffles. Tasty twists include the B3 Burger & Frites complete with a cheddar grits waffle bun, short rib/brisket/chuck blend, candied bacon and a Belgian BBQ sauce. Savor the flavors of items such as the Spuds Mackenzie and the Lindsay Lohan at Senate Pub, the heavenly hub of hot dogs. Your taste buds will thank you when they taste duck fat fries, double smoked bacon, béchamel, kimchi, goat cheese and more topping these tasty dogs.

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Paper Planes and Confectionary Perfection

Get a glimpse of life in the ‘30s with a visit to one of America’s last great train stations—Cincinnati’s Union Terminal. Now home to the Cincinnati Museum Center, the terminal is the perfect place for a family fun day. For a sweet distraction, make sure to check out Chocolate: The Exhibition. Discover the history of the treasured treat, the process of production to packaging, and how different cultures cater cacao to their own cravings. There’s no better place to explore space than in the home city of Neil Armstrong, and we’re sure he would approve of the interactive Mission Aerospace exhibit. Here, you can wind your way through an aeronautics themed maze, attend Ace Academy and practice your paper airplane skills. Be sure to save the date of August 11th for a special 1940s Day at Lunken Airport. With a full schedule of events, including a Betty Bomber photo shoot, tours, and costume contests, it’s guaranteed to be a grand time for all!

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Fun at Fountain Square's Summer Series

Some say if you visit Cincinnati and miss Fountain Square, you haven’t really seen the city at all. But with the Summer Series and a slew of free events, it’s easy to ensure the square makes it into your schedule. If you like to challenge your thinking with trivia and fun facts, form a team of your closest friends and compete in the square on Monday night Trivia or Tuesday night Fountain Feud. While you play for the coveted gift card prizes, imbibe in $15 buckets of Bud and the nightly drink specials. Get your mid-week groove on with music that will keep your feet moving. Reggae Wednesdays and Salsa on the Square held on Thursdays bring out a different band each week to keep the beat going. And, when you get hungry, fuel up throughout the week with local food trucks at Fountain Square Eats and cross-cultural cuisine at World Fare!

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Love Summer with Local Eats, Live Music and More

Tis the season to shop fresh and local at Cincinnati’s Saturday markets. Head to Stanbery Park for local treats like City Chicks BBQ Sauce, Fork and Pie Bakery, and Let it Bee small batch honey. Stick around later for evening entertainment—check out the Friday Night Fun Live Music and family-friendly films—each week. Get to Covington Farmer’s Market for tonic and tea blends from Green Grrrl Wisdom, kimchi and sauerkraut from Simple Cultures or Superfood Bliss Balls and Sunshine Dressing from Peace and Love Eatery. Here, each Saturday of the month has a different focus, like sustainable living workshops each third Saturday and yoga and pet adoption each second Saturday. For something a little different, make your way to the O.F.F. indoor market the second Saturday of each month. Visit local artists, farmers, and vendors peddling specialty food and beverages!


Admire the Newest Additions

The days are getting warmer as summer approaches and we don’t know any better way to enjoy them than spending a day outside with the wilder side at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Our local zoo first opened its doors in 1875 making it the second oldest zoo in the country. In the years since, the Cincinnati Zoo has been a leader in conservation, education, and preservation among other zoos in the country. The zoo is also one of the largest in the country with more than 500 animal species—such as the Andean Bear and Komodo Dragons—and 3,000 plant species that call the zoo home. The month of May is the perfect time to take in the variety of flora and fauna as the zoo celebrates their newest members. From a baby hippo to a colobus monkey and spitting cobra eggs, there are plenty of little babies to admire. Follow the zoos 6-foot tall stork statues to make sure you don’t miss any!

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Walking to work across bridges over the Miami and Erie Canal, which separated the area from downtown Cincinnati, mid-19th century German immigrants nicknamed the Canal, "the Rhine" in reference to the river Rhine in Germany. Because of its size, today Over-the-Rhine has been segmented into three distinct districts: The Gateway Quarter, The Brewery District and Liberty Street, all flourishing with restaurants and independent retailers. At the center of Over-the-Rhine, the 8-acre Washington Park is a popular venue for music festivals, farmer’s markets and more.


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