Brunch it up

Mimosa, bloody Mary, sangria – whatever your tonic of choice is, the Cincinnati region has you covered for brunch out with your ladies!

Taste of Belgium (photo: Wendy Pramik)
Taste of Belgium (photo: Wendy Pramik)

Discover an excellent list of must-visit spots like Taste of Belgium, where you can reserve the chef’s table for your whole squad at the Vine Street location and dine on rich, dense, Belgium waffles. In need of a Northern burb brunch-tastic locale, look no further than Cozy’s Café & Pub for a full-blown bloody Mary bar on Saturdays and Sundays in a charming refurbished farm house; or try Northstar Café’s locally-sourced and organic menu that includes housemade granola and the hearty Cowboy Breakfast, whil you sip on a unique cocktail at the bar.

LouVino OTR (photo: @eatsbymichael)
LouVino OTR (photo: @eatsbymichael)

Newly opened in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood stands LouVino OTR, where you and your girls can indulge in either country doughnuts, pancake tacos, or chicken biscuit sliders while sipping on a “beermosa,” $2 mimosa, or pucker up for a champagne punch.

Coppin's
Coppin's

Last but not least, head south into Northern Kentucky and visit Coppin’s Restaurant and Bar inside the beautiful Hotel Covington for an upscale brunch experience with fritters for the table, a classic breakfast sandwich, or the Roebling Benedict topped with a Cincinnati classic – goetta; all while enjoying a hot artisan coffee beverage.

Retail rendezvous

If you and your girls are in need of some retail therapy, check out these great shops and spots!

Maverick Chocolate in Rookwood
Maverick Chocolate in Rookwood

Rookwood Commons is overflowing with shops, boutiques, and other fun stores perfect for perusing, including Ulta, Nordstrom Rack, Victoria’s Secret and even local chocolatier, Maverick Chocolate.

Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine
Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine

Head Over-the-Rhine where you will find boutiques, small shops, and locally-owned businesses like Elm & Iron, an eclectic mix of home furnishings and décor, Artichoke where you can find funky and handmade kitchen tools, and Findlay Market with local artisans, butchers, and other fun market gems.

Celebrate Local at Liberty Center
Celebrate Local at Liberty Center

Heading up north? Be sure to take some time at Liberty Center for a full retail immersion filled with popular retail chains like Francesca’s, Lush, and H&M or check out local shops Rose & Remington for cute clothes with a country chic feel, Celebrate Local, and Homage where you can find unique, locally made and cherished goods.

Party Source
Party Source

Low on libations for your hotel hang-out downtime? The Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky is the perfect spot to shop for party supplies, wine, spirits, and adventure through a library of beer and find the best place for top-shelf spirits at discounted prices! 

An artsy flair

Swing Around the Rosie © 2016 ArtWorks / Natalie Lanese / 1606 Pleasant St. / Photo by J. Miles Wolf
Swing Around the Rosie © 2016 ArtWorks / Natalie Lanese / 1606 Pleasant St. / Photo by J. Miles Wolf

The region has its fair share of gorgeous and wonderful art museums and exhibits like the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, and the more than 100 ArtWorks Murals that can be found on both sides of the river throughout the region's neighborhoods!

Taft Museum of Art
Taft Museum of Art

Taft Museum of Art hosts a free House Party every second Thursday of the month, where you can dine on bites, have an adult beverage and tour the grounds with your girls while enjoying some tunes from local musicians in the secret garden!

Skeleton Root
Skeleton Root

Create a one-of-a-kind candle at Candle Lab OTR where you choose the scents! If dessert and wine is more your creative outlet, sign up for American Legacy Tour’s Wine & Dessert tour where you will taste three different desserts and four wined in Over-the-Rhine.

Recreation refresh

Pedal Wagon
Pedal Wagon

Grab a group of your girls (up to 15) to pedal, sip, and party your way through the streets of Over-the-Rhine or Covington, Ky., with Pedal Wagon where you BYOB and can choose from one of many tours offered. New to the region this summer is the Cincinnati Cycleboat with the same party atmosphere as the pedal wagon, but literally on the Ohio River with up to 16 passengers!

Enjoy the warm breeze when you rent a kayak, pedal boat, or stand-up paddle board at Voice of America MetroPark. Work on your tan, or enjoy the 35-acres from the shade of the gazebo with a picnic while you look out to the water.

If indoor excitement is calling your name, then climb the highest heights at an indoor rock wall at RockQuest where trained staff will help you and your group reach your goals! Or head to Covington in Northern Kentucky to take on the newest craze, axe throwing! Located inside a repurposed fire station, Flying Axes brings an edge to your girls weekend. Learn from the staff how to chuck an axe, then take on different axe throwing games to compete for top lumber-lady!   

Written by Abby Davidson