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From hotels on top of art galleries to quiet B&Bs, you’ll find everything you need and more to bring romance alive on your next trip.
For the arts lovers
21c Museum Hotel (photo: 21c Museum Hotel)
You can’t ask for a better density of a variety of the arts than downtown Cincinnati. Case in point: the 21c Museum Hotel. You’ll slumber in a swanky, uniquely decorated room a few floors above an actual art museum. The restaurant inside – the Metropole – is award winning and helped name the 21c the #1 hotel in the midwest by Conde Nast.
Jazz lounge at Symphony Hotel and Restaurant (photo: Symphony Hotel and Restaurant)
Are you looking to rub shoulders with people who look like they just teleported from Brooklyn, NY? Are you looking for an artisanal cocktail made by a man with suspenders and a handlebar mustache? Then a weekend in Over-the-Rhine is right up your alley. We suggest booking a room at the Symphony Hotel, which features live jazz music in an 1871 home converted to a boutique hotel.
Sundry and Vice (photo: Wendy Pramik)
This puts you within walking distance of the gourmet hot dog restaurant Senate, the small batch ice creamery Graeter’s, historic Findlay Market and its farmer’s market that runs year-round, and the ever-classy Sundry and Vice, a bar styled after an old-timey apothecary.
Spending a weekend at the Parker House B&B – a Queen Anne-style mansion built in 1819 – is the perfect romantic getaway. A short drive from downtown Cincinnati, it is also directly adjacent to historic Clifton and the Gaslight District. Catch an art house movie at the Esquire Theatre and a quiet Italian dinner at the cozy Biagio’s Bistro where the chef works right out in the dining room.
For a romantic day out, take a short drive south of the Ohio River into California, Ky., to Seven Wells Vineyard. Spanning five acres and more than 3,000 vines, you can enjoy a quiet glass of Cabernet Franc in the hills of rural Northern Kentucky.
For the outdoorsy types
Winton Woods (photo: Great Parks of Hamilton County)