For the arts lovers

People standing and talking in the solarium at the 21C Museum Hotel (photo: 21c Museum Hotel)
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. 
 
Contemporary Arts Center (photo: @shamanslife)
Contemporary Arts Center (photo: @shamanslife)
Next door to the 21c is the Contemporary Arts Center, a five-story art museum featuring rotating installations by some of the world’s greatest contemporary artists. Scoot across the street to the Aronoff Center for the Arts to catch a touring Broadway production or the Cincinnati Ballet.

Private dining room at Sotto (photo: Sotto)
Sotto (photo: Sotto)

One block north of the hotel you can grab an award-winning steak at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. For a more intimate option, turn the corner and walk down to the basement Italian restaurant Sotto
 
Top of the Park at Residence Inn (Photo: OMS Photography)
Top of the Park at Residence Inn (Photo: OMS Photography)
As an alternative lodging option, check out the Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown hotel. It features a multi-level rooftop bar, perfect for a romantic view of a Cincinnati sunset.
 

For the hipster in all of us

Jazz lounge at Symphony Hotel and Restaurant (photo: Symphony Hotel and Restaurant)
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.
 
Bartender mixing a drink at Sundry and Vice (photo: Wendy Pramik)
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.
 
During the day, you can hop on the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar at one of several stops and cruise through the entire city.
 

For the quiet romantics

Esquire Theatre (photo: @themadgabber)
Esquire Theatre (photo: @themadgabber)
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

Person kayaking on the lake at Winton Woods (photo: Great Parks of Hamilton County)
Winton Woods (photo: Great Parks of Hamilton County)
This fair region is replete with public parks and woods, ponds and lakes, camping, and more. Drop a tent at Great Parks of Hamilton County's Winton Woods for the weekend. Spend an afternoon playing a couples round of disc golf at Woodland Mound. Or head over to Sharon Woods for some alone time during a paddle boat ride on the lake.
 
Couple ice skating on the Fountain Square Ice Rink (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Fountain Square Ice Rink (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
If you come in the winter, hold hands at Fountain Square on the outdoor ice-skating rink and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. When it warms up again, you can also grab your swim trunks and head down to Fifty West Kayak & Canoe to rent a kayak for some fun on the Ohio River. When that’s over, grab a pint together at the neighboring Fifty West Brewing company.