I was in Cincinnati for a friend’s wedding and couldn’t get a flight out until Monday morning. Unfortunately, I got an alert on my phone early on Monday that my flight had been cancelled. That was too bad, because everyone was leaving where we were staying and I suddenly had a day to spend in the Queen City, if I chose to go that route instead of waiting at the airport and hoping to somehow find a flight home later that day. I decided to just stay in town and jump on the flight they had for me early the next morning. I didn’t really have a chance to see the city at all given the wedding-related activities that kept us all busy.
The only concern, since I already had a rental car and could extend that contract, was finding a Cincinnati hotel. This can be difficult when you’re looking for last-minute accommodations, but then I found HotelTonight. I saw a wide range of choices for Cincinnati hotels and within a matter of a few minutes I had chosen one and booked it. All I needed to do was check in for my flight the next day and head to my new lodging. When I got there, I asked about what I should do if I wanted to really experience Cincinnati. I got a lot of good tips, so I was off on a day of exploring a new city.
Downtown in any city is a good place to get an overall vibe of a place. When I started my day in downtown Cincinnati, I immediately realized that this was a vibrant, upbeat place filled with busy people who were not too busy to help you out if you had questions. I took a stroll through the Museum of Natural History & Science and took a journey back for thousands of years. I spent quite a bit of time after that taking in all of the art-related institutions that can be found within a very short distance of where I was.
A short distance away is a place called Hyde Park, and it seems to incorporate a lot of downtown-type trappings with a residential feel. I found myself in Hyde Park Square, and it was filled with restaurants, shops and cafes. I stopped into a café and had a great cup of local coffee. This was the perfect place to people watch, and it was interesting that the folks who were buzzing by mostly seemed to be local. I got to get up close to plant life afterward at the Krohn Conservatory, and after that I was ready to move onto the next phase on my journey.
My next stop was Indian Hill, which the hotel staff described as one of the nicer parts of town. I understood why when I saw the tree-lined streets and the massive homes that people were occupying. The landscape was also gorgeous as I found myself amidst rolling hills and saw quite a few open spaces, or at least more than you’d expect to see in such a populous metropolitan area. I also thought that this would be a good area to stop for lunch, and I was right. Indian Hill has a ton of options available. As I usually do, I chose a locally-owned place with local cuisine. It was delicious and I was more than satisfied with my meal.
I decided to see what it was like up in these rolling hills near the city, so I drove into Mount Adams. I thought for a minute that I had perhaps stumbled upon a European community. The streets were narrow, the buildings were historic and the entire place had a unique feel to it. The shops in the area were perfect for what I was looking for as well. I picked up a few items for my family and went along to my final stop for the day.
I ended my day in Delhi Township. I thought I had perhaps gone too far, as there were some rural areas nearby. It mixed in nicely with the more urban parts of the community, though, and once again there was a lot happening. Families were out and about looking for dinner, and my thoughts turned to that as well. I hadn’t had any of Cincinnati’s famous chili yet, and I heard from a friendly resident that there was a fantastic place nearby. I gave it a shot, and I wished I could shake that person’s hand for the recommendation. It was a tremendous meal, and one that left me tremendously full. I’d never had chili that way before, but I certainly wanted to try this again sometime.
As I drove back to my hotel with a very full stomach, I realized that I had made the most out of a day that could have been spent bothering ticket agents and angrily typing on my phone in an airport lounge somewhere. I came back to my comfortable hotel room and almost immediately collapsed. Of all the Cincinnati hotels out there, I had found this one with the help of HotelTonight. I wanted to come back to Cincinnati someday, as there is a lot more to see than what I saw. However, what I saw convinced me that this is a place that’s always going to be worth a visit.