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Just two nites

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Just two nites

Hubby and I will be in Cincinnati in the middle of the week on business but we get to spend two nights enjoying the city, we are staying at the Hilton Netherland Plaza and would like to get some of the world famous Graeters ice cream and spend a little quiet time. Where can we get a nice late lunch or early dinner and enjoy the skyline. How much can we do downtown? We enjoy walking around, if the weather permits and there seems to be much to see. Are we too far from the riverwalk, or am I thinking of another city? Help! Thanks!

Maur

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1. Re: Just two nites

Good choice on your hotel as the Netherland has more character than all of the other downtown hotels combined and Grater's is just a cones throw away - across the street directly on Fountain Square.

There is no riverwalk per se but there is a nice urban (riverfront) park at Sawyer Point that has walking/strolling opportunities and biking trails that go east of the park. If you are there on a Wednesday afternoon there is a free concert series that is frequented by office workers from downtown. The city's nicest urban park is on Mt. Adam's (Eden Park), just east and above downtown. There are several bars and eateries here as well but if you don't have a car, getting there would require a cab or a bus.

As for eating with a view, Northern Kentucky is the place to go. Just outside your hotel entry (there are 2 and this one will be the one where the valet and bellhops are stationed, not on what appears to be the main entry on 5th St.) you can walk directly across the street (west towards Sack's 5th Ave. and the Hyatt) and catch the Southbank Shuttle (distinctive blue buses with a dedicated route around the hotels and a few other sights on both sides of the river - 1.25 per trip) to Newport, KY. There are several choices here including Hofbrau Newport that has a lovely (and authentic) beer garden with very good views although the food can be very spotty. There are several choices for dinner just across the street at Newport on the Levee (outdoor dining at many of the restaurants).

If you don't feel like an adventure across the river there are several choices near (several essentially at) your hotel including Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse, Ingredients (in the Westin hotel), McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, Morton's Steakhouse, Palomino, Rock Bottom Brewery, Via Vite Italian Bistro (highly recommended).

The new Contemporary Arts Center is an easy walk from you hotel and a very interesting space if you enjoy that sort of thing.

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2. Re: Just two nites

Since you're staying at the Hilton (nice choice!) you'll get to walk around downtown all you want. I'm sure you'll see Fountain Square. To get the best view of the skyline, you'll want to get out of downtown and head across the river, say to Newport where there is a nice indoor/outdoor mall and a few nice restaurants. Mitchell's Seafood is nice, as is Brio (Italian food).

You could also walk down to the riverfront and walk along it in Bicentennial Commons. Not a whole lot to do there when there's no festival going on but you do get nice views of the river. There's a water fountain/sculture down there called Yeatman's Cove that you can wade in.

See the "Things to Do" link at the left for more ideas.

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3. Re: Just two nites

Many thanks NattiDaddy and Imager for all of your wonderful suggestions that you shared to help plan our journey!

We now have so many choices (many right outside of the doors of the Hilton), and with so much to see and do I am certain that we will have a memorable time!

Maur

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4. Re: Just two nites

World famous barbecue ribs at Montgomery Inn! If you like walking around the riverfront -- Sawyer's Point, Bicentennial Park, etc., the Montgomery Inn Boathouse is right there.

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5. Re: Just two nites

Although a pleasant enough place to have dinner, the “world famous” Montgomery Inn is not barbecue in any sense as understood by the bbq enthusiast. To quote the late, great Reverend Deuteronomy Skaggs, "If God had meant for Cincinnati to have barbecue, He'd a give it to us a long time ago."

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