So the very first trip we took together as a couple was to Cincinnati, just 2 weeks after we started officially dating in Jan of 2014 🙂 Peter was always very proactive and eager to do things together, even from when we first met and were just friends (for example, he took me to swim at Lake Michigan for my first time just 2 weeks after we met).
As soon as we were “official”, he asked if I wanted to take a road trip somewhere nearby IL, and having never been anywhere in the Midwest, I was totes downsies. For a number of reasons, we landed on Cincinnati, Ohio. I had a friend studying there in med school (shout-out to my comrade Short Rib!) who graciously allowed us to stay at her place, so all we had to do was drive down. [Oh and with me being the crazy type A trip planner back then (my philosophy’s since changed – will post about that later), I planned every minute of the trip of course. To be fair, it turned out to be good & worth it for this trip.]
The drive was quite memorable b/c not only was it my first time driving in legit snow, there was a SNOW STORM. LOL. I don’t know how we survived that. Peter drove the first half, then we switched, whereafter it just started dumping snow like there was no tomorrow. I thought I might possibly die on that highway that night. But with lots of prayers and a few hours later, at last, we made it.
When we arrived that night, we had Skyline Chili, which Cincy is famous for. The chili was delicious! Then we went to this cool bar called Famous Neon’s Unplugged (though apparently they’re now closed, but planning to relocate?). I remember Peter did a British accent pretending to be a stranger hitting on me and said, “Excuse me miss, I couldn’t help but notice you were the most beautiful person in this room,” or something along those lines. Haha! We ended the night at Japp’s, a swanky bar that’s apparently been in biz since 1879.
Then, Peter and I went to Krohn Conservatory and had a lot of natural fun with nature.
There are some odd looking things in nature.
After that, we stopped by Eden Park, a hilltop where you could see a very old clock and a nice view.
We found a frozen pond and walked on it! It was really cold, but we were warm from young love. HAHA *barf*
Dinner was at Incline Public House, a gastropub with American fare and a stunning view of Cincy. We went around dusk and saw the cityscape change as the day dwindled into night. [Look for the building that says “Cincinnati” on it! Cool!] The boon-e-gees (atmosphere, vibez) were real nice up there. Props.
When we got back to my friend’s place, she said that another really fun Cincy thing to do is gamble at the casinos. Peter had never gambled before! So of course we went. Fun night! I think we won a little bit of money, maybe $30, and were happy with it. I think my friend won $100? So the entertainment was free / a gain! Win/win!
The next day was Monday, our last day in Cincy. We started with a visit to Carew Tower, which has a 360 degree observation deck with the highest viewpoint in the city. I guess we were all about them views back then lol. We enjoyed the view and had a nice little photoshoot. *laughing emoji*
Lunch was at Ambar India Restaurant (we LOOOVEEEE Indian food). I recall it being a win.
Finally, we had to go to Graeter’s as no trip to Cincy is complete without some world class ice cream! Peter and I shared a cup and incidentally fought over who could finish the ice cream. We are piggies.
It was a really great trip, where we got to do a lot of the fun local things but also a good amount of touristy things. Hope this post is helpful if you find yourself going to Cincy! 🙂