When you begin planning a getaway to Cincinnati, one of the first things you will learn is that there are a lot of bridges. A lot of bridges. Cincinnati sprawls across the Ohio River with a population of almost 300,000, making it the third largest city in Ohio. The city is home to two major sports teams; the Cincinnati Reds, a popular baseball team, and the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League.
We wanted to stay in a hotel right on the river where we could watch the boat traffic cruising by and the Cincy folks were nice enough to arrange a stay at the lovely Embassy Suites right on the river. Beautifully designed and decorated, the hotel is located in Covington, a historic neighborhood overlooking the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati, the hotel is a short walk to tons of activities. Enjoy a choice of two major sports stadiums by getting tickets to a baseball game at the Great American Ball Park, home to the Cincinnati Reds, or see the Cincinnati Bengals football team at Paul Brown Stadium. Just a short walk across a bridge right by the hotel, you can easily get right into the middle of downtown Cincy in just a few minutes, or there is also a trolley which stops right in front of the hotel.
We spent a little time exploring the hotel after checking out our room and wandering around the hotel itself. Embassy Suites are one of our very favorite hotels as the rooms are so large and these were great with a wonderful view of the river and the downtown area of Cincinnati. We checked out the hotel itself but were soon ready to hike across one of the many bridges to wander around downtown Cincinnati.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the river marveling at the picturesque Cincinnati skyline. Explore Newport on the Levee or Cincinnati’s Banks, two entertainment hubs with a vibrant mix of restaurants, boutiques and comedy clubs, just minutes from the hotel. Enjoy family fun at the Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium and Creation Museum.
We bundled up and headed across one of the bridges over to Cincinnati to explore the surrounding area. It was not a very pretty day but we had jackets with hoods for whenever the rain hit, so we were ready for anything.
We spent most of the next couple of hours walking around the downtown area, enjoying the historic feel of the city. Cincinnati is a perfect walk-around city with lots of sidewalks and areas to climb up into for great views of the city.
We grabbed a quick sandwich for lunch and then leisurely strolled back to our hotel for a rest and a nap before dinner.
We fell into our comfortable bed and took a nice, long nap before cleaning up and heading out to dinner. Hmmm…so may great choices for dinner!