Fall in Cincy

Books statue at the Library

Books statue at the Library

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.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Cincinnati RiverCenter

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Going Skiing Medical Tips

Going Skiing? Follow These Four Medical Tips

Are you heading off on a ski trip in the coming weeks or months and worried about staying safe? It’s understandable to have concerns over your medical wellbeing, with the price of treatment reaching excessive levels in a lot of cases.

In the Bavarian Alps – a spot which is particularly popular for skiers – the cost of an air ambulance is a staggering $120,000. Needless to say, this is an expense you’ll want to avoid at all costs.

Today, let’s explore four medical tips which you need to adhere to when you next go skiing. Follow these closely and you won’t find yourself in much bother.

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 1. Stick to your level

Don’t push yourself too hard when it comes to a ski trip. When you arrive at a new location you’ll find there are different slopes which offer a varying level of difficulty. Don’t opt for the one which sounds the most fun or makes you look brave – choose a trail which matches your abilities.

The FIS (International Ski Federation) has developed a “Rules of Conduct” which explicitly states people should stick to their own level when it comes to skiing – as well as providing a general code of conduct for ensuring safety on the slopes at all times. This will make the chances of avoiding collisions much higher.

2. Watch out for the sun

It might sound paradoxical, but you should be incredibly wary of getting damaged by sunlight during a trip to any mountainous region. Fields of snow don’t necessarily equate to a lack of sun – in reality, it’s an area where you’re insanely at risk.

Owing to the lack of particles which serve as prevention methods for UV rays at higher altitudes, people are four to five percent more likely to suffer overexposure to the sun when they’re skiing in the mountains. Ice and snow also act as a very reflective surface, so make sure to wear as much protection as possible.

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3. Wear appropriate gear

It’s important to get the right gear sorted before you head out. Having items of clothing which are too large or small for you could cause you to have an accident. The skis themselves are usually the main culprit of this.

The larger a ski is, the faster and harder to control it’ll be. Make sure to get ones fitted which are in accordance to your skill levels and abilities. Other important pieces of equipment which need to be the right size include:




4. Ski with a friend

If you follow the above steps, you’ll go a long way to avoiding getting yourself in a mischief. However, it’s literally impossible to guarantee it will never happen. By skiing with a friend, you ensure that even if the worst does occur you’ll have someone who can instantly get in touch with medical services.

The last thing you’ll want is to experience a head injury and be stranded all by yourself with nobody having any idea where you are. Always take a buddy with you to prevent this from happening.

If you follow these expert medical tips you’ll find yourself staying out of danger when you hit the slopes on your next skiing trip.

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The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake

We were lucky enough to experience a beautiful, crisp fall day when we arrived at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake. With breathtaking views of the southern shores of Lake Erie near Geneva State Park in the heart of the beautiful Ohio Wine Country, what began as the Buckeye State’s first summer resort town is now a very popular, four season star among vacation destinations, Geneva-on-the-Lake is set in Northeast Ohio’s most attractive countryside. The Lodge has plenty to offer families, from romantic escapes, family fun, celebrations, and much more.

Whether you enjoy skiing the lakefront trail, savoring the flavors of wine country or exploring Geneva State Park – The Lodge at Geneva serves signature experiences all year long.

There are plenty of ducks for the duck lovers in your family.
Ducks on Water
 It was quiet, with not many guests checked in during our off season fall visit. With plenty of activities, the resort is much busier during the warm spring and summer months.

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Punderson Manor State Park Lodge


Gorgeous lake in front of the lodge.

We continued on our epic winter adventure last year to the state park lodge called Punderson Manor State Park Lodge. Hidden away beside a 150 acre glacial lake only 30 minutes East of Cleveland, Ohio, this park lodge has plenty to offer visitors who want to play golf on their 18-hole championship golf course, take a swim in their beautiful pool, or just have a relaxing visit complete with hiking. In addition, there is fishing or you can borrow their canoes or other water equipment and spend an afternoon lazily exploring the lake. First, take a little time to explore the lodge itself which has plenty of touches from Medieval times.

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Suit of Armor

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Tap-Tap-Tap. Hello? Are you still there?

I took a deep breath and swallowed easily. What a lovely feeling! I couldn’t imagine how long it had been since I  had been swallowing so easily but I had a feeling it had been quite a while. I sat up and noticed my husband dozing in the chair beside my hospital bed and love for him filled me up until it forced some tears out of my eyes. I wondered how long he had been sitting there while I was lying in bed.

I didn’t find out until much later that he had been with me the entire time I had spent in that bed and in the hospital. He had called the front desk at the hotel when I passed out, drove to the hospital after loading up the truck with all our stuff, waited while they worked on me, then spent the next few months waiting for me to recover. Days, weeks, months, he waited patiently for me to finally wake up, remember where I was and what was going on, and then gingerly took me home after I finally remembered everything up to the point where I passed out.

I was shocked that so much time had passed – 5 months had slipped by in the blink of an eye – and I  had lost a ton of weight. Not the best way to lose weight though. I was down to what I had weighed right before I got pregnant and that was years ago! I didn’t remember anything about the time I was out of it. Who had come to see me, getting up out of bed to walk and get exercise, every little thing that happened every day.

I looked at the pictures Tom had taken and had no memory of any of those events. My wonderful family, my children, and friends had been to vist numerous times, brought me presents, stayed to visit and talk, and then returned to visit again and again. I had no memory of any of their visits but I appreciate every one. How could I not?

They actually loved me and appreciated me so much that they came to the hospital again and again while I was in there to let me know how much they appreciated me and were waiting for me to get better and come home. Once I was actually home and comfortable, they came to visit, to bring me treats, to talk and visit, and to just enjoy being together. It was the best part of coming home.

Having all my family and friends excited about me being there.

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Kentucky’s Top Boutique Hotels

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Thoroughbred horses, bourbon, and plenty of history abound in the beautiful and scenic state of Kentucky. Keeneland Race Track in Lexington and Churchill Downs in Louisville, where the famous Kentucky Derby is run, are just two of the race tracks in the state. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail runs across the state and encompasses a variety of different bourbon distilleries, some of which have been in business for over 200 years. Kentucky is proud of its history and the men and women who helped settle the frontier. Check out these hotels in Lexington and Louisville for the ideal Kentucky experience.

Keeneland Race

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Hilton Lexington Suites in Lexington: Located adjoining the charming Lexington Green mall which includes such high-end shops as Chico’s and White House/Black Market, and the waterfront Palmer’s Fresh Grill, this hotel has comfortable rooms complete with mini-bars, refrigerators, and luxury linens, along with an outdoor pool and fitness center. The hotel is only about 8 miles from the beautiful Keeneland Race Track. Races are run in October and April but the track is open all year round to tourists who can stroll the gorgeously landscaped grounds, watch the horses exercise, and have a meal in the track kitchen.

Kentucky Horse Park

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The Campbell House in Lexington: This historic hotel is a beautiful, antebellum-style location with a two story lobby, breathtaking architecture, and timeless beauty and charm. An indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and two in-house restaurants make this a great choice for a visit. Arrange a tour with one of the local bus tour companies which will include the history of Lexington and visits to one of the many area horse farms.

William T. Young Library

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University Inn Hotel in Lexington: The comfortable rooms at the hotel include complimentary Wi-Fi, and some rooms have kitchenettes with refrigerators. The hotel also offers a free shuttle to nearby hospitals for families visiting loved ones, free self-parking, a complimentary continental breakfast, and many area restaurants will deliver directly to the hotel. The campus of the University of Kentucky is within easy walking distance and provides access to a variety of sporting events, museums, libraries, and tours of the charming and historic university.

Churchill Downs

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American’s Best Value Inn in Louisville: A complimentary daily breakfast adds to the charm of this hotel, along with a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi in the rooms, and 32-inch flat screen televisions with satellite channels. The hotel is located less than five miles from Churchill Downs so it’s a great location for the Kentucky Derby. Even if it’s not time for the Derby, you can visit the nearby Kentucky Derby Museum, take a tour of Churchill Downs, or spend time exploring the riverfront city of Louisville.

Bourbon Barrels

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Red Roof Inn Louisville Expo Airport: Newly remodeled rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions with premium channels, plush, high-end bedding and blackout curtains for a great night’s sleep. Free self-parking, complimentary tea and coffee in the lobby, and coin-operated laundry facilities make this a great hotel for families. This hotel is the perfect place to begin the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience. Just stop in at Bulleit Experience at Stitzel-Weller to pick up your Bourbon Trail passport and begin visiting distilleries and tasting their products!

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5 Fictional Destinations You can Actually Visit

As an avid reader, I would love to check out every one of these sites. They look amazing!


This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s  Tailwind blog on November 11, 2015.

There’s something magical about seeing the real life setting of a beloved fictional world. These destinations draw travelers to places they might not otherwise go for the pleasantly jarring sensation of finding Tatooine in Tunisia or Narnia in Norway. Here are five of our favorite places that serve as intersections of invention and reality, mixing the familiar with the surprising.

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Mdina, Malta: King’s Landing (Game of Thrones)

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Great Foods to Eat When Visiting Chicago That Aren’t Pizza

We only discovered Chicago recently, even though it’s just about six hours from our home. This was the place we experienced the phenomenon that is deep-dish pizza for the first time and it’s amazing! On our next visit, we will to try some of these options as well!

This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s  Tailwind blog on November 9, 2015.


Chicago may be synonymous with “deep dish,” but there’s more to this city than thick crusts and mounds of cheese. In addition to striking architectureand gorgeous sunsets, the Windy City boasts a smorgasbord of good eats.

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Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for Families

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I have stayed at a lot of hotels. Pretty fabulous places all over the world with great amenities, amazing views, fabulous food, and awesome rooms.

But the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center is still one of my very favorite places to stay.

With 9 acres of lush gardens, trees, and a charming, shallow river inside the hotel, it’s truly one of the most unique places I have ever stayed. I have visited this location several times on girlfriend getaways, and visits to the city of Nashville and loved every minute. So when I headed south this summer with our daughter and nine-year old grandson, I decided to make a stop in Nashville on the way to the beach so they could experience this fabulous place for themselves and see if it was just as wonderful for a family getaway.

And it is.

It’s an amazing location for a family. Not only is the resort located in Nashville, where there are tons of things for families to enjoy, the resort itself is an attraction that you might never want to leave.

I didn’t tell our nine-year old grandson anything about the hotel as I wanted him to be surprised by the whole inside and his reaction was definitely worth it. I have never been to a hotel that is so amazing on the inside. You can quite literally wander around for hours (and you might do so unintentionally if you are direction-impaired as I am) enjoying the lush foliage and dozens of scenic waterfalls and pools, the many different restaurants, and the darling shops.




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How to Keep Clothes Clean While Traveling Abroad

We didn’t even think about trying to do laundry when we were in France recently; we just planned to take enough clothes to make it through the time we would be there. So these tips would have actually come in handy.


This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s  Tailwind blog on October 10, 2015.

It’s an age-old traveler’s dilemma: How do you to keep clothes clean while traveling around the world? Clean clothes may be easy to maintain if you’re visiting popular U.S. tourist destinations like Disney World or Washington, D.C., but laundry can be considerably less accessible (or more expensive) in places like Budapest or Addis Ababa.  Here’s how to keep clothes clean no matter where travel takes you.

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