Walking in Cincinnati – Over The Rhine Area

Our city had installed a street car in the fall of 2016 so since none of us had yet experienced riding in one; we decided to park in the downtown area and take our street car up to Findlay Market which is where this walk started out at.  Findlay Market is one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in Ohio and Over the Rhine’s heart.  Findlay is the last remaining public market of the nine that once served Cincinnati.  Unknown to us, Findlay Market is closed on Mondays so we did not get to experience the market that day.  However, all of us have been there before.  It is a hub of vendors selling meat, produce & other local foods, plus a seasonal farmers’ market.  It is so much fun to wonder around and smell all the goodies that are made there.  Here are a couple of pictures we took from the outside.

From the Market the walk takes you down a few interesting streets and past an old church that was renovated in 2015 to the now Taft’s Ale House.  The name is a tongue in cheek reference to William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States and Cincinnati resident.  If you are in the area, Taft’s Ale House is a great place to stop for a drink and food.

We passed by this sign on our walk and found it pretty amusing.

The walk continues past Coffee Emporium which is a great place to stop by for coffee and they also have great food.  We decided from there to go to a new ice cream shop that had just opened; Buzzed Bull Creamery which is know for its handcrafted, boozy ice creams in imaginative flavor combinations in a trendy, industrial-chic space.  Boy was it yummy.  There is a shop that I always have to go to when in the area and that is the Macaron Bar.  They have the most delicious French Macaron’s around so if you are in the area you must stop by and check them out.

Above is the Buzzed Bull and below is the Mararon Bar.

We finished off the day by eating lunch at the We Olive and Wine Bar.  It is a good place to get a glass of wine and lunch.  I believe they do tastings as well.  As you can see, we ate our way through Cincinnati:)  You can probably see why we love these walks so much; fun companions, interesting sights to see, good food and drinks for lunch.

 

Walking in Cincinnati – Mainstrasse Village and Old Seminary Square

This is the map of  our route through Mainstrasse Village and Old Seminary Square.  It is listed in the book as being a two mile walk and an easy one at that so we decided to start with that one.  Mainstrasse Village is actually located in Covington, Kentucky.

Below is the Roebling Suspension Bridge which we all like to take pictures of.  We love this bridge and you will probably see many pictures of it during my walking through Cincinnati posts.  This is one of several bridges that connect Cincinnati with Kentucky.

Our first stop was Goebel Park.  It is a city park that has several shelters, trails and a public pool.  Below is a picture I took of the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower.  It is a 1970’s faux German glockenspiel and the bells chime approximately every 15 minutes.

We also saw an interesting fountain that is called Goose Girl Fountain.  This fountain is inspired by the Brothers Grimm Goose Girl fairy tale to commemorate the many goose farms that used to be in Covington.

Along Main Street are many locally owned shops, bars and restaurants.  Most of the shops were closed when we went so do not go on a Monday if you want to check those out.  We did find a yummy restaurant called Ottos to go for lunch.

After our walk through Mainstrasse Village and Old Seminary Square and a wonderful lunch at Ottos; we decided to make stop at a place that we used to visit regularly when we were kids.  Our parents along with several other people, owned a boat club in North Bend, Ohio.  All the kids would walk up to William Henry Harrison’s tomb.   William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial is the final resting place of William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States; his wife Anna Harrison; and his son John Scott Harrison.  We loved exploring this area and I think at one time or another we all got stuck inside the tomb.

We loved this easy walk and we also enjoyed our little stop by memory lane on the way back home.

 

 

Walking in Cincinnati – Spring Grove Cemetery

Welcome to America’s second largest cemetery and arboretum.

This past summer we had a group of four of us who would take various walks through our city of Cincinnati.  My sister had bought a book called Walking Cincinnati a couple of years ago and had been doing some of the walks with another sister.  This summer four of us went on quite a few of the walks.  I am going to post those walks in the coming weeks but this week I decided to start with a walk not in the book.  We are all photobugs and wanted to go to Spring Grove Cemetery to take some pictures.  Unknown to us, the cemetery actually has a number of walking routes.  We decided to take the easy one.  At the office, they have maps that you can pick up so you can identify the various historical monuments you see along the way.

The map lists each stop along the walk and explains the history of the monument.  We had a great time walking through the cemetery and taking pictures.  Below are some of the shots that I took along the way.

If I remember correctly, the day was a bit on the cloudy side, but we still got quite a number of good pictures.  After our walk which took over an hour, we went to lunch at the Littlefield.  The LIttlefield is a quaint restaurant with a bit of an unusual menu, but everything we had was delicious and I would highly recommend giving it a try.  I am celiac and they have a variety of gluten free options that I was able to eat.

Next week join me again as we walk our way through the city of Cincinnati.