By Diana Dennig
Cincinnati
Ohio
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Cincinnati, endearingly named the “Queen City” by early citizens, is truly a gem among Midwest cities. Nestled along the Ohio River, the city offers something for everyone. Cincinnati’s unique mix of rich historical tradition, family attractions, iconic cultural events, and sports venues make it an ideal destination for history buffs, families, sports enthusiasts, or those looking for an amazing weekend getaway.

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Cincinnati’s history as a River City makes the downtown area an ideal starting point for visitors who want a true taste of the city’s past. EscapeWizard.com recommends Sawyer Point, Bicentennial Commons, and Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, which all border the river. These connected parks offer glimpses of the natural beauty of the Ohio, as well as sculptures, bike and walking paths, playground areas, and a concert pavilion. The area between the river and downtown is home to the Great American Ballpark, Paul Brown Stadium, U.S. Bank Arena, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. At the heart of the downtown core is the Tyler Davidson Fountain, the centerpiece of Fountain Square. The Square, which received a facelift in 2006, is the ideal public gathering space. It is the focal point of many events in the city, including the annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (North America’s largest Oktoberfest), music and arts festivals throughout the summer, and ice skating in the winter. The downtown area is also the cultural hub of the city, with the Contemporary Arts Center, the Taft Museum of Art, the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and Music Hall all located within blocks of Fountain Square, the Museum Center at Union Terminal and the Cincinnati Art Museum nearby. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends a Saturday morning visit to Findlay Market, a food lover’s paradise located in historic Over-the-Rhine, once home to many of the city’s early German immigrants. Bring your appetite!

Cincinnati, founded in 1788, is dotted with architectural gems, and many exceptional examples, such as City Hall, Carew Tower, Music Hall, and the Roebling Suspension Bridge, can be found downtown.  

A short drive from the downtown area, Eden Park and Mt. Adams offer visitors a chance to spend the day exploring. Krohn Conservatory is a botanical showcase built in 1933, and hosts the annual Butterfly show. The Cincinnati Art Museum displays items from not only its own vast collection, but national and international exhibits as well. Playhouse in the Park offers professional regional theater productions, with outdoor productions in the summer. Overlook Park and Mirror Lake are perfect places to enjoy quiet river and city views, surrounded by beautiful gardens and landscaping. EscapeWizrd.com recommends that you plan to spend some time in this beautiful part of the city.

Visitors who enjoy nightlife will want to linger in Mt. Adams, a popular destination known for its eclectic restaurants and watering holes. The Gateway District, downtown, offers the hungry, thirsty traveler an array of restaurant and bar choices. The energetic can trek the “Purple People Bridge”, a pedestrian-only bridge spanning the Ohio River, into Newport, for even more options.

The city is easy to navigate by car, with multiple interstate highways running through or around the city. EscapeWizard.com suggests setting aside some time to visit surrounding attractions, such as King’s Island, Riverbend, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, or the Newport Aquarium, which are all easily accessible by car.

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Hotels in Cincinnati
By Diana Dennig
Ramada Plaza Inn
11320 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH
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The Ramada Plaza Inn (formally the Crowne Plaza Hotel) North is greater Cincinnati’s premier destination for family accommodations. Conveniently located near multiple interstate highways, this suburban hotel features Coco Key, a 50,000 square foot indoor water resort, with slides, Coral reef cavern, a dip-in theatre, indoor/outdoor spa, and snack bar. It is an ideal setting for family reunions, Birthday parties, or a spot to entertain tiny travelers after a long day in the car!

The Ramada Plaza Inn offers many amenities to make your visit stress-free. Complimentary parking and local area shuttle service make traveling easy. The tastefully appointed guest rooms, renovated in 2006, were designed with your comfort in mind. Each room is equipped with a coffee maker, cable TV, and high speed internet access. Families will enjoy direct access to Coco Key, which is located on the property. And for those traveling with four-legged friends, pets are welcome.

Also, located in the main lobby, Tradewinds restaurant offers an American-themed menu in a casual setting, serving breakfast and dinner daily, with lunch on Friday and Saturday.

The Ramada Plaza Inn’s location makes it an ideal hotel for access to many area attractions. Kings Island, the Beach Water Park, Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ballpark, Newport on the Levee/ Newport Aquarium, and Cincinnati Museum Center are all within about 15 miles and are easy to reach. Also located nearby is premium shopping, with Tri County Mall and Jungle Jim’s International Market only a short drive away.

Connecting rooms and rollaway beds are available, and the hotel is able to accommodate groups in its meeting and exhibit spaces. It is an ideal spot for a large family gathering, celebration, or business event.

The Ramada Plaza Inn is located close to downtown attractions without the “downtown” price tag: budget-conscious travelers will appreciate Ramada Plaza Inn’s rates, as well as its location close to so many area attractions. To book with EscapeWizard.com today, just follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Cincinnati
By Diana Dennig
Quality Inn
130 Mitchell Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
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The Quality Inn (formally The Holiday Inn Express in Cincinnati), Ohio on Mitchell Avenue is an excellent decision for hotel accommodations while staying in the city.  Check-in at the hotel is 3 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into Cincinnati. Guests traveling with valuables can check them in at the safety deposit box at the front desk. There is a decision between 2 queen beds or 1 king bed.  The hotel also offers suites which include a Jacuzzi.

Travelers who know the Quality Inn know that efficiency is on the top of their service plan.  Designed to give you a comfortable stay and get you back on the road with ease, the Quality Inn on Mitchell Avenue is no exception. Located just off I-75, it is close to the Cincinnati Zoo, the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, the Christ Hospital, University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and is only minutes from downtown and other business destinations.

The hotel is excellent for vacationers but it’s also a great choice for business travelers. The on-site business center offers copy and fax services, as well as available courier services. Business travelers will also appreciate the on-site fitness center, or more extensive fitness facilities off-site.

Start your day with Quality Inn’ extensive complimentary breakfast bar, loaded with hot and cold items to help you get through your day at peak efficiency. Fuel up with coffee, juice, eggs, bacon, bagels, fruit, cereal, or the signature cinnamon rolls. Relax by the fire in the breakfast area, or grab something and head out the door. There are also several restaurants close by.

The clean and well-appointed rooms offer cable/satellite TV and high speed wireless internet, a work desk, and triple-sheeted beds, sure to make your stay comfortable and restful.

The Quality Inn is conveniently located, attractively priced, and is an ideal choice for the busy traveler who is budget-conscious.   Guests can check out of the hotel anytime 11 a.m. on before on the day of their departure. EscapeWizard.com recommends the Quality Inn for your next vacation to Cincinnati, just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book today.