Is there anything better than a girls trip? I’ve been #blessed to stay good friends with my Miami University college housemates and the five of us have gotten together numerous times since we graduated in 2011. Typically our reunions take place in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Chicago since those are the three big cities that are closest to all five of us. A few weekends ago, four out of the five of us met up in the Queen City (aka Cincinnati) so I wanted to share some of the best places to eat and what to do if you plan your own girls weekend getaway to Cincinnati!
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Girls Weekend Getaway to Cincinnati
Luckily, all of us were able to drive to Cincinnati but if you need to fly, the airport to look into would be CVG. From Cleveland, it’s about a three and a half hour drive.
L-R: Me, Abbey, Brooke & Melanie
Where to Stay in Cincinnati
One of my friends, Brooke, recently bought a darling home in Cincy so we were able to stay with her. If you need accommodations for your girls weekend getaway, I would recommend looking at Airbnb options and VRBO rentals. Hotels are great too, but it’s nice to have a kitchen and comfy hangout place as inevitably your reunion will include lots of catching up over wine and snacks. A house or apartment is typically a better setting for said late night chats. Need more tips on how to plan the best girls weekend getaway? Click here.
Where to Eat & Drink in Cincinnati
- Nada: Think fancy, shareable tacos!
- Taste of Belgium: Order the brunch burger, goetta hash or the waffle & chicken. (Wondering what goetta is? Click here.)
- Dewey’s Pizza: Ryan’s Inferno and Killer Veggie were my favs. (There is a Dewey’s in CLE, but it’s HQed in Cincy so I felt like it should make the list.)
- Graeter’s Ice Cream: Black raspberry chocolate chip for the win. Yum!
- Holtman’s Donuts: While I’ve technical never eaten these, I’ve heard from multiple people that they are delicious!
- Rhinegeist Brewery: Have you tasted their famous pink can called “Bubbles”? This brewery is located in an old warehouse in Over-The-Rhine and it is MASSIVE.
- Coffee Emporium: This is a darling coffee shop with local eats and treats. The location in Hyde Park is SO cute.
- Montgomery Inn: Finger lickin’ good BBQ and comfort-food sides.
- Maplewood Kitchen: Go here for a healthy brunch, as well as to admire their well-decorated interior.
- Gomez Salsa: Get the turtles (which aren’t actually turtles).
- The Eagle: YUM. This restaurant had awesome fried chicken and southern comfort food (think collard greens, white cheddar grits, mac n cheese, warm biscuits, etc.). You’ll leave here full (& happy).
- The Rook OTR: Go here for old school board games and fun cocktails.
- Skyline Chili: Okay, I’m not a fan but this is probably a “I’ve never been to Cincy and feel like I need to order here once” type of thing. Warning: The chili is sweet.
What to See & Do In Cincinnati
- Eat your way through Jungle Jim’s International Market! This monster-sized grocery store has an amazing selection of international foods. Seriously, go here, travel nerds!
- Walk around Over-the-Rhine (OTR). This area was recently very run-down and quite dangerous but has reinvented itself to become one of trendiest spots in this city. Expect long lines at restaurants and crowded bars, but the vibe is 👌🏼.
- Take a stroll through one of Cincinnati’s many lovely parks (Smale RiverFront Park, Fountain Square, Eden Park, and Ault Park to name a few) or choose a neighborhood to explore. I would recommend Mount Adams or Hyde Park for cute shops and restaurants.
- Shop local at Findlay Market. While this is a small market, it’s still fun to walk around and support local vendors.
- Commit to retail therapy at Kenwood Towne Center. There is no shortage of shopping malls in and around Cincinnati!
- Take photos and a self-guided tour of the street murals. They are plentiful in this city! I often wish I knew more of the history and thought behind the art, but it’s still enjoyable to admire the beauty.
Cincinnati is such a fun city and no matter how many times I’ve been there, I always look forward to going back. If you’re in the midst of planning a girls weekend getaway, consider adding the Queen City to the list of contenders.