Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FH Travels: Louisville & Cincinnati (August 2015) - Part Two

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Yesterday I talked about the first part of our anniversary trip. Let's pick up where we left off, shall we?

After exploring Louisville, we spent the remainder of our trip in Cincinnati. Our main objective in Cincinnati was to explore the city a little bit and see a Reds game. And that we did!

We stayed in a hotel in Mason, Ohio, about half an hour from downtown to save a little bit on the hotel. Suburbia hotels are where it's at (if you're roadtripping) as far as prices go! Mike had heard lots about a local chain called Skyline Chili so we had lunch there to do as the locals do. And let me tell you, it was deeeelicious. Everything is topped with a mountain of chili and cheese. We told them it was our first time in the area and the first time at Skyline and they treated us like royalty! We will definitely be eating there again next time we go.

One of the waitresses told us we have to go to Graeters for ice cream for dessert. Oh how I wish we had a Graeters in Ontario. It was instant love. So many delicious flavours and the staff was so nice! Spoiler: we went back for more the next day.

Downtown really impressed me with how clean and well-maintained everything was. One of the locals told us that they did a really good job cleaning up the city for the MLB All-Star Game that happened last month. The parks were nicely manicured and there were pretty fountains everywhere. It reminded me a lot of Pittsburgh with the nearby river and gorgeous bridges.

The bridges took you across Ohio River (also runs through Pittsburgh!) into Covington, KY and Newport, KY. I was really curious to know what locals called the other side of the river. One lady told us that she says she is going "across the river" and another refers to it as going "into Kentucky." I welcome any other insights on the topic!

Either way, Mike and I walked across one of the bridges to explore and ended up having a lovely anniversary dinner overlooking the Cincinnati skyline from Newport. The restaurant was called Bar Louie and since it was Tuesday, they were offering $1.50 beers. Guys, those prices just don't happen in Canada. But what I really wanted was to try a mint julep after visiting the Churchill Downs the day before. Apparently that's the drink everyone has at the Kentucky Derby. I ordered it despite it not being on the menu and am very embarrassed that I didn't even come close to finishing it because of how strong it was. It was basically straight bourbon with a little mint leaf inside. I just couldn't.

After dinner, we took a shuttle to back across the river to the Great American Ball Park. The Reds were playing the Cardinals among a sea of fans in red. We didn't know who to cheer for since we prefer the Pirates but it was great nonetheless. The fastest pitcher in baseball, Aroldis Chapman, pitched which was a sight to see. And Mike was pumped about crossing another ballpark off the list.

The next day we hit the road to head back home. On the way, we made a quick stop in Ann Arbor, Michigan to visit the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor is a quaint little university town but the school is huge. It felt like a big deal, despite there being no students on campus. We were most excited to see the football stadium because that's what the school is most famous for, and one day we will definitely have to see a game there. 

And that pretty much wraps up our three-year anniversary trip! I'm so happy we got to see Louisville and Cincinnati, two places neither of us have been to before. 

For future roadtrips, we have been talking about Chicago, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and of course back to North Carolina. Any other suggestions?


  1. Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had a wonderful time!

    However, you can't see Cincinnati, and then see the Michigan stadium in the same weekend! Ohio frowns on that! (Ohio State (My Alma Mater) and Michigan are bitter rivals and always will be!)

    It's so funny to see people explore my home state, Skyline Chili and Graeters are just facts of life for me. I forget that these are things people want to visit when they're from out of town. You can buy Graeters in gallons at the grocery store as well -- but it's a whopping $17!

  2. Whomp- mint julips are strong and not my fave either!

  3. I could top anything with a pile of cheese and be happy. You guys were quite the tourists, Im amazed you did all those things in a weekend!

  4. That ice cream looks incredible!! That alone will be a good excuse to go back and visit ;) What a WONDERFUL and perfect get away! You guys had the BEST time!!

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  6. Whoops! Totally commented the first time with my work account! Haha! What I said was: This post made me SO happy and SO sad at the same time! I'm originally from Cincinnnati so I miss Skyline, Graeters and Reds games! And yes, mint juleps are definitely super strong. It's not just you! :) Glad you had a great trip!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  7. I just love the waves in your hair. Happy Anniversary! Jelly of your fun trip.