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Cincinnati: The Top Places to Visit in One Weekend


Cincinnati, the Queen City, rising from the banks of the Ohio River, a great place to spend a weekend away…

If you’re heading to Cincinnati for a short break, this Top Places Guide will cover everything you need for a weekend of wonder! Let’s begin.

Where to Stay

For art lovers or anyone who wants a quirky place to stay, the 21c Museum Hotel is a great find.

Located right in the heart of Cincinnati, next to the Contemporary Art Center and opposite the Aronoff Center for the Arts, this is an award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant. They have pet-friendly rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a spa. What more could you want?!

If you’re looking for the best-recommended hotel, then the Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn takes the number one spot. It is a boutique hotel with historic charm and excellent customer service. There is a fitness center, restaurant, and pub. What’s more, it is located near to the zoo, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Riverbend Music Center. There is also the Mariemont Theater close by.

Where to Eat

Of course, there’s the option of the Metropole restaurant in the 21cMuseum Hotel but there are lots of other great places to eat in Cincinnati.

The Maplewood Kitchen & Bar is a cheery place that has a vibe reminiscent of the West Coast.

If it’s Italian you fancy, then Sotto is perfect! This is a wonderful place that is open on Sunday evenings when many Cincinnati restaurants are closed.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on sampling Holtman’s Donuts. There’s one on Vine Street and one on Madison Road.

What to See

There’s the Contemporary Arts Center, which is certainly worth a visit. Then there’s Findlay Market in Over The Rhine that has been around since 1855.

Here, you will find a hubbub of stalls, gourmet shops, restaurants, and cafés. At the weekend, there is also an outdoor farmers’ market, which has producers from all over Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

“Exterior of the Zaha Hadid-designed Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art”

The Cincinnati Bell Connector, the tramway, is a fantastic way to get around the city. Vine Street is a wonderful place for a shopping expedition and has lots of independent stores.

Cincinnati has lots of excellent green spaces. In particular, you will find lots of outdoor places along the riverbank.

You can even rent a Cincy Red Bike and take a ride on the cycle lane alongside the river.

For those into structures, visit the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge that leads to Covington. When it was built, in 1867, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

It kept this title until 1883 when Roebling then built the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, which became much more famous.

So, as you can see, the home of the “flying pigs” and the famous Purple People Bridge has an array of things to do for the whole family.

Cincinnati is a wonderful place to spend a little weekend getaway!

Fun Party Hacks: 15 Fantastic Ideas for your Party

There’s something about a good party that means you’re reminiscing for years to come. When you’re a host, you want your guests to have a good time. Even better still is to create a party that is memorable for all of the right reasons. Here are 13 great party hacks that are fun whatever the occasion.

1. Keep drinks bottles cool with frozen water balloons. When they’ve melted, the fun starts! You might need to gently remind guests to check that they’re completely defrosted before launching them though!

2. If you have a punch or a bowl full of fruit salad, use a block of ice to keep it cool. You can fill a lunch box container with water and freeze it the day before. By using a block of ice, you won’t be watering down your punch or fruit salad as it will melt more slowly.

3. Use an empty jar to make whipped cream. Simply pour the cream in about half full and shake until you get the consistency you want. Then you can easily store in the fridge for use later!

4. If you’re grilling kebab skewers, use two skewers for each kebab. Why? Because when you turn them over, it stops a piece of meat or vegetables from rotating and not getting cooked on a different side.

5. Have a dedicated area or box with sunscreen and bug spray. Your guests will really appreciate the thoughtfulness.

6. Tie down your bottle opener. Not because you think someone is going to steal it, but because it means you’ll always be able to find it and so will your guests!

7. If there are lots of guests, save washing up (and running out of glasses) by encouraging them to label their glasses when they get them. This also helps save the environment if you’re using plastic glasses and cups.

8. Freeze fruit to add to drinks instead of ice cubes. This is great for kids and adults alike!

9. If your party is still going after dark, use empty wine or beer bottles as candle holders.

10. Make a playlist in advance. If you don’t know what type of music your guests are into then make it a good mix of all styles. If you have an online music streaming account, let your guests access it and choose their own music too.

11. Set up some activities to entertain your guests. This could be as simple as a set of playing cards or giant Jenga to beer pong.

12. Make sure you enjoy yourself too. Plan everything in advance and give ‘jobs’ to some guests that won’t mind helping out so that you’re not doing everything. That way, you can actually enjoy the party too! It’s probably not a good idea to get too drunk if you’re the host. After all, you want to make sure everything is OK for your guests!

13. Have a plan to wind down the party when the time’s up and have a couple of guests in on your plan too. You don’t want to be rude and kick out guests when you’ve had enough but something simple like turning down the music and beginning a clean up with bin liners might be a subtle-enough hint.

And there you have it… 13 fantastic party hacks sure to make your party one to remember forever!

THE EVENT CENTER THAT HAS IT ALL

In a friendly town, right beside the beautiful Ohio River, sits a magnificent event center that caters to all. Weddings of any size are performed there and it is apparent that The Lawrenceburg Event Center has a mission to relieve their guests of the the stress and anxiety of planning a wedding or special occasion and to make sure that everything goes according to plan for the big day.

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The Lawrenceburg Event Center is located on the state lines of Kentucky and Indiana in a quiant town in which everyone seems to know each other. When we arrived with our Big Black Photo-booth, we met Emily, the coordinator. Emily showed us where we would be setting up for Justin and Crystal’s wedding (in an L-shaped lobby by the first banquet hall) and explained to us that “…everything is inside; no matter if it is 100 degrees like today, or raining, there is never an issue.”

Photo Source: http://www.thelawrenceburgeventcenter.com
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Congratulations On Your Engagement!

You’re engaged! What now?

First off, congratulations. How exciting!? With the New Year right around the corner, getting together a plan of action is the key to staying organized and on top of your wedding planning. We’ve taken some time to lay out five key points to get you in the planning mood.

Image Courtesy of Chelsea Hall Photography
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Top of the Market

This past weekend, Picture Perfect Photobooth Rentals was invited back to Top of the Market Banquet Center for Sarah and Chad’s wedding reception.  I love bringing the photo booth here! Portable photo booths can have their issues, and from start to finish, Top of the Market makes it a breeze! The owners transformed this retired warehouse, located close to Downtown Dayton, into a gorgeous event center for weddings, birthday parties, and so much more. I have no trouble getting the photo booth cart up the ramps or through the doors, as the venue is easily accessible on both sides of the building.

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