Cincinnati

Friday was spent in Cincinnati. I kick off a new job schedule Monday and I wanted to have one last day of freedom. I’m exaggerating about the freedom thing. This new job that I have taken on will be a rewarding venture.

The drive to Cincinnati is about 90 minutes from home. We kicked the day off with a stop by Cracker Barrel for one (or a stack) of pancakes. They have the best, with a crispy edge and cooked-just-right center, and that warm, tasty syrup, but I digress…

We had a tentative list of places to see during our short stay in Cincinnati. The first on the list was the Khron’s Conservatory.Since my traveling partner and I are huge fans of flowers, we put this place close to the top. We were not disappointed either, except for the fact that we missed the butterfly show.

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This conservatory is nestled in the hills of Cincy, right above the Ohio River. A quiet place to stroll and view all of nature’s beauty. The admission was only $4.00 for adults so well worth the hour+ that we were there.

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Next up…

I am a burger junkie as I have stated before. It is my goal to try every burger east of the Mississippi, and then beyond. Not really, but I do love a good burger! I was looking for best burgers in Cincinnati . Thanks, Google for spitting out the list! We also wanted a view, There’s nothing better than eating a tasty burger while feasting on a picturesque display of God’s creation. Montgomery Inn was just the ticket!

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The food was delicious, though admittedly, I didn’t have a burger. This place is best known for their barbecue so I had a pulled pork sandwich with homemade Saratoga chips. I did get to taste the burger because my traveling companion ordered a burger and fries…the best of both worlds. The pulled pork was one of the best I’ve had.

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Another one-of-the best from Montgomery Inn was the Key-lime Pie. I’m not a fan of real tart anything but this piece of pie was a slice of perfection.

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The view was very lovely too, as we opted for AL Fresco, with a cool, not very humid breeze gently kissing our faces as we dined. I totally recommend Montgomery Inn for lunch. Great portions for the price~

We booked a ride on The River Queen, through BB Riverboats. We were hoping for The Belle of Cincinnati, but she was occupied elsewhere.

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This particular cruise was a pirate cruise, which was not our first choice, but a sight-seeing cruise nonetheless, just with pirates. Arg.

Captain Frank not only pointed out historical sites and beautiful architecture while floating on the Ohio, he regaled us with a tale of how the vessel became a pirate ship, flying a cross and skull flag for now and forevermore. This story has it’s origination from a race with The Belle of Louisville. Thanks Captain Frank, for an enjoyable and lovely stint on your boat.

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That concluded our time in Cincinnati. We did have one more item on our list and again Google saved the day. We wanted ice cream. It is said that ice cream cures all ills. I’m not so sure about that but it does taste good.

Google’s choice…Bruster’s Real Ice Cream. We stopped in Florence Y’all, a small town in route to our final destination…home. I’m not sure what made it so but this ice cream is exceptional.

A day in Cincinnati was just what the doctor ordered, but also produced the desire to return and explore the Queen City a wee bit more, especially along the river and around The Great American Park, home to the Cincinnati Reds. I want to find that carousel Captain Frank mentioned…

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