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Cincinnati makes list of trend destinations for 2018

Cincinnati is once again featured as a top travel destination for travelers looking for must-visit vacation spots. This time American Express Essentials picked Cincinnati as part of the 2018 Trend Destination Hotlist.

AmEx's trusted network of travel bloggers selected the Queen City for its mixture of historic Art Deco architecture mixed with modern structures and a vibrant revitalisation of the downtown area – most notably at The Banks, Smale Riverfront Park, Fountain Square and Over-the-Rhine (OTR).

Read more about Cincinnati's travel-friendly charm here.

Cincy ranks in top 100 best places to live

According to a new ranking from Livability, Cincinnati is one of the top 100 places in which to live in the United States.

Known for its historic architecture and a cost of living nearly 10 percent below the national average, Cincy is home to a number of major companies, including Kroger, Macy’s and Procter & Gamble. It ranks high in the education sector due to the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, and the Reds and Bengals are huge draws as well.

Locally-owned restaurants all over the city, and festivals like Taste of Cincinnati keep the foodies coming back for more.

Read more about Cincinnati and the other 99 cities on the list here.


Jungle Jim's recognized by Food & Wine as top destination for foodies

In Fairfield and Eastgate, tourism meets grocery shopping at Jungle Jim's International Market. Both locations cover multiple acres and feature everything from fresh produce and seafood to a plethora of spicy salsas and fare from all over the world.

The original location in Eastgate is about 300,000 square feet — you'll find what feels like at least that many different products. Whatever you're looking for, Jungle Jim's has it. If they don't, it probably doesn't exist.

To read more about what Jungle Jim's the place to visit and take the foodie in your life, click here.

What's so attractive about visiting or living in Cincinnati?

Cincinnati's charm is once again getting national attention. The Dallas News highlighted some of the Queen City's most attractive qualities, including the swings at Smale Riverfront Park, Over-the-Rhine's resurrgence, Music Hall's renovation, street murals, art museums and food.

And the best way to get around to see all that Cincinnati has to offer? A Cincy Red Bike or day-long streetcar pass. Both are under $10.

Read more about Cincinnati here.

Lonely Planet and INTO know the Queen City is a hot travel destination

In case you haven't noticed, Cincinnati is getting a lot of love lately. Travel magazines all over the country are starting to realize that the Queen City is a top travel destination, both for domestic and international visitors. This time, Lonely Planet and INTO are giving our beloved city a shoutout.
  • Lonely Planet’s travel experts scoured the country for the 10 underrated, rejuvenated and out-of-this-world spots to visit in 2018. The list includes natural wonders, captivating coastlines and up-and-coming cities — Cincinnati landed at no. 5.

From Lonely Planet's roundup: "Set among steep hills with the bridge-strewn Ohio River swashing its edge, Cincinnati has always been a looker. Now beer, arts and savvy neighborhood development are giving it some swagger."

  • After hours and hours of research, INTO’s world travelers came up with their must-go travel destinations for 2018. Some unexpected places made the list, as well as some popular, well-known destinations worth revisiting this year, including Cincinnati.

"America’s most talked about city in the throes of a beautiful renaissance. Not only can you sip craft and draught cocktails, and taste awarding-winning (and inventive) food in the trending Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, you can see world-class art at the Contemporary Art Center. The most wonderful part, of course, is the out-of-their-way friendly locals who are thrilled to recommend their favorite haunts." — INTO's website

Follow the links to see the full list of destinations from Lonely Planet and INTO.


Cincy lands on NYT's best worldwide bargain destinations list

When travelers are planning out their next destination, Cincinnati might not come to mind, but according to the New York Times, the Queen City is one of the top 10 best bargain cities to visit in the world

We locals already know what makes Cincinnati a desireable place to visit, but the NYT highlights Over-the-Rhine and the Brewing Heritage Trail as some of the must-see and must-do attractions. In 2018, average airfare to Cincinnati is predicted to be about $350, which is down 13 percent from last year.

Bargain destinations abroad include La Paz, Bolivia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bergen and Oslo, Norway; Barcelona, Spain; and Melbourne, Australia.

Back in the states, the domestic cities worth visiting and saving a buck: Atlanta, San Antonio, Key West and New Orleans. 

To read more about the best bargain travel destinations, click here.

Local movie-themed bar makes list of top pop culture phenoms of the year

A number of food crazes hit cult-classic status in 2017: unicorn Frappuccinos, sushi burritos and the Whole30 diet. These food trends kept our minds off what was really happening in the world, if only for a moment. Food & Wine rounded up its top 50 food-related trends to go viral on Instagram and make a dent in our wallets last year — and get this, one of them is a bar in Walnut Hills.  

The Video Archive is the secret behind the unassuming wall of DVDs in the storefront's small video rental store. The Quentin Tarantino-themed bar features a cocktail menu inspired by cult-classic films — the Jackie Brown is made with bourbon, elderflower liqueur, blackberry-cucumber puree and salted honey, and the Royale with Cheese is a mix of yellow chartreuse with lemon juice and simple syrup. Owner Jacob Trevino is known for his pop-up bars, and closed out 2017 with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme at The Video Archive.

Check out the other food phenomenons of the year here.

Mystic Timbers coaster named Top 10 amusement park attraction

Kings Island's newest ride, Mystic Timbers, was recently named one of the top 10 new amusement park attractions by USA Today.

The rollercoaster opened in the spring, and features 16 "airtime" hills, an extreme S-turn and a tunnel. The ride reaches speeds of up to 53 mph.

USA Today readers were able to vote for their favorites, and the winners were officially chosen by a panel of amusement park experts.

See the country's other nine top new attractions here.

Two Cincinnati groups get GRAMMY nods

Tune into the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28th to see if two Cincinnati groups receive a coveted award in their category.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Louis Langrée, received a nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for the album "Concertos for Orchestra."  

Composer Zhou Tian (pronounced Jo-Tyen) also earned a spot in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for that same album.
The CSO has been here before — it was previously nominated in the Best Orchestral Performance category but has not taken home that trophy. But they have won Grammys related to production and engineering, most recently for a 2008 release.

The National, a Brooklyn-based, Cincinnati-bred group, also received a nod for its latest release, "Sleep Well Beast" in the Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package categories.

The National also received a nomination in the Best Alternative Music Album category for 2013's "Trouble Will Find Me."

See if your favorite artist is up for a GRAMMY here.

Local anchor gets shoutout on "Live with Kelly and Ryan"

A few weeks ago, Ryan Seacrest talked about his recent visit to Cincinnati on his show, "Live with Kelly and Ryan." Seacrest came to town to meet with advertisers, likely for his radio station, Seacrest Studios, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 

While talking about his trip, Seacrest says that he was mistaken for local celebrity Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. He and Kelly Ripa go on to talk about "Cincinnati royalty," which includes WCPO anchor Ryan Houston and Lachey.

Watch the whole clip.

Fiona: A social media superstar

Fiona the hippo is now a household name, thanks in part to the communications team at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which kept followers up-to-date on the premature baby hippo's progress through social media.

Her story is everywhere, and fans the world over come to Cincinnati just to catch a glimpse of her bobbing in the water at Hippo Cove.

Fiona's story has inspired a local brewery and T-shirt company; a seven-episode Facebook series; a limted-edition ice cream flavor; countless mentions in national news; and an entire nation. Next year, Thane Maynard, the zoo's director, is releasing a children's book called "Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo," which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

“People tell us all the time that Fiona is something everyone can agree on,” says Amy LaBarbara, the zoo’s coordinator for marketing and events. “We have heard from countless people online that Fiona has been uniting the United States. We hear from people going through chemo that tell us she is the only bright spot in their day.”

Read more about our local superstar here.


Carabello Coffee voted best local coffee shop in Kentucky

Buying local is becoming an ever more regular part of daily life. Citizens are looking to buy locally grown produce and locally made goods, and eat and drink at locally owned establishments. Mic.com, with the help of Yelp, rounded up the best local coffee shop in each state, and Newport's own Carabello Coffee came out on top in Kentucky.

The philanthropic craft coffee roaster serves responsibly sourced coffee from the world's leading coffee-producing countries. Justin and Emily Carabello have personal relationships with each farmer, and they donate proceeds directly back to those farmers, and to organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The pair recently expanded their venture, and now have a craft analog coffee bar for true coffee geeks, as well as a cute little cafe where you can sip a hot drink and have a conversation, work or people watch.

Discover the other 49 top local coffee shops in the country here.

BLINK not the only draw in Cincinnati

This October brought BLINK to the Queen City, a free, walkable, light and art festival that spanned from The Banks to Findlay Market and included 60 large-scale installations and projections. Over one million people attended, putting it on the radar of people all over the region, and the country.

While in town for BLINK, travel blog Cool Hunting uncovered a myriad of other can't-miss options in town, including the 21c, Findlay Market, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Arts Museum, the Lucky Cat Museum, Taft's Ale House, brewery tours in Over-the-Rhine, the American Sign Museum, Rhinegeist's new restaurant, Music Hall and drinks at Sundry and Vice.

Click here to read more about Cool Hunting's four days of Cincinnati discovery.


Five local favorites recognized by Food & Wine

Five local spots on both sides of the river were featured in Food & Wine's Cincinnati City Guide.
  • The menu at Carabello Coffee's Analog Coffee Bar has eight different brewing methods on it, and is the place for coffee geeks.
  • Artichoke, located across the street from Findlay Market, is stocked with every cooking gadget you'll ever need.
  • Longfellow is known for its cocktail menu, but there's also a small bites menu that leaves customers wanting more. 
  • Chef Ryan Santos' new restaurant Please is known for its ambitious and tasty dishes.
  • Downtown's 21c is more than just a hotel — it's an art gallery too. 
Read more about Food & Wine's top Cincy stops here.

Cincinnati named the most hipster city in the country

Hipster trends are popping up all over the place: craft coffee, craft beer, local art galleries, etc. Cincinnati has a plethora of all of these, and was recently recognized by Jetsetter.com as the most hipster city in America.

Cincinnati has 19th-century and Art Deco architecture, historic breweries and European-style neighborhoods. But we're also experiencing a cultural revival, with buzzy storefronts, boutique hotels, standout restaurants and hip bars cropping up all over the city. Jetsetter highlighted Over-the-Rhine, which is in the midst of an $80 million revitalization, has cool shops like MiCA 12/V, local art galleries and cafes.

Holtman’s Donuts has taken the city by storm, topping its donuts with maple bacon, cereal or coconut. The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center is the first freestanding American museum designed by a woman (none other than Zaha Hadid), and it's full of cutting-edge photography, film and performance art; and downtown's 21c Museum Hotel features a free contemporary art gallery, rooftop bar and restaurant.

Read about the other six hipster cities here.
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