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Hotel Covington named one of the best new hotels in the South


Hotel Covington opened just last fall, but it's already gaining national attention — it was recently named one of the best hotels in the American South by CNN.

In the early 1900s, John Roberts Coppin built Coppin's Department Store (1910-1977) in downtown Covington. City Hall used the building from 1990-2014, when it moved out to make way for Aparium Hotel Group and The Salyers Group to develop their 114-room hotel concept.

The building underwent a $22 million renovation, and also houses a restaurant, Coppin's, that serves up classic American comfort food. The restaurant recently opened a walk-up window for late-night customers.

Check out the other eight hotels that made CNN's list.

Five new must-see attractions coming to Cincy this summer


There are a number of new things coming to Cincinnati this summer, and the Indianapolis Star, via the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network, has rounded up five of those attractions
 


 

Travel Maritimes picks the best places to eat, shop and stay in Greater Cincinnati


Travel Maritimes encourages its readers to visit maritime cities, and although Cincinnati isn't on the ocean, it lies along the Ohio River, which eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

The article highlights several reasons to visit, including:
  • The city's brewing history (learned via American Legacy Tours)
  • The eateries and independent shops along Vine Street
  • Hi-Bred vintage clothing store in E. Walnut Hills
  • Downtown's Sotto
  • A stay just across the river at the newly renovated Hotel Covington
Where are your favorite places to eat, shop and stay in Greater Cincinnati?

Cladwell helps consumers buy less and work with what they already own

Cladwell, a locally designed clothing app, aims to help its users create a capsule wardrobe out of timeless pieces, rather than investing in fast-fashion. The app doesn't encourage users to go out and buy something new, but to make new outfits of pieces they already own.

To read more about other startups that are helping consumers buy less and utilize their closets in new ways, click here.

 

Eater teamed up with Polly Campbell to find the city's best new restaurants


Eater recently hooked up with Cincinnati Enquirer food writer Polly Campbell to get a snapshot of the hottest new restaurants and bars in town.

Her picks are: This is the first time Eater has explored Cincinnati's food and dining scene. 

To read more about Polly's Eater picks, click here.

 

Art installations like the forthcoming BLINK are popping up all over the world


In an attempt to attract patrons, art museums and festivals are taking the art outside. Temporary photographs and art installations are being projected on the outside of buildings, a trend that Cincinnati is no stranger to.

Lumenocity, a summer light festival, was projected on the Washington Park side of Music Hall, accompanied by music from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This is the first year Lumenocity isn't happening, but BLINK is taking its place.

In October, large-scale media and interactive art will animate buildings throughout 20 city blocks. Brave Berlin, a local design studio, is overseeing the creation of animated installations for the facades of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Contemporary Arts Center.

To read more about this new trend in art, click here.

Eleven Cincy bars named among the best in Ohio


Eleven Greater Cincinnati breweries, bars and family-friendly hotspots made Cleveland.com's list of the best bars in the state.

Cleveland.com staff looked at the best Yelp reviews to come up with its list of the 50 best watering holes in Ohio. Here are the Cincinnati places that made the list: To see the full list, click here.
 

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center receives award for best exhibition


The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center recently received a number of awards from the Ohio Museums Association, including one for best exhibit for the 2016 ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery.

The museum also received the Gold Award (the top prize) for the visual communication competition for The Rosa Parks Experience campaign, and Jesse Kramer, the museum's creative director, received the 2016 Emerging Professional Award.

ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery featured images by world-renowned photographer Lisa Kristine that documented the lives of slaves and the freedom they never dreamed possible. The Rosa Parks Experience is the museum’s virtual reality experience that commemorates Rosa Parks’ historic demonstration.

Founded in 1976, the OMA is the leading advocate for connecting and empowering the state's museums and museum professionals through professional development, networking events and advocacy. Each year, OMA’s annual awards program honors outstanding individual and institutional achievements and visual communications.

To find out more about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and its exhibits, click here.

 

Foodies agree: Taste of Cincinnati is a must-see this spring


Taste of Cincinnati joins the ranks of state food festivals as one of the top 10 best food festivals to visit this spring, as voted by Jetsetter.

In its 40th year, Taste is held Memorial Day weekend, and is completely free to attend. Unless you're eating or drinking, and you will definitely want to eat your way through over 100 dishes from local food trucks and restaurants. Local restaurant talent is showcased at a number of events throughout the weekend, and 60 bands will be playing on Taste's five stages around downtown.

Planning a trip soon and love food? Check out the other nine festivals that made the list.

Beer, spirits and entrepreneurship breathing life back into OTR


Over-the-Rhine was founded over 150 years ago by German immigrants who loved their beer. Today, beer, spirits and an entrepreneurial spirit are redeveloping the neighborhood, one building at a time.

People like Molly Wellmann and Julia Petiprin, Stuart King and Ryan Rizzo are bringing their own flare to Japp's and Sundry and Vice, respectively. They're taking Cincinnati back to its pre-Prohibition roots and re-introducing residents to what built the city: beer and booze.

Along the way, these entrepreneurs are taking dilapidated buildings and renovating them into bars, breweries, restaurants and eclectic shops that are scattered throughout OTR.

There's a lot to still be done in the neighborhood, but check out how far it's come.

Travel + Leisure plans perfect three-day weekend in Cincinnati


Travel + Leisure lays out three days of must-sees, must-dos and must-eats for tourists in Cincinnati, including exploring spots in downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Northern Kentucky.

During the day, take in art at the Contemporary Arts Center or take a Cincinnati Brewery Tour to see the underground lager tunnels. Hop on the streetcar or rent a Cincy Red Bike to get around and see the sights. Food highlights include dinner at Mita's and Sotto; breakfast at Maplewood Kitchen and Bar; drinks at Taft's Ale House or the 21c rooftop bar; and donuts at Holtman's.

To see the full three-day travel plan, click here.

Newport Aquarium in running for nation's 10 best


The Newport Aquarium has received a number of national accolades in recent years, and was recently nominated as one of USA Today’s “Top 10 Best Aquariums” in the country.

On March 27, a panel of zoo and family travel experts will weigh in to decide where to bestow the honor, and Newport Aquarium is asking visitors and local residents to vote here to help our local aquarium garner a top spot.

Since voting opened, Newport Aquarium has excelled in rankings and currently stands at no. 4 in the nation.

Voters can submit choices once per day until the deadline. Winners will be announced on March 31.

Cast your vote and learn more about aquariums nationwide here.


Cincinnati 4th best midsize city for college basketball fans


It’s time for Cincinnati basketball lovers to don their gear and start getting excited for one of sports’ best-loved traditions.

With March Madness drawing nigh, the personal finance website WalletHub releases its “Best & Worst Cities for College Basketball Fans.” Cincinnati ranked 19th overall and fourth among midsize cities.

Check out these March Madness fun facts to get into the spirit of the season:

  • $7.3M: Annual salary of Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski (He's paid 6X more than Duke's president.), making him the highest paid college basketball coach.    
  • 17X: Difference between the average NBA rookie's salary ($1.99M) and the average value of a college basketball player's tuition, room and board ($120K).    
  • $8.9B: Estimated amount wagered illegally on the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament.    
  • 3.5 million: Extra barrels of American beer are produced each March.    
  • $66M: Tournament's impact on Dayton's economy since 2001.

Click here for WalletHub’s full report.


American Sign Museum's CoSign project expanding to Iowa City


CoSign provided new signs to local businesses in Northside and Covington, and now it's launching nationally. Its first stop: Iowa City.

The program pairs business owners with local artists and professional sign manufacturers to design, create and install new signs for the business' storefronts. CoSign helps create a sense of place, and adds vibrancy to neighborhood business districts.

CoSign launched in Northside in 2012, and crossed the river to Covington in 2014. Iowa City's new signs will be installed and unveiled in August during MidWestOne Bank's "Rock the Chalk" event. 

To read more about why the American Sign Museum chose Iowa City, click here.

Cincinnati one of the top cities in the country for conventions


Each year, Cincinnati plays host to a multitude of conventions: Cavalcade of Customs, Cincinnati Comic Expo, Cincinnati Food and Wine Festival, Cincy Beerfest, FounderCon (2016), HorrorHound Weekend, MLB All-star Weekend (2015) and more. These events are what put Cincinnati at the top of MeetingSource.com's list of cities in the United States to hold a convention in.

One hundred and seventy-six cities that are popular for holding large conventions were ranked across five site selection factors: Affordability, Ease of Access, Safety, Walkability and Promotional Appeal.

Cincinnati joins Austin, Charlotte and Salt Lake City as the best locations to host a medium-sized convention. Fargo, Portland, Silicon Valley and Tacoma, Wash., are great for small conventions, and Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix and San Francisco topped the large convention category.

For more information regarding MeetingSource's findings, click here.
 
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