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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.
 

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweets aerial image of Cincinnati


On Saturday, astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweeted an aerial image of Cincinnati from the International Space Station.

You can see more aerial views he's captured on his Twitter page. 
 

Cincinnati Zoo's preemie hippo Fiona takes first steps


According to Cincinnati Zoo spokesperson Michelle Curley, Baby “Fiona” is eating well and maintaining good activity levels.
 
On Jan. 24, Fiona was born six weeks prematurely to Bibi, her 17-year-old mother. Fiona is the first Nile hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 75 years.
 
Staffers are assisting Fiona with feeding, but say they will continue to help her gain strength and eventually nurse on her own. On Sunday, she took her very first steps, which is something baby hippos should be able to do shortly after birth.
 
Read the full story, watch the video and link to the Zoo’s website for updates here.
 

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati tops the list of Ohio's best hotels


U.S. News & World Report ranked the state's top hotels, based on awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. Downtown's 21c Museum Hotel topped the list.

Open since 2012, 21c is home to a free, 24-hour contemporary art gallery and Metropole restaurant (named in honor of the Metropole Hotel that used to be located at the site) and a rooftop bar. The Cincinnati hotel is just one of seven 21c hotels in the country — others are located in Bentonville, Ark., Durham, NC, Lexington, Louisville, Oklahoma City and Nashville.

The 21c came in at no. 1 on USN's list of Best Ohio Hotels, with three other Cincinnati hotels — the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, The Cincinnatian and The Westin — making the top 10.

See the list of Ohio's top 15 best hotels here.

 

Landor's recent rebranding of City of Covington receives national attention


Japanese publication, +81, released its third-ever branding edition in December. It focused on the appealing visual design of logos, signs, packaging, shopping bags, print media, websites, smaller galleries, shops, hotels, restaurants, cafes, web media and other local businesses.

It even showcased the city-wide rebranding of the City of Covington, which was done by local design firm Landor.

See the Q&A with Landor's creative director, Joe Napier, which is shared here. See the roundup of +81's branding favorites here.

Emilio Estevez to film ensemble political dramedy in Cincinnati


Cincinnati will once again play host to a major motion picture — this time it's a socially conscious ensemble dramedy called the public, directed by local favorite Emilio Estevez.
 
The plot is based on an Occupy-style sit-in that escalates to a standoff between police and Cincinnati Public Library officials during a life-threatening cold snap.
 
The film is currently in pre-production, with initial photography slated to begin earlier this month.

Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Jena Malone and musician Che “Rhymefest” Smith have signed on to co-star.

Read more about the movie here.

 

Brewery Heritage Trail named one of the best things coming in 2017


Thrillist rounded up the 15 coolest projects coming to U.S. cities in 2017, including the Brewing Heritage Trail in Over-the-Rhine, which recently received $300,000 in state and local funds. The trail will highlight the neighborhood's long and storied brewing history by taking people into the bellies of old breweries.

To take a tour, you will download an app that will take you on a 2.3-mile trek through OTR, Pendleton and downtown. Beer barons and brewery workers will narrate the tour and provide historical anecdotes along the way.

To see the other 14 projects, click here.
 
 

Cincinnati and Covington both make Travel + Leisure's list of best places to travel


Travel + Leisure recently named its top 50 travel destinations in the world, and Cincinnati and Covington both made the list because of the investment made by developers and the community to reinvigorate the region.

Cincinnati's must-see destinations include Over-the-Rhine and Union Terminal, and reasons to visit in the near future include Music Hall and Ziegler Park, both after renovations are completed, of course.

Locations in Covington include the newly opened Hotel Covington, which is in a former department store.

See the full list of destinations here.
 

Cincinnati Library wins national innovator award

The Urban Libraries Council named the the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County one of the top innovators of 2016 for a new collections program. 

Readers select their favorite authors on the library website and every time an item becomes available by an author a hold is automatically placed in the reader's preferred format so readers never miss a release by a favorite author. So far 1752 people have subscribed to Hot Tickets and 12,780 to Hot Authors.

The Urban Libraries Council Innovations Initiative recognizes library members' innovations in 10 categories that demonstrate the value and impact of public library service in the 21st century. Cincinnati won the category of innovations in the curation and/or creation of print and digital content; approaches for measuring use of collections.

The 2016 Urban Libraries Council Innovations Initiative showcases programs that provide lifelong learning opportunities, meet the unique needs of diverse audiences, leverage technology to connect people with each other and vital resources, and address community issues. The website houses more than 1,200 leading practices that reflect library missions, strategies, achievements, and community contributions. Read more at the Urban Libraries Council.

Renaissance Covington named Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist


Last year, Renaissance Covington was named as "One to Watch" by Main Street America, and now it's a semi-finalist for a Great American Main Street Award.

Since its inception in 2003, Renaissance Covington has created 790 new jobs, and about 150 new businesses have opened in the downtown Covington. While maintaining a strong commitment to the Main Street Approach, the organization has implemented creative and fun solutions to downtown revitalization challenges, including pop-up shops, a temporary “parklet” initiative and annual arts festival.

See the other semi-finalists for the Great American Main Street Awards here.

The Overlook Lodge named one of the best bars in the country


The Overlook Lodge was recently name one of the 50 best bars in the country by Playboy. Voting is now closed, but the Top 10 winners will be announced in the magazine's November issue. 

The bar is themed after the hotel in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, with axes and stag antlers adorning the walls. And the cocktail menu features drinks like Writer's Block, which is bourbon and apple-berry sweet tea, and the Summer Caretaker —  rum, lemon, habanero, peach bitters and prickly pear soda. There's even a snack menu, featuring different homemade trail mixes.

Read the full story here.
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