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May
30

How to Choose the Right Cincinnati Neighborhood For You

Cincinnati is an incredible city located on the banks of the Ohio River bursting with plenty of great restaurants, picturesque parks, breweries, beautiful homes and a great community of residents — so we don't blame you for wanting to live here! When you do decide to move here (and we think you will!), it can be hard to decide on the perfect neighborhood. That's why we rounded up some of the most popular communities in Cincinnati, all of which are fantastic places to live. No matter who you are or what you're looking for, there's a home and neighborhood perfect for you. Happy exploring!

For the Shopaholic — Hyde Park

Hyde Park Cincinnati, OH Named after the fashionable neighborhood in New York City, Hyde Park is one of the best places in Cincinnati for shopping. In the center of the community, is Hyde Park Square, a two-block area of Erie Avenue, full of one-of-a-kind shops. This neighborhood is located less than five miles from downtown Cincinnati and showcases the best of city living alongside stunning Victorian-era architecture and other unique buildings like the Mushroom House, which looks like something pulled from the pages of Alice in Wonderland. However, Hyde Park isn't only a shopping destination; it's also home to several picturesque parks, award-winning restaurants and wineries. So no matter what you're interested in, Hyde Park is a desirable place to live for practically anyone! Neighborhood highlights: The Cincinnati Observatory, Aligator Purse, Echo, Soho Boutique and the Coffee Emporium.   

For the Hipster — Over-The-Rhine

For those who always want to be ahead of the curve, constantly seeking out new and unique parts of a city, look no further! Over the Rhine (or OTR) is one of Cincinnati's hottest neighborhoods, full of great restaurants, shopping, colorful buildings and friendly people. OTR feels like a mini Brooklyn, in fact, the New York Times described it as having "a scale and grace reminiscent of Greenwich Village in New York" and we aren't surprised. One look at the historic buildings and vibrant culture will have you living out your greatest NYC fantasies. Neighborhood highlights: Eagle OTR, Holtman's Donuts, Bakersfield OTR, Taft's Ale House and Findlay Market

For the Artist — Pleasant Ridge

Cincinnati Neighborhoods Located on the northeastern edge of Cincinnati, Pleasant Ridge is a charming residential neighborhood marked by its small business district and high concentration of artists and musicians. In fact, Pleasant Ridge and the neighboring community, Kennedy Heights, formed District A in 2008 to build community and fuel the economic development through the arts along Montgomery Road. While Pleasant Ridge is currently on the underrated side, the neighborhood is definitely on the rise. Not only will you find some of the best restaurants and attractions, but you'll also find the Overlook Lodge, a bar full of cocktails inspired by the Shining. Neighborhood highlights: Nine Giant Brewing, Queen City Comic and Card Company and the Pendleton Art Center

For the History Buff — Mount Adams

Situated on what feels like a small mountain and overlooking the Cincinnati skyline, Mount Adams (or the "Hill) oozes the "I could live here" factor. The area is full of picturesque sidewalks, winding streets, new apartments and charming homes. It is even surrounded by one of the city's favorite parks: Eden Park, which is just as idyllic as the name suggests. Because of its view of the river valley, Mount Adams played a role in the city's defense against the Confederate Army during the Civil War, with two artillery cannons placed in the area (neither were ever fired). So, while we think the Hill would be a perfect home for most people, history buffs will love exploring all of the historic features of the neighborhood. Neighborhood highlights: Mount Adams Bar & Grill, the Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

For the Young Professional — Oakley

Cincinnati Neighborhoods Oakley has drawn in a ton of young professionals over the years, and it's not difficult to see why. The neighborhood is full of swanky bars, restaurants and shops along with plenty of lower priced, beautiful homes. Because this charming area borders Hyde Park, many people tend to assume (incorrectly) that Oakley is the less desirable of the two. But, until recently, it was one of the best-kept secrets in Cincinnati. The secret is out, unfortunately, and people are starting to catch on to the fact that there's a lot to love about this convenient, up-and-coming neighborhood. Neighborhood highlights: Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, Brazee Street Studios, Flying Pig Irish Pub, Oakley Wines and MadTree Brewing

For Families — Indian Hill

Indian Hill is Cincinnati's most affluent suburb and is located just north of the city limits. The village actually encompasses 20 square miles, so there are plenty of opportunities to make a home here. Its rural atmosphere, high safety ratings and strong sense of community make it the perfect place for families! The neighborhood's education level is tough to beat, as Indian Hill High School boasts unparalleled fine arts, athletics and of course, academics. As an added bonus, the area is practically a natural paradise, full of parks, lakes and trails, so you and the kiddos won't ever run out of things to explore! Neighborhood highlights: Indian Hill Club, Rheinstrom Park and Red Bird Hollow Trailhead

For the Foodie — Clifton

Clifton Cincinnati, OH

The neighborhood of Clifton actually encompasses several different areas: Clifton proper, Corryville, the Heights and Clifton Heights (we know, it's a little confusing). But this large area of Cincinnati has gone through a ton of changes lately. What used to be a neighborhood that served as an extension of downtown Cincinnati, has turned into a trendy urban space full of parks, quaint storefronts, shops and, of course, amazing restaurants. Clifton is the place to go for a great meal, whether it's for a date night or just a casual lunch get-together. The food scene in the area also happens to be incredibly diverse, boasting a plethora of Indian, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese and Mexican establishments. Neighborhood highlights: Ambar, the Brass Tap, Esquire Theater, Edgewood Grove Park and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center

For the Outdoor Enthusiast — Sayler Park

Sayler Park is one of the most charming neighborhoods you'll ever visit. This community sits a bit outside Cincinnati and stretches along the Ohio River, so you can enjoy a little quiet outside of the city without being too far away from the action! The area is marked by the gorgeous Fernbank Park, an idyllic 65-acre, park bench-dotted piece of greenery that borders the river. It's the perfect spot for a morning run with Fido or an afternoon picnic on summer days. But the real draw here is the small town feel, friendly people and small businesses. Neighborhood highlights: Cabana on the River, Fernbank Golf Course, Thornton Triangle, Shamrock and Bender Mountain Preserve

For the Architecture Lover — Columbia Tusculum

Cincinnati Neighborhoods

Photo courtesy of Columbia Tusculum

Founded in 1788, the stunning Columbia Tusculum has long prided itself on being Cincinnati's first neighborhood. And, while many may think that Over-the-Rhine is the current crown jewel of Cincinnati, we think it might be Columbia Tusculum. Not only is there plenty to do, see and eat in the area — it also happens to be absolutely gorgeous. If you take a stroll down the neighborhood, you'll find streets full of colorfully painted houses reminiscent of San Francisco's "Painted Ladies" and murals depicting them along the sidewalks. For those who aren't as interested in architecture as others, head up (and we mean "up" because it's a pretty big hill) to the picturesque Alms Park, which is what nature enthusiasts' dreams are made of. Neighborhood highlights: Streetside Brewery, Ygasana Mysore Cincinnati, Yust Gallery, Taglio and Allyn's Cafe  

Did one of these neighborhoods catch your eye?

If you're looking for a home in the Cincinnati area, we are more than happy to help! Contact us or use our advanced search tool to find the perfect property today.
May
28

8 Spectacular Glamping Destinations Near Columbus That You Should Visit This Summer

"Glamping", or glamorous camping, is all the rage these days. There are plenty of people who enjoy the serenity of camping in the wilderness, with nothing but themselves and their trusty pop-up tent. But sometimes it's nice to experience nature without having to rough it! For those who crave that outdoorsy vibe but want to keep a hold on the comforts of home, glamping is the perfect compromise That's why we rounded up some of our favorite glamping destinations only a short drive from Columbus! On this list, you'll find everything from luxurious cabins to #InstaWorthy yurts to rustic tree houses — all ready for your weekend getaway.

Orchard House Bed & Breakfast

4058 Columbus Road, Granville Distance from Columbus: 32 miles Columbus Camping Glamping Cabins

Photo courtesy of the Orchard House Bed & Breakfast

From April through October, you can enjoy a unique camping experience at the Orchard House. Enjoy sleeping on a comfortable queen-sized bed with a down comforter, a private half-bath in the main manor, and a secluded outdoor solar shower — all set amongst lush forest backdrop. As an added bonus, you'll have full access to all of the best amenities including gourmet breakfasts, an add-on massage, tent-side refreshments and a bonfire at the end of every night. You can make a reservation by visiting this page

Delaware State Park

5202 U.S. Highway 23 N, Delaware Distance from Columbus: 45 miles Delaware State Park is full of dense woodlands, expansive meadows and a shimmering 1,300-acre reservoir. Located just north of Columbus, you can visit this glorious park for camping, swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing! While they offer plenty of normal camping sites, you can also reserve a luxurious yurt any time May through October. These cozy yurts come completely furnished with futon beds, a table and chairs, a cooler and a ceiling fan. Outside, you'll find a charcoal grill and picnic table with a canopy — so you can enjoy both the outdoors and the indoors on your camping trip! You can make a reservation by visiting this page

Arhaven Bed & Breakfast

5250 Goss Road, Sugar Grove Distance from Columbus: 45 miles The quaint Arhaven Bed and Breakfast offers two places for you to rent, the Haven Suite, which is a luxury suite in the main house, and the Feathered Nest, a newly built glamping cottage! This one-of-a-kind cottage offers a bed made from fine linens, flower arrangements, battery packs for your electronics, a darling bathroom and much more. This adorable vacation destination located in the beautiful Hocking Hills is the perfect spot for your weekend getaway! You can make a reservation by visiting this page

The Mohicans Treehouses

23164 Vess Road, Glenmont Distance from Columbus: 77 miles Take your getaway to new heights with a stay at the Mohicans tree houses! Each house is custom designed with sleek interiors, stunning views and cozy amenities. While these beauties are usually reserved on the weekends for wedding guests, you can visit during the week and they are available all winter — perfect for a snowy escape! If you're looking for something more "ground-oriented", the Mohicans also have several grounded cabins on site that you can rent all year long and all of them are just as opulent as their elevated counterparts. You can check their availability here and make a reservation by visiting this page

Nomad Ridge at the Wilds

14000 International Road, Cumberland Distance from Columbus: 80 miles

Photo courtesy of Grahm S. Jones via Nomad Ridge at the Wilds

We can't think of a more spectacular glamping destination than Nomad Ridge. This awe-inspiring park, created by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, offers private yurts full of unique accent features like bamboo flooring and Asian-inspired decor. Sit on your own personal deck, nestled among the trees next to the animal pasture areas. Or take in the sweeping view of the Wilds from the observation deck where you can see everything from rhinos to red-tailed hawks. And in the evening, relax by the fire and look up at the stars in the open sky! You can make a reservation by visiting this page

Hueston Woods State Park

6301 Park Office Road, College Corner Distance from Columbus: 112 miles Located in College Corner, Ohio, Hueston Woods State Park boasts 3,000 acres of outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing, canoeing and fossil hunting! Glamp in their adorable yurt that offers electricity, a refrigerator, microwave, TV and outdoor grill. Or, spend the weekend in style at one of their rustic cabins at the Resort Lodge. These state-of-the-art cabins are full of everything you could possibly need for a stylish weekend away. Plus, take full advantage of the resort's amenities like the outdoor swimming pools, game room, restaurant and tennis courts. You can make a reservation by visiting this page

Clay's Park Resort

13190 Patterson Street NW, North Lawrence Distance from Columbus: 115 miles Columbus Camping Glamping Cabins

Photo courtesy of Clay's Park Resort

This spacious, 500-acre resort offers an RV park, a campground, an event center and a water park, so no matter how you're looking to spend your "glamping weekend", you're sure to have a blast at Clay's Park Resort! Settle into one of their custom-built canvas tents, each featuring one queen bed, one set of bunk beds and a day bed, along with a charcoal grill, a hammock, a fire ring and a picnic table. The area also boasts a stocked fishing lake, kayaks and canoe rentals, miniature golf, and a heated indoor pool. You can make a reservation by visiting this page

Columbia Woodlands

6593 McKracken Drive NW, Dover Distance from Columbus: 125 miles Columbia Woodlands combines the height of luxury and the peacefulness of nature in their sprawling 400-acre property that boasts upscale cabins, magnificent glamping tents, and a wedding and event center. Spend the day fishing in one of the nearby ponds, hiking their eight miles of trails, canoeing, swimming or just settle in with a good book in one of their hand-carved rocking chairs. The possibilities are endless at this quaint getaway destination!   You can find a full list of their glamping options and make a reservation by visiting this page  

Enjoy your stay!

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May
23

Get a Look Inside 7 Beautiful Homes For Sale in the Cincinnati Area

Cincinnati is an amazing city nestled along the Ohio River that has been growing in popularity over the past few years. In fact, it recently ranked close to the top of Livability's 2019 list of the best places in the United States to live! Our area offers plenty of restaurants, picturesque parks, breweries and, of course, gorgeous homes. That's why today, we're highlightings some of the communities' most beautiful homes. On this list, you'll find homes from Union to Hamilton — all of which offer fantastic kitchens, lush backyards and even some luxurious bathrooms. Happy Hunting!

Stunning 6.6+ Acre Gem in Loveland

4 Beds | 3.5 Baths | 3,551 Square Feet | $750,000 Homes for sale in Cincinnati Homes for sale in Cincinnati

This home can be found at 1861 Cole Farm Lane, Miami Township | Listed by Edward Lindenschmidt

This Loveland home offers over 3,500 square feet of living space. While you'll have plenty of space indoors with its large kitchen and fully finished lower level — we have a feeling you'll be spending most of your time outdoors enjoying over six acres of private land. The large backyard is complete with a fire pit and a lake so you'll be able to entertain all year round!

Spacious Custom Home in Falcon Meadows

4 Beds | 3 Baths | 2,771 Square Feet | $349,000 Homes for sale in Cincinnati Homes for sale in Cincinnati

This home can be found at 1307 Peregrine Way, Hamilton | Listed by Lori Hayward

The highlight of this home is the wide, open floor plan of the main level, connecting the kitchen to a casual dining area and living room. This makes it perfect for inviting friends over for dinner or to watch the big game. This space also has access to the back deck that offers great views of the picturesque backyard.

Luxurious Home in the Heart of Union

4 Beds | 4.5 Baths | $500,000 Homes for sale in Cincinnati Homes for sale in Cincinnati

This home can be found at 2515 Three Trees Lane, Union, KY | Listed by Smooth Moves

Step inside this gorgeous build situated on almost half an acre in the heart of Union. This four bedroom home features soaring ceilings, a chef's eat-in kitchen, a luxurious owner's suite, and a spacious lower level perfect with a wet bar for entertaining! The cherry on top, however, is the opulent touches sprinkled throughout the home, including columns, a grand foyer and sleek hardwood floors.

A Natural Urban Oasis

4 Beds | 3.5 Baths | 3,941 Square Feet | $369,900 Homes for sale in Cincinnati Homes for sale in Cincinnati

This home can be found at 7875 Stoney Ridge Drive, Colerain Township | Listed by Olivia Johnson

Welcome to this fabulous, brand new home! Standout features include a stylish kitchen with granite countertops, a breakfast room, nine-foot ceilings, a finished lower level, and a gorgeous backyard with a wooded view! Adjacent to a lovely green space and backing to the woods, this home feels like a natural paradise without being too far away from the action.

A Must-See Abode With a Spa-Like Bathroom

4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | $297,000 Homes for sale in Cincinnati Homes for sale in Cincinnati

This home can be found at 1330 Peregrine Way, Hamilton | Listed by Lori Hayward

Every room you see in this Hamilton home will charm you all over again. We love the spacious porch, welcoming two-story foyer and spacious, open floor plan — but it's the master suite that we can't get enough of! This massive room is the perfect size and leads to a spa-like custom bath, complete with a shower, soaking tub and walk-in closet.

Better Than New Home in Hamilton West Estates

3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2,720 Square Feet | $290,000 Homes for sale in Cincinnati Homes for sale in Cincinnati

This home can be found at 1545 Tatum Lane, Hamilton | Listed by Smooth Moves

Better than new home is full of clean lines and classic decor. Don't miss the fantastic updates including new, rich hardwood floors and new lighting throughout along with updates to the open kitchen and the master bathroom. Settled on top of almost a half acre of land and close to everything Hamilton West Estates has to offer — including a lake and local amphitheater — you won't run out of ways to entertain any time soon!

Peaceful, Wooded Cul-De-Sac Setting

3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 1,802 Square Feet | $309,900 Homes for sale in Cincinnati Homes for sale in Cincinnati

This home can be found at 111 Fieldstone Drive, Terrace Park | Listed by Olivia Johnson

This adorable Terrance Park home has everything — from a peaceful, wooded setting to an updated kitchen. Additional features include stunning hardwood floors, a spacious lower level family room and the incredible outdoor features. We just can't get enough of the screened in the deck where you can enjoy the private, level backyard all year long!  

Enjoy your home search!

If you're looking for a home in the Cincinnati area, or pretty much anywhere else in Ohio, we're here to help! Contact us or use our advanced search tool to get started.
May
21

12 Outdoor Concerts in the Columbus Area This Summer

Summer in Columbus is a magical time. Restaurant patios are opening their doors, farmers' markets are setting up shop and plenty of outdoor experiences are finally ready to be explored! There are hundreds of ways you can spend your summer in the Columbus area, but one of our favorite things about the season is all of the incredible outdoor musical events around town! To help get you started on planning your summer itinerary, we rounded up 12 of our most anticipated outdoor concerts in the Columbus area this season. From kid-centered performances to jazz festivals — there's a little something for everyone on this list!

Park of Roses Summer Concerts

When: May 26-September 1 | Sundays, 7 p.m. Where: Whetstone Park of Rose's Gazebo, Clintonville Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

Photo courtesy of Civitan Club of North Columbus

For over 62 years, the Civitan Club of North Columbus has been providing opportunities for local musical groups to showcase their talents in the park. This season, head out to the picturesque gazebo in Whetstone Park of Rose every Sunday to enjoy the best live performances the north Columbus area has to offer. The event is completely free each week and promises a fun-filled evening complete with free snow cones!

3rd Annual SUMMER614

When: June 1, 3-11 p.m. Where: Columbus Commons Come out to the Columbus Commons and watch some of your favorite R&B and hip hop artists perform live on the amphitheater stage! Before you settle in to listen to some great music, make sure to visit some of the food trucks located throughout the park that will be serving mouth-watering dishes. Proceeds will go to support the 22nd Foundation, a charity organization that exposes and educates low-opportunity youth to diverse sports options as well as a healthy lifestyle. Get your ticket before they're gone!

The City of Pickerington Summer Concert Series

When: June 2, July 7 and August 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Where: Sycamore Creek Park Amphitheater, Pickerington Join the City of Pickerington during their popular summer concert series this season! They'll be hosting this special event on three Sundays throughout the summer featuring fantastic musical acts like Chris Logsdon, the British Invasion and Motown Sounds of Touch. So grab your blanket and chairs and enjoy a warm summer evening at the beautiful Sycamore Creek Park Amphitheater!

Music in the Park 2019

When: June 2-July 28 | Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Where: John F. LaCorte Amphitheater, Whitehall Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts This summer, visit the John F. LaCorte Amphitheater in Whitehall every Sunday for a fun, festive live music event! Enjoy fantastic bands like the John Schwab Band, Reaganomics and Mojoflow, just to name a few. No matter what type of music you enjoy — punk, jazz, rock or R&B — there's a performance just for you happening in Whitehall this season!

PBJ & Jazz

When: June 8, July 13, August 10 & September 14, 11 a.m. Where: The Topiary Park, Columbus Introduce your little ones to jazz and American music at this special family-friendly concert series! Featuring some of Columbus' finest musicians and ensembles and a complimentary peanut butter and jelly sandwich at the door — downtown Columbus' PBJ & Jazz events are the perfect way to spend a summer morning with your family!

Sundays at Scioto

When: June 9-July 28 | Sundays, 7 p.m. Where: The Scioto Park Amphitheater, Dublin Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

Photo courtesy of the Dublin Arts Council

Sundays at Scioto concerts are a popular Dublin event that has been around since 1983 when Scioto Park opened to the public. This annual event showcases local and regional performing artists from all walks of music — from pop, country and rock to traditional Celtic music. Make sure to get there ahead of time to find your perfect spot and to get a good look at Leatherlips, the breathtaking sculpture in the heart of the park.

Evenings on the Green

When: June 20, July 18 and August 15, 6 p.m. Where: Ohio Village, Columbus Get a taste of Ohio history this summer at Ohio Village! This recreated 19th-century community is hosting three special musical events this season, all featuring fantastic local performers, food trucks and more. Explore Ohio Village, play old-fashioned games on the village green and try out some crafts — the possibilities are endless!

Canal Winchester's Music in the Park

When: June 21 & July 19, 6:30 p.m. Where: Stradley Park, Canal Winchester Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

Photo courtesy of Canal Winchester Staff

This free summer concert is held on the third Friday of June and July and features live music and plenty of family-friendly activities! This year, head out to Stradley Place in downtown Canal Winchester for a spectacular lineup of local musicians. On June 21, enjoy watching Jack Fox & The County Line Band and let the kids explore tractors and other professional vehicles at the Touch-A-Tractor activity. On July 19, listen to the sounds of the Gas Pump Jockeys while perusing cars at the Cruise-In Car Show!

2019 Westerville Jazz Series

When: June 22- July 27 (Excluding July 20) | Saturdays, 6 p.m. Where: Alum Creek Amphitheater, Westerville   Jazz in Westerville is back once again and bringing with it the same great music and entertainment. Visit the Alum Creek Amphitheater on Saturdays this season and enjoy free shows, food trucks and plenty of fun!

Jazz & Rib Fest

When: July 19-22, 11 p.m. Where: Bicentennial Park & Genoa Park, Columbus Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

Photo courtesy of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department

Two words: jazz and ribs — need we say more? This highly anticipated summertime event offers a little something for both jazz and rib connoisseurs, providing the Columbus area with the best of both. Plus, this unique festival is held along the Scioto Mile; this revitalized downtown riverfront provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz.

Sad Summer Festival

When: July 20, 12 p.m. Where: Express Live!, Columbus See all of your favorite alternative bands in one place! Come see bands like Mayday Parade and the Main at Express Live! in the Arena District of Columbus. If you're interested in attending this "sad" festival — click here to get your tickets!

Jazzoo Summer Concerts

When: July 12, July 26, August 2 and August 9, 8 p.m. Where: Water's Edge Park at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Jazz Arts Group are teaming up to bring you a unique summer event this season! Head out to Water's Edge Park at the Columbus Zoo and enjoy some fantastic jazz, delicious dishes from local food trucks, and a cash bar. You can find this full, impressive lineup here!  

Have a Great Summer!

Did we miss your favorite summer concert event? Let us know in the comments!
May
16

Cutler Real Estate Agent to Be Featured on House Hunters

When Karleya Chard, a Cutler Real Estate agent from our German Village office, was offered the chance to appear on the HGTV series "House Hunters," she had a pretty good idea of what to expect. As it so happens, this wasn't her first time on the popular show — having filmed an episode in 2015.

Karleya and her husband, Bryan

Nearly four years ago, Karleya helped her college friend Megan Charney and her husband Richard find a home on the show. The couple viewed three homes and ultimately fell in love with a four-bedroom, two-story home in Hilliard. This time around, when House Hunters Producers asked Karleya if she had any clients that would be interested in filming this year, she immediately thought of her friends Katie and Carter, who had recently gotten engaged and were looking for a home in the Upper Arlington area. "They are great people and were kind, reasonable clients which made them fun candidates to share the [House Hunters] experience with," she said. The couple was looking for a three-bedroom home with a two-car garage in either Upper Arlington or Grandview due to the area's accessibility to downtown and other amenities. "Katie was focused on the home being move-in-ready," said Karleya, "and Carter was focused on staying under budget. They both wanted a home with a yard suitable for their dogs." We asked Karleya if she could give us some information on Katie and Carter's final choice, but she declined to answer. "I don't want to say too much about which home they chose because I don't want to spoil the reveal at the end of the show. But I will say they landed on a perfect compromise," she said with a smile. While the hunt for Katie and Carter's new home ended like most of Karleya's house hunting journeys do — a success — the process was much different than usual. "Filming the show is exhilarating and exhausting," Karleya said of her experience working on the episode. She then described what a typical day of filming House Hunters looked like.

Karleya during the filming of her most recent episode of House Hunters

"The day typically begins with the clients approaching the home, hearing about the stats (bed, baths, style, price) and gauging their initial reaction," she said. "We then film each room on the interior, sharing the buyers' thoughts on the pros and cons. And the day ends by filming individual confessionals where the producer prompts you with questions and you respond." It's common knowledge that the show is partially staged, using clients that already have one of the homes under contract and two other "decoy homes" to film the episode, but that didn't make the episode any less fun for Karleya. "At first it is nerve-wracking to be filmed but as the days progress and you become familiar with the crew and fall into a rhythm, the filming process becomes more fun and natural," she said. "That being said… don't sign me up for a reality show." Instead of becoming a reality TV star, Karleya is focused on building her real estate business and helping people in the Columbus community. "My favorite parts of being a Realtor are helping people meet their goals by managing the home buying and selling process and minimizing the stress that comes along with such a large transaction and life transition."  

Karleya and her family

When she isn't busy being a real estate superhero, Karleya enjoys spending time with her two little boys: Bennett and Adler and her husband Bryan. "They are the highlights of my life and the reason I put 100% into what I do." The big episode will premier sometime this fall and we could not be more excited to see Karleya in action. Will you be watching?

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May
14

19 Essential Historic Landmarks Around Ohio, Mapped

Ohio is known for our love of sports, our delicious Buckeyes and our rock and roll — but our incredible state is also bursting with history. Not only are we the birthplace of aviation, but we have also been home to several presidents and inventors and the site of plenty of historic battles. There are hundreds of historic sites in Ohio that are waiting to share the stories of great people, places and events that made our home what it is today. We rounded up 19 of the must-see attractions around the state, so you can get started on planning your historic tour of Ohio! Which landmark will you visit first?
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The Adena Mansion and Gardens | Chillicothe

The dramatic stone mansion on a hill north of Chillicothe, Ohio, was the home of Thomas and Eleanor Worthington and their 10 children in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Thomas Worthington was one of Ohio's first U.S. senators and served as the sixth governor of Ohio from 1814-1818. You can visit their incredible home which is surrounded by extensive gardens — that include a fruit tree orchard, grape vines and plots for vegetables — and get a unique view into 19th-century life.

The Arcade | Cleveland

Arcade Cleveland The Arcade Cleveland opened in May of 1890 as the first indoor shopping center in America. It was designed by John M. Eisenmann and George H. Smith and financed by some of the most esteemed businessmen of the late 19th century, including John D. Rockefeller and Charles Brush. Today, the gorgeous building is one of Cleveland's most popular landmarks and premier destinations for shopping and dining. You can even stay in the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel that occupies the top three levels!

The Birthplace of Thomas Edison | Milan

Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb and many other devices that make our lives simpler, was born in Milan, Ohio in 1847. Visit the Edison Birthplace Museum and peruse their rare collection of Edison's early inventions, documents and family mementos. The museum is open February through December, so make sure to stop by the next time you're in the area to learn all about Thomas Edison's life and how he began the Age of Invention.

Cincinnati Music Hall | Cincinnati

This famous music hall was originally built in 1878 with private money from what is believed to be the nation's first matching grant fund drive. It was recently reopened in October 2017 after an extensive renovation and is currently home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati Ballet. You can find this remarkable structure in the heart of Over the Rhine right behind Washington Park, which is always bustling with fun events and festivals for you to enjoy!

The Cincinnati Observatory | Cincinnati

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In 1842, Cincinnati professor Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel had a dream: to build a local observatory in the heart of Cincinnati that would help expand astronomy research. He went door to door, soliciting $25 a piece to invest in his endeavor. Eventually, he was able to make his dream a reality, with the observatory building coming to fruition in 1843. The building served as a strictly research-focused center until 1999, when it was resurrected into a center for astronomy education. Today, the observatory is open to the public for tours during the week and public stargazing most Thursday and Friday evenings.

The Cincinnati Zoo's Elephant and Reptile Houses | Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Zoo is home to two National Historic Landmarks, the Elephant House and the Reptile House. The Reptile House is the oldest zoo building in the world, built in 1875 in Turkish style. The building originally housed monkeys but is now home to more than 35 reptile species. The Elephant House, a Taj Mahal-looking structure, was constructed in 1906 atop the zoo's highest hill. The gorgeous building is one of the zoo's most popular destinations, home to several endangered Asian elephants.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park | Dayton

The Dayton Aviation Heritage Park is a national park that commemorates three important historical figures — Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The park features several historical landmarks including the Wright Cycle Company Complex which is home to the Wright brother's last surviving bicycle shop, the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and many others! Visit to learn all about these famous Dayton residents' lives and their massive impact on the world.

Eldean Bridge | Miami County

 
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Set amidst the backdrop of Miami County's vast farmland and the tree-lined Great Miami River, the Eldean Covered Bridge is one of only two covered bridges remaining in the area. While it was once the second longest of its kind in Ohio, it is the longest "Long Truss" covered bridge in the nation. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to cross over the bridge on foot or by car, but no matter how you decide to journey across, the gorgeous barn-red bridge will no doubt take you back to another time.

Fort Meigs State Memorial | Perrysburg

Fort Meigs was built during the War of 1812 along the Maumee River to provide a supply depot and staging point for United States military operations in Canada. Today, Fort Meigs is the site of a 65-acre park that includes a full-size 10-acre replica of the 1813 fort. If you're looking to get a taste of American history, you can visit the reconstructed fort any time you'd like! Bring the whole family and enjoy one of their battle reenactments or one of their historical demonstrations, which take place throughout the year.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park | Chillicothe

Along the landscape of the Ohio River Valley, you can find earthen mounds and embankments that come together to create geometric structures. These astonishing creations were built by local Native Americans almost 2,000 years ago. These natives called themselves the Hopewellians and they gathered at these earthworks for feasts, funerals and rites of passage. You can learn all about them, and see them in person, at the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe.

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge | Cincinnati

Ohio Landmarks The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, named for the civil engineer who designed it in 1867, has been an iconic bridge along the Cincinnati skyline for nearly a century and a half. It was the first bridge to employ several new techniques, making it an engineering marvel during the time of its construction. When you're in the area, make sure to take a stroll across it to get a better look and mark the RoeblingFest on your calendar in June, when hundreds of Roebling enthusiasts come together to celebrate the landmark.

The Great Serpent Mound | Peebles

This magnificent site features the world's largest serpentine effigy mound yet to be discovered. The mount winds through trees on a cliff overlooking the Bush Creek Valley in Adams County, averaging about 1,330 feet in length and three feet in height. Historians don't know why this great serpent exists, only that it might have been created by the Adena people over 2,100 years ago. The mysteries don't stop there, however. The ground under the mound is full of cave-like, hollow structures that puzzle historians and visitors alike. We might not ever solve all of the serpent's secrets, but one thing is for sure — it is really gorgeous to look at!

McKinley Memorial | Canton

 
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Former president William McKinley spent much of his life in Canton, where he practiced law and married his wife, Ida Saxton. The McKinley Monument is the final resting place for the 25th President of the United States and his wife. This breathtaking, round building is located in Canton, towering above the trees in Canton and settled at the top of 108 steps. If you're interested in learning more about President McKinley, head down the street to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, which serves as an educational center of history and science for both the local community and a global audience.

Mt. Pleasant Historic District | Mt. Pleasant

Not only is this district adorable, but it's also an area full of rich history. Mount Pleasant was founded in 1803 by anti-slavery Quakers and was a well-known safe haven for fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad. The entire town is a must-see for anyone who loves history. We recommend stopping by the meeting house, where Ohio Quakers would meet once a year, and the Burris General Store, which was built in 1895, where you can get a look at all of the original equipment and pick up a souvenir! But, no matter what you decide to do while you're in the area, you should definitely take a moment to stroll along the quiet streets and look at the remarkable historic homes.

The Ohio Statehouse | Columbus

The Ohio Statehouse is our state capitol building and is truly a magnificent sight to behold! Unlike many of the other states' capitol buildings, the Ohio Statehouse didn't take inspiration from the United States Capitol, because it was actually designed and built before the glorious building in D.C. was ever erected. Instead, it was built in the Greek Revival Style, with many features drawing inspiration from the Tholos of Delphi and the Parthenon of Athens. You can tour our historic capitol building for free — Monday through Friday every hour on the hour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Ohio Theatre | Columbus

 
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While this stunning theater is one of the state's most beautiful buildings, featuring Spanish-Baroque architecture with breathtaking details (including the 21-foot high chandelier!), it was created as "a palace for the average man." Thomas W. Lamp, the Scottish architect in charge of the Ohio Theatre project in the 1920s, envisioned a place where anyone, regardless of wealth or status, could go and see a film or a live performance. To put the finishing touches on the theater, they chose Ann Dornan, one of the first women to graduate from the Columbia School of Architecture, who traveled around the world to select art and furnishings. Today, you can experience all of the history and majesty at one of the 100+ performances the theater puts on each year.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial | Put-In-Bay

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812. And, to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Great Britain, Canada and the U.S., the Memorial, a Doric column that rises 352 feet over Lake Erie, is situated five miles from the longest undefended border in the world. For a truly incredible view, head up to the Observation Deck of the Memorial when you visit, where you can get a 360-degree view of the Lake Erie Islands and the shorelines of Ohio, Michigan and Ontario.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens | Akron

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Located in one of our favorite Akron neighborhoods, Merriman Valley, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a prime example of the area's stunning architecture. The castle-like residence served as the home for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's founder Frank A. Seiberling and is a popular landmark and tourist attraction today.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums | Fremont

Rutherford B. Hayes was the 19th president of the United States from 1877 to 1881, having also served as an American representative and governor of Ohio for several years. Shortly after his death in 1893, his son set about creating a museum and library as a memorial to his father in Hayes' home of Fremont, Ohio. You can visit the estate and museum Monday through Saturday and peruse artifacts from our former president's life. We recommend taking a picnic lunch and settling in a shaded spot on the lush grounds while soaking in the beauty and history of Fremont!   

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May
9

14 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend in the Akron & Canton Area

Memorial Day is almost here! This three-day weekend offers the chance to honor those who fought so bravely for our country and spend a little extra time with our families. Plus, this weekend also marks the unofficial start of summer! In true Ohio fashion, the Akron and Canton areas will be celebrating the long weekend with patriotism, local festivals and plenty of great music. We've rounded up some of our most anticipated events during the weekend. On this list, you'll find everything from massive farmers' markets to spectacular parades. Enjoy!

Vintage Canton

Where: Central Plaza, Canton When: May 23, 4:30-9:30 p.m.

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This fun annual festival takes place in the heart of downtown Canton and features live music, art exhibits, and top-notch wine from all over the world. Taste samples from your favorite wineries, selections from local breweries in the beer garden, and bites from the best Stark County restaurants — all in one convenient location!

2019 Blossom Time Music Festival

Where: Chagrin Valley Jaycees Page When: May 23-25, Thursday 8-10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6-11 p.m. Every year, the Chagrin Valley Jaycees throw a spectacular festival over Memorial Day weekend. The festivities will include a carnival, food and drink vendors, along with plenty of family-friendly activities. You won't want to miss the grand parade downtown, which is a highlight of the festival and one of the most popular parades in the area!

Rabid Fest

Where: Buzzbin Art & Music Shop When: May 23-26, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Music lovers rejoice! This Memorial Day weekend, one of the biggest musical events in Ohio is coming to Akron. Rabid Fest will feature over 20 metal, punk and rock bands from all over the country — and you can see them all for just $10. Tickets are available exclusively at Buzzbin Art and Music Shop.

Memorial Day Flea Market

Where: Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market When: May 23-27 Akron Canton Memorial Day Ohio

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Hartville's Memorial Day Flea Market is one of the largest markets in Ohio, featuring more than 1,000 vendors! Peruse locally made art, baked goods, and fresh produce. There will also be food and beverages to refuel when you need a break from all your wandering!

4th Friday's Cruise-In & Farmers' Market

Where: Barley's Event Center, Louisville When: May 24, 4-8 p.m. Every fourth Friday this summer, Barley's Event Center in Louisville will be hosting a "cruise-in"! All makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome to cruise into the front lawn and enjoy great music, food and door prizes. Plus, inside and outside of the barn, vendors and crafters will be set up selling fresh produce, baked goods, art creations and crafts!

Rock the Lock

Where: Lock 3, Akron When: May 24, 6-11 p.m. Join Lock 3 and 97.5 WONE every Friday night this summer and enjoy seeing some of your favorite tribute bands! During Memorial Day weekend, the concert will be a tribute to Bon Jovi, featuring Victory Highway and Crush. Gates open at 6 p.m. so grab a blanket and find a comfy spot!

Memorial Day Weekend at Clay's Park & Resort

Where: Clay's Park Resort, Lawrence When: May 24-27, Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday 12-7 p.m. Akron Canton Memorial Day Ohio The unofficial start of summer kicks off at Clay's Park and Resort! Clay's is one of Ohio's top outdoor camping, water park and event destinations, and during Memorial Day weekend, stop by and enjoy a military parade, a classic car show and the seasonal opening of their Adventure Waterpark!

Sippo Lake parkrun

Where: Sippo Lake, Canton When: May 25, 7:45-9 a.m. This holiday weekend, enjoy the fresh air at Sippo Lake in Canton! Every Saturday, this beautiful park offers a free, timed 5K perfect for runners, walkers, dog owners and families. The course follows the beautiful trails of Sippo Lake Park and includes sights like the new Wildlife Conservation Center, wetlands and a limestone trail. Afterward, make sure to stick around for the coffee social! You only have to register once, and participants are required to show their registration barcode before each 5K. You can register here

Ode to Otters

Where: The Akron Zoo When: May 25, 8-10 a.m. Akron Canton Memorial Day Ohio One of our favorite holidays is coming up — World Otter Day! To celebrate this important day, the Akron Zoo will be hosting a special breakfast complete with crafts, cookie decorating, keeper talks and, of course, otter appearances!

Let's Grow Akron Plant Sale

Where: First Congregational Church of Akron When: May 25-26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It's the gardening season! Purchase vegetable, herb and flower seedlings at the Let's Grow Akron and First Congregational Church of Akron's fundraiser this Memorial Day weekend. While you're there, you can enjoy live music, tours of the Feed My Sheep market garden and plenty of family-friendly activities. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Let's Grow Akron Community Farm and the Feed My Sheep Garden.

Family Fun Loop: Mythical Creatures

Where: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Peninsula Depot When: May 26, 1:55 p.m. Climb aboard this half-loop excursion for an afternoon stuffed with family fun! Children will have the chance to create their own stuffed animals all while taking in the beautiful sights of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Departure is from the Peninsula Depot and will loop back over the course of two hours.

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Where: Green High School and Veterans Park, Uniontown When: May 27, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Akron Canton Memorial Day Ohio Head over to the City of Green this Memorial Day for a plethora of fun events to celebrate the holiday! The popular parade will begin and end at the Green High School parking lot, winding its way through town with colorful floats and American flags. Afterward, visit the Veterans Memorial Park for a memorial ceremony honoring fallen soldiers and veterans. Plus, don't miss the free community picnic and antique car show that will follow the ceremony!

Memorial Day Parade Contest

Where: Springwood Lake Camp Club, East Sparta When: May 27, 9:30 a.m. This annual Memorial Day event is a local favorite, giving you the chance to decorate a golf cart or ATV and be a part of the Memorial Day parade! The festivities will begin after the flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m. at the front gate parking lot.

Canton Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Where: Timken High School When: May 27, 10 a.m. The annual Memorial Day parade will step off from Timken High School and will wind through town to Monument Park. Afterward, there will be a beautiful ceremony to honor fallen military members at the McKinley National Memorial.  

Happy Memorial Day!

How are you planning on spending this long weekend? Let us know in the comments!  
May
7

15 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend in the Cincinnati Area

Although our fallen soldiers and veterans deserve the utmost respect every day of the year, Memorial Day allows us to set aside a specific day to honor them. The three-day weekend also happens to mark the first unofficial day of summer, with many taking the time to go camping with their families, host a barbeque, or splash around at a local water park. This upcoming Memorial Day weekend is chock-full of fun festivals, heartfelt ceremonies and exciting parades. We rounded up some of the best local events in the Cincinnati area that you won't want to miss this weekend. Have a great holiday!

Free Findlay Market Scavenger Hunt

Where: Findlay Market When: May 23-26, Thursday & Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience Findlay Market like never before! Visit during Memorial Day weekend and participate in a unique scavenger hunt using augmented reality. You and your children will have a blast tracking down crazy critters that are hiding all over the market — using just your smartphone!

North by Northside

Where: Urban Artifact When: May 24-25, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
 
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North by Northside is a brand new music and arts festival that will be held in the heart of Cincinnati's Northside neighborhood over Memorial Day weekend. Come out and see nearly 50 acts between six venues! You can find the full impressive lineup here.

Furry Friends Festival

Where: Washington Park When: May 24-25, Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 12-6 p.m. Your furry pal deserves to have a fun summer weekend too! Head out to Washington Park for a festival full of live bluegrass music, delicious food and more. Plus, there will be a ton of vendors catering to your favorite canine's needs, selling everything from dog food and toys to accessories and photography services!

Nowhere Else Festival

Where: Nowhere Else Farm, Martinsville When: May 24-26, Gates open at 9 a.m. The Nowhere Else Festival is back and better than ever for its fourth year! This boutique music and arts festival takes place on a hideaway farm in Clinton County and will feature an amazing group of artists and musicians including Over the Rhine and the Band of Sweethearts. All proceeds from the festival will go to help restore Nowhere Else's 140-year-old barn into a performing arts center.

Spring Grove Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Where: Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum When: May 24-27, Times Vary Akron Canton Memorial Day Ohio The Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum will host a number of ceremonial events throughout the weekend. The festivities will begin on Thursday at 5 p.m. with the local Cub Scouts' flag planting ceremony. Monday will be the busiest day of the weekend, packed full of patriotic events you won't want to miss! You can find the full itinerary here.

Taste of Cincinnati

Where: 5th Street When: May 25-27 Cincinnati's favorite food festival is back for its 41st year! Meander through downtown Cincinnati while enjoying more than 100 delectable treats from incredible local chefs. While you're digesting all that great food, don't miss the live performances all along Fifth Street, and when you're ready for more, make sure to check out the West Sixth Food Truck Alley on Broadway.

The Candy Race and Little Jelly Tot Dash

Where: 705 East Pete Rose Way When: May 25, 8:30-10 a.m. Looking for a sweet way to spend your weekend? Take part in the most deliciously fun 5K around — the Candy Race! This fun race is open to all ages and skill levels and features a Candy Land-inspired course throughout downtown Cincinnati. The Little Jelly Tot Dash will be held after the 5K and is the perfect short race for your little ones! A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Dragonfly Foundation, an organization that helps young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients and their families.

Coney Island Opening Day

Where: Coney Island When: May 25, 9 a.m. Cincinnati Memorial Day

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Kick off the summer at Coney Island with a day full of family fun, cannonballs, laughs and festivities. Relax at the full-service tiki bar and get splashed on at Typhoon Tower, the largest erupting hydro-storm in the world. With incredible waterslides, a pool slide, delicious Cincinnati foods and tons of water to cool off in — you're bound to have a great time!

Cincinnati Winery Tour

Where: Maggiano's When: May 25, 11:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. While we might be known for our breweries here in Cincy, that doesn't mean we're short on spots for wine lovers! Take the Cincinnati Winery Tour this holiday weekend and venture out to three local wineries; Valley Vineyards, Henke Winery and Holtkamp Winery Tasting Room. Bring your family and friends and settle in for a unique and relaxing afternoon!

Light Up Rothenberg

Where: Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden When: May 25, 7-10 p.m. Spend an incredible night under the stars at the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden! This special event will feature delicious food from local restaurants, custom garden cocktails, music in the garden and so much more. Get a chance to see the Cincinnati skyline in a whole new light and make sure to stay for the breathtaking light-up moment at 9:40. All proceeds from the event will support the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden to help them provide enhanced education to students in an outdoor classroom.

Oasis by Daylight

Where: Cincinnati Dinner Trail, Bond Hill When: May 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hop aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train this Memorial Day weekend for a unique opportunity to see their popular route in the daylight! This excursion will depart from Bond Hill and will travel the entire length of the Oasis subdivision between Evendale and downtown Cincinnati. Delicious food will be available during the trip along with some spectacular views. Get your tickets today!

Beyond the Bricks: Outdoor Building Tour of Cincinnati Music Hall

Where: Cincinnati Music Hall When: May 26, 1-2:30 p.m. The Cincinnati Music Hall is one of the most famous buildings in Cincinnati and is even a National Historic Landmark. This weekend, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall's knowledgeable guides will take you "Beyond the Bricks" for a 360-degree walking tour of the glorious architecture, all while teaching you the rich history of the building. Learn about the Music Hall's design, construction, architectural styles, the diverse neighborhood of 1878 and so much more on this unique tour. You can grab your ticket here.

City of Madeira Memorial Day March

Where: McDonald Commons Veteran's Memorial, Madeira When: May 27, 10 a.m. The city of Madeira invites you to join them on their annual silent Memorial Day March. The march will travel north on Miami Avenue and then west on Dawson Road, ending with a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at McDonald Commons.

City of Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Where: Reed Hartman Highway, Blue Ash When: May 27, 10:15 a.m. Cincinnati Memorial Day Don't miss one of Cincinnati's longest standing traditions: the Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade. This annual parade will celebrate its 67th year in 2019, beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road. You can watch it go around a 1.6-mile loop, ending at the Veterans' Memorial on Towne Square, where the festivities will conclude with a special ceremony.

VFW Post 10380 Memorial Day Ceremony

Where: Green Township Veterans Park When: May 27, 2-3 p.m. Head over to Green Township for a beautiful, annual Memorial Day ceremony run by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10380. The family-friendly ceremony will take place in the area's patriotic plaza, Veterans Park, in the shadow of the township's Veterans Tribute Bell and is a great way to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  

Happy Memorial Day!

We are so grateful to our veterans and those currently serving in the military. Thank you for your service!
May
2

The Newcomer's Guide to Cincinnati | 14 Things You Need to Know

Cincinnati is an amazing city nestled along the Ohio River. Known as the "Queen City," "Porkopolis," the "Paris of America," "The City of Seven Hills" and, of course, Cincy. We're a city full of history, sports, art and really good chili. Cincinnati has definitely been growing in popularity, as it was named one of the best cities for nightlife and a top foodie city. Plus, it recently ranked close to the top of Liability's 2019 list of the best places in the United States to live. Our city offers plenty of great restaurants, picturesque parks, breweries, beautiful homes and a great community of residents — so we don't blame you for wanting to live here! But before you make the move to our amazing city, there are a few things you should know. From our obsession with the Cincinnati Reds to our resident famous hippo, we've created a complete guide to help your transition into being a Cincinnatian a little easier!

The Cincinnati Basics:

  • Estimated Population (2019): 301,301
  • County: Hamilton County
  • Land Area: 79.54 Square Miles
  • Rainfall: 42.24 Inches
  • Snowfall: 14 Inches
  • Average Annual High Temperature: 64.8 Degrees
  • Average Annual Temperature: 54.65 Degrees
  • Average Annual Low Temperature: 44.5 Degrees

Manners are second nature

Just like Canadian's say "sorry" more often than necessary, Cincinnatians love to say "please". You'll often hear it in place of "excuse me", but we're known to say it in pretty much any other situation too. Maybe it's our Midwestern roots, or maybe it's because being friendly is in our DNA.

Our weather is indecisive

New to Cincinnati When you move, you'll probably want to invest in a good ice scraper, snow boots, a raincoat, umbrella and a quality sunblock. Our weather rapidly changes, so don't be surprised if you get to experience all four seasons in just one week — it's all a part of being a true Cincinnatian!

But we still love the outdoors

Even with the ever-changing weather here in Cincy, we still love the outdoors. The Ohio River, the largest tributary of the Mississippi River, is located along our border and is truly a spectacular sight. If you love boating or want to take out the jet skis, you don't have to travel very far to enjoy all the river has to offer. Cincinnati also maintains a thriving park system that includes more than 100 parks and green spaces throughout our wonderful city. Plus — we have a ton of great options for rock climbers, golfers, skiers and campers!

Our location is amazing

New to Cincinnati Within just six hours, you could be in Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville and so many other amazing road trip destinations! Plus, we're home to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, making us the perfect home base for travel lovers.

You'll have to choose a side

The East Side vs. West Side debate is completely real, and deciding where your loyalties lie is an incredibly important decision you'll have to make when you move. The dividing line is either Interstate 75 or Vine Street, depending on who you ask, but both sides are completely unique and full of things to do and see.  

Our food scene is next level

New to Cincinnati Cincinnati is home to some of the best food in the country. Not only have we been on countless best-of lists for our incredible restaurants, but we also offer unique and delicious takes on popular dishes. We love our Buckeyes, not just the team, but the to-die-for chocolate-covered peanut butter balls that are a staple at every get-together. Goetta, a combination of sausage and oats, is one of our classic favorites. And trying our famous chili (and smothering it on absolutely everything) — is a Cincinnatian rite of passage.

...And our drink scene isn't too shabby either

Over the past few years, our city has experienced a resurgence in our drink and craft brewery scene, including the likes of Rhinegeist Brewery, Fifty West Brewing and plenty of other fantastic breweries in the area. Wine lovers will love Henke Winery, but if you're looking for something a bit stronger, head over the river for bourbon from the New Riff Distillery or the Boone County Distilling Company.

We love to party

New to Cincinnati

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Because of our increase in breweries, bars and distilleries over the past few years — we've become a great place for nightlife. In fact, Apartment Guide just named us as one of the top 10 best cities for nightlife in America! Plus, we throw some of the best festivals in the country, including the gigantic Taste of Cincinnati, the Panegyri Greek Festival, and the Juneteenth Festival.

You'll definitely become a sports fan

Sports are practically a religion in our neck of the woods, specifically baseball. Be prepared for the entire city to shut down on the Cincinnati Reds' opening day. We are also home to the Cincinnati Bengals, FC Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Cyclones and the Cincinnati Bearcats — so it's pretty impossible not to be a die-hard sports fan. Pretty soon you'll be painting your face, donning a jersey, and heading out to the Great American Ball Park just like the rest of us.

We're home to the world's most famous hippo

 
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Born prematurely in early 2017, Fiona the hippo gained national attention as workers at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens fought to keep her healthy. Today she's thriving, both in life and on social media, with hundreds of thousands of people keeping tabs on her daily activities.

You can get almost anything at Findlay Market

Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most loved institutions. It's located just a few blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine and while you're there you can peruse local produce, meats, handmade items and pretty much anything else you can think of! When you visit, be sure to use our guide to the 25 must-visit places in and around the market!

Our buildings are an architecture lover's dream

New to Cincinnati In the late 1800s, Cincinnati was nicknamed the "Paris of America" because of our gorgeous architecture that may or may not have had some influence from popular Parisian landmarks. The Apostolic Bethlehem Temple Church, Cincinnati City Hall, Cincinnati Music Hall and the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal are just some of the breathtaking Cincy landmarks that should be on your bucket list!

We're a cultured community

Here in Cincy, our cultural scene is thriving. We play host to several live music events throughout the year and you can catch a show at the Cincinnati Music Hall whenever the mood hits you! We also have some of the best live theater and museums in the Midwest. One must-see stop is the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, where you can view some of the most revolutionary modern art in the world.

It's actually cheaper to live here!

New to Cincinnati US News named Cincinnati as one of the 25 Best Affordable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2018, which is no surprise to us! For a big city, our living costs are much lower than the national average, allowing you to allocate funds towards more important things — like craft beer and chili.  

Welcome to Cincinnati!

We hope you love living in our lovely city. If you've yet to find a home in Cincinnati, we're here to help! Take a look at the many homes available in the area and contact us if we can make your home search, or your move, easier!

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