Thank you to The Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront for providing us with accommodations in exchange for our honest opinion. Thank you to the Newport Aquarium for providing us with tickets and Cincinnati Visitor Center for providing our dinner at Nada.
If you’ve been reading Grace, Love, Life for awhile, then you know that I am very passionate about encouraging married couples to spend quality time together. This usually comes as a date night, but occasionally, it comes in the form of a romantic getaway. Now, it might seem like Brian and I don’t really need a getaway since we live by ourselves and baby Putman isn’t due until November, but everyone needs a getaway. Even couples without children. At home, we are met with our own struggles and challenges. Staying in Cincinnati took us away from the everyday life and gave us time to focus on each other and our marriage.
I grew up about 45 minutes North of Cincinnati in a tiny town called Edenton. As a part of our trip, we spent several nights with my family. We had the most wonderful time playing with my nieces and nephews, cooking out with my best friends, and just being together. Family time is wonderful! I’ll be sharing more about that part of the trip later, but right now, I want to share an overview of our Cincinnati trip.
This is part 1 of a 4 part series so you’ll be hearing lots about our trip this summer! The series will be posted on Fridays throughout the month of June so make sure you stop by and see what we were up to!
How to spend 48 hours in Cincinnati
2:00 – Arrive at the Cincinnati Radisson and check in. We were immediately impressed by the friendly staff and lovely lobby. Once we got to our room, we immediately stepped out on the balcony and checked out the view. It was breathtaking! The Radisson is on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River so you can see all of the Cincinnati skyline from the hotel.
2:30 – Settle in a take a nap. After a long trip, it’s good to give yourself a little downtime. It gave us time to catch our breath before heading downtown.
3:30 – Head downtown and find a place to park and sightsee. Since we were going to a Reds game, we parked near the stadium. I was very nervous about driving downtown but we had no problem finding a place to park. From there, we took our time walking through the city the restaurant where we were expected for dinner. The hotel did have a shuttle that would have taken us downtown, but we decided to just go ahead and drive so we could leave the game early if needed.
5:00 – Dinner at Nada. Mexican food at it’s finest. I mean really, this food was amazing. It was the best Mexican food I have ever had in my life. If you are ever in Cincinnati you must give it a try. It’s just that good! After dinner, we strolled back down to the Great American Ball Park and got ready for the game.
7:10 – Red’s Game. You can’t go to Cincy in the spring and not see a Red’s game. I’ve been several times before but it was Brian’s first game. The ballpark is beautiful and our team played great. They didn’t win, but it was a super close game until the last inning.
10:00 – Head back to the hotel and get a good nights’ sleep. After checking out the skyline again, of course!
8:00 – Breakfast at Eighteen. Eating at Eighteen is truly a unique experience! The restaurant is on the Eighteenth floor of the hotel and during dinner, it revolves so that you are constantly getting a new view of the city as you eat. For breakfast, they have a breakfast buffet with just about anything you could want, plus an made to order omelets. It was so good!
9:00 – Shopping and exploring in the Covington area. We drove around and got a feel for the area before our next adventure. Brian found a video game store that he wanted to check out.
10:30 – Take the Southbank Shuttle to Newport on the Levee. Sure, we could have driven ourselves and paid to park again, but it only costs $1 to ride the Shuttle and it seemed like the most fun way to get there. The Shuttle took us through Cincinnati before dropping us off in Newport and it was fun!
12:00 – Lunch and games at Gameworks. I was starving at this point so lunch was a must, then we played games for a few hours. At one point, I won 100 tickets from the ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ game. I was so proud!
2:30 – The Newport Aquarium. It had been about five years since my last trip to the aquarium and the thing that amazed me the most was how hands on the aquarium is. Brian pet starfish, stingrays, and sharks!
5:00 – Check out the Newport area and do a little shopping. At this point, it started pouring rain, so after looking around at a few places we jumped back on the Shuttle and headed for our home away from home.
7:oo – Dinner at The Fifth Lounge. This was a late dinner for us and we were starving once we got there! Our food was amazing. Brian is still talking about his Bengals’ Roast Beef Sandwich.
8:00 – Relaxing in the pool. I love to swim and the pool at the Radisson was just right. There was only one other family there at the time but the pool was plenty big enough for us to spread out and have our own space. Brian said that the hot tub was just right as well.
10:30 – Time for showers, tv, and bed.
9:00 – Pack up and check out.
Overall, this trip was amazing! Our hotel was relaxing and inspiring. It definitely brought us closer together and we left feeling relaxed and renewed.
Have you ever been to Cincinnati or stayed at the Radisson? Do you and your spouse take romantic getaways? If you could take a getaway anywhere in the world, where would you go?