We went on a road trip to Cincinnati last weekend to visit Jack. My parents picked me, Sophie and Grace up at home around noon on Friday and we met Claire and Courtney in Strongsville for lunch as they left right from work at noon. We had a quick Panera lunch and then back on the road arriving at Cincinnati around 5:00. We stayed at the Embassy Suites in Kentucky across the river as we stayed there last time and enjoyed it. We got an extra big room as we knew we had a lot of people. My parents had a room right next to ours. Sean, Jack and Jenni met us at the hotel and we had a nice cocktail hour in our room having the kids running down to get the free drinks. We walked across the Roebling bridge to get to the Moerline Lager house where we had dinner. The Roebling bridge was built in 1866 and is the longest suspension bridge when it was built. It is beautiful and amazing that it is almost 150 years old.
We had Embassy Suites breakfast and then headed out to Jack’s house as Jack, Jenni, Claire and Sean went to U of C after dinner last night and slept there. Jack is staying in the house next to where he was last year…not as nice but not awful. We went on a walk around the campus as my parents have never been there before. We walked for around an hour checking out the impressive new architecture, the football field, the bookstore and enjoyed walking around on a beautiful Saturday morning.
After walking around we drove downtown to check out the Findlay market and had lunch there. We went back to the hotel and relaxed in the afternoon – watching football, going for a walk outside and drinking more beer. We went to the Hofbrauhaus for dinner and the kids stayed at the hotel for the night and playing cards and drinking (more) beer. I think beer was the common theme of the weekend 🙂
After another Embassy Suites breakfast we dropped Jack and Sean off at Jack’s house around 11:00, Sean was catching a bus back to Athens, and then we took off. We stopped at the nice outlets between Cincinnati and Columbus and made it home around 5:00 or so.
As we were staying on the Kentucky side of the river, we walked across the Roebling Bridge on a beautiful night to go to Moerlein Lager House which is right on the river between the two stadiums. The place, just recently opened this year, was packed and was huge. We had a 7:30 reservation but had to wait a bit as there was ten of us. Everyone had some of their beer which was very good…had already been drinking a lot already thanks to Embassy Suites Happy Hour. We split a platter of pretzels with cheese and mustard and a plate of fried pickles and jalapenos. I had a grilled cheese with short ribs in it – very good. Lots of food had by all and all very good. A very nice place to go with a spectacular view…would be nice to go in warm weather as they have seating outside as well.
We went to Findlay Market for a quick lunch as we had a big Embassy Suites breakfast and we were planning an early dinner. Findlay Market is a few miles north of downtown Cinci in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood which is an area the city is trying to re-vitalize…similar to Ohio City / W.25th street area here in Cleveland. It looks like they have a longggggg way to go though as it appears to be in the middle of ghetto. The market was cool though…a smaller version of our West Side Market. The place was packed as it was a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. We walked around a bit, found a table, found the beer sample guy, had some tacos and gelato and sat in the sun.
We went to the Hofbrauhaus for dinner on Saturday which is in Newport, Kentucky just a mile or so from our hotel. We went early as we know it is always crowded. We got there around 5:15 and were told the wait would be an hour. The good news is that they have a great outdoor beer garden to wait in and it was a great afternoon to sit outside and have a beer…a big beer.
We eventually made it inside for dinner. We didn’t get to sit in the main room where the polka band was playing, we would have had to wait another hour. But dinner was good…not great…but a fun place to go.