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The Over the Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati

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Surging neighborhoods in Cincinnati

Brews and baseball go hand in hand in the Queen City.

When Micah Kamrass ’11, ’14 MA JD was growing up in Cincinnati, downtown’s Over the Rhine neighborhood was off limits. “We were always taught don’t go anywhere near that neighborhood,” Kamrass says. “And by the time I was back (from Ohio State), it was the neighborhood where everyone was going out for dinner and drinks on Friday and Saturday.”

For Sam Urs ’13, ’14 MS, the Queen City’s beer is what’s on tap. “Honestly, I could list a dozen breweries that we love to go to every month or so, just make the rounds. That’s huge in German Cincinnati.”

Speaking of German culture, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is billed as the largest Oktoberfest in the United States. This year’s party is Sept. 21–23. “It’s a ton of fun. The whole downtown area is closed off, and all kinds of fun is going on,” Urs says.

The city’s recently awarded MLS team is “one big example of momentum,” Kamrass says. FC Cincinnati, a minor league team since 2016, will continue playing in the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium until 2021, when it gets its own home in the West End.

“That’s always a good time,” Urs says. Home games run through the end of September.


Where to stay: Mix contemporary art with your sleeping arrangements at 21c Museum Hotel, an outpost of a small chain of art-loving boutique hotels (see also: Nashville, Louisville, Durham, Kansas City). This renovation of a former 100-year-old hotel on the National Register of Historic Places opened in 2012, making for a just-right blend of old and new.

Where to eat: Celebrate Cincinnati’s German heritage with dinner at Bauer European Farm Kitchen, where the menu is laden with loyal but contemporary takes on Old World foods like schnitzel, sauerbraten, pierogi, cabbage rolls and spaetzle.

And don’t miss: While renovation of the historic Union Terminal has resulted in the temporary closing of the Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum remains open for adventures with the littles.

Where to stay

Mix contemporary art with your sleeping arrangements at 21c Museum Hotel, an outpost of a small chain of art-loving boutique hotels (see also: Nashville, Louisville, Durham, Kansas City). This renovation of a former 100-year-old hotel on the National Register of Historic Places opened in 2012, making for a just-right blend of old and new.

Where to eat

Celebrate Cincinnati’s German heritage with dinner at Bauer European Farm Kitchen, where the menu is laden with loyal but contemporary takes on Old World foods like schnitzel, sauerbraten, pierogi, cabbage rolls and spaetzle.

And don’t miss

While renovation of the historic Union Terminal has resulted in the temporary closing of the Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum remains open for adventures with the littles.