March 2017: Eat, drink, and be Cincy.

The last month was filled with a lot of good Cincinnati-ing.

February 28: I met my good friend April at Logan’s Roadhouse in Florence, KY to try our hand at another Paint Nite creation, one originally created by her cousin up north in Canada. Please, nobody tell my high school art teacher how crappy at this I’ve gotten. (Tip: Paint Nite offers Groupons quite a bit, making it only $20!)

March 3: To celebrate my mom’s birthday a few days late, a small group of us got together at Mac’s on the Pike (Mariemont/Fairfax) for dinner. It was low key, but nice to celebrate my mom as a group!

March 5: Sunday was an unusually warm/sunny day for March, so I took my mom out to finish off her birthday weekend. First we visited the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park for the last week of Blooms on the Bayou, which was a beautiful New Orleans-themed show. It was warm and sunny and smelled great, and made me yearn to be back in Louisiana! (If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you know about my love of NOLA.) The annual butterfly show starts later this month, so I look forward to heading back down for that soon! (Tip: You can always get $1 off admission if you check out their website.) Since the weather was so great and we’re both season passholders for the Cincinnati Zoo, we decided a walk around the zoo was in order afterwards. I never get tired of the zoo, no matter how often I go — and I’ve been more in the last year than I’ve been in the previous 30 years of my life. On the way home, we swung through Ault Park because my mom had never been there, and it was a perfect day to check out the view.

 

March 11: A few years back, I had a membership to the Cincinnati Museum Center at the famous Union Terminal building. As locals know, most of the building is closed while it undergoes restoration and some renovations. The boyfriend and I were there recently for the Vikings exhibit (the traveling exhibits are still open!) and snuck a peek at some of the renovations. I was delighted to find out that the Cincinnati Heritage Program opened up more hard hat tours — so we could get a behind the scenes sneak peek at what’s going on. Unfortunately, they don’t let you take photos on the tour so I have no photographic evidence to share aside from this sweet picture of us wearing hard hats, but the tour was great! It was interesting to see parts of the building torn down to the original walls and floors and to get a better grasp of what the building was like in it’s heyday. I really look forward to visiting once the renovations are completed in 2018. Afterward, we grabbed lunch at the Incline Public House, which is much better when it’s patio weather, but boasts an amazing view of Cincinnati even from inside. After that we made a stop at one of our favorites, Taft’s Ale House.

March 18: In February, we won a membership to the Cincinnati Art Museum in a charity raffle, so we decided to head down to finally put it to use! I hadn’t been in what seemed like a million years, so it was like seeing everything for the first time. I was a bit underwhelmed by the special exhibits, but the good news is they change occasionally! I’m looking forward to the Tiffany Glass exhibition coming up next month.

 

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