Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Fun and Attractions

It's the time of the year for summer getaways, and to help get the fun started, here are a few links to some of our favorite attractions in/near Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Enjoy!


Northern Kentucky Links
MainStrasse Village www.mainstrasse.org
Newport Aquarium www.newportaquarium.com
Newport on the Levee www.newportonthelevee.com
Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau www.nkycvb.com

Cincinnati Links
Cincinnati Zoo www.cincyzoo.org
Cincinnati Reds Baseball www.cincinnatireds.com
Cincinnati Bengals Football www.bengals.com
Cincinnati Art Museum www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org
Cincinnati Museum Center www.cincymuseum.org
King's Island www.pki.com
The Taft Museum of Art www.taftmuseum.org
Cincinnati Jazz Festival www.qlzprod.com
Taste of Cincinnati Festival www.tasteofcincinnati.com
Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati www.oktoberfest-zinzinnati.com
Regional Tourism www.cincinnatiusa.com

Antique Shows
  • Burlington Antique Show - Held the 3rd Sunday of the month (April - October), the Burlington Antique Show has been visited by producers from the Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers. www.burlingtonantiqueshow.com
  • Tri-State Antique Market - At the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, six times each year (1st Sunday of the month, May thru October) browse for antiques and collectables. www.queencityshows.com
  • MainStrasse Village Antiques Marketplace - Held seven times each year (4th Sunday of the month, April thru October) in Covington, Kentucky. www.mainstrasse.org
  • Cincinnati Antiques Festival - Sharonville Convention Center, October Dates TBA. www.cincinnatiantiquesfestival.org
Antique Shops (Northern KY/Cincinnati)
Antique Shops (Lebanon, Ohio area)
  • Ambassador's Antiques 513-934-5677
  • Broadway Antique Mall 513-932-1410
  • Gerhardt Tribal Art 513-932-9946
  • The Lemon Tree Antiques 513-934-3077
  • Miller's Antique Market 513-932-8710
  • Oh Suzanna 513-932-8246
  • William & Mary 513-932-4030
  • Website for all: www.historicdowntownlebanon.com
Antique Shops (Waynesville, Ohio)  
Waynesville, twenty minutes northeast of Lebanon, is 
the home of Benner’s Colonial Traditions, who crafted the custom kitchen cabinets in our kitchen and several bedroom furniture pieces.
Auctioneers
BB Riverboats 
Located in Covington, Kentucky, BB Riverboats offers lunch and dinner cruises on the Ohio River. www.bbriverboats.com

Big Bone State Park
A short drive takes you to Union, Kentucky, where Big Bone State Park is located. Giant mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, and other prehistoric animals, driven southward towards the end of the Ice Age, were attracted to the salt and minerals found in the swamp area now known as Big Bone Lick. Many of these prehistoric creatures became trapped and perished in the quagmire surrounding the swamps' ancient sulfur springs. Today, there are hiking trails, camping and picnicking grounds, a gift shop/museum, and a herd of buffalo. Visit Website

Big Bone Lick - Jane's Saddlebag
Unique merchandise and gifts. www.bigbonelick.com

Boone County Fairgrounds 
Kentucky's Boone County Fairgrounds, located in Burlington, is home to the Boone County Fair, antique shows, horseshows, bluegrass festival, and car shows. Check schedule for events. www.boonecountyfair.org

Boone County Parks and Golf Courses
Boone Links and Lassing Point Golf Courses www.boonecountygolf.com
Boone County Parks www.boonecountyky.org/Parks

Cabin Arts and Quilt Shop 
Located down the street in Burlington, the Cabin Arts and Quilt shop has everything for your quilting and gift needs. 1,500 bolts of fabric, quilting supplies, handmade toys, quilt and craft classes, unique local handicrafts, quilted treasures old and new. www.cabinarts.com

Civil War
Harriet Beecher Stowe House www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum www.springgrove.org
Behringer-Crawford Museum www.bcmuseum.org

The Dinsmore Homestead
The Dinsmore Homestead, located in Burlington, is a living history site. Learn what rural life was like in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Check schedule for special events and operating days. www.dinsmorefarm.org 

Eagle Bend Farm
The Eagle Bend farm, located in Burlington, is where our inn gets the farm fresh eggs used at breakfast. It is also the largest alpaca farm in the state. Tours are available with advance notice. Their Fiber Workshop store is filled products for sale such as beautiful raw fleece and items made from the alpaca. www.eaglebendalpacas.com


Little Britain Farm
For horse lovers and those seeking an unique location, the Little Britain Carriage House is available for tea, weddings, receptions, and group functions. www.littlebritainhouse.com/links.htm

Rabbit Hash General Store 
In the nearby historic community of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, visit the General Store. Open every day, year-round, 8 AM to 7 PM. There you will find Bybee Pottery, Elmwood Inn Teas, Shortbreads, Curds, Berea Brooms, Sunflower Sundries, Soap, and other Kentucky-made products.

Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati Ohio's premier outdoor concert facility.  Riverbend Music Center hosts many genres of music.  www.riverbend.org

Hollywood Casino
Casino is located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. www.hollywoodindiana.com

Turfway Park
Home of the Lane's End Stakes and Kentucky Cup Day of Champions. Live thoroughbred and simulcast horse racing. www.turfway.com

Monday, June 2, 2014

New Updates: Docking Stations, Graves' Suite TV, and a TOP 5 Disc Golf Park is just a 1/2 mile away

With summer on its way, we have several new updates at the inn to share with our guests...

New Bluetooth Docking Stations added to all rooms and suites!
To help our guests be able to access their music libraries while on the road, we have new iHome NFC Bluetooth Wireless FM Clock Radios in each room with USB charging so you can sync it to your personal electronic devices.


New television in the Graves' Suite Bedroom
The Graves' Suite has always had a television in the living room area, but a new flat-screen television has recently been added to the bedroom too. Now with two televisions in this suite, couples can keep the peace and each watch your own favorite episodes in two separate rooms should the need arise. ;)

A National Top-5 Disc Golf Course is just 1/2-mile from the inn!
We have shared Idlewild-England Park with you before, but we didn't mention that one of the top disc golf parks in the country is located at this park, just 1/2 mile down the road from us. We keep hearing from our guests that it is one of the best, so you might want to add it to your to-do list the next time you visit. This Idlewood Disc Golf Facebook page shows some pics, and a score card and map is shown below. To get an idea about the course from an actual user, in an online review a poster with screen name "mdclc" writes about an April visit, "There's not a whole lot to say about Idlewild that hasn't already been said, so just know that it's a world-class course with stunning design that's worthy of its Top-5 status..." That sounds like quite an endorsement!