Traditionally, Cincinnati has been the gateway to the liberal north and away from the Confederacy of the South for many who were trying to run away from the enslaving conditions. Despite its now conservative values, there are many gay and lesbian travelers who find solace in the small city appeal, and big city attractions that Cincinnati has to offer.
Pleasantly nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, downtown Cincinnati is surrounded by seven hills that add to its solace location.
How to get here
With the ever-increasing cost of travel, Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, located in the northern Kentucky city of Florence, may be one of the most expensive airports to travel in and out of, but its close proximity to the city and easy access to the city makes the flight well worth the price. If you are looking for a less expensive way of travel, Greyhound Bus terminal is located directly downtown Cincinnati, within walking distance of area hotels and hotspot. Megabus is yet another way of getting to and from Cincinnati, but only available if you are traveling from another city located in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois’ adjoining states.
Where to stay
When thinking about where to stay in any vacation, you want to make sure that you find a place that is in close proximity to everything that you want to do, is safe, and most importantly, is inexpensive. Extended Stay has several locations through out the Greater Cincinnati area, but has a prime spot, located on the south shores of the Ohio River in Covington, KY. If you want to stay cozened up in a national chained hotel, but want to experience a hotel stay unique to the area, try the Radisson, also in Covington, KY. Its cylindrical shaped hotel is topped with a circler; revolving restaurant that will give you an experience that you are not soon to forget. If class is what you looking for, make sure you check in to the Netherland Plaza Hotel, located downtown Cincinnati. This luxury hotel is bellied up next to a fine, indoor, downtown shopping mall. Both are house in the Carew Tower, Cincinnati’s tallest building.
Where to Eat
For the most part, there are not any specifically gay themed hotels to stay in Cincinnati. I am not sure if the city is ready for something like that. On the other hand, the city has opened it s hearts and arms to eating establishments where you can really show your rainbow colors. Universal Grill (formally Hamburger Mary’s), boasts having the best Karaoke in the city and along with its tropical hamburgers coupled with Friday evening cabaret, by the time you leave you will definitely be screaming for a flying pig! If you do not want to brave the crowds, the noise and the hot bois that frequent this newly renovated watering whole, head just a few blocks east to Union Station and watch one of their several big screen televisions or play trivia. If you stay the weekend are not too hung over from the night before, make it to Bella for Sunday brunch. An upscale establishment that is not accompanied by the snootiness, the Sunday brunch that you have here will rival some of the best in the city, with out breaking what’s left of your pocketbook.
Where to site see
Depending on what you want to see, you may decided to forgo the usually touristy sites and, depending on if it is near the holidays, make it up one of the seven hills of Cincinnati to Clifton and spend some time grazing on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Its newly renovated Tangeman Hall, Main Street attractions and sports complex draws in college boys from all over the area to run shirtless on the outdoor track and practice their backstroke in the Olympic size swimming pool. If you are looking for an older and more sophisticated sort of eye candy to suckle on, your best bet is to tread your way through majesticique Eden Park and take a stroll through the Cincinnati Art Museum. There you can find works of art by some of the area’s greatest artists, to include Frank Duvenek. If you are not worried about looking at some of the most spectacular bodies in the Greater Cincinnati area and have your sites set on more natural phenomenon, take a wake to the top of the Purple People Bridge. That way, your eyes will be filled with more that just last night’s escapade.
Where to play
Its too late to lay by the pool, but if you are gearing up for next summer’s trip to Cincinnati, make sure you make it to Adonis Night club, where the pool is open during the summer. Here is where you can baste your eyes on a bevy of bronzing Betties while sipping a margarita, poolside. If you a bit shy, you can also head to The Dock, located in the packing district along side the Ohio River. The not so populated evenings make for great cruising grounds. If an older, more mature crowd is what you are looking for, head up to the Gaslight District and take in one of the campiest drag shows at the oldest gay establishment still in operation. Golden Lions is you can feel like a hometown Joe without pretending that you are looking for a G.I. one.