Start your day off with breakfast in Cincinnati’s central business district at a newer restaurant, Maplewood Kitchen and Bar. Grab a menu on your way in the door and make your way to the casual (but still totally cute) eatery’s counter before waiting for your food. The menu is California-inspired, with lots of local flair and healthy, fresh, organic ingredients. While you could go classic, with the beautiful, supremely Instagram-worthy avocado toast, you could also go for something a little more outside the ordinary. The chicken hash features a mix of hash browns, onions, bell peppers, corn, rotisserie chicken and the kicker — goetta, a local favorite with German roots, a meat-and-grain sausage. It’s all topped with two over-easy eggs. Breakfast options start at $8.
While it may require a bit of a drive to get there, one stop you want on your Cincinnati itinerary is the American Sign Museum. A small attraction, it’s nevertheless worth the visit, and you’ll never look at signage the same way. The chronological exhibits trace the humble origins of the sign from wooden carvings to extravagant neon fixtures. Show up at the right times to get a guided tour or see the on-site neon shop at work, making real signs used by real businesses. Admission is $15.
You’ll be stuffed long after breakfast, so walk it off with a stroll around Over-the-Rhine, a richly historic portion of the city home to the largest collection of 19th-century historic buildings in the country. The once-immigrant-heavy area was huge in the brewing industry, and you can explore it for yourself, and walk right inside the underground tunnels used in the beer-producing process. American Legacy Tours provides access for $30 per person.
Grab pre-dinner drinks at Video Archive, an unassuming video store that — surprise! — is actually a pretty awesome bar with a Quentin Tarantino theme. Head in, grab a movie off the shelf and a secret panel in the wall slides out of place, so you can walk into the dark bar, lit by a bright neon sign and a few televisions on the wall. The drinks are just as cool as the ambience, like the Jackie Brown, featuring Bulliet Bourbon, elderflower liquor, a blackberry-cucumber puree and salted honey. Drinks start at $3 for beers, $9 for cocktails.
Finish off your day with dinner in a prime location for walking around the city at Nada, a regional series of Mexican restaurants that are hardly traditional. The cocktails are fantastic (like the Chili-Mango, with tequila, curacao, habanero and mango), and the tacos are even better. Choose from a variety of surprising selections, like the Sir Winston’s Pot Roast (with braised short ribs, whipped potatoes, crispy onions, horseradish and shishito) or the Señor Mu Shu (with ginger-braised pork, ancho hoisin, cabbage and avocado). Dinner options start around $15.
Imagine traveling the world and finding the love of your life at the same time. Does The Bachelor franchise come to mind? Due to the global pandemic, the show’s filming was put on hold and production had to get creative, filming at only one resort, instead of traveling the world, as in previous seasons. If you need your Bachelor nation fix, check out some resorts they’ve filmed in before, and book a stay for yourself.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
Outforia, an online resource for all things outdoors, recently conducted a study to determine the best states for adrenaline seekers. Outforia ranked each state on the number of available activities in 10 categories to put together the 2021 Adventure Index.
Travelers go on trips for various reasons: Some love to enjoy unique culinary experiences, while others want to explore new cultures and have authentic local experiences. Whatever the reason, vacations should have one thing in common — rest. In fact, healing and healthy ways to boost the immune system are trending topics now and Korean-style wellness is just what you need on future trips. At the 48 recommended wellness travel destinations in Korea, visitors can relax and recharge by enjoying different types of Korean therapy and participating in programs that seek healing in nature. Stay at home and visit Korea for a wellness vacation when it's safe to travel again.