3 Weekend Getaways Near Cincinnati | Midwest Living

3 Weekend Getaways Near Cincinnati

Head to Kentucky for bourbon fun in Bardstown, or check out the aviation sights in Dayton or the hippie vibe in Yellow Springs.

Bardstown: Trip guide

WHAT TO DO
Chapeze House Home of the Kentucky Bourbon Cooking School. (800) 704-4917; kentuckyshomeforbourbon.com
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Three of the trail's distilleries are clustered around Bardstown; the others are closer to Lexington. The trail website is outstanding, with maps, directions and links to area restaurants and lodgings. All distillery tours are free except Woodford Reserve. Pictured at left: The wares at Woodford Reserve. (502) 875-9351; kybourbontrail.com
My Old Kentucky Home State Park In addition to the namesake plantation home, an outdoor summer stock theater company performs Stephen Foster: The Musical. (502) 348-3502; parks.ky.gov
Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History This little museum includes a surprisingly pretty collection of antique bottles. (502) 348-2999; whiskeymuseum.com

WHERE TO EAT
Kurtz Restaurant Owner Marilyn "Toogie" Kurtz learned to fry chicken here when her mother opened the restaurant in 1937. (502) 348-8964; bardstownparkview.com
Xavier's Restaurant Entrees at this elegantly casual spot include a fabulous crab-and-brie stuffed salmon. (502) 349-9464

WHERE TO STAY
Rosemark Haven Bed and Breakfast This lovely B&B has an upscale restaurant in a renovated tobacco barn. From $109. (502) 348-8218; rosemarkhaven.com

For information: Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission (800) 638-4877; visitbardstown.com

 

Bardstown: Trip guide

WHAT TO DO
Chapeze House Home of the Kentucky Bourbon Cooking School. (800) 704-4917; kentuckyshomeforbourbon.com
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Three of the trail's distilleries are clustered around Bardstown; the others are closer to Lexington. The trail website is outstanding, with maps, directions and links to area restaurants and lodgings. All distillery tours are free except Woodford Reserve. Pictured at left: The wares at Woodford Reserve. (502) 875-9351; kybourbontrail.com
My Old Kentucky Home State Park In addition to the namesake plantation home, an outdoor summer stock theater company performs Stephen Foster: The Musical. (502) 348-3502; parks.ky.gov
Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History This little museum includes a surprisingly pretty collection of antique bottles. (502) 348-2999; whiskeymuseum.com

WHERE TO EAT
Kurtz Restaurant Owner Marilyn "Toogie" Kurtz learned to fry chicken here when her mother opened the restaurant in 1937. (502) 348-8964; bardstownparkview.com
Xavier's Restaurant Entrees at this elegantly casual spot include a fabulous crab-and-brie stuffed salmon. (502) 349-9464

WHERE TO STAY
Rosemark Haven Bed and Breakfast This lovely B&B has an upscale restaurant in a renovated tobacco barn. From $109. (502) 348-8218; rosemarkhaven.com

For information: Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission (800) 638-4877; visitbardstown.com

 

More getaways near Cincinnati

Dayton, Ohio: 50 miles northeast of Cincinnati Sights in this National Aviation Heritage Area range from humble (the Wright brothers' bike shop) to humbling (the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force). The popular Dayton Air Show (July 17-18) stars the Blue Angels. Pictured at left: The Wright flyer sculpture at RiverScape Metro Park. (800) 221-8235; daytoncvb.com

Read Midwest Living's two-day Dayton itinerary

Yellow Springs, Ohio: 62 miles northeast of Cincinnati The 1960s might be history now, but funky Yellow Springs never got the memo. Many shops have a hippie vibe--even baby clothes smell like patchouli! Glen Helen Nature Preserve rounds out a day trip, and the Winds Cafe is special-occasion worthy. (937) 767-2686; destinationyellowsprings.com

(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® July/August 2010.)

 

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