Winter Getaway Guide

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    Toast to Tri-State Traditions

    The historic Labrot and Graham Distillery, home of Woodford Reserve, is unlike any other in America. Nestled amid the picturesque horse farms of Central Kentucky, Labrot and Graham is the only distillery that crafts its bourbon in copper pot stills. Whiskey was first produced on this site in 1812.

    Visit and tour Samuel Adams Brewery, which is a newly renovated facility on Central Parkway near downtown Cincinnati. It's certainly a sight to see, as 60 percent of Sam Adams beer is produced at this location.


    Found in Nature

    The Hocking Hills region in Southeastern Ohio is a natural winter wonderland this time of year. The waterfalls are frozen in an icy masterpiece and the ground is covered in a peaceful white blanket. The area is surrounded by cabins for rent and bed and breakfast inns. Check out the Hocking Hills site for more information.

    Want the beauty of nature in winter, without the blustery coldness? The Forest Discovery Center
    located in Starlight, Ind., features an indoor forest, theater, exhibits and manufacturing tour.

    In with the Old

    Antique Alley in Indiana is a famous antique mecca. You will pass more than 900 antique dealers if you drive U.S. 40 from Richmond to Knightstown, Indiana 38 through New Castle, Hagerstown and Greens Fork. The next famed Antique Alley starts at U.S. 27 in Richmond and heads north to Portland. However, the hub of this Antique Alley area is Centerville, a small historic village that proudly boasts Ohio's largest antique mall. While you are in Centerville, stay at the Lantz House Inn, a cozy brick bed and breakfast. Call (800) 495-2689 for more information.

    Here are a few other antiquing suggestions:

    • Lebanon: Lebanon boasts a historic downtown and 25 antique stores selling a range of items, such as unusual antiques at Mulberry St. Antiques to sports memorabilia at the Treasure's Dust.
    • Waynesville: This Warren County town is the self proclaimed antique capital of the Midwest, with more than 35 antique stores.
    • O'Bryonville: Eight antique shops are nestled in historic O'Bryonville on Madison Road in Cincinnati.
    • Miamitown: A strip of antique shops line a quarter mile of Ohio 128 in north-western Hamilton County.
    • Shandon: This small town tucked away in Butler County offers a variety of antique shops, such as a General Store, which specializes in advertising antiques and the New London Gallery, which has antique furniture and accessories.


    Warm up with that Special Someone

    Escape the cold weather with your someone special to an intimate setting and start a little fire of your own. Try booking a cabin. White Oaks Cabin offers luxury cabins with jacuzzi and fireplace along Patoka Lake in Southern Indiana. Other, more rustic cabins are also available.

    Or, stay in a Victorian mansion outside of Lexington. The 1832 Historic Rose Hill Inn is a precious bed and breakfast in Versailles, Ky., and the rooms have canopied beds and fireplaces.

    Going Down Under

    Caves are the same temperature year-round, making a spelunking trip a good winter activity. While you've probably already heard about Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, you may not have heard of these others. Marengo Cave in southern Indiana is open all year-round and features the one-third mile Crystal Palace Tour and the one-mile Dripstone Trail. The cave is considered one of the most beautiful show caves in the eastern United States. Squire Boone Caverns is also nearby.

    Calling All Snow Bunnies

    Believe it or not, Perfect North isn't the only place with slopes in the Tri-State. Paoli Peaks Ski and Snowboard Resort in Indiana is about a two-hour drive from Cincinnati. The resort has 15 slopes and eight lifts.


    Or try skiing and tubing at Mad River Mountain in Bellefontaine, Ohio. On the weekends, the resort is open until three in the morning for midnight madness. Make it a weekend trip and stay at Myeerahs Inn, an 1837 farmhouse near Mad River.