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Cincinnati — A Visit Home

Karin Ellison, APPE Board Member

As long-time APPE members know, the APPE annual conference has been held many times in Cincinnati at the amazing, art deco Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel.  For some of us, then, to resume meeting in-person in Cincinnati will feel like coming home.  As I grew up just north of Cincinnati in Oxford, home of Miami University, meeting in Cincinnati is doubly a visit home for me.  If you can make time around conference sessions, events, and meetings with colleagues, you might find me doing likewise and grabbing a regional treat or visiting one of Cincinnati’s historic favorites.

Graeter’s:  If you like ice cream enough for a special outing in February, Greater’s should be your destination. The Cincinnati classic was first sold out of carts in 1870 and continues to be make in Cincinnati in small batches. I’d recommend anything with chocolate chips. They pour melted chocolate directly into ice cream, and the result is amazing. 

Cincinnati Chili: Whether 3-, 4-, or 5-way, Cincinnati chili from Skyline, Gold Star, or another local chili parlor is pure comfort food. The spiced meat sauce is served over spaghetti, topped with a mound of finely shredded mild cheddar cheese, and accompanied by oyster crackers. Adding beans and/or diced onion makes the dish 4- or 5-way. If you’re looking to balance the experience with a veggie, your best choice is a Greek salad as Greek and Macedonian immigrants developed this regional specialty. 

Roebling Suspension BridgeSpanning the Ohio River from Cincinnati to Northern Kentucky, the Roebling bridge was the longest in the world when it opened in 1867. After completing the bridge in Cincinnati, the father and son engineering team of John and Washington Roebling went on to build New York’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge.  

Cincinnati Zoo: Founded in 1873, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the US. It’s recognized as one of the country’s best zoos and home to Fiona, a five-year-old hippo, and local celebrity, born at the zoo.

Union Terminal: If you love the Netherland Plaza’s architecture, check out Union Terminal, a dramatic art deco building that opened in 1933. No longer a working train station, the facility is now a museum complex that includes the Cincinnati History Museum, a children’s museum, and a natural history and science museum.