Goodbye Cincinnati, Hello Jacksonville

September 26, 2013

To explain my long absence here lately, we are now residents of Jacksonville, Florida! I had big plans for posts in August and September, assuming I would have plenty of time for my business plus everything that comes with moving across the country. I couldn’t be more wrong! Between visiting friends and family, scheduling movers, and packing up everything we own, not much happened on the business side of things. I basically left my job at the beginning of August to have a month to prepare to move. It took most of September to get settled in, but I’m starting to get back into a routine.

We are super excited to be in Florida, but also sad to leave behind so many wonderful friends and places in Ohio. I thought it would be fun to list some of my favorite things that we did while we lived there, an Ohio bucket list for you!


  • See the Cincinnati Reds play at Great American Ballpark
  • Go outdoor ice skating in Fountain Square
  • Experience the sights and shop international groceries at Jungle Jim’s – my grandmother would spend 3 hours here every time she came to visit, no lie!
  • Spend a Saturday at Findlay Market – Dojo Gelato, I’m thinking of you!
  • Have dinner at ThreeSixty, a revolving restaurant with amazing views from the riverfront of Cincinnati.
  • Try local Ohio BBQ (Montgomery Inn BBQ and City BBQ)
  • Volunteer and shop at Crafty Supermarket
  • Have some coneys or even a 3-way at Skyline Chili
  • Go bar hopping at Mt. Adams (my favorites – The Blind Lemon, Monk’s Cove, and Longworth’s) and go up to the monastery for an incredible view of the city and Ohio/Kentucky border.
  • See the shark-rays at Cincinnati Aquarium
  • Have a Lager or Dunkel at the Hofbrauhaus and enjoy some German culture, including a live accordion player. (I just discovered that my maiden name, Hagerman means “North German,” so of course I love this place.)
  • Attend an outdoor concert at Riverbend (Incubus, Bush, Dave Matthews Band)
  • Attend a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament
  • See a show at the Aronoff (Beauty + the Beast, Seinfeld)


  • Go on the Candelight Tour of renovated historic homes in the Oregon District
  • Take your pet to Oak Grove Dog Park – we took Cody here all the time, it’s free with separate areas for large and small dogs.
  • Attend the Celtic Festival live music, including Gaelic Storm who performed in the third class party scene on Titanic.
  • Browse great works of art at The Dayton Art Institute and enroll your child in Summer Art Camp, which I attended in grade school.
  • Attend a Dayton Fliers basketball game and/or the NCAA First Four at the UD Arena
  • Go to Elsa’s for authentic Mexican food and the Bad Juan, the strongest margarita ever (they make you stop drinking after two)
  • Have dinner in the Oregon District (Thai 9)
  • Take advantage of Restaurant Week to get discounts on fine dining (El Meson, Figlio)
  • See a show at the Schuster Center (The Lion King)
  • Attend a Dayton Dragons game – they are minor league, but tickets usually sell out!
  • Go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival to shop local artists, see plays acted out in mud, and attend a live jousting match!
  • Attend an outdoor concert at JD Legends and get your redneck on, a.k.a. great people watching, tiki bar, and a party in the sand (Badfish, Justin Moore, Aaron Lewis, Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Buy local and organic food straight from the farmers at 2nd Street Market

If you happen to visit Cincinnati or Dayton yourself, you have my recommendations! There are tons of great things to do in these two cities that I didn’t mention but I had to stop at some point. If you have any must dos to add to my list, please share them in the comments!

Photo by Steven Weis.

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  • Reply Traci Frommer October 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Cincy Misses you Mare! : xoxo -Traci

    • Reply Mary Deighton October 9, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Yes, please do – Dayton has its hidden treasures! I miss you too, Cincy will always have a special place in my heart : )

  • Reply Traci Frommer October 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    I’ll have to try some of these Dayton spots I’ve had know idea about.

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