Speaking of Bourbon, beer is to Cincinnati as bourbon is to Kentucky, and the Queen City—also on the Ohio River and home to more than 40 breweries—just got its very own beer trail. The Brewery Heritage Trail opened earlier this year and has been named an official gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We love its recently transformed cultural hub, the Over-the-Rhine district, with its ornate late-19th-century European architecture and an ambitious local food scene.
Why you should go in May: Flights, according to SkyScanner, are super cheap (as of press time). Also, the country’s longest running free culinary festival, the Taste of Cincinnati—with dishes and snacks from the region’s top chefs and restaurants—is celebrating its 40th year in 2018.
Where to stay: The Hotel Covington, a waterfront luxury hotel with river views that opened in 2016 in a building circa 1910 that once housed Coppin’s Department Store, keeping some of its iconic design features, like oversize display windows. It’s technically across the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky (think of it as the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, of Cincinnati), but with rates in May under $150, who the heck cares!? If you do need to be downtown, though, look into the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, where rates can be under $200.