Bellevue is a triple-threat: great views, great brews and great food – see for yourself.
Time spent exploring Bellevue, Kentucky is time well-spent. Located just three miles from Cincinnati, the concentration of beautiful historic architecture, two historic districts and a wave of renovation and historic preservation make Bellevue one cool place.
If you’re out in the earlier half of the day, kick off your trek with a stop by The Avenue Brew. Here, you can indulge in one of the several breakfast menu options. Isn’t it always a delight when local restaurants have extensive and tasty-sounding menus, the kind that remind you of the best Sunday brunches and lunches with loved ones? Yes, it really is possible for a variety of omelets to make that sentiment a reality. Anyway. Give The Avenue Brew – and their coffee – a shot.
One of the best milkshakes in the region can be found at Nomad, just on the other side of Avenue Brew. At Nomad, the tacos are what get you in the door, but the milkshakes are what makes you want to stay, if not forever, then at least long enough to consider getting a second boozy and sweet concoction. (We say split a second! You only live once!) The tater tots, in all their iterations, are also incredible.
Right across the street is Darkness Brewing, and here’s a pro tip: if you encounter a line to get into Nomad, just pop across the street into Darkness and grab one of their delicious brews to bide your time until your table is ready. Although, it’s possible to get tempted by Darkness’s own food and just forgo the visit to Nomad. And who could blame you, really?
After all, how many meals can you fit into a trip? Well, all of them, actually, if you’re intrepid enough! Fairfield Avenue really is chock-full of spots you’ll want to spend some serious time enjoying. Just a bit down the street there’s Siam Orchid, which has delicious Thai fare, and toward the end of the Bellevue city limits is fun pizza joint the Cork N Crust. Fessler’s Legendary Pizza and Hoagies is a mouthful of a name, but the dishes live up to the name. Family owned and operated since 1963, Fessler’s offers plenty of options for meat-eating, vegetarian and vegan consumers alike. Also on Fairfield, you’ll find the Elusive Cow Cafe, an eclectic restaurant, featuring locally sourced and organic ingredients that are combined for flavorsome entrees, appetizers and a wide assortment of sandwiches. Grab a treat at Schneider’s Sweet Shoppe: this candy stores smacks of old-fashioned ice cream parlor vibes, and indeed, was founded way back in 1939. All of the chocolate and cream candies are made on the premises, and the handcrafted attention to detail is evident in every bite. And speaking of old buildings, the Fairfield Venues, a hundred-year-old bank building, has plenty of charm and spaces available for rental.
In between all your dining and imbibing, don’t forget to take a look around Bellevue itself. It’s home to the two above-mentioned historical districts: the Fairfield Avenue Historic District, where much of the action takes place, and the Taylor’s Daughters Historic District. You’ll find what you’re looking for in Bellevue.
THESE BUSINESS DISTRICTS ARE COMING TO THE FOREFRONT
Settled in 1797 and bearing the motto “the crossroads of opportunity,” the city of Reading has a friendly, suburban atmosphere with big-city proximity. The city spans nearly three miles and boasts several parks, a farmer’s market, and a healthy mix of business and industry. Reading has something for everyone, both in its own 10,000+ population and the broader community.
Spanning across three counties in Southwest Ohio, the city of Loveland is known as “the sweetheart of Ohio.” Known as a resort town in its early days, Loveland is still home to much natural and scenic charm, including the Little Miami River, and is a major stop on the Little Miami Scenic Trail. With a growing population of over 13,000, Loveland holds much historic charm and enviable positioning in the region.
Founded in 1797, the city of Milford is still home today to several historical buildings, especially on the Old Milford Main Street, which is a popular destination for visitors across the region. Milford and its surrounding townships are also home to several substantial businesses. Milford is home to a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) that brings economic tourists from around the region to enjoy its offerings. Occupying nearly four miles and home to more than 6,000, Milford also hosts segments of the Little Miami River and the Little Miami Bike Trail.
EAST PRICE HILL
East Price Hill is an historical neighborhood carving an exciting path in the 21st Century. East Price Hill boasts the best of both worlds, melding an urban environment with a tight-knit community mindset. East Price Hill features an expanding crop of local businesses and is home to the Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village, dedicated to sustainability. Spanning three square miles, East Price Hill has more than 15,000 residents and counting.
Located about ten miles northeast of Cincinnati, Madisonville is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, and is named for James Madison, fourth president of America. Home to an abundance of residential and commercial properties, and more than 9,000 residents, Madisonville is in the midst of exciting redevelopment that retains the charm of its rich history and diversity.
With its diverse mix of greenspace, historical buildings and new businesses and commercial endeavors, Walnut Hills is one of Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods, founded in 1804. Walnut Hills is home to several regional destinations, including Eden Park and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. The neighborhood of more than 6,000 residents has undergone a transformative redevelopment in recent years, rehabbing disused buildings and homes and infusing energy into the popular area.
Founded in 1814 along the Ohio River, the village of New Richmond is a charming river village home to over 2,500 residents. Spanning nearly four-square miles and located in Clermont County, New Richmond is home to a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) that brings economic tourists from around the region to enjoy its offerings. New Richmond is also home to three designated historical sites, including the Ross Gowdy House Museum, the world’s only Cardboard Boat Museum, and the Birthplace of President Ulysses S. Grant.
Also known as the Gem of the Highlands, the city of Norwood is central to everything in the Greater Cincinnati region. Founded in 1809, Norwood has historically been a center of industry. In recent years, the three-mile-community’s robust retail and small-business hubs have taken the spotlight. Today, Norwood boasts a diverse mix of small and large-scale commerce, anchors several prominent regional businesses, and is home to more than 19,000 people.
Located along the Ohio River, the city of Ludlow, Kentucky is just over a mile in size and a suburb of both Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Elm Street is home to Ludlow’s central business district, with a variety of restaurants, retail, cultural and entertainment options suited for the city’s diverse array of nearly 5,000 residents.
The largest city in Campbell County, Kentucky, Fort Thomas is located directly opposite of Cincinnati across the Ohio River, and officially part of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area, with more than 16,000 residents populating its nearly six square mile region. Named in honor of General George Henry Thomas, Fort Thomas was a key site in the Civil War, and remnants of war trenches are still visible.
Incorporated in 1870, Bellevue, Kentucky is located just three miles from the city of Cincinnati. The city boasts an abundance of historic and unique architecture, and to this day, the Fairfield Avenue Historic District serves as its main business thoroughfare for its nearly 6,000 residents. The city is also home to the Taylor’s Daughters Historic District, and has seen much renovation and historic preservation in recent years.
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