Milford – A Great Place to Live and Ranked a Best Place to Retire!

Milford has proven to be an admirable model of a city. If you were to create a check list of characteristics in your ideal city, Milford would likely check all the boxes. Whether it’s outdoor recreation, diverse businesses, connection to history, variety of residential options,  Milford delivers on every note. According to Smart Asset, a financial planning website, Milford is #4 in the state for retirees. Factors such as tax rate, recreation centers and doctors’ offices were used to create the ranking. In a message from City Manager Michael Doss, he encourages visitors to “learn what more than 7,000 residents already know; that Milford is a great place to raise a family, work, play and retire.”

The origins of Milford began with a 230-acre land survey in 1788 and a 1,000-acre Revolutionary War land grant in 1796. John Hageman was one of the first permanent settlers and laid out Milford or Hageman’s Mill, as it was originally named, in 1806. When Hageman left for Indiana in 1811 the town was commonly referred to as Milford. The name came from a newspaper that used the name to describe the town’s location as the first safe ford over the Little Miami River north of the Ohio River. It was at this location that one would cross the river to get to the mills, thus the name mill-ford or Milford. Milford was incorporated 25 years later in 1836 and officially attained city status in 1982.

Get Connected
If you’ve never spent the day in Milford, the Milford Urban Trail System serves as an incredible guide. This four-mile loop trail will take you past a wonderful sampling of all that Milford has to offer. Milford is a critical intersection of eight long-distance hiking and cycling trails that collectively cover over 22,000 miles.
img_0170-copyIn 2012, Milford was established as the first official Trail Town on the Buckeye Trail (1,400+ miles). Milford is also located on the North Country National Scenic Trail (4,600+ miles), American Discovery Trail (6,800+ miles), Sea-to-Sea Long Distance Hiking Route (7,700+ miles), Underground Railroad Cycling Route (2,000+ miles), Ohio to Erie Cycling Route (450+ miles), Little Miami Scenic Trail (78 miles), Little Miami Scenic River (105+ miles). In addition to trail access, Milford is home to a number of parks that offer a variety of recreation opportunities.img_0015

Mosey Down Main

The downtown business district of Milford along Main Street offers a plethora of dining and shopping opportunities. As you mosey down main you will find a variety of restaurants, art galleries, antiques and speciality shops often located in buildings built in the 1800’s. In addition to the historic business district, Milford is also home to several national chains such as Wal-Mart, Rave Motion Pictures, Kroger, Starbucks and a number of chain restaurants. From small town charm to modern conveniences, Milford has it all.img_0372-copyimg_0367-copyimg_0360-copyimg_0357img_0351img_0347

Roads Rivers and Trails
Roads Rivers and Trails is an independently-owned adventure outfitter. Not only do they sell outdoor recreation equipment, they pride themselves on providing information and guidance based on their extensive experience.


Promont House
The Promont is a Victorian mansion built in 1865 that was the former home of Ohio’s 43rd Governor, John M. Pattison. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is current the home of the Greater Milford Area Historical Society.promonthousemuseum_color3

Valley View Nature Preserve and Education Center
Valley View is a 150-acre nature preserve and education facility. Valley View has about five miles of trails that are perfect for hikes and walks in all seasons.img_0149

Full of Fun Festivals
Great US 50 Yard Sale – Held the third weekend in May, this widespread event serves to promote tourism along U.S. 50.
Frontier Days – This community festival was voted ‘Best Festival on the Eastside’ in 2013-2015 by Cincy Magazine. Frontier Days offers a little something from everyone from parades, games, food, live music, frog jumping contest and a spaghetti-eating contest. The festival usually takes place the first weekend of June.
Amazing Race – The Amazing Charity Race is an adventurous way to raise money for dozens of local charities. The race is comprised of a variety of physical and mental challenges and has raised over $600,000 for local charities.
Movies on the Miami – Free movies are shown on the second Saturday of July and August at Riverside Park. This event is hosted by the Milford Parks & Recreation Commission.
Milford Street Eats Foodtruck Rally – The Milford Street Eats Foodtruck Rally is in its fourth year and offers delicious bites from over two dozen vendors. This event also offers local beers and live music.
Art Affaire – Art Affaire is Milford’s premier art and fine craft show featuring approximately 100 local and regional juried artists. The event includes live music, food and more. Art Affaire is an annual event on the fourth Saturday of September.
Hometown Holidays – This traditional hometown holiday celebration offers Mr. and Mrs. Claus, horse-carriage rides, great gift ideas, and food and drinks from the area’s most popular and award-winning shops and restaurants.

Location, Location, Location
Milford in conveniently located 15 miles east of Cincinnati on US 50. The city lies inside the I-275 loop along the Little Miami River. Milford is bordered by Indian Hill, Terrace Park, Miami Township and Union Township.

As is the theme of Milford’s recreation and business opportunities, so it is with residential options. The diversity of real estate options in Milford runs the gamut from charming cottages and historic gems to modern estate homes and condos. A complete list of amenities and easy access to I-275 make Milford a great place to live.

Dayton, Ohio Home Sales Rose Almost Ten Percent in September!

Dayton Ohio Downtown City Skyline Great Miami RiverDayton, Ohio home sales were robust in September 2016 with a 9.56% increase as compared to September 2015. Year-to-date, sales are up 9.7%.

September 2016 vs September 2015

  • 9.56% Increase in home sales (1,478 homes vs 1,349 homes)
  • 13.88% Increase in sales volume
  • .93% Increase in % sale-to-list price (97.7% vs 96.8%)
  • 2.4% Increase in median sales price ($129,950 vs $123,000)
  • 3.94% Increase in average sales price ($146,477 vs $140,924)

January – September 2016 vs January – September 2015

  • 9.70% Increase in home sales (12,237 homes vs 11,155 homes)
  • 13.69% Increase in sales volume
  • 1.04% Increase in % sale-to-list price (97.7% vs 96.69%)
  • 5.42% Increase in median sales price ($126,500 vs $120,000)
  • 3.64% Increase in average sales price ($146,808 vs $141,652)

There is a low inventory of homes for sale. With low interest rates and a high demand for homes, homes are selling quickly if priced correctly and in move-in condition.

Look at homes for sale here.

Statistics courtesy of: Dayton Area Board of Realtors Home Sales Report, September 2016



Cincinnati Home Sales Climbed almost Five Percent in September

Cincinnati skyline. Image of Cincinnati skyline and historic John A. Roebling suspension bridge cross Ohio River.Home sales continued to be strong in Cincinnati, Ohio in September with a 4.98% increase (as compared to September 2015.) Per the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors®, September closed sales were the highest since 2005. Year-to-date, home sales have risen 6.39%.
September 2016 vs September 2015

  • 4.98% Increase in home sales (2,362 homes vs 2,250 homes)
  • 13.81% Increase in gross sales volume
  • 8.41% Increase in average sale price ($191,078 vs $176,257)
  • 9.93% Increase in median sale price ($155,000 vs $141,000)

January – September 2016 vs January – September 2015

  • 6.39% Increase in home sales (20,074 homes vs 18,868 homes)
  • 11.10% Increase in gross sales volume
  • 4.42% Increase in average sale price ($190,375 vs $182,311)
  • 5.49% Increase in median sale price ($151,900 vs $144,000)

There continues to be a low inventory of homes for sale. With low mortgage interest rates and high interest in home purchases, the sales market for homes is brisk. Many homes priced right and in move-in- ready condition are selling quickly.
Look for homes for sale here.


Statistics courtesy of: Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, Home Sales Report, September 2016


Deborah Robb Tausch is a Recipient of the Women of Excellence Award 2016 from the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance

Deborah Robb Tausch, a West Chester Sibcy Cline agent, has been recognized with a “Women of Excellence” award for 2016 from the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance.

This honor is bestowed upon women – who through their careers and volunteer work – have contributed outstanding service to the community in business, education, culture philanthropy or outstanding service to the community. Honorees are nominated by peers and located community members. Deborah is among seven other local honorees this year to received this award.

Says Rob Streicher, Vice President/Sales Manager of Sibcy Cline West Chester, “We are very proud of Debbie as she is very deserving of this award. She is such a great ambassador for our community, and really enjoys welcoming people and businesses to our area.

About Deborah Robb Tausch
Deborah’s community involvement is extensive. She is an ambassador for the West Chester -Liberty Chamber Alliance and always makes time to appear at business grand openings to welcome them. She has also served on the government affairs committee for this organization.

She has been active with the Welcomer’s Club of Northern Cincinnati. Deborah has volunteered with Kindervelt and served as an Adopt-a-Family chairperson for three years. Deborah is a former Rotary member and served on this organization’s board. She is a former member of the West Chester Coalition on Aging and has volunteered with the Merchants of Union Centre Association.

Deborah has also given her time to Fort Hamilton Hughes Hospital. She initiated a blood assurance program which encouraged former patients to donate their blood. She organized a breast cancer fundraiser with the hospital and volunteered in the mail room.

Deborah has been in a real estate sales professional since 1983 and has earned many sales honors throughout her career including membership into Sibcy Cline’s Top Club.



Stephanie Sudbrack-Busam Elected as a Director for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors®

Stephanie Sudbrack-Busam, Vice President/Sales Manager of the Sibcy Cline Kenwood office has been elected as a Director for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors®. Her term begins in January 2017.

Says Stephanie, “I am honored to serve our local real estate board. It’s an exciting time to be in our profession. Our business is ever evolving. There are so many technological changes and enhancements. I am looking forward to working on projects that work towards propelling our profession into the future!”

Says Rob Sibcy, president of Sibcy Cline Realtors, “We are thrilled Stephanie will be serving as a director. She has years of leadership experience and we know she will do an outstanding job!”

Real estate is in Stephanie’s blood as she is  a third-generation real estate professional. She has been licensed since 1978 and actively involved in real estates and management since 1985.

Stephanie has been very involved with the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors throughout the years:

  • Past Member of the Board of Director (2011-2013)
  • Leadership Academy, 2016
  • Member, Budget and Finance committee, 2016
  • Member of the Professional Standards committee (2016; 2006-2110)
  • Past Chairperson and member of MLS Operations
  • Past Chairperson for RPAC
  • Past Chairperson for Circle of Excellence committee
  • Past member of the Realtor/Builder committee

Stephanie also gives her time to the community. She is a board member of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Cincinnati and Kindervelt #50. She has served on the Ursuline Academy Mothers’ Club board (2002-2008)  and was honored as an Ursuline Woman of the Year. Stephanie is a former member of the Indian Hill Club (2006-2008).

Stephanie and her husband, John, reside in Indian Hill. They have two grown daughters.




Holiday Events – Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton, Ohio 2016

banner_holidayNovember and December 2016 are jam-packed with lots of local events to enjoy. Here is our list of local things to during the holiday season in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Be sure to bookmark this blog article as we add even more events!

US Bank Ice Rink at Fountain Square
October 28, 2016 – February 20, 2017
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Ice skating available at various times.

Christmas Night of Lights
November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Coney Island – Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Christmas displays and light shows with 1 million plus lights!

A Christmas Story: The Musical at the LaComedia Theater
November 2 – December 31, 2016
Springboro, Ohio
A Christmas Carol

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum
November 4, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
See antique ornaments, decorations and toys!

A Whoville Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
November 12 , 2016 – January 1, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the flowers with a Whoville theme!

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo
November 16 – December 22, 2016
Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio
A big tradition! Great holiday displays while you visit the animals.

Holiday in Lights
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Sharon Woods – Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive through outdoor light display that is a local tradition.

Holiday Lights on the Hill
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
View lights from your car!

Kindervelt’s North Pole Express
November 19, 2016
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad
45-minute train ride on a vintage train. Caroling, elves, Santa, treats and more! Reservations required!

Light Up Goshen Parade
November 19, 2016
Marr-Cook Elementary School in Goshen, Ohio
Food, rides, visit with Santa and a parade!

Germania Christkindlmarkt
November 20-22, 2016
Germania Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
German music, carriage rides, German pastries, ornaments and more!

Victorian Christmas
November 20 – December 30, 2016
Hillforest Victorian House Museum in Aurora, Indiana
This beautiful home will be decorated for the holidays as it was in yesteryear.

Light Up the Levee Illumination Party
November 22, 2016
Newport on the Levee – Newport, Kentucky
Music and more when the holiday lights are turned on!

Elf – The Broadway Musical
November 22- 27, 2016
The Schuster Theater in Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy watching Buddy find his father while he spreads Christmas cheer!

Turkey Bowl at Fountain Square
November 22, 2016
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Bowlers have 3 opportunities to strike down the pins.

Light Up the Levee Light Show
November 25, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Newport, Kentucky
Vibrants lights sync with favorite holiday songs!

Macy’s Light Up the Square
November 25, 2016
Fountain Square – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
The ice rink will be open and there will be plenty of food and drink as well as live music before the tree is lit!

Macy’s Downtown Dazzle
November 26, December 3, December 10 (2016)
Fountain Square – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Watch as Santa rappels down the 525 Building to Macy’s! Holiday music, too!

Light Up Middletown
November 25 – December 31, 2016
Middletown, Ohio
Circle driving tour of lights. See Santa and Mrs. Claus every Friday and Saturday through December 17th.

The Christmas Ranch
November 25 – December 31, 2016
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

Woodland Lights at Countryside Park
November 25 – December 30, 2016
Washington Township, Ohio
Walk through a half-mile wonderland of Christmas lights.

Riverscape Ice Skating
November 25, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Downtown Dayton
Outdoor ice rink at Riverscape.

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 25, 2016 (Kick off) through end of December 2016
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Grand Illumination, Dayton Children’s Parade and so much more!

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights 2016
November 25, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Over 3.5 million lights illuminate the mill, riverbanks and trees.

Hometown Holidazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival
November 26, 2016
Downtown Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy a parade, lights and more! Annual cookie walk, too!

North Pole Express Train Ride
November 26-27, December 2-4, 9-11, 22-24  (2016)
LM&M Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
Half-hour ride with a visit with Santa and Mrs Claus

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
Dates TBD
Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Scuba Santa with lights and bubbles!

Christmas in the Country in Shandon, Ohio
November 26-27, 2016
Shandon, Ohio
Craft shows, food and holiday fun in a quaint, town setting.

Waynesville Christmas in the Village
December 2-4, 2016
Waynesville, Ohio
Enjoy listening to holiday music while strolling through the shops. See St. Nick and costumed period characters.

December 3, 2016
The Grove Banquet & Event Center in Springfield Township, Ohio
Madcap Puppets, Santa, games and more!

Trans Siberian Orchestra at Nutter Center
December 3, 2016
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Laser light show plus progressive rock plus the holidays makes for a great evening!

Aullwood Winter Luminary Walk
December 4, 2016
Enjoy a candle-lit walk and a hot beverage and cookies.

Florence Christmas Tree Lighting in Florence, Kentucky
December 6, 2016
Florence Government Square – 8100 Ewing Blvd.
Sleight rides and photos with Santa!

Holiday in the Village
December 3, 2016
City of Montgomery, Cincinnati, Ohio
North Pole Workshop, Victoria Holiday Village and more! Enjoy seeing the tree lighting, too.

Twilight Christmas Parade in Maysville
December 2, 2016
Maysville, Kentucky
Marching bands and meet Santa!

Trans Siberian Orchestra at US Bank Arena
December 21, 2016
Downtown Cincinnati
Laser light show plus progressive rock plus the holidays makes for a great evening!

Christmas in the Village
December 3, 2016
Tipp City, Ohio
Home tour, shopping and more!

Burlington Christmas
Burlington, Kentucky
Tree lighting, hot chocolate, art show and more!

Christmas in the Village of Waynesville 
December 2-4, 2016
Historic Waynesville, Ohio
1300 luminaries, carriage rides, strolling choirs and more!

Independence Christmas Walk and Parade
December 3, 2016
Courthouse Square area in Independence, Kentucky
Enjoy holiday activities!

Light Up Fairfield
December 3, 2016
Village Green Park in Fairfield, Ohio
Holiday market, caroling, ornament crafting and lighting of the tree.

Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Festival
December 3, 2016
Downtown Lebanon, Ohio
Largest horse-drawn carriage parade in the US! Enjoy the street fair, too.

Hometown Holiday with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
December 9-10, 2016
The Schuster Center – Downtown Dayton, Ohio
A holiday tribute with the orchestra and choruses.

The Nutcracker
December 9-18, 2016
The Aronoff Center in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A yearly tradition, the Cincinnati Ballet in all of its wonderfulness tells the story of Clara and her nutcracker.

Luminaria in Mariemont, Ohio
December 10, 2016
Light up the tree at the Old Town Center. Visit with Santa and take a carriage ride. Enjoy luminaria throughout the village.

Cincinnati Santacon
December 10, 2016
Jack Cincinnati Casino – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Santas are going to meet and be merry via a pub crawl.

Christmas in Loveland
Date TBD
Historic Downtown Loveland, Ohio
Enjoy Santa, craft workshops as well as a parade, carriage rides and so much more!

Christkindlmarkt – Dayton Liederkrnaz-Turner
December 10-11, 2016
Downtown Dayton
Old Christmas market to enjoy!

White Christmas Parade in Augusta
December 10, 2016
Augusta, Kentucky
Parade, carols and more!

Christmas Town at the Creation Museum
December 16 – December 30, 2016
Petersburg, Kentucky
Live nativity, lights and live dramas. This is a free event.

The Nutcracker – Schuster Performing Arts Center
December 16- 23, 2016
A classic ballet that all can enjoy!

Handels Messiah with the Dayton Philharmonic
December 18, 2016
Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton

Over the Rhine Christmas with the Pops
December 20, 2016
Taft Theatre – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy music from Over the Rhine along with the Cincinnati Pops orchestra.

The Snowman with the Pops
December 23, 2016
Taft Theatre – Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
View the Snowman story while listening to the Cincinnati Pops.

Festival of Lights- Menorah Lighting
December 27, 2016
Deerfield Towne Center in Deerfield Township, Ohio
Traditional treats, petting zoo and live music.

Covington, Kentucky – a Cultural, Historic and Walkable City

covingtonview2There are so many facets to Covington, Kentucky. In this diverse and vibrant city, you’ll find many local shops and small family-owned stores, but you’ll also see high-tech businesses and fine restaurants. It’s a city that enjoys art not only via traditional museum settings, but also along a building’s facade or even in the street. You’ll find many different styles of housing in Covington – from modest, starter-priced homes to historic, grand mansions to modern-style condominiums with amazing views. This highly walkable city has something for everyone. Welcome to Covington!

History of Covington
Covington was founded in 1815 when 150 acres of land was purchased west of the Licking River where it met the Ohio River. The city grew and prospered during the 1800s.

In the early 1900s, Covington was the financial center of Northern Kentucky and many banks such as First National Bank, German National Bank, Covington Savings Bank & Trust, Citizens National Bank, etc… were built during that time. The city also grew with manufacturing businesses such as the Covington Railway Company headquarters, Kentucky Times-Star and Stewart Iron Work Company (which constructed “non-sawable” bars for Alcatraz Prison.) The Bavarian Brewery was a large employer until Prohibition. During this prosperous time, many of Covington’s beautiful churches including St. Mary’s Basilica, were constructed. During this time period, the city acquired Goebel and Devou Parks.

Alas, the good times came to an end and the city suffered from declines during the Great Depression as well as later in the late 1950s when many resident (followed by businesses) left Covington for the suburbs.

But, Covington has rebounded. In 2015, the city enjoyed its bicentennial. “COV200” was a year-long celebration that honored its legacy and acknowledged the excitement of its future. The city is experiencing a resurgence as Northern Kentucky’s most populated city with over 43,000 residents. Its renaissance includes housing, high-tech companies, creative firms as well as the cultural arts. The community is focused on improving housing and beautifying its public spaces. It has also focused on the creation of jobs – with such success that the city has been named as “One to Watch” by Main Street America. It was on the list of the 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2013 by the American Planning Association. The city of Covington is definitely a comeback success story.

Covington – So Many Neighborhoods 
Covington has many distinct neighborhoods with 16 of them located in historic districts. (See a map here or here of these neighborhoods.)

  • Austinburg
  • Botany Hills
  • Central Business District
  • City Heights
  • Eastside
  • Helentown
  • Historic West 15 Street
  • Jacob Price
  • Kenton Hills
  • Kurhs Lane
  • Latonia
  • Latonia/Rosedale
  • Latonia Terrace
  • Levassor Park
  • Lewisburg
  • Licking Riverside
  • MainStrasse
  • Monte Casino
  • Old Town/Mutter Gottes
  • Peaselburg (Peasel is German for goose droppings. There were many goose farms here in the early days!)
  • Ritte’s East Latonia
  • Seminary Square
  • South Covington
  • Wallace Woods (Residents enjoy an annual pie and cake auction.)
  • West Covington (Formerly known as Economy or Botany Hills and home to the spaceship house.)
  • West Latonia
  • Westside (See the mosaic gateway sign in this neighborhood.)

Together, many of these neighborhoods come together with the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington.

Homes in Covington
There are many options when it comes to living in Covington. Old mansion? Check. (Covington has the second highest number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places in Kentucky.) New condominium with a city view? Check. From old row homes to newly built homes and condos, there are all types of homes available in all price ranges.










theascentThe Ascent condominium building was completed in 2008 and designed by Daniel Libeskind (the award-winning architect named as the master plan architect of the reconstructed World Trade Building in New York.) 

Covington Neighborhood Highlights

claytonbullockhouseLicking/Riverside Named One of the Nation’s Best Neighborhoods
Licking/Riverside was named on the top 10 best neighborhoods in the U.S. in 2013 by the American Planning Association. This historic area of Covington has an active civic association that works diligently to maintain and preserve the beauty and history of the area.  Watch a new story about this.

When strolling through the Licking/Riverside neighborhood, you’ll enjoy seeing  stately Victorian homes, river vistas as well as several of Covington’s commissioned bronze statues.

Covington’s MainStrasse is a nod to its German beginnings. In this European-style village, over 15 local restaurants are found. Enjoy a German meal at Wertheim’s Restaurant or the Strauss Haus. You’ll also find New Orleans-style cuisine at  Dee Felice Cafe along with a live jazz band playing tunes.

See a list here of more MainStrasse restaurants. A MainStrasse Village Food Tour is available with tastes from many of its restaurants. While walking this tour, you’ll hear interesting stories about life in Covington during the 19th century.

Charming shops are found along the street ways of the village. Many people enjoy strolling and peering into windows. (Here is a map to all of the local businesses.)




The Goose Girl fountain is located in the center of MainStrasse and was created in 1980. Former Covington farmers raised geese and this fountain represents that time period.

At the west end of MainStrasse is the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower that was built in 1979 and named in honor of the governor at that time, Julian Carroll.

MainStrasse annual events include:

  • World’s Longest Yard Sale – This sale happens every August in the village.
  • MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest – This German festival is not to be missed.
  • Annual Northern Kentucky Wine Festival – This event features Kentucky wineries.
  • MainStrasse Village Classic Car Show – Enjoy viewing automobiles along the tree-lined streets in the village and in Goebel Park.
  • Oak, Toast & Two Aging Barrels – A bourbon festival for all whiskey lovers.
  • MainStrasse Dog PawRade – Dogs dressed for Halloween parade along  the 6th Street Promenade.
  • The Original Goettafest – Eat all-things goetta while enjoying music and entertainment.

Latonia was annexed as part of Covington in 1909. It is best known for its Latonia Race Track which was once regarded among the top U.S. sites for racing. The track closed in 1939 due to the Depression and the racing site is now the Latonia Shopping Center. (In 1959 Latonia Race Course opened in Florence, Kentucky. It is now called Turfway Park.)

Historic Austinburg is located near the Licking River between 16th Street to 20th Street and was settled by primarily  German immigrants. The Austinburg Neighborhood Park is located near the city’s flood wall and includes a picnic area, playground, ball field and basketball court.

Bridal Shops – Madison Avenue
A stroll along Madison Avenue and one is in the “bridal” district that includes a Wedding Mall, reception venue and bridal shops. You cannot help but stop at Donna Salyer’s Fabulous Bridal store or Affordable Wedding Creations.

madison_3The Madison Event Center is located on Madison Avenue and 7th Street and has been the venue for many a special occasion including wedding celebrations. This former F.W. Woolworth building has been converted into an event center with four ballrooms.  The Madison South building (is the the former Tillman’s Furniture building) has additional ballroom space as well as three wedding chapels.

Covington Parks
Covington has plenty of green spaces for residents to enjoy. Whether the expansive Devou Park with its panoramic views of the Ohio River or one of  the newer parklets found along Covington’s city streets, there is a park nearby. Here is a highlight of a few of them:

Devou Park is the green gem of Covington with over 700 acres. This park has an 18-hole golf course, several playgrounds and picnic areas as  well as eight miles of biking trails, a fishing lake, amphitheater and paved nature trails.


Devou Park offers spectacular views of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. The park was formerly the family farm of William and Sarah Devou. Their children donated the estate to Covington in  1910. Devou Park is also home to the Drees Pavilion event center, Behringer-Crawford Museum and the Northern Kentucky Children’s Home.

Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park is located on Madison Pike off of KY 17. This 43-acre park is the site of the Francisco Cordero Baseball Field. The park also features picnic shelter houses, playgrounds, walking/biking trails, baseball and soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts as well as the Kenton Paw Park for dogs.

Doe Run Lake Park
This 183-acre park has a 30-acre lake as well as hiking trails and picnic areas. Enjoy boating, fishing and hiking.

George Rogers Clark Park
The park is located in the historic Licking Riverside neighborhood along the Ohio River. Take in views of the Cincinnati skyline and watch  boats glide on the river while taking a stroll.


img_0299Covington’s Parklets
There are five parklets are located in Covington along and in parking spaces. These mini parks will bring a smile and place to rest while enjoying the city. Read more about the parklets here.

Licking River Greenway
The Licking River Greenway and Trails is an ongoing project to build 12-14 miles of trails from the Licking River corridor through Covington, Taylor Mill, Wilder and Newport. The trail currently has connections at the corner of Levassor and Eastern Avenue that lead either north to Randolph Park to south to 47th and Decoursey Park. While walking the trails, one can enjoy the  the 17 murals that honors the Licking River.

The Arts

Covington is known for its art and that includes its outdoor murals.

failemuralFaile Murals
In 2015,  the city commissioned a Faile mural for two adjacent buildings near Sixth Street and Madison Avenue. Read more about these murals.

muralThis ArtWorks mural is called “The Divine Proportions of All Things” and is located at 714 Washington Avenue in Covington.

floodwallmurals4Roebling Flood Wall Murals
The Roebling Murals (located at Covington’s riverfront) depict the history of the city from 800bc present day. The murals are the work of Robert Dafford. Read more about these murals here and here.


nkybridgestatueRiverwalk Statues
There are seven bronze statues of historical figures along Riverside Drive overlooking the Ohio River.

Behringer-Crawford Museum
The museum was established in 1950 showing off the collections of world-traveler William Behringer.


bcmuseumpark Later collections of paleo bones from Big Bone Springs were added. Today one finds displays of natural history, archeology, paleontology, rivers and steamboats, folk art, frontier life and more. The museum is located in Devou Park.\

Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center
This organization offers all types of arts programs from drawing, photography, dance or  yoga for  children and adults.

bakerhuntartcultctr Classes are offered seasonly from their 3.5-acre campus that includes two mansions, an auditorium and studio located in the Historic Licking/Riverside Covington neighborhood.

The Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati
This museum is an outside experience and is located in the Latonia neighborhood of Covington. See passenger trains, baggage cars, pullman sleepers and more. Follow this museum on Facebook.

The Carnegie
The Carnegie is a multi-discplinary arts venue that houses The Carnegie Galleries, Eva G. Farris Education Center and the Otto M. Budig Theatre.

carnegie The building was first constructed as a Carnegie Library and is now part of the Register of Historic Places. Enjoy live performances and rotating art exhibits throughout the year.

More Arts
There are several local galleries to enjoy in Covington in the “Covington Arts District”. Head on to Greenup, West 34th, Main, Pike and Scott Streets.businesses_cov Covington Arts (formerly the Artisan Enterprise Center) is located at 2 West Pike Street. The Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center is located at 1232 Greenup Street.

Other Points of Interest in Covington

Daniel Carter Beard Boyhood Home
The Daniel Carter Beard Boyhood Home is a National Historic Landmark and is located in the Riverside Drive Historic area of Covington. The home was built in 1821 and is one of the two oldest buildings in Kenton County. Daniel Carter Beard was the founder of the Boy Scouts of America. As a boy he idolized Daniel Boone and he and his friends called themselves Boone Scouts. (This home is a private residence.)

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption 
This beautiful basilica was inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Its interior is modeled after St. Denis in France and features ribbed vaults, vaulted arches as well as groin vaults.

cathedralbascilicaIt is said that the north transept window is the the world’s largest handmade church stained glass window. This church boasts murals by Covington native, Frank Duveneck. The cathedral is on the National Register of Historic Places  and is said to be one the most beautiful churches in the world. When viewing the facade of the building, be sure to enjoy its 26 gargoyles.

Northern Kentucky Convention Center
The convention center is located along the banks of the Ohio River near the historic Suspension Bridge and is connected to the Marriott at RiverCenter hotel. Many events are held at this facility including an annual Winterfair featuring talented crafts-people’s work and Cincy Comicon – a convention for comic-book lovers.

madisontheater2Madison Theater
Enjoy live concerts at the Madison Theater. Built in 1912 and first called The Lyric, this building was the site for vaudeville acts for $.05 a show. In the 1920s, motion picture shows took over for entertainment with a $.30 admission ticket. Now, the theater is home to live rock performers.


A bronze Abraham Lincoln statue stands in front of the Kenton County Library. The statue reads, “I shall prepare myself. Someday my chance will come.”

Covington Breweries

Covington was home to several breweries during the 1800s: Covington Lager Beer Brewery,  Philipp Jung Brewery Company, The John Brenner Brewing Company, Heidelberg Brewery, The Covington Brewery as well as the iconic Bavarian Brewing Company (that was located on Pike Street and later expanded onto 12th Street).

bavarianbreweryAt one point, this latter brewery battled it out with Anheuser-Bush over the name Bush Bavarian Beer. The local company won to protect its name rights. The Bavarian Brewing Company closed in 1966 and the property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 when it was rehabilitated. The building has operated as Party Source and Jillian’s nightclub. Read more about historic Covington breweries here.

braxtonbreweryToday, enjoy a local brew while in Covington at the Braxton Brewing Company.


Red Bikes and Trolleys
Covington residents enjoy the Southbank Shuttle Trolley that travels from Newport, Covington and downtown Cincinnati. The trolley stops every 15 minutes and costs one dollar. See the route here.

redbikesjpgThere are also six Red Bike stations that share stations in Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati.

For those who enjoy taking the bus. the TANK (Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky) provides service between Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati.

Covington is conveniently located near downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge creates a quick link across the Ohio River. This bridge is a National Historic Landmark and a National Civic Engineering Landmark.

There are many local business located in Covington. From restaurants to coffee shops to tattoo parlors.



Little-Known Covington Facts

Haven Gillespie is a Covington native who wrote the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.  There is a marker for him located in Goebel Park on Philadelphia Street.

One Fortune 500 company is based in Covington: Ashland, Inc is located in the RiverCenter Complex.



Glier’s Goetta (with originals from Hanover, Germany) is the largest goetta producer in the area with over one million pounds yearly. This company hosts an annual Glier’s Goettafest at nearby Newport on the Levee.

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Photo credits: Sibcy Cline Photography Department.