Local Oktoberfests for 2020

Oktoberfest in August? Yes. Our local Oktoberfests begin in August and run through October. Put on your lederhosen and plan on enjoying German music, food and entertainment at one of them.

For 2020, many traditional Oktoberfests have been cancelled. (See the list at the bottom.) Even the original Oktoberfest in Munich is cancelled this year.

Before heading out the door to a festival, please check to make sure it has not been cancelled due to COVID-19. Plan to be socially distanced at these public events.


Here is our list of local Oktoberfests throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Southeastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky in order by date:

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest
August 9, 2020
4290 Dry Ridge Road in Colerain Township, Cincinnati, Ohio

Germanfest Picnic LITE
August 14–15, 2020
Riverscape MetroPark at 111 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton, Ohio
Order your German meal ahead of time and enjoy it at your favorite park or at home! (2021 picnic dates: August 13–15)

Oktoberfest Sign

Springboro Oktoberfest
September 10–11, 2020 – no public festival –Take-out food to go!
Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 West Mill Street, Springboro, Ohio
Order your German meal to enjoy in your private Oktoberfest this year.

Batesville, Indiana Oktoberfest Street Festival
September 11–12, 2020
35 S. Main St., Batesville, Indiana
Live music and a beer garden

Oktoberfest Banners

Osgood’s 6th Annual Bricktoberfest
September 19, 2020
Osgood, Indiana
Smoked BBQ, live entertainment, beer and wine garden (not a true Oktoberfest!)

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
September 18–27, 2020 – virtual
In Za Haus – a do-it-yourself party! Order Oktoberfest packs and celebrate at home. There will also be polka pop-ups in various Cincinnati neighborhoods. Various restaurants will also be celebrating Oktoberfest Zinzinnati at their locations

Newport Oktoberfest
September 25–27, 2020
Newport, Kentucky riverfront
It’s a German tradition with food, drink and more!
Streudel

St. Agnes Parish’s Oktoberfest
September 2020? – please confirm – check website (8/24/2020)
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, Kentucky
Rides, food and live music

St. Cecilia Oktoberfest Oakley
September 26, 2020 – need to confirm (08/26/2020)
3105 Madison Road, Oakley, Cincinnati, Ohio
German music, food and dancing

Oktoberfest

St. Leon Oktoberfest
October 2–3, 2020
St. Joseph American Legion Post 464, 28866 Post 464 road, Brookville (St. Leon), Indiana
German food, beer games and a pie auction! Pork chop dinner on Saturday evening. 812-407-0455

Lebanon Oktoberfest
October 10, 2020
Downtown Lebanon, Ohio


Cancelled Oktoberfests:

Germania Society Oktoberfest
Postponed until August 28–29, 2021
3529 W. Kemper Road in Cincinnati, Ohio
Let the German festivities begin!

Germantown Pretzel Festival
Cancelled for 2020
Historic Germantown, Ohio
Not an Oktoberfest – best still German!

Liberty Home German Society Oktoberfest
Cancelled for 2020
2361 Hamilton-Cleves Hwy., Hamilton/Ross, Ohio
German food, beer, rides and more!

Maysville Oktoberfest
Postponed until 2021
Downtown Maysville, Kentucky
Tradition music, folk dancing, German bier and cuisine. Enjoy the parade!

New Vienna Oktoberfest
Cancelled for 2020
New Vienna, Ohio
German….everything! Beer, brats and polka

Oaktoberfest
Cancelled for 2020
Oakley Square on Madison Road, Cincinnati, Oho
Beer and entertainment!

Oktoberfest – Aurora
Cancelled for 2020
Second and Main Streets, Aurora, Indiana
Dancing on Main Oktoberfest style

Oktoberfest – The Dayton Art Institute
Cancelled for 2020
Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton, Ohio

Old Milford Oktoberfest
Assume cancelled for 2020
Little Miami Brewing Company at 208 Mill Street, Milford, Ohio
Live music, food, beer and games – a la German style.

Sister Cities of Vandalia Oktoberfest
Cancelled for 2020
Vandalia Sports Complex on Stonequarry Road in Vandalia, Ohio
Live music and lots of German food

St. Jude Oktoberfest Bridgetown
Cancelled for 2020
5924 Bridgetown Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Music, games, rides and food

Saint Timothy Parish Oktoberfest
Cancelled for 2020
10272 US 42 at Union, Kentucky
Rides, games, live music and food!

Westseite Brauen Oktoberfest
Assume cancelled for 2020
West Side Brewing at 3044 Harrison Ave., (Westwood), Cincinnati, Ohio
Live music, food trucks and more

Updated: August 26, 2020

Where to Find Local Sunflower Fields

SunflowersThe sunflower – such a beautiful thing from Mother Nature. When you view a field of them, it is simply magical to see a sea of yellow. This summer be sure to grab your camera and head to a local field to capture their wonderfulness.

Sunflower fun facts: Each sunflower can contain anywhere from 1000 to 2000 seeds. Sunflowers turn with the sun when in the budding stage. And, the tallest sunflower on record was 30-feet tall!

Here’s our list of nearby sunflower fields to visit:

Near Cincinnati, Ohio

Blooms and Berries Farm Market
9669 S. St. Rt. 48, Loveland, Ohio
Sunflower fields will be ready mid to late September 2020.

The Black Barn
1161 W. Main Street, Lebanon, Ohio
One-acre sunflower field in bloom in early August.

Burwinkel Farms
4359 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Ross, Ohio
Annual Sunflower weekends in September 2020.

Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Rd., Evendale, Ohio
They have two fields peaking at different times. Closed Sundays.
Sunflower Festival is October 3–4, 2020

Meade Historic Preserve
11887 N Lebanon Rd,  (Symmes Township) Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the pathway through the sunflowers

Mounts Park 
4851 Stubbs Mill Rd., Hamilton Township, Ohio
Sunflower field blooms in September. Follow on Facebook.

Natorp’s in Mason
Across from Cottell Park at the corner of Snider Road and Irwin Simpson in Deefield Township, (Cincinnati), Ohio
Sunflower field is usually in bloom in August

Note: The Arts Alliance and Cincinnati Art Museum is having a sunflower art event at Cottell Park on August 15 (10am–2pm) and will be featuring sunflower still-life displays throughout the park.

Niederman Family Farm
5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Rd, Liberty Twp., Ohio
Sunflower fields should be ready in September

Schappacher Farm
3068 W. SR 73, Wilmington, Ohio
Follow on Facebook. Flower fields in September.



Near Northern Kentucky

Evans Orchard and Cider Mill
198 Stone Rd., Georgetown, Kentucky (one-hour drive)
The fields are open until August 18, 2020

Kalon’s Korner
3220 Clear Creek Rd.. Nicholasville, Kentucky (This is a 2-hour drive just south of Lexington)
This farm is worth the drive! Loads of sunflowers! You need to attend a public event – the farm is private otherwise.

Red Sunflower Farm
5043 Webster Road, Independence, Kentucky
Sunflowers are blooming the first two weeks in August. Visitors permitted on August 9 and 16, 2020. Follow on Facebook.

Vogel Farm
5380 Four Mile Rd., Melbourne, Kentucky
They grow sunflowers during the summer. Follow the farm on Facebook.


Near Dayton and Springfield, Ohio

Clark County Sunflower Field
Near the bike path at West Euclid and Grand Avenues, Springfield, Ohio.
Fives acres of sunflowers!

Holes Creek Park
8575 Yankee Street, Centerville, Ohio

JK Orchard and Farm
1345 Lutz Road, Lima, Ohio
September 12–13, 2020
Website

Morris Reserve 
3151 Lower Bellbrook Rd., Bellbrook, Ohio
Prairie field includes some sunflowers and other wild flowers. This is a self-sustained area – sunflowers are not planted. (The reserve had a super bloom in summer 2019 – that did not happen this year.)

Possum Creek Metro Park
4790 Frytown Rd., Dayton, Ohio
A pathway is cut through the flower field – it’s very scenic!

Wenger’s Produce
3836 County Road 29, West Liberty, Ohio
The field is located on Township Road 166 near a raspberry field. Blooms usually in September.

Yellow Springs
Not planted for 2020 due to Covid-19. White Hall Farm – a Tecumseh Land Trust. Field is along US 68 between the Yellow Springs and Young’s Hersey Dairy. Note: this is private property. Usually 400,000 sunflowers are found in the field.


Near Southeastern Indiana

Barn at Helm
5544 Helm Road, Williamsburg, Indiana (near Richmond)
Sunflower Saturdays. Follow on Facebook.

Cornucopia Farm
5444 N. Rutherford Hollow Rd., Scottsburg, Indiana (This will be a 2.5-hour drive.)
Sunflower Experience – September 12, 2020 Three acres of sunflowers to enjoy. Follow updates on Facebook.

Golliher Farms
17474 W. Hunnicut Road, Cambridge City, Indiana (This will be a 2.5-hour drive.)
75,000 sunflowers planted.  Blooms in August.

Greystone Farm 
15412 Wilson Creek Rd, Lawrenceburg, Indiana – Need to confirm
Follow on Facebook

P&D Flower Farm
7749 E. 1000 N., Indianapolis, Indiana (This will be a 2-hour drive.)
Enjoy the field. Pick flowers at the farm, too. Follow on Facebook.

Spencer’s Farm
7177 E. 161st Street, Noblesville, Indiana (This will be a 2.5-hour drive.)
Large sunflower field and you-pick sunflower area, too.

Stuckey Farm
19975 Hamilton Boone Road, Sheridan, Indiana (This will be a 2.5-hour drive.)
Annual Sunflower Festival (September 5, 6 and 7, 2020). Pre-order tickets.

Tuttle Orchards
5717 N. 300 W., Greenfield, Indiana (This will be a 2-hour drive.)
Four acres of flowers – walk along a one-way path for the Sunflower Trail. Advance tickets required.

Have we missed any fields? Please let us know! sknabe@sibcycline.com

Your House Is Ready to Sell – But How about the Landscaping?

Curb appeal helps to make a strong, first impression when selling your home.  The “outside property” is an extension of your home and is a signal for what the interior of your home is going to look like. If you are thinking about selling, make sure your home’s landscaping looks fresh and inviting. Here are 10 tips to help make your landscaping look its best:

Mulch
Freshly applied mulch in garden beds does wonders for a yard. This is an economic and instant way to spruce up your landscaping to appeal to home buyers.

Plant Annuals
Annual flowers create instant color in the landscaping. Several flats of flowers are not expensive and you can either have a monochromatic look with similarly hued flowers or add splashes of several colors. You don’t need to go overboard with the flowers – just enough to add color and interest.

Perennials
If you have perennial plants, make sure they look as good as they should. If there is an overgrowth of plants, consider removing some (and then placing them in a decorative pot.) Remove dead and dying plants.

Outdoor Containers
Outdoor containers can add drama to the entryway of your home. You can make up your own containers or purchase them pre-planted. If you already own decorative containers, make sure they are clean and in good shape.

Lawn
The lawn needs to be in good shape when selling. Mowing will be a priority as overgrown grass will detract from your home’s appeal. Edging the lawn is an extra effort, but will make it look very tidy. Remember, a healthy, nurtured lawn is big plus to home buyers.

Clean Up
Be sure to clean up any leaves, weeds, twigs and overgrowth. Shrubs should be pruned and trim. Overgrowth is considered to be a sign of neglect. Trash cans and garden tools should be placed in an organized fashion. Stow outside toys neatly away.

Hardscaping
Stepping stones, gravel and other types of path liners add elegance and will give your yard character and depth.

Driveway/Walkways
Inspect your driveway to see if it needs to be patched. Be sure to power wash the drive and walkways.

Lighting
Outdoor lighting adds drama at dusk. You can purchase LED battery-operated lights that do not cost a fortune. These lights will add “magic” to your home.

Backyard
Clean the grill (or least have a clean cover over it.) Tidy up the fire pit and any water features. Patio furniture including the cushions should be in good condition. Consider “staging” outside furniture for even more appeal. If you have a deck, make sure it is in good shape and power washed. And finally, the garage door should be in good condition and clean.

Need help with your landscaping activities? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can put you in touch with vetted professionals.

Local Home Sales Report for June 2020

花火8Very low interest rates, good weather as well as reasonable prices for homes have kept the real estate market strong even through COVID-19.

Although sales were down in all regions (except in Dayton), average and median sale prices rose  – encouraging news for those thinking about selling their homes.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout June 2020:

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

June 2020 vs  June 2019

  • -7.00% Decrease in homes sold (2,524 homes vs 2,714 homes)
  • 3.44% Increase in average sale price ($253,686 vs $245,482)
  • 7.50% Increase in median sale price ($214,900 vs $199,900)
  • -3.89% Decrease in gross sales volume ($640,303,731 vs $666,238,556)

January–June 2020 vs January–June 2019

  • -8.94% Decrease in homes sold (11,371 homes vs 12,487 homes)
  • 4.81% Increase in average sale price ($234,569 vs $223,794)
  • 6.30% Increase in median sale price ($194,000 vs $182,500)
  • -4.55% Decrease in gross sales volume ($2,667,278,875 vs $2,794,520,911)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors June 2020 Home Sales Report

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DAYTON

June 2020 vs June 2019

  • 6.21% Increase in homes sold (1,624 homes vs 1,529 homes)
  • 5.40% Increase in average sale price ($205,851 vs $195.303)
  • 5.00% Increase in median sale price ($178.500 vs $170,000)
  • 11.95% Increase in sales volume ($334,301,250 vs $298,618,817)

January–June 2020 vs January–June 2019

  • -5.12% Decrease in homes sold (7,378 homes vs 7,776 homes)
  • 7.83% Increase in average sale price ($187,003 vs $173,418)
  • 7.92% Increase in median sale price ($160,800 vs $149,000)
  • 2.31% Increase in sales volume ($1,379,708,002 vs $1,348,494,690)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors June 2020 Home Sales Report

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY

June 2020 vs June 2019

  • -25.80% Decrease in homes sold (558 homes vs 752 homes)
  • 5.20% Increase in average sale price ($217,314 vs $206,571)
  • 6.42% Increase in median sale price ($193,685 vs $182,000)
  • -21.94% Decrease in sales volume ($121,261,268 vs $155,342,050)

January–June 2020 vs January–June 2019

  • -8.47% Decrease in homes sold (2,529 homes vs 2,763 homes)
  • 9.39% Increase in average sale price ($215,600 vs $196,761)
  • 7.87% Increase in median sale price ($185,000 vs $171,500)
  • .13% Increase in sales volume ($544,333,099 vs $543,652,032)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors June 2020 Home Sales Report

Sibcy Cline Realtors Makes the Business Courier’s Top Private Companies List for 2020


The Business Courier published its annual Greater Cincinnati’s Largest Private Companies list and Sibcy Cline was part of this ranking at #113 on the list. It was the only residential real estate company featured in these rankings.

Robin S. Sheakley, President of Sibcy Cline, was quoted in this issue of the Courier when asked about inspiring others in troubled times: “We are in the housing business and therefore, our professional life is everyone else’s personal life. Providing a sense of security has influenced every decision we make. While real estate was deemed an essential service at the onset of the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders, we quickly responded by March 17. While we had the technology in place to ensure business continuity, we needed to provide access, training and resources to ensure each agent and employee was equipped to leverage them. Safety, creativity and productivity continue to be our priorities. On April 2, we hosted a virtual continuing education class dedicated to fair housing, having no idea how salient and timely it would become. Sharing stories and supporting one another is as essential as providing the platform(s) with which to do it. We could not and cannot communicate enough to empower people during times of uncertainty.”

This 2020 list of the top 150 companies combined had sales of $50.6 billion and a workforce of 164,000 people.

Local Summer Outdoor Events to Enjoy in a Socially Distanced Way

If you are feeling cooped up at home and need to stretch your legs outside, here is a list of local outdoor events where you can be socially distanced and still have fun this summer! (Be sure to check out our Summer Outdoor Concerts list, too.) Whether you live in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana, Dayton or Springfield, Ohio – you can find something to do outside.

Please verify all events before attending and be safe with your activities.

All summer:

CMF Outdoor Museum
July 23– September 7, 2020 (various dates)
Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Outdoor public art exhibition

Cowvins Corny Maze at Young’s Dairy
Weekends starting August 1. Daily starting September 21.
Young’s Jersey Dairy at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, Ohio
3.5 acres of cornfields made into a one mile of maze paths.

Exercise in the Park
June 3– August 26, 2020 (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Civic Park at 6:30pm, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Florence Y’alls Baseball
Through September 13, 2020
7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Kentucky
Seats are spread between each party including each side, diagonally as well as rows below or above.

Fountain Square
Through early September, 2020
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Mondays: Trivia Night; Tuesdays:  Fountain Feud; Wednesdays–Saturdays: Live music; Sundays: Singing Bingo
Socially distanced fun every day on the Square!

Hawthorn Hill Tours
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
Advance reservations required.  Tour the Hawthorn Hill house – an historic landmark.

Mt. Adams Historic Guided Walking Tour
July 5 – October 26, 2020 (Sundays)
Mt. Adams Bar & Grill at 938 Hatch Street, Mt. Adams (Cincinnati), Ohio
Sunday tours from 1–3pm (mtadamsca@gmail.com)

Shakespeare in the Park
July 31 – September, 2020 (various dates)
Various parks throughout Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy Shakespeare outside! Bring your blanket or chair.

Washington Park – Free Yoga
July 1 – August 26, 2020 (Wednesdays at 7pm)
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Space is limited due to social distancing – arrive early!

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Events by date:

World’s Longest Yard Sale
August 6–9. 2020
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky along US 127
Bargains galore

Movie in the Park
August 7, 2020
Montgomery Park, Montgomery (Cincinnati), Ohio.
Get tickets before you go!

Movie in the Park
August 8, 2020
Trenton Community Park at 440 Dell Dr., Trenton, Ohio

Pirates Treasure Hunt
August 8, 2020
5th and Vine Streets, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Find the missing treasure map! You are going to find virtual pirates and scurvy dogs!

Rozzi’s Drive-In Fireworks Show
August 8, 2020
6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive-in fireworks show over Lake Como choreographed to a Cincinnati Pop’s soundtrack. Make a reservation!

Swingzinnati
August 8, 2020
Harmony Hills Winery at 2534 Sings Corner, Bethel, Ohio
Listen to jazz music while admiring the vineyard.

Wake the Lake
August 8–9, 2020
Campions Park Lake, Springfield, Ohio
Formula 1 Tunnel boat racing

Reds Baseball Camps
August 11–13, 2020 
Reds Youth Academy at 2026 E. Seymour Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Baseball training in COVID-19 safety  fashion.

Big Art Party Drive-Thru Edition
August 14, 2020
Evendale Village Complex on Reading Road
between 7pm–8:15pm.
Must RSVP first: 513-563-2247
Celebrate the arts in COVID-19 fashion.

Drive-Thru Pop Up Lobster Shop (in lieu of the Great Inland Seafood Festival)
August 14–15, 2020
Pre-orders taken by August 10 at 5pm. Select a live or cooked whole Maine lobster meal.

GermanFest Picnic LITE
August 14–16, 2020
1400 E. Fifth St. in St. Anne’s Hill, Dayton, Ohio
Smaller event with all kinds of German food. Pre-order your meal and it will be packaged up for you. Then enjoy your picnic in a socially-distanced fashion.

Meteor Shower Party
August 14, 2020
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Watch the meteor from 11pm–2am.

Union Centre Food Truck Rally
August 14, 2020
The Square at Union Centre at 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester Twp., Ohio
40+ food trucks, craft beer and live music

Bacon Week
August 15–22, 2020
Dayton, Ohio
Participating Dayton restaurants will be serving bacon dishes

My Black Family Reunion
August 15, 2020
Sawyer Point at Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio
Food truck rally and more

Rock Piqua Drive-In Concert
August 15, 2020
Miami Valley Centre Mall at 987 E. Ash Street, Piqua, Ohio
Enjoy the modern-country music

Shriners Rummage Sale
August 15, 2020
9730 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
40+ vendors. Wear a mask and be COVID-19 compliant!

Springfield Antique Show
August 15–16, 2020  (+ Septemer 18–20′ NOvember 21–22, 2020)
Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
Hundreds of vendors. Food, too.

Summer Ghostly History Walking Tour
August, 15, 2020
Museum at the Friends Home at 115 S. Fourth Street, Waynesville, Ohio
Tour guides will share scary stories and legends. Book online!

Springfield Antique Show
August 15–16, 2020 (+September 18–20; October 17–18; and November 21–22)
Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ohio

Waynesville Street Faire
August 15, 2020 (+September 12)
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Arts and crafts along Main Street. Entertainment and food trucks.

Cincinnati Burger Week
August 17–23, 2020
Get out of the house and enjoy $6 burgers at 50+ restaurants.

Canines and Wine
August 21, 2020
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio
Bring your pet!

Gorman Heritage Farm Row by Row TO GO
August 22, 2020
Gorman Heritage Farm at 10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy dinner-to-go with an in-car drive-thru pick up

Madcap Puppets
August 28, 2020
Memorial Park at 2003 Jack Woods Parkway, Independence, Kentucky

Cincinnati Celtic Festival
August 28–30, 2020
E. Freedom Way, Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy everything Irish

Shakespeare in the Park
August 29, 2020
Montgomery Park, Montgomery (Cincinnati), Ohio.
Get your tickets for this event!

Cincinnati Jazz & BBQ Festival
September 12, 2020
6111 Madison Road, Madisonville (Cincinnati), Ohio
Music and food!

Latest update: August 6, 2020

Summer Fun! Sandy Beaches within a 1- to 3-Hour Drive

Familie mit Kindern beim Baden am See im SommerThere’s nothing like the beach and the feel of soft sand. Although a destination trip to the oceanside may not be happening for you this summer, we have found some nearby sandy beaches within a one- to three-hour drive of Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; or Southeastern Indiana.

These public beaches offer a relaxing lakefront experience. (Just be sure to check they are open before heading out.)

OHIO SANDY BEACHES

Acton Lake
College Corner, Ohio (near Oxford)
Acton Lake in Hueston Woods has a public beach full of sand. A shower house, restrooms, sand volleyball court as well as a concession stand are available. Pack a picnic and you can grill out at a picnic table in the nearby woods.

Alum Creek
Delaware, Ohio (North Columbus)
With a 3,000-foot beachfront, Alum Creek in Alum Creek State Park is the largest inland Ohio park beach. You will find volleyball courts, picnic tables and snack vendors along with a bathhouse featuring showers and changing areas.

Buck Creek (aka Lagonda Creek) 
Springfield, Ohio
The 2,400-foot beach is found in Buck Creek State Park along a 2,120-acre lake. Picnic spots available. There are shower houses and restrooms available.

Caesar Creek State Park
Waynesville, Ohio
The 1,300-foot beach is along the lake. Changing booths are available. (There’s also a small beach for registered campers at the campgrounds.)

Cowan Lake 
Wilmington, Ohio
The 700-acre lake at Cowan Lake State Park has a 1,000-foot public beach to enjoy. A bathhouse offers showers and a snack bar. There are six picnic areas with tables and grills.

Dow Lake
Athens, Ohio
Located in Strouds Run State Park, you can go swimming in the lake and enjoy the 900-foot beach. Changing booths, water and restrooms available.

East Fork Lake
Batavia Township, Ohio
East Fork Lake offers a 1200-foot beach. There are changing booths, showers, restrooms and a vending area. The park has eight picnic areas with tables and grills.

Indian Lake 
Urbana, Ohio
There are two beaches at Indian Lake State Park (Old Field and Fox Island).

Lake Hope
McArthur, Ohio
This lake is located in Zaleski State Forest. The beach is near the dam. A bathhouse, restrooms and concession area are available.

Lake Logan
Logan, Ohio (southeastern Hocking Hills Valley)
The 527-foot public beach is along the 400-acre lake in Lake Logan State Park. There is a concession area, drinking water, restrooms and changing booths.

Mineral Springs Lake Resort
Peebles (Adams County), Ohio
The lake is fed by a natural spring and has 5.5 miles of shoreline.

Baylor Beach Park
Navarre, Ohio (3.25 hour drive)
The two-acre water park and all kinds of water “toys”. There are five picnic shelters as well as a concession stand.

Old Field Beach and Fox Island Beach
Lakeview, Ohio (northeast of Sidney, Ohio)
There are two beaches located in Indian Lake State Park. The lake is 5,800 acres. There are restrooms as well as picnic areas available with tables and grills.

Rocky Fork Lake
Hillsboro, Ohio
Rocky For State Park has 2,080-acre lake. Enjoy the beach there!

Salt Fork Lake
Lore City, Ohio (west of Columbus)
Salt Fork State Park has a 2,500-foot inland beach. A bathhouse with restrooms, showers and lockers are available. There is also a snack bar. Picnic tables and grills are located within the park.

Stonelick State Park
Pleasant Plain, Ohio (south of Lebanon and Wilmington)
The lake at Stonelick Lake State Park has a 500-foot beach. There are picnic areas with tables and grills around the park.

Turkey Creek Lake and Roosevelt Lake
Portsmouth, Ohio (southern Ohio)
The beaches are located within Shawnee State Park. Changing booths are available along with picnic tables and grills.

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KENTUCKY SANDY BEACHES

Barren River Lake
Lucas, Kentucky (south of Louisville)
Located within Barren River State Park, the beaches have on-site restrooms.

Buckhorn Lake
Buckhorn, Kentucky (southeast of Lexington
Within Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, the public beach has a bathhouse. There are several picnic areas with grills.

Green River Lake
Campbellsville, Kentucky (south of Louisville)
A part of Green River Lake State Park, this sandy beach is a fun place to visit. Picnics tables and grills are available in the park.

Nolin Lake
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky (south of Louisville)
Located at Nolin Lake State Park, this beach is a great place to cool off and relax. Picnic tables and grills are available.

Rough River Lake
Falls of Rough, Kentucky (southwest of Louisville)
At Rough River Dam State Resort Park, there is a breach along with
picnic areas

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INDIANA SANDY BEACHES

Brookville Lake
Brookville, Indiana
Brookville Lake is located in the Brookville-Lake Memorial State Park. There are two beaches to enjoy.  Bathhouses with dressing facilities and restrooms as well as a snack bar are available.

Lake Monroe
Bloomington, Indiana
Two public beaches are found within Monroe Reservoir State Recreation Area. Picnic areas are available.

Morse Park and Beach
Noblesville, Indiana (northeast of Indianapolis)
Picnic area, restrooms and a bathhouse are available.

Are we missing a beach? Let us know! sknabe@sibcycline.com

 

 

Parks and other Outdoor Spaces to Enjoy within a One- to Three-Hour Drive

Family On Hiking Adventure Through Woods By LakeIf a staycation is on the books for this summer, consider day trips to interesting places where you can enjoy being outdoors. To enjoy your outdoor adventure, we have lists of locations within a 3.5-hour drive (of Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana) that will be fun and still mindful of being social distanced.

Be sure to check with your destination first before heading out. Many places have COVID-19 rules in place.

 


OHIO OUTDOOR SPACES

Cincinnati Art Museum Art Climb 
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio (local)
Walk the steps up to the Cincinnati Art Museum. The “Art Climb” has 164 steps. At the top, enjoy a view of the city. (Steps are not ADA accessible.)

Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine
Self-Guided ArtsWorks Mural Tour (local)
Take a walk through downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine via a self-guided tour. Here is a pdf of map. (If you prefer a guided tour, go here for information.)

Fairview Park
501 West McMillan Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 (local)
Incredible panoramic view of the Cincinnati skyline, Union Terminal and the Ohio River. Playground and picnic tables are available. Walk a 1.2 mile loop from Ravine Street to West McMillan.

Hocking Hills State Park
19852 OH-664, Logan, Ohio 43138 (2.5-hour drive)
9,000 acres with hiking and rock climbing.

John Bryan State Park
3790 OH-270, Yellow Springs, Ohio (local)
752-acre park with a limestone gorge.

Mt. Airy Forest
5083 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati , Ohio 45223 (local)
Cincinnati’s largest park with almost 1,500 acres. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, bridle paths and picnic areas. There’s even a treehouse!

Ohio Caverns
2210 OH-245, West Liberty, Ohio (2-hour drive)
Largest cave system in Ohio. Follow on Facebook.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio (local)
Outdoor (and indoor) exhibits with 60 sculptures on 300 acres.

Scioto Audubon Park
400 W. Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 (1.5-hour drive)
120 acres of wildlife and green spaces along the Scioto River. Find  wetlands, an outdoor climbing wall and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Follow on Facebook.


KENTUCKY OUTDOOR SPACES

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
2075 Clermont Road, Clermont, Kentucky 40110 (2.5–3 hour drive)
This 16,000-acre area has lots of “forest giants”. These sculptures  combine art with nature and are large-than-life productions! There are also hiking trails and fields of flowers to enjoy. Follow on Facebook.

Big Bone Lick State Park
3380 Beaver Rd, Union, Kentucky 41091 (local)
Visit the bison, go hiking along 4.5 miles of trails and enjoy the museum. Picnic grounds and play areas available.

Castle & Key Distillery
4445 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 (1.75-hour drive)
There are 114 acres on the property. Tour the distillery and grounds including the springhouse and gardens. Follow on Facebook.

Cove Spring Park
100 Cove Spring Road, Frankfort, Kentucky (2-hour drive)
Scenic trails, waterfalls and flowers are found at this 240-acre nature preserve. It’s a very scenic area to visit.

Daniel Boone National Forest
1700 Bypass Road, London, Kentucky 40744 (2.75-hour drive)
Hike, picnic, boat, fish and more!

Devou Park 
1201 Park Drive, Covington, Kentucky (local)
Devou Park has many scenic overlooks of Cincinnati and the Ohio River. This park has over 700 acres and features trails, fishing lake, a history museum as well as a golf course. Be sure to bring your best camera to capture images of the Big Mac and other iconic bridges, Great American building, stadiums as well as Covington and river overlooks.

Dinosaur World
711 Mammoth Cave Road, Cave City, Kentucky 42127 (3.5-hour drive)
150 dinosaurs roam the park! Dig for fossils and minerals. Follow on Facebook.

Kart Kountry
315 Joe B. Hall Ave, Shepherdsville, KY 40165 (3-hour drive)
This is the home to the world’s largest go-kart track with 1.5 miles. There’s also miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages and an arcade.

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky 40511 (1.5-hour drive)
(Trolley tours, barns and playground are currently closed.) Follow on Facebook

Louisville Mega Cavern
1841 Taylor Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40213 (2.5-hour drive)
Underground zip lines and adventure tour; Indoor bike park

Mammoth Cave National Park
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky 42259 (3.5-hour drive)
Largest cave system in the world! Descend and explore! The national Park has hiking, horseback riding and water activities.

Red River Gorge 
3451 Sky Bridge Road, Stanton, Kentucky 40380 (2.5-hour drive)
Waterfalls, trails and bridges to explore.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
6220 Old Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, Kentucky 40014 (1.5 hour drive)
There is a magical castle surround by a garden full of plants and paths.  Enjoy the English estate garden and wildflower field. Follow on Facebook.


INDIANA OUTDOOR SPACES

Columbus People Trails 
506 Fifth Street, Columbus Indiana 47201 (1.75-hour drive)
See wildflower gardens, creeks, parks and more

Dearborn Trails
Aurora, Lawrenceburg and Greendale, Indiana (local)
Trails along the Ohio River through Aurora, Lawrenceburg and Greendale, Indiana

Hoosier National Forest
811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, Indiana (2-hour drive)
A 203,000-acre forest! Hike, camp, fish and bike!

Indianapolis Cultural Trail
132 W Walnut St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (2-hour drive)
Trail links significant sites.

Monon Trail
9100 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 45240 (2-hour drive)
This trail stretches across Indiana. (In Indianapolis, you can follow the trail by the Indiana State Fairgrounds before it intersects with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail on the east end of Massachusetts Avenue). There are several major access points with free parking: 91st St., 86th St., 75th St., 67th St., 65th St., 62nd St., 56th St., 54th St., 49th St., Westfield Blvd., Broad Ripple Ave., State Fairgrounds.)
Walk or bike along the trail!

White River State Park
801 W Washington St, Indianapolis, Indianapolis 46204 (3-hour drive)
Enjoy the trails, and canal. This park is also home to the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and more.

 

 

Seven Signs Why You Should Sell Your Home Right Now

With a shortage of homes for sale and bidding wars happening on many listed properties, now could be the perfect time to sell. Is the time right for you? Here are seven signs of why you should sell your home:

  1. You’ve outgrown your home. If there are not enough bedrooms or living spaces inside your current home for you and your belongings, now is a good time to think about “buying up” to a larger home.
  2. Where you live is “booming”. Do you live in one of those “hot” neighborhoods where houses are selling quickly and for a high price? This could be your sign to take advantage of the current market.
  3. You are tired to maintaining your current home. If mowing the lawn, gardening, painting and other chores are no longer fun to do, consider selling now and moving to a less maintenance-intensive type of home that better fits your lifestyle.
  4. You have equity in your home. During the housing crash of 2007, equity fell for most homes – but for many homeowners it is now back – and your home could be worth more than you owe on it. Do you know your home’s value in today’s market? You may be surprised and this could be the big sign to sell. Selling while you have high equity is a great way for you to buy that next dream home.
  5. Life changes. Life’s markers can affect housing needs. Perhaps you need a smaller home now or want to move to be closer to family. Changes in family dynamics and work commutes are a few  more reasons that may be pointing you in the direction of selling your old home and getting a new one.
  6. Low mortgage rates. Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows. When you sell your current home, you will be able to afford even more home with these rates. Take advantage of this market.
  7. You are emotionally ready to move on. Moving is not an easy thing to do. Let the guilt of staying in your old home go. Once you have made your mind up to sell, stay the course. Remember, in many areas, homes are selling quickly – that means less people touring your home, less open houses to host and a fast closing. That sold sign in your yard will be your “sign” to move onward.

Ready to sell? Contact your favorite Sibcy Cline agent

Ideas for Summer DIY Jobs Around the House

Landcaping.jpgNow that summer is here, you can put the finishing touches on your home and yard with some DIY projects. 

Repairs from Winter and Spring
One of the first things you might want to do is look at what may have changed about your property during winter and spring. A careful inspection will determine whether there are any cracks in your home’s siding, dead spots on the lawn or clogged gutters. This is a good jumping-off point to start work (and perhaps save some of the more aspirational “nice-to-have” changes for later in the summer).

Save Money with Electric Bills
For homeowners who are worried about the cost of electricity for keeping their home nice and cool all summer long, think about DIY projects that increase efficiency. For instance, resealing doors and windows, or adding new insulation for older homes is something that can end up being worth the investment of time and money. You might be surprised to learn how much cooled air – and, in colder months, heated air – seeps out through even the smallest cracks. Some home improvement experts estimate that there are enough bad seals in a home to be equivalent to leaving a window open 24/7 all year long.

Ceiling fan

Basic indoor tasks to keep costs down might include installing ceiling fans that can spin in both directions. These simple devices can help to raise or lower a room’s temperature by as much as 10 degrees and use far less energy than air conditioners.

Outdoor DIY Ideas
Pressure wash the outside areas of your home (driveway, siding, patio, deck, etc.) This is a quick way to create instant improvement by removing dirt, mud, mildew and mold.

Gutter cleaning and repairs will protect your foundation and siding. Be sure to check for cracks and leaks.

Summer is also a great time to touch up paint on the exterior of your home as well as work on any deck maintenance that needs attention.

And, of course, landscaping DIY projects are perfect for summer.  Manage your lawn, trees, shrubs and flowers. Keep up with weed removal and be sure to water.

If DIY is not your thing, remember Sibcy Cline Home Services can recommend many home-related service vendors to you.