TOP Ten Local Fall Date Ideas // Cincinnati, Ohio

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1.Dinner and a Movie // Hocus Pocus at Washington Park 

This Wednesday October 3,2018,  Fright Night Flicks presents Hocus Pocus – under the stars –  at Washington Park.

Enjoy this spooky favorite at 8pm – 10pm, pair the movie with a romantic spooky dinner from suggested locations below.

For more spooky flicks check out The Esquire the entire month of October

 Fall Inspired Local Menus // 

Please  // Try their apple aebleskivers with maple & gjetost, their roasted berkshire pork loin with cabbage, chanterelle conserva & mustard. On the Tasting Menus, try the seared summer squash with ricotta, pickled blueberries & saffron, and the toasted cedar & rosemary mousse with quince & pumpkin seed.

Salazar // Start with the CUMIN ROASTED CARROTS, GOLDEN RAISINS, PUMPKIN SEEDS, ORANGES, TAHINI YOUGURT and FRIED BRUSSELS SPROUTS, SPICY PIMENTON, YUZU AIOLI, FARM GREEN SALAD, PEARS, ALMONDS, GOAT CHEESE, MAPLE VINAIGRETTE and definitely indulge in the POTATO-SPINACH “GRATIN”, FALAFEL, MUSHROOMS,  BEANS, and SQUASH, SWEET CORN PUREE

Sartre // Try their decadent Pumpkin Soup – Ohio Valley Granola,  their Crispy Chicken Breast – Butternut Squash Graitin / Basil Honey / Pepita and finally their Butternut Squash Beignets –with Caramelized Onion / Dried Herbs.

Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey// Try their OREGON TRAIL (VG, GF) Sweet Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Carrot, Scallion, Poblano, Bulgolgi Glaze, their COOPER & LEVY (V) Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Fresno Peppers, Tomato, Onion, Carrot, Corn Gravy, and don’t forget those side bites below.

SUNDRIES

Campfire Greens(GF), Smoked Cheddar Grits (GF), Cinnamon Apples (V,GF), Maple-Glazed Pork Belly

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The Golden Lamb // 

The Golden Lamb dates back to 1815 and has played host to some very well known guests including  Charles Dickens. As well as having a significant place in Cincinnati history, the inn is also one of the cities most haunted locations in the state.

It is believed that there are several ghosts haunting The Golden Lamb including the spirit of Sarah Stubbs who is said to haunt the fourth floor. Sarah lived here with her uncle who managed the inn which could be why she has remained there.

Enjoy the restaurant by trying their Famous Sauerkraut Balls // a secret blend of spices, pork & beef roasted with savory kraut with traditional cocktail & house mustard for dippin’ // Order their Golden Lamb Roast Turkey Dinner brined and slow roasted turkey breast, sage sausage & apple dressing, seasonal vegetables, cranberry chutney, mashed potatoes with two-day turkey gravy // Also, try their Hickory Roasted Prime Rib* GF crushed red potatoes with leeks, bacon, aged white cheddar, seasonal vegetables, cabernet jus liè

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Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel //  Orchids at Palm Court 

The Lady in Green is without a doubt the most famous ghost of the Netherlands Plaza hotel, so why not take your chances and dine with her. She is said to still haunt the halls of the Hilton Netherland Plaza to this day. It is said that she was the wife of one of the hotel’s labourers back in 1930. Her husband was killed during the construction of the hotel a year later. His body was never found and it is said that his wife continues to search for his body even in the afterlife. Construction workers who helped in the hotel’s renovation in 1983 have reported seeing her on the Mezzanine level and the Hall of Mirrors.

Orchids at Palm Court // Try the Stuffed Squash Blossom with Mozzarella, White Anchovy, Pickled Green Tomatoes and Harissa // As well as the Blue Cheese Beignets with Pomegranate Poached Pears, Petite Greens, Almonds and Spiced Honey. For your entree try the Roasted Veal Loin // Soy-Ginger Glaze, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Foie Gras, Garlic Scapes and Veal Jus or the Châteaubriand for Two // Potato Mousseline, Portobello Mushrooms, Asparagus and Duet of Sauces.

For less expensive eats, but still scarily good bites still within the haunted hotel, check out the THE BAR AT PALM COURT // Order the The NP to drink, a Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon, Lemon, Ginger, Angostura, Orange Bitters and Sparkling Wine. Then order the “Nashville Hot” Chicken // Spiced Aioli, with B&B Pickles, Lettuce, Tomato, and Fries. Also dive into the French Onion Soup // with Gruyère and Croutons. Dessert? Get deadly with the Chocolate Decadence Torte Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries.

 

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Overlook Lodge //

INSPIRED BY THE MYSTERIOUS HOTEL IN STEPHEN KING’S ‘THE SHINING’, Overlook Lodge is definitely a spot for devilishly good date night drinks. Make sure to try the REDRUM RETURNS // cruzan dark rum, strawberry clove puree, citrus, soda, cranberry bitters, and JACK’S GRIN //  vodka, fig thyme orange simple, lemon, cava.

Also try the Twins Shots-  FULL MOON // peach moonshine, green tea.

 

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2. Pick Pumpkins at McGlasson FARM //

What is more romantic than carving pumpkins together, running around a farm on a crisp day, and just experiencing the changing of the seasons. Apples, pumpkins, and tomatoes are abundant on this farm, and will help you make hauntingly good recipes as well. This farm is where I source most of my goods for the upcoming cookbook as an extension of the blog.  McGlasson Farms  is located in Hebron, Kentucky along the Ohio river, and is about thirty minutes from downtown Cincinnati,Ohio.  

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3. Spring Grove Cemetery // Autumn Color Walking Tour

I adore going to this cemetery so if you are like me join the Spring Grove Horticulture Staff as they highlight the very best in Autumn Color in the arboretum on this walking tour. Wear comfortable shoes. The tour will begin just inside the main entrance off Spring Grove Avenue.

Click HERE for tickets 

Reservations are required and space is limited.

4.  If you’re looking for a super scary date, you’ll definitely want to visit the Dent Schoolhouse, which has been rated Cincinnati’s scariest haunted house. Explore the schoolhouse and walk amidst the roaming spirits of the children that were taken by the janitor that mysteriously disappeared in the 1950s. Open Thursdays through Sundays until Nov. 5.

Other local haunts to check out:

5.  Fall Festivals? 

  • Kentucky Wool Festival on Oct. 7th through Oct. 9th in Falmouth, KY. This festival is not just about wool and sheep, but about the celebration of the fall season — over 100 arts/crafts vendors, live bluegrass music, sheep shearing demos, local farm products, historical/pioneer village reenactments and loads of food vendors.
  • The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival would make a perfect date for craft-lovers and foodies alike. There will be over 450 vendors offering handcrafted items and a wide range of specialty foods. The festival is being held on Oct. 8th & 9th.
  • Don’t miss the Date Night Cincinnati Fall Fest at Burger Farm on Oct. 20th. For an amazing adult-only night that will include craft brews and wine, lite bites from local restaurants, a romantic hayride, music, games and more!
  • The annual Fall Food Festival at Findlay Market is happening from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, October 16th. Enjoy seasonal foods, craft beer, live music, fall crafts, a pie baking contest and more!
  • Looking for a classic pumpkin festival? Minges & Weber Family Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 15th & 16th is a must! There will be pumpkins of course, over 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, old-fashioned games and contests, live music and entertainment and food booths to explore.
  • Renaissance Festival  The air is filled with the scents and smells of the foods of the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy, giant roasted turkey legs, fresh baked bread bowls overflowing with soups and stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent roasted corn on the cob, Bourbon chicken, and a wide variety of fine ales and wines. There’s something for everyone’s taste buds!
  • Check out Franklin’s Fall Fest on Oct. 21st & 22nd! Live entertainment, the Great 4th Street Pumpkin Roll, rides, food, crafts, games, contests and more!
  • Visit Neltner’s Farm in Melbourne, KY, for an old-fashioned, family-friendly fall festival!
  • Green Hills Harvest Fest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15th. This fun-filled festival includes a 5K race at 8:30 am, live music, food, games, crafts, art and a ton of pumpkins!

 

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6. MURDER MYSTERY TRAIN & DINNER 

Join the LM&M Railroad for an exciting evening of mystery and mayhem! Take a one hour train ride where the mystery will begin to unfold as you travel through Southwest, Ohio. Suspicious characters will travel with you laying the clues to the mystery.

After the train ride, passengers will continue on to the Historic Golden Lamb for a delicious buffet dinner and cash bar. Mayhem will continue after dinner as the mystery is solved and the murderer is revealed.

The mystery begins at the LM&M Railroad. The train departs at 6:00. Boarding begins at 5:45.

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7. Queen City Murderinos: Murder Ball

By popular demand for the fans of the podcast “MY FAVORITE MURDER” ….. we are hosting the ultimate murderino meetup for Halloween! Part masquerade/costume party and part hometown murder live show! Liberty Exhibition Hall was Cincinnati’s first vaudeville theatre and is rumored to be haunted!

Dress to impress (whatever that means for you, you know we are all weirdos here) as we will be giving awards for best dressed and for best hometown story.

Rules for hometowns (you know them, fans. Say it with me):
You cannot be so drunk that you don’t remember your story. You must have an ending. Make it local. Everyone who doesn’t get picked will hate you.

There is a cash/credit bar at the venue, but Cash preferred for speed of service!

Pre-Show live music. Dancing to follow. The best time to follow!

Purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queen-city-murdernios-murder-ball-tickets-50541735692

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8. The Mohicans Treehouses 

Rent a treehouse! Bring out the tarot cards ( or I know I will, when staying here) Choose from one of these amazing abodes hidden in the trees and really get WITCHY! The Mohicans is a family owned and run business that believes in protecting and respecting the environment, supporting sustainability values and integrating those values into activities as business owners.  Sustainable design concepts were incorporated in the new properties (all excluding the Mohican 15 Guest Cabin) including passive solar, radiant heat, on-demand hot water, reused and repurposed materials (windows, doors, barn beams, siding and cabinets), local materials (wood milled on-site) and labor (most laborers lived no more than 8 miles away), and recyclable materials (long lasting metal roofs and wooden structures). 

CHECK OUT THE TREE HOUSES HERE 


The “Leave No Trace” land ethic is part of the business plan.  The Mohicans also supports local and sustainable food sources and economies when making purchases and is currently working to incorporate a recycling program (a little tricky when the township does not recycle!)

Awareness and education about environmental degradation and sustainable growth are goals of the owners reflected in the decision to not use toxic cleaning supplies and harmful detergents for linens including bleach and industrial solvents (that’s why our towels are not brilliant white but equally sanitized!) and use of environmentally friendly dish soap, toiletries and paper products (or absence of wasteful paper products like paper towels), and compact fluorescent bulbs.

9. Enjoy Broadway in Cincinnati’s take on a childhood classic – Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens Oct. 23! 

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10. Creatures of the Night Halloween Party // 21c 

The haunting season draws near again and 21c Cincinnati invites you to delve deeper into the forest and be whisked away by the Creatures of the Night. They will have Planet Venus spinning in the Main Gallery as C Jacqueline Wood conjures the visual palette of this Secret Garden Redux. PonesDancefix by HBDC, and Elevated Aerials will spread dance among the masses while Floyd Johnson of OATW: Ohio Against The World launches a new photo booth concept to memorialize the evening.

Costumes are highly encouraged for entry into a judged costume contest with prizes, including a one night stay at 21c Cincinnati or dinner for two at Metropole. The Spa at 21c will offer the grand prize of a couple’s massage for the best duo costume of the evening. Judges Judith Escariot, Heather Britt from Dancefix, Pam Kravetz and a representative of ACLU of Ohio will determine the winners of what is expected to be a fierce competition. No costume? No problem! The Queen City’s elite makeup professionals will be on hand to help you manifest your inner creature, free of charge.

Metropole will be concocting creepy cocktails and a special Halloween punch as well as offering a cash bar. Plan to dine before the festivities? Reservations are available at Metropole, and can be made by calling 513.578.6660. And while Halloween encourages all to be who they please, they still must be 21 to access to what the secret garden holds.

The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10, which will benefit ACLU of Ohio. Must be 21+ to attend.

ABOUT ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-partisan group whose purpose is to defend people across the political spectrum, from minority to majority. The overall stance of the ACLU is to protect the Bill of Rights – even if it means defending an organization whose mission they do not personally stand behind. Founded in 1920, ACLU is the nation’s guardian of liberty and works in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The ACLU of Ohio is headquartered at the Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center in Cleveland and also maintains a regional office in Columbus, Ohio.

 

 

 

 

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