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vaticanplum
03-01-2006, 05:47 PM
I need some advice from you Ohiotuckians.

I am thinking of spending some time in Ohio or maybe Kentucky this fall. I grew up in Cincinnati but I have not lived there in quite some time and have never gotten to know it as an adult and I am actually not that familiar with the city at all.

One thing I am considering doing is spending some time in the country (I guess within a few-hour radius of Cincinnati), and I wondered if any of you have some ideas of where people can do this. I have an idea -- and it may be far-fetched, I don't know -- of renting a little house or a cabin on a lake for awhile while I get some work done. There's so much countryside in southern Ohio, but I don't know where exactly and I wouldn't know how to go about looking for that kind of thing (though I have spend an exorbitant amount of time on www.lakehouse.com which is fabulous if any of you have time to kill). Ok, I'm sorry if this sounds dumb, but I have to start somewhere.

I would also like to hear people's takes on the neighborhoods in Cincinnati. There are rundowns of them online, but I can't seem to come across any kind of comprehensive descriptions from people who really live there and can give more of a "real" definition of the neigborhoods. Which ones do you like and why? I'm not really interested in anything too suburban; I'd prefer the city or the country, although I'm aware that makes little to no sense. (country first, but if this is not feasible given the whole renting-house thing, I'd rather be in the city.)

Am I correct in my assumption that you pretty much need to have a car in Cincinnati, even in the city proper?

I know this is pretty general but I don't know many people there and you guys seem to be a good resource on a lot of things and so many of you seem to know the city so well (neighborhoods seem to come up a lot here which got me thinking). I'm just kind of looking for jumping-off points, I guess. I would very much appreciate any help or advice you could give me. For some reason I just had an overwhelming attempt to post the mooning smiley guy here, but I will refrain.

WMR
03-01-2006, 08:28 PM
We've got a farm in Owen County, KY; about 400 acres. Less than an hour from Cincy. Everything is rural around those parts... you could find a house/trailer/cabin to rent in those parts pretty easily I'd imagine.

It's beautiful country.

Dom Heffner
03-01-2006, 10:51 PM
I used to spend summers on Rocky Fork lake in Highland county....it's beautiful out there (near Hillsboro).

dman
03-01-2006, 11:02 PM
If you feel like making a little bit longer of a drive, there are several cabin/chalet rentals in the Hocking Hills/Old Man's Cave area.

TeamBoone
03-01-2006, 11:22 PM
If someone can steer me toward a rental cabin on a lake within 3 hours of Cincinnati, I'd love it!

I'm not really looking for anything commercial... not cozy enough and usually too many people around. We like our privacy.

Currently, when we return to NY to visit family each summer, we rent a really cozy hunting cabin. There's only two... each is on a large pond. It's wonderful.

I would really like to find something similar in Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana.

WilyMo... how would I go about looking for something in your area?

Dom? Any more info you could PM to me?

flyer85
03-01-2006, 11:24 PM
If someone can steer me toward a rental cabin on a lake within 3 hours of Cincinnati, I'd love it!

I'm not really looking for anything commercial... not cozy enough and usually too many people around. We like our privacy.

Currently, when we return to NY to visit family each summer, we rent a really cozy hunting cabin. There's only two... each is on a large pond. It's wonderful.

I would really like to find something similar in Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana.

WilyMo... how would I go about looking for something in your area?

Dom? Any more info you could PM to me?
Hueston Woods State Park is close(near Oxford). You can get a cabin there.

Heath
03-02-2006, 09:14 AM
Hueston Woods State Park is close(near Oxford). You can get a cabin there.

Bingo.

Red Leader
03-02-2006, 09:32 AM
I need some advice from you Ohiotuckians.

IThere's so much countryside in southern Ohio, but I don't know where exactly and I wouldn't know how to go about looking for that kind of thing (though I have spend an exorbitant amount of time on www.lakehouse.com which is fabulous if any of you have time to kill). Ok, I'm sorry if this sounds dumb, but I have to start somewhere.




Thank you very much just for this site. I'm sure I will use it in the future when planning a family vacation. :thumbup:

vaticanplum
03-02-2006, 10:08 AM
Thanks so much for the suggestions, guys. I remember Hillsboro, very funny great little town, but the rest of this is all new to me...any idea where I can get more information on these places? I had no idea there was state park near Oxford, that's rad.

Red Leader
03-02-2006, 10:13 AM
Thanks so much for the suggestions, guys. I remember Hillsboro, very funny great little town, but the rest of this is all new to me...any idea where I can get more information on these places? I had no idea there was state park near Oxford, that's rad.


http://www.discoverohio.com/home.asp

http://www.efn.org/~rick/tour/tx380.html

http://www.ohiotraveler.com/

One of those should at least guide you in the right direction...

westofyou
03-02-2006, 10:15 AM
Hueston Woods State Park is close(near Oxford). You can get a cabin there.
I spent the 1986 WS in a cabin there.

Red Leader
03-02-2006, 10:16 AM
These are for Hueston Woods, specifically:

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/huestonw.htm

http://www.placesohio.com/ohio-state-parks/huestonwoods/index.html

http://www.heartofohio.com/HuestonWoodsStatePark.htm

Yachtzee
03-02-2006, 10:34 AM
How far is Mammoth Cave from Cincinnati?

Blimpie
03-02-2006, 10:39 AM
I spent the 1986 WS in a cabin there.That's funny you mention that...While away on a college roadie, I spent the days surrounding both the 1986 ALCS and NLCS in a cabin in Pigeon Forge, TN. Sadly, I had to be back in Gainesville in time for the World Series.

Redsfaithful
03-02-2006, 11:10 AM
I used to spend summers on Rocky Fork lake in Highland county....it's beautiful out there (near Hillsboro).

Funny, I grew up in Hillsboro.

I'd second dman's suggestion as far as looking into Hocking Hills. Definitely a good way to go.

macro
03-02-2006, 11:25 AM
How far is Mammoth Cave from Cincinnati?

About three hours. Take I-71 to Lousville and then I-65 south to Mammoth Cave.

As for cabins on the lake, how about Lake Cumberland (http://www.lakecumberlandvacation.com/) in South Central Kentucky. The parking lots are full of Ohio and Michigan license plates there all summer, and Marty Brennaman goes there during the All Star Break.

Roy Tucker
03-02-2006, 11:27 AM
Probably depends on how much time "some time" is. We've stayed at the Ohio State Parks cabins in Hueston Woods and Hocking Hills. They are pretty functional but also get a little pricey for more than a few nights stay. Actually, most places that advertise are rented on a per-night basis (or maybe per-week if you're lucky) and start running into some serious bucks for extended stays.

If you're staying for a month or more, you may want to target an area and then look for monthly house rentals.

Adams County has some nice places to stay.

My wife and I spent a weekend here... http://www.murphinridgeinn.com/ . It was a very nice place and we just had a great time. Digging though my links, I found it via http://www.adamscountytravel.org/lodging.htm

And 1986 must have been the year. We were in a cabin in Tennessee on Norris Lake with the in-laws during the WS. I remember watching a snowy TV picture and seeing Buckner's error. Everyone else had gone to bed and I was going crazy thinking "I gotta share this with someone".

IslandRed
03-02-2006, 11:27 AM
How far is Mammoth Cave from Cincinnati?

A bit of a hike... the caves are about 75 miles south of downtown Louisville. (Edited: macro beat me to it.)

westofyou
03-02-2006, 11:35 AM
I remember watching a snowy TV picture and seeing Buckner's error. Everyone else had gone to bed and I was going crazy thinking "I gotta share this with someone".

My GF brought her dorm TV, a little ratty black and white and yes I too was watching that snowy picture and had no one to share it with.

So I ended up marrying the GF and she still doesn't care about 1st baseman errors, but understands that Dave Stapleton should have been there instead.

Roy Tucker
03-02-2006, 11:45 AM
My GF brought her dorm TV, a little ratty black and white and yes I too was watching that snowy picture and had no one to share it with.

So I ended up marrying the GF and she still doesn't care about 1st baseman errors, but understands that Dave Stapleton should have been there instead.


When the 2004 WS was on last year and many replays of the twists and turns of the '86 WS were being replayed, I'd exclaim about remembering the place, the time, the sequence of events, etc. and how unforgettable they were.

And my wife said "I just don't get it, you don't remember what we need at the grocery store, you don't remember when the kids' doctors appointments are, but you precisely remember the events of some stupid baseball game from 20 years ago".

She just doesn't get it. I told her you either have the baseball bug or you don't. If you don't, you just won't understand what kind of events transpired that night.

vaticanplum
03-03-2006, 09:59 AM
Thanks again for the suggestions guys, I shall embark on research now...

TeamBoone
03-03-2006, 11:48 AM
Thanks again for the suggestions guys, I shall embark on research now...

PM me if you find something really private that's reasonably priced. Thanks so much and good luck!!

pedro
03-03-2006, 02:58 PM
I love Hocking Hills. We used to spend a lot of time hiking there in college.( I went to Ohio U. in Athens)

http://www.praktica-users.com/img/pics/je_hockinghillsfalls.jpg

Dom Heffner
03-03-2006, 03:12 PM
I love Hocking Hills. We used to spend a lot of time hiking there in college.( I went to Ohio U. in Athens)


Spent many a day there myself. I'm not sure if it is the one pictured, but my cousin and I used to swim around one of the waterfalls up there. I will say this: those things hurt like he** when they come down on you. You always see these people in shampoo commercials under waterfalls having a good old time but honestly, it's painful.

Anyhow- Old Man's Cave and Hocking Valley in general are great places to go.

TB- We owned our cabin, so I'm not sure of any specific places like that in Hillsboro. I can't imagine it would be too expensive, though, and I'm sure they have them. Also, Pike Lake is a good time, as well as the Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge, Ohio. I believe they are both just east of Hillsboro. A very long time ago there used to be a country music jamboree in Bainbridge and every Saturday night the local talent would put on a show. It was a hoot. There used to be a guy who did a spot-on Freddy Fender impersonation that was hilarious. Not sure if they still have it, but it was fun. If you follow U.S. 50, you run into all sorts of things to do in that area like 7 Caves and Serpent Mound. Really fun.

Redsfaithful- to show you how long ago it was that I spent time in Hillsboro- I saw both Grease and Rocky II at the Colony theater in the middle of town. We also saw a bunch of country acts at the Highland County Fair one year- Stonewall Jackson and a few other no-names. :)

flyer85
03-03-2006, 03:19 PM
About three hours. Take I-71 to Lousville and then I-65 south to Mammoth Cave.

As for cabins on the lake, how about Lake Cumberland (http://www.lakecumberlandvacation.com/) in South Central Kentucky. The parking lots are full of Ohio and Michigan license plates there all summer, and Marty Brennaman goes there during the All Star Break.if it's good enough for a poofy-haired fancy boy , then it's good enoug for ___________.

I guess you'll have to fill in the blank.

TeamBoone
03-03-2006, 05:13 PM
if it's good enough for a poofy-haired fancy boy , then it's good enoug for ___________.

I guess you'll have to fill in the blank.

Cumberland is gorgeous, but my problem is that's it's too commercial and the cabins are the size of postage stamps. More like a bunch of small bunk buildings.

Redsfaithful
03-03-2006, 05:32 PM
Redsfaithful- to show you how long ago it was that I spent time in Hillsboro- I saw both Grease and Rocky II at the Colony theater in the middle of town. We also saw a bunch of country acts at the Highland County Fair one year- Stonewall Jackson and a few other no-names. :)

My parents took me to see Rocky 4 at the Colony when I was really little. I loved the place, they have bands there on Friday's now. Mostly high school kids.

Hillsboro's changed a ton in the past ten years, there are new things every time I go back it seems like. County fairs still a very big deal though - kids get a week off from school.

Dom Heffner
03-03-2006, 07:30 PM
My parents took me to see Rocky 4 at the Colony when I was really little. I loved the place, they have bands there on Friday's now. Mostly high school kids.


One of my friends from Amelia used to play there.

WMR
03-04-2006, 06:10 PM
If someone can steer me toward a rental cabin on a lake within 3 hours of Cincinnati, I'd love it!

I'm not really looking for anything commercial... not cozy enough and usually too many people around. We like our privacy.

Currently, when we return to NY to visit family each summer, we rent a really cozy hunting cabin. There's only two... each is on a large pond. It's wonderful.

I would really like to find something similar in Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana.

WilyMo... how would I go about looking for something in your area?

Dom? Any more info you could PM to me?

TB, I would guess any realtor in Cincinnati would know about anything for sale or lease. Considering the proximity to Cincy, I'd bet they do lots of business in that area. Plus it's extremely close to Sparta and the race track.