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.