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“This hilly, Midwestern metropolis keeps one eye on the past with another fixated on its future.”

Your hometown always looks different to visitors. The things you’re used to seeing every day are fascinating to outsiders, which is why Cool Hunting writer Karen Day seems so taken with some of Cincinnati’s shiniest civic gems.

Writing for the website about the must-see attractions during a weekend trip to the city, Day started with one of the city’s proudest recent moments, 2017’s the multi-media free arts fest BLINK, which lit up downtown Cincinnati with more than 60 installations — and will be back in 2019.

She was also taken with downtown’s art-filled 21C hotel, the 163 year-old Findlay Market and delectable Eckerlin Meats, as well as newer spots to find unique eats such as chicken-and-waffles purveyors Taste of Belgium and nouveau French eatery Sartre.

Day also pays homage to some of the city’s beloved cultural institutions, including the recently renovated Music Hall, Cincinnati Art Museum and one of the most unique and offbeat museums, the neon sign-filled American Sign Museum, located in the city’s up-and-coming, artsy Camp Washington neighborhood.

In a tip of the Reds hat to the city’s iconic brewing heritage, Day recommends visiting the ever-expanding Rhinegeist brewery, the historic church-turned-brewpub at the Taft's Ale House or one of the finest, most creative bars in the burgeoning Over-The-Rhine neighborhood, Sundry and Vice. Head here for her interview with Skeleton Root urban winery owner Kate MacDonald.

That’s just a taste of what’s in store for you, click here to read the whole Cincinnati weekend adventure and top picks.