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Mindy Trujillo

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Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park + Museum (Outside and Educational)

Summer is a time for embracing the outdoors, but nothing says you can’t embrace a little art and education while enjoying the great outdoors, right? Located in Hamilton, OH, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is an alluring blend of nature and art.  This is an outdoor museum on a beautiful piece of property with plenty of trees, rolling hills, gardens, and a pond or two.

Entrance to the park.

There are a few options for traveling through the park; my favorite option is to rent a golf cart!  I don’t play golf, but I find driving these so exciting!  Seriously.  My dream is to own one and drive it around my neighborhood.  No joke!  On a sunny day, taking one of these carts out is perfect.  You can rent a golf cart: $20 for the first hour and $15 each addition hour.  If you want the experience of the cart, which I highly recommend, but want to save money, rent the cart for an hour, use the map to navigate, and then, when the hour is up, pick up your car to see the part of the park you missed in that first hour.

It’s fun cruising around on the “art carts”!

Another option is to drive around in your vehicle and get out at designated parking places and walk around. You’re encouraged to walk right up to the sculptures.  Or, if you have plenty of time and energy, you can simply walk everywhere. But, beware, there are some steep hills!  Part of what makes this place amazing is the marriage of art and nature.  Trees, rolling hills, sculptures…when the sun is shining, you can’t beat it.  And, the sculptures make for great conversation pieces and photo ops!

Remind anyone of the Standing Stones at Craigh na Dun? Outlander fans?

There are so many interesting pieces to see.

I’ve visited this park during each season.  In summer, it’s perfect for being outside- take the family and pack a picnic lunch. In fall, you can’t beat the smell of the trees and the leaves coupled with the cool breeze.  I’ve also been in late spring when the flowers are blooming- gorgeous.  If you’re a hiker, there are trails available!  I don’t have any first hand knowledge of the trails, but I’m certain it would add to the experience.

This overlook is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch.

One of my favorite times to visit is during winter for Holiday Lights on the Hill!  It’s a scenic drive filled with colorful lights and if you’re lucky, snow.

Speaking of events, be sure to check out the calendar at Pyramid Hill.  There is so much happening.  Here are a few highlights:

    • July 27th= Blues, Brews, and BBQ’s event 
    • August 16th= Meteor Shower Party
    • September 28/29= Art Fair featuring over 70 artists, live music, food vendors
    • November 22-Jan. 5= Holiday Lights on the Hill

Admission to the park costs $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.  Kids under 5 get in free.  There’s also a museum with ancient sculptures featuring Greek, Roman, and Egyptian artifacts. The museum, which is open 12-5 daily, is an interesting juxtaposition to the very modern art in the park.  Check out the website to learn more about the indoor and outdoor galleries!

I love this Romeo and Juliet piece.

Some of the sculptures are newer than others, some of the exhibits rotate, and some are a bit weathered by time, but overall, the park is serene and peaceful.  It’s a refreshing respite from the stressors of daily life!  Although, my husband would probably argue that riding in a golf cart with me behind the wheel is neither calming nor peaceful; it is, however, crazy and full of laughter! And those are precious moments, too!

If you have not been to Pyramid Hill, it’s worth the drive!

I am a huge advocate of exploring all this incredible city of Cincinnati has to offer and I never get tired of new experiences! Be sure to find me on facebook and instagram as well.

GO THERE (Pyramid Hill)!  TRY THAT (Rent a golf cart, spend the afternoon enjoying art and nature)! 

ALL/ EAT (out)

Pizza, patios, and pints in Cincinnati!

Today’s post is all about celebrating the three P’s: pizza, patios, and pints.  All delicious.  All family friendly.  All perfect for summer.  Let me give you the 411 (does that totally date me?) on a few of my favorite spots to sit down, relax, and enjoy.

Hoppin’ Vines in Kenwood:

Close to the Kenwood Mall, Hoppin’ Vines is a big, open, airy spot both inside and outside.  The two patios are lined with hanging baskets and filled with comfortable seating (plus a television or two for you sporty people)!  While this is not a brewery, Hoppin’ Vines focuses on serving up beer from local Cincinnati brewing talent.  All your local favorites on tap in one place!  It also boasts a pretty extensive wine menu; thus, Hoppin (beer comes from hops) Vines (grapes grow on vines).  Clever naming, right?!  And whether you are a drinker or not, the pizza, served by Delicio, is coal fired and pretty spectacular.  Plus, those dry rubbed wings are out of this world.  Up for a little game action? Try the Duckpin bowling inside the restaurant.  Super fun.  

Little Miami Brewing in Milford:

This is my new favorite place to relax.  Little Miami Brewing is an airy warehouse with a great breeze inside and awesome  seating outside overlooking the Little Miami River. If you sit outside, which I highly recommend, there are picnic tables and Adirondack chairs ready for you.  It’s not uncommon to see people in kayaks and canoes park along the bank and walk up for a beer and a bite; same with bikers popping in from the Milford Bike trail.  A local brewery, Little Miami features small batch craft beer brewed on sight.  Think various IPA’s, sours, stouts, and interesting flavor combinations.  Get a flight to try all the latest brews.  Plus, the pizza is crazy good and the salads are light and refreshing.  Speaking of pizza, I’ve had their brick oven Buffalo Shuffle Pizza, Carlito Taco Pizza, and the Margherita Pizza.  Yummy!  Be sure to check out their event schedule online for trivia nights, open mic nights, and more.  

Taft Brewporium in Winton Place:

Close to Spring Grove Cemetery, Taft Brewporium pays homage to William Howard Taft who supposedly loved a good pint or two!  Taft Brewporium is essentially a big warehouse where beer and pizza are made under the same roof.  The pizza served at Taft Brewporium is New Haven Style Pizza so the crust is thin and crispy- just my kind of pizza.  The Tomato Pie with Mozzarella is classic, simple, and super tasty!  If you enjoy craft beer, Taft features new beers all the time and you can find brews here that are only sold at the brewery!  There are lots of games including shuffle board, corn hole, and giant jenga to entertain family and friends.  As someone who is all about supporting local businesses, I love that Taft, in addition to events like live music and trivia nights, also has summer markets where local vendors set up shop inside the brewporium; be sure to check out the next market, Saturday, June 29th from 11:30am to 5:00pm.  

I have nothing against bars, don’t get me wrong, but what I like about these places is that family is included.  These are local gathering spots where you can sit outside, relax, have a drink (or not), share a pizza pie, and enjoy the summer.  As John Lomax, anchor on channel 12 news said in my segment this morning, “it’s almost like having a picnic” but in this case, you just show up and the rest is provided for you!

If you’ve been to Hoppin’ Vines, Little Miami, or Taft, I’d love to know your favorite pizza and beer!

GO THERE (Hoppin’ Vines, Little Miami Brewing, Taft Brewporium)!  TRY THAT (A flight of craft beer, a delicious pizza, a table outside)!