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Covington and Burlington, Kentucky

By Glenn Arnette, lll

Take a walk across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio and you are in a world of excitement and the Hofbrauhaus in Covington, Kentucky. Back in the days, Covington, along the river, was questionable complete with scoundrels, gamblers and ladies of the night, but today it is the place to live, work and play!

The Hofbrauhaus of Covington is the first authentic Hofbrauhaus in America. Not only is the beer brewed on-site, it is considered some of the best beer in the United States. The decorated rooms are authentic German and it is modeled after a legendary 400 year old Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany. A visit is an absolute must when on the Northern Tour or Kentucky.

After our night in the very comfortable and centrally located Courtyard Marriott, we headed for the. Located in Kentucky’s Devou Park, this museum is set in the historic 19 century Devou family home surrounded by magnificent rolling hills. Here you can discover the history along the Rivers, Roads and Rails over the years of time. This is an “on hands” experience for the entire family and offers continued information surrounding the history of the Underground Railroad. You will enjoy your visit at the Devou Home for Northern Kentucky’s heritage. Since 1950 they have been collecting the material that defines the history of the area.

Next we had the opportunity to visit the dramatic St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. Believe me you will feel like you are stepping into the history of Europe. This is considered to be a minor basilica in the United States, but one of the most magnificent! Although it was started in 1894 and as of today never completed, it hails as a massive structure with its exterior inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The structure is absolutely beautiful and the interior is something to behold. Surely you will want to visit this historic monument.

With the many offerings in the Covington, Kentucky area and the beauty of Cincinnati across the river, we left in sadness and ready for our next adventure as we drove over to Burlington, Kentucky and continued the tour. Just outside Burlington, we visited the . There you will visit the 1841 farm with a main house, outer houses, cock house and wine house and experience life on the homestead. It was our pleasure to enjoy a delightful lunch served in the main house while surrounded by history. Again, there is a connection to the continued history of the Underground Railroad.

What can I say about Rabbit Hash, Kentucky? This was one of my favorite stops along the way. First of all I had to have myself a nice Ale 8 soda and one of those munching Moon Pie snacks then it was time to do a little shopping in their shop out of the past. From the guys along the porch to the Mayor, the legally elected DOG named Lucy; you had to realize that this is a one of a kind location in Kentucky! Located right on the river, this is an absolute must for your travels. The people were extremely nice and the moment was enjoyed by all.

Our final stop for the day was one of Kentucky’s finest State Parks, the General Butler Park with the accent on history and the beginning with the Colonial times through the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War.

Again, here you will find continued history of the Underground Railroad. Located at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers, this Greek revival house is steeped in military history and offers military documents, furniture and objects for your review. The setting is breathtaking and again, worth your time while touring Northern Kentucky. 

I hope you would never doubt that Kentucky, especially the Northern area of the State offers so much for every visitor regardless of age. You must plan time during the Summer to experience all of their offerings.

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