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L.O.V.E in Cincinnati? 5 Romantic Things to Do in the ‘Nati

Date night may not be be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of things to do in Cincinnati, but think again. (Photo: Getty Images)

Your sweetie surprises you with a romantic getaway to where? Cincinnati? While it doesn’t make anyone’s list of most romantic cities, it’s not as unlikely as it sounds. So before you hurt his feelings by suggesting a different destination for a weekend d’amour, we’ve got five romantic things to do in Cincinnati to make him look like a genius.

A Classic Start

Nothing says romance more than a horse and carriage ride. Sip champagne and view the city lights from an intimate seat for two as you trot past such Cincinnati landmarks as Procter and Gamble Park, the grand Christ Church Cathedral and Fountain Square (remember the opening credits of “WKRP in Cincinnati?”). Clip-clop along the country’s best-preserved historic center: You won’t find a better collection of Italianate architecture in the U.S. than Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district. The details: A dozen red roses always impress, but having them delivered carriage-side is a pro paramour move. Cincinnati’s favorite florist can help with that bit of magic.

Dinner Under the Stars

For out-of-this-world views of the city’s skyline and Ohio River, make your next stop The Celestial Steakhouse. Of course the steaks are stellar and the wine list garners awards, while the ambiance simply oozes romance. Glittering chandeliers and elegant appointments make this a winner on the list of things to do for love in Cincinnati. The details: Reserve a window seat and you’ll fall in love all over again.

Relax into Spa Treatments

Uncork the bubbly and settle in to a morning of pampering a deux. The magic hands of the Woodhouse Day Spa’s talented Swedish massage therapists take you places you’ve never been, Sweden or otherwise. Don’t forget the glow that comes only from an organic facial. And don’t even think of leaving without a warm agave nectar pedicure. The details: It’s all about the full experience here, so spa staffers pick up your morning Starbucks and serve you lunch on fine china. The new “Two’s Company” package treats you and your significant other.

Like Adam and Eve

An afternoon stroll and picnic in Eden Park have been known to rekindle many a romance. Sitting high above the banks of the Ohio River, this lush setting is home to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Art Museum and Krohn Conservatory. Stream the best of Alicia Keys or Cincinnati’s own 98 Degrees as the two of you dance in the gazebo. The details: The Overlook in Eden Park is a great spot to watch riverboats gliding up and down the river.

Baby, Let’s Cruise

There’s something powerful about the lure of the water in Cincinnati. Ordinary things become magical at sunset and even more so from the deck of a riverboat. The views are magnificent and life slows down as you sip wine and enjoy dinner. Don’t be surprised if the music entices you into a little cheek-to-cheek dancing. Don’t worry. The river never tells. The details: Weddings are known to occur on the riverboat cruises so if your plans steer you in that direction, find the captain and make your love official, for the first time or all over again.