Plan your next winter getaway in northern kentucky

Whether you're looking for romantic reconnection, a girls' weekend, or a getaway that the whole family can enjoy, Covington, Newport, and Florence feature incredible winter offerings to suit your needs. We're not the only ones who think so -- Wallet Hub named our region a Top 10 "Best Winter Destination" in 2019 and again in 2021

Top 4 reasons to take a winter road trip to Covington

Eat, shop, and warm up in Covington.

hotel room decorated beautifully at Hotel Covington in covington ky

Hotel Covington – Covington is home to the best hotel in Kentucky, according to US News & World Report. Chock-full of charm, beauty, and some of the best cuisine in the region, staying in Hotel Covington is a not-to-be-missed experience. The hotel’s restaurant, Coppin’s, is also on our local bourbon tour, The B-Line so be sure to get your Line Guide stamped.

 

tight shot of shrimp and grits at libby's southern comfort restaurant in covington ky

Covington has the best eats. From the best southern fare at Libby’s Southern Comfort (also a stop on The B-Line) to “Best in the City” Asian food at Kung Food Chu’s AmerAsia to a restaurant that made Esquire’s List of 100 Restaurants America Can’t Afford to Lose – Bouquet (also on The B-Line!) to local favorite Bard’s Burgers, featured on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives, dozens of restaurants in Covington are worth the road trip! In fact, Only in Your State named us “The Best Restaurant City in America.”

 

woman smiling at bar with bourbon

Bourbon. In addition to having 9 stops on our bourbon tour, The B-Line, Covington also has as many bars on The Bourbon Review’s list of Best Bourbon Bars in America as Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. combined! And vintage bourbon lovers are in for a treat at Revival Vintage Bottle Shop, a one of kind vintage bourbon tasting room and bottle shop.

 

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Unique shopping. One of the pleasures of traveling to Covington, Ky. is the local as local gets authenticity around every corner and that includes our shops. From an actual magic shop - Hierophany and Hedge - where you can choose your own wand like Harry Potter, to a unique Sci-Fi and Bootleg Toy Shop – Earth 2 Kentucky, to handcrafted one-of-a-kind wooden treasures at Grainwell, and a wealth of local arts at Purple Paisley, you can find memorable goods all over the city.

4 Reasons Newport is a can't-miss trip this winter

Entertain your senses in Newport this winter season!  Grab your partner or your group of gals and commit to kick off 2022 in style. 

 

A copper column still that's three stories high, surrounded by clear windows.

History abounds in Newport, Ky. From its carefully preserved architecture in the West End and East End of the city to its phenomenal Gangster History and legacy of being Las Vegas before Las Vegas, history fans will find plenty to feast on with a myriad of history tours in Newport like the American Legacy Gangster Tour or a look at the storied tradition of bourbon making at New Riff Distilling.

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Newport is an amazing collection of superb food and drink. From the Best Fried Chicken in the South at Purple Poulet in the historic Green Derby to one of the USA Today’s Best New Restaurants in America, The Baker’s Table on historic Monmouth Street, and of course regional favorites like Dixie Chili to get your best taste of Cincy chili, Newport has tastes for everyone. And when it comes to finding your sipping point, Newport showcases many bars to delight your senses like the epic bourbon collection at Newberry Bros. Coffee’s Prohibition Bourbon Bar (also on The B-Line) and close by, in the historic Pomp’s Tavern at world-famous (and former Rain man movie set) Pompilio's.

Entertainment options reign in Newport, Ky. This is a can’t miss season to take a trip to the Newport Aquarium to enjoy their Shipwreck: Realm of the Eel exhibit that allows guests to discover the ruins of a long-ago sunken ship and explore the mysterious animals that thrive in that environment or enjoy a leisurely cruise on the best way to experience the region on a BB Riverboat Cruise. The concert schedule is still robust for the new PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation and a concert in this new venue is a can’t miss event.

Newport on the Levee Bridgeview Box park christmas holiday

Winter always shines at Newport on the Levee. From a special Alpine ski lodge built on the grounds of the Bridgeview Box Park and unique shopping choices galore, the Newport Levee is a perfect place for family and friend meet-ups. 

Top 4 reasons to entertain the family in Florence this winter

A long weekend in Florence will take you far in keeping your family’s spirits bright.  Not only are there some one of kind experiences to explore, but you’ll also experience some adrenaline-pumping activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained.

Ark Encounter exterior

Bring the family to Ark Encounter, close to Florence for one-of-a-kind experiences built on a biblical scale. With one of the best zoos in Kentucky, Ararat Ridge, and jaw-dropping built to impress scale, The Ark Encounter also is the largest timber structure in the world. With daily events and concerts in the Answers Center and Truth Traveler, the Ark virtual reality experience, there is a boat load of fun waiting at the Ark. 

creation museum

​Enjoy a spectacular day at the Creation Museum exploring exhibits that also bring the Bible to life. Journey through biblical history as you marvel at the Garden of Eden alongside Adam and Eve and so much more. Sit back and enjoy a vividly realistic journey through the universe in the Stargazer Planetarium.

defy florence

After all the sweet treats of the season, you’re going to want to let the kids out of the house to burn off some of that energy… After a few hours at DEFY Florence, they’re guaranteed to have a good night’s sleep!  DEFY is an extreme air sports and trampoline park, featuring a ninja obstacle course, extreme dodge ball, trapeze, foam pits, and more.

full throttle indoor karting

Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained indoors?  Look no further than Full Throttle Indoor Karting in Florence.  Not only do they offer indoor go karting, they also feature axe throwing, virtual reality, and rage room. Plus, their karts are twice the speed of karts at most other places!  But don’t worry, they also offer different karts for different ability levels, including micro karts for even the youngest of riders (ages 3 and up).  Full Throttle has everything you need to jump into the action.

...and there's more!

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While Covington, Newport, and Florence have incredible offerings, don't forget that we're just a bridge away from all of the exciting things happening in Downtown Cincinnati, too.  From The Cincinnati Zoo's monthly long celebration of America's Favorite Hippo, Fiona, turning five to Pixar's Science of Animation exhibit at The Museum Center, and tons of events happening on Fountain Square, there's always more to experience in Northern Kentucky and the Cincy region.  Feel free to browse the rest of the site to learn more and book your stay today!