Our comfortable home in Mainstrasse is an easy walk or quick cab ride to Reds game, downtown, or Newport on the Levee. We are .7 miles from the Mariott RiverCenter in Covington.
For the breakfast, the Anchor Grill is just over a block away and serves breakfast 24/7! Their motto is "We may doze, but never close!" With their "live performing" doll jukebox, it's an experience that can't be missed. Best Goetta in the world :)
Located in a historic district, our home, like many around us, is over 100 years old and a German shotgun style house. You would have access to our entire second floor, including the living room, kitchen, your room, and the shared bathroom, with more details below. As many people who want to stay in the room are welcome, just note we only have one bathroom :)
My husband and I are both busy professionals, but love to host and be home on the weekends. He is a public school middle school teacher and part time bartender and I am a public interest attorney/licensed massage therapist. We are flexible and easy going and love company. We have had lots of roommates over the years and enjoy sharing our home.
We have an extremely awesome neighbor/tenant in a separate first floor apartment.
Our guests have unlimited access to our entire second floor. Our second floor includes the private guest room, the shared living room with 3 couches, 42" flat screen television with cable including HBO, an XBox with kinect and games, a (website hidden) chrome cast for watching anything on a laptop or cell phone on the television, and more.
The second floor also includes the shared bathroom and shower, the shared kitchen- in which nothing is sacred, feel free to eat or drink anything you find and store anything in the fridge or use the oven, etc., and our large deck. The deck has a large table and seating for 6 for outdoor dining. We have a grill and a large umbrella for sunny fun!
We also have front loading energy efficient washer and dryer guests are welcome to use on the second floor.
We live in Mainstrasse. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Northern Kentucky. It is the German neighborhood where we still have lots of German restaurants, bars, and festivals.
We are just a couple of blocks off of I-75/71, equidistant between the two Covington exits (192 and 191), and within a 3 block radius there are dozens of bars, restaurants, and shops!
Mainstrasse is charming and unique.
When I go to vote for the "best of" in Greater Cincinnati - I largely find all of my winners in our neighborhood!
No comparison we have:
* the best dog shop (Strasse Dog)
* the best bartender (Bill) at Wiseguys
* the best pizza (Goodfellas)
* the best view (Chez Nora rooftop bar - which just closed in January 2014 and I am leaving it because I am convinced it will either re-open or someone will buy it before it is warm again… it is too perfect)
* the best tomato pie/KY food (Otto's)
* the best burgers (Zola's)
* the best live jazz (Dee Felice)
* the best pierogis, sausages, brussel sprouts, German food, german bar (Wunderbar)
* the best lattetails, fancy martinis, and all around company (Pike St. Lounge), and the best overall inclusive/gay friendly community in Greater Cincinnati.
You can check out our neighborhood by searching for Mainstrasse or by going to the website with the same name . org
The Tank Bus (website hidden) has stops on either side of our house, just a few blocks away, and the main bus transit center is within easy walking distance, approximately half a mile.
The Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington is just under a mile away and easily accessible by car, bike, or walking.
The Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati is around a mile and a half away (1.6 miles) and an easy walk, bike, or on the $1 Tank Shuttle.
We have a mountain bike that Cara used for years for her work commute around Covington and guests are welcome to that bike.
We have two super sweet beagles who are willing to provide attention and affection and play or nap with guests, or stay in their crates for some more quiet time. :)
Cara and Nate were perfect hosts, and accommodated me for my last-minute trip to Cincinnati/Covington trip. The room they had for me was huge, and super cute! They laid-out pamphlets and books with local info to help me navigate my way around town. Unfortunately, I forgot my jacket (during a "Polar Vortex" snow storm), and Cara lent me one of hers during my stay. I really appreciated how they allowed me to be on my own when I wanted, and included me in their activities when I was looking for company. I can't wait to come back and stay with them again!
This was my last day in Cincinnati/Covington, and I ended up going back to Cara & Nate's house for the final day of my travels. It was like coming home. I was very comfortable, and they went out of their way to make sure I had gotten to the airport okay. I definitely owe them for making my trip a success!
I want all my friends to be Cara and Nate! Well, like them, anyway...warm, friendly, smart, funny, and big-hearted. Very involved in making their community a better place. Cara also knows a lot about Kentucky and the local area and took me on a quick tour: the historic Roebling Suspension Bridge and St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (modeled after Notre Dame) with its stained glass and woodworked interior are just two extraordinary places to appreciate. There's the beagle bonus (Emma and Roxie) and Jack the ginger cat in the apartment downstairs. The room is spacious, the bed very comfortable, the neighborhood quiet. Though it got quite chilly (20) when I was there, the space heater warmed the whole room beautifully. Be aware that this is an old neighborhood in the process of revitalization so many houses are just getting renovated. (But if you're looking for a good opportunity to buy, there's an original firehouse next door that's been transformed into living space complete with firepole and a 3-br loft. You'd never be late for work again.) Mainstrasse is the original "Main Street" for the German builders, not only of Covington, but of Cincinnati--many beautiful and interesting structures from the 1800's. Also the Underground Railway Museum and a thriving arts culture along with a lot of great food. Try the charming Left Bank Coffeehouse.
Our stay with Cara and Nate, while brief, was very enjoyable. We were greeted outside by Nate as we arrived at their home. It was immediately evident that we would be staying with great hosts. We were given a quick tour of their home, which was full of character, then given suggestions of places to eat/drink. Their recommendations were fantastic and we had an awesome time. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Great time. Great people.
Visitors should note that the place and the neighborhood is a work in progress. It's not a bad thing as I had a chance to meet and talk with Cara to find out more about her house and the neighborhood's history, and it is remarkably convenient to downtown Cincinnati on foot, on the pedals of a bike, or by car.
Cara, her sister, and husband Nate are super friendly and they are part of a younger generation of people that are revitalizing long-neglected urban and main street cores. The neighborhood is quiet and good for a good night's rest, and it will be interesting to revisit to see how things have developed.
As seen in the countless positive reviews below me, Cara and Nate became more than hosts, they became friends during my stay in their exceedingly charming home in Mainstrasse! Highlights of my visit included a tour around Cincinnati complete with a lesson about the city's history and advice where to live, a Prohibition party, and two dogs that melted my cat-person heart!! If I am so lucky to move to Cincinnati, these people will be the first I visit!
Great/hip location. Clean room. Awesome people and neighbors. If you're headed to Cincy/Covington, you will enjoy yourself from here!
Staying with Nate and Cara is probably the best thing one can do when visiting Cincinnati. I personally had a great time with them. Right from the start they showed great hospitality when picking me up from the airport, although my flight was delayed and we had to work out a new plan. The place itself is great and gives you anything you need. Cara and Nate have two dogs, which people should know in advance before applying in case they have allergies. Besides that everything else (bars etc.) is in waking distance. This also includes the shuttle bus to Cincinnati, which takes you for one Dollar from Covington to downtown Cincinnati. During my entire stay I had nothing to complain about and I would stay with them in case I go back to Covington/Cincinnati.
This trip was really fun. Cara was a doll and really appreciated our baby. Nate took us out for a lovely night on the town. They're all fantastic conversationalists. Very good people.
We had a great stay with Cara and Nate! My wife and I were only in town for a few nights to visit schools in Cincinnati and this was a great home base for our trip. Cincinnati was only minutes away and we loved staying in Covington. Cara and Nate were especially helpful when it came to picking places for dinner and drinks. I recommend staying here when you are in town!