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Mount Adams

If you want to leave Cincinnati without really leaving Cincinnati, you come here. Situated on what feels like a small mountain overlooking the downtown skyline and the Ohio River, there’s something very European about the community. With its narrow winding streets, eclectic shops, bars and restaurants, mixed in with narrow houses and historic churches, honestly you half-expect to bump into an Italian peasant woman on the way to the market.

Maybe that’s overstating it a bit, but Mount Adams (often spelled Mt. Adams) is a beautiful and charming place to live and visit. Department stores, fast-food restaurants and outlet malls don’t exist here, and the entire community is surrounded by the spacious and elegant Eden Park.

Mount Adams was named for President John Quincy Adams, who in 1843 delivered the dedication address for what was then the world’s most powerful observatory; years later, just before the Observatory was moved to what is now known as Mount Lookout, Cleveland Abbe would use the Cincinnati Observatory to help predict the weather. He later founded the National Weather Service.

History can be found throughout Mount Adams. For instance, during a brief time in the early 1800s, it was one of the wine-making capitals of the world, and during the Civil War, two artillery cannons were installed on the hill to help defend the city from the Confederacy. Fortunately, to everyone’s relief, neither gun ever was fired. 

The neighbors: Young professionals with money; artisans with not so much money

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