If you've got relatives coming to town for the holidays or you'd just like to get to know the Queen City a little better - then you should check out American Legacy Tours.
Rhinegeist Brewery - it's in the original Moerlein brewery. They have a tap room that we have now added to our list of "things to do" in Cincinnati.
Directly across from the Rhinegeist is the original Moerlein home (on the left). The vines you see on the far left are actually hop vines! The home has traces of fancy that let you in on the historical significance. The building on the right is the former office of Moerlein. It's pretty great to see that Moerlein is now back (with new owners) and brewing again (in a different space).
There is a church on the walk that has an interesting feature as well. This was the Moerlein's church and the finger at the top is pointing to heaven.
I was able to take some photos in the casting room and then of the finished products on the showroom floor. The variety of glazes are so beautiful - it was really fun to see.
Rookwood Pottery is also working with students from DAP to incorporate more technology into their creation process. For some of their architectural work, they're even using 3D printing in the process. This vase though is not one of those uses - I would love that in some bright beautiful color.
The "More Joy" tree is one of their signature holiday pieces. This tile sells for $78. I loved this piece - and dropped a few hints to the hubby. :-)
Rookwood Pottery really is amazing stuff - it's definitely something to aspire to. I know a lot of homes in Cincinnati have Rookwood Fireplaces - it's fun to find out the history behind something so unique and beautiful in our city. We're very lucky this is still here and wasn't bought up by someone that didn't care as much about the quality (it almost happened!).
The Rookwood tour is going on through December 20 - but if you can't make that - no worries - American Legacy Tours has holiday tours and a brewery bus tour coming up! Check out all their tours at their site AmericanLegacyTours.com.
As the title states - this is Part One! For Part Two - we'll visit another Rookwood landmark in the city...and boy am I hungry (hint hint).
Disclosure: American Legacy Tours provided me two tickets for this tour but all of the opinions are my own.