According to Cincy.com, “Beautiful, peaceful and quaint, the village of Glendale is like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.” Glendale is a small community with only 2,170 residents in an area of 1.7 square miles. “Glendale almost resembles a giant park.” Glendale was incorporated as a village in 1855, and was once a “safe haven for runaway slaves” along the Underground Railroad. “Glendale is the only village in Ohio to have been deemed a National Historic Landmark.” There is ample green space in the Village, as well as a slow-paced, close-community feel. Since the village is so small, residents are a close-knit community.
Located 15 minutes north of downtown Cincinnati’s I-75, Glendale is located with very close access to the Interstate, and minutes away from shopping and restaurants in the area.
Glendale is located in the Princeton City School District, which is “nationally recognized for its advanced curriculum and comprehensive programs.” According to School Digger, Princeton City Schools serves 5,336 students in eight elementary schools, one junior high and one high school. The district has recently built a new junior high and the high school will be moving to a brand new, state-of-the-art building in the 2014-2015 school year.
Glendale Parks and Recreation
Glendale is home to eight beautiful parks, including Tollgate, Washington, Summit, Rogan, Lake, Saunders, “Big” and “Little”. The parks provide great places to walk, jog and enjoy nature. Washington Park has recently been updated and is now a highlight of Glendale.
“The Harry Whiting Brown Community Center, located in Glendale, Ohio, is dedicated to sponsoring community cultural and artistic endeavors, promoting and
developing community interest in the arts and humanities, and providing the village a
gathering place for all. HWB Community Center was established by the Harry
Whiting Brown family in 1930 as a living memorial to Mr. Brown’s beloved
Village of Glendale ‘…so that all the people of the Village will feel free to use it.’”
Glendale Special Events
Christmas in Glendale
“Light Up the Square” is something that takes place at the very beginning of December, annually. Santa is present, the enormous Christmas tree is lit, caroling takes place, shops are open and the train display is one you don’t want to miss.
Things That Make Glendale Special
Glendale is home to six historical markers throughout the village. The markers include the “Village of Glendale”, “The Eliza House”, “Tucker’s Station”, “The Cincinnati and Hamilton Turnpike”, “The Eckstein School” and “The Morgan Trail”. These markers tell a rich story of history for the Village of Glendale and can be spotted throughout the community as you walk or jog along the serene streets of the village.
Glendalia is “Cincinnati’s first Boutique Hotel”. This unique Inn features six gorgeous restored rooms, one being a 2-bedroom suite. “The Glendalia Boutique Hotel, once a boarding house, later office space, and then apartments, is starting a new era for the village. It has been updated to cherish the old and welcome the new!!” The unique inn offers a culinary studio where you can learn how to cook gourmet food. The unique cookware makes this a unique activity for you and your entire family while in historic Glendale.
The Grand Finale Restaurant
The Grand Finale has been “dubbed one of Cincinnati’s most romantic spots, one of the city’s best steak houses, winner of best outdoor dining, and appointed to Cincinnati Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Everyone should visit this great dining location. They are most known for their delicious desserts, their crepes and their brunch menu.
The Friendly Stop Café
This family-owned café opened in 1934. The café is a cash only, but if you forget your cash, they do offer and ATM on site. The prices are very reasonable, and the food is great, served in generous portions, according to the BBB.
The Blue Bird Bakery
This great bakery opened in 1996 and has expanded twice since opening. Jenny Dennis, the owner, prides herself in being a “from scratch” bakery, which has been her promise to herself since opening the bakery. Currently, the bakery has expanded not only its building, but its menu, so that it serves breakfast and lunch items in addition to the bakery menu.