Ripley river town

Bringing the boat back to dock in Ripley, Ohio

Sunday evening, Melissa, Kaille and I took an impromptu trip to Ripley, Ohio – about an hour’s drive east of Cincinnati. The sun was setting, the air still somewhat heavy and warm and we were a little hungry. So, we stopped into Cohearts Riverhouse for dinner. I had not been there in several years, so it was nice to be back. I have some fond memories of that town and I was glad to feel some of those same feelings there again. It was also neat to see the improvements made to the riverfront area – including a beautiful new river walk area.

Diners inside Cohearts Riverhouse

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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