By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer
COVINGTON - A new regional tourism guide has hit the streets.
It features Covington riverboats, Falmouth festivals, Grant County gardens, Mason County museums and Boone County attractions.
The Northern Kentucky River Region sports 48 pages of information on attractions, hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, festivals, museums, historic buildings and shopping in 13 counties near the Ohio River - Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Owen, Pendleton, Bracken, Robertson, Mason, Fleming and Lewis.
A calendar of events and a map of the counties also are in the guide. It was paid for by advertising and the Kentucky Department of Travel.
Information is provided on hundreds of well-known attractions, including the Kentucky Speedway, Newport Aquarium, Behringer-Crawford Museum and Kincaid Lake State Park.
But lesser-known spots are also listed.
Among them: the Walcott Covered Bridge in Bracken County, the Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort in Robertson County and Mason County's Paxton Inn.
Tourists and residents looking for something to do will find the guide quite useful, said Alan Bernstein of BB Riverboats, a river excursion company in Covington.
"I'm a big believer in tourism guides bringing people to us and other places," said Bernstein, whose company is in the guide. "I know they work, because I see people holding the guides in their hand when they walk up to take a cruise."
Bernstein said a guide from the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau also helps attract tourists to the region.
More than 100,000 of the new guides have been printed and distributed throughout the 13 counties, said Margaret Plowdrey, who is handling publicity for the publication.
Owen County Judge-executive Billy O'Banion said he is pleased that communities outside of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties were included.
"We're excited to be a part of it," O'Banion said. "Anytime we can be involved in the promotion of Northern Kentucky it helps us and it brings folks from Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties as well as other places to fish, hunt, play golf and visit Owen County."
Free copies of "The Northern Kentucky River Region" are available at the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the MainStrasse Village Association, Newport on the Levee visitors center, the Newport Aquarium, the Kentucky Speedway, restaurants, hotels and on the Southbank Shuttle.
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