Loveland is located in the northeast corridor of greater Cincinnati, providing an attractive setting unique from other sprawling suburbs. Its 13,000 residents enjoy living in an area called the “Sweetheart of Ohio.” The Little Miami River Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Valentine mailing program throughout the year. Stamped letters sent to the chamber office are specially marked with the current design with the inscription reading, “There is nothing in the world so sweet as love.” Loveland has been ranked as a Top 5 Places to Live by Ohio Magazine and number 6 on the list of Top Small Cities to Live and Work by USA.com.
The only city in Ohio situated in three counties, Warren, Hamilton and Clermont, Loveland is located on the scenic Little Miami River, 16 miles north of Cincinnati. Loveland residents and businesses enjoy a quiet country setting, while still having easy access to Cincinnati’s wide range of resources. First settled in 1796, the Loveland area contained prosperous family farms until the arrival of the railroads in the 1840s which caused a village to grow up along the tracks. The history of Loveland still thrives with an historic district of businesses and residences highlighted by the beautiful bike trail along the National Scenic Little Miami River. Homes range from older, historic-style residences to newly built houses. One finds houses of many styles and price ranges.
Over 100 retail businesses in Loveland serve all immediate needs for food, clothing and furniture. The Historic Downtown district offers charming local boutiques, galleries and cafes to frequent and enjoy. Loveland boasts one arts facility per 1000 residents. Kenwood Square (formerly Sycamore Plaza) and Kenwood Towne Centre are 15 minutes away, offering even more shopping options including Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s.
The Little Miami Bike Trail is very popular and follows along the scenic Little Miami River. There are several baseball fields, basketball courts and tennis courts, along with the various school facilities that afford play areas for children. The Loveland Youth organization is very active and offers a wide range of sport activities including baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and football for children starting as early as five years old.
Nearby golf courses include the private O’Bannon Creek and Oasis Country Club, public Hickory Woods, Eagles Nest and Fair Acres courses. The Normandy Swim Club has a limited membership and there is year-round roller skating available in facilities located in Loveland.
The iconic Loveland Castle & Museum Chateau Laroche welcomes more than 25,000 visitors each year. Downtown Loveland transforms into a Victorian village during the holiday season. In addition to this annual event, residents of Loveland also enjoy a yearly art show, Memorial Day Parade, Firecracker Festival, and Valentine Breakfast, to name a few.
Loveland has several parks to enjoy: C. Roger Nisbet is located near the Miami Scenic Trail and is in the historic part of town and features an amphitheater. Phillips Park, East Loveland Nature Preserve and Veterans’ Memorial Park are three other parks to enjoy.