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<p>It’s that time of year when everything's waking up for the season! Start Spring off right with the Washington Art and Chocolate Festival on Saturday, April 13th from 10 AM to 5 PM in Maysville. Held annually to start the tourist season off in the national historic district of Old Washington, this event showcases Maysville's glowing history and local talent. If you've never been before, it's about an hour southeast of Cincinnati. / Image courtesy of the festival // Published: 4.12.19</p>

The Maysville Washington Art and Chocolate Festival Kicks Off April 13

It feels like Spring has finally sprung.

What better way to celebrate than to take a road trip? I know: throw in some chocolate.

Maysville’s Washington Art and Chocolate Festival, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Washington Historic District in Maysville, KY is the perfect road trip from Cincinnati. In about an hour, you can drive through scenic Kentucky and land in the historic district that is home to historic buildings from log cabins to painted ladies, historic landmarks like the Harriett Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum, the Simon Kenton Shrine, the Old Church Museum, and a lot more—with all of the charm of a small town. Your first inclination may be to take the highway. Don’t. Take Route 52, the Ohio River Scenic Byway, so your day trip can be as beautiful as possible this Spring, complete with a trip over the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge, which is pretty breathtaking (and it only adds a few minutes to your drive).

Once you’re there, you can soak in the history, from pioneer days, to Maysville as an important stop on the Underground Railroad, to arts and crafts. Washington Art and Chocolate Festival specifically focuses on art, including vendors, artisans, demonstrations. It’s a great way to celebrate the opening of Old Washington for the season!

Vendors will be available from 10 a.m. to 5. p.m., and each of them will have chocolate of some kind for you to try and take home, from cakes to pies to bourbon balls. In between shopping and chocolate, there’s a bevy of things for you to do:

  • Every museum will be open all day with free admission, including a new exhibit at the visitor center
  • The Easter Bunny will be there for photo ops, and there’s an Easter Egg hunt at 1 p.m.
  • Musicians will perform all day, including Harry Pedigo, Sarah Woods and the MCIS Students
  • Crafts and games for kids and adults alike, including broom making, will be available all day

And we mentioned chocolate, right?

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For more information, go to Maysville-Mason County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, or call at 606-563-2596 or email