Lebanon was voted an “Ohio Best Hometown” in 2012 by Ohio Magazine. Tranquil settings, old-fashioned shops and a main street from the pages of a turn-of-the-century novel envelope the community. Located 29 miles northeast of Cincinnati, this beautiful Warren County town was first settled as a farming community in 1796.
Today, it is home to some of the most spectacular Victorian homes and converted farm houses in Greater Cincinnati. Many Lebanon homes sit gracefully on acres of lush green lawns just minutes away from parks, recreational play fields, tennis courts, swimming, harness racing and a nine-hole golf course. Modern conveniences, such as major banks, hospitals and major highways quietly intermingle with the quaint antique stores and restaurants that attract many homeowners. And, of course, Lebanon has modern city services, communications and community assistance. For an escape from hectic urban life, look to Lebanon, Ohio for a change in lifestyle. With a convenient location between Cincinnati and Dayton, you can look north or south from Lebanon.
Lebanon is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 42 and State Route 63, with immediate access to I-71 from an interchange with State Route 48. I-75 is just minutes away. Indiana & Ohio Railroad, a short line passenger train, services Lebanon. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is an 50 minutes by car. Or, you opt to fly from the Dayton International Airport which is located 45 minutes away towards the north off of I-75.
TriHealth Bethesda Arrow Springs is located near South Lebanon. The UC Health West Chester Hospital is located near I-75 in West Chester. Children’s Hospital Liberty Campus is also located off of I-75 in Liberty Township. Other major Cincinnati hospitals are located to the south within a 45-minute drive. Atrium Medical Center is located to the north off of I-75.
There are several shopping centers located around the city: Lebanon Shopping Center, Harts Plaza, Colony Square and Country Side Place. There are also many smaller retail and antiques stores in Lebanon’s downtown district. Be sure to stop by the Village Ice Cream Parlor for an old-fashioned treat. The Golden Lamb restaurant has been in operation since 1803 and is Ohio’s longest continuously operating business.
If you are in need of a mall, head south on I-71 to Kenwood Town Centre with its 100+ national brand stores and Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dilliard’s. The Mason, Fairfield and Liberty Township areas offer even more excellent shopping experiences.
Countryside YMCA, the Beach Waterpark, Ft. Ancient State Park, Caesar’s Creek State Park and Paramount Kings Island Amusement Park offer recreational facilities and fun. Professional baseball and football, and the Cincinnati Symphony, Opera and Ballet are within a 30 minute drive. The city hosts four events annually: Country Applefest, Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade (Christmas time), the Lebanon Blues Festival and the Lebanon Country Music Festival.
Lebanon has over 350 acres of park spaces with disc golf course, dog park area, walking paths, hiking trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis and basketball courts as well as picnic areas. The city offers several youth sports organizations. Residents enjoy the Lebanon Sports Complex as well as 10 neighborhood mini parks.
The Lebanon Symphony Orchestra presents concerts throughout the year. The Lebanon Theatre Company has its productions in a 108-seat theater in downtown Lebanon.