Cincinnati’s largest magic museum, the Salon de Magie, is buried 83 feet beneath the Goshen estate of baking company CEO Ken Klosterman. Touted by no less than Smithsonian magazine as the world’s largest collection of materials on prestidigitation and witchcraft, the treasure trove includes thousands of magic tricks, pieces of memorabilia, Houdini’s personal library, and the expected secret panels and trap doors. Visitors here have included Night Court’s Harry Anderson, David Copperfield, Harry Blackstone and Penn & Teller. It will take you some sleight-of-hand to get into this private museum, but one way is to volunteer now for Klosterman’s annual August fund-raiser “Abracadabra!” at the Playhouse. Klosterman has been said to throw a party for supporters ‘round then. www.salondemagie.com.
Need to get back to nature? Try a trip to the oft-overlooked Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum in Indian Hill. The 9-acre arboretum was created in 1926 by Stanley and Dorothy Rowe, who wanted to grow every possible tree and plant that could live in the Cincinnati climate. The first trees installed were Red Oak, European Larch, White Pine and Scotch Pine. Over the years of trial-and-error plantings, the Rowes’ hobby grew to an accumulation of more than 4,000 shrubs and trees.4600 Muchmore Road, Village of Indian Hill. Open dawn to dusk daily. (Dogs on a leash welcome, but please remove droppings.) Free. (513) 561-5151.
June is a great time to visit Findlay Market, before it gets into sweaty weather. The market house has one long east-west aisle running between gleaming glass and chrome food cases, filled with delicacies that make for a great lunch stop. Visit Kroeger & Sons Choice Meats (513-651-5543), Mike’s Meats (513-241-5386), J.E. Gibbs Cheese & Sausage (513-421-7459), Herbs & Spice and Everything Nice (513-421-4800) or Aunt Flora’s Healthy Down Home Diner (513-921-7437).Findlay Market, Elder and Elm streets, Over-the-Rhine. (513) 665-4839 or www.findlaymarket.org.