The Buckeye State, boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders. From the vibrant city of Columbus, with its thriving arts scene and innovative culinary delights, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio’s cities offer a diverse collection of attractions. Yet, beyond the urban centers, the state is dotted with charming small towns, picturesque countryside, and serene lakes, providing many opportunities for outdoor adventure, family-friendly excursions, and a chance to immerse yourself in the spirit of the American Midwest.
When planning a fun-filled family getaway or even a romantic trip for two, you’re faced with thousands of options for accommodations. Between analyzing different price points and prioritizing amenities, all while attempting to guarantee a fabulous location and unique experience, you may be feeling weighed down by data. Thankfully, help is on the way!
Let’s explore the best resort in Ohio:
1. Belamere Suites – Romanticized and Roomy
Expansive high-class suits complete with attached garages and private entrances are only a couple examples of the endless amenities Belamere Suites has to offer. Located just outside Toledo in charming Perrysburg, Ohio, the resort wholeheartedly caters to romantic getaways and relaxing vacations. Hungry for a midnight snack or early morning meal? Take advantage of the customized delivery service (yes, you read that correctly).
A European breakfast is hand-delivered promptly each morning, in addition to anything else you may need. Whether you opt for the standard suite or the Presidential, each stay guarantees a king-sized bed, luxury Jacuzzi tub, gas fireplace, custom velour bathrobes, and a two-person walk-in shower. Keep in mind, the Presidential suite does include a mini refrigerator and a private 20 by 12-foot heating swimming pool. As if that wasn’t enough, guests are invited to enjoy various themed movie baskets, chocolate-covered strawberries, luxury spa treatments, or a romantic couples massage.
2. Sawmill Creek Resort – Luxury on the Lake
Boasting picturesque views of the great Lake Erie, the Sawmill Creek Resort combines rustic vibes and luxurious finishes in a stunning 240-room woodland getaway in Huron, Ohio. Each suite offers an open workspace, personalized coffee and tea makers (thank goodness), and of course, high-speed internet access. However, some units feature those extra upgrades we’re all in support of. Wet bar, gas-lit fireplace, or in-house Jacuzzi, anyone?
Truly a community all its own, the Sawmill Creek Resort boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, five gourmet restaurants, a fitness center, a game room, tennis courts, and the lakefront sandy beach you’ve been dying to sink your toes into. Venturing to the great outdoors, guests are greeted with loads of lake fun, from kayaks and jet skis to boating excursions and chartered fishing trips. The Sawmill Creek Resort eliminates the guesswork while providing the perfect pre-planned getaway … did we mention the nearby winery?
3. Salt Fork Lodge – Woodland Wonder
Nestled within southeast Ohio’s largest state park, the Salt Fork Lodge is home to pine-beamed architecture and rustic stone decor. The unique property offers private guestrooms and cozy cottages dotting the nearby lake within Salt Fork National Park. Each standard room is outfitted with a refrigerator, dining set, coffee maker, and DVD player (you’re not totally cut off from the modern world).
If you’re up for a little extra hospitality, luxury suites add-on an expansive living area, microwave, and wet bar to your stay. Case of cabin fever (pun intended)? The Salt Fork Lodge provides a fitness center, gift shop, restaurant lounge, and game room, as well as outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Of course, Salt Fork State Park’s 18-hole championship golf course is another option …besides the property’s basketball, volleyball, horseshoe, tennis, and shuffleboard courts. Can you say, “country living at its finest?
4. Cherry Valley Lodge – A City Haven Hideaway
Hoping to spend those few and far between three-day weekends wisely? Look no further. Located only minutes away from downtown Columbus, the Cherry Valley Lodge offers a modern stay close to the city. From the urban art galleries and eclectic cafes to the upscale boutiques and historical sights, this property provides endless options to explore and experience.
Guests are invited to enjoy a romantic stroll through the property’s stunning botanical gardens or nightly fireside dinners on the daily! As a 200-room, 16-luxury suite resort, the Cherry Valley Lodge offers the modern amenities we’ve come to love. Wi-Fi access, HD TVs, and in-room movies act as the perfect nightcap for an urban adventure.
5. The Villa Suites at Gervasi Vineyard – Crash Course in the Culinary Arts
On the hunt for a relaxing, yet engaging weekend getaway, we hit the jackpot in the Villa Suites at Gervasi Vineyard. From the lush greenery and Tuscan-inspired finishes, the entire property mirrors the gorgeous Italian countryside. It’s a rather boutique location, boasting 24 luxury suites (four per villa) complete with authentic stone fireplaces, expansive living, and dining rooms, as well as high-end appliances in the kitchen, and a shared patio.
To complete your weekend getaway, The Villa Suites at Gervasi Vineyard offer chef-taught culinary demonstrations, craft beer tastings, and trips to the summer farmer’s markets year-round! Yes, please! But don’t be fooled … more traditional amenities, custom spa services, in-room yoga classes, romantic carriage rides, and complimentary Italian-inspired continental breakfasts, for example, are also on the list
6. Cherry Ridge Retreat – An Option for the Outdoorsy
Located in Ohio’s rolling Hocking Hills, the Cherry Ridge Retreat offers luxury living within the great outdoors. One tiny detail: … the property is adults only, also known as any couple’s dream weekend getaway. The property is divided between customized and romantic cabins, sharing common outdoor amenities you’ll crave at home.
Think: scenic views, plunging pools, and outdoor dimly lit fire pits. Apart from the hiking trails within the nearby Cantwell Cliffs and Cedar Falls, the Cherry Ridge Retreat offers easy access to some of Ohio’s best fishing, hiking, and golfing experiences. Might we suggest wrapping up the weekend with a visit to Ash Conkle’s Hollow, or Old Man’s Cave? As some of the most yapped-about spots in town, they’ll be the cherry on top of your stay at Cherry Ridge Retreat.
7. Maumee Bay Lodge – Lake Eerie Adventure
Whether planning a family reunion, outdoor retreat, or last-minute getaway, the Maumee Bay Lodge meets every item on the checklist. Situated in Maumee State Park and boasting picturesque views of Lake Erie, this one-of-a-kind resort offers affordable trip packages and adventurous daily rates (in a good way). By the way, kids stay, eat, and play for free all summer long! If that doesn’t rev your heartbeat, the property earned a coveted seal of excellence from Trip Advisor.
We’re guessing the pet-friendly accommodations, private cozy cabins, and luxury on-site suites had something to do with it. The property’s pro shop, daily operated snack bar, and beachy lakefront views are honorable mentions as well. Catering to every budget, the Maumee Bay Lodge boasts standard suites, deluxe luxury lofts, and everything in between. Starting at $99 a night, this family-friendly resort is one you can’t miss.
8. Chalets at Old Man’s Cave- Cabins and Cottages for All
With wallet-friendly rates you can have a night tucked away in South Logan, Ohio, Old Man’s Cave Chalets has an A-frame cabin for everyone … even our furry four-legged friends! Comprised of over 50 spacious lodges, cottages, and cabins, the expansive property doesn’t dare skip out on comfort. Each suite offers breathtaking views of the world-famous Hocking Hills, ambiance-worthy fireplaces, Wi-Fi access, and outdoor hot tubs.
Of course, there are equally impressive outdoor activities to match. If a horseback ride through the countryside isn’t your cup of tea, strap into the on-site zip line or take a stroll through the nearby cavern of waterfalls. When ready to call it quits, guests are also invited to enjoy a five-star meal at the Old Man’s Cave restaurant or a midnight dip in the outdoor swimming pool … and don’t worry. No one’s forcing you to choose between the two.
9. Hueston Woods Lodge – Best Bang for Your Buck
Hueston Woods Lodge is the ideal blend between a budget-friendly vacation and a fun-filled weekend. With affordable stays clocking in at a mere $65 a night, this property is single-handedly the best deal around. Within five miles of a semi-major city? Check. Rustic themes with hints of comfort? Yup. Plenty of amenities and activities to keep the fam entertained? Most definitely.
The Hueston Woods Lodge boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, 3,600 sprawling acres of space, and is a short distance from the Cincinnati Premium Outlets and Newport Aquarium … to name a few of the nearby attractions. Complete with an outdoor pool, various sporting courts, and endless amounts of lakeside activities, the Hueston Woods Lodge also offers free Wi-Fi and is pet-friendly. What more could we ask for?
10. Landoll’s Mohican Castle – An Old World Wonder
Hands down one of Ohio’s most well-kept secrets, Landoll’s Mohican Castle is the ideal weekend for two. From the old-world-themed classic furniture to the stunning tapestries and authentic hardwood floors, the property nearly drips decadence. If booking a stay at the Mohican Country estate, opt for the Kihm, Thering, or Miller suites. All three boast private entrances and a balcony or deck (depending on availability and location).
However, the Thane Cottage is a must-have for those wishing to turn up the romance … based on the popularity of the private hot tub, of course. Rounded out the couple-themed weekend, the Landoll’s Mohican Castle provides horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides, outdoor fine dining, and uniquely creepy ghost walks through the property. Don’t mind if we do!
11. Glenlaurel – Gorgeously Grandeur
Positively one of the greatest estates in the Hocking Hills State Park, the Glenlaurel boasts no shortage of splendor or luxury. Complete with a helipad, views of breathtaking waterfalls, and various hiking trails, the 140-acre property proves to be on the upscale end of the spectrum. That being said, the Glenlaurel is the ideal hideaway for pairs looking to unwind.
From high-class spa treatments and six-course meals to a few rounds on the Scottish Link golf course, guests leave with a heightened sense of hospitality. Our two cents on the property: request a suite or a cottage with a two-person tub. They’ll be sure to include a kitchenette as well as a private balcony. Add a little slow jazz and red wine to the mix, and you’re set for a lovely weekend for two!
12. Great Wolf Lodge – Resort With Benefits
Family-focused and waiting on visitors hand and foot, the Great Wolf Lodge has it all. While catering to people from all walks of life, this lodge is outfitted with a deluxe design and personalized amenities. The 80,000 square feet of one of the world’s best indoor water parks and the zero-depth wave pool rightfully steal the show … but the lazy river or the Hydro Plunge water coaster doesn’t hurt either.
If you’re looking to make the most of your family time, this is the place to be, and trust us when we say that the memories you weave here are ones you’ll remember far past the weekend. In need of a few fun field trip ideas? The Great Wolf Lodge is conveniently located about one hour from the Toledo Zoo and Audubon Islands Nature Preserve. You can thank us later.
13. Ravenwood Castle – Rightfully Medieval
Planning a memorable family vacation? Ravenwood Castle tops the list as one of Ohio’s most creative stays yet. Located in New Plymouth, the property offers both camping-style accommodations as well as castle rooms, spectacular suites, and country cottages … there’s only one catch: guests agree to journey back to medieval times!
Based on the extensive list of activities, murder mystery gaming events, and one-of-a-kind themed suites, you’d expect to foot a pretty hefty bill! We were pleasantly surprised to discover the world of Gypsy Wagons, king-sized beds, and complimentary breakfasts were more than fairly priced. In keeping with the fairy tale, request to stay in Rapunzel’s Tower or the Duke’s Dungeon. We guarantee your little ones won’t be disappointed.
14. The Kalahari Resort – A Wave to the Kid-Friendly Waterpark
… but don’t be fooled! There’s adult approved activities as well! While the Kalahari Resort is filled with enough wave pools, climbing walls, and zip lines to tire out the world’s most adventurous pint-sized guests, it offers an adult-only swim-up bar (duly noted) and a world-class spa guaranteed to erase any leftover stress. Boasting 173,000 square feet of pure fun, the Kalahari Resort is massive!
That includes the 77,000-square foot outdoor waterpark (there is an indoor one as well), the arcade, fitness center, indoor playground, mini golf course, and a trio of restaurants … in addition to the 12,000-square foot wave pool. Booking a stay at the one, two, and three-suite-ready Kalahari Resort, be prepared for a few tot-sized toothy grins (your parent of the year award is on its way)!
15. Punderson Manor Lodge – The Best of Both Worlds
An opportunity for family bonding or the option to become a shut away: find a resort that can do both. Nestled in Newbury, Ohio, Punderson Manor Lodge is a perfect match. If the traditional English Tudor-style cottages don’t take your breath away, the view of the fantastic Punderson Lake is sure to do the trick. The property is designed with separate living areas, accommodating large families while providing the option for separation. The icing on the cake?
The Punderson Manor Lodge adds to a glorious vacation with loads of pre-planned activities for children of all ages. Between the property’s 18-hole championship golf course, boating and swimming rentals, indoor swimming pool, and pet-friendly attitude, you may never want to pack your bags! A fully furnished cottage stay, Complete with a complimentary breakfast, high-speed internet access, free parking, and HD plasma TVs, this resort is the fully furnished cottage stay worthy of your 500-thread count dreams.