“Romance” might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of the American Midwest, but that’s because you need to take a closer look.
Off the beaten path of the major U.S. tourist destinations, you can enjoy the private and relaxing intimacy that Ohio has to offer. Between the quaint Amish towns to the tucked-in nature, you’ll crave these rejuvenating getaways to spend with your loved one.
Here’s our pick of 15 Romantic Getaways in Ohio:
1. Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
Wrap yourself in coziness at this ultimate couples’ getaway destination. Surrounded by the gorgeous Hocking Hills State Park, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls provides the perfect backdrop for a peaceful weekend away from reality.
Enjoy an aromatherapy Jacuzzi bath in your suite, or snuggle up to your special someone by the warm fireplace in the cottage. For full relaxation, indulge in the couples massage offered at the Inn.
If you want to get out in nature, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls has hiking trails through Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave, lined with serene waterfalls and beautiful sites.
2. The Mohicans Treehouses
When you’re wanting to test out your adventurous side—but still in the realm of luxury—you have to try the Mohicans Treehouses. Uniquely crafted by renowned designer Pete Nelson, these treehouses were originally built for the Animal Planet/Discovery Channel Show “Treehouse Masters.”
After the show aired in June 2013, the owners decided to convert these magical pockets of accommodation inventiveness into commercial lodging. Since there are only three, you really have to act fast to grab a reservation. But if you do, the experience is completely worth it.
Each of the three treehouses encapsulates its own theme. The Old Pine Treehouse, for example, is made to welcome guests into a vintage and antique lodging experience. Built from 100% recycled materials, including 100-year-old barn siding and a sliding barn door, this place gives you that rustic charm you’ve always yearned for.
The Little Red Treehouse juxtaposes Old Pine’s antique feel with bright red siding, colorful stained-glass windows, and modern fixtures. And fitting somewhere in the middle, the White Oak Treehouse is draped with grapevine railings and a cedar double door entrance, all overlooking the Mohican Valley.
3. German Village Guest House
Dive right into the Midwest’s Amish culture with this gem. Located in Columbus’ German Village neighborhood, the Guest House offers an authentic, home-style, Amish getaway.
Wind through the cobbled streets of the Village between brick homes and small shops dating back to the 1800s. You can let go of the stress of the modern rat race in this quaint neighborhood where everyone travels by foot.
At the Guest House, amid the tranquility of the region, you can also sample from the owner’s home-baked banana bread, coffee cake, muffins, and granola.
4. Lafayette Hotel in Marietta
Travel back in time by staying at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. Built in 1918, this destination preserves its history with Victorian décor and themed rooms.
The town’s roots date back to 1788, when Marietta became the first permanent U.S. settlement northwest of the River Ohio. During the day, couples can explore the old riverboat town of Marietta and then come back to a romantic dinner at the Gun Room Restaurant on-site.
Previously known as The Rufus Putnam Dining Room, this hall opened in 1931 for only the most prestigious guests. Luckily for modern travelers, it was formally opened to the public in 1946. The Gun Room today is dawned with steering arms, steamboat instruments, pilot wheels, and a telegraph.
5. The Villa Suites at Gervasi Vineyard
Who said all Italian-Americans stayed on the East Coast? The Swaldo family of Ohio initially ran this property as a vineyard, but eventually transformed it into what is now a Tuscan-inspired getaway smack dab in the middle of the Midwest.
At the Villa Suites, you can enjoy the luxury of spa services, in-room yoga, carriage rides, craft beer tasting, cooking classes, winery tours, and a complimentary Italian-style continental breakfast, all entwined in the romantic Italian-inspired atmosphere. This destination is especially perfect for wine enthusiasts.
6. Ravenwood Castle
Is your dream vacation to live like a king? If so, you should consider this medieval-style inn for your next romantic getaway.
The site resembles English castles from the 12th and 13th centuries, and you can choose to stay in castle rooms, cabins, cottages, or gypsy wagons with your queen.
Sit back and enjoy your kingdom while you dine on the inn’s old-fashioned, home-cooked meals.
7. Hide Away Country Inn
Step into any lodging fantasy you can imagine at the Hide Away Country Inn in central Ohio. Praised as one of the top romantic locations in the world according to bedandbreakfast.com, this place offers something for everyone. Aside from the standard restaurant, pub, and spa treatments, Hide Away showcases a different theme in every room.
There’s so much character to explore at this place, but just to give you an idea, two of the themes are “Out of Africa” and “Country Charm.” In the first, luscious chocolate marble, cherry wood flooring, and elaborate prints and linens celebrate Africa’s glory. In the second, you can appreciate the recycled wood of a one-room, old-country church, as well at a Southern-style covered porch with rocking chairs facing out into the 400 acres of farmland.
All the rooms come adorned with whirlpools, fireplaces, and modern amenities for guaranteed comfort.
Glenlaurel is the perfect place to put on that kilt and bring out that whiskey you’ve been hiding away! Well, the other guests might stare, but you’ll feel right at home in this Scottish country inn that serves gourmet breakfasts and 6- and 7- course meals. That kilt will definitely come in handy when you can no longer reach your pant buttons.
You can choose from romantic rooms and cottages, and wander aimlessly through the 140 acres of hiking trails, waterfalls, and nature that the inn owns.
9. Georgian Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast
Join the aristocracy of the early 1900s when you stay at the Georgian Manor Inn. This 9,000 sq. ft. mansion built in 1906 features historic elegance and lush gardens.
You’re a short walk from specialty shops, antique stores, restaurants, biking rails, fishing, horseback riding, and the Marblehead Lighthouse at this destination.
If you really want to impress your significant other, you can splurge for the Georgian’s “Romantic Getaway Package,” inclusive with two nights’ stay, dinner, at flowers in your room.
10. Tarragon at the Inn at Honey Run
Escape from it all at the Tarragon. This quiet hotel offers romantic getaways with fireplaces, Jacuzzis, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
To turn it up a notch, you can upgrade to stay in one of the two private cottages.
Complete with modern furnishings, you can snuggle up to your own private fireplace or swoon with your sweetie in the outdoor hot tub in these cottages, separated from the other guests.
11. Maumee Bay State Park Lodge
To spend some alone time with your darling, you can visit the Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, where every room has its own private balcony. If that’s not enough privacy, you can also opt to stay in one of the 24 furnished cottages on the premises, four of which have their own hot tubs.
If you’re looking for activities, this location offers a wine trail, where you can visit local wineries close by. Near the Lodge, you can venture out to the Toledo Zoo, the Toledo Museum of Art, or take a romantic stroll along the waterfront.
12. The Yurts at Nomad Ridge at The Wilds
Like the Mohican Treehouses, this getaway is one of the more unique lodging experiences for adventurous couples. Take advantage of the seclusion in these nomadic-style huts located on the grounds of the safari park The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. Each hut is built with canvas over a wooden frame, complete with bamboo floors and a private bathroom, just like the Native Americans would have wanted.
Enjoy the tranquility of the nature around you, relax on your hut’s private porch, or sit by the bonfire as you take in the sites of rhinos and giraffes off into the distance.
This location is open during the warmer months of May to October of every year.
13. The Lakehouse Inn & Winery
You know whenever there’s a winery attached, it’s going to be good. At the Lakehouse Inn, enjoy the pampering of a full spa, farm-to-table cuisine, and of course, the winery.
Sink into the romance of this place with one of their many packages for love birds. With the “Romance Package,” you get a bottle of champagne, fresh flowers, and chocolates.
Spoil the beer lover with the “Brews & Chews for Two Package,” including four local microbrewed beers, two souvenir pilsner glasses, and a basket of sweet & salty snacks. My mouth is starting to water already!
14. Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast
Remember when you used to come home from school and your mom would have treats waiting for you and your friends? Imagine the adult version of that.
When you come to the Whispering Pines (even the name puts you at ease), there are chocolate chip cookies, tea, and coffee waiting for you at all times.
Once in the guest room, couples have their own whirlpool tub, electric fireplace, private balcony, and impeccable views. And—this is the best part—if you want a massage, the masseuse comes to you! Lie back and get a professional massage in your own suite.
15. Salt Fork Lodge
Nestled along the Salt Fork Lake in this state park, you will get the calm and outdoors you’ve been craving.
During the warmer season, you can enjoy lake activities, horseback riding, and various campfires dotted throughout the property.
Many families also stay at the Salt Fork Lodge, but for extra romance, upgrade to the private lodges complete with hot tubs and fireplaces, and away from screaming kids.
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