By Mary Kleffner
Posted On: Jan 6, 2022
Winter in Ohio is one of the best times to pack your bags, grab your sweetheart and hit the road for a romantic getaway. No matter what sparks your interest, a romantic winter getaway awaits in Ohio.
Stay: While Maumee Bay State Park Lodge in Oregon is a great family getaway, it’s also a hidden gem for couples. Each room has a private balcony and the lodge features three large fireplaces, perfect for cozying up next to your sweetheart during the cold winter months. If you’re looking for even more privacy, there are 24 furnished cottages available, four of which feature large hot tubs.
Eat: The carved wood, brass and stained glass within Mancy’s Steakhouse in Toledo exudes romance. Treat yourself to the finest steaks and chops in the region, aged for 28 days using the same time-honored techniques that have been passed through the family. This year, they’re celebrating 100 years! Cheers!
Visit: The Maumee Bay State Park Lodge features a 2-mile boardwalk and several hiking trails. When the snow falls, you’ll see a new side of the park by hopping on the skiing trail.
Stay: Named “Best Wine Country Hotel” by USA Today in both 2016 and 2017, The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton are known for their prestige. Cuddle up the state-of-the-art villas with fireplaces, heated floors and Tuscan-inspired décor.
Eat: Share a candle-lit dinner at The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard, complete with gourmet Italian dishes and specially paired Gervasi wines. It has also been named one of “America’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants” by OpenTable.
Visit: Head to Canton’s The Spa at the Atrium for a day filled with rest and relaxation. The spa offers a couples massage package, with a class stress-relieving side by side 60 minute Signature massage, followed by a trip to the sauna and finished with a glass of champagne and chocolates.
Stay: The views of downtown Cincinnati are perfectly framed from 21c Museum Hotel‘s city view rooms. The only hotel and museum combo in Ohio, this hotel has curated exceptional modern art to decorate its luxurious accommodations.
Eat: Travel to Italy for the night at the upscale Nicola’s restaurant in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine, which offers authentic and delicious Italian fare. If you’re having trouble picking exactly what you want, opt for the pre-fix five course tasting menu, uniquely designed by the restaurant’s chef.
Visit: After exploring all that Cincinnati has to offer, unwind at the Spa at 21c. Featuring three treatment rooms, including a couple’s spa suite, the spa offers a range of treatments that’ll leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated.
Stay: Enjoy a regal getaway when you stay at Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth, which was designed to resemble 12th and 13th century castles. Book your overnight stay in one of their seven hotel rooms – like the King Arthur Suite. Or head to one of the 14 cottages and cabins for a stay in the Candlemaker’s Cottage or Cinderella’s Coach House.
Eat: Start your morning with a famous cinnamon rolls from the daily breakfast at Ravenwood’s Great Hall. You can grab lunch at dinner at the Great Hall too. Or for something different, sit by the fire with a craft brew at their Raven’s Roost Pub.
Visit: Take an adventure to the nearby Hocking Hills State Park in Logan. Hike to Old Man’s Cave and be sure to stop by Ash Cave – and enjoy the scenic sights and frozen waterfalls.
Stay: The realization of Jim Landoll’s dream castle, Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville sits on 30 acres and offers breathtaking sights, unique lodging and fine dining. Unwind from the busyness of everyday life and reconnect by booking a spa appointment. Continue to relax and enjoy each other’s company at the indoor pool or in the hot tub.
Eat: The Copper Mug Bar & Grill at Landoll’s Mohican Castle offers a fabulous dining experience with a world class menu that was showcased on television by Gordon Ramsay in 2016. This casual fine dining environment reflects the unique charm and romance of the Mohicans.
Visit: Experience the magic of Mohican country at nearby Mohican State Park, one of Ohio’s most exquisite natural regions. Take in the cool, crisp winter air at the crystalline Clear Fork River and hike or meander through the hemlock forest and Clear Fork Gorge – even more breathtaking with a dusting of snow.
Bonus Romantic Getaway
Stay: Don’t you wish every dinner could start with an aromatherapy jacuzzi bath – accented by a warm fireplace in a cozy cottage? The Inn at Cedar Falls in Logan sets the stage for a relaxing weekend, secluded in the still woods of southern Ohio.
Eat: A short drive from the Inn at Cedar Falls is Rhapsody, a casual fine dining restaurant located on the Public Square in downtown Nelsonville. Centered in the city’s arts district, walk around marveling at the art created by local craftsmen.
Visit: Head over Hocking Hills State Park in Logan to check out Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave where in the winter, waterfalls dazzle with breathtaking frozen landscapes.
For more romance this #WinterInOhio, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.
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