Whether you’re stressed out at work, need a break from the kids or just want some time to reconnect with your partner, there’s never a bad time to plan and book a romantic getaway in Ohio. Those who live in the Buckeye State or elsewhere in the Midwest – as well as travelers coming from across the U.S. – have plenty of options for a couples vacation here. But if you’re struggling to figure out where to go or what to do, don’t worry: U.S. News has compiled a list of romantic nooks all across the state for a weekend getaway or longer stay, ranging from charming inns and unique yurts to beautiful state parks and towns full of top-notch dining and fun things to do. It’s time to take that vacation and get reacquainted with your significant other at one of these incredibly romantic escapes in Ohio.
(Note: Some of the following activities, attractions and locations may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. New policies may be in place, including capacity restrictions, reservation requirements or mask mandates. Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State and local tourism boards before traveling.)
The Best Romantic Getaways in Ohio
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Surrounded by natural beauty and featuring a relaxing salon and spa, Inn Walden is an idyllic place for a couples retreat. The setting is scenic: Inn Walden is located in Ohio’s countryside, about 30 miles southeast of Cleveland. The impressive spa offers individual massages, facials, body treatments and more, or you can opt for the Couple’s Journey package, which includes a spa suite with a fireplace and Jacuzzi. The Inn Walden staff are excellent, according to previous visitors, who commend how friendly, attentive and sincere the hotel’s employees are.
When it comes to romance, the accommodations – all spacious suites – do not disappoint. Many rooms have fireplaces (perfect for relaxing with your sweetheart), and some have deep tubs for soaking. Guests staying at the inn also have access to a golf course and tennis courts and can enjoy fine dining on-site at The Barn. For more things to do in the area, take a romantic stroll along the trails at nearby Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve or check out a local brewery, such as Headtrip Brewery or Hop Tree Brewing.
This quaint inn’s homey touches make guests feel welcome in Ohio’s Amish country. The cozy rooms are equipped with handcrafted beds, jigsaw puzzles, and either a porch or balcony. Some accommodation types even come with an in-room, two-person hot tub and a fireplace. Complimentary continental breakfast is part of your stay at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, as are evening snacks like popcorn and cookies. If you really want to unwind, consider booking an in-room couples spa treatment. Recent guests raved about this hotel’s charm, the clean and comfortable guest rooms, and the top-notch staff.
A stay here also makes for a great jumping-off point to experience the Amish way of life: Couples can catch a wholesome show at the Ohio Star Theater at Dutch Valley, then enjoy an Amish country meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant. Don’t forget to peruse the meat, cheese and Amish pantry staples like apple butter for sale at the Dutch Valley Market or browse the home decor, clothing and more at Dutch Valley Gifts. If you and your sweetheart are into antiques, a few shops just west of the Carlisle Inn might pique your interest.
Sprawling Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio is full of fun outdoor activities for couples to tackle together. Biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, archery and golfing are all popular things to do here. More romantic endeavors for twosomes include horseback riding through the forest, zip lining amid scenic views and the “Sweetheart’s Hike” around Valentine’s Day.
You and your significant other can camp in a tent or a recreational vehicle at the Hocking Hills State Park Campground (provided you reserve in advance) and other nearby campgrounds. If you prefer more amenities, highly regarded lodging options include cozy rentals at the Chalets in Hocking Hill or a stay at Hocking Hills Tiny Houses. The Gladiola Tiny House on the shore of Lake Logan comes outfitted with a bathroom, kitchenette and loft bed – plus large windows to admire your surroundings, an outdoor deck and a fire pit.
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The serene woodland setting and unique accommodation options at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls are just two reasons why this property stands out as one of the top romantic getaways in Ohio. This hotel is set on 75 acres and surrounded by the trees of Hocking Hills State Park. Visitors can choose to stay in a luxury log cabin, yurt, cottage, geodome or private lodge. Cottages feature a private deck and in-room whirlpool tub for two, while the circular yurts and geodomes provide a unique glamping experience. Enjoy a tent or dome equipped with a king-sized bed, full bathroom, kitchenette and plenty of natural light.
As far as activities, couples can partake in spa treatments, go for a relaxing drive or admire the picturesque scenery on various hikes through the state park. Many recent visitors commented that the couples massage was a highlight of their stay. When it’s time for a meal, twosomes can dine or get a drink at the on-site Kindred Spirits restaurant in the cozy tavern, fireside lounge or rooftop garden.
Feel like a prince and princess with a night’s stay at majestic Landoll’s Mohican Castle. Accommodation options include Castle, Highland or Stable suites and cabins – all with jetted tubs and seasonal fireplaces. Treat your sweetheart to the “Romance Package,” which includes roses, chocolates, wine or champagne, and a card game for lovers. Share a unique experience with your significant other by going on a guided ghost hunt; you’ll be happy to have someone’s hand to squeeze while touring Heyd Cemetery.
Ohio’s capital city is home to plenty of romantic escapes, eateries and activities – you just need to know where to go. The quaint German Village is a must-see: You can experience this section of Columbus on a food or walking tour, or simply explore the area’s parks, distinct architecture, shops and restaurants on your own. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is another top attraction ideal for a stroll with your sweetheart. The conservatory hosts seasonal events, and its land is filled with flowers, greenery, light installations and beautiful Chihuly glass displays. For a romantic date night dinner on the town, make a reservation at The Refectory for a mix of contemporary American and classic French food, sit down to share tapas at Barcelona Restaurant & Bar, or savor an exquisite Italian meal at Z Cucina di Spirito.
When it comes to staying the night, Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection, is set in the center of the city and offers classy room and suite options. With cozy rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows that show off views of the city, Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, is another excellent central option near many top restaurants and bars – and just a short walk from Goodale Park and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. If you’re looking for a more intimate stay, check out Harrison House Bed & Breakfast, which occupies a historic home.
The newly opened AC Hotel by Marriott Columbus Downtown offers refined accommodation with sleek guest rooms and swanky rooftop dining. Thoughtful amenities include complimentary sound machines to help you drift off to sleep peacefully. Couples can enjoy quality time together taking in the sunset city vistas while dining on gourmet tapas and sipping craft cocktails at The Lumin Skybar. With a modern, minimalist European flare, the hotel is an ideal destination for twosomes visiting Columbus. Located at the intersection of Arena District and Short North Arts District, this AC property sits near plenty of things to do. Have a picnic in the Columbus Botanical Garden, get your dose of caffeine on the Columbus Coffee Trail, or pick up local produce and crafts at North Market.
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A luxury bed-and-breakfast situated about 10 miles north of downtown Columbus, The Timbrook Guesthouse transports guests to a tropical paradise – you won’t even think you’re still in Ohio. The property is set on 4 acres and filled with tropical trees and orchids, colorful gardens, and an aviary housing five chatty parrots. The Timbrook Guesthouse also features a heated outdoor pool, jetted hot tub, reading room, and the Cozy Commons area with a fireplace and games. Recent visitors said the quiet atmosphere and wealth of amenities made their stay wonderfully relaxing. Several raved about the delicious free breakfast as well: You can expect to see anything from seasonal frittatas to lemon ricotta pancakes on the menu.
The guesthouse is home to just six suites, all of which include free Wi-Fi access, televisions, Netflix, and robes and slippers. Those looking for an especially romantic option should book the East Wing Suite – complete with a gas fireplace and an outdoor patio with seating for two. Up the ante further with one of the romantic getaway packages. Add-on offerings range from a picnic basket to flowers and chocolates, a homemade cake and more.
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Located less than 15 miles southwest of downtown Toledo, Belamere Suites Ohio might be exactly what you envision for a romantic retreat. The all-suite accommodations include a variety of amenities, such as private heated swimming pools, two-person whirlpool tubs, saunas and fireplaces. With the “Romance Package,” staff members decorate your room with candles and rose petals. The boutique hotel also offers other romantic add-on items you can pay to have delivered to your room, such as chocolate-covered strawberries, Champagne, a charcuterie board, velour bathrobes and etched love locks to attach to the property’s Jant Sweetheart Bridge.
A complimentary continental breakfast will be delivered to your suite each morning at your preferred time, and guests can enjoy in-room couples massages for an additional fee. Previous couples said this is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway to celebrate an anniversary, a babymoon or just because. Several also praised the suites’ spacious layouts and appreciated the private indoor pools. While there’s no on-site dining, there are plenty of romantic options for a meal nearby: Basil Pizza & Wine Bar and Stella’s are two recommendations, depending on what type of food you’re looking for.
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Couples can expect swanky cabins amid the scenic beauty of more than 140 acres of private forested land at Cherry Ridge Retreat. The property, which sits about 60 miles southeast of Columbus, boasts six luxury romantic cabins with views of the woods or water. Each cabin has a distinct look and amenities, but all are equipped with kitchens, private hot tubs, outdoor fire pits and Aveda bath products. Ravine’s Edge is a darling stone and stucco house that comes with a private gazebo, an outdoor fireplace and living area, and a two-person rainfall shower. The Observatory boasts a private outdoor swimming pool and dining porch, but it’s named for the telescope you can use to stargaze in the woods. Another option, the Oak Ridge cabin, includes a hammock, movie room with massage chairs, seasonal fireplace in the living room and master bedroom, and private gazebo.
Travelers say the privacy at Cherry Ridge Retreat is unparalleled, making for a quiet and enjoyable stay. Outside the rooms, couples can explore the miles of trails that surround the property. Other popular activities you might want to experience together include riding on horseback through nature and sampling local wines at Hocking Hills Winery or Pleasant Hill Vineyards.
Featuring 25 unique rooms, two cottages and 12 “Honeycomb” accommodations, The Inn at Honey Run has no shortage of swoon-worthy lodging. The inn says its Honeycombs are the most coveted option thanks to their features: These architecturally distinct rooms are built into the land, surrounded by stone, and equipped with gas fireplaces and patios overlooking the rolling hills. Guests who stay in the Honeycombs can also enjoy complimentary evening appetizers and wine in the on-site lounge.
On this 56-acre property, there are plenty of activities couples can enjoy, including hiking, bird-watching and exploring the exhibits at the inn’s Holmes County Open Air Art Museum. If you’d like to fit in some relaxation, the comfortable lounge areas make the perfect spot to curl up with a good book or a cocktail in front of the fireplace. The Inn at Honey Run’s award-winning Tarragon restaurant receives high marks from previous diners for its fine dining atmosphere and contemporary American cuisine. Travelers also appreciate the adults-only resort’s quiet location in Millersburg, amid Ohio’s Amish country.
The Berlin Resort features plenty of romantic and relaxing amenities for a couples getaway. You can book an appointment at the spa, for example, to enjoy a massage. The resort is also home to an indoor pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna. Twosomes can walk hand in hand along the pathway that weaves through the property (the beautiful grounds are a particular highlight for recent visitors), then settle into chairs by a fire pit.
As for accommodations, the resort offers rooms and suites. Couples might want to book one of the more spacious suites for plenty of room to unwind. The suites come equipped with different features: Some include private balconies, whirlpool tubs and rainfall showers, while others may feature kitchenettes and marble baths. There are no on-site dining venues, but Boyd & Wurthmann in nearby Berlin serves Amish comfort food like a chicken dinner finished off with a slice of homemade pie. You’ll find the Berlin Resort about 30 miles southwest of Canton.
Geneva-on-the-Lake is set in northeastern Ohio on the banks of Lake Erie, about 50 miles from Cleveland. This beautiful lakeside town is popular in the summer months thanks to its bounty of outdoor activities: Visitors can go boating, kayaking or paddleboarding on the lake before relaxing on the beach. There’s also zip lining, go-karts, bumper boats and more. The area hosts numerous events throughout the year, such as live music, beer festivals and holiday activities. Top romantic activities in Geneva-on-the-Lake span a spa day at The Lakehouse Inn to a tour of nearby wineries.
The all-inclusive Lakehouse Inn is a tranquil escape for couples to slow down and reconnect. You can enjoy a glass of local, small-batch wine; dine on farm-to-table cuisine at the Crosswinds Grille; or get pampered with a spa treatment. Book a room, suite or cottage at this bed-and-breakfast – or, for the ultimate romantic getaway, check out the beach house rental. The Lakehouse Inn offers many types of packages for couples to make the trip extra special. You can enhance your stay even more with a package enhancement, such as a Champagne bubble bath, rose petals or a picnic for two. Recent guests raved about the private location and spectacular lake views.
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Gervasi Vineyard is an idyllic 55-acre winery and resort in Canton. Appealing particularly to lovers of food and wine, Gervasi Vineyard is home to romantic Tuscan-inspired villas, boutique hotel suites and The Farmhouse (a standalone residence). Twosomes will likely prefer a stay in The Villas or The Casa, where accommodations feature fireplaces, heated floors, patios and complimentary continental breakfast.
Outside the accommodations, guests can enjoy live music acts almost daily, seasonal yoga classes and other events. However, the resort’s main draws are its exceptional dining and drinking options. Gervasi Vineyard features a portfolio of more than 30 wine varietals ranging in tastes and flavors: Visitors can sample bold reds, sweet white dessert wines and everything in between. When it’s time to dine, relax outside on the patio at The Piazza, sit down to savor Italian-style cuisine at The Bistro or try light American fare at The Crush House. The Still House acts as a cafe by day and a cocktail lounge at night, making a perfect spot to cuddle up for a nightcap. Both locals and out-of-state visitors alike highly recommend a visit to Gervasi Vineyard, calling it a relaxing escape complete with great food and wine.
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An excellent spot for a private getaway and a popular wedding venue, The Mohicans offers one-of-a-kind cabins and treehouse accommodations set in the wilderness of Ohio, about halfway between Columbus and Cleveland. Couples looking for a truly secluded stay will appreciate the remote nature of the property’s treehouses. While each treehouse is a bit different, they all come equipped with at least one king- or queen-sized bed, indoor toilets and sweeping forest views. Treehouses also feature seasonal outdoor showers – a highlight for some previous visitors – and most include full indoor bathrooms.
A few of the more romantic options include the Moonlight Treehouse, with cozy interiors and a deck to enjoy a drink; the modern Tin Shed Treehouse, which can only be accessed via a spiral staircase to a swaying bridge; the Little Red Treehouse’s beautiful stained-glass window and wraparound deck; and the Silver Bullet, which is an airstream on a 25-foot-high platform with a back deck and covered porch. While relaxation and reconnection should certainly be on any agenda during a stay at The Mohicans, lovebirds looking for other things to do can go hiking in the nearby state parks or take to the trees for a zip line canopy tour.
Murphin Ridge Inn is a small B&B set on 142 acres in southern Ohio, less than 70 miles southeast of Cincinnati. Couples have their pick of three different types of accommodation options: rooms at the inn, rooms in the Amish House or cabins. Previous guests said they enjoyed the property because it was quiet and clean. Amenities in the cabins include whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and porches with rocking chairs. For one of the best romantic getaways, book the “Sweetheart Retreat” package and be treated to massages, luxurious robes and Jaybird Farms massage oil. The complimentary hot breakfast includes farm-to-table food and freshly baked goods.
The inn welcomes visitors year-round. You and your sweetheart can play tennis, croquet and shuffleboard or take a dip in the pool when it’s warm. Hiking trails abound here – and you can even order a box lunch from the restaurant for a romantic picnic. Snuggle up by the outdoor fire and book an in-room massage to round out your romantic escape. You may also want to explore some of the nearby Amish stores, which sell goods like cheese, pies and cakes, wooden furniture, and artwork.
While the city of Cleveland may be bustling, it also enjoys a scenic setting on the southern banks of Lake Erie. One of the most romantic ways to take in the view is by admiring a colorful sunset with your significant other. Grab some snacks and charcuterie from West Side Market, pack a picnic, and head to Edgewater Beach to cuddle up with your loved one as you watch the sun dip below the horizon. You can also get a taste of the city’s cuisine scene on a food tour. If you prefer a more upscale dining experience, head to Primavista for modern Italian dishes and spectacular city views. For activities, you and your sweetheart can spend a few hours hiking, biking or strolling through Cleveland’s numerous parks before enjoying a dose of culture during a visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Some of the top hotels in Cleveland are also some of the most swoon-worthy: The Kimpton Schofield Hotel features spacious accommodations, in-room spa services and complimentary evening wine hours. There’s also the Metropolitan at the 9, Autograph Collection, which is home to a variety of modern room options, as well as a rooftop lounge and a cocktail bar within century-old bank vaults.
Overlooking Acton Lake in southwestern Ohio, this resort offers plenty of choices for traveling pairs, including lodge rooms, luxury suites, couples cabins and premier cabins. The rooms and suites feature amenities such as minifridges and balconies, but the couples cabins were truly made for a romantic Ohio getaway. These accommodations boast gas fireplaces, full kitchens, charcoal grills and fire pits, in addition to a cozy interior. A few cabins are even pet-friendly. Hueston Woods Lodge & Conference Center also offers add-ons like the “Romance in the Woods Package,” which includes a fruit and cheese board, wine, and a movie rental.
For on-site dining, lovebirds can explore The Smokehouse at Hueston Woods Lodge for lake views and a cozy fireside meal, as well as the Johnny Appleseed Lounge, which serves creative cocktails, appetizers, sandwiches and pizza. The poolside Outback Shack is open seasonally for light bites and drinks. Outdoor activities also await at this romantic property: You and your sweetheart can go hiking, play golf, try out archery, go swimming and visit the lodge’s covered bridge.
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Fit for kings and queens alike, the medieval-style Ravenwood Castle makes for quite a royal stay. The charming property houses a variety of romantic rooms for amorous duos. The accommodations have themed names (think: Rapunzel’s Tower, the King Arthur Suite, the Candlemaker’s Cottage and Cinderella’s Coach House) and are uniquely decorated. In-room amenities vary, but if you’re looking to dial up the romance, book a room with a fireplace to cuddle up by or a porch to relax on. Recent lodgers say the property is the perfect place to disconnect and that the hotel staff are incredible. Keep in mind that a two-night minimum stay is required for weekends and other minimum stay requirements apply seasonally.
One perk you can expect during a stay at this castle-themed hotel is complimentary breakfast. Additionally, the property is home to the Great Hall, where you can grab a buffet-style dinner, and the Raven’s Roost Pub, which is perfect for drinks and pub fare. Ravenwood Castle also periodically hosts murder mystery parties, which could make for an intriguing date night.
Escape to an island in the western basin of Lake Erie. Take your car with you on the Kelleys Island Ferry or ride the passenger-only Jet Express. Couples can choose from a variety of rental properties ranging from condos and cottages to villas and cabins. While on Kelleys Island, stroll hand in hand with your loved one down the mile-long North Pond Boardwalk, visit the Kelleys Island History Museum, rent a kayak to cruise around the lake, or go wine and beer tasting. You may want to stop for a sweet treat at the Island Fudge Shoppe or grab a cocktail at The Casino. A highlight for visitors is renting a golf cart to explore this small island.
Indulge in an island getaway in the village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. This Lake Erie location provides scenic views with a variety of attractions and dining options. Grab your sweetheart for a tour of the South Bass Island Lighthouse, explore Perry’s Cave or enjoy a wine tasting at Heineman Winery. You may want to book an overnight stay at the Commodore Resort, located on the downtown strip, for the swim-up bar and in-room Jacuzzis in select rooms; the waterfront condos offer lake and pool access. Previous visitors caution that if you want to avoid the party crowd, don’t visit on weekends or holidays.
Delight in many of Cincinnati’s top attractions with your significant other by your side. You can peruse the beautiful paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and more on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and you’ll certainly want to spend some time in Eden Park – whether by ambling along the walking paths or admiring flowers, plants and butterflies at Krohn Conservatory within the park. Other exciting things to do include a food tour of the city, brewery hopping to sample some of the area’s craft beers and making customized candles at Manitou Candle Co. Romantic dining options abound in this city, from underground Italian eatery Sotto to cozy steakhouse The Precinct to tapas restaurant Mita’s.
When it comes time to bed down, you and your partner can book a stay at a top-notch hotel, such as the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati or The Westin Cincinnati; check in to a quaint inn (The Clifton House and the Gaslight Bed and Breakfast are a couple of favorites); or opt for an affordable vacation rental.
One of the most romantic things you can do in Ohio is take your sweetie to Glenlaurel, an intimate Scottish-inspired country estate and inn. The property is situated around 50 miles southeast of Columbus, near Hocking Hills State Park and its numerous outdoor recreational activities. Accommodations here run the gamut from rooms and suites to cottages and “crofts” (a Scottish name for a petite farmhouse; these are slightly smaller than the on-site cottages). Experience luxurious in-room amenities such as fireplaces, private decks and whirlpool tubs. Duos looking to up the romance factor can book one of the special accommodation packages or add-ons, which might include a gourmet cheese plate, an in-room dinner, locally made chocolates, floral arrangements and cozy robes, among other perks.
When it’s time to explore outside your room, Glenlaurel offers private hiking trails across its 140 acres, fire pits for bonfire nights and stargazing, a library stocked with books and games to borrow, and bocce ball and croquet courts. Avid golfers may want to book a tee time at the Scottish Links at Glenlaurel, which replicates golf courses built hundreds of years ago in the British Isles. The cuisine at Glenlaurel is a treat as well: Couples can savor a six- or seven-course meal for dinner, complemented by candlelight and occasional bagpipe music. Breakfast is a three-course affair, complete with scones, porridge and the daily entree. Past guests praised the decadent food, kind staff members and comfortable accommodations, highly recommending this hotel for a serene romantic escape.
Treat your better half to a unique safari stay at Nomad Ridge at The Wilds. Located on roughly 10,000 acres of land in southeastern Ohio, The Wilds was created as a public, nonprofit conservation center in 1984. Nomad Ridge, a collection of luxury yurts for adults only, started welcoming guests in 2009. These glamping accommodations are made of stretched canvas over a wooden frame, with bamboo floors, ceiling fans, private bathrooms, individual decks and screened windows. Guests can choose from a few different yurt styles – ranging from standard Woodland Yurts to the Grand Yurt – but all overnight stays include free Wi-Fi access and breakfast and dinner for two.
Visitors can see dozens of different animals at The Wilds, which makes a stay here quite unique. Animals that call the conservation center home include rhinos, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs and camels. The open-air safari tour (included with an overnight stay) is one of the best ways to experience The Wilds and its various wildlife. There are also a few specialty tour options, including safaris at sunset or on horseback. Previous guests said they thoroughly enjoyed their unique experience at The Wilds and staying at Nomad Ridge.
Set in Bellevue, about 15 miles south of Sandusky and 70 miles west of Cleveland, The Victorian Tudor Inn wins plenty of praise for its charming accommodations and hospitable innkeeper. On-site features include a hot tub room; a dining room outfitted with wooden cabinets, antique porcelain and a crystal chandelier; and two living rooms with cozy seating and working fireplaces. In the rooms, you can expect period decor, antiques on display and sitting areas. The Nautical Suite even features a four-poster bed. You can also book a special package stay, such as the “Romance Package” – complete with candles, a bottle of wine, flowers, a basket of culinary treats and more.
Popular things to do and places to explore include the numerous nearby antique shops, Jamie’s Flea Market (for everything from food to jewelry to novelty items), Historic Lyme Village, and the Tiffin Glass Museum and Shoppe.