Couples looking for a romantic escape will have lots of options in Ohio. The state is home to a wealth of resorts that were perfectly made for romance, often located among picturesque surroundings with access to a host of things to see and do. These properties, in particular, are arguably the best of the best.
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Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls offers an unforgettable bed-and-breakfast stay, surrounded by scenic Hocking Hills State Park, providing the ideal backdrop for a tranquil couples’ escape. A variety of accommodation options of offered, including romantic cabins where you can cuddle up on a porch swing or next to the warmth of the gas log stove and enjoy a two-person whirlpool hot tub. Look forward to high-quality coffee, plush robes and high-end bath products, as well as hiking trails that wind through Ash Cave and Old Man’s Cave showcasing beautiful waterfalls. Spa services including everything from body mud wraps to traditional massages.
Kelleys Island Venture Resort, Kelleys Island
Kelleys Island Venture Resort is the only hotel located on Kelleys Island, the largest island in the western basin of Lake Erie, accessed by ferry or private plane. It overlooks the shores of the lake and the skyline of Cedar Point, hosting 31 suites that all come with microwaves and flat-screen satellite TVs, while upgraded rooms come with balconies, private living areas and even laundry facilities. The resort features a swimming pool with therapy areas, a hot tub surrounded by a landscaped courtyard, charcoal grills for barbecuing and beautiful views of Lake Erie. Special events are occasionally hosted too, like murder mystery weekends.
Set within the heart of Mohican country in central Ohio, Landoll’s Mohican Castle is a castle-themed hotel with 15 suites that include in-room Jacuzzis, bathrooms with heated floors and fully-stocked minibars. The property offers special packages for romance-seeking couples like spa services created by personal experience ambassadors, private rental times at the pool and fitness complex, and in-suite gift packages. Enjoy dining on fine American cuisine at the Copper Mug Bar and Grille, which offers outdoor terrace seating during the warmer months of the year. The resort also offers murder mystery events and ghost walks with a number of ghost sightings having been reported here.
For those that appreciate a romantic, historic ambiance, you can travel back through time with a stay at Lafayette Hotel, which dates back to 1918. It’s managed to preserve its history with themed rooms and elegant Victorian decor. The historic riverboat town itself dates back to the late 18th-century when it became the first permanent settlement in the country northwest of the Ohio River. Look forward to exploring during the day and then coming to dine on a romantic dinner meal at the property’s Gun Room Restaurant filled with steamboat instruments, pilot wheels, steering arms and a telegraph.
Punderson Manor State Park Lodge is a Tudor-style manor that is located inside Punderson State Park, which hosts Ohio’s premier winter sports park, a golf course and a 150-acre glacial lake. Just a short drive from Amish Country, its rooms and suites are in the beautifully restored manor house and come with cable TV and DVD players. Book the Windsor suite and you’ll get a gas fireplace, Jacuzzi and a living room. In the Cherry Dining Room, enjoy classic British cuisines like fish and chips or Beef Wellington. You can also pick up regional specialties in the gift shop like Pure Ohio maple syrup and Harlow’s popcorn.
Gervasi Vineyard Villa Suites is a Tuscan-inspired retreat right in the heart of Canton, one of the best weekend getaways in Ohio. Ideal for food and wine lovers, book a stay in the Villa Suites and you can look forward to winery tours, craft beer tasting, cooking classes, in-room yoga, luxurious spa services and even romantic carriage rides. A complimentary Italian-style continental breakfast is provided as well. There are six private villas which feature private outdoor patios, in-room fireplaces, and complimentary in-suite breakfast deliveries. There are three restaurants on site, including The Bistro, named by USA Today as one of the best winery grounds restaurants in the country.
A charming B&B-style resort in Ohio, HideAway Country Inn provides romantic boutique hotel accommodations that overlook the tranquil scenery of the countryside in northern Ohio. The rooms and suites include extra-comfy, high-end beds, SMART TVs, and private porches. Some include in-room Jacuzzis too. In the 1938 Restaurant and Pub dine on farm-to-table fare made using organic, locally-sourced ingredients and award-winning wine cellar pours. You can also take advantage of couples’ massage and other spa services too.
Ravenwood Castle is a stunning medieval-style inn that’s surrounded by picturesque woods offers a truly fantasy-like escape, inspired by English castles of the 12th and 13th centuries. It features castle-style rooms, cottages, cabins and even gypsy wagons for overnight stays. Many offer special romantic touches – the King Arthur Suite encompasses an entire tower, featuring two stories. It includes a custom-built king bed, sofa, mural with King Arthur scenes and an outdoor balcony that overlooks a formal garden and a two-person whirlpool. Guests can also enjoy dinner in the Great Hall and lighter fare in the Raven’s Roost Pub.
Glenlaurel offers a romantic Scottish retreat in the Ohio countryside, with charming rooms and cottages, 140 acres of hiking trails, waterfalls and beautiful nature. Play a round on the Scottish Links Golf Course reserved exclusively for guests, and look forward to gourmet breakfasts as well as six- and seven- course meals. Accommodations include lots of upscale perks, depending on the room, like in-room whirlpool tubs, gas log fireplaces, queen or king sleigh beds, luxury bathrobes, kitchenettes and more.