... are all the things you can enjoy on Ohio romantic getaways. You can find impressive elements of history, character, pristine nature and colorful culture and while sipping while listening to the blues in a historic bar. Ideas and highlights for romantic Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Cleveland getaways and remote romantic locations for those seeking quiet romantic getaways in Ohio.
You can choose anytime of the year for an Ohio romantic vacation or honeymoon. Ohio's quaint towns and villages are ideal for romantic weekend getaways for two. Intimate bed and breakfast inns dot the landscape as well as historic villas and cottages.
In the summer the lake's offer plenty of opportunities for secluded romantic island honeymoon vacations.
Winter is also an enchanting time for a romantic getaway in Ohio.
With 3.5 million Christmas light display, charming shops, sidewalk gatherings, singing in the air, visions of yesteryear, smiling faces and shimmering lights Christmas in Ohio is simply magical.
Read about our suggestions for best places to sip a delightful Ohio wine accompanied by starry dinners and candle light. Iconic and unique Ohio drives dotted with Lighthouse sightings and romantic things to do for couples on Ohio romantic getaways. Try our drive along Lake Erie’s scenic coastline from Ashtabula County to Toledo or make a scenic loop from Columbus to Cincinnati and Dayton through historic riverfront towns along the way.
Things to do on an Ohio romantic getaways in Columbus
The Book Loft of German Village is unique and quaint, and it encompasses one whole city block. The brick walk-ways are beautiful with flower gardens and benches to sit and rest on. The store itself is beautiful and packed with special treasures.
Operating as it would have over 500 years ago the Columbus Santa Maria takes you back in time. Imagine navigating with the equipment they used instead of the high tech equipment we have today.
Try international cuisine at Columbus’ North Market. Everything from Thai chili, cocoa curry and lavender with wild berries at Jeni’s Ice Creams.
Romantic restaurants in Columbus
Moretti's in Upper Arlington and Trattoria Room in are cozy Italian places.
At the Trattoria Room 1447 Grandview Ave. you can choose to sit in the romantic dining room with its white table cloths and red and walnut grain walls or the intimate sidewalk patio.
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse. 569 N. High St.
The red and gold plush seating in intimate corners, give the evening a romantic and elegant feel.
L'Antibes at 772 n. high street is often described as romantic and intimate.
Our favorite for steak is Mitchell's Steak House, 45 N. 3rd St.
It is recommended for great food and romantic ambiance. I love its lush, dramatic decor, relaxed pace and dark wood paneling. The booths with velvet-draped walls and are intimately apar from other diners. The wine list, featuring 200 of the world’s finest labels, earned the 2006 Wine Spectator award of excellence.
Columbus is in the middle of the state and a great hub for branching out to explore all of the rest of Ohio.
Weekend getaways and Ohio romantic getaways from Columbus (and also Dayton)
Clifton on Ohio romantic getaways
Clifton Ohio is about 30 miles E of Dayton, 40 miles SW of Columbus, 9 miles S of Springfield, 8 miles NE of Xenia, 3 miles E of Yellow Springs, 3 miles N of Cedarville in Greene County.
Things to do on Ohio romantic getaways in Clifton
Hike the rugged natural beauty of Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve right after a breakfast of buckwheat pancakes at the 207-year-old Clifton Mill.
Check out the Christmas light display at Clifton Mill which starts the day after Thanksgiving and is on every night through January 1st.
"The old covered bridge is a spectacular addition to The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill. The bridge, its windows, roof, sides and bottom are covered in lights of various colors as are pseudo trees which flank the bridge.
Every hour, on the hour, all 3.5 million lights at Clifton Mill go out leaving guests in total darkness. As a hush falls over the spectators, orchestral music softly begins to play a medley of traditional Christmas songs and some of the lights on the covered bridge begin to twinkle on and then off again. As the music builds and builds, more and more lights on the covered bridge blink off and on in time to the music, lights on the pseudo trees swirl around and change color in a way that seems impossible.
By the end of the song, the music is booming through Clifton Gorge, the lights on the covered bridge have become mesmerizing and everyone watching is completely enthralled. Then the music ends and the bridge lights all go out, once again leaving guests in total darkness. Then, before most spectators can catch their breath, 3.5 million lights come on again all at once!"
Ohio romantic getaways: Visit the oldest city in Ohio - Marrietta.
Hike in the remote Wayne National Forest, the only national forest in Ohio or ride the Valley Gem Sternwheeler and enjoy the gentle splash of the paddle wheel. Choose from a 90-minute sightseeing or two-hour dinner cruise down the majestic Ohio River.
Ohio romantic getaways Scenic Drive
Make a scenic loop from Columbus to Cincinnati and Dayton through historic riverfront towns along the way - Gallipolis, Ironton, Portsmouth, Ripley and New Richmond.
Ohio romantic getaways Yellow Springs
Browse the quirky galleries of Yellow Springs and taste some original organic cuisine that is the town’s specialty.
Ohio romantic getaways Blackhand Gorge
Blackhand Gorge -- explore Geologically spectacular narrow gorge cut by the Licking River.
The dry hilltops are dominated by oak-hickory mature woods along with Virginia pine and mountain laurel. Yellow birch, cherry birch and eastern hemlock grow on northerly exposures. It is an excellent site for viewing woodland spring wildflowers.
More Ohio romantic getaways Lucasville
Slip silently along the water aboard a horse-drawn canal boat at Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton, then shop for unusual items at Unusual Junction.
Listen to live bluegrass music at the Southern Ohio Opry in Lucasville.
Have a romantic dinner with wine pairings in a vineyard under the stars at Shamrock Winery in Waldo.
Sleep in four-poster bed in a luxurious room at the Victorian Colonel Taylor Inn Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge.
Ohio Romantic Getaways Highlights: Things to do on a romantic drive along Lake Erie’s scenic coastline from Ashtabula County to Toledo
Hold hands as you stroll across each one of Ashtabula County’s 16 covered bridges during the fall foliage season. Check out the. Covered Bridge Festival (October 13-14).
See a musical or comedy at Rabbit Run Theater near the shores of Lake Erie in Madison. Rabbit Run is one of the last remaining summer stock barn theaters. Or catch a Broadway show at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, the second largest performing arts district outside of New York.
On you 22 minute ride from Madison stop at the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse. Then continue to Kirtland where you can taste more than 150 varieties of Ohio wines at Vintage Ohio in August, the largest wine festival in the Midwest.
Spend some time in Cleveland, the urban hub for culture and the arts.
Stroll through Cleveland’s Little Italy where you can dine at a romantic restaurant, browse art galleries and vintage shops on your Ohio romantic vacation.
Discover the flora and fauna of the Costa Rican cloud forest and the Madagascar spiny desert at the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s soaring glasshouse.
Taste international flavors , including Polish pierogis, French pastries and Lebanese falafel and Vietnamese hot sauces at Cleveland’s historic West Side Market.
Hike 125 miles of trails in the pristine, natural beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, close to Cleveland and Akron.
Visit more Ohio historic lighthouses in Lorain and in Cedar Point. There are 13 lighthouses along Ohio’s north coast, 6 are in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands. The remains of other lighthouses can be seen on Turtle Island and West Sister Island. An Ohio Lighthouses & Maritime Adventures brochure, complete with a map and descriptions of the coastal lighthouses, is available through the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Centers or from
Lake Erie Coastal Ohio website
Perfect for your Ohio romantic getaways is spending the night on Kelleys Island after exploring the island’s famous Glacial Grooves. The island is accessible by ferry from Marblehead daily (weather permitting) and from Sandusky during the summer season. Call the Kelley’s Island Ferry Boat Line at 419-798-9763 or Goodtime Island Cruises, Inc. at 419-625-9692 for ferry schedules.
An idea is to leave from Sandusky and come back to Marblehead so you can tour more scenic lighthouses: the Marblehead Lighthouse and the Oak Harbor Lighthouse. Stay at a cozy bed and breakfast and spend a romantic sunrise accompanied by songbirds at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor or go on an African safari in Ohio.
African Safari Ohio
Have fun on you romantic getaway in Ohio and take a drive through this park and get up close and personal with animals native to the African Savannah. The giraffes, zebras, water buffalo, and more are used to being fed by park visitors and will put their heads in the car. If you don't want such a personal encounter, keep your windows up.
267 S Lightner Rd
Port Clinton, Ohio
A great place for a destination wedding or for an experience made for a romantic getaway in Ohio is retrace the footsteps of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart down the double stairway at the Big House where they were married at Malabar Farm.
Malabar Farm State Park
4050 Bromfield Rd. Lucas,OH 44843-9745
More Ideas for you Ohio romantic vacation.
Bike through Ohio’s beautiful countryside and experience small towns during a six-day bike tour (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure).
Ride Ohio’s scenic railways to experience the landscape of the state from a new vantage point. Theme trips include Fall Foliage, Santa Train, North Pole Express and New Year's Eve
Rent a private island and beach house in the middle of Indian Lake for a secluded romantic island getaway in Ohio.
Your lodging choices for a Ohio romantic vacation include historic and romantic hotels in Ohio, beautiful bed and breakfasts and cozy inns.
Appalachian foothills of Southern Ohio
Secluded couples cabins are perfectly suited for celebrating a Honeymoon, Wedding Anniversary, or Romantic Weekend Getaway.
Berlin Ohio romantic getaways
Donnas of Berlin is in the heart of Ohio's beautiful Amish Country. Our Honeymoon and Anniversary mini resort offers private Cottages, Bridal Suites, or Cape Cod style Villas within walking distance of downtown Berlin.
Situated on six secluded and wooded acres, our Cabins and Chalets will pamper you and your loved one with luxurious and romantic amenities like toasty fireplaces, Jacuzzis for two and comfy beds with sumptuous bedding.
Hideaway Inn -- Mid-Ohio Getaway Bed & Breakfast between Marion and Bucyrus,Ohio. Centrally located Near Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo & Lexington." Central Ohio Romantic Getaways, Dining and Spa. Close to Mansfield.
Offers a wide selection of romantic packages and add-ons to satisfy your every desire, from the sweet and nice to the spicy and naughty... Whether in the first flush of new amore or the golden glow of longtime love, all lovers find they need to get away together from time to time.
More great online resources for planning your Ohio romantic getaways
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