A Romantic Getaway: The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard
By Meg Berno

A Romantic Getaway: The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard

My husband and I recently enjoyed a much-needed night away together at Gervasi Vineyard, minutes from downtown Canton. We have been to the Winery and Bistro in years past–Gervasi’s  owners take great pride in the quality of their wine and meals–and were excited to check out the recently completed boutique inn—The Villas. With our careers, a very active three-year old son and a newly adopted German Shepard puppy keeping us busy, a quick trip was just what we needed to reconnect and unwind.

No detail has been spared from the architecture to the decor of this lovely 55-acre estate. The grounds include a winery, The Bistro, Marketplace gift shop, Tasting Bar, The Cucina Culinary and Wine Center, The Villa Grande Conference and Event Center,  Outdoor Pavilion and The Villas. In addition, the natural surroundings include the vineyard, a spring-fed lake and a state park hiking trail.

The Tuscan-inspired inn is both luxurious and rustic. There are 24 suites arranged in six, four-bedroom villas. We stayed in the gorgeous Villa Portofino named after a fishing village in Italy. Each villa has its own common area complete with rustic dining and living area, a stone fireplace and kitchenette. This set-up makes The Villas a perfect destination for several couples or families with older children to enjoy. Note to self: must arrange a couple’s retreat with friends, complete with an evening of great wine, food and games. And if we visit in warmer weather, add to the list: lounging with a glass of wine on our suite’s lanai or dining al fresco next to the peaceful lake.

We had dinner reservations at 7 p.m. at The Bistro, so after getting settled, our first stop was The Marketplace to do a little shopping before dinner. I picked up a small appetizer plate with the word “Otto” (eight is my favorite number and it’s close to our last name – kind of sweet) as well as a small gift for our  baby/dog sitter.

The grand, Italian charm is prominent in the post and beam construction at The Bistro. Our dinner was delicious and the wine at Gervasi is always delightful. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive and was able to bring us a bottle of the Abbraccio wine we were drinking with dinner to take back to our room.

After retreating to our suite, full and happy, we lit a fire, poured some wine and enjoyed the quiet and each other’s company. The next morning, we were delighted to wake up to a coating of snow over the grounds and a wooden wine box full of delicious home-baked breakfast goodies. It made our departure just as magical as our arrival.

Visit Gervasi’s website to make your reservation or for more information. There are plenty of places to see in the Canton area, namely, The Pro Football Hall of Fame, The William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum or the critically acclaimed Canton Symphony Orchestra.

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.