There is no season more beloved than fall in Ohio: the air turns crisp, the leaves change from lush greens to vibrant reds and oranges, and outdoor activities like football games dominate weekend calendars. Whether strolling a quaint, tree-lined street or sampling the state’s best comfort foods and drinks is more your style, rest assured you can find it all on these fall-themed getaways.
This lakeside retreat in Ohio’s northeast corner is the perfect transition spot from summer to fall. Take a self-guided driving tour of the area’s 19 covered bridges (more than anywhere else in the state), or explore the Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail – a collection of the region’s art, including more than 80 painted quilt patterns displayed on barns, bridges and other historical buildings. Enjoy the calming water views and house-made cuisine and wine at The Lakehouse Inn, where you can also spend the night in a room or cottage.
The area’s rolling hills are stunning year round, but something about the fall makes them truly come alive. Peruse one of the many farms, like Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery, known for its buggy rides, fresh produce and of course its delectable fry pies. Dine in an Amish home, or catch the fall musical, “Stolen,” at the Ohio Star Theater. Check out the Made in Wayne County Trail for one-of-a-kind souvenirs from spots like Lehman’s and Simply Hand Made. Overnight at the Inn at Honey Run for tranquil views and cozy accommodations like the Honeycombs, or try The Wallhouse Hotel for an unexpected, modern feel in the heart of Amish Country.
Lebanon’s charming, tree-lined downtown is packed with antique shops, cafes and even museums – all perfect for autumn exploring. Don’t miss the historic Lebanon Mason Monroe (LM&M) Railroad’s Fall Flyer rides on select dates in October, where you can sip cider and munch on caramel apples in vintage passenger cars and then decorate pumpkins at the station. Afterward, head to the iconic Golden Lamb for a delicious meal, where you can stay overnight in one of the site’s 18 historic suites named for famous visitors like Charles Dickens and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Of all of the places to admire Ohio’s breathtaking fall foliage and breathe in that crisp autumn air, Cuyahoga Valley National Parkis among the best. Hike or bike the wheelchair-friendly Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, where you can explore spots like the Canal Exploration Center and Peninsula Depot Visitor Center along the way. Check out Hale Farm & Village, a living history museum featuring farm animals, blacksmithing, candle making, and more. Don’t miss the picturesque Brandywine Falls where you an overnight at the nearby Inn at Brandywine Falls, or go rustic at one of the park’s campsites.
Few things scream fall more than football and beer, and luckily Cincinnati has both. Catch a football game at the riverfront Paul Brown Stadium, where the Bengals celebrate their 50th anniversary season this fall. Learn more about Cincinnati’s rich brewing history on the Brewing Heritage Trail, an app-fueled urban walking tour that guides participants through various spots with digital and audio content (or you can opt for a more in depth guided tour). The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, a AAA Four Diamond National Historic Landmark, is the perfect place to spend the night.
For more ways to celebrate your fallidays, Find It Here on Ohio.org.