Sometimes, you just need a getaway, a chance to relax, explore, and try something new. Whether you’re bringing the whole family, a special someone, or just yourself, these four Ohio getaways will give you an experience to remember.
1. Explore Ohio’s National Park
Strap on your hiking boots, swing on that backpack and set out on a path less traveled. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is quintessential for the outdoor explore and thrill seeker, full of some of Ohio’s breathtaking rivers, scenic outlooks, and challenging trails.
If you want to bring your family, the park accomodates with kayaking packages and towpath trails even your little ones can manage. If you’re looking for something with a historic flair, hop on their classic loco-motives for a sceneic roundtrip train ride around the park. You can get off and explore or enjoy easy living on the ride.
The park is filled with natural wonders, but none are as awe-inspiring as Brandywine Falls. These 65-foot falls were carved by the Brandywine Creek, and a combination of boardwalks and steps take you into the gorge to face the falls head-on. The Brandywine Gorge Trail is only a mile and a half long, making it an easy hike for everyone in the family.
2. Surprise Yourself on the Shores of Lake Erie
Leave your daily routine behind for a few days, and hop on a ferry out to Put-In-Bay. The oldest family-owned winery in Ohio, Heineman’s Winery has been making wine there since 1888. But the best part about Heineman’s is hidden under the ground.
During Prohibition, the winery stayed open by letting visitors tour through the world’s largest geode, Crystal Cave. Now, visitors can climb down into the cave and walk through, watching as lamps light up the celestite crystals all over the walls and ceiling.
And just steps from the shores of Lake Erie and the Marblehead Lighthouse sits Rocky Point Winery. You can even stay there at the Red Fern Inn. Share a bottle of wine and watch the sun set over the lake, or pack a picnic to enjoy during an afternoon of hiking near the water. In the summer months, you can even climb the lighthouse steps and gain a whole new view of Lake Erie.
3. Relax and Unwind in Beautiful Amish Country
The winding roads of Ohio’s Amish Country carry you through small towns and through the hills of neatly laid out farms. Stay in the Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast and spend a weekend enjoying century-old touches and luxurious comfort. Each morning, enjoy a peaceful breakfast while looking out over endless green pastures. Try their nationally-recognized baked oatmeal, thick sausage links, or their homemade breads.
You can even take a piece of Amish Country home with you. Visit Homestead Furniture and check out the beautiful, Amish-made pieces, from dining sets to kid’s furniture and more. Craftsmen can even make custom pieces from aged trees to fit perfectly in your home. Each piece is filled with incredible detail that only comes from the skilled eye of a master of their craft. Or take a drive down the country roads and keep your eyes open; some artisans sell their furniture, quilts, and more from their own homes!
4. Find Your Next Adventure in Yellow Springs, Ohio
The picturesque town of Yellow Springs is known for its beautiful scenery. Pedal down the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail or hike Glen Helen’s 20 miles of trails. If you forget to bring your own bike, rentals are available at the Corner Cone. You can even visit Glen Helen’s Raptor Center, which rehabilitates and releases hundreds of injured birds of prey each year. Learn about these majestic wild animals from the experts that care for them.
If shopping is more your thing, stroll down Xenia Avenue. You’ll often see signs along the sidewalk about the importance of shopping locally, and Yellow Springs makes it easy with unique shops and galleries that stock everything from jewelry to art to children’s toys and more.
Yellow Springs is also home to several unique bed and breakfasts and inns. If you want a dose of history in addition to comfort, stay a night at the Jailhouse Suites, the former prison of Yellow Springs until 1929. Or, if you really want to unplug and relax, stay at the Arthur Morgan House Bed & Breakfast, where you won’t find any televisions, radios, or in-room phones. These homes-away-from-home will give you and your loved ones a chance to connect and enjoy each other’s company while basking in the beauty of Yellow Springs.
Finally, enjoy all of the great restaurants, including the Sunrise Café and nearby Young’s Dairy. Stop for a late-night drink and live music at Peach’s, and enjoy a breakfast burrito the next morning at the Emporium. For the car ride home, get your coffee fix with a handmade espresso at Dino’s. Many of the restaurants in Yellow Springs use local produce and goods, giving you an authentic taste of this corner of Ohio.
For more happiness, excitement, wonder and relaxing getaway ideas, Find It Here at Ohio.org.