By Meg Berno
Posted On: Sep 1, 2021
There's 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 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 in Geneva-on-the-Lake, 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 at one of Amish Country's many eateries, or catch a show at the Ohio Star Theater. Treat yourself to one-of-a-kind souvenirs from spots like Lehman's and Simply Hand Made. Stay 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 Lebanon Experience or the Cider Beer Train ride. For a more season experience, check out the Pumpkin Patch Express on select dates in October. Afterward, head to the iconic Golden Lamb for a delicious meal, where you can stay overnight in one of the site's 17 historic suites named for famous visitors like Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.
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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 Park is 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.
Few things scream fall more than football and beer, and luckily Cincinnati has both. Tailgate at the riverfront Paul Brown Stadium before catching a game and watch the Bengals fight for a victory. Learn more about Cincinnati's rich brewing history on the Brewing Heritage Trail, an urban walking tour that guides you through various spots with digital and audio content. Or, if you want to get in the Halloween spirit, check out the Haunted Brewery Tour, an interactive mystery solving experience that supports the Brewery District. The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, a AAA Four Diamond National Historic Landmark, is the perfect place to spend the night. Of if you're looking for a truly one-of-kind getaway, check out the Swing House. This three story 1880's building that features a swing in the open concept that calls to mind a giant pendulum!