By Meg Berno
Posted On: Feb 10, 2021
"February 14th, Valentine's Day, is all about romance. But February 13th, Galentine's Day, is about celebrating lady friends. It's wonderful and it should be a national holiday." - Leslie Knope, Parks & Rec
What's better than Valentine's Day? A Galentine's Day weekend! No matter what your girl gang prefers, there's something perfect for you. To get you started, here's the best places to brunch, eat and play in five Ohio cities.
NOTE: Check directly with places before you go to learn about their health guidelines, safety updates and any required reservations.
Photo credit: Toledo Brunch from Manhattan's Pub
An Elevated Escape in Toledo
At the northwestern border along the Maumee River lies the Glass City. Enjoy rooftop dining and drinks or mosey through a world-renowned art museum. Here's where you should go:
Brunch: Manhattan's Pub + Cheer is a warm, intimate pub-style brunch locale with exposed brick complete with a breakfast buffet and complimentary mimosa.
Manhattan's offers multiple safe and socially distanced ways to enjoy a Galentine's Day brunch from the comfort of your own home. Order online, over the phone at 419-243-6675 or get it delivered using their website.
Eat: The Heights Rooftop Bar, a ritzy rooftop eatery with woodfired bites and hand-crafted beverages, also has 360-degree views of the Downtown Toledo and the Maumee River.
You can call The Heights at 419-243-7565 or make a reservation online.
Play: The world-class Toledo Museum of Art is an architectural masterpiece with more than 30,000 artifacts nestled in the historic, Old West End neighborhood.
The art museum also offers multiple online classes, demonstrations, lectures and talks. Check out their virtual public glassblowing demonstration, offered Wednesdays and Fridays throughout February. If the demonstration sparks inspiration, enjoy a virtual watch-party with Netflix's glass-blowing competition show, "Blown Away."
Photo credit: Ashtabula County Visitors Bureau, Facebook
A Vino Venture in Ashtabula
Sip until your heart's content in Ashtabula, a mini-wine country in northeast Ohio along Lake Erie. Your girlfriends will love the laid back, east-coast vibe of the area, and the history behind the covered bridges in the area. Here's where you should go:
Brunch: Get a delicious brunch from Rennick Meat Market, a butcher-inspired restaurant serving up delicious specials like Crab + Spinach Benedict, Steak & Eggs and French Toast with salted caramel pecan sauce.
For reservations, call 440-964-6328, or you can also order online.
If you're dining indoors, Crosswinds recommends making a reservation. You can do either online or by calling 440-466-8668 x1 to make a reservation.
Play: Find out why Ashtabula is known as the covered bridge capital of Ohio and learn the history behind these architectural wonders.
Photo credit: Marietta Wine Cellars, Inc., Facebook
A Historic Hideaway in Marietta
Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River in the southeast region lies Marietta, a historic small town full of community and charm. Sip, shop and taste your way through Marietta – a place to make memories with the women in your life. Here's where you should go:
Eat: Austyn's is an upscale steak and seafood restaurant serving up a diverse selection of international dishes located at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers.
Reservations are recommended, which you can make by calling 740-374-8188.
Play: The family-owned Marietta Wine Cellars is a community focused wine bar and retail shop complete with a tasting menu and light bites among historic surroundings.
Photo credit: VASO Igloos and Gucci Down, Meg Berno
A Glamorous Getaway in Dublin
About 15 minutes northwest of Columbus, Downtown Dublin is a city with a touch of Irish influence, packed with places you and your girlfriends will love. From stylish igloo dining at VASO Rooftop Lounge to the Celtic Cocktail Trail, Dublin is a great place for your glamorous weekend getaway. Here's where you should go:
Reservations for Hen Quarter are recommended, which you can make online or by calling 614-905-1666. You can also call the same number to place a carryout order.
Play: The Celtic Cocktail Trail – a beverage trail with a touch of Irish designed to transport the Irish Isle right to your taste buds. Complete 5 stops to earn your commemorative koozie.
Remember, many of the stops on The Celtic Cocktail Trail offer cocktails to-go.
Photo credit: Nation Pendleton, Facebook
A Foodie Feast in Cincinnati
Cincinnati is brimming with fun flavors. Grab the girl gang and head down near the Ohio/Kentucky border for fresh eats and delicious tours. Here's where you should go:
Brunch: Nation Kitchen + Bar is a rustic, chic establishment with an interesting namesake and bottomless beverages. Take advantage of their "Carrie"-Out Window if you'd rather not dine-in.
The "Carrie"-Out Window is open for walk-up and call ahead orders (Pendleton: 513-381-3794 and Westwood: 513-389-0167). As always, you can find the restaurant on your preferred mobile delivery service. Or you can order online.
Play: Taste your way through Cincinnati's best dining experiences with Riverside Food Tours and one of three unique tours designed to fill your heart and your stomach. Keep your "bubble" small by booking one of their private tours.
You can learn more about their health and safety updates online.
Ohio may be for lovers, but it's also for best friends. Whether your group is seeking rooftop sips or outdoor trips, you can find your perfect Galentine's experience here in Ohio.
*While these structures are a fun way to experience the Ohio outdoors in the winter, you should always make sure your restaurant is following the right safety protocols for your meal and time inside the igloo.