By Mary Kleffner
Posted On: Jan 6, 2021
Winter in Ohio is one of the best times to pack your bags, grab your sweetheart and hit the road for a romantic getaway. No matter what sparks your interest, a romantic winter getaway awaits in Ohio.
NOTE: Check directly with places before your visit to learn about their health guidelines, hours and any adjusted or suspended offerings.
Stay: While Maumee Bay State Park Lodge in Oregon is a great family getaway, it's also a hidden gem for couples. Each room has a private balcony and the lodge features three large fireplaces, perfect for cozying up next to your sweetheart during the cold winter months. If you're looking for even more privacy, there are 24 furnished cottages available, four of which feature large hot tubs.
Eat: The carved wood, brass and stained glass within Mancy's Steakhouse in Toledo exudes romance. Treat yourself to the finest steaks and chops in the region, aged for 28 days using the same time-honored techniques that have been passed through the family.
The restaurant is open for dine-in, carryout and curbside pickup. Call 419-476-4154 to order.
Visit: The Maumee Bay State Park Lodge features a 2-mile boardwalk and several hiking trails. When the snow falls, you'll see a new side of the park by hopping on the three-mile skiing trail. If you don't have your own equipment, you can rent from the front desk.
Stay: Named "Best Wine Country Hotel" by USA Today in both 2016 and 2017, The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton are known for their prestige. Cuddle up the state-of-the-art villas with fireplaces, heated floors and Tuscan-inspired décor.
Eat: Share a candle-lit dinner at The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard, complete with gourmet Italian dishes and specially paired Gervasi wines.
Visit: Head to Canton's The Spa at the Atrium for a day filled with rest and relaxation. The spa offers a couples massage package, with a class stress-relieving side by side 60 minute Swedish massage, followed by a trip to the sauna and finished with a glass of champagne and chocolates.
Stay: The views of downtown Cincinnati are perfectly framed from 21c Museum Hotel's rooftop bar and city view rooms. The only hotel and museum combo in Ohio, this hotel has curated exceptional modern art to decorate its luxurious accommodations.
Eat: Travel to Italy for the night at the upscale Nicola's restaurant in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine, which offers authentic and delicious Italian fare. If you're having trouble picking exactly what you want, opt for the pre-fix five course tasting menu, uniquely designed by the restaurant's chef - offered Monday through Thursday.
You can also order carryout from Nicola's from 2-8PM for pickup between 4:45-8:45PM.
Visit: After exploring all that Cincinnati has to offer, unwind at the Spa at 21c. Featuring three treatment rooms, including a couple's spa suite, the spa offers a range of treatments that'll leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated.
Stay: Don’t you wish every dinner could start with an aromatherapy jacuzzi bath - accented by a warm fireplace in a cozy cottage? The Inn at Cedar Falls in Logan sets the stage for a relaxing weekend, secluded in the still woods of southern Ohio.
Eat: A short drive from the Inn at Cedar Falls is Rhapsody, a casual fine dining restaurant located on the Public Square in downtown Nelsonville. Centered in the city's arts district, walk around marveling at the art created by local craftsmen.
Rhapsody will be closed for a winter break from Dec. 14, 2020 thru Jan. 13, 2021.
Stay: The realization of Jim Landoll's dream castle, Landoll's Mohican Castle in Loudonville sits on 30 acres and offers breathtaking sights, unique lodging and fine dining. Unwind from the busyness of everyday life and reconnect by booking a spa appointment. Continue to relax and enjoy each other's company at the indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
Eat: The Copper Mug Bar & Grill at Landoll's Mohican Castle offers a fabulous dining experience with a world class menu that was showcased on television by Gordon Ramsay in 2016. This casual fine dining environment reflects the unique charm and romance of the Mohicans.
Visit: Experience the magic of Mohican country at nearby Mohican State Park, one of Ohio's most exquisite natural regions. Take in the cool, crisp winter air at the crystalline Clear Fork River and hike or meander through the hemlock forest and Clear Fork Gorge – even more breathtaking with a dusting of snow.
Photo credit: The Village Host, Facebook
Bonus Romantic Getaway
Stay: Husband and wife Bryan and Catherine Williamson founded The Village Host with the idea that rental homes should go beyond the basics. These properties have all of the comforts of home - plus some! The various locations throughout (the downtown area of) Columbus offer the perfect escape from reality for a romantic weekend away.
You can also order from Lindey's online with either pickup or delivery options.
Visit: A short distance from German Village is Replenish, a spa offering massages, traditional beauty and skin services, yoga, acupuncture and a selection of retail. Select your spa package based on your lifestyle and needs.
For those who are new to the spa scene, try "The Magician." Or if you're looking for something new in your spa experience, Replenish recommends "The Sage." Check out their spa package menu to discover which treatment would fit you best.