Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean we have to stay home counting the days until summer. After all, Valentine’s Day is right in the middle of winter, meaning it’s the perfect season for romantic date nights and weekend getaways. Thankfully, there are a ton of fun options for romantic winter getaways in Ohio, with something for every kind of couple. These Ohio winter getaways for couples are some of our favorite destinations; they’re great in every season, but with a fresh coat of winter snow, they just seem much more romantic!
Romantic Winter Getaways In Ohio
Beautiful destinations often make for the most romantic destinations and the Hocking Hills region of Ohio is definitely one of the most beautiful areas of the state. Besides the natural beauty found in the forests of Hocking Hills, charming inns and bed-and-breakfasts are found throughout the area, making it one of my favorite Ohio winter getaways for couples. At Hocking Hills State Park, you can explore miles of trails with secret caves and frozen waterfalls. Unlike the summer months, you just might have a trail all to yourself. While hiking is the main activity, there are plenty of fun Hocking Hills winter activities to explore during your romantic getaway. After a day exploring the natural beauty of Hocking Hills, retreat to one of these cozy inns or cabins, many of which also offer romantic dining options on-site.
Hocking Hills Winter Hike
Ohio Wine Country In Ashtabula County
Besides hot cocoa, nothing warms you up better than a delicious glass of wine. This is why I think Ohio Wine Country is one of the best romantic winter getaways in Ohio. More than thirty wineries make up this fertile Ohio region along Lake Erie. Spending a day or a full weekend exploring these Ohio wineries makes a great romantic getaway. Stocking up on your favorite wine means you can crack open a bottle at home and reminisce over your wine country getaway. The growth of Ohio’s wine region means other attractions are starting to pop up, including romantic lodging options.
Ohio’s Amish Country
The simple lifestyle makes Ohio’s Amish Country one of the best Ohio winter getaways for couples. You won’t find flashy entertainment options here, but you will find a quiet place to escape for a few days. Charming inns and Amish restaurants serving up tasty comfort food are perfect for a winter weekend getaway. Explore locally-made wine and cheese, and check out the village of Sugarcreek, sometimes called the Little Switzerland of Ohio. If shopping is part of your romantic getaway, you can purchase high-quality Amish furniture and antiques in Ohio’s Amish Country. There’s plenty of fun things to do in Amish Country Ohio in the winter!
A Sandusky, Ohio romantic getaway is a great idea for couples looking for a winter weekend getaway in Ohio. While indoor waterparks may seem more like a family destination, a couples massage at Spa Kalahari can really set the tone for your romantic winter weekend. On-site fine dining options await after your spa day. If you prefer to enjoy the outdoors, there are several beautiful nature preserves in and around Sandusky. Rent some snowshoes at Sawmill Creek Golf Clubhouse and head over to the Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve for a hike in the snow. Even though Sandusky is a lake town, there’s still lots of fun things to do in Sandusky, Ohio in the winter.
Where to stay- Hotel Kilbourne
Marblehead Lighthouse in Marblehead, Ohio (near Sandusky)
This charming village outside of Columbus is the perfect destination for an Ohio winter weekend getaway. The New-England style town is full of adorable boutiques and cafes, with over 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Add a bit of falling snow, and you will feel like the star of your own Hallmark movie. Located at the heart of Licking County in the Welsh Hills region of Ohio, Granville has everything you need for a romantic weekend getaway. Choose from over 20 charming restaurants, including microbreweries and lush dessert shops. For overnight lodging, Granville has two historic hotels and several bed and breakfast inns to choose from.
If you prefer a more urban environment for a romantic weekend getaway, my current home town of Columbus has tons of options. If you enjoy a craft beer scene, Columbus is 4th in the country for craft beer production and the Columbus Ale Trail is a great way to explore some of the best local beers. While Columbus is a big city nearing one million residents, the true heart of Columbus is the charming neighborhoods to explore, like German Village and Short North. These neighborhoods are the perfect place to bundle up and stroll the streets, admiring public art and murals, before settling in for a cozy romantic dinner. The foodie scene in Columbus is one of the best in Ohio!
Another urban destination for romantic winter getaways in Ohio is Cincinnati. With a picturesque setting on the Ohio River and an abundance of public art, there are many romantic things to do in Cincinnati. For starters, you can walk across four of Cincinnati’s bridges and enjoy the waterfront parks on both sides of the river. The culinary scene is one of the best in the state, so you’ll have a hard time choosing the best spot for a date night dinner and drinks. For the best views of the city, check out the observation deck at Carew Tower.
Another great urban destination for romantic winter weekends in Ohio is the city of Cleveland. Art fans will love the Cleveland Museum of Art, while sports-loving couples might catch a Cavaliers basketball game or a Cleveland Browns football game. Of course, Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; any couple who has bonded over music has to visit this iconic sight, and winter is the perfect season. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is just outside of Cleveland; the perfect spot for a snowshoe hike or a scenic train ride aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
For the wine-loving Ohio couple, you can’t beat a winter weekend getaway to Gervasi Vineyard. You will feel like you’ve been transported to Tuscany at this sprawling vineyard near Canton. With on-site wine tasting and four fantastic restaurants, this is truly an “all-inclusive” property that you won’t want to leave. Fortunately, with several lodging options on the grounds, you won’t have to leave!
Where to stay- Gervasi Vineyard
Unique Romantic Winter Getaways in Ohio
If you care more about the accommodation and having a unique experience than about the destination itself, then you are in for a treat. Ohio has several unique accommodation choices for couples looking for a different kind of getaway. Whether you want to sleep in a castle, a state park, a treehouse, or a cabin, you have lots of options to choose from.
- Ravenwood Castle in Hocking Hills lets you live out a medieval weekend in the woods. With cabins, cottages, and suites in the castle, there are many overnight choices.
- Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Ohio’s Mohican country offers luxury accommodations on a regal estate.
- The Mohicans Treehouse Resort has nine unique overnight treehouses to stay in; some of them are downright luxurious!
- Cuddle up in one of several cozy Treehouse Cabins in Hocking Hills
- For an overnight treehouse stay in Ohio’s Amish Country, check out the Berlin Woods Treehouses
- Cannaley Treehouse Village is another unique overnight spot that is part of Toledo Metroparks
- The Punderson Manor Lodge & Conference Center offers a unique opportunity to stay overnight in Punderson State Park, with several miles of trails to explore
- Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center is beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Erie, with Maumee State Park
- Visit Inn Walden for the ultimate luxury weekend getaway in Ohio. Spacious suites and an on-site spa make this the most decadent choice of all Ohio winter getaways for couples.
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon or just need a couples getaway, these destinations make the perfect romantic winter getaways in Ohio!