It’s winter and your relationship is suffocating.
The looming Columbus skyline has an icy cold grip on you and your significant other’s motivation to smile at each other. Escape is mandatory but seems unattainable due to your chaotic schedule or your conviction Ohio winter presents nothing cool. Do not fret, for (614) has scoped out exciting, affordable, and driveable romantic getaways that could have you reconnecting with your lover amidst a killer scenic backdrop. Or, at the very least, preventing another night of watching Groundhog Day:
Lazy Lane Cabins, Hocking Hills
Nestled between the winding hills of eastern Ohio, Lazy Lane Cabins offers a secluded romantic getaway far from the concerns of the big city. There is plenty of adventuring to be had in the Hocking Hills State Park, from scenic hiking destinations to crackling fire pits. Plus, who doesn’t want to be naked, fully immersed in a Jacuzzi surrounded by nature in the middle of winter with your lover? Cabins range from $80-100 per night, a small price to pay for whoopie in the woods.
Ravenwood Castle, Hocking Hills
Feel like you deserve to be treated as royalty? So does (614). For $130 a night, you are not only encompassed by the amazing Hocking Hills, but you can also be in a freaking castle. Each room conforms to a different theme, whether it is the gloomy yet elegant ambiance of The Duke’s Dungeon (weapons not included) or the majesty of the Queen Victoria Suite. Also, they have monthly murder-mystery parties if you are into that sort of thing.
Riverdog Retreat, Oberlin
Originally a 19th century homestead in the wilds of Oberlin, Riverdog Retreat sits on 20 acres overlooking the valley of the East Fork of the Vermillion River. Huddled near Findlay State Park and just miles from the Allen Art Museum, there is plenty to do for indoor and outdoor lovers alike. For $150 a night, you can enjoy the best scenery Ohio has to offer. Each rental property is a standalone house, including everything from adorable kitchenettes to multiple breakfast nooks. Secluded, rustic, romantic, comfortable, and more than anything, affordable.
The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard, Canton
Do you like getting drunk, but in the classiest way possible? Sure you do. For fewer than $200 a night, you can enjoy the luxurious escape of a vineyard without traveling across the country. More than 30 types of artisan wines are produced exclusively from Gervasi’s six acres. The lavish suites are downright swanky. Gervasi boasts simple pleasures such as calming day spas, wine tastings, and stone fireplaces so you and your lover can relax in intoxicating luxury not far from home.
Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa, Thompsonville, Michigan
Only six hours stands between you and a mountainous, romantic adventure. Go skiing, tour wineries, and be pampered with your significant other. Be prepared to spend a little bit more, at $200 a night, but it will be worth your while. With more than 250 rooms, suites, condos, townhomes, and resort residences available, there are many different types of dwellings depending on the size of your wallet. You want it, they got it: outdoor skating rinks, cross country skiing, and snow sports lessons for beginners. Crystal Mountain provides the class and elegance of Vail or Aspen, just one state away.
Buxton Inn, Granville
Once an old-timey tavern built in 1812, the Buxton Inn is now known as the best and oldest bed and breakfast in Ohio. Built in the lovely little historical burrough that is Granville, the Buxton Inn is an affordable way to travel back in time without sacrificing comfort. Plus, contemporary cellist Yoyo Ma and President Abraham Lincoln once bedded down there. But you don’t have to warm up your cello or run for office: $100 a night will secure you a room in this near-ancient wonderland.
Fieldcrest Estate, North Canton
Built in 1918, the Fieldcrest Estate is an accesible option to claim that you once spent an “evening at an estate.” Lodge rooms ($119) are serene and secluded, delicate and historical, and the Fieldcrest Estate provides a perfect getaway to blow of some steam in the country. Still not convinced? Fieldcrest hosts the annual Wizard’s Gathering—an offbeat tribute to all things warlock. Romantic and really nerdy is a tough combo to beat.
Hueston Woods, College Corner
Do you care about the environment? Do you care that your lodging selection cares about the environment? Hueston Woods lodge not only provides comfy, secluded cabins and housing, but also boasts a green initiative, a focus on environmental sustainability via giving back to the state parks that surround the resort. The lodge is located on its own set of woods just five miles from Miami University, perfect for adventuring and connecting during a winter stroll with your significant other.
Murphin Ridge Inn, West Union
Located just miles from Ohio’s famous Serpent Mound and Adams Lake State Park, the Murphin Ridge Inn is a couples-oriented bed and breakfast where business is romance. For extra cash, they offer special packages like the “SweetHeart Retreat Package,” which includes two one-hour massages and a couple of robes to lounge around in. Or if you and your lover are expecting, the “Pre-Baby Getaway” throws in a jar of Amish pickles and a Murphin Ridge baby bib. (Hell even if you’re not expecting, just get weird with it). They offer the choice of staying in a rustic-yet-stylish cabin in the woods, or a modern and spacious room in the inn. Rates start at $120.
Water’s Edge Luxury Retreat, Kelleys Island
Featured on NBC’s Today show and in Travel & Leisure Magazine, Water’s Edge has certainly made a claim to fame as one of America’s finest romantic getaways—right here in Ohio. Located on Kelleys Island, Water’s Edge Bed and Breakfast looks like an oversized Victorian dollhouse, generously painted robins egg blue and flamingo pink—something you might imagine on an old postcard from the ’50s. Even better news, Water’s Edge offers off-season discounts in the winter time, with some rooms dropping down to $200 a night. Aptly named, Water’s Edge is right near the beach, so you and your sweetheart can get down to the soothing sounds of the waves.