Romantic Ohio Vacations

Renting a cottage on Lake Erie is just one romantic vacation option in Ohio.

Known for its famous attractions such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the state of Ohio attracts millions of visitors every year. The state is also a perfect spot for couples looking for a romantic vacation among the rolling Hocking Hills, on the sandy beaches along Lake Erie or on board a dinner cruise as part of a stay in Cincinnati.

Hocking Hills

Perfect for couples who equate a romantic getaway with lots of outdoor activities, Hocking Hills offers a several hiking, fishing and boating options. Old Man's Cave, one of the most popular outdoor sites in the area, intertwines six miles of trails and beautiful land formations. The Rock Bridge, a 50-foot natural land bridge and one of 12 such bridges in Ohio, also provides great photo opportunities.

For lodging in the Hocking Hills area, a popular choice among couples is renting a cabin or cottage for the week at Iris Villa or Irish Village in the town of Logan. The area also features a number of bed and breakfast options, including the Bittersweet Farms Bed & Breakfast in New Marshfield. Perfect for shoppers with an eye for antiques, the Logan Antique Mall is home to more than 100 antique dealers.

The area also offers fine dining options at a number of romantic restaurants, including Shaw's Restaurant in Lancaster, which offers an excellent selection of fresh seafood, steaks and prime rib, and the Glenlaurel Inn in Rockbridge, which serves six- and seven-course meals.

Ashtabula County

With 17 covered bridges, a number of wineries, the shores of Lake Erie and many shopping options, Ashtabula County offers a perfect romantic vacation for couples. A variety of activities and attractions make Ashtabula County their home, including Wild Waterworks water park, which is perfect for a fun, excitement-filled day, and the AC&J Scenic Line, a 12-mile round-trip train ride from Jefferson Depot to Carson Yard that travels through farm country and woodlands and is a good choice for couples looking for a laid-back relaxing afternoon.

The lodging options in the county include renting a lake-side cottage, perfect for viewing evening sunsets over the water and bed and breakfasts such as Beulah's Lakeside Inn at Geneva-on-the-Lake, which includes an on-site day spa.

Wineries and fine dining in the county complete a perfect romantic evening. Some of the more popular establishments are Tarsitano Winery & Cafe in Conneaut, fine dining at Crosswinds Grille at the Lakehouse Inn in Geneva-on-the-Lake and Ferrante Winery & Ristorante also located in Geneva.


With activities to last from early morning through the late evening, Cincinnati provides the perfect centralized point for a romantic vacation to the southwestern region of Ohio. For couples with an interest in a more high-energy, romantic vacation, King's Island amusement park offers thrilling roller coasters and rides, while Coney Island keeps its guests cool with fast water slides. Couples looking for a more traditional romantic activity may opt for a cruise on the Ohio River aboard riverboats while viewing the beautiful Cincinnati skyline, eating a romantic dinner over candlelight or dancing the night away to live on-board jazz bands.

For a highly romantic lodging option, the city offers luxurious historical downtown hotels, including the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza‎, which was built in 1931, and the Cincinnatian Hotel, which was‎ built in 1882. The city also boasts of a number of four-diamond-rated restaurants, including Boca, Celestial Steakhouse and Daveed's At 934.

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About the Author

John Biles has worked as a freelance reporter for the "North Hills News Record" and a freelance theater critic for the "Cranberry Journal." Biles was a volunteer columnist at and, a professional and independent source of news and information covering the Pittsburgh Steelers. He graduated from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications.

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