Valentine’s Day is one week away. Do you have plans booked for you and your sweetheart? Contrary to what you might think, Ohio is actually full of romantic destinations and attractions that will make your significant other fall in love with you all over again. From castle getaways to riverboat cruises, here are 14 unique and romantic spots and attractions in Ohio that are picture perfect for Valentine’s Day.
1. Book a weekend stay at a charming bed and breakfast.
For the ultimate romantic getaway and an exceptionally delicious breakfast, stay at one of Ohio's many beautiful bed and breakfasts. (Pictured is Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast in Dellroy.)
2. Schedule/attend a wine tasting.
Because there's nothing more romantic than a wine tasting to set the mood--and because Ohio is home to more than 150 wineries. (Pictured: Vinoklet Winery in Cincinnati where, as an added bonus, there is a heart-shaped lake. A HEART-SHAPED lake.)
3. Explore the Chateau Laroche…
Prove to your date that chivalry isn't dead and explore this historic medieval-style structure (more commonly known as the Loveland Castle,) and its beautiful gardens in Loveland for just $5. Built brick-by-brick by just one man, this gem along the banks of the little Miami River will surely charm you and your date. (And, seriously, WHAT is more romantic than a CASTLE in a place called LOVELAND?)
4. …or stay overnight in a castle.
For a more elaborate date night that you plan to turn into a weekend, stay at one of Ohio's very own castle getaways. (Pictured: Landoll's Mohican Castle.)
5. Stroll through an enchanting garden.
Just because it's the dead of winter doesn't mean there aren't sill beautiful indoor gardens to explore. (Pictured is the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati.)
6. Hike to an inspiring view.
Take your pick of one of Ohio's beautiful state parks and hike to your favorite view. (Pictured is Ledges Overlook at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.)
7. Take a hot air balloon ride.
Feel what it's like to fly over Ohio with your significant other. To learn more about booking a romantic hot air balloon ride, click
8. Stay at The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard.
Canton is home to this upscale Tuscan inspired inn housing six Gervasi Villas, each comprised of four individual suites. This beautiful Italian getaway also (appropriately) features an Italian restaurant and winery.
9. Board a riverboat dinner cruise.
"Because it's better on the river," BB Riverboats in Newport, Kentucky offers a special Valentine's Day dinner cruise on the Ohio River. For more information, click
10. Watch the sun set over the shores of Lake Erie.
Even in the winter months, Ohio's own sort of ocean offers spectacular serenity. (Pictured: Lorain Lighthouse.)
11. Take the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Tour.
If scenic drives and covered bridges charm your significant other, this option is for you. Drive through America's shortest and longest covered bridge along this scenic route, which features 18 covered bridges in Ashtabula County. Begin your drive at the Netcher Road bridge near Jefferson and continue to the Smolen-Gulf Bridge (pictured) near the Ashtabula River. To view a map of the complete routes of this drive click
12. Book a weekend away in a cabin or treehouse.
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Ohio's state parks and state forests are full of beautiful cabin (and even treehouse) getaways you can book for a tranquil, cozy weekend away. (Pictured: White Oak Treehouse at The Mohicans Cabins and Treehouses.)
13. Observe fine art.
Ohio is full of several impressive art museums where you can impress your date with your knowledge of art. (Pictured: The Cleveland Museum of Art.)
14. Dine with a view.
For a twist on the traditional dinner date night, check out one of our previous lists of
Ohio's scenic restaurants
, where the views are just as captivating as the food. (Pictured: Primavista in Cincinnati.)
Do any of these ideas interest you? Share your thoughts and Valentine’s Day plans with us in the comments below!