Here in Ohio, sometimes you have to drive for a few hours to find a hidden gem—but that’s perfectly OK. From incredible markets you’ll spend hours exploring to enchanted castles hiding in the forest, the following are 12 places in Ohio way out in the boonies.
Gas up the car. They’re worth the journey.
1. Hide-Away Country Inn (Bucyrus)
One of the state’s most unique inns is tucked away in the small town of Bucyrus. Hide-Away Country Inn features 12 themed rooms and suites that are downright picture perfect. From an elaborate Louie XIV suite to a beautiful Out of Africa room, there’s something for everyone here. You'll find it at 1601 State Route 4, Bucyrus, OH 44820.
2. End of the Commons General Store (Mesopotamia)
Ohio's oldest general store appropriately sits in the heart of Amish country. You'll find this truly charming general store at the center of Mesopotamia Township, the fourth largest Amish settlement in the country and the second largest settlement in Ohio. End of the Commons General Store has been in operation since the 1840s and is located at 4366 Kinsman Rd., Mesopotamia, OH 44439.
3. Ravenwood Castle (New Plymouth)
If you’ve ever longed for a Medieval experience (complete with many of the comforts of home,) you’ll definitely want to check out Ravenwood Castle. This lovely little Medieval structure is tucked away in the scenic Hocking Hills in New Plymouth. You can choose to stay in a castle room or a Medieval Village Cottage. You can even camp in a gypsy wagon or stay in a cabin in the Huntsman's Hollow out back. This unique getaway is located at located at 65666 Bethel Rd., New Plymouth, OH 45654.
4. Malabar Farm (Lucas)
If you live in Ohio and have yet to visit Malabar Farm State Park, you’re truly missing out. Nestled in the hills of Pleasant Valley in Lucas, Ohio is a picture perfect farm with an unbelievably nice restaurant. It’s beloved by locals and a hidden gem to Ohioans who don’t live in the area. It's located at 3645 Pleasant Valley Road, Lucas, OH 44843.
5. Hocking Hills Market (Rockbridge)
Open all year round is the Hocking Hills Market in Rockbridge, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from sunrise until 5 p.m., where you can hunt for unique indoor and outdoor treasures. It is located at 26792 US Highway 33, Rockbridge, OH 43149.
6. Stockport Mill Inn (Stockport)
The last remaining mill on the Muskingum River is now a one-of-a-kind overnight getaway and restaurant. Today it is still powered by hydroelectricity, and the mill itself has been in operation since 1842. Stockport Mill Inn is located at 1995 Broadway St., Stockport, OH 43787.
7. Idle-Hour Ranch (Troy)
If you’re looking for a fun place to take the whole family this summer, then you should consider visiting one of Ohio’s best, little-known attractions. Idle-Hour Ranch in Troy, Ohio offers visitors a truly unique experience with animals you wouldn’t really expect to find in Ohio. From camels to elephants, you never know what you’ll encounter at this family owned and operated ranch. You'll find it at 4845 W Fenner Rd., Troy, OH 45373.
8. Landoll's Mohican Castle (Loudonville)
Landoll’s Mohican Castle is one of those pleasantly unexpected places—and when you step foot onto its grounds, you feel like you’ve stumbled across an enchanted Ohio secret. Located in Loudonville, this lovely little getaway features gorgeous suites, murder mystery dinners and other amenities sure to make you feel like the king/queen of this whimsical castle in the middle of the forest. You'll find it at 561 Twp. Rd. 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842.
9. Lehman's Hardware (Dalton)
This unique store in Ohio Amish Country specializes in antique style appliances, retro home furnishings, non-electric kitchenware, old-time toys and a lot more items that will take you back to yesteryear. It is located at 4779 Kidron Rd., Dalton, OH 44618.
10. Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery (Millersburg)
This lovely Millersburg farm and bakery is the perfect day trip destination or stop when you're exploring Ohio's Amish Country. The heartwarming setting itself is enough to make you stop and stay while. But it's the goodies inside that make it really worth the trip. (The fry pies and the cinnamon rolls are simply irresistible.) You'll find it at 5452 State Route 557, Millersburg, Ohio 44654.
11. Clifton Mill (Clifton)
One of the largest water powered grist mills still in existence, Clifton Mill is fueled by the Little Miami River. This historic site of Clifton Mill features a vintage mill, a covered bridge, a 1940s-era gas station and a quaint American restaurant. It's located at 75 Water St., Clifton, OH 45316.
12. Glenlaurel Inn and Cottages (Rockbridge)
This lovely little romantic getaway features Scottish-themed decor, private decks with hot tubs, gourmet breakfast and dinners with bagpipe entertainment. Glenlaurel Inn and Cottages doesn't allow children or pets and is located at 14940 Mount Olive Rd., Rockbridge, OH 43149.
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