There’s something about small town charm that’s downright romantic.
Here in Ohio, some of the best attractions, dining and scenery are hiding in our small towns—and the slower pace of life just adds to the ambience. From stunning waterfront towns to historic villages with old world charm, the following are 11 of what we consider to be the most romantic small towns in Ohio. See how many you’ve been to before:
With a name like Loveland, how could it not be beautiful and romantic? Home to the historic Loveland Castle, this lovely little town covers just five square miles in the greater Cincinnati area. Loveland also straddles the Little Miami River (pictured,) and is known for its beautiful bike path, the Little Miami Scenic River Bike Trail.
The small town of Zoar, Ohio is a historic German village most people in the state (surprisingly) don’t know about. Beautifully preserved and full of fun places to explore, you’ll fall in love with this little-known town. The village of Zoar has more than 50 of the original historic structures and buildings still standing today. Consequently, the town has preserved much of its old world charm.
3. Chagrin Falls
Residents and visitors alike can agree that Chagrin Falls is an enchanting little town. Maybe it’s because it’s centered around a gorgeous waterfall. Maybe it’s because it has a delightful popcorn shop that’s one-of-a-kind. Maybe it’s the friendly people you meet while you’re there. Whatever the reason, Chagrin Falls in northeast Ohio is a delightful small town you simply have to visit.
The historic riverboat town of Marietta is known as the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. The town borders West Virginia and is nestled along the banks of both the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. It's also known for its Victorian-style houses, European ambience, brick streets and sternwheelers.
This quaint Ashtabula County village is home to just 1,288 residents but it truly comes alive in the summer months when it becomes a popular resort and camping spot. Enjoy stunning views of Lake Erie, local wines and other attractions at this beautiful village.
One of the most charming, overlooked towns in Ohio is Granville. It’s a quaint college town with New England charm, it’s full of history and there’s plenty to do and see. The town prides itself in its history and heritage. You'll find several historical markers and museums throughout town.
7. Grand Rapids
If you try to find a village like the charming village of Grand Rapids, Ohio, you likely won’t be able to. Along the southern bank of the Maumee River, just southwest of Toledo, you’ll find a restored canal town that’s truly one of a kind. With a population of about 986, it’s a quaint place to live and the perfect place to visit for a day trip. (At the town's Providence Metropark, you can even ride on a canal boat pulled by mules down the restored Miami & Erie Canal.)
8. Yellow Springs
Home to Antioch College and a colorful downtown, this artsy little town is a safe haven for those looking to indulge in creativity and the quirkiness of small town living. Knit graffiti is common here, and popular amenities include the twice-a-year Yellow Springs Street Fair, the Glen Helen Nature Reserve and the nearby John Bryan State Park.
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This gorgeous Warren County city is home to a beautiful downtown, several antique and gift shops, a scenic railway and more. Be sure to grab a meal (or stay overnight) at The Golden Lamb, which is Ohio's oldest continually operating hotel and restaurant. Established in 1803, it's hosted several famous guests such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and several U.S. Presidents.
At the tip of the scenic Marblehead Peninsula the charming town of Marblehead features the iconic Marblehead Lighthouse, beautiful views of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay and boating culture. The lighthouse is the Great Lakes' oldest continuously operating lighthouse and is open for tours during the summer.
Famously known as the home of the World's Largest Cuckoo Clock this Tuscarawas County village is home to approximately 2,220 people. "The Little Switzerland of Ohio" comes alive every summer with visitors touring Ohio Amish Country and the Ohio Swiss Festival in September.