This Unexpected Midwest State Offers One-Of-A-Kind Winter Getaways For Couples

States like California and Florida often get extra attention because they're home to some of America's most popular tourist destinations. However, you'll find that every state boasts locations worth visiting. Ohio, for example, is one of the premier destinations for romantic winter getaways. This Midwestern state offers a charming and cozy atmosphere that makes it an ideal setting for a couple's trip. Between the state's snow-covered fields and enchanting forests, couples seeking a romantic escape will find themselves surrounded by a magical backdrop while visiting Ohio.

The state offers several secluded bed and breakfasts with an intimate ambiance, and the bustling metropolises provide diverse options for couples to unwind and reconnect over a candlelit dinner or bespoke cocktail. Its vibrant cityscapes offer a rich variety of arts and culture, while its countryside is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy winter recreational activities. With its natural beauty, urban attractions, and welcoming hospitality, Ohio is a great choice for couples seeking an idyllic winter retreat.

Visit Dublin for a romantic winter getaway

Located just outside of the state capital of Columbus, Dublin is one of Ohio's lesser-known gems in the wintertime. This city suburb becomes especially romantic come December when Christmas lights transform it into a whimsical Midwest wonderland. Grab a hot chocolate from a local cafe and walk beneath the display of lights for a simple, but heartwarming date night.

For an activity that's a little more interactive, go ice skating together at Riverside Crossing Park. There, you'll find an outdoor rink; and nearby, you'll also find plenty of shopping, entertainment, and dining in Bridge Park. For a literary date, explore Bridge Park's gorgeous, state-of-the-art library, the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Take a break and refuel while enjoying a romantic, delicious meal at one of Bridge Park's fantastic restaurants, like The Pearl or Kitchen Social. If you're hungry but want to stay on the go, visit Dublin's North Market. The beautiful space is packed with vendors selling local food and hand-crafted goods.

Romantic bed and breakfasts in Ohio

A night at a bed and breakfast exudes romance. The charm of individually decorated rooms and the comfort of a homemade breakfast make you feel more cared for than any larger accommodation could. Ohio has a reputation for its friendly, midwestern hospitality, and you and your partner will be sure to get the best of it at one of the state's phenomenal bed and breakfasts.

We suggest you book your stay at Pine Cove's Amish Country Lodging for a cozy getaway in the woods. These rustic, secluded accommodations in Millersburg, Ohio, are made to provide a romantic oasis for couples. With top-rated reviews, you and your partner can trust you'll enjoy a luxurious experience. Another incredible bed and breakfast option is Glenlaurel. This adorable Scottish inn looks like it was taken straight out of a Hallmark movie. With its top-of-the-line service and three-course country breakfast, you and your significant other will be in paradise whether you choose to stay in the inn or one of the more secluded cottages on the property. Not only is the inn itself dreamy, but the rolling hills, creeks, and waterfalls on the surrounding natural estate are a wonder. Having won Tripadvisor's 2023 Traveler's Choice Award, you can expect to be in for a treat.

Wine and dine with your loved one

There is no better way to bond with your loved one than over a delicious meal or drink. If you want a taste of Ohio's best dishes, Cincinnati is considered the culinary hotspot of Ohio, and we suggest you visit Sotto for a delectable Italian meal in a romantic setting. Located in the heart of the city, this top-rated restaurant satisfies both the stomach and the eyes. Between its mouthwatering mounds of pasta and a beautiful, rustic ambiance, couples are guaranteed to have a wonderful time.

While food is the way to the heart, wine is like the express lane to it. Relax and enjoy a glass or two at one of Ohio's many picturesque wineries. In particular, we recommend you plan a visit to Gervasi Vineyard. This upscale winery in Canton, Ohio, will make you and your partner feel like you've been transported to the rolling hills of Tuscany. Take a tour of the vineyard's sprawling estate and try exquisite local wines. Gervasi Vineyard also has three restaurants, a coffee house, and a craft cocktail lounge on-site. Spend a day wining and dining or make it a full-fledged winter wine getaway and stay overnight at Gervasi's beautiful boutique hotel.

Reconnect with your partner outdoors

A great way to reconnect with your partner is to get outdoors and do something active with one another. Overcoming a physical challenge together while immersed in the peace and wonder of nature is a sure way to feel closer and more united. Even during the winter, Ohio's countryside is a wonderful place to escape to. One of Ohio's popular outdoor attractions in the winter is Blue Hen Falls. A two-hour drive from Columbus, Blue Hen Falls is a stunning, natural 15-foot cascade in Brecksville, Ohio. Getting to the site requires a short hike. During the winter, you're likely to discover the once-flowing water halted in midair, frozen by the freezing temperatures.

If you and your partner enjoy skiing and snowboarding, consider booking your getaway at one of Ohio's ski hills. The largest ski resort in the state is Mad River Mountain, which is also one of the top-rated thanks to its unique terrain. This is a great spot for anyone — pros looking for spacious runs and beginners seeking to improve. The resort conveniently offers private skiing lessons and a variety of dining options.

For a rejuvenating experience in nature, head to Southeastern Ohio and visit Hocking Hills State Park region's famous Sauna Pods. Enjoy a revitalizing sweat session in a cedar sauna while listening to music and overlooking Hocking Hills' stunning winter scenery. 

Explore Cleveland for a romantic getaway

As the second-largest city in Ohio, Cleveland is the perfect place to explore the state's unique culture and enjoy adventurous dates. Escape the city's cold winter air and spend the day roaming the Museum of Contemporary Art. Admission is free and you'll find a brilliant display of the latest, most prominent artistic work. If visual art isn't you or your partner's cup of tea, get inspired and feel moved by a show at the Playhouse Square. This theater hosts a variety of renowned musicals, plays, and other performances every season.

If you think you can brave the cold, then bundle up and explore the expansive Cleveland Metroparks. Discover a winter wonderland while walking alongside the snow-covered trails and beautiful natural landscapes. When you get hungry, make sure to visit Cleveland's famous European-styled food hall, the West Side Market. After you get a bite at the market, we recommend you check out local breweries just blocks away like Market Garden, Nano Brew Cleveland, Great Lakes Brewing Company, and Hansa Brewery.