Before your little bundle of joy enters the world, enjoy an unforgettable extended weekend or week-long getaway full of romance and relaxation with your sweetheart. Look forward to admiring historic monuments and strolling along the beach. From cute cottages in small towns to hideaways on the shore of Lake Erie, Ohio vacation rentals are the perfect home base to unwind and relax after an activity-packed day. When you’re ready to start planning your babymoon itinerary, start with these vacation destinations in Ohio.
Unwind in the middle of Amish country with its slower pace of life in Millersburg. Hold hands as you explore the quaint downtown area and discover cute cafes and eclectic collection of shops, including Starlight Antiques and the small mall. Stop by Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery to pick up fresh bread and other produce to stock your pantry at the vacation rental, then sample a wide selection of Amish cheeses at Guggisberg Cheese and take a block home. Check the schedule and book tickets for an evening of comedy at the Amish Country Theater, which offers a variety of acts. Share a pot of cheese fondue at the Swiss-themed restaurant Chalet in the Valley Restaurant. If German food isn’t your thing, the Route 83 Restaurant has all your favorite American dishes.
Nestled along the shores of Lake Erie and a suburb of Toledo, Oregon is a hot spot for weddings due to its natural beauty and location near the Maumee Bay State Park. This state park has a lodge that hosts activities, such as guided walks and lectures, throughout the year that you can take part in before escaping to the privacy of your vacation rental in the evening. Black Forest Cafe can provide you take-out meals for a romantic picnic in the park, or opt to walk around the charming downtown area. Visit the Ahava Spa and Wellness Center for an afternoon massage or a yoga class to help you unwind. Book your table at Registry Bistro for a romantic meal of American classics with a twist, or indulge your craving for Italian at Mancy’s Italian Grill.
3. Kelleys Island
Find the perfect spot on the beach to watch the sun go down together on Kelleys Island. Walk hand-in-hand when you take a tour of the Glacial Grooves; these deep grooves feature fossils left behind after a glacier slid by the area. Select a seat on the top deck to cuddle together and feel the breeze when you take a boat ride with Goodtime Lake Erie Island Cruises. The captain points out areas of interest and provides more information on the ecosystem. Share in the romance of a lighthouse when you take a tour of the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, and throw a blanket in the shade for a picnic lunch. For a romantic meal and amazing views, get an outside table at the Dockers Waterfront Bar and Restaurant.
Home to Ohio University, Athens is a great place for a babymoon thanks to its historic downtown area and thriving food scene. Check the schedule at the Dairy Barn Arts Center. It hosts frequent art exhibits, live theater performances, and a variety of festivals throughout the year for an afternoon of fun or an evening date. Take your favorite recipe ingredient list to the Athens Farmers Market and pick up the items fresh from the farm to cook a meal together back at your vacation rental. There’s something romantic about train rides, and you and your sweetie can cuddle together in a restored train car on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway as it glides through the countryside.
Feel like you’re taking a babymoon in New England instead of Ohio when you choose Granville as your vacation destination. Walk down the sidewalk on the tree-lined streets to see the beautiful homes, many of them in the Greek Revival style. Take a tour of the Avery Downer House and Robbins Hunter Museum, or check for events during your time in town for a lecture or other exciting evening out. If you’re feeling up to it, book a tee time together for an afternoon of golfing at the Raccoon International Golf Club. Dine in grandeur at the Granville Inn Restaurant. This restaurant sits inside a European-style mansion.
Unwind and breathe in the fresh air with an outdoor-centered babymoon in Logan, offering easy access to nearby Hocking Hills State Park. Enjoy the beauty of nature at the Old Man’s Cave, and take the easy six-mile hike on the Grandma Gatewood Trail that takes you past another cave and waterfall. At Adventure Golf at Rempel’s Grove, you can spend some time golfing no matter how far along you are and remember vacations as a kid playing putt-putt. To bring back more fond childhood memories, stop by the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum to check out its collection of every manner pencil sharpener ever made.
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