Whether you prefer the secluded setting of Cuyahoga Valley National Park or the urban landscape of downtown Cincinnati, a vacation in Ohio offers plenty of opportunities for romance. For a cozy Valentine’s Day getaway in a wintry wonderland setting, book an Ohio vacation rental. Enjoy fine dining, romantic events, and beautiful views of lakes and forests. Plan for a wonderful escape with your significant other in these cities.

1. Enjoy Lakeside Views in Vermilion

Experience a small-town Valentine’s Day on the shores of Lake Erie with a vacation rental in Vermilion. If you love shopping, take a stroll around downtown enjoying the beautiful lake views and browsing the assortment of quaint shops, including Lee’s Landing for Lake Erie merchandise and The Olive Scene for tasty tidbits to take back to your vacation rental. Be sure to stop into Brummer’s Chocolates for a Valentine’s treat and The Silly Goose for local wines to make the day extra special. For a romantic interlude with sophisticated food options in a warm, welcoming dining room, stop by Touche for a light dinner and wine. Touche also offers wine, beer, and liquor tastings, so be sure to check the event schedule.

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2. Ride the Train in Sagamore Hills

Book a vacation rental in Sagamore Hills for a private Valentine’s Day getaway surrounded by the gorgeous natural beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Even in February, the short, easy-to-walk Brandywine Gorge Trail offers a spectacular lookout point near the top of the falls. Experience even more of the park’s beauty with a Valentine’s dinner aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. This annual event departs and returns to Rockside Station for your convenience, and includes a fabulous dinner prepared by a local restaurant with complimentary wine pairings.

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3. Indulge Your Palate in Lancaster

Enjoy a romantic day with your beer-loving special someone at Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster. Start with a stop at Katzinger’s Deli for a selection of meats and cheeses to enjoy with your beer, then head to the brewery’s tasting room located in a gorgeous historic farmhouse. The brewery encourages guests to make themselves comfortable, so enjoy your food while you sample the delicious pairings recommended by the brewery’s experts. After your tastings, bundle up and take a stroll through the grounds for beautiful views of the wintry woods. For a relaxing experience you can share together, Blue Valley Massage in Lancaster offers special couples’ massages. Sign up for the Romantic Side by Side package for an hour of deep relaxation, including scented oils and romantic background music.

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4. Have a Victorian Valentine’s Day in Akron

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Victorian style at the Hower House Museum. Built in the 1870s, this historic mansion houses an extensive vintage Valentine’s collection alongside assorted Victorian treasures in its 28 rooms. Make reservations for a Victorian-style tea in the dining room, and pick up a souvenir of your date in the museum’s Cellar Door Store. Consider preparing a special Valentine’s dinner together in the comfort of your vacation rental, and then upping the ambiance with a singing Valentine from Akron’s Derbytown Men’s Chorus. The chorus sends a barbershop-style quartet to serenade you with a romantic song, a bouquet of roses, and chocolate dessert, making your getaway extra special. Be sure to reserve early to ensure you get a time slot.

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5. Revel in Romance in Columbus

Provide the perfect prelude to a romantic Valentine’s night by spending an afternoon in Columbus’s German Village. Browse through The Book Loft, a rambling old building featuring 32 rooms of literary treasures, looking for romantic finds to share with each other, then head to Pistachia Vera to pick up special pastries to take back to your vacation rental for a romantic breakfast the next day. G. Michael’s Bistro is the go-to place in Columbus for a romantic dinner with an upscale atmosphere. From broiled quail to braised lamb shanks and fried Gerber chicken, this establishment uses local foods to reinvent traditional Southern dishes for innovative food that remains hearty and familiar.

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6. Get Close to Nature in Logan

Set out at dusk to Logan’s Hocking Hills State Park for its annual Sweethearts Hike to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day in nature. This romantic event takes you over the gorge trail with gorgeous views of Ash Cave, the largest recess cave in Ohio. Here, a cozy fire awaits along with warm beverages and desserts to eat underneath the stars. If your celebration requires fine dining, make reservations for the Valentine’s special at Kindred Spirits, located at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. This delectable meal includes many locally produced ingredients served at a cozy table for two in a historic 1840s-era log cabin.

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7. Relax on the River in Cincinnati

For a romantic getaway on the Ohio River, head to Cincinnati for your Valentine’s Day vacation. Take in the beauty of the setting with a ride to the top of the Carew Building for a scenic view from the city’s highest observation deck, then get out on the river for a romantic dinner, riverboat style. BB Riverboats offers Valentine’s buffet river cruises with musical entertainment for a special evening for the two of you. If you want some sweets when you get back ashore, visit the Krohn Conservatory’s special adults-only Krohn by Candlelight event. Visitors get to stroll the exhibits in the twilight hours, learning more about chocolate along while sampling delicious treats.

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