I’ve got a treat for you, this Valentine’s Day season! Ok, I can’t take full credit, but I’ll take some for pointing you in the right direction. Conveniently sandwiching Vday 2018 is a holiday weekend. Completely caught up in work and life and missed that this weekend is President’s Day weekend? Don’t worry! There is still time to take advantage and to spend some time sharing the love this weekend. Last week was a great Part I of some fun places to spend the weekend. This week we will seek out a couple of other fun places in Ohio to spend the weekend. Let’s go! <3
Share the love of: GRANVILLE!
So there is this little town to the East of Columbus that is SO CUTE. It’s quaint, it’s walkable and it’s romantic. Even better, there are tons of great places to stay there. TJ and I went to Granville for a Saturday and picked up a fabulous cup of joe from The Village Coffee Company, strolled the famous Granville Farmer’s Market (they have a winter version!) and took a long winding stroll up to the beautiful Denison University campus. Beer fan? You can knock off multiple stops on the Columbus Ale Trail within downtown Granville and a short drive’s radius. Obviously, with so many things to do, you’ll need a place to stay. Luckily, there are TONS of options.
- Dinner, a movie and an overnight at The Granville Inn
- Massage and an overnight at Orchard House B&B (try glamping when it’s warmer!)
- Dinner, chocolates and an overnight at the historic Buxton Inn
- Indulge in the best at award winning Welsh Hills Inn
Share the love of: SMALL TOWN CHARM
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’m from a small town. If I didn’t take the opportunity to showcase my neck of the woods for this V-Day season, I’d be crazy! If you’re looking for a getaway to a high-end hotel, in a small town, I’ve got you covered. Go check out the St. Paul Hotel in the heart of Wooster. Within walking distance is fantastic food at City Square Steakhouse or grab a glass of vino around the corner next door at H2 Wine Merchants . Great news – at the St. Paul Hotel, they serve you breakfast in bed. There is literally no reason to leave your room, specially if you book the Grand Suite, complete with a private hot tub. If I could convince you to leave the hotel in the morning, it might be to grab a delicious Harney & Sons tea and pastry from Tulipan Pastry & Coffee Shop before strolling the independent shops all down Market Street.
Share the love of: THE CITY
Not into the small town vibes? How about you check out some of the cool places Ohio’s major metros have to offer?
CINCINNATI: Cincinnati seems to be a city of historic hotels, let’s embrace it! Greater Cincinnati is home to not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 historic hotels. Visit the Queen City for fantastic food (still one of my favorite fine dining, foodie towns!) and check out the historic Cincinnatian Hotel or Hilton Netherland Plaza downtown, or the Golden Lamb Inn in Lebanon or the Mariemont Inn in Mariemont.
COLUMBUS: See the Columbus Symphony at the historic Ohio Theater, have after-show drinks at Denmark on High in the Short North and cozy up under the stars at the all new Hotel LeVeque in the historic LeVeque tower.
DAYTON: I gave you my “must do” in Greater Dayton in last week’s post. For sure you need to check out the Blue Note Jazz Club. And have you spent time in downtown Yellow Springs yet? Get with it! It’s super hip.
TOLEDO: What do you get when you pair an historic building and a chic brand known for incorporating local flavor into major renovations? The Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. Chilly up on the banks of the Maumee River in February? You can stay inside – grab a cocktail at R Lounge and enjoy checking out all of the art and design elements inspired by “The Glass City” or stroll along the Pedway to the Imagination Station Science Museum.
Share the love of: BACKYARD RESORTS
What? I know we’re in Ohio, but we do have resorts here people! Maybe you can’t get to Florida this weekend, but you can certainly get to one of these super cool locations that provide year-round activities and great food.
Kalahari Resort – Sandusky
Zip down a slide or two (because you know you want to!) and then settle in around the bar in the adults-only hot tub. Grab a bite of dinner at one of its many onsite restaurants, or head into downtown Sandusky for a romantic dinner on the lake.
Avalon Inn & Resort – Warren
Wowing members for decades, the Avalon Inn & Resort now welcomes the public with open arms to enjoy the extensive amenities, beautifully upgraded rooms and fantastic cuisine at this year-round resort on the Eastern side of Ohio. It might be a little chilly to golf, but the Avalon Inn has an indoor pool, a golf simulator, a rec room with games, indoor tennis courts and a slew of onsite restaurants.
“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck