Hand in hand, my husband and I make our way along a cliff-side trail covered by a canopy of massive hemlock and birch trees until we reach Rock House, the only true cave in Hocking Hills State Park in southeast Ohio.
We peered nervously into the darkness expecting to confront a bear, only to hear the coos of nesting pigeons echo back at us through the cavernous 200-foot-long chamber. Rain began to fall, so my husband reached out his hand to pull me inside, and together we sat in the cave window wrapped in each other’s arms as we waited for the storm to pass.
While there’s no single formula for rekindling the romance in a relationship, the mystery and excitement of a weekend getaway can help. Ohio is full of industrial city escapes and rural retreats from the shores of Lake Erie to the foothills of Appalachia, where a change of scenery can make the sparks fly like the crackling flames in the stone fireplace of a private suite nestled deep in the woods.
These eight romantic getaways in Ohio will cater to your heart’s desire, whether you’re looking for new adventures together or an escape to a quiet cocoon of luxury.