Experience Ohio’s many unique and romantic locations
Valentine’s Day is a day to spend with your special someone, gathering memories and enjoying meaningful time together. Ohio has much to offer for Valentine’s Day, from chocolate-making to romantic hide-a-ways.
Visit the city of love
Loveland, a small city northeast of Cincinnati, has been named the “Sweetheart of Ohio.” If you visit Loveland on an average day, you’ll see the city’s heart logo scattered throughout its streets. It’s on Valentine’s Day, however, that Loveland comes alive. The celebration begins weeks in advance. A special community Valentine’s Day Breakfast takes place on the morning of the romantic day. A poetry contest is held, and other celebrations are held through the holiday. Valentine’s Day is the only day of the year when non-residents of the city may reserve Loveland City Hall for weddings. For more information, contact the Loveland Chamber of Commerce at http://www.lovelandchamber.org or call (513) 683-1544.
Dine from the four food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and chocolate truffles
Spend an afternoon in decadence touring the Harry London chocolate factory. Located in North Canton, the factory gives daily tours every hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Advance reservations are required.) After the tour, visit the retail store where almost 500 types of chocolate are displayed and ready for tasting. Call 1-800-321-0444 (ext. 119) to make a reservation for the tour or visit http://www.harrylondon.com.
Take in the lake views
Although it’s still too chilly in February to enjoy all Lake Erie offers, views of the lake amaze visitors all year long. Spend an evening at The Lakehouse Inn and Winery in Geneva-on-the-Lake. Located on the banks of Lake Erie, the Lakehouse offers a romantic spa experience, restaurant, bed and breakfast, cottages and a fully-stocked winery. (Please remember to drink responsibly.) Visit http://www.thelakehouseinn.com for details.
Trek through the jungle
If an evening at home is more your style, opt for a home-crafted meal from Jungle Jim’s Market in Fairfield. With ingredients from all around the world, Jungle Jim’s brings foodies together in a way no other grocery store can accomplish. Spend an entire afternoon with your Valentine browsing the aisles of eclectic foods and then the evening preparing an intimate dinner together. Don’t forget to visit the bakery, where dessert cases are filled with decadent sweet treats. To learn more, visit http://www.junglejims.com.
Explore royal heritage
Become royalty for an afternoon or a weekend at the Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth. Nestled in the hills of southeastern Ohio, the Ravenwood Castle provides the experience of visiting a British Palace. Dine for lunch in the Coach House Team Room, or visit for dinner in the castle’s grand hall (call for availability). If you’re staying the night, you can choose from castle accommodations or from the medieval cottages or fairy tale cabins. The Ravenwood Castle is a great choice for Valentine’s Day. Visit http://www.ravenwoodcastle.com for additional information.
Experience Ohio during Valentine’s Day by visiting one of the state’s many unique and romantic locations.