Love—yep, it’s in the air. But chocolate-covered strawberries in heart-shaped boxes are so 2019. Ramp up your Valentine’s Day shenanigans to match the theme of the new decade: Leisure and Travel. Pack up your CR-V and take a weekend Valentine’s Day trip to one of these romantic couples retreats near Ohio.
About 150 miles from Dayton, in NE Ohio’s Amish Country, you’ll find a splendid, quiet getaway waiting for you: The Inn at Honey Run. Two dozen rooms, quaint yet modernized, offer an escape from Dayton and its 140,000 residents. But for that special valentine, consider booking one of the hotel’s hillside-built Honeycomb cottage suites. These enchanting rooms are ensconced in brick and feature a central gas fireplace, private patio and stunning views of the hills.
Going to pop the question on Valentine’s Day? Propose at one of the Inn’s club-level cottages, which feature wood-burning fireplaces and couple’s hot tubs. It’s 1,000 square feet of wall-to-wall romance.
Don’t forget the activities around Millersburg: couple’s massages can be scheduled at the spa, Amish buggy rides can be set up from the concierge desk, and unique boutiques and shoppes can be explored throughout the county. Just save room in your CR-V to bring a few antiques home—which shouldn’t be difficult considering max cargo space in the 2020 Honda CR-V comes in at a luxurious 75.8 cubic feet*.
Brown County, IN
Indiana isn’t known for romance, but the little area of Brown County lives in its own kissable bubble, complete with rentable private B&Bs, guest suites, cabins and even full ranches (yes, with horse stables). The area’s surrounded by woods—that’s its claim to fame—so you can go an entire weekend without interacting with another soul. That privacy makes for good star-gazing while soaking in a hot tub, which is the ideal activity on chilly evenings with your sweetie poo.
If you plan to head to Brown County from Richmond, IN, be prepared by downloading an offline map (or having an atlas) of the region, as connectivity is never guaranteed. You can download offline maps and driving directions on your mobile device, and use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay within your Honda CR-V’s infotainment system to find your way around Nashville.
For an Ohio weekend spa trip on Valentine’s Day, consider the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Vintage log cabins, minimalistic yurts and tons of charming cottages can be rented for a night or Friday-to-Sunday stay. Romantic vacation packages are available for couples, too, which include couples’ massages at the Hocking Hills spa and candlelit dinners at the inn’s onsite restaurant, Kindred Spirits. During the day, throw on some warm clothes and take a hike in Hocking Hills State Park—it’s stunning.
West Union, OH
Head South from Beavercreek to visit West Union’s spectacular Murphin Ridge Inn. Located just along the foothills of the Appalachians, this enormous resort-like property offers breathtaking views of the mountain range. Hike the area, which is highlighted by various natural waterfalls and ravines, or spend time in the neighboring towns to find a deal at any of the mom-and-pop shops. At night, the outdoor firepit awaits.
Ready for some Midwest wine tasting this Valentine’s Day? Check out Madison Vineyards in none other than Madison, IN. Their vineyard features 40 acres of grape-growing plots and a cozy bed & breakfast, with free wine tasting sessions going on all year long. “Romantic Getaway Packages” are also available, which include a 2-night stay, horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown, complimentary Madison Winery glasses and some other goodies.
This Valentine’s Day, set the bar high with a romantic escape from the couch. Swing by any of our Honda dealerships near Dayton or Richmond to get a sweet deal on a new or used Honda before your little weekend getaway gets underway. Find your nearest Miami Valley Honda Dealers store here and browse our Honda lease specials for current specials. Smooches!
* Cargo Volume: Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright