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Issue Date: February 2004 Issue


Retreat to Romance

Get away from the kids, the dog, the job and the house. Here are 10 places around the state where you can make the most of your time together.
Lindsay LeChorchick

Buckeye Cabins

Hocking Hills

1-800-344-3456, www.buckeyecabins.com

Buckeye Cabins mixes old and new in three au- thentic log cabins that feature satellite television and hot tubs. This destination is for the do-it-yourselfers, as there are no prepared meals or outside activities planned. There is, however, a complete kitchen where you and your sweetheart can prepare a candlelit meal. Owner John Reedy says romance is what you make it, and there are plenty of opportunities at Buckeye Cabins, even if it's something as simple as sitting in front of the fireplace together. Rates range from $135 to $175 a night.

Colonel Taylor

Cambridge

(740) 432-7802, www.coltaylorinnbb.com

You’ll stay warm and cozy on those frosty February nights sitting by the fireplaces featured in every room of this Victorian mansion. "She’s a grand old lady and is meant to be shared," owner Patricia Irvin says of her inn. For February, Irvin has put together a package of romantic essentials, including a night’s stay, two dinners, a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses and a box of chocolates, for $250.

Donna’s Premier Lodging

Berlin

(330) 893-3068, www.donnasofberlin.com

Yes, it’s kitschy, but the heart-shaped Jacuzzis and billiard tables in many of the rooms can add loads of romantic fun to your retreat. Couples can rent private cottages, cabins, chalets or villas for their together time. Owner Donna Marie Schlabach encourages guests to try an in-room massage or have a hot country breakfast delivered to their door. Weekend rates range from $199 to $249 a night.

Glenlaurel

Rockbridge

1-800-809-REST (1-800-809-7378), www.glenlaurelinn.com

February is "snuggle season" at Glenlaurel, the prime time to escape to a comfortable cottage, room or croft (named for the farmhouses of Scotland). The property is modeled after the Scottish countryside, complete with exposed-brick buildings. Romantic dinners include soft background music, tables adorned with fresh roses and a pre-meal poetry reading by innkeeper Michael Daniels. Weekend rates range from $149 to $319 a night.

The Inn at Cedar Falls

Logan

1-800-65-FALLS, www.innatcedarfalls.com

The atmosphere here is romance-movie perfect. Go horseback riding through the snow or take a carriage ride through the majestic Hocking Hills. The inn’s accommodating service keeps patrons returning to Logan year after year, according to innkeeper Ellen Grinsfelder. Couples getting away for Valentine’s Day also have the option of an elaborate five-course meal by candlelight for $39. Weekend rates range from $99 to $215 a night.

The Inn at Honey Run

Millersburg

(330) 674-0011, www.innathoneyrun.com

This place gives new meaning to the term "love nest." Couples can choose from rooms at the inn, secluded guesthouses or the unique Honeycombs complex, a structure housing eight individual rooms, all with fireplaces, that are built into a hillside. Surrounded by 60 acres of woodlands, "it’s a good place to recharge your batteries," says sales director Karole Butler. Weekend rates range from $109 to $195 a night.

Landoll’s Mohican Castle

Loudonville

1-800-291-5001, www.landollsmohicancastle.com

There is an obvious draw to this location: It is a real castle in the middle of nowhere. But don’t think a castle means medieval comfort. These rooms are some of the finest in the state, decked out with imported tile and other elegant touches. Beyond the castle, there are 1,100 acres of land to wander hand-in-hand, says general manager Shawn Landoll. Weekend rates range from $225 to $495 a night.

Murphin Ridge Inn

West Union

(937) 544-2263, www.murphinridgeinn.com

It’s all about the mood at Murphin, according to owner Darryl McKenney. Rooms feature CD players and comfortable bath-robes, while cabins also boast couple showers and whirlpools. And there are no televisions at this inn. "The whole focus is on the two being together, spending time together and being one," says McKenney. Weekend rates range from $120 to $195.

Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast

Dellroy

1-866-4LAKEVU, www.atwoodlake.com

Who wouldn’t want to spend Valentine’s Day in a place designated as the nation’s sixth-best place for kissing by %rrington’s Bed and Breakfast Journalý If you venture outside, the inn overlooks Atwood Lake with a nearby beach, park and horseback riding trails. A special package of a dozen roses, chocolates and a bottle of wine has been put together for Feb. 14. Rates range from $150 to $175 a night, $225 a night for the Honeymoon Suite. The V-Day package can be added for $125.

White Oak Inn

Danville

1-877-908-5923, www.whiteoakinn.com

Relaxation is simply part of the package at White Oak, where guests can stroll the 15 acres of wooded grounds, enjoy a gourmet home-cooked meal and then return to a luxury cabin or spacious guesthouse room. February brings a sweet holiday flavor, as all meals have a chocolate theme, such as the signature chocolate waffle for breakfast, says owner Ian Martin. Weekend rates range from $85 to $195 a night.


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