Winter Getaways: Bed & Breakfasts

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Getaways for those who prefer pampering over winter sports.

For some, winter getaways spell adventure. These hardy outdoor types see fresh snow as an opportunity to ski, hike, sled and skate. But what about the rest of us-the ones who would rather stay warm and dry while we sip on a hot beverage and watch snow fall outside the windows? Never fear. Many of Ohio's inns and bed and breakfasts are ideal destinations for those seeking cozy comfort during winter's harshest months.

Girls' getaway: Inn Walden, Aurora

Luxury may be an overused buzzword, but Walden is nothing if not luxurious: the inn and spa have both earned a four-star rating fromForbes. Spacious accommodations, a fine-dining restaurant and an onsite yoga studio all spell relaxation, but if you're looking for next-level pampering, visit the spa. Here, you get your own private spa suite with shower, steam room, tub and day bed (and with 30 minutes before and after your treatment built into every appointment, you can afford to doze for a bit after your massage)

Food and wine weekend: Villas at Gervasi Vineyard, Canton

Set on 55 acres, Gervasi Vineyard is much more than just a winery. The Tuscan-themed property offers two restaurants and AAA Four Diamond-rated villas for overnight stays. Tour the winery, take one of the regularly offered cooking classes and have dinner at the Bistro. Afterward, you don't have to drive home; instead, cozy up in front of the fireplace in your suite. Bonus: Every suite also features heated floors, heated towel bars and complimentary breakfast delivered to your villa.

Back-to-basics escape: Inn at Honey Run, Holmes County

Amish country is the perfect place to enjoy life's simpler pursuits, and Honey Run's special packages make it easy to do just that. The star-gazing experience helps you appreciate the beauty of the night sky, complete with sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries. Or, if you prefer to stay indoors, curl up in your room with some popcorn for a movie marathon. But the best part of visiting in January and February is lambing season-head to the barn to see new baby lambs from the inn's flock of Tunis

Digital detox: Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, Hocking Hills

If you're looking to disconnect, head to the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls. There are no phones or TVs on the property, which is surrounded by Hocking Hills State Park on three sides. (If you absolutely have to set your online fantasy football lineup while you're there, the inn recently added high-speed internet access, but we recommend staying off the grid.) Choose a room in the B&B, or, if you're looking for total seclusion, book one of the cottages or cabins. Then, head to the rustic spa for a relaxing treatment-licensed therapists offer everything from scrubs, wraps and massages to energy work and