Published February 2020

Looking for a little romance in your life? A quick getaway might be just what you need to spark the fire or reignite the flame in your relationship. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands offers a number of getaway ideas for two.

Karyn Locke from the blog Sand and Snow…and everywhere in between! visited the Shores & Islands region recently with her hubby, where they challenged each other with some friendly-competition, enjoyed a walk along the shore, learned a little history, tasted some delicious wines and libations, and indulged in some yummy eats. Read all about their romantic weekend at the coast.

So, what kind of romantic getaway will you find when you visit Lake Erie Shores & Islands with your sweetie? Here are a few more suggestions:

  • They say couples who play together, stay together. Get that adrenaline rush when you challenge each other to see who can climb the rock wall faster, chase each other through a laser tag arena, try to solve an escape room mystery, or play arcade games like a kid. Places like Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, Marketplace at the Cooke, and Cedar Corner Entertainment Complex make finding these activities easy. Check out all the indoor adventures you can pursue right now.
  • Cozy up together in front of a roaring fire. Resorts like Kalahari Resorts & Conventions and Great Wolf Lodge offer rooms with fireplaces. Historic bed & breakfasts, such as Captain Bell House or Wagner’s 1844 Inn, have fireplaces in sitting areas. Rent a cottage at Scenic Rock Ledge Inn, or a beach house like Plaz Vilka’s Beachfront House or Glass House, which all have fireplaces. Enjoy a romantic getaway with a private fireplace room at Red Fern Inn, located above Rocky Point Winery. There are plenty of lodging options in the region where fireplace dreams become reality.
  • Foodie couples will adore the dining opportunities in the Shores & Islands region. Enjoy an intimate gourmet dinner for two at a number of amazing eateries, like Bay Harbor Waterfront Dining, Chez Francois, Crush Wine Bar, Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano, The Wine Vault, Baci Restaurant and NiteClub, J Bistro, and more. In addition to culinary experiences that will delight, you can appreciate fine craft cocktails, local brews and wines, and unique libations. A fun way to sample the area’s craft beverage scene is through the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Cheers Trail, which features 19 locations. Visit six trail participants, which include breweries, wineries, and other craft-beverage-makers, make a qualifying purchase, and receive a complementary gift from Lake Erie Shores & Islands!
  • A lot of couples consider an island escape the perfect romantic getaway. Why spend most of your limited quality time traveling? We’ve got our own version of tropical islands here in the Midwest. In a short time, you can cross Lake Erie in a passenger ferry, plane, or private boat and feel whisked away to a secluded island paradise. Consider the Lake House at North Bass Island State Park for true seclusion, or stay at a remote condo, cottage, or cabin on quiet Kelleys Island or Middle Bass Island. If you are looking for more nightlife and attractions, peaceful and lovely accommodations can be found at Put-in-Bay as well, with a short walk or golf cart drive to all the action. Spring and fall are excellent seasons to enjoy the Lake Erie Islands with fewer crowds. Start planning now.


Check out accommodations, dining options, activities, and more to plan your perfect couples’ escape here at SHORESandISLANDS.com. And be sure to check out the Lodging Packages, Shore Savings, and Events Calendar to make the most of your time together. Start Coasting together today.