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Valentine’s Day Favorites Found in Mansfield Area

By Mansfield/Richland County CVB

February 9, 2016

Wineries, Stargazing, and Local Overnight Retreats lead the way to the Weekend!

Sometimes a short getaway close to home is just what you need in the cold winter months and Valentine’s Day could be the perfect time. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your special someone, then Richland County is your destination for Valentine’s Day. The Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau offers helpful ideas on ways to spend the special weekend like wine dinners, stargazing, and an evening with Old Blue Eyes.

Quality time with your sweetie has never been easier. Several hotels are offering romance packages with an emphasis on intimacy. Comfort Inn Splash Harbor, Quality Inn & Suites in Bellville, Quality Inn & Suites in Mansfield, and Spruce Hill Inn & Cottages have created Valentine’s Day and romantic specials that include little extras like king rooms, private Jacuzzi tubs locally-made chocolates, and noteworthy dining to enjoy. For a getaway close to home, also consider exploring one of the area’s many sought after bed and breakfasts. You’ll be amazed at how many options exist like The Wishmaker House Bed & Breakfast in Bellville, an upscale history-filled property that boasts its own winery. The Inn on Smith’s Hill, Somewhere in Time Bed & Breakfast in Lexington, and AngelWoods Hideaway are other top choices. You can even bring the whole family or others couples at Valleyview Country Getaway as you take over the whole house. For details on packages and rates visit the “Where to Stay” tab at and look for the Packages section also. 

No Valentine’s weekend is complete without a unique dinner experience. Malabar Farm State Park is hosting an “Evening with Old Blue Eyes”, which includes a five-course Italian dinner and features a Frank Sinatra impersonator. Taking place in the Big House where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married, Malabar Farm takes romance to a new level. If French cuisine and French wine is more to your liking, then a five-course dinner and wine pairing at The Vault Wine Bar will satisfy along with other wine dinner choices at 1285 Winery at The Blueberry Patch. Want more music? Couples may enjoy Richard Marx Live at the Renaissance Theater. On Valentine’s morning relax at a jazz and brunch buffet at Black Dog Tavern at Deer Ridge Golf Club.

If you and your sweetheart want to revel in the outdoors together, then the Mohican Outdoor School’s Sweetheart Hike is what you need. Gorman Nature Center offers the most creative option with stargazing during their Night Sky program. And love is for the birds at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary!  Learn owl calls and compete for prizes at the Love Is in the Air Event. And don’t forget the snow!  Snow Trails has late night skiing and Late Night GLOW tubing to kick off the weekend on Friday.

Just want a simple, and even retro, option? The two of you could spend a quiet “crafternoon” together at Main Street Books making your own Valentines or enjoy a ride on Lover’s Lane at the Richland Carrousel Park in Downtown Mansfield.

Let us not forget the three most important components of Valentine’s Day: wine, flowers, and chocolate, In Richland County you will have access to the Valentine’s Day trifecta. Follow the Wine & Ale trail and sip on local favorites at three wineries: Cypress Hill Winery, The Wishmaker House B&B and Winery, and 1285 Winery at The Blueberry Patch.  There are also two wine bars and a brewery to round out the trail. See the full list at  Stop in to the Squirrel’s Den in downtown Mansfield where they make their own chocolate; customize a box or basket. Another sweet idea would be a Heart Cake from EatMor Bundt Company.  And Alta Florist and Greenhouse creates the perfect floral bouquets or basket to make the mood last all week. Worn out from all the fun?  Schedule a relaxing massage at Allure Salon & Day Spa.

Richland County has everything for the romantic hiding inside of you. Support local business and create a custom weekend to suit your high energy or complete retreat celebration. For details, visit and check the “Calendar of Events” tab. Love is in the air!


Written by CVB Intern Adam Bloir

Keywords: romance
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