Getaways near Cincinnati?
March 15, 2007 2:44 PM   Subscribe

Nice weekend places near or within 2 hrs' drive of Cincinnati OH, for small group getaway?

Trying to find a place where a group of thirtysomething friends can go for a relaxing weekend. There will be 4 to 6 of us, maybe with a couple of babies. Could be a rent-a-cabin/cottage deal, maybe a b+b, maybe even a hotel in a town.

Idyllic quiet setting preferred, but all recommendations welcome - including in Cincy itself. (I don't know the town; we're arranging an easy, peaceful weekend getaway for someone who lives there and is stressed out.)
posted by LobsterMitten to Travel & Transportation around Cincinnati, OH (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: Should've mentioned, in case it matters: the group will be all women.
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:45 PM on March 15, 2007

Ever been to Old Louisville?
posted by davy at 2:56 PM on March 15, 2007

The Hocking Hills area is lovely.
posted by ferociouskitty at 3:37 PM on March 15, 2007

Seconding the Hocking Hills. One of my favourite places on earth.
posted by essexjan at 4:06 PM on March 15, 2007

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill
posted by acorncup at 4:43 PM on March 15, 2007

Go to Oxford...beautiful city, college town, great restaurants and bed and breakfasts. Just listed in Men's Journal (March, 2007) as one of the Best 50 Cities to Live In. Home of Miami University as well.
posted by tdabbott at 6:22 PM on March 15, 2007

Yellow Springs, OH outside of Dayton might also work for you. Its one of those prototypical small college towns.
posted by mmascolino at 10:20 PM on March 15, 2007

really, tdabbott? have you been to Oxford? perhaps it was listed in Men's Journal because of all the rich drunk sorority girls flaunting and flirting all over town. it probably didn't mention the ass-grabbing, puking-in-the-middle-of-the-street frat boys that come with. Not a quiet place! Not a place for babies or a pleasant getaway! If "quiet college town" appeals, Yellow Springs is a way better bet.

Unless it's not until summer. In the summer you can rent a cabin in Houston Woods (just north of Oxford), which is a huge forest with a lovely lake and nature preserve. There is also a lodge with a nice restaurant. Also if you did want to go into town, most of the really obnoxious students are gone.
posted by LizardOfDoom at 11:54 PM on March 15, 2007

Response by poster: It will probably be in early April. Thank you for all the suggestions so far; please add if you think of any more!
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:12 AM on March 16, 2007

I'll second Yellow Springs -- a good day hike there, artsy boutiques and sandwich shops that bake their own bread. If you go, stop at Young's Dairy (cows + ice cream).

Also, consider the Red River Gorge in Kentucky (photos). Eg, you could stay in this cabin (2 h. 9 min. from Cinci) (cabin found ranomly online, but the Gorge area is definitely beautiful).
posted by salvia at 9:15 AM on March 16, 2007

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