15 Unique Weekend Getaways Within 3 Hours of Cincinnati

You won’t have to travel far in order to find some unique weekend getaways near Cincinnati!

After writing about the new Cannaley Treehouse Village in Toledo and the Covered Wagon rentals in Kentucky, I started to wonder if there were more “unique” spots within driving distance of Cincinnati.

And, WOW, did I uncover some great places for weekend getaways near Cincinnati! From staying the night in a shipping container to vintage RV’s to tiny cabins on the river…. I looked through the options at Airbnb (and a few other lodging spots) and found some really fun places to try.

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Weekend Getaways Near Cincinnati:

front view of the home of Buffalo Springs Distilling Co. as part of our Weekend Getaways series
Buffalo Springs Distilling Co., Weekend Trips from Cincinnati

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Stamping Ground, KY; 100 miles away

Highlights from the Owners*: On the Bourbon Trail. The Buffalo Springs Distilling Company got it’s start in 1868. It closed and it’s warehouses were emptied out by the 1970’s. This building is one of the last structures left on the site. This historic building was the main office and gatehouse for visitors to the distillery, so we can offer one bedroom due to the size of the structure. Bourbon History buffs will love the opportunity to stay overnight in an old distillery building. This lodging has a large main room, fully equipped kitchen, a bedroom with a Queen bed, bathroom, and laundry area. There’s a City Park almost adjacent to the rear of the property and a family restaurant, stores, bank, post office, gasoline, and Police Station within walking distance.

Details: Sleeps 2 guests; 1 bedroom; 1bed; 1 bath


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Stay in a barn when you rent this Airbnb in Metamora, Indiana
The Loft at Metamora, photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Metamora, Indiana; 60 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: The Loft at Metamora is a cozy, private getaway above a cafe and gift shop in a historic tourist town. The Loft at Metamora provides a private entrance, comfortable sleeping quarters, in room coffee and tea, and continental breakfast. A private full bath is included, with complimentary hand crafted soaps made on site.

The suite is a cozy loft space on the second floor of a barn-type building. The Loft suite offers a kitchenette with small refrigerator and microwave oven, toaster, and coffee maker.

Details: Sleeps 2 guests; 1 bedroom with 1 bed; sleeper sofa for children; 1 bath


a colorful view of a farm stay at an Indianapolis Airbnb
Hotel Tango Farms, featured for weekend getaways; photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Indianapolis, IN; 120 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: The Farmhouse has been newly renovated and is located right off I65 just a short drive to downtown Indianapolis. The house is situated on a 5 acre farm operated by Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery.

The home was built in the 1850’s and has been meticulously remodeled to highlight the rustic charm while giving guests all the modern comforts of home.

Details: Sleeps 8 guests; 3 bedrooms; 1 king, 1 queen,1 set of bunks, 1 full futon; 2.5 baths


Tiny House rentals in Logan, Ohio from Airbnb
Tiny house rentals in our weekend getaways list, photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Logan, Ohio; 150 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Our Tiny Houses have that fun feeling, kinda like a tree house or cabin in a setting that allows you to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of the Hocking Hills. Inside the air-conditioned/heated tiny house, you can climb a ladder up to a loft bed for a different view, convert the sectional seating into a king sized sleeping area, make and eat dinner in the kitchen and dining area, and freshen up in the bathroom with walk-in shower, Separett composting toilet, and hot running water. So if you enjoy such adventurous and playful settings with close access to zip-lining, hiking, caving, canoeing/kayaking, or a number of other Hocking Hills attractions, our tiny house stays are a perfect fit for you!

Details: Sleeps 2 guests; open floor plan; 1 king (sectional converts into a bed) and 1 double bed (in the loft); 1 bath


madison indiana getaway
weekend getaways to Madison, Indiana; photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Madison, Indiana; 90 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Getaway and enjoy the comfort and convenience of this unique, newly remodeled A-Frame home nestled in a quiet, upscale neighborhood. minutes away from Clifty Falls State Park (10 min.) and Historic Downtown Madison (5 min.): recognized as “The prettiest small town in the Midwest” by Ladies Home Journal and “Best Preserved Town in the Midwest” by the Chicago Tribune.

Check out the reviews – at the time of this posting they have 55 “5 star” reviews (the highest you can get)!

Details: Sleeps 4 guests; 2 bedrooms; 2 beds; 1 bath


side view of a shipping container rental from Airbnb
overnight stay near Old Man’s Cave; photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Logan, Ohio; 150 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: We are nestled on 13 acres of woods just 2 miles from the entrance of Old Man’s Cave right on 664 S in Logan Ohio. Inside we have a cozy bedroom with full view window, private bathroom /shower, full kitchen with cooktop, living room area with small dining table for 2, gas fireplace, YouTube TV, and WiFi.

One of the coolest additions is our motorized glass garage door. Outside under a covered porch is a comfy outdoor swing bed, outdoor lights, a hot tub for two and a glass grill.

Details: Sleeps 2 guests; 1 bedroom; 1 double bed; 1 bath


dog friendly weekend getaways near Cincinnati, photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Logan, Ohio; 150 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Paws & Unwind is dog and kid friendly. We are located just 1.7 miles from Old Man’s Cave… Paws & Unwind offers a furnished kitchen, towels, linens, propane grill, a Keurig and K-Cups, a drip coffee maker and filters, shampoo, conditioner, dish soap and basic paper goods. We have a cooler, backpack, 4 sets of trekking poles, and 4 pair of ice grippers for your shoes for use during your stay. For your dogs, we have a 12 ft x 20 ft fenced in area right off of the deck. We also have indoor and outdoor dog beds, and food and water bowls. There is a 4 ft x 2.5 ft dog crate. There is no size or breed restriction for your dogs. We just ask that they are well behaved and pick up after themselves! We are an unplugged destination. There is no Wi-Fi.

Details: Sleeps 4 guests; 2 bedrooms; 3 beds; 1 bath


A barn rental in Ohio via Airbnb
weekend getaways in a barn?! sign me up!; photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Peebles, Ohio; 80 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Trade in the city for millions of stars in the night sky! Located on dead end road in the midst of scenic Brush Creek Forest! Front porch overlooks stocked spring-fed pond.

Details: Sleeps 5 guests; 2 bedrooms; 1 king bed and 3 singles plus an air mattress; 1 bath


lots of green plants and shrubs at the Milk House Cottage in Chesterhill, Ohio
Milk House Cottage and Gardens, photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Chesterhill, Ohio; 192 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Our Milk House Cottage and Gardens is nested in the historic village of Chesterhill, Ohio on 12 beautiful hilly scenic acres (in the heart of an “old world” Amish community). The Milk House Cottage has been totally redesigned into a beautifully modern space equipped with mini-split heating & AC, village water, a non-cooking kitchenette area in the interior porch sitting area.

Details: Sleeps 2 guests; 1 bedroom; 2 single beds; 1 bath


overhead view of a colorful loft space in Indianapolis
Indianapolis carriage house; photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Indianapolis, IN; 120 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Fully modern and brand new private space in our charming carriage house. It has all the amenities you would need to enjoy and explore the beautiful city of Indianapolis. If you are here for work or pleasure, it is perfectly located and easy access to all Indy has to offer so come and explore our great city.

Details: Sleeps 2 guests; 1 bedroom; 1 queen bed; 1 bath (compost toilet)


Tiny house Airbnb rental in Kentucky
another tiny house in our weekend getaways list, photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Augusta, Kentucky; 45 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Our backyard is 86 acres, and we are saving two of them just for you! Our Tiny House escape offers everything to set the tone for your “tiny get-a-way”, “big take-a-way”: Hidden along the creek, restored Kentucky farm venue, shared time in restored barn, social distancing, fire pit, stars. . OR. . . three miles to the sweet town of Augusta, right on the Ohio River– just a jaunt down the road for winery, shops, restaurants! Select “all” for the perfect vibe—make it you!

Details: Sleeps 3 guests; 1 bedroom; 1 queen,1 single; 1 bath


an outdoor view of the Alpine Chalet in Hocking Hills
Alpine Chalet in Hocking Hills, photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Logan, Ohio; 150 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Alpine – Hocking Hills is tucked into the woods near three other Chalets, on Blosser Road, convenient to Route 33 and the city of Logan. The closest state park is Lake Logan, 1.5 miles, a 5-minute drive. Old Man’s Cave is, 10 miles, a 15-minute drive… Connect with your friends or family, gathered around the beautiful slab-wood table in the spacious eat-in kitchen, on the hearth of wood-burning fireplace, out at the fire pit or in the hot tub on the porch. Beautiful log and slab hard-wood furniture, throughout, with exposed-beam walls and ceiling; hardwood floors; stone hearth. Two queen beds and two full baths, plus washer and dryer, upstairs – in rooms with charming dormer windows and cheery skylights.

Details: Sleeps 4 guests; 2 bedrooms; 2 beds; 2 baths


sunset over a horse farm in Lexington, Ky
photo credit: airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Lexington, Ky; 85 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Gorgeous N. Elkhorn Creek views from every room in this 1200 ft cabin on a private, gated horse farm. Your only neighbors are friendly horses! Wi/fi, SatTV/Netflix or enjoy wildlife viewing on the screened porch. Big Green Egg for grilling on the spacious deck. Fire pit and zipline. Living room/bedroom dual wood burning fireplace for chilly nights. Fully stocked granite kitchen. Kayaks available.

Details: Sleeps 4 guests; 2 bedrooms; 3 beds; 2 baths


the backyard of a large airbnb rental located in Athens, Ohio
large spot for family and group for weekend getaways near Cincinnati; image credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Athens, Ohio; 175 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life on the Jackie O’s Barrel Ridge Farm! The perfect getaway for families with children and/or friends who want to reunite near Athens. With lots of natural light, this new 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath space sleeps 12 and has plenty of room for your group, including a chef’s kitchen with large dining table, 2nd floor living room, and tons of outdoor space with a hot tub, gas grill, fire pit, 2 ponds, several greenhouses and plenty of space to explore! … Take a peaceful stroll around the 20+ acre property and check out what’s growing. The greenhouses are home to vegetables and herbs served at the Jackie O’s Public House Restaurant, located in Uptown Athens. Surrounding the farm are fruit and nut trees, which are used in many of our small batch Brewpub beers.

Details: Sleeps 12 guests; 3 bedrooms; 7 beds; 2.5 baths


overhead view of the wooded area surrounding a cabin in Indiana
40+ acres to explore, photo credit airbnb

Location and Approx. Distance from Cincinnati: Rising Sun, IN; 40 miles

Highlights from the Owners*: Welcome to our family’s 40-acre wooded property, Grace Woods. This historic cabin was built in 1806 with ties to the American frontiersman, Buffalo Bill – the perfect balance of rustic & modern. Updated amenities provide comfortable accommodations and allow you to relax in the outdoors. Access to pond, hiking trails, campfire, tree swings and zip line, plus more. Many guests visit the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. Check our Guidebook for other local recommendations.

Details: Sleeps 6 guests; 2 bedrooms; 3 beds; 1 bath


* Please be sure to read the property’s complete details on the rental listing. We have not supplied the full list of details / descriptions here.

2 thoughts on “15 Unique Weekend Getaways Within 3 Hours of Cincinnati”

  1. Brigitte,
    This is a great article. I am always looking for interesting places to get away to from Cincinnati. We have lived in Alberta, Minnesota, Connected and North Carolina and explored all of those regions, but have lived in Cincinnati now for 14 years and every one of the places on this list could be a new adventure. Thank you very much!
    Mike Crossen

  2. You should check out the Murphin Ridge Inn in West Union, OH. It is a hidden treasure! It is one of our favorite getaway spots within an hour of Cincinnati. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

    S. Banner

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