Things to Do in Hocking Hills State Park This Summer

April 17th, 2014 by Innkeeper, Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls

Hocking Hills State Park

The Hocking Hills are a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts during the summer.  With acres and acres of forest trails, scenic rock gorges and waterfalls, there is always something to enjoy in Hocking Hills State Park.  During your stay and the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls this summer, try some of these activities in Hocking Hills State Park.

 

Hiking

Hiking is by far the most popular thing to do in Hocking Hills State Park due to the gorgeous scenery and variety of trails. Trails in the park are open from dawn to dusk year round and the temperate weather in the summer provides the perfect atmosphere for a hike of any distance. There are six major points of interest for hikers in Hocking Hills State Park: Cedar Falls, Old Man’s Cave, Conkle’s Hollow, Rockhouse, Ash Cave and Cantwell Cliffs. Each area has its own distinguishing features and hiking and climbing trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, but you can expect to find magnificent Black Hand Sandstone cliffs and gorges, waterfalls and hemlock forests wherever you go in Hocking Hills State Park.

 

Biking

The terrain in Hocking Hills State Park makes it a great place for mountain bikers to ride. The park has newly opened trails totaling four miles in distance.  There are two trails of two miles each, one of medium difficulty and one that is more difficult.

 

Birdwatching

Birdwatching has become a highly popular pastime for visitors to Hocking Hills State Park.  The abundance and variety of birds found in this region of Ohio makes the endeavor interesting and rewarding.  Conkle’s Hollow Nature Preserve is a great place to see warblers, blue jays, tanagers, woodpeckers, robins and more.  And if you’re a birder, don’t miss out on International Migratory Bird Weekend in Hocking Hills State Park.  This year’s celebration takes place May 9th – May 11th and will feature area naturalists, birding experts and biologists at events at many of the areas of the park. Or if you want to see the local birds and other fauna while on the water, nearby Strouds Run State Park offers Birding by Kayak led by an Audobon Guide.

 

Special Events

This summer is a great time to check out some of the special events and celebrations in Hocking Hills State Park and the surrounding areas. Along with the special bird watching events we’ve already mentioned, these area events will cater to many interests. Here are just a few events you can participate in:

Nelsonville Music Festival | May 20th – June 14th

Lilyfest | July 11th – 13th

Lancaster Festival | July 17th – 26th

Parade of the Hills in Nelsonville | August 13th – 16th

 

When planning your time in Hocking Hills State Park, don’t forget to book your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls.  Our Logan bed and breakfast is surrounded by Hocking Hills State Park, so you won’t have to go far at all to enjoy all the above activities.  Our Inn Guest B&B Rooms, Cottages and Cabin Rentals have luxurious amenities that will keep you in comfort throughout your stay. Plus, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls has the best casual fine dining in the area.  Our restaurant, Kindred Spirits, serves lunch, dinner and of course, a complementary full breakfast for overnight guests.  Let the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls take care of all your accommodation needs so your time in Hocking Hills State Park this summer is memory you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

 

Photo courtesy Mike King.

Weekend Getaways Near Cincinnati: Hocking Hills

April 10th, 2014 by Innkeeper, Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls

Weekend Getaways Near Cincinnati

If you’re in need of the perfect destination for weekend getaways near Cincinnati, look no further than the Hocking Hills.  Our Logan, OH bed and breakfast is less than two and a half hours away from Cincinnati making it the ideal place to get away from it all for the weekend.  The Hocking Hills seem to be in a world of their own, with scenic hills, cliffs and gorges carved by glaciers centuries ago.  The tranquility of the surroundings will make you forget any worries and relax, rest and replenish during your time with us.

 

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is surrounded on three sides by state parks, so you don’t have to travel from the property to enjoy the delights of the Hocking Hills.  The Hocking Hills State Park system has several areas of interest including our namesake, Cedar Falls as well as Conkle’s Hollow, Old Man’s Cave, Rockhouse, Ash Cave and Cantwell Cliffs. The hiking trails in the parks provide hikes with a range of difficulty levels and lengths, as well as distinctive scenery like beautiful black hand sandstone rock formation, gorges, caves and waterfalls. Biking and ATV trails are also available in the park areas.

 

Or, if your inner equestrian wants to get some attention, Spotted Horse Ranch offers fantastic trail guided trail rides through the Hocking Hills.  You can choose from several trail rides of differing lengths, including a unique day long “Cowboy Cookout Ride.” Another exciting way to take in the beauty of the Hocking Hills during weekend getaways near Cincinnati is to sail through the tree tops on a zip line tour, like the ones offered at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours.  These high adrenaline trips give you a birds-eye view of the hemlock forests and rock formations.

 

Weekend getaways near Cincinnati don’t get any better than when you choose to stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. For the complete, reinvigorating Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls experience, you might consider getting a treatment or two at our Spa. The experience and technique of our therapists along with the beautiful solitude of the surroundings makes for a uniquely revitalizing experience.  Kindred Spirits, our restaurant, offers the best in casual fine dining in the Hocking Hills, so those on weekend getaways near Cincinnati don’t have to leave behind the culinary delights of the city.  Our menu includes fresh seasonal and local ingredients to provide the best dishes possible.  And the accommodations of our rooms, cabins and cottages give you a place to retire for the night in true comfort.

 

For the best in weekend getaways near Cincinnati, be sure to book your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls.  Our unique Select Registry property offers Inn Guest B&B Rooms, Cottages and Cabins so you can plan the perfect trip for your needs.  Your experienced will be enhanced by our full service Spa and our on-site restaurant, Kindred Spirits.   Overnight guests receive a full, home cooked breakfast in the authentic 1880s log cabin as a part of their stay.  Kindred Spirits is also open for lunch and dinner, so you won’t have to leave the property if you’re looking to slow down and soak in the experience. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is truly the ultimate destination for weekend getaways near Cincinnati.

 

 

Photo courtesy J. Todd Poling.

Meeting Technology Capabilities

April 3rd, 2014 by alec

We take meetings seriously here at the Inn & Spa, and understand the importance of quality and reliable technology services for those both running and attending the event. Upon building our state of the art meeting facility “The Gathering Place”, we invested in top of the line technology services. Enjoy all the accommodations of a hotel conference room nestled in the middle of the wilderness. All of thosecedarfalls-x-business-14 aspects that are normally extras at other facilities are included free of charge during your meeting experience here at the Inn. This is includes free parking near your choice lodging facility as well as next to the Gathering Place. Did we mention your meeting space is also included free of charge with your groups stay at the Inn?

Your meeting space would include a large complimentary flat panel television or projector with computer hook ups for your presentation aid as well as in house sound system for use of our microphone system.  Cell phone boosters are located within the grounds of the Gathering Place enabling you to stay in touch with the office while you are away. Our guests also have access to free Wi-Fi services throughout the Gathering Place, Fireside Lounge, as well as our Inn rooms and Cottages. If you want to really have that unplugging experience, our cabins are the place for you where Wi-Fi access if not available.

We take great pride in being able to offer our guests all of the comforts of a resort hotel with a location that places them in a calming and refreshing environment. We want our meeting space to offer the same elements, allowing our guests to concentrate on the task at hand while immersing themselves in the Hocking Hills experience. Anything we can do to accommodate your specific group’s needs, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you here at the Inn for your next meeting or retreat!

Father’s Day Weekend Fun: 2014 Washboard Festival

April 2nd, 2014 by Innkeeper, Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls

Washboard Festival

This Father’s Day, treat dad to some quality time in the Hocking Hills. For a fun packed Father’s Day weekend, a trip to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is a must! Along with the famous Washboard Festival you can enjoy a special Father’s Day Lunch at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls Restaurant and our Beer & Wine Fest! Once you spend the weekend at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls enjoying the Washboard Festival, Wine & Beer Fest and Father’s Day BBQ, you’ll have a new family tradition to celebrate dad.

 

Each year on Father’s Day weekend, the streets of Logan, Ohio come alive with music, food, games and more.  The 2014 Washboard Music Festival takes place on June 12th – 14th in downtown Logan.

 

The Washboard Festival has been called the Ohio’s most unique music festival and is great fun for the entire family.  The festival began as a way to celebrate the washboard as a musical instrument and has grown over the years to include exciting musical acts, local artisans, rides, quilt show, an antique tractor show and a car show. Proceeds from the car show will go towards Whisker Animal Welfare and Education, so you can contribute to a worthy cause while having a good time. And during the Washboard Festival, you can take a free tour of the Columbus Washboard Company to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making this iconic household item.

 

The centerpiece of the Washboard Festival is of course the music.  Local favorites including Columbus’s “the Jack” and Arnett Howard.  The music of the festival is a reminder of the historic use of the washboard in different types of genres.  In the past, music was an integral part of family life, but often people did not have the money to spend on instruments, so they used household items like washboards and jugs. The performers at the Washboard Festival carry on that tradition today.

 

After the Washboard Festival, you may want to enjoy some of the area’s best beverages at the Wine & Beer Fest at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls on Saturday, June 14th. Along with fine wine and beer, you can sample some light appetizers and listen to the music of Hocking Hills String Band live.  This event will be held at the Gathering Place at the Inn.

 

Cap your weekend off with a special Father’s Day BBQ June 15th at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls Restaurant.  The chef will prepare a classic barbecue buffet with options including shrimp cocktail, chili, ribeye, chicken, ribs, sweet potato pie and berry cobbler. You don’t want to miss this special lunch!

 

To complete your Father’s Day weekend experience, don’t forget to book your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls.  Staying at our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast is the perfect way to enjoy all the area has to offer.  With luxurious cottages, cabins and guest rooms, the Inn at Cedar Falls is the ideal place to relax in between great Hocking Hills activities.  The tranquility of the natural world around our Select Registry property will re-energize you and the experienced attention of our staff will make your time in the Hocking Hills exceptional.

 

 

Photo courtesy Eric Skiff.

Hocking Hills Zip Line Trips to Try

March 25th, 2014 by Innkeeper, Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls

Hocking Hills Zip Line

Planning a trip to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls and looking for a new and exciting way to take in the beauty of the Hocking Hills?  A Hocking Hills zip line trip may be up your alley.  Zip lines take visitors over the landscape of the Hocking Hills through treetop courses.  This pastime has gained popularity over the last several years among thrill seeking guests who want to get a bird’s eye view of the Hocking Hills.  If you want some adventure with your sightseeing, try these Hocking Hills zip line trips.

 

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

Billed as “Ohio’s first World-Class Zipline Adventure,” Hocking Hills Canopy Tours has a variety of zip line tours.  The basic Canopy Tour lasts between two and a half and three hours.  The professionally guided tour contains 10 zip lines, 5 sky bridges.  The views from the sky bridges and the observation platforms between zip lines are spectacular  You can see local flora, fauna and geological sites. The SuperZip is a quarter mile long trip in which guests reach speeds up to 50 miles an hour while flying “superhero” style, facing the ground.  This tour was included in the “Top 10 Amazing Zip lines in the World” by discoverychannel.com.  Other tours include NightFlight which is completed in the dark, Sunrise & Twilight trips, and the extreme X Tour.

 

Hocking Peaks Adventure Park

Located in Logan OH, Hocking Peaks Adventure Park has 5 zip line trips on offer.  The Waterfront Zip is over 500 feet long and good for those looking to test the zip line experience out.  The Moonlight Zip is a 90 minute experience where you’ll zip line through the forest in the dark.  The Canopy Tour has 10 zip lines and includes a dual racing zip to see how your speeds compare to other guests. The traditional Aerial Challenge Zip Line Tour is two hours long and is composed of 16 zip lines and 30 challenges. The last trip is designed for families with children and includes 12 challenges and a single zip line.

 

Soaring Cliffs

Soaring Cliffs in Rockbridge has a course of 9 zip lines measuring between 200 and 500 feet.  This tour lasts anywhere from two to two and a half hours. The course was built with safety and comfort in mind and is routinely inspected to ensure safety.  This Hocking Hills zip line tour uses the Zip Stop braking system in place of  the hand braking which is used by some zip line tours.

 

Ozone Zipline Canopy Tour

Ozon Zipline Canopy Tours has four different tours.  The Traditional Tour takes up to two and a half hours and includes 7 zip lines and sky bridges.  The River Tour lasts up to 4 hours and has 9 zip lines and 7 sky bridges.  One of these lines crosses the Little Miami River. The Ultimate Tour takes up to 5 hours to complete with 9 sky bridges and 11 zip lines, two of which cross the river.  Ozone Zipline Canopy Tour also has a Full Moon Night Zipping Hocking Hills zip line tour, which is only available twice a month under the full moon.

 

After soaring over the landscape on your Hocking Hills zip line adventure, you can unwind in one of our inn rooms, cabins or cottages. Our accommodations have country charm and luxurious amenities.  And each stay includes a delicious full breakfast each morning, so you’ll be fueled for all the day has in store. Staying at our Logan OH bed and breakfast will make your time in the Hocking Hills especially memorable.

 

 

Photo courtesy Gary J. Wood.

Magnesium Massage For Pain Management Starts April 1st

March 24th, 2014 by Innkeeper, Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls

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I just got back from visiting my daughter in Granby, Colorado. We had a great visit. We went skiing one day. The next day, we went to Hot Sulfur Springs Spa in Hot Sulfur Springs, Colorado. This hot spring has been used by people since pre-historic times. It has been a hotel/spa since 1863. People come from all over the world to take the waters. There are 21 pools arranged throughout the hillside; each is a different size and temperature. The water is full of minerals which help relieve aches and pains. Although it is called Hot Sulfur Springs, magnesium is one of the main components.

Coincidentally, for the past month, the Spa staff and I have been trying out a new magnesium spray and have incorporated it into a treatment. We tested it on each other and feel that it does have merit. It takes away muscle aches and pain. It doesn’t feel hot or cold like Bio-Freeze, Ben-Gay, etc. but there is significant reduction in muscle tension. Magnesium has many other benefits in addition to muscle tension. The easiest way for the body to absorb magnesium is through a topical application. After the massage is finished, our guests takes home the bottle of magnesium spray. The effects are magnified when magnesium is applied daily.

By Randall Wellman, LMT, MS
Spa Manager

Things To Do in Hocking Hills this Spring

March 21st, 2014 by Innkeeper, Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls

Hocking Hills in Spring

The Hocking Hills region of Ohio is a wonderful place to visit year-round, but spring is a special time as the days become warmer and the plants become greener.  The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls  is the ideal place to take advantage of spring in the Hocking Hills. While you can always fill your days with hiking, canoeing and generally enjoying the beauty of the area, we’ve come up with a few special things to do in Hocking Hills this spring.

 

Special Spring Brunches at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls | Easter & Mother’s Day

Celebrate the spring holidays at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls! Our restaurant will have a special brunch for Easter on April 20th and for Mother’s Day on May 11th.  Enjoy a delicious variety of menu options including desert.  For details and menus, click here.

 

Midwest Open Geocaching Adventure| March 27th- March 30th | Athens, OH

The Midwest Open Geocaching Adventure, or MOGA, is the largest geocaching competition in the world.  Competitors from far and wide come to find hidden caches in the designated competition area using GPS.  This year’s event, “Geocaching: Impossible,” is secret agent themed and will be a must-experience Hocking Hills activity. If you’re planning on attending MOGA, you should try geocaching the Hocking Hills Adventure Geocache Trail as well.  When you bring your MOGA event coin to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, you’ll get a 30% discount on your weekday lodging.  Plus, if you find all 10 Hocking Hills caches, you’ll get an Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls logo item! Reserve a room now to discount your stay from March 30th – June 5th.

 

International Migatory Bird Weekend | May 9th-11th | Hocking Hills State Park

International Migratory Bird Day is May 8th and the Hocking Hills area will be celebrating with an entire weekend of events. Several local parks will be holding events for bird enthusiasts to enjoy this special part of the year.  For instance, you can take the Spring Migration Bird Walk at Lake Hope State Park or take to the Hocking River for the birding Canoe Float with Hocking Hills Canoe Livery.

 

Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival  | May 22nd-25th | Yoctangee Park

Celebrate the Feast of the Flowreing Moon at this festival featuring Native American music, dancing, traders, demonstrations and exhibits.  This Hocking Hills event offers entertainment, food, games and contests for all ages.

 

Duck Creek Log Jam | May 24th-25th | Duck Creek Camping and Outdoor Events Area

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with this music festival set in the scenic Hocking HIlls.  Duck Creek Log Jam is described as a “genuine, home grown, off-the-beaten-path music festival”.  So far the lineup includes local favorites like the Hocking River String Band, the Spikedrivers, Whiskey Bent Valley, Big Daddy Love, the Hackensaw Boys and more.

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is a great place to call your home away from home during your time in the Hocking Hills.  Our rooms, cottages and cabins have all the comforts any traveler could ask for along with enchanting country charm. And the breakfast included with your stay can’t be beat. Let our experienced staff and cozy accommodations make your Hocking Hills trip one for the memory books.

 

Image courtesy Matt Tillett.

13th Annual Shoot the Hills Photography Competition

March 13th, 2014 by Innkeeper, Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls

Shoot the Hills

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is surrounded by the Hocking Hills, a landscape with beauty that inspires visitors from near and far. So it’s no wonder that photographers are able to capture breathtaking images of the area.  The 13th Annual Shoot the Hills Photography Competition will take  place Friday April 25th – April 27th. Photographers of all skill levels take photographs in Hocking Hills State Park to compete in several different categories.  This year’s Shoot the Hills Photography Contest is sure to be an exciting and inspiring event.

 

The 13th Annual Shoot the Hills Photography Contest takes place in Hocking Hills State Park and the competition headquarters will be located at Camp Oty’Okwa.  The competition serves an official fundraiser for Friends of Hocking Hills State Park.  Proceeds will be used to build wildlife blinds and habitats in Hocking Hills State Park including nesting boxes and feeding stations for local and migrating wildlife.  Shoot the Hills allows photographers of all ages and experience levels to compete in two divisions.

 

The Shoot the Hills Technical Division is a 24 hour competition.  Photographers have from 12 noon on Friday until 12 noon on Saturday to take their photos in Hocking Hills State Park.  Photographers may choose to shoot at any location within the four-country coverage area of the Hocking Hills Region.  In the Technical Division, no post processing editing software is permitted.

 

Within the Technical Division, there are three levels.  The Simply Starting category is for novice photographers.  In the spirit of helping beginners enjoy the competition, Shoot the Hills representatives will be on hand to help competitors with technical aspects. The Simply Snap level of the Technical Division is for intermediate photographers, or those with a fair bit of experience.  And finally the Simply Raw level is for advanced photographers capable of shooting in RAW mode.  All levels of photographers participating in Shoot the Hills Technical Division compete in five categories: Landscape, Flora, Wildlife, Human Interest in Nature and Abstract in Nature.

 

The Creative Division is a broader competition that allows entrants to use photographs taken in the competition area at any time and edit them to showcase their artistic creativity.  Unlike the Technical Division, the Creative Division of Shoot the Hills permits and encourages the use of external photo editing software such as Photoshop.  Also, the photograph needn’t be taken in the 24 hour period of the competition, but the date and location of the photo must be included with the entry. For the complete set of rules and policies for Shoot the Hills 2014, click here.

 

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is in the heart of the Hocking Hills, making it an ideal place for those competing in the Shoot the Hills Photography Competition to stay.  Hocking Hills State Park borders the inn on three sides and Cedar Falls is nearby, so you won’t have to go far to capture the perfect shot. Our inn rooms, cottages and cabins are perfect for relaxing and fueling creativity. Book your stay and start gearing up for Shoot the Hills!

 

Photo courtesy Rodrigo Senna.

An Interview with WBEX Radio

March 12th, 2014 by Innkeeper, Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls

Ellen Ellen Grinsfelder talks about the lodging and services offered at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls with WBEX Radio.

Read more: http://www.wbex.com/media/podcast-wbexam-podcast-WBEX_DandM/inn-spa-at-cedar-falls-24463663/#ixzz2vlQJtOPL

 

Meeting & Event Planner Experience

March 10th, 2014 by alec

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is pleased to invite you to take part in one of our meeting & event planner days. This is a private event for current planners only. Come tour our facility and join us for an evening mixer and dinner before cedarfalls-rooftop-gardens-01-1419764708-o-desktop-resolutionenjoying an overnight stay with us for free! Each day is limited to 10 participants, so be sure to make your reservation quickly as these will go fast. Please book by May 15th and August 24th for each event. Check out the itinerary below for a full rundown of each day. Call Nicole McCabe at the Inn to make your reservations. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Choose Your Date: May 29th or 30th/September 4th or 5th

Day Only

11:00 am         Arrive

11:15 am         Meet in the Gathering Place to begin tour of the Inn

12:30 pm         Lunch at the Inn. (Weather permitting on the patio)

1:45 pm           Hike to Cedar Falls (A relatively easy hike, about 30 minutes.)

2:30 pm           Depart for home or your choice of team building or downtime activity. (Optional at a reduced rate.)

      • Zipline Canopy Tour
      • Canoeing
      • Journaling and nap time in hammock
      • Golf
      • Spa Treatments

6:30 pm           Cocktails and appetizers mixer in The Gathering Place

7:30 pm           Dinner at Kindred Spirits prepared by Executive Chef Doug Manfrin

9:00 pm           After dinner drinks around the campfire or Games in TGP

For Guest Staying Overnight   

7:30 am           Grab a cup of coffee at the Inn and join our morning Yoga Class (optional) or a hike to Ash Cave (optional)

9:00 am           Breakfast at the Inn

10:30 am         Depart for an adventure or a day of sightseeing in the Hocking Hills.

 

 

 

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