Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls http://innatcedarfalls.com Hocking Hills Cabins Wed, 27 May 2015 19:52:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Our Guide to Lake Hope State Park http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/05/our-guide-to-lake-hope-state-park/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/05/our-guide-to-lake-hope-state-park/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 09:29:35 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12204 When you live here in the Hocking Hills, you are fortunate to be in an area that is simply stunning. We at Inn at Cedar Falls consider ourselves so fortunate to have made this area our home. When guests come to the Hocking Hills area, we love helping them find interesting things to do. Always... Read more »

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Lake Hope State ParkWhen you live here in the Hocking Hills, you are fortunate to be in an area that is simply stunning. We at Inn at Cedar Falls consider ourselves so fortunate to have made this area our home. When guests come to the Hocking Hills area, we love helping them find interesting things to do. Always at the top of our list is exploring. There are so many trails and cliffs and waterfalls to discover that choosing where to start could be a daunting task. Let us take the guess work off of your plate and why don’t you start with an afternoon at Lake Hope State Park. Come see why when you check out Lake Hope State Park not only will you have a great time seeing the beauty of our area but also learning about it as well.

The first thing to do when you get to Lake Hope State Park is to enjoy one of their many trails. They have hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails which are all a lot of fun. The hiking trails are anywhere from 1/4 mile to 3.2 miles and are all moderate in difficulty. If you choose to go mountain biking do know that the trails are great for intermediate to advanced cyclists and can be quite challenging for those who are not used to steep hills and ravines. Their biking trails range in length of 1/2 mile to 7.2 miles and are a wonderful way to see Lake Hope State Park.

After you have had a chance to work up a sweat on the trails, you should cool off at their swimming beach. This is a perfect place to relax, soak up some sun, and enjoy the refreshing water. They have a beach house complete with sun deck, restrooms, and a small shop to purchase refreshments.

If you love being on the water, then there are two great ways to enjoy the water at Lake Hope State Park. The first is to go boating. You can either rent a canoe or kayak and explore the 120 acres of the lake. They do allow boats, but only ones with electric motors. While you are out on the water, take advantage of some fishing. Be sure you have your Ohio fishing license and enjoy the waters. Living below the surface you will find bluegill, catfish, crappie and largemouth bass.

Our last suggestion when it comes to enjoying a day at the Lake Hope State Park is to attend one of their wonderful events. They have a few every season and one that is coming up this July should be a great time and is the Annual Hummingbird Banding. It starts at 9 am and will run until 1 pm. Join hummingbird enthusiast Allen Chartier to learn all about hummingbirds as well as the research behind them.

As you can see, there are so many ways to enjoy Lake Hope State Park as well as learn about our area. When you have so many breathtaking areas to explore, it’s easy to see why we are an easy choice for travelers who want to unplug from life. When you do come to the Hocking Hills area, consider staying with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. We have lovely accommodations suited perfectly for all types of guests. Each morning starts the same with a delicious breakfast at our in-house restaurant, Kindred Spirits. Want to make your trip with us extra relaxing? Book a service at our spa! Contact us today to find out more.

Want to learn more about our area? Request your Vacation Guide today!

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3 Things to Do at Clear Creek Metro Park http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/05/3-things-to-do-at-clear-creek-metro-park/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/05/3-things-to-do-at-clear-creek-metro-park/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 12:07:41 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12192 When you think about coming to the Hocking Hills area, one of the first things you think about is our beautiful scenery. There are miles and miles of trails, numerous waterfalls, and a countless number of trees and flowers to see. We at Inn at Cedar Falls are fortunate enough to enjoy these amazing surroundings... Read more »

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Clear Creek Metro ParkWhen you think about coming to the Hocking Hills area, one of the first things you think about is our beautiful scenery. There are miles and miles of trails, numerous waterfalls, and a countless number of trees and flowers to see. We at Inn at Cedar Falls are fortunate enough to enjoy these amazing surroundings year round, we love to impart our knowledge of great places to go to our guests. While there are some that are closer, there is nothing like a short drive to transport you into nature. One such park that is a quick 30-minute drive from our doorsteps is Clear Creek Metro Park. Come check out what makes Clear Creek Metro Park a great place to spend the day.

Here is some general information about Clear Creek Metro Park. The first is that it is Ohio’s largest nature preserve. There are over 5,000 acres of woodland for you to discover. Mixed amongst the trees are Blackhand sandstone cliffs, ravines, and creeks. What caused this amazing transformation was years and years of glacier melt causing flooding that ate away at the Blackhand sandstone. To date, there have been more than 2,000 species of plants and animals making their home in Clear Creek Metro Park.

When visiting Clear Creek Metro Park, the hours are 6:30 am to dark, every day. One of the first activities that many like to do at Clear Creek Metro Park is to hike one of its many trails. There are 9 trails to choose from, all ranging in size and difficulty. The longest being a little over 2 miles and the shortest being .6 miles. While you are on their trails, be sure to bring your camera and have a look out for all of the plants and animals that you might find. Their trails are great to have a look out for one of the many birds that nest in Clear Creek Metro Park. Looking for a longer hike? Check out their map and loop trails together to form a custom longer trail perfect for you.

There are many other wonderful activities to participate in at Clear Creek Metro Park. The first is hit the water. There are many opportunities to go fishing or kayaking. Be sure to pull out your Clear Creek Metro Park map and have a look out for all of the different access points for fishing as well as some great fishing on Lake Ramona. If you plan on going kayaking, you should be able to see all of the access points on Clear Creek Road. We highly recommend experiencing Clear Creek Metro Park from the water. You will get to discover a whole new side to the park as well as the animals that inhabit it.

Our last suggestion for something fun to do at Clear Creek Metro Park is to check out one of their programs. They are always having something going on. It can be anything from a special walk to enriching the community. These programs are a great way to see an exclusive side of Clear Creek Metro Park that many do not get to experience.

We at Inn at Cedar Falls love each of our parks and enjoy suggesting them to our guests. We also love hearing their stories from Clear Creek Metro Park when they return. When you do decide to come to the Hocking Hills area, consider staying with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. Our property is unique in that we have many accommodation types perfect for any type of traveler. Also, our cabins and cottages are set more into the woods where you will get some amazing views. Each morning with us will start with a hearty breakfast prepared by our chefs at our in-house restaurant, Kindred Spirits. Contact us today and start planning a trip to see us soon.

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Experience Nelsonville Final Fridays http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/05/experience-nelsonville-final-fridays/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/05/experience-nelsonville-final-fridays/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 15:23:10 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12176 When we all visit a new town, we love becoming immersed in its local culture. It’s usually different from our own and, therefore, new and exciting. Here in the Hocking Hills, we have so much to give to our visitors that it’s easy to see why they enjoy visiting us year after year. We at... Read more »

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Nelsonville Final FridaysWhen we all visit a new town, we love becoming immersed in its local culture. It’s usually different from our own and, therefore, new and exciting. Here in the Hocking Hills, we have so much to give to our visitors that it’s easy to see why they enjoy visiting us year after year. We at Inn at Cedar Falls love sharing our local culture with our guests too and enjoy pointing them in the right direction when it comes to culturally fun things to do in our area. One fantastic thing to do is to head to Nelsonville Final Fridays here in the Hocking Hills. It’s a treat to see the town come alive once a month.

Nelsonville Final Fridays happen just like their title says, the final Friday of each month. The only Friday that it doesn’t happen is in December. But each month there is a theme to the Nelsonville Final Fridays which makes each month interesting and unique to those who decide to attend Nelsonville Final Fridays.

You may be asking yourself, what is there to do at Nelsonville Final Fridays? Well, the answer is quite simple, relax and enjoy yourself. This is a time where merchants stay open a little bit later and in doing so, the atmosphere is just sublime. It’s fun milling around with other visitors and perusing shops at the Nelsonville Historic Square Arts District. The Nelsonville Final Fridays happen from 5 to 9 pm and are a perfect way to spend an evening.

It was mentioned before that there are themes to Nelsonville Final Fridays. Here are the ones for the upcoming months. In May, Nelsonville Final Fridays will be concentrating on photography. At this time in the Hocking Hills, it’s imperative that you bring a camera on your trip. Our flowers are in bloom, the animals are out, the weather is simply amazing, and you really couldn’t ask for better conditions. In May, along with amazing photographs, there will be experts on hand to help you with your questions on photography. Be sure to bring your camera to the Nelsonville Historic Square Arts District so you can practice what they have taught you.

In June, when you visit Nelsonville Final Fridays, the theme will be history. This one will be particularly insightful as it will be a walking tour filled with amazing facts as well as fun reenactments. This is a great way to get to know our area!

In July, the theme at Nelsonville Final Fridays will be mud, in particular, their famous star bricks. Mingle with potters of all levels and from around the region. They will have answers to all of your questions as well as fun clay themed activities.

As you can see, here in the Hocking Hills, there is an activity perfect for every type of visitor. When you do decide to come to the area, we hope that you will consider coming to stay with us. When you aren’t out enjoying all of the fun cultural things to do here, relax in one of our many accommodations that are available. All of them have wonderful views into Hocking Hills State Park. Want to spend some time outdoors? Stroll along our property or take a hike in the Hocking Hills State Park next door. Want to find out more about area activities? Get our amazing Vacation Guide! It is filled with great information. Contact our amazing staff today and start planning a trip to Hocking Hills in time for one of the Nelsonville Final Fridays.

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5 Reasons to Attend LilyFest 2015 http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/05/5-reasons-to-attend-lilyfest-2015/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/05/5-reasons-to-attend-lilyfest-2015/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 17:37:10 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12164 There is one thing that we at Inn at Cedar Falls think we can all agree on. Flowers are simply gorgeous. We love them to decorate our home indoors and out. We track their seasons so we know when things are in bloom. When you hike along one of the many interesting paths in the... Read more »

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LilyFest 2015There is one thing that we at Inn at Cedar Falls think we can all agree on. Flowers are simply gorgeous. We love them to decorate our home indoors and out. We track their seasons so we know when things are in bloom. When you hike along one of the many interesting paths in the Hocking Hills, there are wildflowers everywhere and they are simply breathtaking. We take pictures of them and wish they were in our yards. Here in Ohio, we love celebrating everything and we also enjoy celebrating flowers. Each year there is a wonderful festival that grows by leaps and bounds each year and LilyFest 2015 will be no different. Come find out why we can’t wait to tell everyone about LilyFest 2015 and why you should make it your first stop when you are here.

The first reason why you should consider attending LilyFest 2015 is because you will get to see some of the most beautiful flowers, and of course see lilies. LilyFest 2015 will be July 10th-12th and while you are there, you will get to walk around and admire all of the beautiful blooms. In July, most everything is in bloom so it is a great time to enjoy it. If you would like a sneak peek of what is in store for you at LilyFest 2015, be sure to check out their photos from previous years.

Another reason why you should consider going to LilyFest 2015 is for the inspiration. In life, we are always looking for inspiration. There is always another home in our own area that has the best flowers and yard and always does something creative and amazing. Let LilyFest 2015 be your inspiration this year. There will be 3 acres of walking featuring perfectly designed gardens, ponds, and sculptures. So, no matter what kind of land you have, there will be something there for you to draw from.

Next, you should go to LilyFest 2015 for the educational opportunities. LilyFest 2015 will be held at Bishop Educational Garden. Their main purpose is to help educate the public and maintain the gardens. While you are there, consult with the staff on ways to help your garden as well as pick the brain of the many horticulturists that will be there. They will all have shops set up perfect for questions and taking something home for yourself.

While you are at LilyFest 2015, you are more than likely going to get hungry. We suggest staying and eating at one of the many food vendors that the hosts of LilyFest 2015 will have set up. In previous years they have had some truly delicious food vendors as well as those serving yummy treats. What goes with food? Music. There will be a variety of musicians playing at LilyFest 2015.

Last, the best reason to go to LilyFest 2015 is to give back. While the entrance to the festival is free, donations are always appreciated. The funds that are given to LilyFest 2015 go back to the Bishop Educational Garden and are dispersed in many ways. One fantastic way is through scholarships to local children. It’s always great to see a business give back to freely to their community.

When you do think about coming to LilyFest 2015, consider staying with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. We are conveniently located near the festival and have many different accommodation types perfect for any guest. We have cabins, cottages, and rooms all varying in size. One thing that runs through all of our guest quarters is a cozy style and comfort perfect for a relaxing weekend. Each morning with us you will have a delicious homemade breakfast at our in-house restaurant, Kindred Spirits. Contact our fantastic staff today and book a fun weekend to see us.

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Learn About the Hocking Hills Artists and Craftsmen Association http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/04/learn-about-the-hocking-hills-artists-and-craftsmen-association/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/04/learn-about-the-hocking-hills-artists-and-craftsmen-association/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:43:09 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12119 When you go to visit a new town, for most of us, we get immersed in that town while we are staying there. We try and learn all that we can about the history, hot spots, best restaurants, and many more. Around here in Hocking Hills, we are known for some of the most beautiful... Read more »

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Hocking Hills artists and craftsmenWhen you go to visit a new town, for most of us, we get immersed in that town while we are staying there. We try and learn all that we can about the history, hot spots, best restaurants, and many more. Around here in Hocking Hills, we are known for some of the most beautiful views, caves, waterfalls, and trails around. Another way that visitors get to know our area is by visiting local merchants. Finding little odds and ends to take back home makes a trip worthwhile and allows you to admire and relive the memories for years to come. We at Inn at Cedar Falls love recommending our guests to visit the Hocking Hills artists and craftsmen when they can. Each of them unique, you are surely to find something that you will love.

The Hocking Hills Artists and Craftsmen Association is a group of like minded people who enjoy not only making items with their hands, they also enjoy sharing them with the world. They can find any occasion to make something themselves and take pride in their work. They have monthly meetings and are featured in locations throughout the area. What is great about the Hocking Hills artists and craftsmen is that while they are a group, you can also enjoy the artists individually. Many of them are featured on their artist page and many of them have websites as well as store addresses where you can peruse their crafts for yourself.

We also wanted to highlight some of the interesting Hocking Hills artists and craftsmen that are in the association. The first of the Hocking Hills artists and craftsmen that we want to mention is Waldena Hendrix. While her craft has been around for many years, her talent is unlike any other. She is a pine needle artist that weaves needles into bowls, jewelry, baskets, and more. The colors and time that it takes to make a piece of her artwork make it worth every penny you spend. Next on our list of Hocking Hills artists and craftsmen is JoAnne Myers. She is a long time native to the Hocking Hills area and has written many books and when she isn’t doing that she enjoys capturing the beauty of our area on canvas. Be sure to check out her site to see experts from books as well as pictures of painting. The last Hocking Hills artists and craftsmen we want to highlight is Jerry Swank from Lucky Levi’s Leather. He makes some of the most beautiful leather products around. He makes an assortment of items from saddle bags, for motorcycles or horses, to chaps, gun holsters, and purses. Each item of his is carefully crafted by hand individually. While he does have some stock items, most of them are custom made.

Now that you have gotten to know some of the Hocking Hills artists and craftsmen, you might want to know where you can find a group of them together. The first thing to do would be to check their Facebook page which is updated regularly with information. Also, mark your calendars for the end of September for their Fall Show. This is where all of the Hocking Hills artists and craftsmen get together and show off all of their crafts for the public. This is a wonderful show that locals and visitors alike love to attend.

When you have an area steeped in tradition like we do in the Hocking Hills with our Hocking Hills artists and craftsmen, it’s easy to see why so many people enjoy coming to visit us throughout the year. When they do come to the Hocking Hills area, they enjoy coming to stay with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. We love taking care of our guests in every need. We have fantastic different accommodation types perfect for every size group. We also have an wonderful in house restaurant, Kindred Spirits, which will serve you a delicious home made breakfast each morning with us, as well as lunch and dinner if you would like. We also have a top rated spa that can help you relax and work out every sore muscle and kink. When you are ready to come to the Hocking Hills area, contact out wonderful staff to book your stay with us.

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Don’t Miss the 2015 Washboard Music Festival in Logan http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/04/dont-miss-the-2015-washboard-music-festival-in-logan/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/04/dont-miss-the-2015-washboard-music-festival-in-logan/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:18:49 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12116 If you look back in history, life was more simple and yet harder at the same time. Some could argue that these days it has switched, that while life is easier, some of those aspects have gotten more complicated. Here at Inn at Cedar Falls, we love promoting a simple lifestyle while you are here... Read more »

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Washboard Music FestivalIf you look back in history, life was more simple and yet harder at the same time. Some could argue that these days it has switched, that while life is easier, some of those aspects have gotten more complicated. Here at Inn at Cedar Falls, we love promoting a simple lifestyle while you are here with us. Going for long walks, relaxing, and just enjoying our scenery are some ways to have a simple life, for a time. One of the most simple pieces of our history is the washboard. Long ago used almost solely for washing clothes, these days it is more used for playing music and admiring. Here in Logan, we have a few days set aside for our own Washboard Music Festival, a festival to celebrate music as well as the washboard. Come see what the 2015 Washboard Music Festival has in store for us.

Dubbed Ohio’s “Most Unique Festival”, the Washboard Music Festival is one that shouldn’t be missed. This year’s Washboard Music Festival will be held June 18th through 20th in Logan, Ohio. What started the Washboard Music Festival was one company, the Columbus Washboard Company which is the only washboard company left in the United States. From there it was a love of the history of the washboard, including all the different ways it has been used to play music throughout the years.

There are so many ways to enjoy this year’s Washboard Music Festival. Let’s highlight a few of them. Starting Thursday, June 18th at 7pm, there will be a wonderful auction. An auction can really get the blood pumping and is thrilling to watch everyone bid on something. The hosts of the Washboard Music Festival have asked for donations from all over town and in return have gotten some amazing items for the auction. Be sure to not miss this fun part of the Washboard Music Festival.

There is one aspect of any fun festival, including the Washboard Music Festival, that everyone looks forward to, the car show. Take a look at the transformation of cars and see how the modern ideas came into fruition. The Washboard Music Festival will have a car show on Friday, June 19th from 5 pm to 9 pm. Enjoy the door prizes and stay until the end to see which of your favorite cars has won a trophy.

If you plan on bringing your children to the Washboard Music Festival, which we suggest you do, you will be pleased to know that there are many fun activities lined up for them as well. With the kind donations of businesses, there will be free rides for children at the Washboard Music Festival. Also, don’t forget about other entertainment such as a balloon artist, a magician, and a visit from Granpa Cratchett. Your children will love spending time at the Washboard Music Festival this year.

Now let’s move onto the main entertainment for the Washboard Music Festival, the music. Each and every day of the festival there will be musicians playing on side stages, as well as the main stage all there for your enjoyment. There are artists from all over the region who play a lot of different styles of music. Check out their full line-up so you can get a sense of what to expect at the Washboard Music Festival.

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The Lancaster Festival: A Celebration of Music and Arts http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/04/the-lancaster-festival-a-celebration-of-music-and-arts/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/04/the-lancaster-festival-a-celebration-of-music-and-arts/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:11:49 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12113 When it comes to life, there are certain things that we need. Food, shelter, clothing, etc. are our most basic essentials. However, since the dawn of man we have looked onward past those for something more beautiful and meaningful in our lives. The beauty of the world inspires us and helps us create other beautiful... Read more »

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Lancaster FestivalWhen it comes to life, there are certain things that we need. Food, shelter, clothing, etc. are our most basic essentials. However, since the dawn of man we have looked onward past those for something more beautiful and meaningful in our lives. The beauty of the world inspires us and helps us create other beautiful works for others to enjoy. We at Inn at Cedar Falls are always inspired by the natural beauty of our area. We in turn focus it outwards into our accommodations and the food that we make as well. Each year though, we love getting our creative bucket filled but going to the Lancaster Festival. Every year is better than the last when it comes to supporting and embracing the arts. Come see how this year’s Lancaster Festival will be just as amazing as year’s past.

The Lancaster Festival’s mission is truly wonderful. It simply states that to create, love, and express art makes us fully human. They take this and push it across the board on many levels. The Lancaster Festival wants to reach as many cultures as possible and want to cultivate a love for the arts in everyone, especially children. They also want to do this to benefit the community in a positive way. Lastly, they want to always push the boundaries of the arts and artists and encourage experimentation and adventure in the arts.

This year’s Lancaster Festival will be held July 23rd through August 1st and will be filled with things to do for the entire family. There will be concerts of every kind, downtown, candlelight, chamber music and more. Be sure to check out their schedule of events to know exactly what is going on and where. If you plan on coming to the Lancaster Festival with kids, you will be pleased to know that everyday there is a children’s activity each day. Some are in the morning and some are in the afternoon which is perfect for children of any age. The Lancaster Festival even has family concerts on some nights which will showcase favorite songs beloved by many. Besides that, there will be concerts by many different artists throughout the Lancaster Festival on many different days.

Let’s move on to the arts aspect of the Lancaster Festival. There will be an Art Walk featured throughout the Lancaster Festival and the way the hosts arrange it is very unique. They pair up a featured artist with a local business where their art will be showcased. Visitors will then walk through the businesses to not only look at the art but also the business. Visitors can also meet and greet with the artists as well as purchase any pieces that they like.

Tickets for the Lancaster Festival will go on sale on May 4th so be on the look out as they can go quite quickly.

When you have wonderful festivals like the Lancaster Festival so close it’s easy to see why so many people enjoy coming to the Hocking Hills area for a quick trip. When you do come, consider staying with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. Guests enjoy not only all the different accommodation types but our lovely in-house restaurant, Kindred Spirits as well as our spa. Locals and visitors alike love coming to our spa for a relaxing treatment to get the mind and body back in working order. Be sure to contact a member of our lovely staff today and start planning a trip to the Hocking Hills area.

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Don’t Miss the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/04/dont-miss-the-new-straitsville-moonshine-festival/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/04/dont-miss-the-new-straitsville-moonshine-festival/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:06:43 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12102 As you may be aware of, the Hocking Hills area is full of history. It is told and retold in many ways in forms of stories and museums all dedicated to the history of our area. We at Inn at Cedar Falls proudly love the history of the Hocking Hills area and enjoy pointing out... Read more »

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New Straitsville Moonshine FestivalAs you may be aware of, the Hocking Hills area is full of history. It is told and retold in many ways in forms of stories and museums all dedicated to the history of our area. We at Inn at Cedar Falls proudly love the history of the Hocking Hills area and enjoy pointing out interesting places to go and activities to enjoy to our guests while they are here. While many may not know this, the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival isn’t only about the moonshine, it’s about the history that surrounds it. Let’s take a look into the festival as well as the history that supports it.

The New Straitsville Moonshine Festival has been around for many years and has become a staple in this community. The New Straitsville Moonshine Festival showcases the history of this town and how it has survived and flourished over the years. Many years ago, the town was a mining town and survived off of coal. However, the mines were set on fire, and actually still burn today. This left the residents without a source of income. They then had the fortuitous idea of making moonshine and selling it. This was all during the Prohibition Era where alcohol was illegal but, the residents still made a living.

Today at the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival, you can find out all about these interesting facts and stories from history. The volunteers are filled with these stories and you can visit the local history museum for more information. This year’s New Straitsville Moonshine Festival will be held May 21st through 25th. Thursday and Friday will start at 5 pm, Saturday at 11am, and Sunday at noon.

There are so many fun activities planned for this year’s New Straitsville Moonshine Festival. Besides taking in all of the history that will be offered there, there will also be flea market vendors, souvenirs to buy and carnival rides. The New Straitsville Moonshine Festival is a great activity for the whole family. Don’t worry about food while you are there, the festival will not only have typical carnival food but also Moonshine burgers, Moonshine pie, and Moonshine doggies so be sure to bring plenty of cash and an empty stomach to enjoy all of the great food that will be there.

Another great activity at the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival is having a look at the Moonshine Still Display. This is where you can learn all about how moonshine was made in the early days as well as today. In festivals past, the moonshine that was made was thrown away but with the new addition of the Straitsville Special Moonshine liquor store, there will be samples available as well as bottles for purchase.

Be sure to also be on the lookout for some staple events at the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival. There will be 2 parades, one of them the Grande Parade on Memorial Day. Also have a look out for the Garden Tractor Pull as well as the Pedal Pull. One of the best parts about the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival is their music. Some bands have already been slotted for the festival, on Saturday is Trip Dog and on Sunday is Billy Joel Royal. Follow the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival on Facebook and keep up to date with the festival as the time comes closer.

It’s interesting events like the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival that draws so many people to our fun area. When you do think about coming to the festival, be sure to consider staying with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. Located adjacent to the Hocking Hills State Park, the beauty of our area is evident on our property as well as close by. Spend your time exploring our trails and enjoy being outdoors. Contact our fantastic staff today and let us help you create a wonderful trip to see us. Be sure to ask about our spa treatments as well!

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Enjoy the Live Music and Great Food at the Wild Turkey Festival http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/04/enjoy-the-live-music-and-great-food-at-the-wild-turkey-festival/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/04/enjoy-the-live-music-and-great-food-at-the-wild-turkey-festival/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:48:51 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12099 When it comes to festivals, we at Inn at Cedar Falls think that our area has some of the best ones around. We have some great events all over and throughout the year. There is something about getting the local community as well as visitors all together in celebration of a certain piece of history... Read more »

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Wild Turkey FestivalWhen it comes to festivals, we at Inn at Cedar Falls think that our area has some of the best ones around. We have some great events all over and throughout the year. There is something about getting the local community as well as visitors all together in celebration of a certain piece of history or a fun activity. One festival in particular that we look forward to every spring is the Wild Turkey Festival. Even in the name, you know you are going to have a great time. The Wild Turkey Festival is a celebratory event that includes, rides, food, music, entertainment, and more all set against the backdrop of the beautiful Hocking Hills.

The 31st Annual Wild Turkey Festival will be held in McArthur, OH, just a short 20 minute drive from us at Inn at Cedar Falls, on April 30th-May 3rd. This 4 day Wild Turkey Festival will be filled with fun for the whole family and is a perfect way to spend a weekend in Hocking Hills. The hours for the Wild Turkey Festival start from 5 pm to 11 pm Thursday, 11 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday, and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. The festival will be held on the streets of downtown Mc Arthur and while there is no entrance fee into the Wild Turkey Festival, be sure to bring plenty of cash for the fun rides and delicious food.

Let’s explore some of the fun activities and events that you can expect to find at the Wild Turkey Festival. Some of the staples for the Wild Turkey Festival have been the Grand Parade as well as the crowing of the Wild Turkey Queen. The Wild Turkey Festival started in 1985 and since it’s first year they have always had a Grande Parade on Saturday evening. This is a wonderful way to sit back and relax and enjoy the town. Each year there is a new Grand Marshall of the Wild Turkey Festival to help lead the town in fun and start the year’s events. The parade will be at 6 pm on Saturday, May 2nd. Following that there will be crowning of the Queen of the Wild Turkey Festival. They even have a contest for babies as well. There is nothing cuter than a dressed up little baby. Another staple at the Wild Turkey Festival is music. The sound stage comes alive with amazing musicians from all over.

Besides perusing the food and the rides, there are some other activities that you should definitely check out. One of them being their car show. Go down memory lane and look at all of these beautifully restored cars. You will most likely see ones from your childhood as well as many more. Show your kids which car was the coolest when you were a kid. Ask the car owners all about the restoration and watch them beam with pride over the work that has been done.

If you love beautiful quilts, then be sure to check out the Quilt Show at the Wild Turkey Festival. Our area has some of the most gifted quilters, like those at the nearby Dairy Barn Arts Center. The quilts featured at the festival are so gorgeous and if you happen to quilt as well, can give you some inspiration on your next project.

When deciding about the Wild Turkey Festival, be sure to consider staying with us at Inn at Cedar Falls while you are here. You will be amazed at the beauty of our local Hocking Hills, especially what you can see from your room as well as exploring our property. Planning on coming with your family? We have many accommodation types to fit everyone, even your four-legged family members. Contact our lovely staff today and book a trip to see us in time for the Wild Turkey Festival.

Photo by: Gabrielle

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Moonlight Paddles at the Hocking Hills Canoe Livery http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/03/moonlight-paddles-at-the-hocking-hills-canoe-livery/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/03/moonlight-paddles-at-the-hocking-hills-canoe-livery/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:18:54 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12074 Since spring is finally here, we are all looking forward to the warmer weather coming our way soon. There are so many reasons why we here at Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills love the coming of spring and summer. The first is that our property comes alive again with beautiful flowers and all... Read more »

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Hocking Hills Canoe LiverySince spring is finally here, we are all looking forward to the warmer weather coming our way soon. There are so many reasons why we here at Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills love the coming of spring and summer. The first is that our property comes alive again with beautiful flowers and all of our trees start to bloom as well as fill back in with green leaves. Also, this is a time of year when windows stay open to allow for the cool breezes of spring to fill our homes and the spring farmer’s markets come back where we can all see what has been growing. One other part of this time of year that we love seeing is our rivers open up again filled with visitors from the Hocking Hills Canoe Livery. Let’s look more into what a trip with the Hocking Hills Canoe Livery looks like as well as their fun Midnight Paddles trips.

The Hocking Hills Canoe Livery was started by the Fox family in 1996. They have been helping adventurous visitors of all ages go down the Hocking River as well as camp on it’s shores. They believe that allowing people to see the beauty of the Hocking Hills from not only the vantage point of the Hocking River, but also by paddling it yourself, you have an amazing opportunity to see some amazing sights. Imagine all of the flowers and local animals you can see from the river that you may not be able to see from any of the trails. Not only this but having a way to keep cool on one of our many warm days is always a plus.

The Hocking Hills Canoe Livery has two different kinds of Hocking River trips to choose from. The first is a Hocking Hills Canoe Livery canoe trip. For these trips, usually a couple is in the canoe. However, one other adult or 2 small children can also fit on the floor of either of their Old Town 158 or Wenonah Northfork canoes. From there you can choose their Crockett’s Trip which is a 5 mile journey that is about 1.5 hours of paddling. This gentle ride is perfect for beginners as well as those with children. They also have a Rockbridge Trip that is 7 miles and about 2-3 hours of paddling. On this longer trip you will see a bit more of the Hocking River as well as a chance to view those on the zip line. The other type of Hocking Hills Canoe Livery trip is by kayak. Their kayaks are single kayaks where the person sits in the kayak. You are not zipped in so if you fall out, you won’t have to roll. The Hocking Hills Canoe Livery offers the same tours as above. If you would like to paddle out on your own, you may also rent a canoe or kayak from them as well.

Now onto the Hocking Hills Canoe Livery’s Night Floats. They have two different tours to choose from, the Moonlight Tour and the New Moon Glow Float. The Moonlight Tour is on May 30th, June 27th, August 1st, August 29th, and September 26th. On this tour you paddle your canoe from sunset into moonlight. From this vantage point you will get to see a completely new side to Hocking River as well as the Hocking Hills. At the end of your trip you will be welcomed by a roaring fire, S’mores, and a lively bluegrass band that will play some great songs to listen and to dance to. On the New Moon Glow Float, you will also paddle your canoe on the Hocking River from sunset into moonlight and use the glow of your glow sticks, as well as any glow gear you can bring, to light your way down the river. Just the same, at the end you will have a fire and a fun bluegrass band for your entertainment. The dates for this tour is June 13, July 18, August 15, September 12, and October 17.

When you have fun trips available like those from the Hocking Hills Canoe Livery, it’s easy to see why not only do we locals get excited by the summer months but also our visitors do too. When rounding out your plans for a trip to the Hocking Hills Canoe Livery, be sure to consider staying with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. We have all sorts of different accommodation types for our guest groups of any size. We also start off your day with a hearty breakfast from our own in-house restaurant, Kindred Spirits, which gives you more than enough fuel for your day exploring the Hocking Hills. Contact our amazing staff today and let us help you plan a wonderful trip to see us this summer.

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