Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls http://innatcedarfalls.com Hocking Hills Cabins Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:00:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hocking Hills is the Best Place for Geocaching in Ohio http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2016/04/geocaching-ohio/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:00:32 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=2039 With its deep caves, rugged gorges, and expansive state parks, Hocking Hills is a challenging and exciting destination for geocaching in Ohio. Home to over 300 caches, visitors can find all sorts of treasures like coins, small toys, ornamental buttons, books, and more hidden throughout the area. Ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, it’s... Read more »

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With its deep caves, rugged gorges, and expansive state parks, Hocking Hills is a challenging and exciting destination for geocaching in Ohio. Home to over 300 caches, visitors can find all sorts of treasures like coins, small toys, ornamental buttons, books, and more hidden throughout the area. Ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, it’s the thrill of the hunt that is the most fun – and you can experience it all right at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy geocaching in Ohio.

What Is Geocaching?

Similar to a treasure hunt, geocaching is a popular recreational activity that involves finding hidden objects, or caches, using GPS coordinates. Although the size of the cache may vary, it is usually a weather-resistant container that has a logbook and other items inside. After you find one, be sure to put the cache back exactly as you found it, then visit Geocaching.com to log your find and share your experience with others.

Brief History: In the year 2000, web developer Jeremy Irish decided to start a hobby site for the activity and created Geocaching.com to improve the cache-hunting experience. Today, there are over 1.2 million geocaches hidden all over the world, and everyone from couples and families to friend groups from all walks of life can enjoy the excitement of the hunt.

The Hocking Hills Adventure GeoTrail

Created by the Hocking Hills Tourism Association, the Hocking Hills Adventure GeoTrail consists of three themed trails and 10 caches located at various attractions throughout the Hocking Hills. Each cache has a number and keyword that you’ll use to fill out the GeoTrail passport, which you can pick up at the Hocking Hills Welcome Center. All you have to do is fill in the keywords correctly and you’ll receive a prize! Trackable geocoins will be awarded to the first 100 geocachers who complete the trail, and guests can visit Geocaching.com to get some coordinates and clues beforehand. Be sure to bring a camera with you to capture our area’s spectacular scenery along the way! The cache names are:

  • Lazy River
  • Fore
  • Bird’s Eye View
  • Superman
  • Giddy Up
  • Cowboy
  • Roy & Dale
  • Come Fly With Me
  • Pony Tail
  • Kick Up Your Heels

Book Your Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls!

Before you start planning your next quest for treasure, be sure to book your stay at our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast! Our inn will provide you with a print-out of local geocaches (there are even a few hidden on our property!) and will pack a gourmet brown bag lunch to bring with you on your journey. Afterward, return to one of our beautiful guest rooms, cottages, or cabins where you can relax and reminisce about your adventures in Hocking Hills, then join us for a hearty and delicious meal at our onsite restaurant, Kindred Spirits. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover!

For more information on geocaching in Ohio, download our free Hocking Hills vacation guide.

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Why You Need to Visit Rockside Winery http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2016/04/rockside-winery/ Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:00:45 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=13530 Established in 2007, Rockside Winery & Vineyards in Lancaster, Ohio, will make you feel like you’ve been transported from the hills of the midwest to the rolling vineyards of Wine Country. The winery’s 17 sprawling acres are managed by Robin and Valerie Coolidge, who are also the owners of Wyandotte Winery in Columbus, Ohio. It... Read more »

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Wine tasting at Rockside WineryEstablished in 2007, Rockside Winery & Vineyards in Lancaster, Ohio, will make you feel like you’ve been transported from the hills of the midwest to the rolling vineyards of Wine Country. The winery’s 17 sprawling acres are managed by Robin and Valerie Coolidge, who are also the owners of Wyandotte Winery in Columbus, Ohio. It is their dedication and craftsmanship that have made Rockside the producer of some the best wines in the area – and it’s less than an hour drive from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls! Here’s what you’ll find when you take a trip to Rockside Winery.

Explore Rockside Winery

Incredible Wines

The winemaking process at Rockside is true to tradition, where small, hand-crafted batches are bottled with care and precision. Because of Ohio’s harsh winters and short summers, grape growing here is challenging and tricky, and the family spends hours caring for the vines to develop healthy, flavorful grapes. Guests can enjoy sampling varietals like Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Corot Noir, and more in the beautiful tasting room, or on the adjacent covered patio that overlooks the vineyards and hills of Fairfield County.

Upcoming Events

From November 10-20, 2016, Rockside Winery and Wyandotte Winery are offering a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for wine lovers. On their Vineyards and Melodies of the Danube cruise, you’ll travel in a luxurious boat from Budapest to Prague and will stop at historic European cities to explore and sample wine along the way. The cruise includes everything from daily tours and excursions to wine tastings and onboard music performances and will be an incredible experience you’ll never forget.

Winery Hours & Tastings

Wine tasting at Rockside Winery is available during open hours and is $1 per taste. Guests can also enjoy Thursday happy hours from 5 to 8 PM which include $4 glasses of wine and 25% off food items, and fun-filled Saturday events that feature live, local music from 5 to 9 PM.

Visit the Hocking Hills Winery

Located in Logan, Ohio, Hocking Hills Winery is another great place to spend an afternoon and features live music, finger foods, and, of course, delicious wine. Guests can taste-test a variety of wines including Chardonnay, Malbec, Riesling, and Syrah in the beautiful tasting room or patio, or take a tour of the vineyard where you can get up-close and personal with the grapes and enjoy a relaxing stroll with a glass in hand.

Try Hocking Hills Moonshine

If wine isn’t your favorite beverage, Hocking Hills is also known for producing fantastic moonshine. The water found in this area has a sweet and distinct mineral quality that gives the ’shine a unique taste and flavor. Each year, the town of New Straitsville hosts the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival that celebrates this historic liquor with carnival rides, parades, vendors, and tastings, and you can also purchase a bottle for the perfect souvenir.

Book Your Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls!

No matter where you choose to sip and savor, be sure to make our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast your home-away-from-home! Our beautiful cottages, cabins, and guest rooms offer a peaceful, quiet atmosphere after a fun day, and you can even try a variety of local wines and Hocking Hills moonshine right at our onsite restaurant, Kindred Spirits. We can’t wait to see you soon!

For more information on the best wineries in Ohio, download our free Hocking Hills vacation guide.

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The Skyview Drive-In in Lancaster is One of the Best Attractions http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2016/04/skyview-drive-in-lancaster/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:00:43 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=13513 Built in 1948, the Skyview Drive-In in Lancaster, Ohio, is one of less than 400 drive-ins left in the United States. The theater is owned and operated by Walt Effinger, an employee for over 30 years who continues to maintain the facility and meet the high standards of customers from far and wide. Located on Main Street on... Read more »

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Popcorn at the Skyview Drive In in LancasterBuilt in 1948, the Skyview Drive-In in Lancaster, Ohio, is one of less than 400 drive-ins left in the United States. The theater is owned and operated by Walt Effinger, an employee for over 30 years who continues to maintain the facility and meet the high standards of customers from far and wide. Located on Main Street on the edge of town, the theater’s screen stands high above the neighboring cornfields and offers showings of recently released films on weekends at 8:45 PM. Just a 40-minute drive from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, you can enjoy your favorite movies under the stars in the comfort of your own car! Here are some things you’ll see at the Skyview Drive-In.

Visit the Skyview Drive-In in Lancaster

Admission

Featuring a concession stand, playground, and a DJ playing oldies in the summer, a trip to the SkyView Drive-In will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. With the high prices of movies these days, Skyview is an incredible bargain where visitors 12 and older can purchase tickets for $8 each, age 4-11 are $4 each, and kids ages 3 and younger are free.

The Skyview Theater is also the first drive-in in Ohio to offer a digital projector with high-quality picture and sound. Guests can enjoy watching on the theater’s 80-inch screen paired with state-of-the-art FM stereo, or use the vintage car speakers for an authentic 1950’s feel.

Concessions

The Skyview Drive-In also offers a wide variety of snacks and concessions for guests to enjoy during the movie screening. Visitors can choose from classic drive-in fare including hot dogs, burgers, pizza, fries, and popcorn, as well as special treats like cotton candy, ice cream, and brownies. The concession stand is operated by Walt’s wife, Cathie, who provides excellent and friendly service to all of the theater’s patrons.

The Hocking Theatre Drive-In

For another blast from the past, be sure to take a cruise through the Hocking Theater Drive-In, located just outside of Logan. Like many of America’s old drive-ins, this theater serves as a reminder of a bygone era. What was once the ticket booth is now a small building covered in chipped paint, but the tracks where people used to pull up and pay are still visible from constant use. The theater’s old marquee and screen are also still standing, providing a true feeling of nostalgia.

Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Whether you’re planning an inexpensive date night or a fun-filled evening with the family, the Skyview Drive-In in Lancaster is a must-see when you’re in the area. Before you head out, be sure to check the movie showtimes to see what’s playing, then book your stay at our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast! Situated in the heart of the Hills, our rustic cabins, cottages, and guest rooms are the perfect place to retreat and feature luxurious amenities that will make your Ohio getaway one you’ll never forget. We can’t wait to hear about your night at the theater!

For more information on drive-in movie theaters in Ohio,
download our free Hocking Hills vacation guide.

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10 of the Best Hocking Hills Events to See This Spring http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2016/04/hocking-hills-events/ Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:00:32 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=13487 From exciting car shows to unique music festivals, there are so many wonderful Hocking Hills events to attend in the coming months. If you’re not sure which one to visit first, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best things to do in the Hills this spring, and they’re all just... Read more »

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Little girl on her dads shoulders at one of the Hocking Hills eventsFrom exciting car shows to unique music festivals, there are so many wonderful Hocking Hills events to attend in the coming months. If you’re not sure which one to visit first, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best things to do in the Hills this spring, and they’re all just a short drive from the Inn & Spa at Cedar FallsThe next time you’re in the area, check out these fantastic events and festivals that are sure to make your trip unforgettable.

Upcoming Hocking Hills Events

1. Spring Hikes: The beautiful weather in April and May is ideal for one of the most beloved Hocking Hills activities – hiking! Visitors can spend the afternoon exploring and admire the deep caves, lush forests, and spectacular waterfalls that have made our area so famous. Be sure to bring your camera!

2. Open House at Crane Hollow PreserveOn Monday, May 2nd, guests will have the unique chance to view this private nature preserve at the Spring Open House. You can enjoy an afternoon of music and food, as well as short, scenic hikes throughout the day. This event requires reservations, so be sure to call ahead.

3. Wild Turkey Festival: On May 5-7, the streets of McArthur, Ohio, will come alive with delicious food, great music, and fun for the entire family at the 25th annual Wild Turkey Festival. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities including carnival rides and games, a car show, a grand parade, and even a crowning of the Wild Turkey Festival Queen.

4. Lake Hope Spring Craft Show: Guests can stop by the Lake Hope Dining Lodge on May 6th and browse a wide selection of crafts from local vendors. You’ll find everything from handmade items like brooms and gourd canteens to pieces of artwork including paintings and pencil drawings.

5. Photography Workshops: On Saturday, May 14, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls will be hosting a photography workshop taught by Jim Crotty. From 8 AM to 5 PM, guests will learn all about the craft of nature photography as well as professional techniques including how to work on location, the best tools and lenses for pro results, and how to get your images noticed. Join us for a fun day of photography!

6. Cruise Hocking Car Show: Our inn is also proud to sponsor this year’s Cruise Hocking Car Show on May 21 and 22! Car enthusiasts from all over the Midwest will flock to the Hocking Hills for a weekend of live music, awesome displays, and scenic drives, as well as a delicious Saturday lunch from us!

7. New Straitsville Moonshine Festival: Featuring a working still display, local history museum, flea market vendors, carnival rides, two parades, and much more, this festival is a must-see on May 26-30. Our area’s famous New Straitsville Special Moonshine will also be available for sale and sampling, so you can take a sip of Hocking Hills history.

8. Nelsonville Music Festival: If you’re a music lover, be sure to visit this festival on June 2-5. You can watch live music performances on multiple stages and enjoy on-site camping, kids activities, local art vendors, food, and a beer garden. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer day!

9. Washboard Music Festival: Another wonderful celebration of music is the Washboard Music Festival on June 16-18. Here, guests can enjoy a weekend of live music as well as a beautiful quilt show, free tours of the Columbus Washboard Company, a car show, a parade, and much more.

10. Lily Fest: With a history that dates back to 1992, Lilyfest is one of the most beloved Hocking Hills events. Each year, the festival showcases over 3 acres of designed gardens, ponds, and sculptures at the home of Bobbi Bishop, as well as the works of over 70 Hocking Hills artists. Guests can enjoy various food vendors, plant sales, live entertainment, and walking tours of the gardens in July.

Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls!

Before planning your trip to Ohio, be sure to book your stay at our beautiful bed and breakfast! Our Hocking Hills cabins, cottages, and guest rooms are the perfect homestead during a festival weekend, and our inn offers a wide variety of exciting events throughout the year. We can’t wait to see you this spring!

For more information on Hocking Hills events, download our free vacation guide.

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The Top 3 Things to Do on the Hocking River http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2016/03/hocking-river/ Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:00:26 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=13467 Starting in Lancaster, Ohio, and flowing southeast, the Hocking River is rich in history and is ideal for outdoor recreation. Before the first settlers came to the Hocking Hills, three Native American Tribes lived in the area and used the river to catch animals like turtles, fish, and clams that were a vital food supply.... Read more »

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Close up of fishing rods on the Hocking RiverStarting in Lancaster, Ohio, and flowing southeast, the Hocking River is rich in history and is ideal for outdoor recreation. Before the first settlers came to the Hocking Hills, three Native American Tribes lived in the area and used the river to catch animals like turtles, fish, and clams that were a vital food supply. They originally named this body of water Hokhochen, which means “bottle-shaped”, but the name was shortened to “Hocking” in the 1800s. Today, the entire surrounding area is now known as the Hocking Hills and is a spectacular, scenic region that attracts visitors from far and wide. Located just 20 minutes from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, guests can experience the true beauty of Ohio by taking a trip to the Hocking River.

Some of Our Favorite Activities on the Hocking River

1. Fishing: Anglers can cast a line in the hopes of catching a variety of fish species on the Hocking River. The mid and upper portions of the river have an impressive amount of smallmouth bass, and typical midwest species like channel catfish, white crappie, quillback, sauger, and more have also been spotted.

2. River Trips: With an average depth of only 3 to 4 feet, the Hocking River is generally calm and smooth and is ideal for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and tubing in the summertime. Both Hocking Hills Adventures and the Hocking Hills Canoe Livery offer a variety of scenic trips for all skill levels, and our inn can pack a brown bag lunch for you to enjoy while on your journey. Canoe tours provide a peaceful, calm ride through the trees, and kayaks are fast and easier to maneuver – just be careful not to tip over!

3. Camping: Guests can also spend a weekend roughing it on the Hocking River. One of the most popular areas for Hocking Hills camping is the Riverside Campground, where visitors can enjoy over 80 large sites complete with picnic tables, fire rings, and nearby flushing toilets. Many of the sites offer swimming access and are close to the Fun Center, which features mini-golf, go-karts, a driving range, arcade, grills, shelter houses, and a picnic facility.

Things to Do Near the Hocking River

If you’re not a big fan of the water, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails nearby that will give you a beautiful waterfront view without getting you wet. The Hocking River flows through Rockbridge State Nature Preserve, which features unique formations like natural rock bridges and is a wonderful place to explore on foot. Or, take a thrilling zip line ride with Hocking Hills Canopy Tours to see the river from a birds-eye view! 

Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls!

Before you start planning your adventure, be sure to download a Hocking River map, then book your stay at our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast! Our beautiful cabins, cottages, and guest rooms are the perfect retreat after a few days of rugged camping, and a delicious dinner at our award-winning restaurant, Kindred Spirits, will help you refuel. We can’t wait to hear about your experience on the Hocking River!

For more information on the best things to do in Hocking Hills, download our free vacation guide.

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What Are the Best One Tank Trips in Ohio? http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2016/03/one-tank-trips-ohio/ Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:00:39 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=13452 Home to countless museums, renowned National Parks, and even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the beautiful state of Ohio truly has something for everyone. In particular, the picturesque region of Hocking Hills is an ideal destination for weekend getaways in Ohio and is just a short drive from many of the state’s most... Read more »

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View of the road on one tank trips in OhioHome to countless museums, renowned National Parks, and even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the beautiful state of Ohio truly has something for everyone. In particular, the picturesque region of Hocking Hills is an ideal destination for weekend getaways in Ohio and is just a short drive from many of the state’s most famous attractions. If you’re looking to explore the next time you stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, these one tank trips in Ohio will take you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Our Favorite One Tank Trips in Ohio

The Hocking Hills Scenic Byway

Winding deep into the hills of southeast Ohio, the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway is a must-see when you’re in the area. Following State Route 374 (the road that our inn is located on!), guests can travel the beautiful country roads, admire spectacular scenery, and stop at various attractions and historical landmarks along the way. Feel free to get out of the car and hike to the waterfalls and caves at one of the many Hocking Hills State Parks sites, or do a little bit of shopping at the Spirits of the Hills Fine Arts and Crafts Gallery. For a full list of Hocking Hills Scenic Byway points of interest, download a driving tour map.

Lancaster’s Covered Bridges

Guests can also visit some of the most beautiful covered bridges in Ohio when they take a 30-minute drive from Logan to Lancaster. Here, you’ll see historic bridges that date back to the 1800’s and will get a glimpse into Ohio’s past. These standing bridges are a testament to their original construction and restoration and are the perfect place for a photo op – so don’t forget to bring your camera!

Amish Country

Ohio’s Amish Country is located about two and a half hours north of our inn and is home to the largest Amish settlement in the world. Attracting four million people each year, this region features the famous “Amish Sistine Chapel,” the nation’s oldest livestock auction event, and the world’s largest retailer of non-electric appliances. Guests can peruse various bakeries, cheese houses, wineries, craft shops, and hardwood furniture stores, or take a guided back-road tour that ends with dinner in an Amish home. Surrounded by beautiful farmland and pastures, a trip to Amish Country is one of the best things to do in Ohio.

Stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls!

After a long day of driving, exploring, and sightseeing, come home to our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast and relax in one of our beautiful guest rooms, cottages, or cabins! Feel free to kick your feet up and unwind, then head over to our acclaimed restaurant, Kindred Spirits, where you can enjoy a delicious meal and reminisce about the incredible day you had. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures in Ohio!

For more information on great one tank trips in Ohio, including weekend trips from Cincinnati and day trips from Columbus, Ohio, download our free Hocking Hills vacation guide.

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The Nelsonville Music Festival: Everything You Need to Know http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2016/03/nelsonville-music-festival/ Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:12:46 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12049 When the weather heats up here in Hocking Hills, there are even more opportunities for fun. At first, it’s the ability to spend more time outdoors and explore our amazing local trails. Our trails come alive again after a long winter with the most gorgeous wildflowers. At the same time, the waterfalls start flowing again... Read more »

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Nelsonville Music Festival

When the weather heats up here in Hocking Hills, there are even more opportunities for fun. At first, it’s the ability to spend more time outdoors and explore our amazing local trails. Our trails come alive again after a long winter with the most gorgeous wildflowers. At the same time, the waterfalls start flowing again and are a sight to behold. Each spring and summer we at Inn at Cedar Falls love seeing our town celebrate the coming seasons with fun outdoor festivals. One in particular we are looking forward to is the Nelsonville Music Festival. Let us show you why we love checking out some part of the Nelsonville Music Festival not only this year but each year.

When is the Nelsonville Music Festival?

The Nelsonville Music Festival is held at the end of May in the quaint town of Nelsonville, OH, which is only a 30 minute drive away from Inn at Cedar Falls. The Nelsonville Music Festival is a family friendly outdoor concert. This event hosted by Stuart’s Opera House is all about being with family and friends and enjoying amazing music. We are excited about the musical acts that will be at the Nelsonville Music Festival. Previous musical performers included: The Flaming LipsMerle HaggardSt. VincentBrandi CarlileTrampled by TurtlesBuilt to SpillElephant RevivalDead Hand of Man, and many more. Want to hear a bit of the music you will be enjoying at the Nelsonville Music Festival? Check out their Spotify station.

How to Get the Most Out of the Nelsonville Music Festival

There are many different ways to customize your tickets for the perfect mix of music and price for your trip. If you are looking for an all-inclusive price for the Nelsonville Music Festival, we suggest getting the Weekend Pass for $130 each. This is a pass for the whole weekend and includes parking. Individual day passes are at different prices based on who is playing that day so be sure to check out the ticket’s page to see how much your day will cost. If you are looking for a little added oomph to your Nelsonville Music Festival experience, then consider looking at the VIP packages of tickets. The VIP Weekend Pass is $325 each and gains you access to the festival as well as the VIP area which has amazing seating, convenient cash bar for drinks and food and more. You can also get the VIP package for a daily ticket as well.

As we mentioned before, this is a kid friendly event and there will be plenty for your tiny festival lovers to do as well. In years passed, there have been a lot of fun art projects and games for the kids to take part in as well as interesting things to do at night as well. Be sure to check back closer to the festival date to see what the Nelsonville Music Festival has in store for your kids.

A Green Event in Nelsonville, Ohio

Another initiative that the Nelsonville Music Festival does that sets them apart from other festivals is that they aspire to be a zero waste festival. As we have all experienced, when so many people gather together, there is sure to be a ton of waste. At the Nelsonville Music Festival, through a partnership with Rural Action’s Zero Waste Program, this festival will do it’s best to make sure all trash is diverted and recycled to maintain a zero waste festival.

Amazing, and innovative, festivals like the Nelsonville Music Festival are some of the top reasons why visitors love choosing the Hocking Hills area when deciding where to spend some part of their vacation time. When deciding to stay here, consider staying with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. We are nestled right in the Hocking Hills and our rooms, cabins, and cottages give our guests some of the best views of the area. We pamper our guests with top service that makes our guests choose us each time they are in the area. When thinking about attending the Nelsonville Music Festival, be sure to book your stay with us as soon as possible as we can fill up. Contact our fantastic staff today and let us help you book a great trip to see us.

And for even more recommendations on things to do in the Hocking Hills, be sure to download our free Hocking Hills Vacation Guide!

 

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Get Excited for the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival! http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2016/03/new-straitsville-moonshine-festival/ Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:00:43 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12102 Known as the moonshine capital of the world, the Hocking Hills of Ohio has been a hub for this famous beverage since the Prohibition years. Back in the 1920’s and 30’s, illegal distillers thrived in New Straitsville, where dense forests and thick smoke from coal mines shielded the stills. Now regarded as an American craft, the... Read more »

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Distilling apparatus at the New Straitsville Moonshine FestivalKnown as the moonshine capital of the world, the Hocking Hills of Ohio has been a hub for this famous beverage since the Prohibition years. Back in the 1920’s and 30’s, illegal distillers thrived in New Straitsville, where dense forests and thick smoke from coal mines shielded the stills. Now regarded as an American craft, the region’s first legal distillery was opened in 2014, and an annual five-day festival celebrates the history and making of moonshine. The New Straitsville Moonshine Festival will take place this year on May 26 – 30, 2016, and is the perfect place to try some old-fashioned ‘shine. Cheers!

Visit the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival

What is Moonshine?

The term “moonshine” usually refers to white corn whiskey or any other high-proof spirit that is generally made illicitly. The whiskey is typically made with a mash of cracked corn, water, and sugar, and sometimes other ingredients are included to add flavor. (Apple pie anyone?) The primary difference between moonshine and commercial alcohol is aging. When moonshine comes out of the still, it’s clear and looks like water – but whiskey from your local liquor store has a golden, amber color, because it’s aged for years in oak barrels. The aging process mellows the harsh taste, which is why moonshine packs such a punch!

Ohio’s Famous Moonshine

At the Straitsville Special Distillery, moonshine is made using local corn and Hocking Hills water, which has a sweet and distinct mineral quality that makes the beverage even more special. Distillery owner Doug Nutter uses a secret, century-old family recipe, old-school techniques, and two hand-built 115-gallon stills to create 90-proof Straitsville Special moonshine. In an interview with Columbus Underground, Nutter says, “The difference between us and Jack Daniels or anybody else is that they have a set of standards of quality control and we don’t. What makes moonshine good is that it’s always close but it’s never perfect.”

What You’ll See at the Festival

Each year, the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival offers tons of fun events and attractions for Hocking Hills locals and visitors alike. Guests can enjoy everything from live entertainment and carnival rides to parades and flea market vendors, and unique eats like Moonshine burgers, Moonshine pie, and Moonshine doggies will help fill you up throughout the day. Be sure to check out the Moonshine Still Display where you’ll learn all about how moonshine is made, and stop by the Straitsville Special liquor store to sample and purchase bottles of shine.

Enjoy Moonshine at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

When planning your trip to the festival, be sure to book your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls! Located just 30 minutes from New Straitsville, our beautiful Hocking Hills bed and breakfast is the perfect place to unwind after a fun day – and we even serve a mule using Hocking Hills Moonshine, ginger beer, and lime, so you can try the shine right on our grounds. We can’t wait to hear about your experience at the New Statesville Moonshine Festival! 

For more information on upcoming events and festivals, download our free Hocking Hills vacation guide.

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8 of the Best Places for Ohio Craft Beer http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2016/03/ohio-craft-beer/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:00:40 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=13373 Home to over 118 breweries and tasting rooms, Ohio is a haven for craft beer lovers and offers some of the best brews in the country. Here, guests can learn all about the beer-making process and may have the chance to meet the brewers and try fresh brews straight from the source. Visitors can download... Read more »

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Men at a brewery enjoying Ohio craft beerHome to over 118 breweries and tasting rooms, Ohio is a haven for craft beer lovers and offers some of the best brews in the country. Here, guests can learn all about the beer-making process and may have the chance to meet the brewers and try fresh brews straight from the source. Visitors can download an Ohio breweries map and spend a weekend visiting and touring the breweries, or simply stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls and sample the area’s best beers right at our inn! Whether you’re a brewmaster yourself or just want to sit back and enjoy a cold one, a trip to the midwest for some delicious Ohio craft beer is guaranteed to quench your thirst.

Your Guide to the Best Ohio Craft Beer

1. Buckeye Lake Brewery: Founded in February 2012, this brewery in Buckeye Lake, OH, loves to experiment with ingredients and styles. Favorite flavors include the Buckeye Lake Blonde, a medium-light bodied beer with a malty, grainy taste, and Hennosy’s Irish Red, a medium-bodied beer that has a wonderful caramel sweetness. At their tasting room, guests can enjoy live music, appetizers, and Taco Tuesday every week, as well as frequent visits from local food trucks.

2. Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery: Jackie O’s unique production facility in Athens, OH, has been skillfully aging specialty beers since 2013. Their seasonal brews have something for every palate and include popular pints like the Barging Pumpkin, a beer that’s brewed using roasted local pumpkins, and the Dark Apparition, a spicy brew with hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

3. Devil’s Kettle Brewing: Also Located in Athens is Devil’s Kettle, a premium ale and lager brewery that’s owned and operated by Ohio Craft Beer Week winner Cameron Fuller. A trip to this brewery isn’t complete without a “beermosa”, a mix of Spider Silk Blonde Ale and OJ, and an order of their homemade soft pretzels and tasty beer mustard.

4. Little Fish Brewing Co.: Brewing simple, rustic, and delicious beers in Athens, OH, Little Fish has a philosophy of sustainability. They use organic malts, locally-grown specialty grains, and 100% wind-powered electricity to create farmhouse ales and sours as well as lagers and hoppy pale ales.

5. Rockmill Brewery: This small-production organic brewery in Lancaster, OH, sits on a former horse farm and offers specialty beers that are made to be paired with food. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch from our inn and spend an afternoon at their spacious farmhouse tasting room, open on weekends.

6. Homestead Brewing Company: Homestead Brewing in Heath, OH, is dedicated to restoring the roots of American beer by bringing back fresh, simple, and drinkable brews. Favorites include the Mango Wit, a delightful Belgian Witbier that features summer flavors of mango, cloves, and pepper, and the Galactic Heroes IPA that features notes of grapefruit, juicy orange, and lemon to perfectly balance the hops.

7. Great Lakes Brewing: If you find yourself in the Cleveland area, be sure to visit this iconic microbrewery. At Great Lakes Brewing, guests can visit the historic pub and order a pint at the Tiger Mahogany bar, walk next door and tour the 7-barrel brewhouse, or visit the eco-friendly beer garden and enjoy some fresh air on the cobblestone patio. 

8. Elevator Brewing: Grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, play a game of pool or darts, and sip on award-winning beer at Elevator Brewing and Draught Haus in downtown Columbus, OH. You can tour the brewery to learn about how the beer is made, then head up to the 13th floor taproom to sip to your heart’s content.

Taste It All at Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls!

With so many breweries dotted across the state, it can be impossible to squeeze them all into one afternoon! That’s why our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast offers the best beers from each of the breweries listed above, giving our guests the chance to sample delicious beverages all year long. Plus, you can take a short walk to one of our beautiful guest rooms, cottages, or cabins and relax after you’ve had a few too many. Cheers!

For more information on where to find the best brews, including the Ohio Craft Beer Festival,
download our free Hocking Hills vacation guide.

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The Most Beautiful Wholesale Glassware in Logan, Ohio http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2016/03/wholesale-glassware/ Thu, 03 Mar 2016 13:00:41 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=13365 Known for its many antique shops, retail outlets, and clothing stores, the picturesque town of Logan, Ohio, is a shoppers paradise. Whether you’re a collector, bargain hunter, or are looking for a souvenir from your trip, the Midwest Glassware Outlet is an ideal destination for finding one-of-a-kind pieces that will bring a little bit of... Read more »

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Wholesale glasswareKnown for its many antique shops, retail outlets, and clothing stores, the picturesque town of Logan, Ohio, is a shoppers paradise. Whether you’re a collector, bargain hunter, or are looking for a souvenir from your trip, the Midwest Glassware Outlet is an ideal destination for finding one-of-a-kind pieces that will bring a little bit of Ohio into your home. Featuring over 1 million pieces of glassware, from crystal and China to barware and vases, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift that will impress your friends and family. The next time you’re in the area, stop by this sprawling 9,000-square-foot showroom and explore their extensive collection of beautiful wholesale glassware.

How to Find the Perfect Wholesale Glassware

Located just 20 minutes away from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, the Midwest Glassware Outlet offers deeply discounted prices on brand name glassware, so you can stock up on all sorts of beautiful items! Here are some of the things you’ll find at this wholesale glassware haven.

Fostoria Collectibles

At one time, The Fostoria Glass Company was the largest maker of glassware in the United States and began its operations in Fostoria, Ohio, in 1887. The company was the first to produce complete dinner sets in crystal, and they provided glass with government seals for officials in Washington – including all of the presidents from Eisenhower through Reagan! They made over 8 million pieces of glass in 1950, but eventually struggled with foreign competition and were forced to close after nearly 100 years of glass making. Today, the last remaining inventory of original Fostoria glassware can be found at the Midwest Glassware Outlet. Guests can peruse a variety of collectors items, including goblets, wine glasses, bowls, vases, candle holders, salt/pepper shakers, and more, and leave with a beautiful piece of American history.

China, Drinkware, and Vases

Visitors can also find a wide range of durable and contemporary American-made China at the Midwest Glassware Outlet. Their high-quality plates, bowls, cups, and saucers add both elegance and function to any table and are used by many restaurants, hotels, and country clubs in the area. Or, check out their extensive collection of beverage and bar glassware, where you can purchase beer mugs, wine and specialty drink glasses, pitchers, and cruets that will be a classic and versatile addition to your home. If you’re looking for the perfect gift or display item, you’ll find various votives, vases, specialty containers, assorted jars, and other accessories throughout the store.

Treasures at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Our beautiful Logan bed and breakfast is another great destination for unique gifts, souvenirs, and specialty items. At our gift shop, you’ll find everything from works of art created by local artisans to candles, holiday items, spa products, local photography prints, postcards, stained-glass art, wind chimes, and more. We also have an excellent selection of beers and wines available for purchase that are the perfect ending to a day of shopping. We can’t wait to see what you find!

For more information on must-see attractions in Logan, Ohio, download our free Hocking Hills vacation guide.

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