Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls http://innatcedarfalls.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:34:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Need a Place to Stay for Ohio University Dads Weekend? http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/ohio-university-dads-weekend/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/ohio-university-dads-weekend/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:00:27 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11572 Calling all Bobcat Dads! Look no further for a place to stay for Ohio University Dads Weekend. Skip the escalated hotel rates in Athens and escape to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. We are located on the edge of Hocking Hills State Park, less than an hour from campus, and we have a... Read more »

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Calling all Bobcat Dads! Look no further for a place to stay for Ohio University Dads Weekend. Skip the escalated hotel rates in Athens and escape to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. We are located on the edge of Hocking Hills State Park, less than an hour from campus, and we have a lot of fun activities to keep you and your Bobcat busy in a new and exciting way. Spend Ohio University Dads Weekend at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls and enjoy nontraditional lodging, outdoor adventure, a pet-friendly environment, our onsite restaurant and other Ohio University Dads Weekend activities.

Nontraditional Lodging

You don’t have to spend Dads Weekend in a sparse hotel room by yourself! Book a stay in one of our cottages, cabins or bed and breakfast rooms and you may find that your Bobcat (and perhaps some of his friends) will want to come stay with you too. Our cottages are situated on two acres of natural wooded beauty and offer a gas log stove, private deck and whirlpool hot tub. Our cabins offer a quiet retreat with many of the conveniences of home, and our rooms are furnished with a queen-sized bed or two twin beds, a private bath, under-counter refrigerator and a small writing desk. Pick a room, cabin or cottage to fit your unique needs for Ohio U. Dads Weekend.

Outdoor Adventure

There are so many great adventures to have in the Hocking Hills that will help you and your Bobcat bond over Ohio University Dads Weekend. You can explore more than 25 miles of Hocking Hills trails, go horseback riding, rent ATVs, go fishing, go hunting, go zip lining and more. Get your Bobcat off campus and into the wilderness for some quality time together in the Hocking Hills.

Pet-Friendly Environment

How often does your Bobcat tell you she misses her furry friend? Be her hero and bring the canine member of the family to the pet-friendly Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls for Dads Weekend! We have three dog-friendly cottages and one dog-friendly cabin available for you to enjoy your dog while on vacation. You’ll be the dad of the year, for sure!

Onsite Restaurant

Don’t stress about eating out during Ohio University Dads Weekend. We have an onsite restaurant where you can enjoy catching up with your son or daughter without the risk of someone doing a keg stand in the corner. Our Kindred Spirits Restaurant is one of the most sought after restaurants in the Hocking Hills. It offers a casual, fine-dining experience along with superb meals.

Ohio U. Dads Weekend Activities

In addition to all of the fun you’ll have with your Bobcat in the Hocking Hills, there will also be Dads Weekend activities you want to participate in on campus. During last year’s Dads Weekend, dads enjoyed watching hockey and basketball games, taking in a comedy show and participating in a home run derby to benefit a local school, along with many of the Hocking Hills activities we’ve already mentioned. You are sure to enjoy the combination of being in Athens and retreating to the Hocking Hills during your stay.

Ohio University Dads Weekend is November 7-9, 2014 and rooms are already filling up fast! Book your stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls today to get your choice of Hocking Hills cabins, cottages and rooms. We will help make OU Dad’s Weekend a fun and exciting experience you and your Bobcat will never forget.

 

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The Circleville Pumpkin Show: 2014 Edition http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/the-circleville-pumpkin-show/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/the-circleville-pumpkin-show/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:00:29 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11564 Here at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, we couldn’t be more excited for the fall season! The moderate temperatures and beautiful fall colors are our reward for surviving and thriving in a hot Hocking Hills summer. In addition to looking forward to the natural beauty of fall, there are also many fun local... Read more »

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Here at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, we couldn’t be more excited for the fall season! The moderate temperatures and beautiful fall colors are our reward for surviving and thriving in a hot Hocking Hills summer. In addition to looking forward to the natural beauty of fall, there are also many fun local events coming up! Our Wine & Beer Fest in early September was a great success as was the 16th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival. We are also eagerly anticipating the Bob Evans Farm Festival October 10-12, but perhaps our favorite fall festival is the one that pays tribute to the fruit of the season: the pumpkin! The Circleville Pumpkin Show returns for its 108th year October 15-18, 2014. Here are some fun facts about the Circleville Pumpkin Show 2014!

The Largest Festival in Ohio

The Circleville Pumpkin Show attracts more than 400,000 visitors to the small town of Circleville, Ohio making it the largest festival in Ohio. That means that approximately 100,000 visitors per day come to the festival to see giant pumpkins, enjoy the pumpkin parades, taste pumpkin-flavored delicacies, experience the attractions, and shop from crafts vendors at the Circleville Pumpkin Show. That’s a lot of pumpkin love!

World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie

There are more than 20,000 pumpkin pies sold during the Circleville Pumpkin Show each year along with pumpkin-flavored donuts, pancakes, cookies, taffy, ice cream, waffles, fudge, brownies and more. Indulge in pumpkin treats, but don’t miss the “World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie” created by Lindsey’s Bakery on W. Main Street. This huge pumpkin pie is six feet in diameter and weighs more than 400 pounds! The recipe calls for 100 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 40 pounds of sugar, 26 gallons of milk, 15 dozen eggs, 4 pounds of cornstarch, 1 1/4 pounds of pumpkin spice, 1 1/4 pounds of salt and 42 pounds of pie dough.

The Great Pumpkin

Did you know that there’s a pumpkin growers association for giant pumpkin farmers? Whether you’re a card carrying member or just love a great pumpkin, you can appreciate the brilliance of the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In at the Circleville Pumpkin Show. The 2013 winner weighed in at 1,312 pounds which, while quite impressive, missed the show record by more than 300 pounds. The Circleville Pumpkin Show record of 1,635.5 pounds set in 2009 still stands today, but many hope to make new history at the show in 2014. The Guinness World Record for heaviest pumpkin weighed in at 2,009 pounds in Topsfield, Massachusetts in September 2012. The members of the Southern Ohio Giant Pumpkin Growers Association would undoubtedly like to take that world record back to Ohio this year at the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

Pumpkins for Pennies

The best part of the Circleville Pumpkin Show is that, despite its tremendous growth and popularity, admission is free! You can enjoy all the fun and entertainment the show has to offer without breaking the bank, so why not make a weekend out of it? Circleville is less than an hour from our Hocking Hills cabins, cottages and bed and breakfast rooms. After experiencing the hustle and bustle of the crowds at the Pumpkin Show, you will love retreating to the peaceful serenity of the Hocking Hills. Book your weekend stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls today, and get ready for the Circleville Pumpkin Show 2014!

 

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Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls featured in a travel blog! http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/inn-spa-cedar-falls-featured-travel-blog/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/inn-spa-cedar-falls-featured-travel-blog/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:47:27 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11561 Recently, the Inn was visited by Jamie Rhein and was featured on the website HotelScoop.com in their travel blog. She wrote an excellent article about the Inn & Spa and we are glad that she enjoyed her stay! To read her article, click here.  

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Recently, the Inn was visited by Jamie Rhein and was featured on the website HotelScoop.com in their travel blog. She wrote an excellent article about the Inn & Spa and we are glad that she enjoyed her stay!

To read her article, click here.

 

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What to Know About Haunted Hocking http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/haunted-hocking/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/haunted-hocking/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:00:26 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11528 Whether you’re a ghost hunter or supernatural skeptic, it’s hard to deny the intrigue of good ghost story. That’s why people have traveled to Hocking Hills from near and far to test their courage against the haunted reputation of the area. Visitors and locals alike have reported ghost sightings and encounters with the supernatural, but... Read more »

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Whether you’re a ghost hunter or supernatural skeptic, it’s hard to deny the intrigue of good ghost story. That’s why people have traveled to Hocking Hills from near and far to test their courage against the haunted reputation of the area. Visitors and locals alike have reported ghost sightings and encounters with the supernatural, but is it true? Here’s what to know about Haunted Hocking.

Haunted History

Hocking Hills experienced tremendous growth from the railroad industry followed by rapid deconstruction of its many small towns, so it’s no wonder ghosts of the past may still be lurking around searching for evidence of their former lives. Old iron furnaces and abandoned train tracks are all that remains of that bustling past. From Native Americans to early settlers, there are many who could still be roaming the Appalachian hillsides of Southeastern Ohio.

Hocking Hills Ghost Stories

From a female ghost smelling of lavender to the ghost of a night watchman haunting a furnace, there are a variety of legends associated with Haunted Hocking. Some of these ghost stories are tied to popular tourist areas of Hocking Hills State Park. Visitors to Old Man’s Cave have reported hearing the sound of the Old Man’s hounds howling on a full moon. Hikers at Ash Cave have spotted a mysterious woman dressed in 1920’s attire peering out from behind the trees. Do you have what it takes to investigate these ghost stories for yourself?

Ghost Hunters Wanted

The prevalence of ghost stories in Hocking Hills has made the area popular training ground for ghost hunters from around the world. Ohio Ghost Hunter Guides educate aspiring ghost hunters who want to go out and ghost hunt on their own. These adventure seekers can try out new ghost hunting equipment, learn how to conduct proper ghost research and participate in a live ghost hunt, all with the expertise of local guides. If you want to learn how to become an expert ghost hunter, Hocking Hills is the place to go.

Haunted Hocking Weekend

There’s no better time to get chills up your spine than Halloween. A Haunted Hocking Halloween Weekend Campout will do the trick. Join the Haunted Hocking Investigative Team October 31-November 2, 2014 as they search for the supernatural at Ash Cave. You can also enjoy pumpkin decorating, a hayride, trick or treating and more.

After hunting for ghosts, we’re pretty sure you’ll be eager to return to a welcoming and safe environment like the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Our natural setting will offer you a retreat from whatever may be haunting you: ghosts, work, finances, or otherwise. We are surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Parks and feature charming cottages, 1840’s log cabins and traditional guest rooms. Our guests (not ghosts!) receive complimentary coffee, fine toiletries and fresh baked cookies along with Fine American cuisine from our log cabin restaurant. Plan your visit to Hocking Hills today. It will make you feel quite alive!

 

Photo courtesy of John Morgan.

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Customer Experiences Over the Years http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/customer-experiences-years/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/customer-experiences-years/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:33:06 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11524 The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls has always been a magical place. Our customers recognized this long ago, which has allowed our company to grow into what it is today. While reading our in room guest books from the past, we could not help but share some their first person experiences.  The Inn at... Read more »

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The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls has always been a magical place. Our customers recognized this long ago, which has allowed our company to grow into what it is today. While reading our in room guest books from the past, we could not help but share some their first person experiences.

  •  The Inn at Cedar Falls creates images like the “Bridges of Madison County.” Our stay was brief, but the dose of tranquility was like an oasis in the middle of our lives. The view, the weather, the flowers, the food, and the service were memorable. We have traveled the world – Hong Kong, Japan – Europe, but this little oasis in Ohio will remain in our minds.Dog porch Inn at Cedar Falls dog 217
  • What a lovely romantic mid-week getaway this turned out to be! Our dinner was sumptuous and lovingly punctuated by heart-shaped pats of butter to the tiny heart-shaped biscuits. Wonderful touches. If the In and its surrounding are this enchanting in the dreariest part of winter, I can scarcely imagine how glorious they must be during the other seasons. The Inn at Cedar Falls abounds with charm and comfort. The chilly outside temperature seems to melt away by the warmth from within. We definitely plan to return.
  • This was the perfect retreat for us. We needed desperately to escape from the stresses of our jobs. The natural surroundings provided immediate, abounding sensory delights. The Girlfriends at DinnerBLOGglorious sights and clean crisp air renewed our spirits and minds. The comfort of the Inn and genuine hospitality of the staff helped us to take a moment to appreciate the goodness of life and the kindness of people who really aren’t strangers. Ah, to relax, enjoy and just be!
  • Spring is about to bust – as am I! This land, the Inn and Red Bud have grown like the warmth of the sun in my life. Fourth visit in less than a year. I come to write, to meditate, to hike, to eat, to live a life of and on purpose. Magic manifest here my friends! Like last evening’s arrival of a woman seeking accommodations for her and her mother while we were eating another exquisite creation of Chef John. I heard the voice and turned to see a friend I’d not seen for countless (8+) years who was visiting from San Francisco and read of the Inn that morning. May YOUR surprises fill your soul!
  • This overnight stay was given to us by our children for a Christmas gift. What a delight! Such a wonderful gift. We love the natural atmosphere and the huge light giving windows. The dinner and breakfast were yummy and the fellowship was a great experience. We are in the process of restoring my great grandfather’s log house, so my husband spent his time checking out the construction for pointers. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

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Let us do the cooking this Thanksgiving http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/let-us-cooking-thanksgiving/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/09/let-us-cooking-thanksgiving/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:55:33 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11504 It may be 80 degrees outside, but the holiday season really is right around the corner.  Brace yourself for the cooking, cleaning, family hosting and stress-filled days to come. Or don’t! Instead, leave all of the hard work to us and enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend at the Inn. This turkey day, plan a trip to... Read more »

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CedarFalls-Dining-07It may be 80 degrees outside, but the holiday season really is right around the corner.  Brace yourself for the cooking, cleaning, family hosting and stress-filled days to come. Or don’t! Instead, leave all of the hard work to us and enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend at the Inn.

This turkey day, plan a trip to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls.  Let us cook up a special Thanksgiving feast for you at our 1840s log cabin restaurant,ICF HS 02 Kindred Spirits. Guests will enjoy delicious turkey smothered in gravy, yummy mashed potatoes, sweet and scrumptious desserts — and more. No need to worry about cleaning your plate or your children’s, in-law’s, or cousin’s, we’ll take care of it for you. Head back to your cottage or B&B room and slip into a relaxing food coma.

Once you’ve rested, instead of heading out into the madness of Black Friday shopping, leisurely browse our gift shop and the many local artisan shops in the Hocking Hills, like the Wind Chime Shop or the Washboard Factory.

cedarfalls-cottage-01 Jumping RocksNot up for shopping? That’s okay, too. Unwind with one of our spa packages, take a scenic hike to nearby Cedar Falls, or simply cozy up on your cottage’s porch with a book. Whether it’s adventure or relaxation, it can be found in the Hocking Hills with the area’s many diverse activities.

Plan your Thanksgiving getaway for two nights, November 26-28. You’ll enjoy deluxe accommodations, an extraordinary four-course dinner Wednesday, Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and an unforgettable yet incredibly relaxing holiday getaway in a cozy cottage or welcoming B&B room.

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Hocking Hills Pet Friendly Cabins http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/08/hocking-hills-pet-friendly-cabins/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/08/hocking-hills-pet-friendly-cabins/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:24 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11485 The Hocking Hills area is a playground for the senses. Adults, children and animals alike enjoy exploring the caves, cliffs and waterfalls of the region. Don’t deprive your pet the joy of hiking alongside you on Hocking Hills trails or enjoying the serenity of Hocking Hills State Park. Your pet is a member of your family... Read more »

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Hocking Hills Pet Friendly CabinsThe Hocking Hills area is a playground for the senses. Adults, children and animals alike enjoy exploring the caves, cliffs and waterfalls of the region. Don’t deprive your pet the joy of hiking alongside you on Hocking Hills trails or enjoying the serenity of Hocking Hills State Park. Your pet is a member of your family and needs a vacation too! That’s why the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls loves hosting pets. We are a pet friendly property and have select Hocking Hills pet friendly cabins and cottages where you and your furry friend can stay together while visiting Hocking Hills.

Pet Friendly Cabins

Strong Wolf Cabin has the ideal accommodations for you and your pet. Situated on its own 30 acres, Strong Wolf is our most secluded and most rented cabin. Your dog will love relaxing on the smooth oak flooring in the cabin and exploring the rugged terrain outside of it. As a special treat for good pet parents, Strong Wolf Cabin has a new whirlpool tub for soothing sore muscles after a day of hiking. After your soak, relax in bed while enjoying views of the pristine woods, and then enjoy dinner at our onsite log cabin restaurant while your fur child takes a nap.

Pet Friendly Cottages

There are also three pet-friendly cottages available at The Inn at Cedar Falls where you and your pet can stay on two acres of natural wooded beauty. Your dog will enjoy curling up by the gas log stove or watching the local wildlife from the private deck. You can enjoy the convenience of a gas microwave, towel warmers and free Wi-Fi: just in case you need to post a picture of Fido’s vacation on Facebook!

Pampered Pets

At The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, we like to add that special touch for our guests, both human and canine. To make your stay with your pet extra special, we suggest you take advantage of one of our pampering add-ons. We have a Pampered Dog Package that includes a photography session for you and your pet along with a doggie gift bag upon arrival. You can also add on Paw Prints Pampering which includes a Paw Print Gift Bag, Big “Woof” bone treat, tennis ball, pickup bags and feet wipes. Your dog’s tail will wag with excitement and you will be pet parent of the year.

We look forward to hosting you and your canine companion in one of our Hocking Hills pet friendly cabins or cottages, but we ask that you please familiarize yourself with the finer details of our pet policy before visiting. You may bring up to two quiet, non-aggressive dogs with a maximum size of no more than 75 pounds. Your fur children must be completely free of fleas and ticks and up to date on all shots and vaccinations. Advance dog reservations are required, so reserve your Hocking Hills pet friendly cabin or cottage at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls today!

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Hocking Hills Trails to Hike this Fall http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/08/hocking-hills-trails-hike-fall/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/08/hocking-hills-trails-hike-fall/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:00:47 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11473 Hocking Hills State Park has more than 25 miles of trails available for your hiking pleasure. From wheelchair accessible walkways to rugged paths, there is a hiking trail for everyone in Hocking Hills. Trails offer everything from breathtaking cliff edges to recessed caves to expansive open meadows. There are six major areas in Hocking Hills... Read more »

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Hocking Hills State Park has more than 25 miles of trails available for your hiking pleasure. From wheelchair accessible walkways to rugged paths, there is a hiking trail for everyone in Hocking Hills. Trails offer everything from breathtaking cliff edges to recessed caves to expansive open meadows. There are six major areas in Hocking Hills that offer opportunities for hiking this fall: Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, Conkle’s Hollow, Old Man’s Cave and Rock House. Read on for more information about these diverse areas and their Hocking Hills trails.

Ash Cave

Ash Cave offers the southernmost trails in the Hocking Hills State Park. There is a lower Ash Cave trail that is handicap accessible and about a quarter-mile long. This paved sidewalk trail travels alongside the Ash Cave Gorge and ends at the recess cave. The upper Ash Cave trail, referred to as the Ash Cave Rim, is a more rugged half-mile trail. Look for the tumbling waterfall that freezes from top to bottom in the winter season.

Cantwell Cliffs

Cantwell Cliffs is the northernmost Hocking Hills trail and best known for its amazing overlooks. This one-mile trail goes through winding narrow passages, steep inclines and a mysterious rock shelter. Although this trail is kid and pet friendly, it is important to keep pets on leash and kids away from cliff areas. Maintain the little ones safety by directing their attention to the unique passages and wildflowers along the Cantwell Cliffs trail.

Cedar Falls

For an enchanted, half-mile hike full of beautiful scenery and captivating wildlife, we suggest Cedar Falls. Cedar Falls is probably the most popular of all Hocking Hills trails. It features huge hemlocks, a picturesque waterfall and dramatic cliffs. Keep an eye out for snapping turtles in the pool beneath the falls or just below the cliff edge.

Conkle’s Hollow

Conkle’s Hollow is a wonderful trail for the adventurous. The lower trail offers a paved, mile-long journey for wheelchairs and children featuring enormous hemlocks, rock formations, cliffs and a meandering stream. The upper 2.5-mile Conkle’s Hollow Rim trail leads to a waterfall and outstanding views of the gorge. Caution on the upper trail is advised.

Old Man’s Cave

The Old Man’s Cave trail has a plethora of interesting sites to discover. Watch out for Devil’s Bathtub, a churning tub of water spilling into the creek below; Sphinx Head, a rock formation taking the form of a sphinx head; and Old Man’s Cave, the cave aptly named for an early settler who is said to be buried in one of the recess caves of the area.

Rock House

Fabled to have once been the home of Indians, bandits and thieves, Rock House beckons the imagination to run wild with tales of adventure. Look for small recesses in the back wall of the cliff face that might have been used as baking ovens and troughs on the floor said to collect rain water. The half-mile trail of Rock House provides breathtaking views and a scenic jungle atmosphere.

You can hike directly to these Hocking Hills trails and their mazes of gorges, waterfalls and recessed hollows from the front door of the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. A quiet retreat awaits you when you return. Enjoy a unique dining experience in our Kindred Spirits restaurant. Quench your thirst for adventure on the Hocking Hills trails and your appetite for fine cuisine at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls.

 

Photo courtesy of Morgan Paul.

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2014 Bob Evans Farm Festival http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/08/2014-bob-evans-farm-festival/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/08/2014-bob-evans-farm-festival/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:23 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11357 The greater Hocking Hills area in Ohio is home to several special events each year. One of our favorite special events nearby has been occurring for more than 40 years! The 44th Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival is taking place this year Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12, 2014. The festival offers entertainment, food,... Read more »

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The greater Hocking Hills area in Ohio is home to several special events each year. One of our favorite special events nearby has been occurring for more than 40 years! The 44th Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival is taking place this year Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12, 2014. The festival offers entertainment, food, crafts and farmyard fun in addition to tours of the Bob Evans Homestead Museum. Read on to learn more about this famous festival and its origins.

About Bob Evans

There are nearly 600 Bob Evans restaurants scattered across 19 states in the United States. If you are from the Midwest, mid-Atlantic or Southeast regions of the U.S., chances are good you have enjoyed a meal at Bob Evans. Bob Evans has been serving breakfast favorites and dinner classics for more than 50 years. This $1.7 billion restaurant and retail food products company has not forgotten its humble beginnings from a small farm in Ohio. It all started with Bob Evans, his wife Jewell, their six kids and a sausage shop in their front yard.

History of Bob Evans

The first Bob Evans restaurant began in the 1940’s as The Sausage Shoppe in the front yard of Bob and Jewell Evans’ farm. The demand for the savory sausage grew the restaurant into a 12-stool, 24-hour operation out of Gallipolis, Ohio in 1948. Five years later, Evans’ friends and family founded the Bob Evans Farms company while Evans still focused on delivering quality home-style food and friendly service to his customers. Fifteen years later, in 1963, Bob Evans Farms became a publicly traded company.

Bob Evans Farm

The Bob Evans Farm, where it all began, is now a popular tourist destination featuring the company’s Homestead Museum. The museum gives visitors a peek into the heritage of the Bob Evans Farms business and the family behind it. The home is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic significance of the farm is evident not only in its Homestead but also in its other points of interest including a Revolutionary War cemetery, an ancient Indian burial mound and an old cistern that was frequented by stage coach travelers.

Bob Evans Farm Festival

The Bob Evans Farm Festival is a celebration of the main tenants that the Bob Evans Farms company was built on: high quality, farm-fresh foods and excellent hospitality. Concession booths offer traditional farm fare including Ohio-made cheese and trail bologna, bean soup and corn bread, kettle corn and apple dumplings. Traditional farm hospitality comes in the form of country, bluegrass and gospel music performances, children’s activities such as a hay bale maze and straw castle, as well as farm contests and demonstrations that are fun for all ages.

With three full days of activities scheduled October 10-12 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Bob Evans Farm Festival is surely something you’ll want to experience during your visit to Ohio this October. The farm is just an hour from our inn, so it’s the perfect destination for a day-trip outside of Logan. When you return from the festivities at the farm, we will provide you with a farm fresh dinner made with the best seasonal ingredients, of which we’re sure Bob Evans would be proud. And after dinner, you can retire to your room to dream of savory sausage and the Bob Evans Farm Festival.

 

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Old Mans Cave: Home to the Hocking Hills Artists & Craftsmen Show http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/08/old-mans-cave/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2014/08/old-mans-cave/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:00:36 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11351 One of Ohio’s most popular natural attractions, Old Mans Cave offers visitors a unique opportunity to see inside the earth. This section of Hocking Hills State Park encompasses cave and gorge formed by the flow of the Salt Creek and melting glaciers. In some areas, layers of Black Hand Sandstone reach up to 150 feet from... Read more »

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Old Man's CaveOne of Ohio’s most popular natural attractions, Old Mans Cave offers visitors a unique opportunity to see inside the earth. This section of Hocking Hills State Park encompasses cave and gorge formed by the flow of the Salt Creek and melting glaciers. In some areas, layers of Black Hand Sandstone reach up to 150 feet from the creek to the top of the gorge. Hiking trails wind through these breathtaking rock structures, creek beds, waterfalls and caves.

The main trail in Old Mans Cave starts at the Welcome Center and takes a relatively straight route through the gorge to the cave. The trail continues to the Sphinx Head and Overlook where visitors can then retrace their steps back to the main entrance. With man-made steps and bridges along the way, the mile-long main trail is a relatively easy stroll for children and elderly alike. Alternate trails intersect with the main trail at varying points and offer more remote views of the area including friendly rabbits, squirrels, deer and birds.

The animals aren’t the only residents who have called this cave region home. Old Mans Cave derives its name from a human resident of the area, Richard Rowe. Rowe made the large recess cave of the gorge his home in the early 1800’s, and he is said to be buried there beneath the ledge of the cave.

Rowe wanted to experience the beauty of the Hocking Hills every day, and the tranquility of the experience is something that visitors wish they could take home with them and experience daily too. While the natural resources of the area are protected, visitors can find some souvenirs to bring home to their friends. Photos are always a fantastic way to capture memories, and there are plenty of gorgeous landscapes to inspire photographers. Handcrafted artwork inspired by the area makes a great souvenir as well.

Local Hocking Hills artists and craftsmen come together each September to sponsor an annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show. Held at the Hocking Hills State Park Dining Lodge near Old Mans Cave, the Hocking Hills Artists & Craftsmen Show exhibits a variety of artistic mediums with the highest levels of craftsmanship. Locals and tourists alike come to the show year after year to see what new treasures Old Mans Cave has inspired in the world of art. Wood sculptures, glass art, pen and ink drawings, painting and leatherwork are all available at the Hocking Hills Artists & Craftsmen Show.

Whether you plan to visit Hocking Hills in late September for the Fall Arts & Crafts Show or any other time of year, we encourage you to take a trip to Old Mans Cave. The cave is less than a five minute drive from our Inn, so it allows easy access to hiking in the morning and a return to our spa for a different kind of wilderness retreat in the afternoon. The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls offers an intimate spa setting with massage, body mud wrap and facial services. You are sure to return home feeling reinvigorated by nature and inspired by its art. Book your stay with us today!

 

Photo courtesy of Sonja.

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