Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls http://innatcedarfalls.com Hocking Hills Cabins Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:53:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Enjoy the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/03/enjoy-the-2015-nelsonville-music-festival/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/03/enjoy-the-2015-nelsonville-music-festival/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:12:46 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12049 When the weather heats up here in Hocking Hills, there are many things we residents look forward to. 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 and the waterfalls start flowing again and... Read more »

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2015 Nelsonville Music FestivalWhen the weather heats up here in Hocking Hills, there are many things we residents look forward to. 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 and 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 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival. Let us show you why we love checking out some part of the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival not only this year but each year.

The 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival is held on May 28th-31st in the quaint town of Nelsonville, OH, which for us at Inn at Cedar Falls is only a 30 minute drive away. The 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival is a family friendly outdoor concert that is all about being with family and friends and enjoying amazing music. We are excited about the musical acts that will be at the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival. Some of the musical performers are, The Flaming Lips, Merle Haggard, St. Vincent, Brandi Carlile, Trampled by Turtles, Built to Spill, Elephant Revival, Dead Hand of Man, and many more. Want to hear a bit of the music you will be enjoying at the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival? Check out their Spotify station.

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 2015 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 2015 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 participate 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 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival has in store for your kids.

Another initiative that the 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival, be sure to book your stay with us as soon as possible as we can fill up quickly. Contact our fantastic staff today and let us help you book a great trip to see us.

Photo by: Tyler

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Find a Hocking Hills Golf Course http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/03/find-a-hocking-hills-golf-course/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/03/find-a-hocking-hills-golf-course/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:02:25 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12035 When you are planning a vacation anywhere the first thing that you think about is what you are going to do while you are away. For each traveler, their tastes are just a little different. Some like staying in and relaxing, some like spending their time outdoors, some like to a mix of both. However,... Read more »

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Hocking Hills golf courseWhen you are planning a vacation anywhere the first thing that you think about is what you are going to do while you are away. For each traveler, their tastes are just a little different. Some like staying in and relaxing, some like spending their time outdoors, some like to a mix of both. However, there is one type of traveler we all know, the golf enthusiast. They are the type that brings their clubs with them wherever they go and are always up for a new challenge. We at Inn at Cedar Falls love not only enjoy a round at a Hocking Hills golf course but love sending our guests to them as well. There is one Hocking Hills golf course that tops others in our area, the Hocking Hills Golf Club. Let us help you by pointing out some of the ins and outs of this wonderful Hocking Hills golf course.

Some of the most basic details of this Hocking Hills golf course is that it is located in nearby Logan, OH and was designed by Jack Kidwell. He made this a challenging 71-par course that boasts 5,861 acres of fun. While you are playing on this Hocking Hills golf course, you will be blown away by they views of the nearby rolling hills and beautiful forests.

Before you head out onto this Hocking Hills golf course, be sure to visit the pro shop. It is filled with all sorts of great products! They have clothing from major brands like Under Armour, Titleist, and more. Also while you are in there be sure to ask about a custom fitting which can be the biggest difference in your golf game. Hungry after a round? The pro shop offers quick snacks as well.

While at the Hocking Hills Golf Club, be sure to keep in mind all of the amenities that are offered. At this Hocking Hills golf course, Brian Carney is their seasoned PGA professional that can help you will all sorts of golfing issues from grip to private lessons. His private lessons $25 for a half hour and $100 for 5 half hour sessions. This is a great way to maximize on your vacation and learn something new and a way to improve on your game.

After a long day on this Hocking Hills golf course, be sure to head over to their restaurant, Urban Grille. They offer fantastic pub fare which is a great compliment to a golf game. Open for lunch and dinner, they offer a range of steak, fish, and other seafood as well as many draft beers to go with your meal.

Thinking of whisking your employees or buddies away for a great golfing excursion? Consider choosing both Inn at Cedar Falls and the Hocking Hills Golf Club. We both have exactly what you need for accommodations as well as activities. At the Inn at Cedar Falls, we have many different accommodation types to suit all sorts of group sizes. We have rooms in our inn as well as cabins and cottages for bigger groups. At the Hocking Hills Golf Club, they have fantastic packages for golf outings for groups. Be sure to contact them for more details. We at Inn at Cedar Falls also have some great packages set up for all types of guests. Each morning starts with a delicious breakfast at our restaurant, Kindred Spirits. Contact us today and let us help you plan a wonderful golf vacation at our favorite Hocking Hills golf course.

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Head to Lake Logan State Park this Summer http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/03/head-to-lake-logan-state-park-this-summer/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/03/head-to-lake-logan-state-park-this-summer/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:30 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=12028 Even though it doesn’t seem like it, summer break is just around the corner. Now is the time to start making plans for trips and flush out ideas that may come into fruition and those that may be put off until next year. In the summers, most of the country is awash in unforgiving heat,... Read more »

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Lake Logan State ParkEven though it doesn’t seem like it, summer break is just around the corner. Now is the time to start making plans for trips and flush out ideas that may come into fruition and those that may be put off until next year. In the summers, most of the country is awash in unforgiving heat, we at Inn at Cedar Falls are enjoying a cooler temperature, especially surrounded by all of the nearby lakes and forests. When deciding on what to do when you come to the Hocking Hills area, you should check out all of the nearby state parks. However, one in particular is the perfect place for a day trip, Lake Logan State Park. Let’s check out all of the fun activities that you can do while at Lake Logan State Park.

Located just a short 30 minute drive from Inn at Cedar Falls, Lake Logan State Park is a perfect idea for a day or even just a picnic. Lake Logan State Park is 318 acres of land with 400 acres of lake that has some of the most scenic views in the Hocking Hills area.

One of the main reasons why so many locals and visitors flock to Lake Logan State Park is for the fishing. Lake Logan State Park is home to many varieties of fish including, bluegill, crappie, bass, muskie, catfish, northern pike and saugeye. However, before you drop your line in the water, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is that you will need an Ohio fishing license. There are many options to choose from for a license which can be tailored to your specifications. You can get a 1 day license, a 3 day license, or if you are a resident of Ohio and plan on doing a lot of fishing this year you can get your yearly license. Be sure to check out the ODNR website to see all of the license regulations.

If you want to be on the water, to either fish or to just cruise around, boating at Lake Logan State Park is permitted. Your boat can only have up to 10 horsepower and can only go up to 10mph on the lake. If you do choose to boat you will have plenty of places to put your boat in the water as well as places to tie up your boat, especially for picnics. Be sure to check with the visitors center for more information about boating at Lake Logan State Park.

Another way to enjoy the water at Lake Logan State Park is by swimming. There is a fantastic swimming beach located on the north end of the lake and swimming is allowed during the daylight hours. Some things to be aware of are that you will be swimming at your own risk as well as pets are not allowed on the swimming beach.

If you plan on keeping your feet firmly placed on the ground, there are also some interesting activities at Lake Logan State Park for you as well. The first is hiking. The first trail that is interesting is Pine Vista Hiking Trail. This trail goes around a hilltop and will give you some of the best views of our Hocking Hills area. Other hikers have noted that they were able to observe some of the local flora and fauna while on this trail. Another is a piece of a much larger trail, the Buckeye Trail. Here at Lake Logan State Park you can hike 1.25 miles of this iconic trail.

Lastly, another great way to enjoy Lake Logan State Park is to go hunting in it. They are known for fox, squirrel, raccoon, rabbit, deer, waterfowl, turkey and ruffed grouse. All are also to be hunted during their appropriate season. Be sure to not only get a Ohio hunting license but also check out ODNR’s site about their hunting and trapping regulations.

It’s easy to see why so many people who love nature choose to come to the Hocking Hills area for their vacations. When you do decide to come here, choose to stay with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. Our many accommodation types are perfect for couples to families as well as those who enjoy the comfort of the inn or the privacy of a cabin. Each morning with us starts with breakfast at our restaurant, Kindred Spirits, and from there go about your day exploring Lake Logan State Park as well as many other parts of the Hocking Hills. Contact our wonderful staff today and let us help you plan a wonderful summer vacation to see us.

Photo by: Brian Timmermeister

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Spend a Day at the Athens Farmers Market http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/02/spend-a-day-at-the-athens-farmers-market/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/02/spend-a-day-at-the-athens-farmers-market/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:41:53 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11992 When it comes to food, nothing is better than fresh food. There is something about the taste that makes it just a little better and different. Restaurants recognize this as well and strive to use only the best ingredients for their guests. Over the recent years, a trend that is coming more and more popular... Read more »

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Athens Farmers MarketWhen it comes to food, nothing is better than fresh food. There is something about the taste that makes it just a little better and different. Restaurants recognize this as well and strive to use only the best ingredients for their guests. Over the recent years, a trend that is coming more and more popular is knowing exactly where your food is coming from and individuals buying their food directly from farmers, usually at farmers markets. While this isn’t a new concept with the boom of grocery stores all around the need for farmers markets has gone down but now has come back strong. Here at Inn at Cedar Falls, we love having fresh food and frequently enjoy going to the Athens Farmers Market as often as we can. Thinking of heading to the Athens Farmers Market? Check out what you will find there.

While most farmers markets close over the winter months, the Athens Farmers Market is open year round. It is open every Saturday from 9am to 12pm and from April to December it is open on Wednesdays from 9am to 12pm as well. Starting in the 1970’s, the Athens Farmers Market only featured a handful of farmers and then quickly grew to a dozen and then more as the years went on. It has had many different locations and now it is located at 1000 E State Street in the parking lot of the Market on State.

When you go to the Athens Farmers Market you will be pleased with the amount and the different types of vendors. There will be different fruit and vegetable farmers, orchardists, bakers, cheese makers, and just places to get a bite to eat while you are there. We have some of our favorite vendors that are known for quality food. Some of those are, Blackberry Sage Farm, who is known for their heirloom tomatoes, soup beans, okra, and more. Another is Crumbs Bakery who has some of the best breads (including gluten free), cakes, pastries, and more. If you are looking for an amazing local meat source, be sure to check out King Family Farm which has pork, chicken, and turkey as well as eggs and raw pet food which will help keep them healthy as well. You will also find vendors at the Athens Farmers Market who have flowers and chocolate and much more as well.

In the news for the Athens Farmers Market is having the winter market indoors. This would be very beneficial for vendors as well as visitors so everyone can stay warm during our cold winter months. The board at the Athens Farmers Market is thinking about adding a Thursday evening market this spring that would give locals another night to shop for fresh food. Also be on the lookout for Athens Farmers Market events. Some in the past have been a Junior Chef school which is a great way to get your children not only interested in food but learning a life skill that will serve them for years to come.

Having fantastic places like the Athens Farmers Market is not only beneficial for locals but guests too. Our restaurant, Kindred Spirits, strives to use only the best and freshest ingredients available. This kind of care and attention is made evident by the smiles on our guest’s faces. This same level of service is kept throughout our B&B as well. From check in to check out our friendly staff will do their best to make sure your stay is not only enjoyable but memorable as well. Contact our staff today and let us help you plan an amazing trip to see us.

Photo by: Bud Ellison

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Experience the Duck Creek Log Jam this Memorial Day Weekend http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/02/experience-the-duck-creek-log-jam-this-memorial-day-weekend/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/02/experience-the-duck-creek-log-jam-this-memorial-day-weekend/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:20:32 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11982 Every year when Memorial Day comes around we all think of the perfect way to spend it. For some it’s a BBQ with close family and friends, others its by the pool or at the beach all day. There are always a ton of events to choose from which for most can make choosing what... Read more »

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Duck Creek Log JamEvery year when Memorial Day comes around we all think of the perfect way to spend it. For some it’s a BBQ with close family and friends, others its by the pool or at the beach all day. There are always a ton of events to choose from which for most can make choosing what to do somewhat difficult. While we at Inn at Cedar Falls love helping our guests choose activities to do once they are here, we also have a suggestion on an activity to come here for, the Duck Creek Log Jam. While the name may sound unusual, the Duck Creek Log Jam is a fun music festival that brings the Hocking Hills to life. Come check out this amazing weekend!

The Duck Creek Log Jam is a weekend filled with fun, music, and camping that is truly remarkable experience. There is nothing like being out in nature for a weekend and listening to some amazing music. The Duck Creek Log Jam will take place at the Duck Creek Camping and Outdoor Events Area which is located near Lake Logan State Park. You will be amazed at the 100 acres of space that the Duck Creek Log Jam will fill. The area is some of the most beautiful countryside in the Hocking Hills. The Duck Creek Log Jam is scheduled for May 22nd-24th and is a rain or shine event so be sure to check out the weather closer to the date so you can pack accordingly.

Tickets are already on sale and are a steal at $70 for 2 days and $95 for 3 days and will go up in $5 increments until closer to the Duck Creek Log Jam weekend. At the gate the tickets are $100 for 2 days and $125 for 3 days. Be sure to bring $10 cash for parking as well as talk to friends about carpooling to help keep parking down. If you plan on bringing your children, 5 and under are free with accompanying adult and children 6-12 are $10 for the whole weekend.

The lineup for the Duck Creek Log Jam is going to be amazing. So far, featured is, Dangermuffin, Whiskey Shivers, Driftwood, Yarn, The Howlin Brothers, Sol Driven Train, Hocking River String Band, Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle, Coal Town Rounders, Honeybucket, The Great Wide Open, Mamadrones, Bibs & Barefeet, Honey & Houston, and Bicentennial Bear. Be sure to keep coming back to the Duck Creek Log Jam’s line up page to see who else has been added to the list.  Want a preview of these fantastic bands? Check out their Spotify playlist!

One other amazing aspect of the Duck Creek Log Jam is that you can stay and camp there as well. This is a major component in this fun music festival. If you have an RV, there are a few spots available for those however they are first come, first serve. If you plan on camping there are 3 different sections to choose from. There is a Quiet Camping Area that is designated for those who like peace and quiet as well as those who have families. If you want to keep the party going for a few more hours, then we suggest camping at the Party Down Zone. Finally if you really like your privacy, there will be other Dispersed Camping areas located throughout the area.

While the Duck Creek Log Jam will be a fantastic event, there are some of us out there who do not like to live in outdoors for a whole weekend. This is where we come in. Consider staying with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. Only a short 20 minute drive away, we are just close enough that you won’t miss any of the festival. If you are wanting to stay close to nature while you are with us, try out one of our cozy cabins. Nestled in the hills, this is a perfect backdrop for a weekend of nature and music. Contact our wonderful staff today and book one of our accommodation options for your weekend here for the Duck Creek Log Jam.

Photo by: Dan Grogan

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Challenge Yourself at the Ohio Warrior Dash http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/02/challenge-ohio-warrior-dash/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/02/challenge-ohio-warrior-dash/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:15:28 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11978 For most, when planning a vacation, we usually choose fun yet relaxing activities. Here at Inn at Cedar Falls, most of our guests choose hiking or biking, maybe white water rafting, usually a spa treatment at our in house spa, but all in all, relaxing. However, we do have some guests that are thrill seekers... Read more »

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Ohio Warrior DashFor most, when planning a vacation, we usually choose fun yet relaxing activities. Here at Inn at Cedar Falls, most of our guests choose hiking or biking, maybe white water rafting, usually a spa treatment at our in house spa, but all in all, relaxing. However, we do have some guests that are thrill seekers and have wonderful ideas about fun here in Hocking Hills. One is doing a local obstacle course race. While these races pop up all over the country, when one comes to town you have to hop on it because it is a one time deal. We are so excited that the Ohio Warrior Dash is coming to town this spring. Let’s look more into what an awesome obstacle race the Ohio Warrior Dash will be.

This year’s Ohio Warrior Dash will be held May 16th from the first wave at 8:30am until the last wave at 3:00pm. Some of the waves will be competitive, some are just for normal groups and then some other waves will be for competitors raising money for St. Jude. While the time difference between the first and second wave will be 30 minutes, each other wave will be started in 15 minute increments.

One of the great aspects of doing a big obstacle course race like the Ohio Warrior Dash is that the organizers of the events have thought of everything and are very prepared for just about any circumstance. Have questions yourself? Check out the Ohio Warrior Dash FAQ page. It has answers to all of your questions from raising money for St. Jude to Ohio Warrior Dash race day information.

Tickets for the Ohio Warrior Dash are on sale now and the sooner you buy them the cheaper they will be. From now until $55 until 11:59pm CT on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, then $60 until 11:59pm CT on Tuesday, April 07, 2015, then $65 until 11:59pm CT on Tuesday, May 05, 2015, then $80 until 11:59pm CT on Thursday, May 14, 2015 and $90 At Event Saturday, May 16, 2015. As you can see, it pays to get your tickets early. With each ticket you will also get a medal, an awesome helmet and a participation shirt. If you are over 21 you will also get a refreshing Shocktop beer at the race after party.

Let’s move on to the actual course. While the map hasn’t been released yet, there are some aspects about the course that we can tell you about. The Ohio Warrior Dash course will be between 3 and 4 miles and will feature 12 different obstacles. Be sure to check out the Ohio Warrior Dash obstacle page to see what kinds of fun they have in store for you this year. Some examples are trenches, mud crossings, cliffhangers, and walls. Needless to say, you will be sore by the end of the day.

As you can see picking a fun challenge like the Ohio Warrior Dash can be exhilarating. One way to relax and unwind for the rest of your trip to our area is to stay with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. We have accommodation types from rooms to cabins to house not only your group but your gear as well. On your down time enjoy our nearby Hocking Hills State Park. There are trails and waterfalls that are begging to be discovered. Each morning enjoy a complementary breakfast at our in-house restaurant, Kindred Spirits. Locals and guests love eating not only at Kindred Spirits for breakfast but for dinner as well. Be sure to book a spa service and let us work out all the sore muscles from your Ohio Warrior Dash. Contact our amazing staff today and let us help you plan a wonderful trip for the Ohio Warrior Dash.

Photo by: Doug Waldron

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The Inn Welcomes New Director of Group Meetings & Events http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/02/inn-welcomes-new-director-group-meetings-events/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/02/inn-welcomes-new-director-group-meetings-events/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 17:40:13 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11954 The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is delighted to introduce our new Director of Group Meetings and Events, Jennifer Myers. Jennifer comes to us with a plethora experience in the hotel world. In addition to her time at the Omni Netherland Plaza Hotel (now the Hilton) and The Westin in Cincinnati, Jennifer spent 12... Read more »

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The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is delighted to introduce our new Director of Group Meetings and Events, Jennifer Myers. Jennifer comes to us with a plethora experience in the hotel world. In addition to her time at the Omni Netherland Plaza Hotel (now the Hilton) and The Westin in Cincinnati, Jennifer spent 12 years as Regional Sales Director with Club Quarters in downtown Chicago.jenn headshot

 

Born and raised in Lancaster, Ohio, Jennifer grew up with a sincere love for the Hocking Hills area. “When I first met Ellen and Nicole and saw The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls up close and personal, I knew it was a hidden gem that meeting planners everywhere would fall in love with. I hope to grow the awareness of this quiet, magical gem for retreats, incentive meetings, brainstorming sessions, the list is endless. Once a group experiences the personalized service, the attentive staff and the beautiful setting, they will want to come back year after year.”

 

Jennifer is very active in the community outside of the office. “My passion is my family, the arts, and especially live theatre. I love to perform and I am excited to learn about and become  involved in the Central Ohio theatre scene.” We are thrilled to have Jennifer join our award winning team. She will be a large part of March’s Meeting & Event Planner Experience, so be sure to reserve your free overnight stay and join her for a formal tour.

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Shoot the Hills is Set for April 17-19 http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/02/shoot-hills-set-april-17-19/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/02/shoot-hills-set-april-17-19/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:45:59 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11947 Sometimes when we experience such pure beauty, like those we find in nature, we have to capture it for a lifetime. For some it’s birds, others it’s plants, but the thought remains the same. Here in the Hocking Hills area, there is an annual fundraiser and photo contest that we are all excited for, and... Read more »

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Shoot the Hills 2015Sometimes when we experience such pure beauty, like those we find in nature, we have to capture it for a lifetime. For some it’s birds, others it’s plants, but the thought remains the same. Here in the Hocking Hills area, there is an annual fundraiser and photo contest that we are all excited for, and will happen again this year, Shoot the Hills 2015. We at Inn at Cedar Falls love being a sponsor for it and enjoy being involved every year when we can. Shoot the Hills 2015 is such a great cause and is a fantastic challenge to photographers as well. Come check out what Shoot the Hills 2015 is all about.

Let’s start off with what Shoot the Hills 2015 is about. First and foremost Shoot the Hills 2015 is a fundraiser that raises money to build and maintain photo-friendly blinds and habitats. This ensures that the animals in our area can be photographed carefully without disruption from their own life. Most photograph contests have a fairly wide timeline and thus give photographers the time to carefully tweak their entries. This is not the case with Shoot the Hills 2015. The photographers have to be in the 4-county region of Hocking Hills and they only have 24 hours to submit their image. Fortunately for the photographers in Shoot the Hills 2015, the time of year is just perfect for capturing amazing photographs. Spring comes alive in the Hocking Hills area and many wildflowers are in bloom as well as many animals coming back out to play for spring. Besides plants and animals there are many beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls that would be a great backdrop to many photos.

The schedule for Shoot the Hills 2015 not only includes the contest but some other fantastic events as well. The first day is filled with registration, orientation, and a reception. This is a great chance to get to know more about the contest, the rules, as well as your fellow competitors. Right at noon is when the contest starts. It’s always a good idea to have a plan of where you want to go shoot before you come so you don’t spend too much time deciding and more time trying to capture the perfect image as well as having time to edit it. The next day, the contest closes at noon and then you have 3 hours to enter your photographs for the different categories. The last day is one of the best for many reasons. The first is that there are some great speakers on interesting topics within photography. This is a good time to learn something new about your craft. After that, there is a lunch and then awards. It is always exciting to see not only who won but also what aspects of the photos as well. Seeing others wonderful photos can really inspire us in our own creative world.

The only other thing to decide when thinking about competing in Shoot the Hills 2015 is where to stay. Whether there is a special event or not, visitors and locals love coming to stay with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. We are close to Hocking Hills State Park which makes it very convenient for photographers participating in Shoot the Hills 2015 to be close to such beauty. Our cabins and cottages are situated nicely on our property and give you enough space and peace and quiet to figure out not only where you are going to shoot but also time to edit. Start your shooting day off with us and enjoy a delicious breakfast in our in-house restaurant, Kindred Spirits. Ready to start your adventure with us and Shoot the Hills 2015? Contact our wonderful staff today and let us help you with all of your preparations.

Photo by: Mike Boening Photography

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Hocking Hills Hiking Trails You Should Explore http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/01/hocking-hills-hiking-trails-explore/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/01/hocking-hills-hiking-trails-explore/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:54:53 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11934 There are some times in our life that we just need to take a break. When this happens we have to decide the best way to take that break. For most, it’s going on a trip somewhere new. The thrill of discovering something new is usually just the thing we need to balance out our... Read more »

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Hocking Hills hiking trailsThere are some times in our life that we just need to take a break. When this happens we have to decide the best way to take that break. For most, it’s going on a trip somewhere new. The thrill of discovering something new is usually just the thing we need to balance out our lives. Here at Inn at Cedar Falls, we love helping our guests explore our area and find fun things to do. One of the most popular things to do is to take a stroll along our Hocking Hills hiking trails. Not only are there enough to fill an entire trip but every time you go, you will most likely discover something new. There are many Hocking Hills hiking trails to talk about but let’s start off with our favorites.

The first in our list of Hocking Hills hiking trails is Cantwell Cliffs. One of the reasons why Cantwell Cliffs made our list is because it is remote. It is about 17 miles away from the nearest trail, Old Man’s Cave. Even though it is set apart from other trails, it is worth the extra haul out there. Many have said that Cantwell Cliffs is one of the most beautiful places in the county and the trail total is 1 mile. It has vegetation, gorgeous trees, and of course interesting cliffs. Be sure to visit Fat Woman’s Squeeze for a fun look at how erosion has played a part of the shaping of the area.

Next in our list of Hocking Hills hiking trails that we should mention is Cedar Falls. This short trail is only 1/2 mile and usually takes 30 minutes. While you are hiking be sure to notice all of the beautiful hemlock trees that cover this area. However, one aspect of Cedar Falls that you won’t be able to take your eyes from is the waterfall. The water from Queer Creek tumbles over the waterfall with such force that at one time there was a grist mill built there to harness it’s power to grind grain. This is a great place to stop and have a picnic.

Last in our list of Hocking Hills hiking trails is Rock House. It is easy to see why this is such a popular place to hike. Rock House is the only place in the area that has an actual cave. The expansive cave is 25 feet high, 200 feet long, and between 20 and 30 feed wide. Over the years there have been hikers as well as a hotel built above the cave. This is also a great way to see how erosion has been in play over the years since it was erosion that formed the cave. Be sure to ask a guide about the full history of Rock House as it is an interesting one.

It is places like these Hocking Hills hiking trails that makes coming to our area so much fun. The way to complete your trip would be to come stay with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. Our accommodation choices are outstanding and our cabins are located within the woods which will give you a view of the Hocking Hills. Be sure to spend at least one dinner with us at our restaurant, Kindred Spirits. If walking in nature helped but you need one last thing to help you relax, be sure to check out our menu of spa services. Ready to take a break from life and enjoy our Hocking Hills hiking trails? Contact our wonderful staff today and let us help you find your perfect Hocking Hills hiking trails while you stay with us.

Photo by: Wesley Eller

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What You Need to Know About Ohio University Moms Weekend http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/01/need-know-ohio-university-moms-weekend/ http://innatcedarfalls.com/blog/2015/01/need-know-ohio-university-moms-weekend/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:55:33 +0000 http://innatcedarfalls.com/?p=11923 From the first cry of our first child until the last one’s graduation day, there is one thought that most mom’s think at least once, if not at least once a day, please don’t grow up. While moms may complain from time to time about their children if you ask them if they would trade... Read more »

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Ohio University Moms WeekendFrom the first cry of our first child until the last one’s graduation day, there is one thought that most mom’s think at least once, if not at least once a day, please don’t grow up. While moms may complain from time to time about their children if you ask them if they would trade it, the answer will always be no. Mom’s are the ones that are always there for you. They cook you your favorite meals when you ask them to, they do a countless number of loads of laundry, and they do all of these things because they love you. For most moms saying goodbye to their children as they venture out into the real world and college can be a sad time. However, at Ohio University Moms Weekend, there is a weekend dedicated to spending time with your favorite Ohio University student. We at Inn at Cedar Falls love housing all of our mom visitors for Ohio University Moms Weekend. There are so many fun things to do during the weekend that it will be hard to choose where to start.

If you aren’t very familiar with Ohio University, here are a few quick facts that will help you get an idea about the campus. Ohio University is located in Athens, OH which is located in the southeast side of the state, about 1 1/2 hours outside of Columbus. Ohio University is known throughout the country as one of the top schools to attend. Entrance requirements are high and the students who leave Ohio University not only leave with a great education and many opportunities for employment but also they have a great time while they were there.

Ohio University loves giving back to their students and their families by planning these great Family Weekends, like the Ohio University Moms Weekend. This year’s Ohio University Moms Weekend will be held April 10th-12th, 2015. While the events for this year’s Ohio University Moms Weekend won’t be announced until March, looking back at last year’s events will give you a good idea on how the weekend will be structured.

The weekend starts on the Friday and while some events will be held during the day, the Ohio University Moms Weekend doesn’t really get going until that night. That night there will be an array of events planned for many different preferences. Last year there was a dinner theater, movie screening, wine tasting, star gazing, and much more. Be sure to get a lot of rest that night as the Ohio University Moms Weekend amps into high gear on Saturday. Being that Ohio University is located in such a wonderful area, they want to showcase all of the fun outdoor activities that you could participate in at any time. Last year there was golf, hiking at Hocking Hills State Park, a zip line adventure, and much more. Spend your afternoon trying something new like last year’s fashion show and cookie decorating class. The evening can be spent going to dinner and then catching a fun show put on for Ohio University Moms Weekend or you can spend it outside star gazing. Sunday can be spent a variety of ways but one is to give back to the community. There will be many opportunities to give back throughout the weekend. Spend your last day with your Ohio University student reminiscing about all the fun you had and how you can’t wait to have fun again together soon.

When deciding on whether or not you are going to go to Ohio University Moms Weekend, also decide where to stay. Consider staying with us at Inn at Cedar Falls. Conveniently located near Hocking Hills State Park, our inn is an ideal spot for not only having a weekend with you college student but also a weekend away for you. Our lodging options all have fantastic views of the local Hocking Hills and are always a peaceful way to pass the time. Our comfortable beds and luxurious linens will help lull you into a deep sleep. Each morning take some time for yourself and relax as you wake up with a delicious home cooked breakfast in our restaurant, Kindred Spirits. If you have any other questions about Ohio University Moms Weekend or booking a stay with us for the weekend, please contact our helpful staff today.

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