Ellen was born in Atlanta, GA. Before Ellen was one-year-old, her parents, Anne and Henry moved to Pittsburgh, PA. Both of her parents grew up in the Pittsburgh area. Ellen spent many holidays and vacations in Mt. Lebanon and Shadyside. The final family move was to Columbus. Ellen graduated from Bexley High School. The majority of her years growing up were spent playing competitive tennis. Tennis even followed her to Kent State University where she played on their varsity team while completing a BS in Health Education. After college, Ellen’s career started in Columbus working for Children’s Hospital and then the City of Columbus Health Department. All the years of helping people prepared Ellen for her final move to the Hocking Hills in 1987 where she joined her mother to open the Inn. Ellen believes in giving back and does so through the many boards on which she serves. Ellen is also a hospice volunteer.
In 2015, Ellen was awarded Select Registry’s Stafford Smith award. The highest honor in the organization, this lifetime achievement award is bestowed upon a long-standing Select Registry member with many years of service to the organization and the hospitality industry.
Terry was born in Columbus, OH and is the youngest of three children. He attended Whitehall High School and worked a variety of maintenance and construction positions including Temple Israel, Heritage Apartments, and Cardinal Builders. Then, Terry started his own construction company prior to moving to the Hocking Hills. While doing construction and maintenance, he farmed about 100 acres in the hills. His farming included a 25 cow/calf operation, 100 head of hogs, chickens, and a large vegetable garden. He learned the art of quilting from his mother as well as helping can goods from the garden. Working close with Anne and her vision, Terry created and developed the Inn. Prior to coming on board full-time at the Inn, Terry had a woodworking/furniture shop. Terry is an avid morel hunter and enjoys deer hunting and fishing. He is passionate about cooking both at home and Inn breakfasts.
As A Couple
Terry and Ellen have two children. Sarah works at Tween Brands as a Merchandise Planner. She lives in Columbus with her husband, Nick. Benjamin graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. After a short time working in the field, he decided to return home and pursue his interest in joining Ellen and Terry in the business. Currently, he is the Assistant Operations Manager and oversees the Dining Room.
As empty nesters, Ellen and Terry enjoy traveling. After three years of Terry remodeling their lakeside cottage, they have moved there full time and commute to the Inn.
The Inn continues to grow and review its mission. It has remained the same throughout 27 years of operation. Simply put, it says, “We are a Country Inn in a peaceful, natural setting, where people can connect with the earth and universe. We are dedicated to high standards — standards of Excellence. We have committed ourselves to quality food, quality surroundings, quality service and quality employees.”
Today, Ellen, Terry and the dedicated and outstanding staff continue to carry on Anne’s dream. Put us to the test to help you create and enjoy the best getaway ever.
Thank You for stopping by,
Ellen Grinsfelder & Terry Lingo, Innkeepers