Meet the Innkeepers
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 also volunteers with hospice and the food pantry.
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. Terry enjoys volunteering for the food pantry, for his church and on mission trips to Guatemala.
As A Couple
Terry and Ellen have two adult children. Sarah works as Senior Merchandise Planner for Justice. She lives in Upper Arlington with her husband, Nick. They blessed Ellen and Terry in June 2016 with their second granddaughter, Avery Anne. Ben is self-employed as a contractor. His daughter Kinsley Anne, was Ellen & Terry’s first grandchild, born in January 2015.
As empty nesters, Ellen and Terry enjoy spending time with their family, traveling and giving back to others through the volunteering they do. After remodeling their Buckeye Lake cottage, they have moved there full time and commute to the Inn.
Terry and Ellen are beginning to transition to a new phase in their lives. Not retirement mind you, but semi-retirement! They continue to be fully involved with the Inn, but with a more flexible schedule. Doing so has enabled them to spend time with their grandbabies, travel more, visit other inns, get to the beach and tour parts of the US they haven’t seen.
They are able to take advantage of traveling opportunities only because they have a terrific management team and dedicated staff. They hold their strong values in providing exceptional care of our guests and business – even when they aren’t on property. As they transition, the Inn’s dedicated leaders of Nicole McCabe, Assistant Innkeeper and Abby Cole, Executive Chef, will continue to uphold our mission of EXCELLENCE in all that we do.
The Inn continues to grow and review its mission. It has remained the same throughout 31 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
The staff and owners are a great team. We reconnect with nature and feel very spoiled. – Ron & Laura, Upper Arlington, OH
All the staff are so friendly and helped make our stay a special trip that we won’t ever forget. – Peter & Lauren, Cincinnati, OH