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I was invited to go down to the Hocking Hills area and stay the night at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan Ohio. I sure glad I went! Sometimes you tend to forget that your own state has such treasures. (Even though that is one of the reasons I write this blog… to let people know – but I love finding them myself!) I ended up missing the morning cookie making in the morning and wishing I could have gone. It sounded like it was a lot of fun.
Ellen and Terry run and own the Inn at Cedar Falls. Ellen’s mother purchased it as a divorced, single mother when she was in her 50′s. She died 4 years into her dream and Ellen took over from there. She and Terry are devoted to making your stay relaxing and the best you’ve ever had.
There is 75 acres with about 50 on one side of the road that has the Office/Store and the restaurant and Gathering Place. Also nestled in the woods are 5 cabins and the Spa. In the Inn there are also 9 Guest Rooms. I like that you can go to the web site and check out each one separately and make your reservations that way. The cabins are larger and have a couple bedrooms in them, where as the cottages that are across the street on the remaining 25 acres are essentially one large room that houses the bed, a fireplace and in some of them whirl pool bath tubs! They all have decks out back with swings and chairs so you can sit outside and enjoy the beauty of the woods.
After I got there around 3:30pm and checked into the my cottage, The Honeysuckle – I went right to my spa appointment. I was surprised to see that it was down in a cabin. I had to park and walk down to it. There was a fire going inside and I was taken upstairs to one of the 2 rooms up there for my facial and massage. Oh…. so relaxing!!
My husband Dave built the school in Nelsonville over the last 3 years and has been finishing up that job there – only heading down once a week now. Nelsonville is only about 20 minutes south of Logan, and since he was down there working today he met me at Cedar Falls. I was allowed to bring a guest, and was thrilled that Dave could come. We headed over to the reception and dinner at 6pm - at the Gathering Place. (at the far end of the restaurant.)
The meal we had was fabulous!! They are known for their food with people traveling just to eat at the restaurant and not even staying overnight (can’t imagine missing out on that myself…. but their food is just that good!)
There were 3 other bloggers that were there with us for the visit. Becky and Ashley run a blog called Lancaster Mommy (soon to be Lancaster Parents) and Becky’s husband is the head chef at the restaurant. He wasn’t there tonight because he was home watching their children so that she was able to be here.
Mark from The Daddy Fight blog was also a guest along with his wife. They are from the Cincinnati area. He began his Daddy blog about 6 months ago.
One thing that I was surprised at was that I was very “unplugged” while I was there. Spending 60-70 hours a week working my blogs and social networking you would think it was a good thing (and it was) but it felt strange. Dave and I realized our phones (Verizon and iPhone) did not work at the Inn at all. There was also no TV or Internet in the cottage. It was a great time for Dave and I to put all the electronics away and just talk…. and spend time together. Great time for a couple, or friends, or if you just want to get away from it all by yourself.
There is wireless wifi in the lodge and Gathering Place. This large area can hold 50 people. It would be great for a small wedding, girls weekend, family reunion and especially corporate gatherings. There is a large screen tv in that room and has such character.
Dave had to leave by 5:30 am to get back to Columbus for work, but I went over to the Gathering place by the fireplace and plugged my computer in, drank coffee and felt SO relaxed! The waitress came around and refilled my coffee, got my breakfast and brought it out.. omg was it good!!! As I was sitting in a big comfy chair, sipping my coffee and typing away on my computer, I looked out the window and saw a cardinal right on the little tree on the corner of the porch. I grabbed my camera, and of course missed the best shot…but still got him before he took off.
I took at drive down the road to see the Falls of Cedar Falls. It was snowy and the road was a little icy going back. No one else was around, I knew I didn’t have a working cell phone… and I just didn’t have the guts to make my way down the snowy icy steps down…. but I plan to be back in the spring, because I can almost guarantee even without seeing them….that they are wonderful.
Thank you So much to Ellen and Terry! Our stay, dinner and breakfast and spa treatments were taken care of for us. The hospitality was nothing special for us I can assure you! The pictures, video and thoughts/opinions are all my own.
This post was originally posted Dec 14, 2010 – but I wanted to let you all see it again.