Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls
By Lesley Jenike
Upscale without the pretension, the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan is located right in the heart of the Hocking Hills, close to all the region’s major attractions. You can choose a room at the inn, a cottage, a cabin, or even a yurt, depending on what amount of seclusion and/or self-reliance you’re looking for (cabins come with full kitchens), though I recommend allowing the Inn to take care of all your meals. Kindred Spirits, the Inn’s restaurant, offers hearty breakfasts, delicious salads and sandwiches for lunch, and locally-sourced, gourmet dinners. The bar is well-stocked. The staff is ridiculously friendly. You can take your cocktail and wander the beautiful grounds, contemplate eternity, then return to your cabin to write the next great American novel. After a soak in the tub and good night’s sleep, get a massage at the spa. You’ll need it after all that hiking.
The Swank Sinatra
by Caitlin McGurk
Owned by Dewberry Cottages in Hocking Hills, is a throwback paradise for lovers of all things mod, ’60s, swingin,’ and swank. From the outside it looks like your average cabin in the woods, but inside you’ll discover every detail down to the silverware is original vintage magic—and extraordinarily maintained. The photos barely do it justice, from the literally swinging (on chains!) bed on the enclosed second-floor balcony, to the record players in every room, the exquisite period decor, and a bar that is straight out of Don Draper’s office. Photo ops galore! It meets all basic cabin needs: lakeside with paddle-boats, fire pit, hot tub, comfortably sleeps 13, big yard with hammock, mean place to throw a party. Cheryl and staff were accommodating and easy to communicate with, and even left me birthday balloons! Their other properties include the “John and Yoko” and the “Johnny and June.”
Eagle Wings Lodge
By Beth Berkmer
By the time our three-day “work” retreat was done, we didn’t want to leave. Spacious enough to keep all of us out of each other’s hair and bedded up easily, this is someplace we definitely want to visit again. This puppy sleeps up to 22! From fishing and paddle-boating or canoeing (boats provided) on your own private, spring-fed lake right outside your door amongst 14-acres of beauty, to hot tubbing and playing ping pong on a multi-tiered balcony wrapping the all-wood lodge in the middle of the Hocking Hills, or hanging out in the cool, adult-sized treehouse, Eagle Wings hits the spot for an Appalachian-style luxury retreat. Don’t miss the awesome bonfire pit surrounded with plenty of chairs or the massive outdoor fireplace on your balcony. Inspired by our surroundings, us amateurs even found ourselves trying to do yoga stretched out on the patio in the early morning before meetings.
And you couldn’t ask for a better host in Tom. This gentleman is the tops. Always just a call away and a smile to boot, the owner keeps the property in tip-top condition and ready for you in every way.
Old Man’s Cave Chalets
By Jennifer Zang
In a short one hour drive, I found myself surrounded in rolling hills. Down a long lane, a secluded cabin by Old Man Cave Chalets. We rented the larger home and the “Love Shack” located a few hundred yards away. Luckily for us the snow fell and we were able to sled down a hill. The cabins are well equipped, offering privacy and views of nature.
This location allowed us to take trips to local areas to hike (Cedar Falls, Conkle’s Hollow and Ash Cave). A scenic ride to Athens provided a morning at the Farmers Market on State Street (Saturday 8-12) where we gathered organic greens, grass fed beef and eggs so fresh I swear they were still warm. Prior to heading back to the cabin we took a hike around Lake Shroud and then sipped craft beers at Jackie O’s. The 740 is an oasis of goodness.
Whitetail Dream Cabins
By Casey Clark
When our vacation to “the big ocean” got derailed due to Hurricane Irma, we started scrambling to find something to replace that experience for our very excited three year old. Whitetail Dream Cabins absolutely did not disappoint. Though the property’s cabin comfortably sleeps just four, it’s the attention to detail that makes this place shine. Immaculately clean and well decorated, the cabin feels immediately homey and inviting. But beyond the cabin, the property includes some really unique amenities: a half court basketball and badminton facility with a 75-inch 4K television and ample beanbag seating, a gazebo overlooking a fully stocked pond with a little beach complete with white sand, and of course, a cozy hot tub. Though it is only about 20 minutes away from the heart of Hocking Hills, we could barely bring ourselves to leave the property.
By Travis Hoewischer
It’s pretty common for a place in the 740 to boast “breathtaking views,” as the whole area has long been known as a colorful counter to Columbus’ downtown drab. But, Wonderness really backed up their claim. It’s a lodge not a cabin—for us, it was the only place to sleep up to 18 for a weekend that was available—and from the first moment we stepped on the property, we were blown away. Just 15 minutes from all the Hocking Hills splendor, but tucked away on a hillside in Laurelville, you could literally see for miles, taking in a 360-degree view of central Ohio. The only thing distracting you from the views are the grounds themselves. The spacious hot tub area (where we projected the OSU football game on the deck adjacent to it) made us barely take up residence in the beautiful bar room connected to it, spending much of our time on the upper level, lounging in an area we dubbed “Little Tuscany,” or above it at the fire pit. Erin and Doug made sure there were donuts and apple cider from Laurelville on-hand when we arrived, making us feel at-home—and in the mood to already re-book for next year.
The Canopy Ridge Treehouse
By Kaylea Annen
The treehouse was the perfect getaway. Tucked away in the Hocking Hills, we enjoyed this beautifully furnished, brand new cabin. The unique treehouse has beautiful views from the second story covered patio, perfect for sipping your morning coffee. Hot tub, and fire pit included the treehouse would be a great place to getaway with family or close friends!