My husband and I were looking for a one-night getaway that was relatively close to Cleveland. Hocking Hills is roughly three to three and a half hours away, which was within our range for driving time.
Most cabins in the area require a two night stay on weekends, but they had an opening for the one night that we had available, which was perfect. We arrived a few minutes before check-in, met Joshua and Julie and several of their children, and signed in. They gave us the necessary information and told us to go on up, the cabin was open and the key was on the table.
The drive to the cabin is very steep; their web site advises that a four-wheel-drive vehicle is necessary in snow, and they mean it.
Our cabin was the Lover's Loft, the farthest out of the three cabins. The cabins are situated roughly 500 feet apart, each facing a different direction for privacy. With no leaves on the trees, you can see the general outline of the other cabins; with leaves I'd imagine that you can't even see the other cabins.
We walked inside and the first things we noticed were the classical music playing on the DVD player and the butterscotch candle burning on the kitchen table. The cabin was very cute, clean and nicely appointed. Plenty of linens and kitchen items for us to prepare meals. There were even tea lights and taper candles for dining by candlelight!
We used the downstairs bedroom with a King-sized bed; there's a queen upstairs in the loft and a sleeping futon in the living room, so the cabin can sleep six comfortably.
The back deck was very nice, with a hot tub, swing and rocking chair and table. I would have been content to spend the afternoon sitting on the swing and knitting, watching the birds, but Conkle's Hollow and the Cave House beckoned for some hiking.
When we returned, we fixed dinner and then jumped in the hot tub, perfect for sore legs after our afternoon of hiking.
Someone set the alarm clock upstairs to go off at 1AM, which made for a less-than-perfect night's sleep. The downstairs bed had nice sheets and comfortable pillows, but felt like it needed to be flipped; I kept rolling into the center! In addition, there appeared to be some construction debris outside of the cabin; a few boards, etc. on the ground. It also looked like prior guests had left a few beer bottles on the ground beneath the deck.
There was a television and DVD player, and they offer quite a few DVD titles to borrow, as there is no cable or satellite. In my opinion, this was a bonus, as it added to the peaceful atmosphere.
The complimentary cinnamon rolls were a nice treat the next morning, and breakfast with the birds at the feeder on the back deck was very nice. We saw six to eight whitetail deer, many different species of songbirds and even a Pileated woodpecker that looked to be approximately 16 inches in length! What a treat!
There was a guest book in the cabin, and entry after entry showed how other guests enjoyed this place as much as we did. Somewhere in 2007 someone started the "dollar game" where they hid a dollar somewhere in the cabin and left a clue in the guest book; the next guest was supposed to read the clue, find the dollar and hide it for the next guest. We found four of five dollars and hid them again.
In all, a wonderful, charming place that we would consider returning to with another couple or our children.
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