This post is sponsored by ExploreHockingHills.com but all opinions are my own.
The folks from Hocking Hills have a fun thing called the Comfort Food Cruise going on every weekend in January. It's the 4th year for this and it's become a visitor favorite. You pay a nominal fee for a ticket ($18) and you get to sample a special dish from 13 different restaurants around Hocking Hills. You need to do all your sampling over one weekend - but the best thing about HH is all the hiking - so you can eat something - hike a little - eat more - hike more!
We stayed at Cedar Grove Lodge in their Cedar Hill Lodge which can hold up to 26 people. Thankfully - there were only 7 of us!
The lodge is great - we all loved it. The beds were REALLY comfortable and everything was well done in terms of design and quality. Nothing was shabby or in need of repair. The couches were all really comfortable too. There's a theater room downstairs with a big wall-size screen - we enjoyed that one night as well. There's a hot tub outside and a fire pit in the back - because it was 7 degrees - we didn't partake in either. ;-)
And let me say again - the beds were REALLY comfortable. That is not often the case in a cabin - so I was thrilled when I slept well both nights!
Lake Hope Lodge came and made us dinner. He's also the chef at the Dining Lodge in Hocking Hills that was recently devastated by a fire. They are working to rebuild that so Matt is keeping himself busy at Lake Hope.
Lake Hope Lodge is on the Comfort Food Cruise and gives you a Turkey Pot Pie sampling and I can only imagine after tasting Chef Matt's food here - it's not something to be missed!
Here are links to the girls I spent the weekend with - if you'd like to find out about some other great Ohio bloggers:
The Biscuits and Gravy was pretty great - the biscuits were light and fluffy and the gravy was similar to what I love - white sausage gravy seasoned well with salt & pepper.
The sausage cornbread was homemade cornbread with lots of corn in it and inside were two full links of sausage! (bottom left) Then it was slathered in gravy - of course.
Old Man's Cave. And that's the one thing I love most about Hocking Hills. You can really do a lot of fun things in the area FOR FREE. All the caves are within the state park system - so they're free! If you like being outside - it's a great place. It's nice to have so many options that are free - rather than being charged every where you go!
They are famous for their buffet - which has all the "family style" favorites you would expect - mashed potatoes, corn, onion rings, chicken, ribs, a huge salad bar and more...
Nelsonville Emporium. Here they have an emporium of locally made art ranging from paintings to pottery to scarves and a bunch of food items too. They're in the process of building in a kitchen to have cooking classes and have people come in and make foods for sale. I love these "co-op" types of businesses where everybody comes together and sells local goods.
Rocky Boot Factory Store - they have boots, clothes and housewares in a four story warehouse that you'll definitely need some time to explore.
Boot Factory Grill and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in their Factory Outlet Store.
Hocking Hills Winery - which is also right near the Wal-Mart.
Peter Conrad. He came over to chat up our group and asked if we had any requests - I asked for something by the Eagles and he quickly snapped, "Sure if you come and sing it with me." I'm sure he regrets that to this day but I had a great time and it was a great end to a busy fun-filled day.
Kindred Spirits restaurant at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls.
We ordered from their brunch menu and I couldn't not turn down Chef's biscuits and gravy with a side of bacon and a fresh made orange blossom muffin. So freakin good. And I'll say - I did slightly prefer Chef Anthony's biscuits and gravy to Pearl's.
The cottages have either a King or Queen bed and there are a few that are pet friendly. Ellen has done a fantastic job of decorating with little fun touches like the wire bathtub basket next to the big bathtub. The linens and furniture are fresh and up-to-date and let me tell you they have the most comfortable sheets I've ever slept on (they sell them in the gift shop).
If you need more space - they also have cabins that have room for more people and have a full kitchenette.
A quick tour of the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls was the perfect way to end our fun trip to Hocking Hills.
If you're looking for something to do one of the next couple of weekends - I highly recommend the Comfort Food Cruise - the samples are sizable and the quality is excellent! You can find out all the details on the ExploreHockingHills.com page and I'm sure the folks at the Inn or at Cedar Grove would love to have you spend the night with them on your visit.