The Inn at Cedar Falls is the first of the cabins/cottages to be built and commercialized in Hocking Hills. What I loved about the Inn was that you could literally go to the property and never leave and still have a great time!
Beyond the inn, the gardens, the fire pit, the gift shop, the spa – there’s also a restaurant! It’s called Kindred Spirits.
There’s a great patio out back with a covered area as well as tables with umbrellas. It’s SUPER peaceful back there – I loved it!
You might also see a friend or two while you’re having breakfast, lunch or dinner! (I love that they serve all 3 meals – there’s not a lot of food options close to the caves and this is really good – as you’ll see!)
We got to have a cooking class earlier in the day and the chef told us about a cold blueberry soup he had made. Well – I’m not big on cold soups but I at least had to try it so they brought out a small taste in a glass. It was pretty good – I don’t think I’d want a whole bowl but it was very interesting for sure!
They’re famous for their dill chicken salad (it’s got grapes & walnuts) – one of the bloggers got a salad with a scoop of the chicken salad and really liked it. I was going to get it – but then I saw that I could get a…
Tuna Melt ($7)! I love those!!! This was really good too – so much tuna and really filling. It was served with a kale salad – yeah – I’ve decided I don’t like kale. Too much roughage.
And then we thought – well – we’re not drinking – so let’s have dessert! I got the Mixed Berry Cobbler ($6.50) – and it was definitely a sharable size – but I didn’t. While I still like my mom’s peach cobbler better – this was a good substitute. The berries were fresh and tart – while the cobbler on top was sweet. Delish!
Danielle got the Ultimate Chocolate Brownie ($3.50) – she said it was pretty good – I thought it was really good – but I’m a sucker for a chocolate brownie.
After dessert we decided to go on a hike at Cedar Falls and then the spa for facials. We worked up such an appetite – we had to eat again!
Here we are before dinner – I decided on a glass of Prosecco while Dani went for some vino!
During our cooking class we prepped all the ingredients for Gazpacho (recipe below) – yum! Like I said – not a huge fan of cold soup but this was good. I could have just had all the tomatoes and spices.
Danielle went for one of the specials (they have many – every day) of a Kale Salad with Grilled Salmon. She really enjoyed it. (Oh those kale people.)
I went for the Spent Beer Grain Pizza – this was topped with just a pile of amazing goodness. I didn’t realize it wasn’t on the regular menu – so I’ll try and remember what it is – kalamata olives, sausage and salami I think. I think there was more – I just don’t remember – Chef/Ellen: if you see this and remember – post a comment!
Every single person at the table was super jealous of this pizza – it was so freakin delicious. Like I seriously can’t tell you how amazing it was. Chef Anthony deserves a pizza medal for this one!!! I’m so hungry for this now.
Ooh – and the crust – it was super crispy and you could tell it was whole grain-y but not so much so that it was all crazy and inedible.
Here’s the Grappa Semifreddo – this was very interesting. It’s a custard type of dessert that is semi-frozen. It’s made from Grappa which is an alcohol from the leftovers of wine making (stems, skins, etc.) – and it’s super freakin strong. The dessert also had a boozy kick to it. So basically – boozy ice cream.
I got the seasonal cheesecake which was Lemon Blueberry. It was packed full of blueberries – so what’s not to like about that. I liked it a lot and better than the semifreddo – the grappa was too strong for me.
All in all – we all enjoyed our meals. We also had breakfast but I was so starving I forgot to take a picture! (doh!) They’ll also put together a sack lunch for you if you’re going on a hike. They literally have everything in one place – love it!
I’ll be making some recipes from their cookbook soon but for now – here’s the recipe for the Gazpacho. I might tweak this a bit and make it myself. 🙂
Ellen’s sisters love this one and it’s in the Inn’s cookbook – Savor the Seasons.
2 Small Garlic Cloves
1 Large Red Onion
2 Green Peppers
6 Large Tomatoes
1.5 cups of V-8 Juice
2 oz jar of Pimento
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup Wine Vinegar
3/4 cup Chicken Broth
Dash Tabasco Sauce
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
1/2 tsp Celery Salt
Salt & Pepper to taste
1. Mince garlic in food processor. Add all remaining vegetables and coarsely chop (all same size). Put in a large bowl.
2. Whisk oil, vinegar, V-8 juice and chicken broth together in a bowl or processor. Add to vegetables.
3. Season with salt, pepper, Tabasco, celery salt and lemon juice.
Chill 4-6 hours but best if made the day before.