Hocking Hills Get-Away and a New Brew

by Renee on June 26, 2011

Ah, summer. It’s finally here, and along with it, a little road tripping. This weekend Paul and I got away to the Hocking Hills of Ohio with our friends the Sallys and their men–six of us, total. We spent the weekend in a fully-appointed log home rental from Cabins by the Caves–complete with gourmet kitchen, stone fireplace, wrap-around porch, hot tub, fire pit and amazing views of the beautiful forest. We brought enough food to feed an army, and beer and wine to last an entire week. We wasted no time kicking things off–Friday night we relaxed on the deck with music, adult beverages, and enjoyed a dinner provided by Sally and Ken–smoky grilled chicken, fresh corn on the cob, and a perfectly dressed cucumber/tomato/feta cheese salad. This was followed by a little hot tubbing under the stars and a lot of laughter.

After a Saturday breakfast of my famous eggs benedict and fresh fruit served with mimosas topped with a bit of pomegranate juice, we headed out to the trails, feeling fortified. We hit Conkle’s Hollow and the Cantwell Cliffs, getting several miles of hiking under our belts. But once lunchtime rolled around, we were hungry and ready to eat. We headed to the nicest restaurant in the area, The Inn at Cedar Falls. The fare was delicious–hearty burgers, a fresh caesar salad, homemade tomato/white bean soup and a phenomenal berry cobbler all made it to our table in the cozy and uncrowded dining room–but the best discovery was a local beer from Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster. Each couple ordered a different brew–Paul and I shared the Witbier, Sally and Ken had the Farmhouse Saison, and Sally and Dave ordered the Dubbel. Each was lovely and absolutely balanced and refreshing. We enjoyed sharing, sipping and savoring from the beautiful engraved glasses that accompanied our bottle-conditioned brews.

After lunch, our Saturday fun was about to get kicked up a few notches as we headed out to do some ziplining at the Hocking Hills Canopy Tours in Rockbridge. Our guides Will and Ashley helped us get geared up, ran us through a little orientation and then took us out onto the course. Paul, Sally and Dave had been ziplining before, but this was my first experience, as well as the other Sally’s, and Ken’s too. We all loved zipping along the treeline–what a blast! We woo-hoo’d our way over the Hocking River, various caves and trails and enjoyed spectacular views from the treetops. It was a three-hour tour that I highly recommend, and Paul and I hope to head back again with our teens.

By the time we got back to the cabin that evening, all six of us had worked up a huge appetite for the steaks that Sally and Dave brought along for dinner–served up with some spicy Spanish rice, and cheesy garlic bread from the grill–it was the perfect meal to cap off our perfect day. This was followed by more hot tubbing, and some belly laughs around a campfire under the starry sky. It doesn’t take a week’s vacation to make summertime memorable, and our get-away was the perfect antidote to the work week. Still, Sunday morning came too soon for all of us, and we reluctantly headed back to reality. But summer’s just getting started, and I know there’s more fun ahead. What do you have planned?

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Cathy June 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Wow! Absolutely enchanting!!!! Reading what you wrote, I felt like I was there!

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Renee June 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

You and John would love it! Be sure to click on the links to see all the places we visited. Really great fun.

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sally June 27, 2011 at 6:26 am

You captured the weekend beautifully! I felt like I relived it all over again!

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