Exceeded our expectations A review of The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
My boyfriend and I visited the Hocking Hills area and stayed at the Inn at Cedar Falls May 19-21. The entire weekend exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
The area is beautiful, with forests, a multitude of waterfalls, hiking trails, recessed caves, quiet rivers for canoeing. We spent Saturday hiking from Cedar Falls to Ash Cave. It was about 5 miles, not too strenuous, only made challenging by efforts to avoid some muddy patches. I'm hoping some Eagle Scout out there will take on the project to better mark the trails, as everyone we passed asked us where we were coming from and we asked the same. We were never entirely sure we were on the trail we wanted to be on, but that is part of adventure, isn't it?!!? On Sunday, we went on a 7 mile canoe trip. We stopped at Rockbridge. It's a bridge that is all natural made of a big rock. It's hard to describe, but is way cool. There are antique malls and craft malls in the area, but that's not really our thing.
The people were beyond friendly! A couple of gentlemen on the canoe trip helped us tie up our canoe and guide us up the bank to the Rockbridge. Another time, a lady actually stopped her car, but on her hazards and got out of her car, as I was turning around in a driveway. I guess it was obvious that I was lost and she came over to ask me if I needed directions. We were a bit flabbergasted at the lengths she went to to help us out!
The Inn at Cedar Falls was wonderful. We booked the "Rekindle the Romance" weekend. It includes a picnic basket dinner with bottle of wine upon arrival, 2 nights in a charming cottage, very secluded, jacuzzi tub, king size bed, bathrobes, porch swing..., breakfast each morning in the inn's restaurant, massages at the Inn's spa, and a 5 course dinner the second night. We booked at the last minute so we had to switch to one of the rooms in the Inn the second night. We wished we could have stayed in the cottage both nights, but the inn was nice, filled with antiques. The property was immaculate, herb gardens, hammocks to swing in, rolling hills.
The spa was in a cabin nestled in the woods. Lisa did a great job with the massages. My boyfriend was a little nervous because he'd never had a massage before. Lisa put him at ease. I was thrilled that at the end he said he'd be more than willing to do it again (and he wasn't just saying that, he meant it!).
The food at the restaurant (in a couple of 1840s log cabins), was tremendous. High quality was the best way we could describe it. Delicious, yes, but also a higher quality food then what we normally get. We added a bottle of champagne to our dinner and felt like it was such a special and romantic occasion. Service at all meals was good. We wanted to slow things down a bit at dinner, so we tried to control that pace a bit, as the service was a bit quicker than what we'd want. But I've always believed it's up to the diner to communicate how they would like the meal paced.
Beautiful area, beautiful inn. We will return soon.
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