While my husband and I love trips out-of-state, the past few years we’ve found a lot of joy in small weekend getaways to places within the state of Ohio. Especially with two kids at home, it’s nice to be able to drive somewhere only a few hours away while the grandparents babysit.
We both really wanted to visit Hocking Hills as it’s been a few years since either of us had been there, so I was thrilled when Ohio. Find It Here. and Hocking Hills Tourism Association reached out to work together.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your partner with epic hiking views, delicious food and other fun experiences then I recommend considering Hocking Hills as your next destination.
Where We Stayed
Hocking Hills has become a popular destination, so you shouldn’t have any issues finding a place to stay while you’re there. We stayed Ridgeback Cabin from Cabins by the Caves. We were incredibly pleased with the communication from the company and the cleanlieness of the place itself (and we had a hot tub!).
The location was great too, as we were about 10-15 minute drive from everything we wanted to do while there. They have a lot of options for cabins depending on what you’re looking for.
What We Did
Typically when we take trips together we do a lot of hiking. The Hocking Hills region has so much hiking, including the popular waterfalls (Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave & Cedar Falls), as well as the Rock House and multiple nature preserves nearby.
Since we only had a weekend and wanted to do more than just hiking this time, we hiked Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave. However, you could easily fit all three waterfalls into one day of hiking. I wrote a blog post sharing more tips on how to make the most of your time at Hocking Hills (if you strictly want to hike)!
With this trip we wanted to try something new, so we signed up for ziplining at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours and we had SUCH a blast! Neither of us had been ziplining before so it was a completely new experience for us. We had the friendliest guides on our tour (shoutout to Roni & Cheyenne!) and were able to enjoy some beautiful fall foliage from a new vantage point. They have several options for types of tours to do – we did the “Original” canopy tour and loved it. The tour took about 3 hours and we did 10 ziplines plus a few rope bridges.
Lastly, we enjoyed exploring the historic downtown area and checking out the local shops. My favorite stop was Homegrown on Main. This shop showcases local artists and authors from the Logan area. We met the owner of the store who was incredibly sweet – you could tell she has such a passion for showcasing talented local artists. I was thrilled to purchase a beautiful ceramic mug to add to my collection!
Where We Wined/Dined
I never realized how many great options there are for food and drink in this area. The first night in town we had to try Pizza Crossing and it did not disappoint! I’m pretty boring when it comes to pizza, so I ordered a cheese pizza while my husband ordered a pepperoni. I can see why it was rated the best pizzeria in Ohio by USA Today! The cheese/sauce ratio was perfect and the crust had the right amount of crunch. The staff was so friendly and we didn’t have to wait long to enjoy our pizza. The atmosphere inside is exactly what you’d imagine a classic pizza joint to look and feel like. A mix of cozy booths along the wall as well as traditional dining tables for larger parties. It was incredibly welcoming and of course, smelled amazing!
Our second day before we ziplined, we were in desperate need of some caffeine. The Hocking Hills Coffee Emporium was the perfect stop as it was right on the way to the Canopy Tours. This cute little shop has a small market inside and they offer a variety of coffee drinks as well as some bakery items. We split a chocolate croissant.
That night we went to the Hocking Hills Winery. We tried a bunch of samples and enjoyed everything. We both love dry reds and agreed the Syrah was our favorite, so we ordered a bottle to enjoy on their patio outside. They have a ton of seating inside and outside, and the fire kept us super warm even during the chilly evening.
The last stop was Brewery 33 because we always love checking out breweries wherever we go. They had a really nice beer garden out back so we were thankful for a sunny, warm afternoon! I really enjoyed the Gose and my husband liked the Saison they had on tap.
I feel like we could have easily spent several more days exploring everything Hocking Hills had to offer but it was the perfect little romantic getaway weekend for us. Plus, now we have an excuse to plan another trip there in the future!
Have you ever been to Hocking Hills? What was your favorite part?
A big thank you to Ohio. Find It Here. and Hocking Hills Tourism Association for providing us with complimentary lodging. All opinions above are my own.