Nature Retreat

by DiscoverOhio

Get away from the hustle and bustle of ‘reality’ and take a few days to enjoy a tranquil and invigorating retreat in Southeast Ohio.

Start off with a "Bliss" massage at the Glenlaurel Scottish Inn & Spa. Follow up with a fine dining experience by candlelight at the Inn's restaurant. Are you up to the challenge of a six-course meal?

The next day hit the trails with a hike through Zaleski State Forest, the second largest in Ohio. After working up an appetite, stop by the Sandstone restaurant in Logan, then stick around to shop at the Historic Square Arts Center in Nelsonville. You’ll see an eclectic array of shops, restaurants and artisan galleries. Don’t miss the beautifully restored Stuart’s Opera House, built in 1879. 

That evening, enjoy dinner at Ravenwood Castle. Three large stained glass windows and an enormous stone fireplace complete the fairy tale adventure inside the castle.

Day 3, trek to Old Man’s Cave, one of the premier destinations for visitors to Hocking Hills State Park. The area features breathtaking scenery of Ohio's natural wonders.

Conclude your adventure with dinner at the Inn at Cedar Falls. The restaurant is inside a log cabin, originally built in the 1840s and offers a unique dining experience.


Tour Stops

  • Glenlaurel A Scottish Inn & Cottages

    Welcome into the Legend! You are invited to the nightly fine dining experience at Glenlaurel. We offer candlelit 3, 6 & 7 course fine dining every evening at 7pm in the Manor House. All of our meals use the freshest ingredients with delicate seasonings to highlight the foods natural flavors. If you are dining Sunday thru Friday, you'll be served our delicious 3 course dinner, priced $39 per person plus tax & gratuity, or 6 course dinner, priced at $49 per person plus tax & gratuity. If you're dining on Saturday, you'll feast on our 7 course signature dinner, featuring rack of lamb. This grazing fantasy is $59 per person plus tax & gratuity. A full gourmet breakfast is included with your room rate. We also offer gourmet picnic lunches, as well as in-room dining. We invite you to Glenlaurel's dining room where your reserved table for two is waiting!

    • Address: 14940 Mount Olive Road
      Hocking Hills, Ohio 43149
    • Phone: Local Number: (740) 385-4070
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  • Historic Square Arts District in Nelsonville

    One of the Hocking Hills region's historical and cultural landmarks is the Historic Victorian Public Square in Nelsonville. This charming arts destination is home to an eclectic array of shops, restaurants, and artisan galleries, as well as the beautifully restored Stuart's Opera House. The Opera House was orginally built in 1879 and today serves as the hub of this very active arts community.

    Throughout the year, Stuart's offers a variety of musical and theatrical performances by top national, regional and local artists. (For the latest information on upcoming shows call 740-753-1924 or check out the website at Stroll the streets and sidewalks made of the famous Star Bricks and marvel at the graceful Victorian architecture. Visit the galleries of Starbrick Clay, The Majestic Galleries, Paper Circle, Nelsonville Quilt Company, and Nelsonville Pottery and Gifts.  Enjoy a cup o' joe at FullBrooks Cafe or grab a bite to eat at the Mine Tavern (we recommend the cheeseburgers). And on the Final Friday of every month (except December), the Square celebrates the evening with additional art, music, and food from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

    • Address: Nelsonville Public Square
      Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
    • Phone: Local Number: 7407534346
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  • Ravenwood Castle & Medieval Village

    An escape from the real world awaits you!  The Ravenwood Realm sits atop the highest hill in scenic Swan Township where delightfully different rooms suites and cottages with fireplaces help you create your own fairy tale!
    Dine in the Great Hall, stroll through the gardens and forest, and vist the nearby parks of the Hocking Hills and  Lake Hope.  Plenty of interesting activities, shops, antiques malls, art galleries and much more are within a few miles.

    • Address: 65666 Bethel Road
      New Plymouth, Ohio 45654
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8004771541
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  • Hocking Hills State Park

    Hocking Hills State Park is located in Hocking Co. near Logan, an hour southeast of Columbus. The scenery is breathtaking, with recess caves, cliffs & waterfalls. Spectacular natural features include Old Mans Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs & Cedar Falls.

    The Ash Cave trail is wheelchair accessible, and most other features are easy to moderate hikes from parking areas. The park offers many hiking trails totaling 10 miles, along with 4 miles of mountain biking trails and 40 miles of bridle trails on adjacent state forest (bring your own horse).  There is an archery range and trail with a variety of targets. 

    Picnic areas have tables, grills & 4 reservable shelters. Programs provide entertainment all year. The visitor center at Old Mans Cave features local geology & history. 

    The 2-bedroom vacation cottages have kitchen, bathroom w/shower, living room, fireplace, TV, screened porch, & heat/A/C. The campground has 156 campsites with electric and 13 non-electric sites, plus 3 hassle-free Camper Cabins. Several cottages are pet friendly.

    Campground amenities are showers, restrooms & campground pool. Pets permitted on designated sites. The Dining Lodge, located near Old Mans Cave, is open seasonally with restaurant, lounge, game room & outdoor swimming pool. (No overnight facilities available.)

    Camping rates (weekends) range from $22/night to $29/night for non-electric/electric sites. Camper cabins are $40/night. Cottages range from $105 to $130/night. Call 1-866-644-6727 for reservations.

    • Address: 19852 State Route 664 South
      Logan, Ohio 43138
    • Phone: Local Number: 7403856841
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  • Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls Restaurant

    The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls' restaurant, located in the Hocking Hills of Ohio, was opened in the fall of 1987. The 1840's log cabin restaurant features American Cuisine. 

    A hearty breakfast is served for Inn house guests. Delectable lunches offer a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. Open daily to the public 11:30am to 1:30pm.

    Dinner is an elegant affair, but with casual dress. Three-course gourmet meals prepared before the guest in the open kitchen. Enjoy an early glass of wine or a mug of cold beer in our Tavern. Reservations required. 

    The Inn restaurant seats 45 in two log cabins and a large, seasonal outdoor dining area surrounded by the sounds of nature and fragances of fresh flowers. The Inn prides itself in choosing only the best ingredients, much of it grown locally in the Hocking Hills.

    For larger groups, the new "green friendly" Gathering Place is available.

    • Address: 21190 State Route 374
      Logan, Ohio 43138
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8006532557
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