My husband Craig and I wanted to go someplace special to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We decided on The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in the Hocking Hills area of Ohio and couldn't have been happier.

My husband Craig and I wanted to go someplace special to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We decided on The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in the Hocking Hills area of Ohio and couldn't have been happier.

After a beautiful drive through rolling hills and towering trees we pulled up to a quaint inn. We were promptly cared for by the friendly staff. Taking a look around, the "office" was so low-key that it hardly felt like we were at a
check-in counter, and after a briefing on the location of our cottage, we made the short trek to it. While our home-away-from-home was the lovely Honeysuckle cottage, the inn also offers 1840s log cabins and bed and breakfast rooms complete with antiques and hardwood flooring.

Perched on the side of a hill, our cottage was near enough to others that you could see them but certainly far enough away that we felt we had enough privacy. Entering the front door, I was quickly charmed by the warm sun-lit yellow walls, the comfortable chairs and the windows overlooking an incredible view. The dcor was clean, country and cozy. But my favorite, by far, was the porch. The porch swing was the perfect place to wrap up in a blanket and enjoy the fresh air and scenery.

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is well known for its outstanding cuisine. Anthony Schulz, the executive chef at Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York City. After working at Tentation Potel et Chabot and Blu Spoon Catering, he assisted with food preparations for events hosted at destinations such as the Trump World Towers and the New York Metropolitan Opera. Through his extensive experience, he has developed an approach of using fresh local product as much as possible. From delicious starters to simply sinful deserts, meals are an experience. And to keep patrons coming back for more, a new menu is created each season. Craig and I were certainty pleased with all of our meals. Not only was the food wonderful, but the dcor and atmosphere of the restaurant allowed us to slow down, relax and enjoy each other's company as well.

With all the great food, it was even more important to take in some hiking. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is surrounded by the Hocking Hills State Parks so it was easy to get out and get going. From the stunning waterfall at Cedar Falls to the natural beauty of Old Man's Caves and and beyond, there was plenty of outdoor fun to be had. We found the time of year to be a very peaceful and refreshing time to enjoy the Hocking Hills area.

Of course, no trip to The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls would be complete without a trip to the spa. I asked spa director Randall Wellman, LMT, MS, about what makes the spa so special for their guests. "The setting is the biggest thing that sets us apart from other spas. The spa is in a log cabin in the woods and our windows look out into the forest. Guests enjoy the view and it helps create an overall sense of relaxation," he explained. Randall shares that "one of the goals of the spa is to add value to the guests stay by synergistically blending with the other departments of the inn (such as dining and lodging) to make the entire experience greater than the sum total. We try to provide education about wellness care, in addition to the general knowledge and information about the area."

Albeit small in size, the spa makes up for it in its wide range of menu services. Guests can choose from services that are all about pampering and rest, or they can choose a wellness program. Since the goal of our stay was to relax and unwind a bit, Craig and I opted for pampering.

Beginning with a warm neck towel, we enjoyed the gas- lit wood stove and the forest views. We were already feeling relaxed by the time we were ready for our massages. After experiencing our treatments, I agree with Randall.

What made the difference for me was that there was no hustle and bustle back to the car and fighting traffic, all the while undoing what I just tried to accomplish. At this spa we were able to walk back down the quiet wooded lane and enjoy and relish in the entire spa process.

As a travel writer, I've visited a lot of places. But there's a different quality about The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Not too often do I come home and feel as energized and ready to tackle reality as I did after this trip. I believe that a combination of the services is responsible. The cozy cottage, the gourmet meals, the spa visit and the absolutely refreshingly clean air of Hocking Hills make a perfect formula for re-energizing one's self. This stay is one that I refer to as our "wellness" stay. We're already planning a return trip.

Along with overnight packages, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls also offers a variety of special packages from photography workshops, spa packages, adventure programs and so much more. For a complete listing, visit the website at www.innatcedarfalls.com.

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
(800) 65-FALLS or (740) 385-7489
21190 St. Rt. 374
Logan, OH 43138
www.innatcedarfalls.com