Hocking Hills Resorts

by Mary Freeman

The Hocking Hills region of Ohio is home to lakes, forests and craggy cliffs. The area's resort community does not offer the luxury or all-inclusive deals you would expect at more popular tourist destinations. However, it does provide rustic retreats amid the great outdoors, with plenty of opportunities to experience the region's natural sites and attractions. While accommodations are open year-round, activities and rates vary by season.

The Resort at Blackjack Crossing

The Resort at Blackjack Crossing's two-bedroom log homes come with hot tubs, stone fireplaces, gas grills, and covered patios that features swings. The resort provides guests with one bundle of firewood each day. The resort also has one cabin at their Caveman Retreat campground site, which is located on 20 acres of a Christmas tree farm. Massages are available by appointment. The resort offers last-minute discounts when guests make reservations within seven days of their stay. Anglers have access to the resort's fully stocked pond.

Hocking Hills Resort

Guests can choose between Cedar Vacation Homes and Love Bug Cabins at Hocking Hills Resort. Vacation homes sleep up to 10 guests and have charcoal grills, wood burning fireplaces, and a six-person hot tub on the back deck. Couples can indulge themselves in the Love Bug Cabins by soaking in a Jacuzzi or cuddling up in front of the wood burning chimnea on the bedroom balcony. The resort's restaurant, the Grouse Nest, features American cuisine, with an emphasis on local ingredients like catfish, venison, and other wild game. Guests can also arrange to have a chef prepare a meal in their cabin. The resort has a variety of romantic packages available, a photographer and an on-site chapel.

Smoke Rise Ranch Resort

The Smoke Rise Ranch Resort provides guests with a cowboy experience. The resort is a working cattle ranch and offers horsemanship and cattle running workshops. Visitors that have their own horse can house the animal at the ranch for a fee -- negative Coggins papers and a health certificate are required. The 2,000-acre ranch has deluxe and rustic cabins that sleep two to 13 people, as well as campgrounds. Guests can enjoy nightly entertainment including live music and karaoke.

Burr Oak Lodge and Conference Center

The Burr Oak Lodge has both a 60-room hotel and 30 cottages located throughout the resort grounds. The 22 standard and eight deluxe cottages have fully equipped kitchens, screened-in porches with charcoal, and two bedrooms. The main lodge has a dining room, lounge, gift shop and indoor pool. The resort accommodates large events and has six meeting rooms that can hold up to 250 people. The resort allows pets in five of their standard cottages. The hotel restaurant serves up traditional American cuisine like flat iron beef and honey grilled salmon.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.