FOR AN EX­CIT­ING LONG WEEK­END

Hock­ing Hills, OH

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The Plan: En­joy a cou­ple of days in south­east Ohio do­ing a se­ries of hikes to breath­tak­ing sites that ex­pose you to dif­fer­ent flora and fauna. Our top fam­ily-friendly hikes: Cedar Falls Trail (three stun­ning falls and a lake), the Ash Cave trail (tow­er­ing hem­locks, a cas­cad­ing water­fall and a re­cess cave) and Old Man’s Cave trail (a gorge and wa­ter­falls). In the af­ter­noons and evenings, hang out in down­town Lo­gan, where you can visit the Pen­cil Sharp­ener Mu­seum (a room filled with over 3,400 pen­cil sharp­en­ers),

tour the Colum­bus Wash­board Fac­tory, browse shops, or have a de­li­cious meal at Mill­stone BBQ. Ded­i­cate one night to stargaz­ing at John Glenn Astron­omy Park. On your last day, go on an eco-tour to learn about the edi­ble plants grow­ing around you, and then rapel down rock for­ma­tions (think rock climb­ing but less stren­u­ous). As your fi­nal ac­tiv­ity, fly through the tree­tops on a 10-line zip-line course (kids must be at least 10 years old to join) with Hock­ing Hills Canopy Tours.

Why We Love It: While this trip prom­ises a lot of ad­ven­ture, there’s room to re­lax too. The lux­u­ri­ous Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls of­fers mag­nif­i­cent views of the woods. In sum­mer/fall, a cabin for four starts at $269 per night on a week­day, and $299 per night on a week­end, with break­fast in­cluded. When it’s time to wind down, hit the spa—theirs of­fers ev­ery­thing from tra­di­tional mas­sages to body mud wraps, all done in­side a serene 1840s log cabin.

Sur­prise! You’ll find hem­locks, not cedar trees, at Cedar Falls.

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