Monday, March 20, 2017

Mondays with Manny

Just a pup in thought.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hocking Hills Anniversary Trip Part 2

If you missed part 1 go here.

After hiking around Ash Cave we drove over to Old Man Cave to do more hiking. We started out right away with this pretty waterfall I obsessed over.

Then we followed a trail down and saw THIS. I cannot even with the beauty. This is Ohio?! I felt like we stepped into another world.

I cannot get over how clear the water is.

The waterfalls were just everywhere!

The trails were so impressive. Bridges. Marked paths. Beauty everywhere. And every trail we hiked was FREE. You cannot beat that.

THE CAVE! It seems cool, but it's really a few minutes of walking in pitch darkness with lots of people in your personal space bumping into you.

But really, it was a cool experience and worth the three mile hike. I've never seen caves like this so it was actually pretty breathtaking. 

After our hike we chugged water and headed to see Lake Logan. Gorgeous.

We worked up an appetite so we headed to Millstone BBQ which is pretty much the only restaurant in town with good reviews

The fried pickles were delicious.

And the cornbread. I'm not even a cornbread person and this was amazing.

I had the pulled pork, fries, and mac and cheese. It was all amazing. G had the ribs and declared it one of the best bbq experiences he ever had. 

After lunch we did a little wine tasting at Hocking Hills Winery. I wasn't a huge fan of the wine. Traverse City wine is legit! But it was a fun experience.

And the wine smoothies were worth the whole tasting. SO. GOOD. I would love one of these on a hot summer day please.

On the way back to our cabin we stopped by Cedar Falls. It was by far my favorite. It was so peaceful. I wish you could hear the soothing sounds of the water. Mesmerizing. I could have hung out here all day.

We came back to the cabin and relaxed. We poured a nice glass of wine and ate leftovers from lunch. Delicious!

We enjoyed the hot tub after dinner to soak our sour muscles. The amount of stars we saw was incredible. 

Sunday morning I enjoyed coffee on the deck and a good book.

We enjoyed one more soak in the tube before packing up to go home. As we were leaving the grounds we saw a few deer. Gosh, I miss this place!

A few hours into our drive we stopped in this cute town for lunch. We ate at Logan's in Findlay.

The Lobster and Shrimp Chowder was INSANE. Seriously one of the best things I ever ate.

The mac and cheese was really good too. I love finding restaurants on Yelp and finding a place that has killer food and drinks makes me even happier.

And that wraps up our amazing trip! We got home around 5:00, unpacked, did a load of laundry and prepped for work the next day. Such a perfect way to celebrate nine years on one of the most beautiful winter weekends! We will definitely be back!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hocking Hills Anniversary Trip Part 1

It was spontaneous that we ended up taking an anniversary trip. I had some days off before my new job started and G was able to take the time off. We initially were going to stay home because we couldn't find anything available that wasn't outrageously expensive. 

Then I remembered friends telling us about how much fun Hocking Hills, Ohio was to rent a cabin and hike. With the weather in the 60s in FEBRUARY we found a cabin available and our trip was planned!

We left Thursday evening, drove a little over an hour, and grabbed drinks at the bar next door from our hotel (Hotwire for the win on a super cheap hotel with free breakfast and three stars). It was not anything to write home about so I won't share the name of the bar. It was still a fun experience as we made lemonade out of lemons (did I use that saying right?).

Friday morning we ate a yummy breakfast at the hotel, grabbed Starbucks and drove the remaining three hours to our cabin.

About an hour way from the cabin we stopped in Delaware, Ohio for lunch. Drinking Ohio beer in Ohio, check!

It is just the cutest town with so many great restaurants. I know we will be back!

We decided on Amato's Pizza due to the amazing reviews and G's craving for pizza.

It did not disappoint. G described the pizza, and I quote, "If love had a taste this would be it." Hahahaha. It was amazing. My Greek pizza with olives, spinach and cheese stole the whole show. I will need that pizza in my life again real soon.

We stayed at Getaway Cabins and we cannot recommend it enough. The cabin was gorgeous, cozy, romantic, and private.

The hot tub was the best part. Especially after a long day of hiking. Or in the evening when the stars were shining so bright. Or in the morning when deer would wander around us. Okay. Anytime of day or night is perfect for the hot tub, ha!

We unpacked the car and then hiked a trail on the property. The grounds were unbelievably gorgeous.

We fixed up a cheese and cracker plate, poured a glass of wine and settled in for the sunset.

Saturday morning we enjoyed coffee on the deck and spotted deer.

Our first stop Saturday was Ash Cave. It's an easy five minute walk to the falls/cave and it's a scenic walk. It's a perfect way to get your feet wet and get into the hiking.

It was so pretty. I couldn't get enough of it. We hiked around the cave. We hiked up the cave and had a blast exploring all the beauty. It was crowded since it was sixty degrees in February, but worth it. Highly recommend!

Okay, this is getting long. Stay tuned tomorrow for the second half!