LOGAN, OH – Ohio’s Hocking Hills have long been known for dramatically scenic roads, lush forests and breathtaking waterfalls and rock formations. But now the culinary scene is also grabbing attention in the hills, as the area’s distinctive food culture becomes a traveler favorite. Tickets are still available for the annual Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise, which makes it easy for travelers experience the region’s inviting casual restaurants Jan. 23 and 24; Jan. 30 and 31; and Feb. 6 and 7.
Comfort Food Cruise tickets are just $18 and include one comfort food at each of 13 restaurants, plus a bonus stop at the Welcome Center for homemade cinnamon rolls, coffee and a souvenir. Five dollars from each ticket supports local food banks. No restaurant reservations are needed, but tickets are required in order to receive the featured complimentary comfort food samples and gift. Event and visitor information, as well as details on Comfort Food Cruise packages is available at www.ExploreHockingHills.com.
Spanning three winter weekends, the Comfort Cruise offers the perfect way to warm up after a brisk winter hike past frozen waterfalls and through the area’s stunning winter landscapes. Travelers are invited to cruise the Hocking Hills area, stopping at each of 13 stops, which will offer a sampling of the area’s most delicious comfort foods. Participating stops include:
- Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center: Mini Cinnamon Roll, coffee and free souvenir
- Pearl’s Diner: Biscuits and Gravy
- Jack’s Steak House: French toast sticks with syrup
- Maya Burrito: Chocolate Churro
- Boot Factory Grill: Prime Rib Sliders
- Pizza Crossing: Pizza
- Sandy Sue’s Silver Diner: Ice Cream
- Millstone BBQ: Sweet Corn Muffins
- Hocking Hills Dining Lodge: Meaty Mac & Cheese
- M&M Family Diner: Vegetable Soup
- Olde Dutch Restaurant: Chicken & Homemade Noodles or Mashed Potatoes
- Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls: Ultimate Chocolate Brownie
- Ridge Inn Restaurant: Meatloaf
In between stops — or after their cruise — travelers are encouraged to enjoy even more of the Hills beauty and experiences. They can work up an appetite or walk off a full stomach while they snap photos of Old Man’s Cave, the spot that legend says hermit Richard Rowe once called home. Visitors can also enjoy the area’s fresh air and spectacular winter landscape with an easy hike to Ash Cave or a longer trek to Cedar Falls or around Conkle’s Hollow – or any of the area’s many other gorgeous natural features.
Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills region offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of free activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest, with more than 50 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services. Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available www.ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).
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O: (614) 848-8380, M: (614) 296-8513 or amy@WeirickCommunications.com.