Falls retreat

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When was the last time you groaned to a friend or co-worker, "Man, I need a vacation"? Um, probably in the last few days, if not hours, right? Luckily, you can find an easy-to-reach and affordable getaway just an hour away at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan.

Sure, cabins and cottages are a dime a dozen in the Hocking Hills, but few can match this retreat in quality, service and charm. And how sweet it is to indulge in a well-deserved pampering at the inn, with its gorgeous scenery, gourmet restaurant and full-service spa.

"You'll see when you walk into the spa it's actually an 1800s-style log cabin," said owner Ellen Grinsfelder. "It's a one-of-a-kind. I don't know of anyone else that has something quite like this."

In addition to four treatment rooms, there's an outdoor porch and indoor lounging area perfect for sipping herbal teas and resting with a warm neck wrap. Taking "full service" seriously, the spa features an extensive menu of treatments.

The staff takes a holistic approach, to improve not just your physical well being but also to restore your mental and emotional balance. In other words, if you're looking for just a mani-pedi or spray tan, don't come looking here.

"We offer treatments for people looking to relax and chill out from everyday life," explained spa directorRandall Wellman.

Services include Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and couples massages, exfoliating scrubs and botanical mud wraps. Or try something out of the ordinary like reflexology to address pressure points for stress relief, cupping massage to break up energy blockages, or a detoxifying ion-cleanse foot bath.

The beauty of it all is that you can enjoy each treatment with a breathtaking view of the Hocking Hills, and any time of year is a good season to spa. Mid-October through November is the perfect time to watch leaves change to brilliant shades of orange and red. Winter brings equally lovely ice formations hanging from every tree limb. And in the spring, waterfalls and streams are at their fullest.