Ohio’s Hocking Hills, just an hour southeast of Columbus, is a spectacular spot in where travelers can fully immerse themselves in hygge this winter. Raging in popularity, the concept of hygge originated in Demark as ritual for enjoying simple concepts of nesting and wellbeing. Hocking Hills’ soaring cliffs, craggy caves and stunning frozen waterfalls create a gorgeous backdrop for snuggling and relaxing with loved ones.
Travelers are encouraged to bundle up and enjoy one of the area’s stunning yet easy winter hikes or an exhilarating winter horseback ride through the region’s lush forests. Afterward, visitors can snuggle by the fire or warm themselves in a bubbling hot tub under the stars at one of the area’s many country inns, cozy cabins, luxurious lodges and hidden-away cottages – many of which are dog friendly. The crackling fire from a gas-log stove, plush robes and a bottle of fine wine enhance hygge.
The word Hygge first appeared in Danish writing in the 18th Century. It comes from a Norwegian word that translates to wellbeing. Today however, it is commonly known as a Danish ritual for enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Hygge can be an experience, an emotion or a sensation, often described as a feeling of warmth, safety and contentment. Hygge is cuddling up in a blanket by the fire, hot cocoa in hand. Hygge is lounging next to a loved one, watching a good movie. Hygge is basking in the warm glow of the candle light with your dog snuggling by your side. Hygge’s popularity rises when the temperature drops. Basking in this glow of good feeling can spark warmth in bitter winter days and knock the ice off travelers’ bones.
Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio's Hocking Hills offer 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 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, including lodging, is available at www.ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).