Shoppers are invited to experience the magic of the season with the Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt, now through 5 p.m. on Dec. 12. While searching for that special gift at the region’s many independent shops that are filled with locally made artisan wares, participants collect stamps for their chance to win prizes, including a grand prize weekend getaway.
‘Tis the season for endless handmade baked goods. Every year, Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls Executive Chef Matt Rapposelli selects five old family recipes for the Inn’s legendary annual Holiday Cookie Baking Class. Visitors learn to bake, but also get to take some home for gift giving or to leave out for Santa in this hands-on workshop Nov. 29 from 1-4 p.m. and Dec. 1 from 12-3 p.m.
Travelers can connect and celebrate the true meaning of the holidays tucked away in a cabin, cottage, yurt, treehouse or even a massive lodge fit for a couple’s retreat or family getaway. Surrounded by spectacular winter hiking spots too, an endless collection of lodging choices offers the perfect accommodation for any budget, group size or lifestyle. Guests enjoy fully loaded gourmet kitchens, entertainment centers and even telescopes for viewing the winter wonderland. Visitors can warm up by the fire or their own private hot tub under a spectacular night skies awash with stars. Nearby, the John Glenn Astronomy Park offers one more place to see the region’s celebrated dark skies.
Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio's Hocking Hills region offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of free activities. Unique gift and antique shops, artists' studios and hands-on activities 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).