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CRUISIN’ AND A CHEWIN’

January 9, 2019
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In between — or after — stops on the upcoming Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise, travelers are encouraged to immerse themselves in all of the beauty of Hocking Hills and its experiences.

LOGAN, Ohio — Ohio’s Hocking Hills have long been known for picture-perfect scenic drives, lush forests, dramatic rock formations and breathtaking waterfalls that freeze to gorgeous sculptures in winter.

But the sixth annual Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise is also gaining a massive reputation as this don’t-miss event lures foodies and adventurers alike. A sure cure for the winter doldrums, the Cruise makes it easy for travelers to experience the region’s inviting, casual restaurants, as it takes place for three winter weekends: Jan. 12–13; Jan. 19–20 and Jan. 26–27.

For $18, travelers receive a ticket books filled with a dozen sample tickets, with $5 of every booklet purchase benefiting local food banks. Each of the 12 tickets in the booklet is good for one comfort food sample at any of the 16 participating restaurants, plus a bonus stop at the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center.

Travelers can go for the gusto and use up all 12 of their tickets in one weekend, or come back and visit repeatedly over any of the Cruise’s three weekends. They may buy one ticket book or multiples, and the tickets within each book may be shared. Reservations are not needed, but one ticket is required for each sample. Complete information on the Cruise, as well as visitor and lodging information, is available at www.ExploreHockingHills.com.

Participating 2019 stops include:

THE BOOT GRILL: Baconwrapped, guacamole-stuffed chicken breast

HOCKING HILL S DINER: Banana bread French toast

HOME TAVERN: Hamburger sliders and a cup of soup

INN & SPA AT CEDAR FALLS: Brioche bread pudding with a local maple and Watershed Bourbon sauce

JACK’S STEAK HOUSE: Jack’s famous Cabbage Soup

M&M FAMILY DINER: Vegetable soup

MILLSTONE BBQ: Pulled pork flatbread tacos

THE OLDE DUTCH RESTAURANT: Chicken & noodles or mashed potatoes (your choice)

PEARL’S DINER: Biscuits and gravy

PIZZA CROSSING: 8″ one-item pizza

BUSH’S RESTAURANT: Chili

HOCKING HILLS BAKERY: Sweet rolls

HUNGRY BUFFALO: Mac & cheese

MAM’S RUSTED SKILLET: Cheeseburger sliders with homemade chips

NELSONVILLE EMPORIUM: Homemade pretzel with choice of dip

THE RIDGE INN: Meatloaf

*BONUS STOP AT HOCKING HILLS REGIONAL WELCOME CENTER: Cinnamon rolls and a home cook’s souvenir

In between stops, or after their Cruise, travelers are encouraged to immerse themselves in all of the beauty of the Hocking Hills and its experiences. They can work up an appetite or walk off a full stomach as 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 a hike to Whispering Cave, Cedar Falls, Conkle’s Hollow or explore any of the area’s many other gorgeous natural features.

Complete traveler information is available www.ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

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