February 2009 Issue
Cherry Ridge Retreats
Lose yourselves in a secluded spot or rediscover your romance in the bustle of the big city; either way, these romantic getaways will put love in the air this month.
We love the Hocking Hills. Trouble is, the more than 185 properties with cabins for rent make searching for that perfect romantic retreat about as fun online dating.
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When in doubt, we stick to our short list of local places that are truly special. Just recently, we added Cherry Ridge Retreats to that list. The property, even in the context of some of the prettiest scenery in the state, is stunning, with 140 acres that include five ponds, the largest of which is two and a half acres. Miles of groomed trails let you wander in the woods together on a snowy day without having to navigate slippery country roads.
But the most outstanding feature really is the lodging. Cherry Ridge offers seven rentals, ranging in style from incredibly nice to we’re-never-leaving indulgent. Book the newest cottage, Ravine’s Edge, and treat yourself to high-definition flat screens, quartz countertops, vaulted ceilings, stainless appliances and a two-person, 6-by-6-foot, all-glass shower with rainmaker shower heads suspended from a 12-foot ceiling set against a stained-glass window that illuminates with the sunset.
Owner Greg Georgia takes pride in his attention to details such as these, including his decision to make Cherry Ridge an adults-only facility. “We want this to be a special place for couples,” he says.
Not to mention a private one. Views from the outdoor hot tubs are of woods, ridges and ravines. The solitude can work in your favor: A recent guest joked that she felt so solitary relaxing in the hot tub that when her husband stepped indoors for a minute, she begged him never to leave her side again. “He said that was the nicest thing I’ve said to him in 25 years.”