Hocking Hills is known for its outstanding sights, sounds, and adventures in the stunning landscape. But did you know the area is also becoming known for its wine and dining excursions?
The fertile land, rolling hills, and moderate temperatures lend themselves to producing quality grapes for full-flavored wine. Fortunately, along with wine growers, the area has talented chefs putting their spin on traditional and innovative mouthwatering dishes.
There are many exceptional wineries and restaurants in the area, and we couldn’t cover them all. But we have compiled a trail of vino and appetite-worthy offerings to give you a taste of what this area offers. Come along with us as we travel the scenic byways of the Hocking Hills region and uncover a few of the hidden gems this area of Ohio offers, leaving you anxious to plan your return visit.
Our tour begins in the charming town of Logan, and the perfect start to any day begins with a delicious cup of java. The Hocking Hills Coffee Emporium in Logan offers exceptional fair-trade coffee, delicious housemaid breakfast and lunch pastries, and tempting sandwiches. Rumor has it the meatloaf sandwich is to die for.
Our first winery is the Hocking Hills Winery. The farm has been in the family for over 60 years and became a vineyard in 2008. Many of their wines have received numerous awards. Sample the Ohio Honeysuckle, a semi-sweet blend that recently won the vineyard’s highest honor, Best of Class, at a 2023 competition in California.
While we are in Rockbridge, stop by RXR (Revolution Rockbridge) Winery is new to the scene and offers artisanal wines crafted onsite. In honor of the rock and water formation in Hocking Hills, known by the same name, their Devil’s Bathtub is a spicy blend of sweet strawberry wine and habanero peppers.
Next, we come across Rockside Winery and Vineyards. The first vines were planted in 2007, and the vineyard boasts hardy native American and French American varieties. Most wine is hand-crafted on-site with an eye for detail, creating exciting flavor profiles.
Heading down the road to Lancaster, we discover Pizza Crossing, a popular spot to grab a bite. USA Today voted their Logan location “The Best Pizzeria in Ohio.” Both sites will satisfy your pizza, subs, and wing cravings.
Leaving Lancaster, we travel through the captivating vistas of the Appalachian foothills to Manchester Hill Winery. This award-winning family winery handcrafts its vino from locally sourced fruit and their estate vineyard grapes. Cider and charcuterie boards are also available.
Le Petit Chevalier Vineyards and Farm Winery is a delight to behold. You will want to savor your time here in Creola. When visiting the vineyard, discover the history of Eastern Northern American Wine culture by tasting traditional varieties from the 1700s. While no food is sold on-premises, you can bring in your own.
As we head back into Logan, the Inn at Cedar Falls restaurant, Kindred Spirits, is nestled against the stunning Hocking Hills backdrop. The 1840s log cabin serves gourmet food in a casual dining atmosphere.
A twist on wine tastings, Allegria Wine Room, located in Logan, offers wine from around the world, specialty food items, and a tasting bar. Take your experience up a notch and schedule a Wine Experience. Offering classes in the wine room or private wine tastings at your lodging provides an intimate and engaging way to share your love of wine with your friends or family.
Your trip would not be complete without a visit to the area’s newest and hottest place to dine, 58 West. This inviting atmosphere is nestled in the historic district of Logan and features a full menu of wines, beers, and spirits, many of which are crafted on-premises. Open for lunch and dinner; their menu offers tasty shareables, salads, and classic entrees featuring unique twists and decadent desserts.
Upon returning to Logan, we can’t help but appreciate the charming town set against the natural beauty and history of the Hocking region. In honor of Chief Logan of the Mingo Indian Tribe, Logan was established in 1816. This historic town offers everything guests want, from local mom-and-pop establishments to unique lodging and dining experience.
Whew, what a trip! We covered a lot of ground; still, there is so much more to see and do. More wineries, breweries, and restaurants exist for all appetites and interests. If you would like to visit some of these unique places but prefer someone else to handle the navigation, check out Cork & Tap Excursions and let them do the work for you. They will even pick you up and drop you off at your lodging.
Hocking Hills is so much more than a winery, a place to eat, or a trail to hike. It is the people, the hills, the charm, and the natural beauty of this area, surrounded by Appalachian history and hospitality, that brings people back again and again.
The places we visited on this trail are only a sample of the beautiful spots tucked away among the rolling hills, trees, and creeks that call this area home. Take time to clear your head, indulge your soul and spend time with people you love in a place you will never forget. Visit Explore Hocking Hills today and plan your adventure.