101 in 1001: #64 Visit Hocking Hills.

Glenlaurel Hocking Hills OhioI can't believe I haven't shared our trip to Hocking Hills last fall! Maybe it's because I was sick the whole time and have blocked it from my memory. Ha! Let me back up ...

I've wanted to visit Hocking Hills since I heard of the Glenlaurel, this quaint little Scottish inn in the heart of Hocking Hills. I had this bright idea to book a fall weekend visit for Nathan's 30th birthday (I know. Awesome idea, right??). That also just happened to be the weekend after my last 2013 wedding, so it was extra celebratory. I literally booked months in advance because the Glenlaurel is popular and so is Hocking Hills in the fall.

The drive in was gorgeous. The sun was drifting in and out through the colorful leaves, and we were so excited to be getting away for a couple days after a super busy wedding season. As we turned into the Glenlaurel property, we admired the Scottish links golf course on site and oohed and aahed over the beautiful carriage house that greeted us.

I would highly recommend the Glenlaurel to anyone traveling to Hocking Hills! The lodging is made up of cabins, cottages and crofts (a smaller version of a cottage and what we booked for our stay) that are equally as quaint as the carriage house and manor house. The property is really big, and we immediately took advantage of the grounds and set off on a hike just after we arrived. (Turns out that was a good idea because it was unfortunately rainy for the rest of our trip.)

For dinner our first night we booked the Glenlaurel's traditional six-course meal, which is served just after a happy hour (where Nathan partook in one of his first Scotches!), call to dinner and Scottish poetry reading. We really NEVER treat ourselves to a dinner like that, and it was so fun to experience it all.

And then … I think running myself ragged during wedding season caught up to me and I just felt terrible the rest of the weekend (it was definitely NOT the food, I might add! The food was awesome!). That, coupled with the rain, created a trip I was definitely not envisioning, but we still got some beautiful photos out of that weekend! I'd love to go back and experience the Glenlaurel all over again. When it's not raining. And when I can properly enjoy the amazing breakfasts that come with each stay. :)

Glenlaurel Hocking Hills Ohio Glenlaurel Hocking Hills Ohio Thank goodness Nathan brought his point-and-shoot camera. We may not have any photos at all if Nathan hadn't made a point to document the trip!

Glenlaurel Hocking Hills Ohio Here's the Carriage House.

Glenlaurel Hocking Hills Ohio Glenlaurel Hocking Hills Ohio And here's our croft! How cute is it?? Bagpipe music was being piped through the speakers as we walked in. It totally got us in the mood for our Scotland trip this fall (have I mentioned we're going to Scotland this fall?!).

Glenlaurel Hocking Hills Ohio The day we left it cleared up enough to visit Old Man's Cave at the state park, which is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!

Glenlaurel Hocking Hills Ohio And I will end with this Where's Waldo?-style photo of Nathan. :D