Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls introduces new “Taste of Ohio” culinary, artist offerings

Long known for a commitment to sustainable tourism, and for offering one of the Midwest’s most unique relaxing, scenic escapes, the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls has just launched a new program featuring local and regional artists and food offerings. A new art gallery has been added to the renowned Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls gift shop, featuring a wide sampling of some of the region’s fine artists. In addition, The Inn will now offer a host of Ohio gourmet specialty foods in both the gift shop and at the table. For example, the roast beef Panini served at lunch features slow-roasted beef, Heine’s Amish Vidalia onion cheese and watercress greens topped with Coopers Mill Vidalia onion relish and served on whole wheat bread

“We have a strong commitment to buying local and to introducing our guests to the very best the area has to offer,” said Innkeeper Ellen Grinsfelder. “We hope to not only share some of the treasures we’ve discovered with our Inn and Spa guests, but also to help our local economy by supporting the region’s finest artists and food purveyors.”

Some of the fine foods that will be featured in The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls Gift Shop and kitchen, as well as being available in special gift baskets, include:

· Ben’s Sweet & Hot Mustard
· Coopers Mill jam, jelly, fruit butter, etc.
· Tonn’s Apiaries Amish honey products
· Herbal Sage Tea Company
· Red Onion Kitchen
· Heini’s Cheese Chalet Amish milk-based artisan cheeses
· Jose Madrid salsa and tortilla chips
· Misty Mountain Estate herb blends
· Vino de milo pasta sauce

The Inn Gift Shop Gallery and dining room décor will feature a number of area artists, including:

· Photography: Eric Hoffman, Jeff Shaw and James Crotty
· Pottery: Lisa Jollic, Carmen Schulz and Marietta Run Clay
· Watercolor painting: Dennis McCann and Lisa Schorr
· Acrylic painting, wood carving: Eric Murphy

· Blown glass: Nick Delmatto
· Stained Glass: Bonnie Proudfoot
· Glassworks: Janet and Dave Gustafson Woodturning: James and Suzanne Hizer
· Poetry Books: Stephen Emerick
· Hand-made soaps: With Nature in Mind
· Glassworks by Janet & Dave Gustafson

Perched on the edge of a craggy gorge in southeast Ohio's spectacular Hocking Hills, The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to turn off their cell phones and laptops and reboot their spirit. Crafted from several log cabins that date back to the 1800s, the inn and the spa are barren of phones, fax machines and data ports. Guests find only breathtaking scenery and miles and miles of trails for bird watching, hiking, horseback riding and more. The Inn’s Chef prepares wonderful meals using produce from The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls garden. Even the herbs and flowers that decorate the place are rooted just outside the kitchen door.

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