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Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.

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A passion for celebrating life inspired this unique photo booth rental company. See how she can help you capture special moments on your big day.

Cincy Chic: What is Rivertown Photo Booths?
Hannah Shelton, Founder of Rivertown Photo Booths: Rivertown Photo Booths is a woman-owned and operated Photo Booth Rental company serving up some of the coolest photo activations in the tri-state area! We have sleek and modern photo and video booths as well as event photography that cater to weddings, social events, and brand activations. 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Rivertown Photo Booths?
Shelton: Honestly, I’m just really passionate about celebrating life! I’ve always had a love for photography as a hobby, and I knew as we grew our family that I needed a flexible career that would allow me to be there for my kids. I love the atmosphere of family weddings, I love helping brands engage with their clients, and I REALLY love taking photos of people who are just relaxed and having fun! And to be able to do what I love for a living… It’s like a dream come true! 

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it? 
Shelton: That would be me! My name is Hannah Shelton, I’m a wife to my high school sweetheart, mother to two spunky little girls, and the wearer of all the hats at Rivertown Photo Booths! While my whole family is from Cincinnati, my parents moved to Vevay, Indiana right before I was born, and I’m still here! I love dressing down for everything outdoors – especially kayaking, but I also love dressing up for events! 

Cincy Chic: Do you have different photo booth setups? 
Shelton: You bet! We currently have 6 booths and event photography. We offer mobile portrait studio booths, GIF and boomerang booths, roaming photo booths, slow motion video, and 360 video! All of our photo and video booths can be rented for weddings, social events, and corporate events.

Cincy Chic: How far will you travel for weddings? 
Shelton: My main office is in Vevay, Indiana which is conveniently located smack dab in the middle between Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky. We also service Lexington, Indianapolis, and all those beautiful rural areas in between! Honestly, there’s nowhere we won’t go! 

Cincy Chic: What makes Rivertown Photo Booths unique? 
Shelton: We’re making photo booths modern and trendy! We focus on creating quality output and an aesthetic setup. Especially for weddings, we know how much work is putting in to making the reception look breathtaking, don’t let a clunky photo booth ruin the vibe! Our booths are sleek and sexy with beautiful backgrounds to match.

Also, with my love for photos and experience in event coordination and marketing, I know the pain points that both brides and business owners have for getting their guests engaged. We do all our designs in house so each template is unique to your event, we carefully select interesting and sturdy props (and disinfect them regularly!), and we just simply create an experience that people want to share. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Shelton: Actually, yes! We are always looking for the newest booths and trends, and we just recently acquired some new toys! We are SO excited to launch two brand new experiences, the 360 Video Booth and instant delivery event photography! (Still trying to think of a fun name on that one, haha!) 

Our 360 Video is definitely the coolest. We can fit up to three people on a center platform, and our video camera will zoom around you while you dance, do some epic hair flips, blow bubbles, throw confetti, or whatever – and it plays it back in slow motion and with dozens of different effects options! It’s like creating your own personal music video that is ready to share within minutes.

The Instant Event Photography is another incredible feature. One of our photographers will roam your event and capture photos of people, and then using facial recognition technology you can detect your face and enter your cell phone number into our system. After the initial facial recognition, every photo of you taken the rest of the night is saved and put into an online album that is texted right to you! Then of course you can save and share online within seconds. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Shelton: You can find us on every social platform by searching our name, but our favorite spaces are Instagram and our website www.rivertownphotobooths.com. For those interested in learning more right away, please email us at hannah@rivertownphotobooths.com! We can’t wait to meet you!

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    There's a fresh new face behind a longtime Cincinnati retailer. Read on as we chat with the new owner of Knicker's of Hyde Park to see how she plans to make the store blossom this Spring while honoring two decades of roots in the community.

    There’s a new face behind Knickers of Hyde Park: Courtney Barnhart. After 20 years in the business, Knickers of Hyde Park Founder Jenalyn Schneider announced in February that she would be stepping aside and retiring. 

    “It has been pure joy for me over these past 20 years to meet so many lovely customers who have supported our store,” Schneider said on the store’s Facebook page. “Thank you so very much for shopping with us, as we would not be here without you. I will miss you but know you’ll be in great care.”

    Now, with Barnhart in charge, she says she’s excited to jump right in and meet all of the store’s customers. 

    Barnhart steps into Schneider’s shoes with an extensive background in retail. When she took over the store, she not only purchased the business itself but the building that houses it. In addition, all of the employees who work at the store are staying there to continue the history of Knickers of Hyde Park. 

    “Knickers being all about women is huge – it casts a much deeper net than the retail environments I’ve been in before,” Barnhart says. “There was a huge draw, it’s a need a lot of women have, and the store does a beautiful job in having that product and the knowledgeable employees to help them.”

    With new ownership often comes new changes, and Knickers of Hyde Park will see new things coming their way. Barnhart says she plans to bring new lines to the store while also updating the store’s interior with a new color palette, a new mix of vendors, and a new emphasis on loungewear and athleisure apparel – all of which she expects to implement this spring. 

    One thing that won’t be changing at Knickers of Hyde Park is its desire to offer women a space that makes them feel unique, comfortable, sexy, and offers a special lingerie shopping experience. 

    Knickers of Hyde Park is located at 2726 Erie Avenue in Cincinnati. Their hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

    To learn more about Knickers of Hyde Park, visit https://knickersofhydepark.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    ArtsWave is celebrating the ratification of the 19th amendment with a city-wide celebration. Click here to read more!

    In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, Procter & Gamble is teaming up with ArtsWave to bring the Power of Her to multiple locations throughout the city. 

    The Power of Her is inspired by the women’s suffrage movement and is designed to showcase female-centric arts, female leadership, and the milestone anniversaries of locally-founded and led cultural institutions during 2020. 

    According to Kathy DeBrosse, ArtsWave Vice President of Marketing & Engagement, there will be seven locations for the Power of Her that will feature a plethora of concurrent performances on March 7 from 10am to 4pm.

    “Organizations from across the Greater Cincinnati region are coming together to activate and amplify women’s voices in the arts,” says DeBrosse. “Power of Her is a showcase of collaboration, empowerment and championing one another.”

    DeBrosse says event details for the day include: 

    At the Taft Museum will be Cynthia Lockart’s “Journey to Freedom: Art Quilts” exhibition of textile creations, as well as interactive art making sessions. At 11am, take in the 25-year old, female led troupe of Cultural Centre of India performing “Devi – The Dancing Divine.” At 1 p.m. mandolin player Jody Koop of Full Moon Ranch will be featured, performing music from Patsy Montana, the first million-dollar selling female artist in the 1930s. At 3 p.m., Cincinnati Baila, a female-led troupe.

    The Fitton Center, in Hamilton, will have “10 __ Women,” a women’s exhibition, and they will host hands-on arts activities based on the exhibition. At 2pm, there will be a performance by Joanie Whitaker.

    At the Annex of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, beginning at 10am, you’ll be able to enjoy a sculptural art workshop inspired by artist Judith Scott. At 11am, you can do Mandala-making, a traditional women’s ritual practice from South India, led by Radha Lakshmi. At noon, there will be a percussion performance with Liz Wu and friends, highlighting women musicians and compositions. At 1pm, take in a performance by 4-Way, Cincinnati’s String Quartet. At 2pm you can be a part of the In[HEIR]itance Project, a national theater company-led initiative that will explore the audience’s relationships to the history and culture of Cincinnati. At 3pm Mam-Luft&Co. Dance will offer a modern dance performance and workshop.

    At Clifton Cultural Arts Center, at 10am, you will have Felt Your Inner Venus through artist Kelli Gleiner as she shares felting basics centered around empowerment. At 11:30am, CCAC Dance Instructor Ndieme Ngom, will lead West African dance lesson during Sabar: West African Dance, and participants will also learn about the garments traditionally worn. Also at 11:30am, Altered Book Art, through Cincinnati Meeting Tree, will be offered – an opportunity to upcycle a tiny book into a piece of art. At 1pm, Innovation Hour will feature staff from the Corryville Public Library who will lead participants in an hour of hands-on activities celebrating female historical figures. At 2pm Acrylic Paint Pouring will be offered by artist Autumn McKinley, and you’ll be able to take home your 5”x7” canvas creation. At 3pm, Move It!, a fun way to slide, shimmy, stretch and shake, will be facilitated by CCAC Wellness Instructor Leslie Black, all in celebration of your unique self.

    At UC Clermont, activities begin at 10am. At 11am you’ll join a mostly female ensemble, teaching and leading the audience how to play singing bowls – unique instrumentation and sounds most have not heard. At 1pm the Forget-Me-Nots, a Historical Dance Company will perform, and Wild Carrot plays at 3pm.

    The Barn in Mariemont will feature an exhibit by the Brush & Palette Painters, a women’s plein aire group in their Gallery. They will also have 5” x 7” paintings, themed around women, for sale and created by their membership, and painters and other artisans will demonstrate their crafts.

    Behringer-Crawford will offer a special beading and decorative arts exhibition, “From Rituals to Runways: The Art of the Bead.” At 10am the education staff from the Carnegie will lead a drop-in art making session.  At 10:30am Clark & Jones Trio will perform a concert, featuring Celtic, classical, old time American, and contemporary singer-songwriter genres as well as the collective works of the Trio’s two female composers, instrumentalists and singers, Nancy Bick Clark and Jude Jones. At noon, the all-female ensemble, Raison D’Etre, will perform music from “3 Decades Together,” including several originals, a cappella swing tunes and more. At 2pm American Legacy Theatre will provide a structural understanding of plays and then crowdsource a female play with female-based themes, characters and more.

    DeBrosse encourages everyone to attend and participate in the activities happening for Power of Her on March 7. 

    To learn more about the Power of Her, click here

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    The Junior League of Cincinnati is celebrating 100 years in 2020. See how they plan to celebrate in a big way.

    Cincy Chic: What is the Junior League of Cincinnati?
    Casey Burleigh, Junior League of Cincinnati Member: The Junior League of Cincinnati was founded on March 17, 1920. The Junior League of Cincinnati has a mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Since its inception, thousands of JLC members have proudly helped incubate or accelerate over 120 projects to help our community shine brightly

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about the Junior League’s Centennial celebration?
    Burleigh: In addition to our internal-focused celebrations, the League has several public events in honor of our Centennial year. We are hosting  the Junior League of Cincinnati Centennial Gala on March 7 at the Music Hall Ballroom. 

    Cincy Chic: What can attendees expect at the Gala?
    Burleigh: This year’s gala, Gems of the Queen City, will benefit the Junior League of Cincinnati. The event will feature dinner by Eat Well using recipes from past Junior League of Cincinnati cookbooks, music presented by the Sly Band, an open bar, and the Emerald Dance Party afterward to celebrate our 100-year legacy. The fun starts at 6:30pm for guests with a dinner ticket and the doors open to Emerald Dance Party guests at 8:30pm. 

    Cincy Chic: When will you be celebrating the Junior League of Cincinnati’s Centennial this year?
    Burleigh: We have several upcoming events to celebrate JLC’s Centennial including “The Junior League of Cincinnati: Making a Difference for 100 Years: at the Cincinnati Museum Center that’s on exhibition now through June 14. We also have our “Welcome Home Initiative” that’s ongoing through 2020. The Junior League of Cincinnati is hosting the AJLI 2020 Annual Conference in May. 

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to purchase tickets/learn more?
    Burleigh: You can read more about the Junior League of Cincinnati at https://www.jlcincinnati.org. We’re also on Facebook and Instagram.

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      Learn about an exciting new program that’s extending its diversity efforts to help women ignite their ideas, fuel their passions and access the resources they need to thrive personally and professionally.

       

      Aviatra Accelerators exists to empower female entrepreneurs. This means all female entrepreneurs.

      “We enable women to start and sustain businesses by giving them the resources they need to be successful,” according to the Aviatra Accelerators website. “Through our expertise in business basics, guidance from mentors and coaches, and accessor to capital, we continuously encourage our members to move forward, and we embrace them when they return, helping to refuel and reignite their passions.”

      Participants in Aviatra Accelerators’ new EXPLORE program for Women of Color

      Through the many programs, courses, and curriculums at the nonprofit organization, Aviatra Accelerators now offers EXPLORE for Women of Color. 

      “EXPLORE WOC is a dedicated cohort just for women of color,” explains Aviatra Accelerators CEO and President Nancy Aichholz. “It is our early stage, ideating/validation curriculum. Just like all our EXPLORE courses, it is 9 weeks and the output is a Canvas Business Plan for their idea.” 

      The goal behind EXPLORE WOC is to turn ideas that can be monetized into well-organized businesses. And together, with the entrepreneurs they work with, Aviatra Accelerators offers inclusion for the diverse population in the EXPLORE classes to help keep women of color engaged after the course ends. 

      “We teamed up with Sherry Sims behind Black Career women’s Network, and also a two-time Aviatra alum, who felt we could better engage these women if they had a chance to see more women who looked like them affiliated with Aviatra,” says Aichholz. 

      Thus far, Aviatra has seen great success with the cohort comprised of 17 women who meet at Aviatra on Wednesday nights and offer up a ton of energy. 

      Aviatra partnered with Sherry Sims of Black Career women’s Network to launch the new EXPLORE program

      The 9-week course covers many different topics to help entrepreneurs get their business model going. Some of the topics covered include things under the umbrella of “Setting Up a Business” and include banking, accounting, and personal credit. 

      Not only is the EXPLORE WOC program unique, but all of the programs at Aviatra Accelerators are unique because they focus solely on females and support businesses at all stages and across all industries. 

      “We have served over 2,000 women, have created well over 10,000 jobs, and our women have impressive combined earned revenues annually over $200 million,” says Aichholz. “Aviatra, however, is a true 501(c)3. We do not take equity in our women’s businesses at this time but we do work hard to find them appropriate funding for their businesses.”

      The next event for Aviatria Accelerators is an info session on March 5 from 5-6:30pm. The info session will introduce women to all of the options the organization has coming up this year for start-up support and ongoing business training. “The third Thursday of every month we have a GROW workshop with a variety of topics,” says Aichholz. “We also do Networking Happy Hours.”

      Aichholz says that the women of Color Cohorts presented by Macy’s and HCDC are the biggest news at the moment, but you can keep an eye out for the online curriculum called Aviatra365.

      To learn more about Aviatra Accelerators, visit aviatra.org. You can also keep an eye out on Eventbrite for upcoming events. Aichholz says that workshops and happy hours are for everyone – not just women. Information on info sessions and other events can also be found on the website. 

      To get involved with EXPLORE and Aviatra, send an email to info@aviatra.org or visit aviatra.org/getstarted

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      Learn about a local woman who creates unique, handcrafted accessories for women of all ages that bring joy and life to their wardrobe.

      Katelyn Lloyd has always considered herself creative. As a maker, she loves to create and make things she knows others will love and enjoy. And she was doing just that with a few of her own little shops up until 2018 when she had a not so great market experience. 

      After that experience and having a baby, she decided to take a step away from the makers industry. 

      “Then, one day in early 2019, I sat holding my newborn baby and felt God putting the word ‘abundance’ in my heart, then I read John 10:10, which says ‘the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,’” she says. “I really did feel like in that season, I was finally recognizing the abundant joy that was in front of me. I suddenly got the urge to begin creating again and felt passionate about sharing my creations with women around me.”

      Today her little shop is called Abundant Life Co., and it’s a shop that offers unique, handcrafted accessories for women of all ages that bring joy and life to their wardrobe.

      At Abundant Life Co. you’ll find hand-crafted clay, fabric, and resin earrings and hair accessories, as well as some apparel and home decor using graphic designs that Lloyd has created and hand-lettered.

      Katelyn Lloyd, Founder of Abundant Life Co. Photo: Emma McMahan Photography

       

      Products from Abundant Life Co. aren’t just for grown-ups, Lloyd says. “For younger girls, we have accessories ranging from $5-$15 while the larger earrings and accessories average more around $20,” she adds. 

      Lloyd says that all of the items she creates for Abundant Life Co. are put together with love, care, and attention. “Picture me in my kitchen after everyone else has gone to bed, dining table covered with clay, jump rings, fabric, and a half-consumed coffee, 90-pound golden retriever sitting at my feet,” she says. 

      With that care and attention comes uniqueness. Lloyd’s earrings are small-batch, which means that she doesn’t make 100 pairs of the same style and oftentimes each pair is unique to the others. “And while most of my earrings are ‘big, statement’ earrings, they are extremely lightweight, which makes them comfortable enough to wear all day long,” she adds. “It’s often hard for me to sell some of my favorite pairs because I end up loving them so much.”

      Lloyd says that you can find Abundant Life Co. at local shops this year as there are many exciting things happening for the business. 

      To learn more about Abundant Life Co., follow along on Instagram or shop the site we theabundantlifeco.com. “I’ve made it a goal to blog more in 2020 so be sure to check out that page on our website, too,” she says. 

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      Celebrate International Women’s Day and female entrepreneurship at an upcoming Women in Business event!

      Women are making a splash in the business world and the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is helping them continue to break the glass ceiling. 

      SEA is a national organization with a Greater Cincinnati chapter that aims to help enterprising nonprofits, social purpose businesses, and educates to help promote sustainable social innovation through networking, educational activities, partnerships, and legislation. 

      One of the ways the Greater Cincinnati chapter of SEA is doing this is through their Women in Business event coming up March 14 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  

      The event celebrates International Womens’ Day to celebrate women’s empowerment in entrepreneurship, leadership, and how the feminine spirit can be applied to all organizations. 

      “An equal world is an enable world,” says SEA. “Come connect with like-minded professionals in the social enterprise, non-profit, conscious business, and entrepreneurial space as as explore stories of how business can collectively help create a gender equal world.”

      According to David Gaines, CEO La Terza Coffee and SEA member, the event will include stories, speakers, art, and a gallery area highlighting several great, empowering women organizations in the region.

      The day is intended to be a day that inspires others with hope and real actions that everyone can take an apply to work and advocacy for a more equal world. “The day will be a progression of talks and topics, from self-care and rest, implicit bias in gender, and unpacking feminine and masculine narratives,” says Gaines. “I’m most excited about our panel of amazing women from throughout our city, representing many different intersections of race and work experiences.”

      In addition to its Women in Business event, SEA is continuing to introduce ways for its members to engage in the field and with one another in meaningful ways. 

      “Affinity networks will allow members across the country to knowledge share and create community with others in the field who wake up everyday thinking about the same problems and solutions,” says Gaines. “Working committees will enable members to work together on issues important to the social enterprise field as a whole. In addition to these changes, SEA members will have many more opportunities to learn and contribute to one another and the field as whole, with more webinars, partnerships, and an annual Summit.”

      Gaines says that all are welcome to attend the event, whether they are a business leader, work at a non-profit, or want to start a social enterprise one day. “SEA members and non-members are invited, so bring a friend or colleague,” he adds.

      To learn more about the upcoming event or to get your tickets, click here. Gaines says that many of the sessions from the day will be recorded, so those who cannot attend will have an opportunity to learn from the speakers in a podcast platform a couple of weeks after the event. You can find announcements for the podcast and other future events here.

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      Read about a local skin care clinic that helps increase the self-esteem of women and teens with acne and hyperpigmentation issues.

      Pure Beauty Skin Bar is taking skin care to a new level in the Queen City. The clinic, owned by Sylvia Brownlee, specializes in the prevention and treatment of acne and hyperpigmentation. 

      Brownlee, an esthetician and skin care expert says she was inspired to launch Pure Beauty Skin Bar from not only her experiences in the industry but also as part of her lifelong mission to help increase the self-esteem of women and teens with acne and hyperpigmentation issues. 

      “All services offered at Pure Beauty Skin Bar are customized to each individual’s needs, so no treatment is the same,” says Brownlee. “However, the ultimate goal for everyone is clear, radiant skin.”

      There is a full line of products and services available for all skin types at Pure Beauty Skin Bar. Services include acne detox treatments, brightening treatments for dark spots, sunspots, an age spots, LED therapy, microchanneling acne scarring, pure rejuvenation resurfacing treatment, custom polish microdermabrasion, and multi-masking. She says they also offer microcurrent facial repairs for damage skin to help stimulate collagen and dermaplaning facial to transform the texture of the skin.

      Brownlee says the products carried at Pure Beauty Skin Bar is the vegan makeup line, including a mousse foundation with light to medium coverage. “We currently have 17 shades that won’t clog your pores and it looks like skin when applied,” she adds. “All of our products are vegan, cruelty-free, acne-safe, and non-pore clogging.”

      Through her skin care clinic, Browlnee wants to offer her clients a unique approach to treating skin, how she stays in touch with clients, and how she makes clients feel every time they work with Pure Beauty Skin Bar.

      In addition to working with their typical clients, Brownlee says she also loves helping brides get ready for their big day with the best skin possible.

      Pure Beauty Skin Bar will celebrate its 5 year anniversary in June. In the meantime, they will continue to expand their makeup line and offer skincare services to clients.

      To learn more about Pure Beauty Skin Bar, visit www.purebeautyskinbar.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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      See how the desire to give clients intentional design for all of their event planning, photo styling, and creative direction needs.

      Cincy Chic: What is The Crystal Collection Co?
      Crystal Swift, Founder of The Crystal Collection Co: The Crystal Collection Co is a design and styling company based in the Greater Cincinnati area! We specialize in intentional design through event planning, photo styling, and creative direction. 

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
      Swift: The brand was started because we have a heart to serve! Not only do we love serving others, but even more than that, client experience is everything to us. We want you to feel invited into our space and inspired by what we can do together. 

      Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
      Swift: The owner and creative director is myself, Crystal Swift (recently married!). I started the business in 2016! In 2018, I couldn’t do it alone. The team is now made up of Crystal, my lead assistant, lead planner, and a lead designer. We are currently looking for day-of assistants to be hands on with current events and projects. 

      Crystal Swift, Founder of The Crystal Collection Co.

      Cincy Chic: What services do you offer customers?
      Swift: Event planning and design as well as creative direction.

      Cincy Chic: What makes The Crystal Collection Co unique?
      Swift: We are in the business of serving others with intention. None of our events or projects will ever look the same because our focus is on the one we’re serving. Every person, every business has a story, and we use that as our inspiration to create events and projects that are unique and exclusive. 

      Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
      Swift: New services are coming! And they will all be geared toward creative entrepreneurs, client experience, and visual storytelling. 

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
      Swift: You can learn more and follow along on our website, Instagram, and Facebook

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        Cabin fever have you itching to get out and explore? Read on as we uncover a nearby one-of-a-kind getaway. From yurts to castles, treehouses and tipis, and even a renovated train-turned-cabin, see the adventure that awaits a short drive north.”

        Looking for a getaway without venturing too far from home? Hocking Hills, a region just 40 miles southeast of Columbus, may be just the place to look. 

        There is plenty to see and do in Hocking Hills, whether it’s hiking trails or looking for a breathtaking view. 

        “Travelers can take their adventures to new heights in Ohio’s Hocking Hills by staying in one of its unforgettable treehouses,” Amy Weirick of Weirick Communications. “Perched high above the ground, these one-of-a-kind cabins offer visitors the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the region’s natural beauty from an unmatched viewpoint.”

        Weirick says that when it comes to booking a stay at Hocking Hills, there is a user-friendly lodging search available at explorehockinghills.com to allow them to find the accommodations they’re looking for when it comes to taste, budget, and travel dates. 

        “Each of the stunning structures at Hocking Hills Treehouse Cabins creates a centering experience that helps guests relax, reconnect, and recharge,” she says. 

        The treehouses are pet-friendly and boast porch swings, fire pits, and kitchenettes. Each treehouse also has a unique touch – whether it’s a glass-enclosed, circular masters or a secret doorway bunk room.

        Other treehouse experiences can be found in the Maple View Treehouse from Among the Trees Lodging, the Canopy Treehouse at Canopy Ridge Cabins, the Sidney Nook Treehouse with the Corban Cabin Getaways, and the Comfort in the Woods Treehouse. 

        The Boulders Edge Cabin and Tipi Retreat will take you back to the native land of what we now call home. “Experience the magic and tranquility of camping in traditional Sioux Native American tipis, reminiscent of ‘Dances with Wolves,’” says Weirick.

        The Hocking Hills Caboose is a recently renovated, antique train caboose that’s hidden deep in the woods. Weirick says it’s the perfect adventure for families with children, railroad buffs, and anyone who is on the hunt for an unusual escape. 

        “The caboose has been transformed into a fully equipped cabin that sleeps five and features a kitchenette, full bath, and a cozy fire pit just outside the door that overlooks a stunning woodland valley,” she adds.

        Yurts are becoming a popular trend in outdoor adventures, and this unique sleeping arrangement can be found in the Salt Creek Retreats’ Mongolian yurt. “Salt Creek Retreats’ cabins and yurt sits on 60 secluded acres near miles of private trails, a fishing pond, scenic overlook, and a river for swimming,” Weirick says.

        Those looking for the Royal Treatment can find it in the Ravenswood Castle’s Medieval Village, castle rooms, and Fairytale Village Cottages. “The design of Ravenwood Castle was inspired by castles built to defend the border between England and Wales in the 12th and 13th centuries,” says Weirick. 

        While the building is much newer than a 12th century castle, the cottages are decorated the same as you’d find in a medieval town and feature both kitchenettes and whirlpool tubs. There’s also the castle room with medieval flair. 

        In continuing with the royal offerings at Hocking Hills is the Glenlaurel Scottish Inn. This traditional Scottish hamlet is complete with Old World-style crofts and cottages, and aims to send guests to the Scottish hills. 

        Looking for something more romantic? Weirick says The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls recently opened its newest lodging experience in Hocking Hills. More than just cabins, inn rooms, and cottages, there are now yurt accommodations available. 

        “Each of these year-round, raised, and dome-shaped dwellings are 20 feet in diameter and boasts a private deck, a king-size bed, or two twin beds, bathroom with tiled shower, comfortable rocking chairs, a gas-log stove, microwave, and under-counter refrigerator,” says Weirick. 

        If you’re looking to escape more than just your cabin, castle, yurt, or tipi, Hocking Hills boasts hiking trails, parks, and forests. And with 50 ziplines offered, Hocking HIlls is also the zipline capital of the Midwest. Other adventures include gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas, and more. 

        To learn more about Hocking Hills and the adventures it has to offer, visit explorehockinghills.com or call 1-800-463-5464. 

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