New Year’s Cabin Getaway in Hocking Hills

Wild parties, champagne fountains, glitter everywhere—been there, done that? They say you should spend New Year’s Eve the way you would like to spend the rest of the year, and for many that does NOT mean freezing in a cocktail gown and waking up with a headache. New Year’s is about couples and families; it’s about reflecting on the year behind you and looking forward to the one to come. So this year, why not do something different and book a New Year’s cabin getaway in Hocking Hills.

Here are some suggestions for how to make a New Year’s celebration that you and your loved ones will remember for years to come.

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Find your own special holiday retreat at one of our vacation rentals in Hocking Hills. We have a selection of romantic cabins as well as larger homes that can accommodate the whole family.



Cook a Meal Together

Preparing a meal to enjoy together is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening. Since you have to stay up until midnight anyway, New Year’s is a great time to make a special meal, whether it is a candlelight dinner for two or a table full of family favorites. The cabins come equipped with everything you need to make a spectacular meal—all you need to bring is the groceries.

Take an Evening Stroll

After dinner, enjoy a walk by moonlight. On a clear evening in Hocking Hills, the sky is full of stars as far as the eye can see. You might also hear the sounds of nocturnal wildlife or even catch a glimpse of a barred owl.

Play Games

Light a fire in the fireplace and then deal the cards or break out your favorite board games. Don’t know what to play? Many games stores are having after-Christmas sales, so this is a great time to pick up a new game or two.

Reflect on the Year Ending and the Year to Come

Rather than making New Year’s resolutions, which you probably won’t keep anyway, spend some time thinking about the year that is ending and the one just beginning. What did you particularly like about the past year? What are you most looking forward to in the next? A lifetime is made up of individual days, weeks, months, and years—don’t let valuable time pass by without reflecting on what it means to you.

Have a Midnight Toast

At midnight, pop the champagne or sparkling apple juice and drink a toast to the New Year and to each other. Starting at about 15 minutes before midnight, you can turn on the TV to watch the ball drop in New York, but remember that the important people are in the room, not on the television set.

After the celebration, enjoy a great night’s sleep knowing that your family is safe and happy in the room next door. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about icy roads or impaired drivers—you can just spend time with the ones you love. What better way to ring in the New Year?

For those of you looking for a little more excitement, the Hocking Hills New Year’s Eve Train leaves the Nelsonville depot at 10:30 pm on Tuesday night. Tickets range from $20 to $35: kids get pizza and pop, and adults can choose between that and a wine and cheese meal.

Happy New Year from everyone at Old Man’s Cave Chalets!