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Where in The Hills is HAH?

8 Feb

We’re glad you found us, and are interested in southeast Ohio’s scenic Hocking Hills Region, where you’ll discover the unique community of Hide-A-Way Hills, also known as “HAH”…and winding down a bit from the big celebrations of its 50th Anniversary. “The Hills” was indeed an especially special place to be in 2011!

As well as being a gateway to the Hocking Hills, it’s a gated resort community that started life back in the 1960’s, initially intended by its original developer to be a “weekend getaway” place, primarily for folks from Columbus and central Ohio. That developer is long since gone, and “The Hills” (or “HAH”) is now owned and managed by its members (with a Board of Trustees, Management & Architectural Control Committees, and other committees that oversee the various amenities and other aspects of life in “The Hills”.

We have our own full-time general management, security and maintenance staffs, but the amenities are essentially planned and managed by volunteer committees, under the supervision of the elected board of trustees.

Hide-A-Way Hills is an ideal and secure place for a vacation home, or a year-round home, for folks who’ve done their fair share of day-tripping to the Hocking Hills, which is certainly one of the growing tourist destination spots in Ohio and the midwest…with an estimated 3-million-plus visitors to the Hocking Hills State Park area in 2010. 

You’ll find plenty of opportunities to “try out” things here via rustic cabin rentals or bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels…we’ve worked with many folks who, after renting vacation homes a few times, decided that it was a wonderful place to buy or build that dream vacation home…or perhaps a vacation home that will become a retirement home.  Not familiar with the Hocking Hills?  Call or visit 1-800-hocking, home of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association.  And then stop by and see The Friends of the Hocking Hills, as well.  We’re active members of both organizations, and would love to show and tell you more! (NOTE: Doug now serves as a board member for the Hocking Hills Tourism Association, along with the Friends of Hocking Hills State Park and Hide-A-Way Hills Club.)

For more information, photos, and a Visual Tour of the area, please visit our www.ikarensell.com Web site. There, click on our “Buy Your Hideaway” link. And let us know what questions you might have. We’d love the opportunity to show you around, including the lakes, swimming pool, golf course, lodge & restaurant, and so much more!  And of course, you’re invited to dine in The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills….call 740-569-7944 for reservations.

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Hide-A-Way Hills Club, southeast Ohio’s Getaway Gateway to The Hocking Hills

5 Feb
  • A few FAQ’s about Hide-A-Way Hills (HAH) ….
  • Where do I find it?….about 7 miles off the end of the Route 33 bypass on Horns Mill Road, south of Lancaster. Horns Mill Road becomes Hide-A-Way Hills Road when you cross from Fairfield County into Hocking County.  Horns Mill/HAH Road runs for a total of about nine miles between Rt. 33 and Rt. 664.
  • Is Hide-A-Way Hills in Hocking County or Fairfield County?….parts of HAH are in each; you’ll find it located at the top of what’s considered “The Hocking Hills Region.”
  • What kind of security does it offer?….24/7/365; guards staff and patrol the roads…guards are HAH employees.
  • Is Hide-A-Way Hills a resort or a town?….it’s actually a bit of both; while we have the amenities of a traditional resort, most residents live here year ’round and consider it home…don’t be surprised to see folks waving at you as you pass by. By legal definition, Hide-A-Way Hills is a private club.
  • What about boats?….Lake of the Four Seasons offers about 4.5 miles of shoreline; only members can launch or dock boats…you’ll see various types, from jet skis to runabouts to pontoons.  Although members are not guaranteed a dock, there is no fee charged for having one.
  • And fishing?….there are also four smaller fishing lakes, where no motors are allowed. The lakes are stocked regularly.
  • Where can we eat?….the lodge is open Tuesday-Saturday evenings for dinner, and also has a lounge and microbrewery; you’ll also find Sunday brunches and other specials.  The golf clubhouse also offers daytime-evening hours, for sandwiches and beverages (hours may vary by season).
  • What else is available?….beach, swimming pools, playground, picnic shelter, outdoor chapel, airport, ATV trails, stables, great room, tennis courts.
  • How close it is to the Hocking Hills?….HAH is about 15 minutes from Logan (via scenic Route 664), where the Hocking Hills Tourism Association’s primary Welcome Center is located.  Old Man’s Cave is about another 15 minutes southeast.  Logan is about 25 miles from Ohio University in Athens, too.
  • Also, HAH is about 15-20 minutes from Lancaster.  You’ll find plenty of amenities in Logan & Lancaster, including multiple grocery stores, shopping centers and restaurants, along with Fairfield Medical Center and Hocking Valley Community  hospitals.
  • What’s it all cost?….As of 1/1/12, monthly dues are $152; that money essentially funds the Club’s ongoing operations budget…HAH is member owned, operated, and governed.
  • There is also an annual road maintenance assessment of $200; new member one-time-only initiation fee is currently $4,046 equal to 24 months of monthly assessments plus whatever current special assessments might be in place).  New member fees are placed in the Club’s Amenities Improvement Fund (50%), Road Fund (10%), and General Fund (40%).
  • Who runs things?…a members-elected Board of Trustees hires a General Manager to oversee general operations and hire other staff, and the board also approves a Management Committee to assist the General Manager.  Board and Management Committee members are all volunteers…likewise for all other HAH committees.  You’ll find volunteer committees helping to oversee the various amenities in HAH…greatly enabled by the new member fee, of course.
  • How long has HAH been established?….in 2011, Hide-A-Way Hills celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
  • Other Questions….just give us a call or email them to parkerteam@ikarensell.com

New Winter Menu for The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills

1 Feb

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Lodge Manager Michael Hermick and Executive Chef Gerard Shay will present a new menu on February 6 for The Lodge at Hide-A-Way Hills, in southeast Ohio.  If you’re not a HAH Club member, you’re invited to call the Lodge for reservations at 740-569-3616.  Hide-A-Way Hills Club has served as a getaway gateway to the famous Hocking Hills vacation region for 50 years and counting….a private resort community with boating and fishing lakes, golf and tennis, beach and pool, ATV trails and stables, playground, shelters, park areas, 24/7 security, and much more.

HAH Lodge review:  http://mangesmangi.blogspot.com/2011/11/hospitality-in-hide-way-hills.html

Beer Tasting at The Lodge in Hide-A-Way Hills

18 Nov
Brewmaster Scott Francis provides the inside story of the lodge’s craft brewery

We’ve been Hide-A-Way Hills (HAH) members since the 1990’s, and have been regulars for dining and socializing at the lodge ever since…and probably do so at least 2-3 times per week these days.  We’ve also been to a few wine tastings at the lodge through the years, but this is the first beer tasting event that we can recall…sampling both the lodge-brewed Rushcreek Pale Ale and Lager, along with very tasty brews from the new nearby Rock Mill Brewery.

HAH has its own brewery because the lodge is located in a dry township.  Years ago the state liquor laws allowed for a full liquor license even in a dry township if there was a brewery on site….hence the brewery inside The Lodge in Hide-A-Way Hills.  That legal opportunity no longer exists, but the public is invited to dine at the lodge…for reservation, please call 740-569-7944.
We’re also currently offering a weekend cabin getaway plus a dining gift certificate to the lodge on the Ohio Citizens Action Coalition fundraising auction:  http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Browse.action?categoryId=135616811&auctionId=135616786

Hocking Hills Visitors Guide

10 Nov

2012 Hocking Hills Tourism Assn. Visitors Guide coming soon…demand exceeded supply in 2011, but you can find special Guide supplements….check at the Welcome Centers in Logan and Laurelville when you come visit!   In the meantime, you can also find an online version of the 2011 HHTA Visitors Guide at  http://www.logandaily.com/app/logan/DigiMagLoader.swf 

(update January 2012….the new Hocking Hills Visitors Guides for 2012 are now available at the Hocking Hills Tourism Assocication welcome centers (Logan and Laurelville), and should be posted online asap…)

Fall for The Hocking Hills year-round

9 Nov

Here’s a new video production for southeast Ohio’s Hocking Hills vacation region…full disclosure – I am a member of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association and its Board….

http://www.ohiotraveler.com/hocking-hills-autumn.asp

for other videos, see:  http://www.1800hocking.com/video

If you’re thinking that tourist season ends around here after the leaves fall, come see things through winter’s perspective as well…you’ll find things you hadn’t noticed or even been able to see when all the hardwoods were full.  And don’t just take my word for it, check out all the online views of the huge turnouts for the annual Winter Hike.

 

the vacation home market

1 Nov

We’ve heard more often lately from prospective buyers that they’re looking for something “other than stocks, etc.” to place their investment dollars.  That, coupled with the continued growth of tourism, the desire for vacation time and place closer to home, continued development and improvements (Lancaster bypass, Nelsonville bypass, other businesses, shopping, and recreational opportunities) have brought more and more interest in what we call simply “the hills” in southeast Ohio.  If you’ve every at least visited and hiked Old Man’s Cave – Hocking Hills State Park, you have at least a good notion of what all the attraction’s about.  And folks are also discovering or rediscovering Hide-A-Way Hills Club private resort community (approx. 600 homes) for more close-to-home-away from home activities.