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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
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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

School District Election Issues

11 Nov

 Read a couple of posts wherein a parent worried about the impact on kids after pending/possible school district cutbacks…someone suggested that things will be ok because mom and dad are the primary people in kids’ lives….certainly so, but there’s much more to the story….

Unfortunately, dad and mom can’t always provide the opportunities that a school system can (nor other forms of goverment, for that matter)…not without paying much more for them personally, in any case.  We had a long discussion with our son last night, now in OSU’s MBA program and a longstanding cancer survivor; we were talking about the “me” perspective vs. the “we” perspective when it comes to businesses and a whole lot of other things in life. As a former Hilliard school board member as well as a volunteer, it’s been my experience that the folks on the board and in the administration have long endeavored to be on the “we” side of the spectrum. If that were not so, the district would not have the premium standing it has earned.

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…)

Vacation/Investment Home Owners, Taxes & Management

10 Nov

If you use your vacation/investment property as a rental (no matter how much or how little), don’t forget that you must track information for all vendors/contractors for information you’ll need to send them the required IRS 1099 form…for all work done over $600.  Check with your CPA or accountant for details.

Also a note for those considering or using a property manager or property management company….Ohio law requires those managing properties other than their own to have a state real estate agent license, and be working under a state licensed real estate brokerage that has agreed to perform property management…including setting up the required financial accounts.  For more information, consult your attorney; also see http://www.ohiorealtors.org/absolutenm/templates/article.aspx?articleid=3179&zoneid=31

School District Election Issues and Property Values

9 Nov

I’ve written about this previously on our www.ikarensell.com web site and elsewhere, and want to disclose that I am a former member of the Hilliard City School District Board of Education.  We continue to market and sell real estate in the greater central Ohio area, certainly including Hilliard, as well as southeast Ohio’s “hills” vacation real estate, and as a result now follow a great many school districts.  This morning’s election results, which showed Hilliard’s levy issue losing by a handful of votes, along with a rundown of vote totals for board candidates, caused me to do a bit more searching.

The levy opposition posed by “For Hilliard Kids” and that group’s endorsed candidate offers a web site with a blog where I found a thread covering school issues and property values.  I fully acknowledge that I disagree with the thoughts there that state one does not affect the other…and for the record posted the following, which summarizes those thoughts I’ve posted before:

“I’d suggest reviewing the histories of property sales and values in central OH surburban districts that have had repeated difficulty in passing school issues…specifically, ask appraisers what the impacts might have been on property values; they’re bottom-line folks, ultimately reporting to even more bottom-line underwriters. And perhaps Hilliard’s major growth spurt (and subsequent ongoing property value increases, at rational rates) had some connection to voters repeatedly approving school issues. Doug Parker, former HCSD member”

As for candidate and vote totals, the local TV media web sites have done a nice job of presenting information online, including http://www2.ohiovotes2011.com/election_results/?page=Refresh

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.