A “Welcome to 2020” Update from Carefree Cabins in Hocking Hills, Ohio

Happy New Year, and Welcome to 2020! The start of a whole new decade. It’s hard to believe… Where did the last 10 years go?? Some argue the next decade doesn’t start until 2021. Well, whether it’s mathematically the beginning of a new decade or not, it is “The Twenties” again, and that’s pretty cool!

A lot has happened over the past 3 years since we launched Carefree Cabins and took our very first reservation around this time in January of 2017 (Thank you Mark & Aimee!). Back then, we launched with two brand new cabins: Creekside Serenity and Sandstone Oasis. We also owned the Hidden Gem Retreat cabin, but it was being managed by a different lodging company. We took over management of Hidden Gem in August 2017. Around the same time, we started building our two newest cabins: Lovebirds Landing, and Snuggle Bear Bungalow. They launched in early 2018 and it’s been a pretty wild, crazy, fun time ever since. More on Hidden Gem later…

We’ve learned a whole lot in the last three years. We made a few mistakes along the way, and we’re constantly listening, learning, and adjusting to change. Thankfully, our 100+ 5-STAR guest reviews are evidence that we also did a few things right. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped & supported us and our new business along the way. We honestly cannot tell all of you how much we appreciate the trust you’ve placed in us. Especially those of you who have stayed with us more than once, and continue to come back year after year, sometimes multiple times each year. You have no idea how much it means to us. Truly, from the bottom of our hearts… Thank You!

Now, could we have done some things a whole lot better? Oh yes, absolutely! For starters, we could have (and should have) done a much better job communicating with YOU. We posted nothing new to our blog in 2018, and only one new post in 2019. For those of you who subscribed to our email newsletter, we haven’t communicated with you since May of 2018 when we announced the launch of our Lovebirds Landing and Snuggle Bear Bungalow cabins.

On a positive note, at least you never have to worry about us spamming you! 😉 But seriously, we regret doing such a lousy job of staying in touch and keeping you informed of our discounts, specials, and other news & info about Hocking Hills and Carefree Cabins.

So we are committing, here and now, to do better in 2020 and beyond! We’re going to start a regular monthly blogging schedule (starting with this one), and we’ll be sending out at least one update per month to our newsletter email list. We really don’t want to clutter up your inbox with nonsense, so unless we have something really juicy to share, we will not send out more that one email per month.

For more frequent ad-hoc updates, Like and Follow us on Facebook, and bookmark this blog so you can check back regularly.

With all that out of the way, here is an update on the latest Carefree Cabins news, improvements we’ve made to our website, and future enhancements we have planned:

What’s New with Carefree Cabins? We’re glad you asked!

Latest News & Website Enhancements/Improvements:

  • In December 2019, we made the bitter sweet decision to sell the Hidden Gem Retreat cabin to another Hocking Hills lodging company. Those of you who stayed at Hidden Gem in the past received an email along with a nice discount code to use if you choose to stay with Carefree Cabins again and try one of our other log cabins. Needless to say, Hidden Gem was removed from our website in December. If you are a fan of Hidden Gem (we understand) and would like the new owners info, send us an email.

  • We recently worked with a local videographer / drone operator to create our first Carefree Cabins promotional video. We think its pretty cool, and we embedded it on the home page of our website. The video is a little over 2 minutes long. We would greatly appreciate it if you check it out, give it a “Thumbs Up” and subscribe to our Carefree Cabins YouTube channel while you’re there.

  • We added a brand new Rental Discounts & Specials page to our website which shows all ongoing/regular discounts, along with current and Last Minute specials we are offering. Bookmark the page and keep an eye out for updates!
  • We added a brand new Hocking Hills Calendar of Events page that refreshes and updates automatically so it is always current.

  • We implemented a new Guest Reviews widget that allows us to better organize and display our many 5-STAR reviews. The mobile experience is also much better. We display our reviews at the bottom of our Carefree Cabins home page, the bottom of the Our Cabins page, and of course on our Reviews & Testimonials page.

  • We updated each of our cabin pages with a fancy new image media carousel to display the pictures of each cabin. Again, the interactive experience is much better, and it is a vast improvement on mobile.

  • We completely re-designed our Hocking Hills Restaurants attraction page. Much like our reviews, we implemented a fancy new “widget” that allows us to display each restaurant recommendation in a cleaner and more user-friendly way. It’s also much easier for us to move things around and add more recommendations when we need to. And of course, the mobile experience is also much better.

  • We added a new “Info & Deals” top-level menu to our website. The “Our Cabins” menu was getting a little cluttered, and we felt it made sense to move several items into their own menu. Hopefully this provides an overall better navigation experience for our visitors.

Upcoming Changes and more Website Improvements:

  • In the very near future, we will be re-designing the rest of our Attractions pages (Hocking Hills Parks, Adventures & Recreation, Shopping, and Spa Massage. The whole reason behind this re-design is for a better, more user-friendly presentation, and to improve the mobile experience. (Target: By end of March)

  • We will be adding a new Attractions page for Service Providers and other businesses in the area we recommend. Think of things like wedding venues, transportation services, photography services, caterers, auto repair, towing services, etc. Pretty much anything someone coming to Hocking Hills might need or be looking for while they are here. If you have any suggestions for us, please send us an email and we’ll add it! (Target: By end of February. Update: In progress)

  • We removed a few things from our Floral Arrangements and Gift Items page, and made room for several new gift & souvenir items we think will be much more popular and appreciated. You will soon see a new Bed of Roses Romance package, a Snuggle Hug hot/cold neck wrap, a Spa package gift box, a wrought iron Hocking Hills “Tree of Life” sign, and our exclusive Carefree Cabins / Hocking Hills, Ohio mugs! All these new items will be available for purchase as add-ons to your cabin rental, and they will be waiting for you in the cabin when you arrive. (Target date: End of January. Update: DONE!)

  • We will be working with the owners of HockingHills.com this year to freshen up a few of our cabin pictures, and also to create a 360-degree Virtual Tour of each of our cabins. Those are going to be pretty slick, and we can’t wait to share them with everyone! (Target: ~June/July)

  • As mentioned above, we are committing to a regular monthly blogging and email schedule. We’re going to focus on writing detailed reviews for places & things we LOVE in Hocking Hills, along with articles about things to do, places to go, items to bring when you come to Hocking Hills, and more. If you have any ideas for article topics you’d be interesting in seeing, please send us your suggestions! (Target: Immediate!)

  • Lastly, we’re also going to commit to being more active on Facebook and other Social Media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. We still have a bit to learn about those other platforms, but our millenial children keep telling us we need to be on them. LOL! For the most part, we’ll be sharing interesting things we see from others around Hocking Hills, and of course we’ll post links when we have new blog posts to share. You can find all our social media links at the bottom of each page on our website. (Target: Immediate!)

That’s all for now… If you’ve read this far, thanks for sticking with us through this lengthy update!

We leave you with this Hocking Hills quote of the month:

Take only pictures, leave only footprints, kill only time…

-Michele & Dave
Carefree Cabins Management Team

2 thoughts on “A “Welcome to 2020” Update from Carefree Cabins in Hocking Hills, Ohio”

  1. You guys are the best!

    We look forward to our 2020 visits at Lovebirds Landing!

    Thanks for all you do to ensure a great time each visit!

    Doug and Jane Piatt

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    • Thank you Doug & Jane, we really appreciate your comments, reviews, and continued support! We’re looking forward to awesome things in 2020 and beyond. 🙂 Next time you both come visit, we should get together and go out for dinner or something if you’re up for it. That would be fun! -Dave & Michele

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