CHESTER TWP. — Hidden Valley Cabin is just that.
Little more than 4 miles from Wooster, a rebuilt pioneer cabin sits off Lattasburg Road (state Route 302), where a wooded drive is distinguished by little more than the state’s "8" mile marker.
To get to the cabin, you drive down a path, turn left and then drive way down a steep hill. The view is more Hocking Hills than Wayne County and the wooded landscape is breathtaking.
In the valley at the bottom of the hill is the home of Jeff and Jenny Myers, not to mention the nearby cabin, a spring-fed pond, a sandy beach and a huge lawn.
The 60 acres the Myerses own is criss-crossed by groomed hiking and walking trails, and is dissected by Little Killbuck Creek.
And it is at this beautiful outdoor location that the Myerses will host the first Hidden Valley Cabin Fest on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for those 15 and older and free for children younger than 15. An additional $2 for parking will go to the Wooster Township Fire Department Explorers post, which will assist with getting vehicles down the single-lane hill and into the marked parking spaces at the bottom.
The event is modeled on Wine Fest in the Forest in Cook Forest, Pennsylvania, where Jeff and Jenny Myers had for years visited for their August wedding anniversary. "We fell in love with it," Jenny Myers said. "And then this year, they decided to stop doing it, so we thought we’d make our own."
The one Wine Fest in the Forest attraction that will be included in the Sunday event is singer-songwriter Robyn Young, who will perform pop, blues, country and rock tunes, both covers and originals. In addition, Flamingo Jack’s food truck will be on hand, as well a number of local vendors, including potter Jim Spires, Miller’s Yard Art, 1860 Woolen Works, Woo City Tees, Ol’ Dirty Sheets Hot Sauce and the Lone Star Butcher Shop and Deli. There also will be a drawing for a free night’s stay at the cabin, along with a half-case of local wines.
Visitors also can take their own food and beverages, according to Jenny Myers, who added there will be no alcohol sales during the event. Taking chairs or blankets to sit on also is a good idea.
Jeff Myers’ grandfather — the founder of the former Wooster Office Equipment — bought the property in a three-man partnership in the 1950s. "This truly was a pioneer cabin when they bought it," Jenny Myers said. "They tore it down (and rebuilt it) but the fireplace is the original."
Ed Myers bought out his partners in the mid-1960s and he and his wife lived in a ranch home built on the property until 1998, when Jeff and Jenny Myers purchased it from them. With five children, "the cabin was always full of kids," she said, but as they grew up and left home, the property seemed strangely quiet.
"Everyone calls it a little slice of heaven," Jenny Myers said, so she and her husband started offering it as a vacation and special event rental in 2008 and just a few years ago started hosting weddings on the property.
At Cabin Fest, "you can walk around the property, listen to Robyn, just relax and have a wonderful afternoon," she said. The pond will be open for swimming, though it is stocked with fish (there is no fishing that day).
If the first Cabin Fest goes well, Jenny Myers said, there will be more to come. Already she is planning for a Jimmy Buffett-style beach party next summer and the fall Fest is likely to stay on the schedule.
Presale tickets for Cabin Fest can be purchased online at www.hiddenvalleycabin.net. Signs will be posted to direct visitors off Lattasburg Road.
Reporter Tami Mosser can be reached at 330-287-1655 or email@example.com.