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Family Owned & Operated Business Local to Nelsonville, Ohio

Meet the Roell Family!

We are an independently, family owned and operated business local to Nelsonville. We love to explore and spend time outdoors.

We believe everyone should experience a trip to Hocking Hills, so we are here to help make that happen for you and your guests.

We have 19 cabin rentals and lodges, 2 Bed & Breakfasts, and 2 vacation homes to accommodate travelers. We take great pride in all our properties.

We are constantly improving our properties by making new updates and renovations each year.

We aim to please our guests because we want you to start family traditions where you come back year after year to a home away from home.

When you book with us, you are not just booking a vacation rental, you are booking a great customer experience.

Family Owned Business

Bernie & Jennifer – Co-Owners

Bernie and Jennifer

Bernie & Jennifer met in Athens, Ohio at dog obedience school and the rest was history. Bernie was working on his PhD in Chemistry at Ohio University. Jennifer attended Hocking College and grew up in a nearby town. They fell in love, moved away, traveled the world, had 3 beautiful children, and then came back to their roots – Southeast, Ohio.

Now Bernie & Jennifer spend time helping grow the Nelsonville community by bringing in more job opportunities and tourism. Jennifer is a member of Athens County Visitor Bureau. Bernie and Jennifer fell in love with the diamond in the rough, that is Nelsonville. Their mission is to help grow and change a quaint town.




Director of Operations & Business Development

After graduating from Bloomsburg University, Bernie decided his heart was set on moving to Southeast, Ohio to help expand the family business. Bernie is passionate about creating new experiences that will help bring more tourism into Nelsonville, Ohio & Wayne National Forest. Bernie loves to renovate properties and create new business ideas. For him there’s nothing better than being a part of a company that allows for creativity, growth, and emphasizes outdoor fun!

Bernie enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends! Some of his favorite hobbies include UTV riding, boating, kayaking, hunting, fishing, and camping along the river. He can’t wait to watch his children grow up having fun in the outdoors!



Human Resources/Property Manager

Hannah grew up in a nearby town and attended Hocking College, but later decided to join the Airforce. After several years, Hannah came back to her hometown. Growing up, Hannah spent a lot of time exploring the rolling hills of Southeast, Ohio. Hannah has a passion for renovating properties, interior decorating, and helping bring tourism into her hometown. Hannah loves working for a company where she can do everything she loves and help start family traditions for others!

Hannah loves to spend time outdoors! Some of her favorite outdoor activities include bike riding on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, UTV riding, fishing, hiking, and hosting bonfires. She can’t wait for her kids to grow up experiencing the outdoors!




Director of Sales/Marketing

Sarah followed her father’s footsteps and attended Ohio University. She got her undergraduate degree in 2020 and had plans on attending the graduate program, but her heart was someplace else that was with helping grow the Star of Hocking Hills.

Sarah fell in love with the local area, people, and the starry night skies. She has always been passionate about photography, videography, and marketing. Some of her favorite hobbies include kayaking, hiking, tubing, and ATV riding. For her, there’s nothing better than working at a company where she can do everything that she’s passionate about and loves. Sarah has always helped with the business, but now it is her mission is to help grow the charming town of Nelsonville by bringing in more outdoor fun and tourism.

Meet our Team of Dedicated Individuals!

We have a great team of dedicated individuals to help us accomplish our goals and help bring tourism into the local area. We bring people onto our team who are hard-working and goal driven outdoor enthusiasts. Everyone on our team plays a crucial role in our company and we couldn’t achieve anything without them.


Why We Chose Nelsonville

Hocking Hills, Wayne National forest, and Nelsonville stole our hearts. We have been avid outdoor lovers all our lives. We have been investing in Nelsonville since 2013 and we plan to keep helping grow the community for many years to come! We quickly fell in love with this quaint town and people. We have grown up in nearby towns and attended Ohio University. This isn’t just a vacation rental destination for us, this is our home. Watching our town and home grow has been a beautiful experience. We can’t wait to watch what the future has in store. We hope that all our customers feel at home when they book a stay with us at 1st Choice Cabin Rentals. We hope you fall in love with Hocking Hills, Wayne National Forest, and the quaint town of Nelsonville just like we did!

Nelsonville Square Hocking HIlls

What Makes Our Family Owned Business Unique?


In Hocking Hills and Wayne National Forest there is so much to explore, experience, and enjoy and we are very excited to be a part of your trip. When you book with 1st Choice Lodging Company, you have ample opportunity to do so!

You are located in close proximity to the main Hocking Hills State Parks, Wayne National Forest, Lake Hope State Park, Zaleski State Forest, Moonville Tunnel, Nelsonville Historic District, Stuart’s Opera House, Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Hocking College, and Ohio University.

Upon arrival, we provide you a packet with information on Our Favorites in the local area. On top of the exploring this beautiful area, make sure you experience the outdoors!

We partner with Adventure Pro Outdoors so our guests receive a 10% discount on their next outdoor adventure. Visit The Experts in Outdoor Fun to experience Hocking Hills like never before.

Our “Welcome to Nelsonville” mural, painted by Erica Arndts, an artist from Dayton, Ohio. Erica stayed at our Hyde House Bed & Breakfast one rainy evening which led to a great partnership. She showed Bernie & Jennifer some of her artwork. Now our new headquarters is covered in beautiful murals portraying local attractions. This mural portrays Conkle’s Hollow, Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, and Old Man’s Cave.