6/13/2018 4:25:00 AM Ravenwood Castle gains major attention
The Ravenwood Castle staff is excited about the international recognition the site has received. Pictured from the left are Inn Keeper Amy Miller, Housekeeping Supervisor Kelly Walker, Chef Linda Baker and Inn Keeper Preston Miller.
This English knight is located at the entrance to Ravenwood Castle.
Being mentioned as Ohio's designation for the Microsoft System Network's (MSN) "Best Romantic Adventures in Every State" list was exciting to the Ravenwood Castle staff and owners. Ravenwood Castle is located north of McArthur just off of State Route 93.
The owners, management, staff members have worked hard to build a strong reputation for quality, service and yes, romance. The property is a three-star hotel and regional tourist attraction, owned by Jim and Pam Reed.
The MSN comment about why the castle was chosen is, "Ever wanted to live like a king or queen? You can at Ravenwood Castle, located in New Plymouth, Ohio. The structure, inspired by castles built to defend the border between England and Wales in the 12th and 13th centuries, features rooms inspired by fairytale characters and royal figures, like 'Rapunzel's Tower,' 'Queen Elizabeth Suite,' and 'Empress Matilda Suite.' During your stay, take part in different themed murder mystery events, because couples who solve puzzles together stay together."
The news of the recognition was exciting to the Reeds, management and employees, as well as with the Vinton County tourism and business sector officials.
Jim Reed noted the Castle is elated by the attention the international media outlet has bestowed upon them.
"I'd just say that we're honored to be chosen and scrolling through the winners in the other states, it looks like we're in some great company," said Reed.
Inn Keeper Amy Miller says making the castle pleasing to many different people and their various tastes has been a key to making the property a success. She asserted that this positive attention reflects well on their culture.
"The recognition is wonderful and it's quite an honor for us," said Miller. "We were not expecting this at all. I hope it brings in even more people from all over the world to our destination."
She added the castle's staff is a family which reflects well in the hospitality industry, and more importantly, improves the experience guests have at the facility.
The news was also thrilling to Vinton County tourism officials and business leaders. Vinton County Marketing Director Caleb Appleman stated this news was wonderful and is good for overall tourism in the county.
"The Reeds have put a lot of effort into making improvements at the castle over the last few years," said Appleman. "It's exciting for one of our local businesses to have earned this kind of national publicity."
Chamber of Commerce member and local realtor, Carol Dodrill, added the castle is a real gem for Vinton County and its growing tourism base, and stated she is pleased the destination is in the spotlight.
"We are certainly getting on the map nationally," said Dodrill.
For more information on Ravenwood Castle, log on to Ravenwoodcastle.com or vintontravel.com.