Licking County Tourism Organizations Honored at Impact Awards

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NEWARK OHIO - Explore Licking County honored multiple people and community organizations Tuesday at its annual IMPACT awards.

Seven awards were given out to people and organizations who contribute to the tourism industry in Licking County.

Explore Licking County Director of Sales and Marketing Carol Thress said the IMPACT awards were created to celebrate tourism and hospitality. She said organizers received a record number of nominations this year.

Orchard House Bed and Breakfast was awarded the New Partner of the Year Award.

The Broadway Pub was awarded the Food and Beverage Partner of the Year.

The Buxton Inn was awarded Lodging Partner of the Year.

The Canal Market District dedication was awarded the Event of the Year.

The Works was awarded Attraction of the Year.

The Licking County River Round Up was awarded the Collaboration of the Year.

Bruce Cramer, executive director of Bryn Du Mansion, was awarded the 2016 Tourism Partner of the Year.

Unique Lodging of Ohio Puts Orchard House Bed and Breakfast on the List of Ohio's Top Three Inns

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GRANVILLE OHIO - Unique Lodging of Ohio, a sector of Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association, recently named Orchard House Granville as one of the state's top three inns.

With a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, 4.8 stars on Google, 4.8 stars on BedandBreakfast.com, visitors repeatedly comment on high quality of service and delicious breakfast creations, according to an inn news release.

"We are incredibly honored to be ranked alongside two of Ohio's long-standing classic, traditional inns — Inn at Cedar Falls and Glenlaurel Inn," Innkeeper/owner, Dean Lowry said.

"We purchased Orchard House in April 2015 and have worked hard to bring the property to a higher level, which has been run as a bed and breakfast, on and off, over the past 25 years,” Lowry said. “Focusing on farm and local sourcing for our entire operation has added a very attractive element for our guests."

Lodging as a Destination: Longer Stays Equal More Business

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GRANVILLE OHIO - When UNESCO nominates the Newark Earthworks as a World Heritage Site, possibly by 2018, Licking County will see a massive influx of tourism.

“The expectation is…that this is going to bring very significant numbers of tourists from Europe, from Asia, and from around the United States,” says Richard Shiels, emeritus director of the Newark Earthworks Center.

We need to create experiences for travelers to enjoy multiple nights, keeping their generous vacation spending dollars local. “Lodging as a Destination” converts single-night to multi-day stays.

Think about boutique hotels with environments so unique and appealing that visitors first select where they’ll stay; then what activities they’ll enjoy.

Newark Advocate Highlights Orchard House: Bed and Breakfast Makes Local Sourcing a Priority

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GRANVILLE OHIO - Granville’s Orchard House Bed & Breakfast is trying to take local sourcing to the next level.

Owners Dean Lowry and Jodi Melfi have established partnerships with local businesses to provide their guests with items like baked goods, coffee and organic produce, among many other things.

“Our guests are worldly, health and socially conscientious, and they want something meaningful with their stay,” explained Lowry.

In addition to being the B&B's full-time innkeeper, Lowry is also the breakfast chef.

“My goal is to locally source as many of the ingredients as possible,” he said, “such as my hens' eggs, veggies, fruits and herbs from our gardens, coffee from One Line Coffee, tea from Petali, meats from local farms, breads from Lucky Cat, fruit from local producers and of course, maple syrup from Loudon Crest Farms. If I could figure out a popular alternative for orange juice, I could get very close to 100 percent local!”

Junebug Weddings Features Orchard House Granville - This Alternative Ohio Wedding Venue Proves That Edgy Can Be Totally Pretty

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This amber-lit forest in Granville, Ohio might just be our new favorite spot for couples with an affinity for all things alternative to say “I do.” Photographers The Portos designed this alternative Ohio wedding inspiration shoot to prove that edgy can be totally pretty, and from the fresh bouquet by Village Flower Basket to the bride’s soft pink hair, we couldn’t agree more. If you’re seeking rock and roll bride and groom style inspiration for your own wedding celebration, you won’t need to look any further than this well-dressed couple!