Vineyard Woods is opening their doors to guests this week, as construction is complete on the first phase of a unique new lodging option in Northeast Ohio. Set amongst 10 acres of wine grapes and 16 acres of rolling woods, this upscale lodging property will continue to expand the growing tourist destination in the Grand River Valley Wine region. The first phase of construction includes the Vineyard Villa , with three private suites that overlook 40 acres of pristine vineyard countryside, and the secluded Oak Cottage , which is set amongst 16 acres of rolling woods.
“The addition of Vineyard Woods to Ohio’s growing number of top-quality unique lodging options benefits the local economy, and the entire state as well,” Joe Savarise, Executive Director of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, said. “Our industry puts special emphasis on Ohio’s unique lodging sector. Vineyard Woods is an example of how these businesses add great choices, more capacity, and memorable experiences for visitors. It will be an important part of our strong and growing travel economy – which creates $42 billion annually in visitor spending and supports more than half a million jobs statewide.”
The Grand River Viticulture region boasts over 20 of the nearly 200 wineries in the state of Ohio. This region has helped Ohio to become the 7th largest wine producer in the United States. Being in the heart of the region, there will be much to do for Vineyard Woods guests that are looking for more than simply relaxing in a beautiful setting. Vineyard Woods is a short drive from Lake Erie, the Grand River, 19 covered bridges, many Ashtabula and Lake County metroparks and historic Bridge Street in Ashtabula Harbor. Vineyard Woods is a family owned business aimed at driving agritourism to Ashtabula County. Scott and Katie Runyan grew up just 20 minutes from the land they are now developing. The 10 acres of wine grapes on the property are managed by the only licensed meritage producer in Ohio, Matt Meineke of M Cellars. The vineyard is not only a beautiful setting for an evening stroll, but it also provides local wineries with much needed grape production. “ We are excited to share this beautiful property with guests as they explore Northeast Ohio throughout each season of the year. We are look forward to working with the local businesses that have helped tourism grow in the region each year for the last decade. With the natural resources, growing list of activities to extend your stay, and accessibility from Cleveland, Akron, Erie, Pittsburgh, and Columbus, we believe that tourism will continue be an important growth driver in the local economy.” said Scott Runyan, owner of Vineyard Woods.
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